New England Yearly Meeting

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NEYM Faith & Practice

1985 Faith and Practice: Online and Print Editions

New England Yearly Meeting's Faith and Practice is published online (below) and as a hardbound book, which NEYM meetings may order at a discounted rate of $7/copy plus shipping and handling from the YM office. Individuals may purchase a copy online at or at the Sessions bookstore in August—first, check to see if your meeting has copies available.

The next Faith and Practice

The NEYM Faith and Practice Revision Committee posts PDF versions of the draft chapters of the forthcoming revised NEYM Faith and Practice. Visit, read, reflect and offer feedback!

Faith and Practice Revision Committee Page


This book of Faith and Practice replaces earlier editions, which are now out of print. For eleven years, a Faith and Practice Review Committee under the leadership of Ruth F. Woodbridge had considered suggestions from monthly meetings for amendment of the 1966 edition and had recommended a number to the Yearly Meeting for approval. In 1979, the Yearly Meeting expanded the Faith and Practice Review Committee into a larger committee, more fully representative of the views of the various monthly meetings, with Gordon M. Browne, Jr. as clerk. This Faith and Practice Revision Committee has prepared the present edition.

Faith and Practice attempts to communicate to members and inquirers the historic and continuing faith of Friends and to outline procedures to be followed by meetings regarding membership, organization, the conduct of their affairs, and the concerns of the Society.

Quotations are identified in the text by author, title, and date of publication. Acknowledgements to publishers will be found on page 268.

Dearly beloved Friends, these things we do not lay upon you as a rule or form to walk by, but that all, with the measure of light which is pure and holy, may be guided: and so in the light walking and abiding, these may be fulfilled in the Spirit, not in the letter, for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.
—Letter from the Meeting of Elders at Balby, 1656

It is not opinion, or speculation, or notions of what is true, or assent to or the subscription of articles or propositions, though never so soundly worded, that makes a man a true believer or true Christian. But it is a conformity of mind and practice to the will of God, in all holiness of conversation, according to the dictates of this Divine principle of Light of Life in the soul which denotes a person truly a child of God.
—William Penn, A key, Section II


Navigating This Online Book

Similar to a physical book, you may use the links at the bottom of each page to go forward or back one page in sequence, or use the menu on the left to jump to a specific section.

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