Quaker Organizations

In Our Region

Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting (GPQM) provides community and support for the eight unprogrammed Friends Meetings and five worship groups in lower Michigan. One of its responsibilities is oversight of Friends School in Detroit, a K-8 school. GPQM meets on the third Sunday in May and September to conduct business; it meets on the first Sunday in August for outdoor worship and fellowship at Quaker Park in Battle Creek. During January or February, one of the monthly meetings hosts a workshop or retreat to which all are invited.

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM) meets annually during the summer for business and worship. Unprogrammed Friends Meetings in Ohio, Michigan, and parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia belong to the LEYM Yearly Meeting.

Other Monthly Meetings in Michigan

Michigan Friends Center, surrounded by 92 lakefront acres belonging to Friends Lake Cooperative Community in Chelsea, offers a facility to groups seeking a scenic, tranquil meeting place. It is an ideal change-of-pace setting for conferences, workshops, retreats, trainings, educational programs and special events. The Center is available year-round for reservations and is efficiently designed to accommodate a variety of group activities.

On the National Level

Friends General Conference (FGC) is a national organization that serves unprogrammed Friends in North America. It does not meet for business as Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meetings do, but is governed by a Central Committee that includes members from meetings across the country.

According to its Minute of Purpose, its mission is to educate Friends and help them experience “God’s living presence.” FGC Gathering is a week-long convention, over Fourth of July week each year, that is an important opportunity for deepening Friends’ knowledge and spiritual experience.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of  various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. AFSC work is based on the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Pendle Hill is a Quaker center welcoming all for Spirit-led learning, retreat, and community. Pendle Hill was established in 1930 in Pennsylvania as a Quaker study center designed to prepare its adult students for service both in the Religious Society of Friends and in the world. Its mission was both educational and religious: Pendle Hill was to be a school, rooted in Quaker community life, where students and staff would live according to Quaker principles and practices and where learning would be experiential as well as intellectual.