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Friends United Meeting

Friends United Meeting (FUM) is an association of twenty-six Richmond, Indiana, and has offices in Kisumu, Kenya. Friends United Meeting is a member of the National Council of Churches in the United States of America.

There are five other branches within American Quakerism, two of them represented by parallel organizations (

  • Friends United Meeting (Official Website)
  • Quaker Life: - Official publication of Friends United Meeting
  • Friends United Meeting Press:- Friends United Meeting Publishing House
  • Friends United Meeting:- Association of Religion Data Archives

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ Northwest Yearly Meeting Historical Statement
  3. ^ a b Purpose statement as seen on the FUM website


See also

God is love and wants to communicate inwardly with everyone who is willing. Worship is spiritual and must be Spirit-led. All people are equal before God and may minister as they are led by God. Jesus Christ is our present Teacher and Lord, and we seek to conduct church affairs in unity under his guidance The Spirit of God gives guidance that is consistent with the Bible. As people respond to the Light of Christ within, their lives begin to reflect Jesus’ peace, integrity, simplicity and moral purity. [3]

Friends have no creeds—no official words can substitute for a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. These unofficial statements give a general sense of Friends’ faith.

Friends United Meeting considers itself to be noncreedal which allows it to embrace a wide range of Christian Quaker theological viewpoints.

As the largest organization of Quakers, Friends United Meeting is decidedly centrist and contains a wide range of Christian Quaker theological outlooks from very progressive and inclusive views to very conservative and traditional beliefs among individual members, Monthly Meetings or Churches, and affiliated Yearly Meetings within FUM. This has historically led to some friction within the larger organization. FUM also serves a wide range of Quaker worship styles in their Meetings for worship from unprogrammed, which is lay-led and on the basis of silence, to semi-programmed, which is pastor-led and include some elements of a traditional church service in addition to a period of open worship, to completely programmed.

There are two other similar organizations within Quakerism, branches within Quakerism, with the FGC occupying a more liberal universalist theological viewpoint similar to Unitarian Universalism and the EFCI representing an admixture of Quakerism and conservative evangelicalism.

Beliefs and worship

Our purpose is "to energize and equip Friends through the power of the Holy Spirit to gather people into fellowships where Jesus Christ is known, loved and obeyed as Teacher and Lord."[3]

Purpose statement

In 1963 Five Years Meeting was renamed Friends United Meeting.

During the 1950s many yearly meetings in North America reunited and became joint members of Five Years Meeting and Friends General Conference.

After Association of Evangelical Friends was formed, which led in turn to the 1965 formation of the Evangelical Friends Association, a precursor to today's Evangelical Friends International, formed in 1989.[2]

15 years after the signing on the Richmond Declaration in 1887, Five Years Meeting was established in 1902 by a collection of orthodox yearly meetings.



  • History 1
  • Purpose statement 2
  • Beliefs and worship 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

. Latin America and Africa The Friends United Meeting is responsible for much of the growth of Quakerism in [1]

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