One of the most revolutionary concepts the Society of Friends has upheld is an understanding of “church” as a body of believers – not as the building or organization or a hierarchy or even a nearby bishop. This sense of a gathering of the saints is the reason ours is a “meeting” of the church – of the believers – and why we gather in a meetinghouse, rather than a building calling itself the church. For that matter, early Friends typically referred to the gathering place of other denominations as a “steeplehouse,” thus emphasizing a distinction between the building and its users.


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  1. Thank you so much for posting all of this information on Quakers. I have been attending a Friends Meeting House and enjoying the experience and this is helping in my walk greatly.

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