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Bill Samuel, August 4, 2002
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Finding North American Friends
Meetings and Churches
Using the Internet

Prepared by Bill Samuel
Last updated August 26, 2011

Author's Note: This is intended to be used in conjunction withe Finding Friends (Quaker) Meetings and Churches on the Internet. For purposes of this Web page, I am using North America to mean only Canada and the United States. While there are Friends in Mexico, generalizations applying to the other two countries do not apply to Mexico, and Mexico does not require separate treatment from the main article.

In January 2008, Friends World Committee on Consultation, Section of the Americas, introduced a searchable directory of Friends meetings and churches in the United States and Canada. This includes all varieties of Friends, and is the most comprehensive listing available. I strongly recommend, for finding meetings and churches in the U.S., that you enter a zip code and only a zip code. This appears to yield very good results, and other searches do not seem reliable. This is now the best means for finding Friends groups in these countries. Some of the information below may still be helpful to you. However, I do not plan on updating the details below anymore due to this new resource largely replacing the purpose for which I established this Web page.

You can find most Friends (Quaker) congregations in North America using the Internet. However, it's not always easy so I developed this guide to help people.

There are four places on the Web of which I am aware which list large numbers of North American Friends congregations across yearly meeting lines:

  • Friends Meetings list on www.quaker.org - information on meetings that people have submitted to the Webmaster. Information often not kept updated.
  • Quakerfinder.Org - comprehensive list of Friends General Conference and Beanite meetings in North America, easily searched by city, state and/or zip code. If you're interested solely in liberal unprogrammed meetings, this is the best way to find them.
  • Friends Churches - oriented towards programmed congregations. Information often not kept updated.
  • ForMinistry.com - an American Bible Society site seeking to list all Christian churches in North America, and offering free Web sites to churches. They have collected certain minimal information on large numbers of churches, including Friends churches. For some areas, the list is fairly complete while their sources did not seem to pick up Friends churches in other areas so in those places it's dependent on area Friends submitting them directly.

Branches of Friends

In North America, most yearly meetings of Friends split in 1827-28 between "Orthodox" and "Hicksite" groups. The Orthodox were the group with more in common with other Christian denominations. Several splits since that time have generally been within the Orthodox lineage.

Today most North American Friends (including all yearly meetings except Central, which is holiness in orientation) can be classified as being in one (or more!) of five branches, each of which I identify by one letter in listings below for your convenience:

  • U - Friends United Meeting (FUM) - the mainstream Orthodox association. A large majority of congregations are programmed, although some are unprogrammed.
  • E - Evangelical Friends International (EFI) - an Orthodox grouping with a strong missions emphasis. Congregations are programmed.
  • G - Friends General Conference (FGC) - the Hicksite association. Congregations are generally unprogrammed.
  • B - Beanites - three yearly meetings in the West which are similar to FGC meetings in character, although they have a different history. They cooperate in several ways, but have no formal association. Congregations are unprogrammed.
  • C - Conservative (or Wilburite) - Friends who split from the Orthodox branch to be more traditionally Quaker in style and faith. No formal association, and joint efforts have largely ended. Of the three yearly meetings with this label, Ohio remains traditionally Conservative while the other two include a number of congregations which are more FGC-like in character. Congregations are unprogrammed.

Five yearly meetings are now "united" meetings affiliated with both Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, and designated G/U in my listings. Of these, all congregations in Baltimore, Canadian and Southeastern Yearly Meetings are unprogrammed. New England and New York Yearly Meetings are largely unprogrammed, but each has a few programmed meetings.

Canada

Most meetings in Canada are affiliated with Canadian (G/U) Yearly Meeting. However, Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E) has several churches in Ontario. Halcyonia Friends Meeting in Saskatchewan is an independent conservative meeting.

United States of America

The table below identifies which yearly meetings operate in which states, and also identifies independent (not affiliated with a yearly meeting) meetings and worship groups. YM stands for Yearly Meeting.

State
Yearly Meetings, etc.
Alabama
Southern Appalachian (G)
Fairhope Friends Meeting (C)

Alaska
Alaska YM (E)
Alaska Friends Conference (G)

Arizona
Intermountain YM (B)
Evangelical Friends Church Southwest (E)
Rocky Mountain YM (E)

Arkansas
South Central YM (G)
Central YM (Holiness)

California
Pacific YM (B) *
Evangelical Friends Church Southwest (E)
Western Association (U) - Bakersfield, Berkeley & Whittier First Friends

Colorado
Rocky Mountain YM (E)
Intermountain YM (B)
Mid-America YM (E)
Great Plains YM (U)
Estes Park Worship Group

Connecticut
New England YM (G/U)
New York YM (G/U)
Lime Rock Worship Group

Delaware
Philadelphia YM (G)
District of Columbia
Baltimore YM (G/U)
Capitol Hill Friends

Florida
Southeastern YM (G/U)
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E)
North Carolina YM (U)
Halifax Friends Meeting, Ormond Beach
Ocala Friends Meeting

Georgia
Southern Appalachian (G)
Southeastern YM (G/U)
Ohio YM (C)
Americus-Plains Worship Group
Sweet Spirit Worship Group, Santee-Nacoochee
Hawaii
Pacific YM (B) *
Wailoa Friends Worship Group (C), Hilo

Idaho
Northwest YM (E)
North Pacific YM (B)

Illinois
Illinois YM (G)
Western YM (U)
Friends Gathering in Jesus Christ, Evanston

Indiana
Indiana YM (U) (Eastern part)
Western YM (U) (Western part)
Ohio Valley (G) (Eastern part)
Central YM (Holiness)
Illinois YM (G) (Western part)
Earlham College Campus Friends Meeting, Richmond
Eagle Creek Evangelical Friends Church, Westfield
Sugar Plain Friends Church, Thorntown

Iowa
Iowa YM (U)
Iowa YM (C)
Northern YM (G)

Kansas
Mid-America YM (E)
Missouri Valley Conference
Great Plains YM (U)

Kentucky
Ohio Valley YM (G)
Southern Appalachian (G)

Louisiana
South Central YM (G)
Maine
New England YM (G/U)
Canadian (G/U)

Maryland
Baltimore YM (G/U) (west of Chesapeake Bay)
Philadelphia YM (G) (Eastern Shore)
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E)
Old Town Friends Fellowship, Baltimore
Massachusetts
New England YM (G/U)
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E)
Lenox Friends Worship Group

Michigan
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E)
Lake Erie YM (G)
Indiana YM (U)
Northern YM (G)
Ohio YM (C)
Friends in Christ (C), Harrisville

Minnesota
Northern YM (G)
St. Peter Worship Group, Kasota
Laughing Waters Friends Worship Group, Minneapolis

Mississippi
Oxford Friends Worship Group
Missouri
Mid-America YM (E)
Illinois YM (G)
Iowa YM (C)
South Central YM (G)

Montana
North Pacific YM (B)
Nebraska
Rocky Mountain YM (E)
Iowa YM (C)
Great Plains YM (U)

Nevada
Pacific YM (B) *
Evangelical Friends Church Southwest (E)

New Hampshire
New England YM (G/U)
New Jersey
Philadelphia YM (G)
New York YM (G/U)

New Mexico
Intermountain YM (B)
New York
New York YM (G/U)
Evangelical Friends Church Southwest (E)
Canadian YM (G/U)
Clintondale Friends Christian Church

North Carolina
North Carolina YM (U)
North Carolina YM (C)
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E)
Southern Appalachian (G)
Piedmont Friends Fellowship (G)
Central YM (Holiness)
Community Friends Meeting, Carthage
Oakland Friends Meeting, Princeton
Pamlico Friends Worship Group, Beaufort
Union Hill Friends Meeting, Mt. Airy

North Dakota
Northern YM (G)
Ohio
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E)
Wilmington YM (U)
Lake Erie YM (G)
Indiana YM (U)
Ohio YM (C)
Ohio Valley YM (G)

Oklahoma
Mid-America YM (E)
South Central YM (G)
Great Plains YM (U)

Oregon
Northwest YM (E)
North Pacific YM (B)

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia YM (G)
Baltimore YM (G/U)
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E)
Lake Erie YM (G)
Ohio YM (C)

Rhode Island
New England YM (G/U)
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E)

South Carolina
Southern Appalachian (G)
Southeastern YM (G/U)
Horry County Monthly Meeting, Conway (G)

South Dakota
Intermountain YM (B)
Northern YM (G)
Iowa YM (C)

Tennessee
Southern Appalachian (G)
Wilmington YM (U)

Texas
Mid-America YM (E)
South Central YM (G)
Intermountain YM (B)
Austin Christian Friends

Utah
Intermountain YM (B)
Evangelical Friends Church Southwest (E)

Vermont
New England YM (G/U)
Virginia
Baltimore YM (G/U)
Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (E)
North Carolina YM (U)
North Carolina YM (C)
Ohio YM (C)

Washington
North Pacific YM (B)
Northwest YM (E)

West Virginia
Southern Appalachian (G)
Lake Erie YM (G)

Wisconsin
Northern YM (G)
Iowa YM (U)
Iowa YM (C)
Appleton Friends Worship Group

Wyoming
Wyoming Friends Meeting (locations at Jackson, Lander, Laramie & Sheridan)
* - Directory of meetings in this YM can be found at the Beanites site.

Please email me with any corrections or additions you find needed.

An attempt to break down the various types of Friends in North America by state or province can be found at The Breadth, Depth and Stretch of Quakers in North America.

© by Bill Samuel. Do not reprint in whole or in part without prior permission of the author, except for limited quoting in accordance with "fair use" principles. You are welcome to link to this page.
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