Being a Quaker

Michael Wright looks at commitment and membership

The matter of commitment and membership was before Yearly Meeting Gathering 2014 at Bath, in the context of ‘What it means to be a Quaker today’. I have often wondered why we have many long-term attenders who are not members.

The interview with two young Friends, and other shared experiences in contributions from the Gathering, impressed me deeply. I realise that a considerable number of Friends have not become members either because no one has ever invited them to or because people who are not yet resident in a place they are likely to stay for a while do not have the opportunity to apply for membership.

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