What is a Quaker Meeting?

A Quaker meeting is many things.   It is a faith community first and foremost. People who visit or associate with a Quaker community gather for worship, to conduct business, share fellowship and to manifest Quaker leadings in the world.  These gatherings are called meetings.  This is not to be confused with any building in which Quakers gather, although it is common parlance to call such a building a Quaker meeting house.

“The meeting house is not a consecrated edifice, and if there is anything holy about it, it must be the lives of the people who meet there.  The Friends feel that there must be a vital and sustained connection between worship and daily life. When their ideal is attained, their meeting is merely the community search for that guidance which they covet for every important act of their lives.” — William Wistar Comfort