Here you will find links to useful sites. They have been grouped into categories for ease of use. If you would like to suggest a link or add yours, please ask.
Friends United Meeting: FUM is the umbrella organization for Quakers from 27 Yearly Meeting across the US an around the world, including Indiana Yearly Meeting. Check out this website for articles from Quaker Life magazine, for missions information and updates, for a discussion forum and for Quaker Hill Bookstore information. Check out Katie Terrell's message to Winchester Friends for FUM Sunday Nov. 2, 2008.
Western Yearly Meeting: Western Yearly Meeting is a uniting of monthly meetings (churches) in Illinois and Indiana who come together to work and witness in the name of Christ. Western Yearly Meeting is a sister Yearly meeting to Indiana Yearly meeting and a member of Friends United Meeting.
Indiana Yearly Meeting: Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends is a uniting of monthly meetings (churches) who have come together to work and witness in the name of Christ. IYM has reconfigured. Please click here for Winchester Friend's response to membership in Indiana Yearly Meeting........
Indiana Yearly Meeting Separation Finalized
The division of Indiana Yearly Meeting was completed during yearly meeting sessions on July 26, 2013 with the formal setting off of 19 churches, most of them into the "New Association of Friends." Throughout the multi-year process, Winchester Monthly Meeting did not discern spiritual clearness that the division of the yearly meeting was God's desire or intention, and thus declined to participate in the separation or align with either faction.
For the time being, Winchester Friends Church will be an independent Quaker Monthly Meeting associated with Friends United Meeting. With the Monthly Meeting's approval and the assistance of an area attorney, the church is now in the final stage of obtaining its own 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, a step not required but deemed prudent by financial advisors. Winchester Friends Church has agreed to continue abiding by the Faith & Practice in effect at the time of the division as it pertains to the local church, and to maintain support of the same FUM missions at the same financial level as in recent years ($75 per adult member per year). Winchester Friends Church also will seek to remain in relationship with the churches of the former Indiana Yearly Meeting with whom we previously have fellowshipped and shared in ministry. In every way possible, Winchester Friends will carry right on in its calling to make Christ known through obedient witness and sacrificial service, welcoming all who are willing into friendship with God and redemptive community together.
Friends General Conference: Friends General Conference provides resources and opportunities that educate and invite members and attendees to experience, individually and corporately, God's living presence, and to discern and follow God's leadings. FGC reaches out to seekers and to other religious bodies inside and outside the wider Religious Society of Friends.
Friends World Committee for Consultation: Friends World Committee for Consultation is the umbrella organization for the 400,000+ Friends, often called Quakers, around the world. Their purpose is to encourage fellowship among all the branches of the Religious Society of Friends.
Quaker Information Center: The Quaker Information Center is a gateway to Quaker heritage and to modern Quakerism in Philadelphia and worldwide and is located in the Philadelphia Friends Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Quaker Finder: Use this site to find Meetings in the United States and Canada. It provides maps and related information in order to locate the Meetings.
The Religious Society Of Friends: This site contains a wealth of valuable information and links to a great number of Quaker sites and interests.
Retreats and Camps
Woolman Hill Retreats: Woolman Hill Retreats is a Quaker retreat and conference center situated on 110 ridge-top acres of meadows and woodlands in western Massachusetts, and is dedicated to fostering, developing and strengthening the testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends.
Pendle Hill Study Center: Pendle Hill Study Center is a Quaker center for spiritual growth, study and service. Located on 23 wooded acres just outside of Philadelphia, PA, Pendle Hill is where adults and youth come for inspiration and renewal. Founded by Quakers in 1930, Pendle Hill is a community that welcomes people from many faiths and countries.
Quaker Haven Camp: Quaker Haven Camp provides a natural retreat facility to support youth and family ministries of Western Yearly Meeting and Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends and the body of Christ.
Education And Ministry
Earlham College: Earlham College is an independent, residential college providing a high quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, and shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is located in Richmond, Indiana.
Earlham School Of Religion: Earlham School of Religion is a Christian seminary in the Quaker tradition and exists to educate and equip women and men for leadership in public ministry, providing a learning environment in which students can continue to discern and develop their calls to ministry. In the manner of Friends, the School of Religion is committed to the concept of universal ministry, and thus defines ministry broadly. Pastoral ministry, pastoral counseling, peace and justice activities, spiritual direction, teaching, and writing represent a few of the areas of ministry commonly acknowledged at the school.
Legislative and Social Concerns:
Friends Committee On Legislation: Friends Committee on Legislation FCNL is a Quaker Lobby in Washington DC supported by Indiana Yearly Meeting and Winchester Friends. FCNL is public interest lobby founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends. FCNL seeks to bring the concerns, experiences and testimonies of Friends to bear on policy decisions in the nation's capital. FCNL's staff and volunteers work with a nationwide network of thousands of people to advocate social and economic justice, peace, and good government. Please use this website to email or fax congress about current legislation.
American Friends Service Committee: The American Friends Service Committee is a service, development, social justice, and peace organization with programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.
Quaker United Nations Office: Quaker United Nations Offices are in New York and Geneva and serve as a Quaker presence at the United Nations, representing Friends concerns at the international level.
Quaker Earthcare Witness: Quaker Earthcare Witness is a spiritually-centered movement of Quakers and like-minded people seeking ways to integrate concern for the environment with Friends' long-standing testimonies for simplicity, integrity, peace, and equality.
White's Residential and Family Services: White's Residential & Family Services is a Christ-centered organization committed to enriching the lives of children and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. It began in 1850 when a Quaker businessman and entrepreneur, Josiah White, visited Quakers in Indiana Yearly Meeting and proposed a school for disadvantaged and orphaned children.
Friends Fellowship Community: Friends Fellowship Community is in Richmond, Indiana. It is founded by Quakers and sponsored by Indiana Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. The Community was established as a not-for-profit corporation to provide a continuum of residential and health care for older adults. The original building was opened on February 6, 1965 and is situated on 125 acres of rolling lawns, with a pond, woods and ample space for walking and enjoying nature.
Books, Publications and Related Information
Quaker Writings Homepage: Website with Quaker writings from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and dedicated to presenting and renewing the Christian testimony of the Society of Friends
Friends Journal: Friends Journal is an independent magazine serving the Religious Society of Friends and associated with Friends General Conference.
Quaker Quaker: Quaker Quaker is a guide to the Quaker Conversation and is a Blog collaboratively edited of other Blogs and news stories about Friends.
Planet Quaker: A collection of Quaker Blogs. Contains a lot of insightful thoughts as well as spiritual motivations.
Quaker Heritage Press: Quaker Heritage Press aims to make available various historical Quaker writings that have been allowed to go out of print. They have print editions, on-line editions as well as catalogs of historic texts, regardless of the source.