FAITH AND PRACTICE
of
Wilmington Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
(BOOK OF DISCIPLINE)

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Title Page

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
The Expanding Appreciation of Truth, Origin and Development of the Discipline, Adoption of the Uniform Discipline, The Book of Faith and Practice,

PART I -- FAITH AND LIFE

Part I - Chapter 1 - Historical Statement

George Fox and the Rise of the People Called Quakers, American Beginnings and Growth,  Branches of Friends, Evangelical Movements of the Nineteenth Century, Development of the Pastoral Ministry, Origin of the Friends National Organizations, Other Cooperative Agencies

Part I - Chapter 2 - Faith and Thought
Basic Principles, Ideals of Worship,  Testimony on Ceremonial Rites,  The Scriptures, Spiritual Gifts

Part I - Chapter 3 - Life and Action
Way of Life, Evangelism and Extension, Friends and Education, The Social Order, Friends and the State,
Justice in Interracial Relations, Justice in International Relations, Testimonies on Family and Personal Life, Sanctity of the Home, Recreation and Amusements, Healthful Living, Health Practices, Gambling and Lotteries, Judicial Oaths, Secret and/or Discriminatory Organizations

Part I - Chapter 4 - The Queries

Introductory Statement, General Queries, Queries for Meetings on Ministry and Counsel

PART II -- ORGANIZATION ANDBUSINESS PROCEDURE
CHAPTER I- FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Ideals in Organization, The Meeting, Basis of Membership, Rules of Membership
Reception by Application, Reception and Transfer by Certificate or Letter, Discontinuance of Membership, Dealing with Offenders, Guidelines for Continuing Membership, Note on Approved Changes,

CHAPTER II - THE MONTHLY MEETING
Organization and Functions, Committees, Ministry and Counsel, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Auxiliary Groups, Queries., Special Responsibilities for Ministry, Pastors and Meeting Secretaries, Minutes for Service, Marriage, With the Minister Participating, When Arranged by the Meeting, Relations to Superior Meetings, Outreach and New Meetings,

CHAPTER III - QUARTERLY MEETING
Organization and Functions, Relation to Monthly Meetings, Relation to the Yearly Meeting, Departmental Chairpersons, Meeting on Ministry and Counsel.,

CHAPTER IV -YEARLY MEETING
Organization and Functions, Permanent Board, Yearly Meeting on Ministry and Counsel, Recording of Ministers, Yearly Meeting Boards, Relations with Wilmington College, Sources of Business, Young Friends and Junior Yearly Meetings, Miscellaneous

CHAPTER V - FRIENDS UNITED MEETING
Preface, Triennial Sessions, Organization and Functions, Commissions and Their Functions, Property and Financial Interests , Associated Organizations,

PART III -- AUTHORIZED DECLARATION OF FAITH

Preface , Essential Truths, Extract from George Fox's Letter to the Governor of Barbadoes, 1671, Declaration of Faith Issued by The Richmond Conference, 1887, Of God, The Lord Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, The Holy Scriptures,
Man's Creation and Fall, Justification and Sanctification, The Resurrection and Final Judgment, Baptism, The Supper of the Lord, Public Worship, Prayer and Praise, Liberty of Conscience in Its Relation to Civil Government, Marriage,
Peace, Oaths, The First Day of the Week

APPENDIX
A. Application for Membership, B. Removal Certificate, C. Letter to Other Denominations, D. Form of Affirmation, E. Marriage Vows, F. Certificate of Marriage, G. Marriage Service, A Minister Participating,



Adopted at Yearly Meeting Sessions
1977
Wilmington, Ohio