Welcome to Brighouse West Yorkshire Area Quaker Meeting. Quakers share a way of life and discover our unity in worshipping together. We are known best for our commitment to peace, simplicity, equality and truth.
Quakers are formally known as the Religious Society of Friends. We are religious, but not a religion: we welcome people from all faith backgrounds (and none) who want to explore and deepen their spiritual and human experience. We are a society: we offer the chance to be part of a community of people who opt for simpler lives and who seek “to know one another better in things that are eternal”. We are friends: we recognise a fundamental equality of dignity in every person. To put it another way, we see “that of God in everyone”.
About the Area Meeting
Brighouse West Yorkshire Area Quaker Meeting is one of 70 Area Meetings of Quakers in Britain. We have no hierarchy and none of us has any status above another. The Area Meeting has about 250 Friends (as Quakers often call themselves). They are either members who have formally joined or are regular attenders at our Local Meetings for Worship. In addition, there are many more who come along less frequently, or on just a few occasions. Our Meetings are open to all and everyone is welcome.
“The Area Meeting is the primary meeting for church affairs in Britain Yearly Meeting. Its role is to develop and maintain a community of Friends, a family of local meetings who gather for worship and spiritual enrichment. It should provide that balance between worship, mutual support, administration, learning, deliberation and social life which can make its meetings enjoyable occasions and build up the spiritual life of its members.”
Quaker Faith & Practice 4.02
The Area Meeting and its trustees work to support the affairs of the Society and to support Local Meetings. We meet at five local Meetings of various sizes. The smallest may have fewer than 10 attending the Sunday Meeting for Worship, and the largest may have over 30. Friends often attend the Meeting nearest to where they live, but others choose a different Meeting where they feel more at home. All Local Meetings, whatever their size, share the same way of worship. Click below to find out more about each of our Local Meetings.
Who are Quakers?
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Quakers share a way of life, rather than a set of beliefs. We seek to experience God directly, within ourselves and in our relationships with others and the world around us.
“A Quaker meeting creates a space of gathered stillness. We come together where we can listen to the promptings of truth and love in our hearts, which we understand as arising from God. Our meetings are based on silence: a silence of waiting and listening. There may be silence for quite some time, perhaps half an hour or more. But that does not mean nothing is happening.”