Quakerism: a view from the back benches
Copyright 1966 The Back Benches
We are less clear, according to the use test, on the function of Yearly Meeting and other associations in terms of advancing the Quaker cause. Yearly Meeting and other national and international groups have a conserving function, I.e., preserving the Society of Friends as it is now. Little has happened which suggests another possible role. Maybe a national cabinet or group of wise men could help us to think through guide lines for worship and discipline, but at present the burden and expense of Yearly Meeting are hard to justify.
(to be continued)