There are five Quaker meetings in the York area.
Three of these are in York itself, the largest based in Friargate. Around York, members of the Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) worship and work together as York Area Meeting.
Our Quaker Meeting Houses are not only home to thriving Quaker meetings, but also a community resource – meeting places for many community groups and organisations.
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.
Friargate Quaker Meeting has opened a Quiet Room as part of its building improvements.
This place of stillness is available to everyone throughout the day for quiet reflection.
Read more about it on the special Quiet Room webpage.
Refugee Crisis: How can we help?
York Area Meeting Clerks have prepared a short guide to local and national agencies or groups working to support refugees and asylum seekers. This is at the request of York Friends wishing to help. You can find it here.
Friargate users, including some new groups, have been enjoying the improved facilities available since our rebuilding work.
For easier access to information about our rooms there is now a new direct web address.
Groups and other interested visitors can go straight to: yourfriargate.yorkquakers.org.uk from their web browser.
Our website: Personal information
Following recent discussion of how we treat personal information on our website, a new paper attempts to clarify the current policy.
This is in the form of a number of questions and answers.
In her TED Talk, Celia McKeon, a member of Friargate Quaker Meeting, discusses conventional views of what constitutes security in the modern world.
She goes on to suggest what the key factors really are, and how they are being put into practice around the world
Read more and view a recording of the talk on our News page.
The current series of York Peace Talks continues in January 2018. The talks have been running for several years now, and bring a wide variety of speakers to York audiences.
Talks deal with issues around the broad theme of peace. In the latest series, current social issues also link the topics.
Army recruitment, fracking, conflict in our prisons and the impact of Isis in the UK feature in the present series.
The guests will be speaking from their own direct experience.
For more information, visit our News page.
Kindertransport & Quakers
Personal experiences will be the starting point for an event which is part of Bootham School's Social Justice Programme 2018.
Peter Kurer (Bootham Old Scholar) will give a presentation on "What the Quakers did for the Jews of Nazi Germany" and Kurt Strauss (York Quaker) will speak about experiences as a refugee.
The event is on 31st January. Click on the poster or view our online calendar for more details.
Quakevine 2017 Quiz: The answers
Backbencher, occasional contributor to our monthly newsletter, Quakevine, has now provided the answers for the annual Quiz in 2017.
The quiz featured quotations with Quaker connections.
The quiz is reproduced here with the answers. Click on the photo to view or download.