Applying For Membership

Suggested Readings and Other Membership Resources

To learn more about applying for membership in Boulder Meeting or other Friends meetings, you can consult the following videos and readings.

Videos by Friends in other meetings

[5 min Video]: How to Become a Member of a Quaker Meeting.

[19 minute Video]  What do Quakers Believe?[

[6 min Video]: Arthur Larabee, 9 Core Quaker Beliefs,


Articles about Membership

From members of other Friends’ meetings:

“On Membership in the Religious Society of Friends”, by Lloyd B. Swift  (PDF)

“Belonging: Quakers, Membership, and the Need to be Known”, by Emily Higgs  (PDF)

From one who remains unsure about membership:

“With Just the Door Ajar”, by Caroline Morris  (PDF)


Further resources on Quaker history and Quaker Faith & Practice

Friends Journal on Quaker Membership, June/July 2020, also available online at

Members one of Another: The Dynamics of Membership in Quaker Meeting, by Thomas Gates, Pendle Hill Pamphlet, #371, 2004

Spiritual Hospitality:  A Quaker’s Understanding of Outreach, by Harvey Gilman, Pendle Hill Pamphlet # 314, 1994

Abbot, Margery Post and Carl Abbot, Quakerism: The Basics, 2021

Ambler, Rex, The Quaker Way: A Rediscovery, 2013

Brinton, Howard, Friends for 350 Years,

Dandelion, Pink, The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction, 2008

Durham, Geoffrey, Being a Quaker: A Guide for Newcomers, 2011

Durham, Geoffrey, What Do Quakers Believe?  2019

Chase, Steve, Letters to a Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction to the Quaker Way, 2012

Gorman, George H. The Amazing Fact of Quaker Worship, 1973, 2008.

Intermountain Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice,  The Religious Society of Friends, 2009

Jones, Rufus, Faith and Practice of the Quakers, 2007 (original, 1927)

Kelly, Thomas, A Testament of Devotion, 1996 (original, 1941)

Martin, Marcelle, Our Life is Love, 2016


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