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IMYM Faith and Practice

The need for a book describing Intermountain Yearly Meeting rose out of the same impulse toward order as was recognized during the early years of the Religious Society of Friends. What early Friends called a “book of discipline” evolved from minutes describing guidelines that Friends found enabled them to carry out actions consistent with their faith. It described the basic framework of monthly, quarterly (or regional), and yearly meetings set up by the founder, George Fox. Not long after its founding, the Society realized that, in order to assess the health and progress of Friends, certain information was needed. Focused questions, now called queries, were formulated to gather this information. In 1791, the first advices were adopted. Together, the advices and queries reminded Friends (and still do) of the basic faith and principles held to be essential to the life and witness of the Religious Society of Friends. This collection of materials, with periodic revisions, served as both record and guide, never as rule or creed, and was open to change as times and society changed. A Quaker book of discipline, also called a faith and practice, sets forth our current understanding of how we are organized, what we believe, and how our lives bear witness to what we believe.  

Faith & Practice Revision Process

The IMYM community is in the process of revising our Faith & Practice through a multi-year discernment, writing and approval process.  We have a Faith & Practice Committee (current members) and continue to form Content Working Groups based on Friends feedback (initially: Relationship with Earth and Families). 

The committee has now made the full text of the existing (2009) Faith & Practice available online in a form that accepts comments.  Friends can now directly post comments, revisions and suggestions to that document by going to

Get Involved

If you would like to become active with the committee’s work, we encourage you to express your interest to the Committee by writing to us with your ideas, suggestions, interests, working group areas of expertise and/or concerns at If you would like to be considered for service on the committee, please contact the IMYM Nominating Committee or your Regional Nominating Committee to express your interest in serving. 

Documenting Our Progress

Our Faith & Practice revision process and progress can be directly experienced through reports and other documents that have been created along the way.  This list of relevant documents is arranged with the newest document at the top.

- in Service to the Light

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Intermountain Yearly Meeting c/o MVFM
2280 S. Columbine Street
Denver, CO 80210

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