Reading and self-study has long-been a strong tradition at the heart of Quaker practice.
All are welcome. The Quaker Reading Group currently meets at the home of Sanjiv Kamath. We meet each Thursday evening from 7pm to 9 pm. We generally read and discuss Quaker literature such as Pendle Hill pamphlets; Friends Journal; Western Friend. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you plan to join us, please call for directions and to make sure that the meeting is not canceled for any reason. Sanjiv Kamath, 805-682-7666
The Santa Barbara Meeting has an extensive library of books and magazines, which you are welcome to borrow. There is no charge for this. If you have books that may be of interest to the Meeting donations are most welcome. If you have any questions please get in contact with a member of the Library Committee.
Faith and Practice
Faith and Practice is the name given to books that are published by several Yearly Meetings. They typically cover aspects of Quaker philosophy and agreed practices relating to the day to day running of a Meeting (for instance accepting new members, holding business meetings, establishing committees etc.) and the processes of a particular region’s Yearly, Quarterly and Monthly Meetings. They are living documents that are frequently amended.
Here is a link to a free downloadable PDF of our Pacific Yearly Meeting’s latest edition of Faith and Practice: http://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/faith-and-practice/
“Dearly beloved Friends, these things we do not lay upon you as a rule or form to walk by, but that all, with the measure of light which is pure and holy, may be guided: and so in the light walking and abiding, these may be fulfilled in theSpirit, not from the letter, for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.”
Advices from the elders at Balby, 1656
“We, like every generation, must find the Light and Life again for ourselves. Only what we have valued and truly made our own, not by assertion but by lives of faithful commitment, can we hand on to the future. Even then, we must humbly acknowledge that our vision of the truth will, again and again, be amended.”
Britain Yearly Meeting, Quaker Faith & Practice, 1995