Quakers share a way of life and discover our unity in worshipping together. We are known best for our commitment to peace, simplicity, equality and truth.
We are formally known as the Religious Society of Friends. We are religious, but not a religion: we welcome people from all faith backgrounds (and none) who want to explore and deepen their spiritual and human experience. We are a society: we offer the chance to be part of a community of people who opt for simpler lives and who seek “to know one another better in things that are eternal”. We are friends: we recognise a fundamental equality of dignity in every person. To put it another way, we see “that of God in everyone”.
For Quakers, the Area Meeting is the level at which membership is held, though we usually worship in Local Meetings. In the Norfolk & Waveney area we have ten Local Meetings. There is also a regular meeting for worship held at the University of East Anglia, under the care of Norwich Local Meeting.
The Area Meeting and its trustees work to support the affairs of the Society and to support Local Meetings.