Introducing Quakers: Organisation
The official name of the Quaker organisation is the Religious Society of Friends. A Quaker, also known as a Friend, is a person who is in membership of the Society. A person who is not in membership, but often attends Quaker Meetings for Worship is termed an Attender.
The basic structure of the Society was laid out in the seventeenth century, and much of it remains in place today, not for historical reasons but because it works well. The pages that follow examine the structure of the Society, how the business is conducted, and who is involved.