|A church school founded by the Huntsville Area Friends Meeting|
ABOUT THE FRIENDS MEETING
The Huntsville Area Friends Meeting is a monthly meeting of the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association of the Religious Society of Friends. The Society of Friends, or Quakers, was started by George Fox in 17th century England at the time of the Cromwellian Revolution. The founding of Pennsylvania by William Penn brought Quakerism to America.
George Fox's revelation led him to preach that all human beings had within themselves the capacity to know directly the will of God. There are two types of Friends meetings: pastoral and non-pastoral. Huntsville Area Friends Meeting has no pastor. Worship services are unprogrammed and based on silence, allowing each individual to pursue the search for God's will in his or her own way. Business is conducted with the same sense of search. Instead of voting on issues, all strive to reach agreement before making a decision.
Friends have a long history of taking action on social issues. Pacifism, humanitarian relief in time of war, care of the mentally ill, prison reform, abolition of slavery, women's rights, and equality and justice for all minorities are or have been concerns of Friends.