The Religious Society of Friends had its origin in England in the seventeenth century. It sprang from the religious experience of George Fox, but numbers of Seekers had already separated themselves from the churches and were meeting together for worship without any ordained priests or ministers, and without the use of any rites such as baptism or the eucharist. The basis of their worship was silently waiting upon God. Many of the Seekers turned to Fox as their leader, and in course of time the Religious Society of Friends emerged read more about the origin of the Society.
There are over 2,000 Friends in Australia, with around 1,000 in membership. Meetings for Worship take place all over Australia on a weekly basis. Here in Tasmania, there are six locations where we worship – please refer to “Where we gather” for lots more information about each location.