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We are engaged, therefore, not only to meet together for the worship of God, but also for the exercise of a Christian care over each other, for the preservation of all in unity of faith and practice, answerable to the description which He, the ever blessed Shepherd, gave of His flock.“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John ).

Printed by direction of the YEARLY MEETING HELD AT STILLWATER In Barnesville, Ohio, in Eighth Month, 2014 “Dearly beloved Friends, these things we do not lay upon you as a rule or form to walk by, but that all, with a measure of light which is pure and holy, may be guided: and so in the light walking and abiding, these things may be fulfilled in the Spirit, not in the letter; for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” Ohio Yearly Meeting was set off from Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and was originally composed of most Friends west of the Allegheny Mountains.

The first Yearly Meeting in Ohio was held at Short Creek, beginning the 14th of Eighth Month, 1813.

A committee was appointed in that body to take the subject under consideration, and its report was adopted by the Yearly Meeting in the Ninth Month, 1922.

As an outgrowth of a concern of many members of the Yearly Meeting that our Book of Discipline should be phrased and arranged in such a way that it might more fully meet the needs of the Church for our time and still be founded in Truth, the Yearly Meeting in 1959 authorized the Representative Meeting to initiate a study of the existing Discipline through the direct action of the various Monthly Meetings.

We believe that a seed of this spirit is in every man.

The basis of faith is thus the belief that God endows each human being with a measure of His own Divine Spirit.Accordingly a committee was appointed to encourage and assist, and a series of discussion and study groups was set up, which have devoted much earnest consideration and prayerful dedication to this important concern.We hope that this handbook will serve to guide and assist our working together as we seek to serve our Divine Master.Friends place special emphasis on the ever present Holy Spirit in the hearts of men.This power we call the Light Within or the Light of Christ.Growing directly out of this belief in the Inward Light of Christ is our ideal of worship.

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