Quakers have no paid clergy. Meetings are run by our members and attenders, all on a voluntary basis. These individuals work through a range of groups and committees on a local and regional level, and through paid staff on a national level, in carrying out the work of Quakers in Britain.
Glasgow Quaker Meeting is a part of West Scotland Area Meeting, along with Argyll, Arran, Ayrshire, Castle Douglas, Dumfries, Dunblane, Glasgow, Islay & Jura, Lanark, Milngavie, Mull and Iona, and Wigtown Meetings. West Scotland Area Meeting holds business meetings around seven times a year. The business conducted at Area Meeting includes membership, marriage arrangements, ownership of property, and general discussion of wider Quaker work. Area Meetings send representatives to other bodies, including the national executive committee (for historical reasons, called Meeting for Sufferings) which meets five times a year at Friends’ House in London. West Scotland Area Meeting publishes a regular newsletter.
West Scotland Area Meeting, in turn, is a part of General Meeting for Scotland, along with the East, North, and South East Area meetings. General Meeting acts on behalf of Britain Yearly Meeting in such procedures as may be required by the Scottish parliament and Scottish legal affairs. General Meeting is a member of ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland) to which it appoints representatives. General Meeting itself meets quarterly for business, normally in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth or St Andrews. These meetings are open to all members of the Society of Friends in Scotland. Non-members may request permission to attend. General Meetings also provide an opportunity to talk with Friends from a distance and to hear invited speakers. In addition, there is an annual residential weekend gathering for all who attend Quaker Meetings in Scotland. The General Meeting also publishes a newsletter “The Scottish Friend“.
General Meeting for Scotland, in turn, is one of two General Meetings (along with Wales) and a number of Regional Gatherings that make up Britain Yearly Meeting. Based at Friends House at Euston, London, Britain Yearly Meeting covers an enormous range of specialisation and responsibility for Quakers in Britain. Britain Yearly Meeting holds a large annual conference in the summer.