So that’s the architecture of a Quaker meeting house, but what’s actually going on inside?
Around the world, Quakers worship together in one of two ways – what is called ‘unprogrammed’, and ‘programmed’. Whichever way they do so, whatever their place on the christocentric / universalist scale, when Quakers come together to worship, they do so in the spirit of these biblical passages: “but the hour is coming – in fact, it is already here – for true worshippers to worship the father as he truly is, without regard to place. It is worshippers of this sort the father is looking for. God is not tied to this place, and those who worship God must worship him as he truly is, without regard to place” (John 4:23-24 [Scholars’ Version; the last sentence there is more usually translated as God is spirit, and those who worship him should do so in spirit and in truth]) and “in fact, wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, I will be there among them” (Matthew 18:20).