History of Purchase Meeting

The Quakers Today


Although the Friends no longer dress differently or demand conformity to a strict code of behavior, there are still many things that have not changed. They still seek the inner light through prayer and meditation. They still maintain their Quaker testimonies about simplicity, equality and peace.

Friends, as always, express their beliefs by their actions in dealing with today's social problems. Members of Purchase meeting have been leaders in the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) that provides relief and educational programs around the world including the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. In 1947 AFSC won the Nobel Peace Price for its relief work after World War II. Purchase members are also leaders in the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) that provides conflict resolution workshops for prison inmates and community groups. The AVP program that began in Dutchess County is now an international program that operated in more than 30 countries. Quakers continue to speak up for the poor and homeless, lead protests against war and object to military service.

Purchase Meeting looks forward to many more years of serving the spiritual and social needs of our community as it has for the last 275 years. A friendly and warm welcome awaits all religious seekers, the socially concerned, neighbors and travelers who find their way to this secluded corner of Westchester County overlooking Rye Lake and adjoining the Westchester County Airport.