Faith & Practice is the written record of the collective sense of the Spirit for a yearly meeting body. Most books of faith and practice include advices on procedures within the faith, current practice for conducting the yearly meeting and monthly meeting business, and numerous quotations from prominent Friends on belief, worship, concerns, leadings, and testimonies. This is an essential text for any Friend within a yearly meeting.
First adopted in 1955, Faith & Practice was revised in 1972. After 25 years and numerous reprintings, it was revised in 1997 and again revised in 2002, with updates in the section on Yearly Meeting structures and a new section of biographical notes. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting appoints a Faith and Practice Revision Group to periodically review and revise Faith & Practice in order to reflect continuing spiritual discernment, incorporate new governance structure and practices, and generally bring the book up to date.