Orange County Friends Meeting
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Costa Mesa, California

History of the Society of Friends

Photograph of Pendle Hill

"As we travelled we came near a very great hill, called Pendle Hill, and I was moved of the Lord to go up to the top of it; which I did with difficulty, it was so very steep and high. When I was come to the top, I saw the sea bordering upon Lancashire. From the top of this hill the Lord let me see in what places he had a great people to be gathered. As I went down, I found a spring of water in the side of the hill, with which I refreshed myself, having eaten or drunk but little for several days before."

Many books describe the history of the Society of Friends and the biographies of the men and women who made its history. Like every other religious movement, the story is complicated. A website is not the best place to read it. Here we provide a series of short sketches, with the hope that they will provide readers with an accurate, though incomplete, overview of our heritage, and encourage them to read further.