The term “Conservative,” when used by Ohio Yearly Meeting Friends (“Quakers”) was adopted long before the advent of political or social conservatism. OYM began to describe itself as “Conservative” in the 1800’s to distinguish our theological beliefs, form of worship, and way of living the Gospel from some people who had left Ohio Yearly Meeting to pursue different religious paths but still kept the label of “Society of Friends.” One such group now calls itself “Liberal” and the other “Evangelical.” As Conservative Friends, we continue to experience Christ present within us and among us, we worship in expectant waiting for Him to teach or correct, we have no hireling pastors or staff, we recognize Jesus the Anointed One as the Word of God and primary source of all divine communication, with the scriptures as a cherished resource which can only be fully understood when we are in the same Spirit by which they were inspired.