There are two other similar organizations within Quakerism, Friends United Meeting and Evangelical Friends International; each of these three organizations represent different branches within Quakerism, with the FUM occupying a more-or-less centrist theological viewpoint and the EFI representing an admixture of Quakerism and conservative evangelicalism. FGC-affiliated meetings are in the "unprogrammed" Quaker tradition, which means that such meetings take place without human pastoral leadership, or a prepared order of worship. Friends (Quakers) in FGC tend to be decidedly more socially and theologically liberal than Friends from other parts of Quakerism (and than the general U.S. population). In many respects, they are analogous to mainline Protestants who hold strongly progressive viewpoints on matters such as biblical authority, sexual mores, and attitudes toward public policy, with pacifism perhaps being the FGC's chief distinctive.
The FGC hosts an annual conference in early July for members of member organizations (although individual membership is not required to attend). It also operates a bookstore and a publishing house, and provides numerous resources for meetings and individual Friends.
The main offices for the FGC are in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The FGC provides resources and opportunities that educate and invite members and attenders to experience, individually and corporately, what they believe to be God's living presence, and to discern and follow what they hold to be God's leadings. FGC reaches out to seekers and to other religious bodies inside and outside the wider Religious Society of Friends.