My proposal is that the Religious Society of Friends exists to enable its members to be more faithful to God. It exists because God is the Creator and We are Creatures, part of a broader Creation for which we are (in the image of God) stewards. Each of us has the overwhelming task of discerning our place in the creation and our responsibility as stewards.
It's understandable that the most common response to this reality is denial but Friends proclaim the good news that God loves us and wants us/needs us to turn from denial to accepting that love, that Presence, and the fellowship of the blessed community of those who share the Truth of God's Living Presence and eternal Hope.
In the Christ event is God broke through the divide between the divine and the human. God's purpose was to be with us, in the actuality, God discovered what it was like to be us and in that understanding God's compassion exploded. The good news is that God has changed and therefore we can change.
The Religious Society of Friends is the gathering of those who understand the reality of a living God and know that only in turning to one another can we be truly faithful. Only by releasing some to serve all can we become who we are meant to be.
On the other side, if the Religious Society of Friends, is enabling me to be more faithful, what does that require of me? What does faithfulness mean in terms of time and the other resources for which I am responsible as steward?
And I don't think it's only our members we're supposed to bring closer to God; what would GF say?
But what I really need to ask you: "What does it mean when the Society of Friends doesn't seem to be accomplishing that function?"
I suppose one can be "enabled to be more faithful to God" in a number of ways, including having to stand in contentious opposition to the whole beloved gang... but I really would like to see more actual encouragement and facilitation of deepening our acquaintance with God than I am in fact seeing, and so I really hoped for a useful comment on how best to respond where that isn't happening...