Eugene Friends Meeting

Eugene Friends Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends ("Quakers")

Eugene Friends Meeting

Sunday May 16, 2021 Schedule:
  • 9 a.m. – Meeting for Worship via zoom, with Afterword, learn more here.
  • 10:10 – Singing Worship via zoom
  • 11 a.m. – Meeting for Worship via zoom, learn more here.
  • 11 a.m. – In-Person Meeting for Worship outside only, learn more here.

Second virtual Willamette Quarterly Meeting – Saturday, May 22, from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with break-out possibilities for visiting during lunch and at the end of the day. We will begin with Meeting for Worship, followed by Meeting for Worship for Business. At last year’s session it was moving to hear the State of Society reports from all the Meetings in Oregon. A new feature this year is a “Community-Family Afternoon” organized by some very merry folks with lots of Zoom expertise and some unusual ideas for games and skits for all ages. Get connected with Friends in Oregon!  Bring your kids—we’re going to have fun. Registration is not required. The Zoom link is on the Willamette Quarterly Meeting website here.

We have been through a year of upheaval and distress throughout our country and our world, bitter divisions in our society, and rampant displays of racism and intolerance. Many people around us are still beset by uncertainty and anxiety. And we realize that in the midst of the urgency of finding wise ways forward through all those difficulties, those difficulties are, in a sense, distractions from the still looming threat of environmental catastrophe.

Nevertheless, we come together again in July to renew and strengthen ourselves and our communities so that we can be the Quakers the world needs! Learn more here.

We are an unprogrammed Meeting; that is, we worship in silence with no prepared order of service. There is no clergy. Each person settles into silence to seek inspiration and spiritual guidance. Out of worship, one may be inspired to speak from the heart; this is our ministry. Anyone may give ministry, but it should come from the spiritual depths of the shared silence.

Dove line drawing“As an OPEN and AFFIRMING congregation, Eugene Monthly Meeting of Friends [Quakers] celebrates diversity in race, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, age, class, marital status, opinion and religious background. We trust this spiritual leading as we seek new understanding of truth and we welcome all who wish to join us in this search.”

Quakers are known for their commitment to nonviolence and the dynamic struggle for peace and justice in the world. For over 350 years we have been active in reconciliation and opposition to war, the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, ending military conscription, opposition to the death penalty, economic justice, and full rights and protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. 

FOR MANY UNFAMILIAR WITH QUAKERS, the way we speak of our faith and the diversity of belief found among us may be perplexing. Even those who have been among Friends for a while may find it challenging to sort out our theology. This difficulty arises in part from the fact that the Society of Friends is not a single, homogeneous group but a large spiritual family with several branches that have evolved in different directions over the past three centuries. Another part of the challenge in understanding Quaker faith derives from our attitude toward creeds or other formal statements of faith. Friends do not make a written creedal statement the test of faith or the measure of suitability for membership.

One belief that is common to Friends is that there is an Inner Light present in every human heart. Life is holy and the spark of Divine Love is recognizable in everyone if we look for it. We find our task and our joy to be, in the words of our founder George Fox, to “walk cheerfully over the Earth, answering that of God in every one.”

Updated 5/9/2021

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