Sunday February 12, 2023 Schedule:
- 9 a.m. – Meeting for Worship via zoom, with Afterword, learn more here.
- 10:10 a.m. – Singing Worship via zoom.
- 11 a.m. – Meeting for Worship via zoom, learn more here.
- 11 a.m. – In-person Meeting for Worship with masks and social distancing optional, learn more here.
- 12:45 p.m. – In-person Worship Sharing and via zoom, hybrid, learn more here.
Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, a program of Friends Peace Teams, offers this online program: Saturday, February 11, 1-3 p.m. (Pacific Time) – Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples. In this 2-hour participatory program, we experience the history of the colonization of Turtle Island, the land that is now known as the United States. The story is told through the words of Indigenous leaders, European/American leaders, and Western historians. We engage with this history through experiential exercises and small group discussions. And we are invited to consider how we can build relationships with Indigenous peoples based on truth, respect, justice, and our shared humanity. This workshop is appropriate for high school students and adults. Register here.
Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples has posted their link on the Eugene Friends Meeting Reparations webpage. Learn more here.
Quaker Voluntary Service: Live your values while gaining valuable job skills and living in community! QVS is an experiment at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism, an 11-month Fellowship program for young adults aged 21-30. Participants engage in social justice work, live in intentional community and explore Quaker practices around decision-making, sustainability, discernment and simplicity. Participating Fellows receive room, board, transportation, a monthly stipend, support of QVS staff and local meeting members among many other benefits. QVS currently has houses in Minneapolis, Boston, Philadelphia and Portland, OR. How to apply: https://quakervoluntaryservice.org/apply/. Application deadline: February 28, 2023.
Friends General Conference in the West this summer! July 2 – 8, 2023
The Friends General Conference Gathering is coming to the West this summer! The Gathering Co-Clerks are seeking volunteers to serve on the Gathering Committee. Learn more about planning and volunteering here.
We are looking forward to joining with Friends from many places to create an FGC Gathering at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR July 2-8, 2023.
“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.”
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.
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.”
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