Eugene Friends Meeting
Quaker Studies Theme for 2020-21 – “The World Family of Friends.” Join us for the second of our monthly classes on Wednesday, October 28, 6:30-8 p.m. via zoom. A visitor from University Friends Meeting (North Pacific Yearly Meeting) will speak about his travels in Latin-America doing visitations for Friends World Committee for Consultation.
Register in advance for the Quaker Studies session:
- Click to print the Quaker Studies schedule here.
- If you are new to Quaker Studies or Quakers in general, and need some background, please read Quakerism 101 – The Essentials.
Sunday October 25, 2020 Schedule:
- 9 a.m. – Meeting for Worship via zoom, with Afterword, learn more here.
- 10:15 – Singing via zoom
- 11 a.m. – Outdoor Meeting for Worship, outdoors rain or shine, learn more here.
- 11 a.m. – First Day Children’s Program, outdoors rain or shine, themes for each week listed here.
- 11 a.m. – Meeting for Worship via zoom
- 12:45 p.m. – Meeting for Worship for Business via zoom, 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.
“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.”