Eugene Friends Meeting
Easter Sunday April 11, 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, learn more here.
- 12:45 p.m. – Worship Sharing on Hope, learn more here.
Lamentations. Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., via zoom link here. We will gather again in Lamentation after our deep experience during the EFM Winter Retreat. Journaling and small groups of three Friends will help us to grieve and express what we lament. Friends are encouraged to listen to Quaker Carl Magruder’s talk on Finding Hope, which is posted on our website along with anonymous Lamentations written by EFM Friends.
Also, check this beautiful article, framed in Christian terms, about the value of the Lament. If you choose, you can mentally replace its old fashioned language with your own: Five Things to Know About Lament – N.T. Wright Online.
The session will end with a participatory period Revisiting Resilience, and will be followed up the next day with a Worship Sharing on Hope (use the Sunday zoom link 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.”
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