Eugene Friends Meeting
A Western Friend zoom event is planned for December 6, time 10:15 a.m. Use the Sunday zoom link. Learn more about Western Friend magazine here.
Western Friend Project: It is time for the annual subscription drive for Western Friend magazine. If you are new to Eugene Friends Meeting and want to learn more, please reach out to the Florence Worship Group convener, who is a Western Friend Board member. She is passionate about this magazine that links all Quakers here in the West. This linkage is even more important in this time of social distancing. Please continue to support this Project whose mission is to connects us through the magazine, and online opportunities. In this down time, consider writing an article or letter to the Editor yourself to reach out and connect. One third of the magazine’s financial support comes from subscriptions, so subscribers are very important to the work we do here in the West.
Sunday November 29, 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. This will be the last in-person meeting until we find unity to move indoors.
- 11 a.m. – First Day Children’s Program, will not meet today
- 11 a.m. – Meeting for Worship via zoom, learn more here.
- 12:45 p.m. – Called Meeting for Worship for Business, via zoom.
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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