Eugene Friends Meeting

Eugene Friends Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends ("Quakers")

Eugene Friends Meeting

Sunday March 7, 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.
  • 12 noon, Youth Program, Learn more.
  • 12:45 p.m. – Meeting for Worship for Business via zoom, use the same zoom link as for Meeting for Worship.

Our Winter Retreat Theme: 
“Reflecting on the Past, Being in the Present, Finding Hope for the Future: How is the Divine at work in our lives?”
We were honored to host our special guest, Carl Magruder, a California Quaker and palliative care chaplain, who spoke about Hope and Transformation. 
Carl says, “Hope can be at once a warm fuzzy blanket and a consuming fire. In difficult times, hope can be hard to find and scary to feel. As a hospice and palliative care chaplain, I have witnessed the ways that hope persists, even when what was most longed for is not to be. How do we maintain hope in a broken world, without becoming so spiritualized that our hoping becomes ephemeral? How do we understand ourselves to be in the world, but not of it in times of both despair and jubilation? How does community buoy us up, and how do we infuse it with our hope? Bring your heart and your wisdom to this journey of inquiry, the way of the open heart.

Learn more about Carl’s Soul Ways Spiritual Accompaniment ministry on the Civic Light Projects webpage.

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 2/21/2021

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