Sunday August 14, 2022 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, learn more here.
- 12:45 p.m. – Worship Sharing via zoom, learn more here.
The Eugene Friends Meeting State of Society Report is now available on the website here.
Friends from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, USA, gathered from July 13 – July 17, 2022, at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon, for the 50th Annual Session of the North Pacific Yearly Meeting. We gathered in person for the first time since 2019 (using masks and other COVID precautions) and were joined by Friends virtually in hybrid sessions. While we rejoiced in each other’s company, we also felt the struggle to establish new balances: with technology, lower numbers, re-learning how to be together, and the absence of Friends we dearly miss.
You can view the keynote address at North Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session, July 13 – 17, 2022.
The epistle from Annual Session is here.
Friends General Conference in the West next summer! July 2 – 8, 2023
The Friends General Conference Gathering is coming to the West next 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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