Our indoor Meeting for Worship is moved back outdoors until further notice, because of the spike in COVID-19 cases and the greater risk of infection from the Delta variant. We welcome you to our Sunday in-person 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship, outdoors in the garden. Bring your own chair, and sunshade, and wear a mask at all times. Entering the EFM building or grounds affirms your agreement to act in unity with the protocols. Learn more here.
Sunday September 26, 2021 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 – Meeting for Worship for Business
- Children’s Program is on vacation for September except for special events, learn more here.
Threshing Session on Whether to Move to a Hybrid Form of Meeting for Worship
Monday, September 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m. via zoom, learn more here.
We need you! Please come and contribute your knowledge, questions, and concerns to the discussion of this important issue for our Meeting community. If you are unable to attend the Threshing Session, please send feedback. Contact Ministry and Counsel Committee.
Beach Clean-up: Join us at Heceta Beach, north of Florence, on Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., for this annual event sponsored by SOLVE. The EFM Earthcare Group and the Children’s Committee are organizing this together, as a community opportunity to help keep our beaches healthy! Learn more here.
We will be celebrating World Quaker Day on October 3, 2021. Our theme: Resilience and hope: drawing strength from our Quaker faith.
Every year across our churches, meetings, countries, and sections, we feel the power of God connecting us into a faithful family. We celebrate all expressions of Quaker worship!
Learn more about World Quaker Day here.
“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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