Eugene Friends Meeting

Eugene Friends Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends ("Quakers")

Eugene Friends Meeting

Open worship time to hold our nation in the light: As we did during the week of the election in November, we will again open our zoom space for worship from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. this inauguration week, beginning Sunday, January 17, and ending at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20. Learn more here.

Join us for an occasion of spiritual deepening and community gathering. Registration Form here.

Quaker Anti-racism Book Group: Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m., via zoom. Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? (2017 edition) by Black psychologist and academic, Beverly Daniel Tatum. Please buy, borrow or download this acclaimed book soon, and read Part I. (If you start now, that’s just 4 pages a day!). This book discussion is the third session of our program on racism. We encourage all EFM members to read the book, even if you don’t want to take part in the discussions, to build common ground in our Meeting. 

Book ordering information is here.

Read a book review here.

Contact Adult Religious Education Committee or Contact Peace and Justice Committee.

Sunday January 24, 2020 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. – Children’s Meeting will meet outdoors once a month during the winter months. Learn more here.
  • 12:45 p.m. Meeting for Worship for Business.

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, former Clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting, served as Friend in Residence for North Pacific Yearly Meeting in 2000. An article in Western Friend titled Knowing Experimentally: Quakerism in a Scientific Age captured highlights of her inspiring presentation. View the archive article here.
Learn more about her life and accomplishments in a 2018 article published in the Smithsonian Magazine here. Please let us know if you plan to attend. Contact Quaker Studies Committee.

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 1/10/2021

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