Eugene Friends Meeting

Eugene Friends Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends ("Quakers")

Thursday January 20, 2022, All are welcome to join the Becoming Rooted Worship Sharing Book Group via zoom. Learn more and order a book here. Contact the Earthcare Support Group Coordinator for the link.

Sunday January 23, 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.
  • In-person Meeting for Worship has been temporarily suspended as of January 2, 2022, learn more here.
  • 12:45 p.m. – Meeting for Worship for Business via zoom.

Winter Retreat 2022: Affirming our Faith through Worship, Witness, and Action

February 11 & 12, 2022, via zoom

Please register by February 9, 2022

Contact the Ministry & Counsel Clerk to register.

Ministry and Counsel invites you to participate in our annual opportunity to pause as individuals and as a community for a time of inspiration and reflection.  Our guest speaker Marge Abbott, a long-time Friend from Multnomah Meeting, will share themes from her recent book, “Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly: Modern Quakers as Everyday Prophets.” Learn more here.

Link to a Friends Journal book review here.

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.”

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.”

Updated 1/16/2022

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