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Wider Friends Contacts

WIDER QUAKER CONTACTS

QUAKERS ARE INVOLVED IN A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES (STEWARDSHIP OF THE EARTH, PEACE-MAKING, PUBLISHING, AND MUCH MORE).  THE LINKS BELOW WILL TAKE YOU TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOUR NEW WORSHIP GROUP OR MEETING MIGHT LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT -- OR GET INVOLVED WITH.  

AND IN CASE IT ISN'T OBVIOUS, FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE REALLY WANTS TO BE THERE FOR YOU.  SO BE SURE AND CHECK OUT THE VARIOUS RESOURCES OFFERED THROUGH OUR HOME SITE.

Quaker Meetings Toolbox - Outreach and Publicity

Outreach and publicity are about sharing our spiritual search and insights with those who want to listen. For Quakers, outreach and publicity are not about converting people, but rather about helping them understand what we value, do, and how we seek to support each other in living out our faith. Our role is to encourage, resource and help build the confidence of Quakers in our corporate responsibility of speaking about our faith and the way we work and worship together.  Below are tools that will help your worship group or meeting do the vital work of outreach and publicity.

Meeting for Worship

MEETING FOR WORSHIP

MEETING FOR WORSHIP IS A FORM OF COMMUNION FOR FRIENDS IN WHICH WE GATHER IN SILENCE IN ORDER TO ENTER A REALITY THAT "IS ALWAYS HERE WITHIN US AND BESIDE US, AVAILABLE TO US AS AN INVISBLE STREAM INTO WHICH WE CAN STEP AT ANY TIME." (WILLIAM TABER) WORSHIP, THEN, IS NOT SOMETHING WE DO BUT IS A STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS WHICH WE ENTER WHICH BRINGS US INTO COMMUNION WITH THE LIVING PRESENCE.

WORSHIP IS AT THE HEART OF THE QUAKER WAY.

Welcoming Newcomers

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!

MANY ASPECTS OF A MEETING'S OR WORSHIP GROUP'S LIFE INFLUENCE A NEWCOMER'S DECISION TO BECOME A REGULAR ATTENDEE AND ACTIVE PARTICIPANT. THEY VITALITY OF YOUR MEETING OR WORSHIP GROUP AND THE WAYS YOU INFORM NEWCOMERS ABOUT YOUR FAITH AFFECT THEIR DECISIONS WHETHER TO RETURN OR NOT, AS DO THEIR FEELINGS OF WELCOME AND ACCEPTANCE.  MOST IMPORTANT THOUGH IS THE QUALITY OF WORSHIP. QUAKERS OFFER A FORM OF WORSHIP THAT IS DISTINCT FROM OTHER FAITHS.

Outreach and Publicity

THE ROLE OF OUTREACH

OUTREACH AND PUBLICITY ARE ABOUT SHARING OUR SPIRITUAL SEARCH AND INSIGHTS WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO LISTEN. FOR QUAKERS, OUTREACH AND PUBLICITY ARE NOT ABOUT CONVERTING PEOPLE, BUT RATHER ABOUT HELPING THEM UNDERSTAND WHAT WE VALUE, DO, AND HOW WE SEEK TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN LIVING OUT OUR FAITH. OUR ROLE IS TO ENCOURAGE, RESOURCE AND HELP BUILD THE CONFIDENCE OF QUAKERS IN OUR CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY OF SPEAKING ABOUT OUR FAITH AND THE WAY WE WORK AND WORSHIP TOGETHER. 

Getting Started

STARTING A NEW QUAKER WORSHIP GROUP OR MEETING 

QUAKER WORSHIP GROUPS AND MEETINGS ARE DYNAMIC FAITH COMMUNITIES. IT IS WONDERFUL THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERING STARTING A WORSHIP GROUP OR MEETING!  BELOW ARE SOME TOOLS THAT WILL HELP YOU IN THIS SPIRITUAL ENDEAVOR. 

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