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Baton Rouge Friends Meeting

Worship During COVID-19 Pandemic

     Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are meeting for Worship each First Day (Sunday) at 11:30 A.M. at the home of one our members, with appropriate social distancing and mask wearing. We are also offering online Worship at the same time for those who cannot join in person. For more information, including the address, contact Pam Arnold at (225) 665-3560 or via email at [email protected].

Our Meetings for Worship are available through Microsoft Skype (free download) by clicking here.

We look forward to being with you this Sunday morning!

About Our Meeting

     Baton Rouge Friends Meeting began in 1965 when Wade and Selma Mackie came south to Louisiana to work in the Civil Rights Movement.  Initially meeting in homes, they gathered with like-minded people from the Movement and from their work places and a Quaker presence became a part of the Louisiana faith culture.  The first Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business held as a formal monthly meeting in the Religious Society of Friends was on January 15, 1967.  Ours was the first new monthly meeting to be minuted into the membership of South Central Yearly Meeting (SCYM).  

     Although many times we have been quite small in numbers, our Meeting has met continually in Baton Rouge since its inception.  In 1982, there was only one family remaining.  They had brought the idea of "laying down" the Meeting to SCYM that year and had been encouraged to wait a year before taking action.  As sometimes hapens, there was then a surge in attendance in the fall of 1982 and the Meeting was revived.  One of the first actions of the energized Meeting was to declare sanctuary for Central American refugees in 1983. 

     There have been many hills and valleys in the years since declaring sanctuary.  Our meeting gathers faithfully each week in expectant silence in the manner of un-programmed Friends (without clergy or a pre-arranged service or liturgy) throughout the world, and each hour of worship connects us to our larger family of Quakers through the Spirit.

     If you are looking for an hour of peace in a noisy world, we have an open chair for you in our circle.  For over 350 years, The Religious Society of Friends has stood for peace, equality, integrity, and simplicity.  All are welcome. 

    

     Our wider Quaker Family includes Friends in Acadiana Friends Meeting, Bayou Quarterly Friends Meeting, and South Central Yearly Meeting.  

BAYOU QUARTERLY FRIENDS MEETING includes these monthly meetings:  Friends Meeting of New Orleans, Baton Rouge Friends Meeting, Acadiana Friends Meeting, Live Oak Friends Meeting (Houston, TX) and Galveston Friends Meeting.  We meet in January (sometimes February) and September of each year at a retreat center just north of Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Contact Pam Arnold, treasurer, 225-665-3560, for information.

SOUTH CENTRAL YEARLY MEETING includes monthly meetings and/or worship groups located in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and southern Missouri.  We meet over the Easter weekend at a campground just south of Waco, Texas.  Go to scym.org for more information.

ACADIANA FRIENDS MEETING is a preparatory Quaker Meeting in the Lafayette, Louisiana area, but we are not currently meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact Larry Trombatore (337-658-4554) or Pam Arnold (225-665-3560) for more information.

Meeting Times

Worship begins each First Day (Sunday) at 11:30 A.M. unless otherwise noted.

First Sunday:  Meeting for Worship @ 11:30am (in person or online here)

Library @ rise of worship

Second Sunday:  Meeting for Worship @ 11:30am (in person or online here)

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business @ rise of worship

Third Sunday:  Meeting for Worship @ 11:30am (in person or online here)

Adult First Day School @ rise of worship

Fourth Sunday:  Meeting for Worship @ 11:30am (in person or online here)

Eating Meeting (Pot Luck) @ rise of worship

Fifth Sundays are for traveling ministry. We sometimes travel to worship with Friends in other cities, but due to the pandemic, we encourage Friends to worship with another Monthly Meeting online. Consider joining Friends Meeting of New Orleans or another SCYM-affiliated meeting by clicking here.

What's New

There will be no in-person worship on April 4, 2021. Friends are encouraged to join on Skype.

Public

At Baton Rouge Friends Meeting, we love sharing our faith and traditions with our friends and neighbors through the QuakerSpeak video series.

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02/07/2021

Meeting for Worship, 11:30 AM

Library Sunday and read-along at the rise of Worship

02/14/2021

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, 11:30 AM

02/21/2021

Meeting for Worship, 11:30 AM

First Day School at the rise of Worship

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Public

At the rise of Worship of our November 1st, 2020, Meeting, attenders of Baton Rouge Friends Meeting (Quakers) assembled 20 care bags to be distributed to street persons of the Baton Rouge metro area. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began some months ago, Friends have raised concerns that the number of people asking for help at street corners and intersections has increased. Friends then decided to assemble care bags to hand out to individuals as Spirit leads.

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Worship with us!

225-665-3560
Meeting Times: 

Worship begins each First Day (Sunday) at 11:30 A.M. unless otherwise noted.

First Sunday:  Meeting for Worship @ 11:30am (in person or online here)

Library @ rise of worship

Second Sunday:  Meeting for Worship @ 11:30am (in person or online here)

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business @ rise of worship

Third Sunday:  Meeting for Worship @ 11:30am (in person or online here)

Adult First Day School @ rise of worship

Fourth Sunday:  Meeting for Worship @ 11:30am (in person or online here)

Eating Meeting (Pot Luck) @ rise of worship

Fifth Sundays are for traveling ministry. We sometimes travel to worship with Friends in other cities, but due to the pandemic, we encourage Friends to worship with another Monthly Meeting online. Consider joining Friends Meeting of New Orleans or another SCYM-affiliated meeting by clicking here.