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Inquirers Meetings to be Held Wednesday Evenings

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The meetings will meet six consecutive Wednesdays beginning January 20 via Zoom.

Are you an enquirer or new attender who is intrigued by Friends?   If you have been around awhile, do you want to learn more about Quaker beliefs and practices?  Or have you been around for some time and would  like to join the conversation? 

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, this series is for you!  Various members and attenders of Quaker Meeting will facilitate discussions of aspects of the Quaker way.  You will have the opportunity to get to know the members of our community.

While new attenders and inquirers are especially encouraged, all Friends are welcome to attend. If you would like to sign up to attend, please contact us to find out about the log-in information. 


Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 – 8:30 – Sharing Our Stories and Questions

  • What spiritual paths have led us to the Religious Society of Friends?
  • Where are we now in our spiritual journeys and what are we seeking?
  • What questions about Friends do we hope to have answered in these sessions?
  • How might Meeting support us in our spiritual journeys?


Wednesday, January 27, 7:00 – 8:30 – Worship in the Manner of Friends

  • Why is our worship “unprogrammed,” and what does that mean?
  • What’ is meant by “giving a message?
  • How can individuals know if they have “received a message” or if they should share it?
  • Why don’t we have sacraments, use choirs, religious artifacts, or sermons?
  • What opportunities do we offer for spiritual growth?


Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 – 8:30 – Beliefs of Friends

  • What do Quakers believe about the Divine?
  • What words, images, concepts, and metaphors reflect Friends’ spiritual experiences?
  • Are we “Christian?” How do we regard the Bible?
  • Do we have sacraments like baptism or communion?
  • In the absence of a theological creed, what unites Friends?
  • How are “queries” used? What are participants’ experiences of the Divine?
  • What are Clearness Committees? What is a “leading”?  
  • How does one become a Friend?


Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 – 8:30 – Business and Decision Making

  • How does the work of the Meeting get done?
  • How is our local Meeting organized?
  • What is “First Day School?” What is a Monthly Meeting?
  • How are Meeting for Worship and Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business related?
  • How do consensus, unity, and “sense of the Meeting” differ?
  • How are financial contributions received?
  • Why don’t Quakers have paid clergy?
  • How are marriages and memorial services conducted?


Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 – 8:30 – FriendsTestimonies

  • What is meant by a “testimony”?
  • What are the traditional testimonies of Quakers and how did they arise?
  • How were they practiced in the past, and how do contemporary Friends try to demonstrate them today?
  • How can these testimonies further our personal spiritual practices?
  • How can we use Quaker tradition to deepen and sustain our ability to live these principles?
  • What are some ways that we express our commitment to social justice?


Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 – 8:30 – The Wider World of Quakers

  • What is a “yearly meeting” and what does it do?
  • How do we relate to other Quakers in the Chicago metro area and the nation?
  • What are Friends General Conference, Pendle Hill, Friends Committee on National Legislation, AFSC, Friends World Committee, and QUNO, and what do they offer
  • What is Friends Journal?
  • How can you find Quaker Meetings in other locations?