Who We Are
Saratoga Friends Meeting is part of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as “Quakers”. Quakers practice a religion of experience: a contemporary, simple and radical faith. Quakers believe that every person is known by God and can know God in a direct relationship. Quakers strive to live lives that are guided by a direct encounter with the Divine, more than by teachings about the Divine. Quaker terms for the Divine include God, the Light Within, and the Spirit, among others.
Quaker Worship: Quakers gather in silence and wait expectantly to come into the presence of the Divine and to be guided by the still, small voice by which God speaks to us from within. During the silence anyone—child, woman, or man—may feel moved to offer a simple spoken message (vocal ministry) that is inspired by this holy encounter. Following the message, the silence resumes. A period of worship may include several messages or none. Testimonies are one of the ways that Quakers have found to express our experience of the Divine in our lives. Some of the best recognized testimonies include: simplicity, integrity, equality, community, and peace.
Many Quakers consider themselves Christians, and some do not. Many Quakers find meaning and value in the teachings of many faiths. There are Quakers of all ages, religious backgrounds, races and ethnicities, education, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and classes. You can find Quakers on all of the world’s continents. Approximately one-third live in the United States and Canada. Saratoga Friends Meeting is part of New York Yearly Meeting, and is affiliated with Friends General Conference.
We invite all to come and sit with us in worship as we listen quietly together for the guiding voice of the Spirit.