Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

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WORSHIP
The Meeting for Worship is conducted in silence because we endeavor to submit ourselves wholly to the Divine Spirit—which we believe is accessible to everyone who is attentive. We listen to God without the assistance of clergy or prepared liturgy. Friends find their own way to center into the silence and drop away the cares of the week.

During the Meeting for Worship, one or more of those present may feel moved to rise and speak out of the silence. We believe that, at its best, this vocal ministry is divinely inspired. The success of our Worship is not reflected by the quantity of vocal ministry, but rather by the quality of the stillness that surrounds it. Everyone who attends the Meeting for Worship in a spirit of quiet expectation contributes to the depth of the experience for those around them. The Meeting for Worship will conclude in about one hour, when two Friends sitting at the front of the room, on the “facing bench,” shake hands.

COMMUNITY
Quakerism is an experiential faith. We come together to learn how to put our testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, stewardship and equality into daily practice. Each person’s journey may be different, but the shared experience deepens and enriches our lives.

We believe that every person is loved by the Divine Spirit. There are Friends of all ages, religious backgrounds, races, education, sexual orientations, gender identities and classes.

We offer youth religious educational programs, adult religious education classes, social issue presentations, service activities, film nights and shared potluck lunches to strengthen our community ties and grow in faith.

A SPIRITUAL HOME
“Twenty years ago, I was searching for a spiritual home for my son and I; in WCFM I found just that. A nourishing, welcoming and progressive place which spoke to our condition. The support grows as we grow. We are a diverse group not always living the same lives yet seeking the same in spiritual growth. We are strong in love and support. A family not of origin but of choice. I feel blessed to have a spiritual home such as WCFM.”
- Linda F. 

 

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It is time that Christians were judged more by their likeness to Christ than their notions of Christ. Were this sentiment generally admitted we should not see such tenacious adherence to what men deem the opinions and doctrines of Christ while at the same time in every day practise is exhibited anything but a likeness to Christ... Instead of going about doing good as was his wont, instead of being constantly in the exercise of benevolence and love as was his practice, we find the disposition too generally to measure the Christian by his assent to a creed which had not its sign with him nor indeed in his day. 
Lucretia Mott, 1849