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Community Friends Meeting

Welcome!

We welcome all visitors.  We believe there is that of God in each one of us, which leads us to be welcoming of diversity and inclusive of all people.  We feel that the rich diversity of religious expression and experience in our Meeting is one of our strengths.

Community Friends Meeting is a welcoming faith community in the Quaker (Religious Society of Friends) tradition. As Friends, we believe that every person has the capacity to inwardly experience and faithfully respond to God’s love and guidance.  Recognizing that we may name and experience God in diverse ways, we seek to nurture a sense of being joined to the Divine, to one another, and to all of creation.

At the heart of our spiritual community is the practice of deep, prayerful listening based in silence. During this time together, which we call “meeting for worship,’ some may feel led by the Spirit to speak out of the silence and to share a message with those gathered. We have the expectation that in opening ourselves to the presence of the Divine, spiritual revelation occurs which can transform ourselves and our world.

Living a life grounded in the Spirit is understood by Quakers to issue forth in commitments to nonviolence, equality, simplicity, integrity, community, and care for creation. We seek to foster creative peacemaking in our families and communities and to work for a more just and ecologically sustainable world.  Our Meeting is LGBTQ+ welcoming and affirming.

Meeting Times

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Friends Meeting is currently meeting remotely. Please click the "Contact Us" button above to receive more information about the current status of meeting for worship.

  • Music starts at 9:45am
  • Worship starts at 10:00am
  • Infant Childcare starts at 10:00am
  • Religious Education (4+) starts at 10:15am
  • 2nd Hour Sessions start around 11:30am

Our meetinghouse is wheelchair accessible. Childcare is available year-round. Religious education for children and teens is offered from September through May.

Following worship, except during parts of the summer, there is a 'second hour,' which consists of a potluck meal (first Sunday of the month), business meeting (second Sunday), adult education program (third and fourth Sundays), or sharing of a spiritual journey (fifth Sunday).

Children's Programming:

Community Friends Meeting provides programming for children and teens during the school year to support their growing spiritual development.

Child care is provided for the youngest children during worship, upstairs in the nursery. Our child care providers are experienced Xavier students who have passed a background check.

Older children sit with their parents for the first 15 minutes of adult worship, and then they go upstairs to their classrooms for stories, lessons, and art projects. The teachers are volunteers from our meeting.

Quakers often call our Sunday school classes “First Day School.” We plan lessons for primary aged children (ages 4 to 6) and intermediate school aged children (ages 7 to 12) on themes of Quaker testimonies, Quaker history and exploring the Bible. Intermediate children also are introduced to the experience of centering into silent worship through guided meditation and opening to the Spirit. The children form close friendships at Meeting and look forward to their time together. When we have teens attending, we will have an adult leader to meet with them to share and discuss Quaker faith and practice in their lives. During the summer months, child care is provided for all ages during worship, including games, art projects, and outdoor play.

What's New

The Center for Development in Central America is a clinic, Fair trade agricultural and lending cooperative, and cultural exchange program in Managua , Nicaragua. Ken Bordwell was the "sponsor" of this organization with Community Friends, but since his death a year ago I have not been diligent enough in communicating why Community Friends supports it.

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Attached are the Community Companion newsletters for 2018.

(Look below under the heading "Files" for the links.)

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We will be meeting from 10am to noon on the first three Saturdays (January 6, 13, and 20) for an introduction to Quakerism.

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We will be meeting from 10am to noon on the first three Saturdays (January 6, 13, and 20) for an introduction to Quakerism.

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Dearest friends! Thank you again so much for all your support since Ken's sudden death.  It has made all the difference in the world. I know so many are out there for me, so many have sent encouragement, and so many have helped in large and small ways, as I was able to identify needs.
 
Ken's memorial meeting will be at St. Peter in Chains Undercroft, 8th and Plum St.  Use the small 8th St entrance; there is another mass going on upstairs.

Wednesday Nov. 22 (the day before Thanksgiving) 10 AM to noon Chili and sandwiches will be available. 

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Community Friends own Ken Bordwell writes...

"I've been to Middfest events in the past, and they are excellent. In addition, I know some of the organizers of this event, and they do a terrific job."

For all the details, please see the attached flyer below.

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Worship with us!

(513) 861-4353
Community Friends Meeting
3960 Winding Way
Cincinnati, OH 45229
United States
Meeting Times: 

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Friends Meeting is currently meeting remotely. Please click the "Contact Us" button above to receive more information about the current status of meeting for worship.

  • Music starts at 9:45am
  • Worship starts at 10:00am
  • Infant Childcare starts at 10:00am
  • Religious Education (4+) starts at 10:15am
  • 2nd Hour Sessions start around 11:30am

Our meetinghouse is wheelchair accessible. Childcare is available year-round. Religious education for children and teens is offered from September through May.

Following worship, except during parts of the summer, there is a 'second hour,' which consists of a potluck meal (first Sunday of the month), business meeting (second Sunday), adult education program (third and fourth Sundays), or sharing of a spiritual journey (fifth Sunday).

Children's Programming:

Community Friends Meeting provides programming for children and teens during the school year to support their growing spiritual development.

Child care is provided for the youngest children during worship, upstairs in the nursery. Our child care providers are experienced Xavier students who have passed a background check.

Older children sit with their parents for the first 15 minutes of adult worship, and then they go upstairs to their classrooms for stories, lessons, and art projects. The teachers are volunteers from our meeting.

Quakers often call our Sunday school classes “First Day School.” We plan lessons for primary aged children (ages 4 to 6) and intermediate school aged children (ages 7 to 12) on themes of Quaker testimonies, Quaker history and exploring the Bible. Intermediate children also are introduced to the experience of centering into silent worship through guided meditation and opening to the Spirit. The children form close friendships at Meeting and look forward to their time together. When we have teens attending, we will have an adult leader to meet with them to share and discuss Quaker faith and practice in their lives. During the summer months, child care is provided for all ages during worship, including games, art projects, and outdoor play.

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