Detroit Friends Meeting
Introducing the Detroit Friends Meeting
The Detroit Friends Meeting (DFM) is a part of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Quaker practice is steeped in Judeo-Christian thought, but the expression of those beliefs are different from many mainline or orthodox traditions.
The DFM encourages the spiritual searching of individual members. The Bible is a wonderful source of inspirational and religious thought, but Friends rely heavily on direct experience of God through Silent Worship. Friends don't teach that human nature is inherently sinful. The heart of Quaker practice is the belief in an Inner Light, which is part of God's spirit that dwells in everyone.
Practice at the DFM is rooted in traditional testimonies that have developed over years of practice and revelation. Quakers practice Simplicity which is a belief in moderation of possessions to maintain our focus of living in the moment and not becoming attached to worldly things. There is a strong commitment to nonviolence (Peace) and reconciliation that addresses the misuse and abuse of power. Friends strive to demonstrate Integrity which is genuineness in speech and conduct and leaves no room for deceit or artificiality. Community is a unifying bond that is created by shared worship. We value the ideas and gifts that each member brings to the meeting. Friends at the DFM believe in Equality in that all persons have inherent worth, independent of their gender, race, age, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation.
The DFM views religion as a personal encounter with God, rather than ritual and ceremony. For this reason, the meeting is Unprogrammed. The meeting does not have a pastor who acts with religious authority, but the meeting encourages members to explore their own beliefs and leanings. This includes the independent thoughts of children as well. All thoughts and ideas are welcome and are tolerated without judgment.
To get an understanding of what to expect in Quaker worship, click on this link and view the Quaker video.
Please see the Word document at the link below for more about how the members of the Detroit Friends Meeting practice their faith and welcome you to join us.
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Worship with us!
Meeting for Worship 10:30 to 11:30 am
First Day School 10:45 to 11:30 am (first 15 minutes in worship with adults)
Monthly Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Second Sunday of every month 11:45 am
Meeting for Discussion (optional)
Fourth Sunday at 9:30 as scheduled.