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.
How will the new International Trade Crossing affect the DFM?
The proposed International Trade Crossing between the United States and Canada will force the Detroit Friends Meeting to relocate. The DFM is currently discussing ideas for a new meeting house and location. The meeting is committed to remaining in the City, but an exact location has not been determined.
So why aren’t shovels in the ground? Well, the short answer is bureaucracy.
Because it is an international crossing, a presidential permit is needed. The Obama Administration has signaled it is strongly in favor, but getting a permit takes months. After that, there are needed site preparation measures. Building a billion-dollar bridge is a bit more complicated than adding a deck in your back yard. But Roy Norton, Canada’s consul general in Detroit, told me he expects to see actual work begin next year, or in 2015 at the absolute latest (Lessenberry, 2013).
Commentary: The latest on the bridge, Lessenberry, Jack, Retrieved from: http://buildthedricnow.com/,
Posted on February 11, 2013 by Admin
This area will provide the names and dishes that attendies of LEYM Alternative Potluck Dinner will provide. This dinner will take place on July 24, 2014 in Ramseyer Dorm.
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Meeting for Worship 10:30 to 11:30 am
First Day School 10:50 to 11:30 am
Monthly Meeting for Business
2nd Sunday of every month 12:00 pm
3rd Sunday - Special Topic Discussion at 9:30 am
4th Sunday - Scripture Reflection at 12:00 pm