Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends
"Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone." -George Fox

Nashville Friends Meeting

Nashville Friends Meeting is a faith community called together to listen for and carry out what God/the Divine would have us do, individually and together. Grounded in the knowledge that there is "that of God" (also called the Light, the Seed, or the Christ) within every person, we seek to live in wholeness and to be faithful according to that Truth. Because of this, we strive to let our lives speak, demonstrating to each other and the world our testimonies of integrity, community, peace, equality, simplicity.

-Statement of purpose approved Fifth Day, Fifth Month, 2004.

We believe that we are all called to ministry. We do not have a pastor or paid clergy. We believe that gifts of the Spirit are given for the good of the community and strive to recognize, affirm, and encourage expression of those gifts in each of us, regardless of gender expression, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, background, abilities, or history.

Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 10:30-11:30 except the third Sunday of each month (please arrive early, as latecomers are admitted at 10:40 only). On third Sundays our business sessions are integrated into worship, with open worship starting at 10 until a query is read at 10:40, worship centered on the query until 11, followed by worship with attention to business.

Guests are very welcome and we have informational brochures that you may pick up in the entry area if you wish, as our habit of silent worship is relatively different from that of most Christian denominations.

We have four age-groups of children receiving religious education during worship time. Your children are welcome to join us, and youth 12-18 can participate in regional retreats (see SAYF).

On the 2nd and 4th Sundays after worship, adult education topics are offered at 11:45 a.m. in a time we call 2nd Hour.

"There is a principle that is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath different names. It is, however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to no forms of religion nor excluded from any, where the heart stands in perfect sincerity." -John Woolman

 

Meeting Times

Worship: Sundays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
     Except Third Sundays 10:00 a.m.*
Childcare and 1st-Day Schl. (religious ed.) available.

Additional information
First Sundays: 
     Potluck 11:45 a.m.
Second and fourth Sundays:      
     Adult Ed. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.     
     See Events page for topics.
*Third Sundays: Worship 10:00 a.m.
     Query 10:40 (worship-sharing)
     Worship with attention to business 11:00

 Clarksville Worship Group

Clarksville, TN

Meeting for Worship:   First Sundays at 10:30

Contact Ruth:  630-964-4561

What's New

Our Meeting will host a special session to discuss Quaker beliefs and processes on Sunday, Dec. 16 between 2:00-4:30 p.m.  This session was initiated by The Atlantic Institute people, who have asked for a discussion on Quakerism to further relationships among local religious groups. We hope that many of you can contribute to this discussion by both asking and answering questions.  Please let Brian and Bill know if you can help build bridges. In addition to the discussion, we will have a social hour together.

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If you have participated in the AVP Basic Workshop, you are encouraged to join us for the Advanced Workshop! 

The commitment is for the full time: Friday 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00-5:00 p.m.; Sunday 9:00-4:00 p.m.

Contact [email protected] for more information. Registration is due no later than November 28th. [Please do not let concern about the registration cost stand in the way of your participation.] 

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We began with silent worship and then spoken prayers. We had no agenda.

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Jan Stansel will be leading a discussion of "Four Doors to Meeting for Worship", a Pendle Hill pamphlet written by William Tabor. This might be helpful for people fairly new to Quaker worship, as well as deepening the worship for all of us old hands. Second Hour begins shortly after the rise of worship and announcements, around 11:45 and lasts for roughly one hour.

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These notes were taking by co-Recording Clerk, Sita. 

After a short break to rearrange the room and allow people to get food while maintaining intentional quietness, we reconvened with worship. 

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 Here are the handouts we used today, one of them includes several of George Fox's epistles, not just the one we looked at.
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Worship with us!

(615) 329-2640
Nashville Friends Meeting
530 26th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209
United States
Meeting Times: 

Worship: Sundays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
     Except Third Sundays 10:00 a.m.*
Childcare and 1st-Day Schl. (religious ed.) available.

Additional information
First Sundays: 
     Potluck 11:45 a.m.
Second and fourth Sundays:      
     Adult Ed. 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.     
     See Events page for topics.
*Third Sundays: Worship 10:00 a.m.
     Query 10:40 (worship-sharing)
     Worship with attention to business 11:00

 Clarksville Worship Group

Clarksville, TN

Meeting for Worship:   First Sundays at 10:30

Contact Ruth:  630-964-4561