Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice
"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.

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


What's New

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.


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. 

Signature Image: 
 Here are the handouts we used today, one of them includes several of George Fox's epistles, not just the one we looked at.

Because a number of people who are central to conducting business will be out of town on the 3rd Sunday, Ministry and Counsel feels it best to reschedule meeting for business to the 4th Sunday. Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business will be held on Sunday, October 22nd. The schedule will be as usual with waiting (silent) worship beginning at 10:00 and Clerk Brian reading the query at 10:40. If you have questions, you're welcome to email nfmclerk(at)gmail(dot)com or the clerk of M&C, Mary Linda, at friendlymama(at)aol(dot)com.

Friends Committee on National Legislation will be hosting an advocacy training workshop at the Meetinghouse on Monday, September 25 from 5:30-9pm (there will be a light vegetarian supper at 5:30, and the workshop will begin at 6pm).  See the attached documents for more information and please be sure to register so we can plan accordingly.  
   Ministry and Counsel has been in heavy discernment about Nashville Friends Meeting and where and how we are being called. We feel it is time to bring this work to our larger community. We would like to begin this by trying something new: A threshing session that will grow out of our next meeting for worship with attention to business on September 17th. 

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.
* Third Sundays: Worship 10 a.m., Query 10:40 a.m., and Worship with attention to business 11 a.m.

Childcare and First Day School (relgious ed) are available.

Second and fourth Sundays:
Worship sharing 9:00 a.m.
Second Hour 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 
See Events page for topics.

First Sundays: Potluck 11:45 a.m.