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 5th day, 5th 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.

"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

Guidelines for Conversations

NFM would like to help ensure that all of our spaces are safe spaces for all racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identities. In order to do so we find it necessary to reflect on the importance of language. Please use the following as a guideline for sharing in all NFM conversations.

In the words of Desmond Tutu, “Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality.”

As Quakers we honor that of God in every person. The Nashville Friends Meeting Ministry and Counsel asks that people participating in our community use words with care even when quoting, reading, or remembering. We ask that participants never speak words such as slurs related to race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality. These words cause extraordinary harm. It is never necessary to repeat them verbatim to convey the power of their use.

 

Meeting Times

Meeting for worship and all other events are being held in-person plus Zoom [hybrid] or totally in Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join, either through phone or video. See the calendar for links.

Please email our clerk, Eli Swiney, for information about Nashville Friends Meeting and how to join worship or other gatherings: nfmclerk@gmail.com. This is our preferred method of contact.


Meeting for worship is held Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. We offer a hybrid meeting, both in-person [masked] and on Zoom. Join us!

1st Sunday - an hour of worship is followed by a brown-bag lunch together either in person or via Zoom as an opportunity to socialize.

On 2nd and 4th Sundays after worship we have Adult Education 11:15-12:15. Announcements usually are made via email and our Facebook page.

3rd Sunday of each month is meeting for worship for the conduct of business, which is integrated into the worship itself. (We are usually done by 12:15.) Everyone is welcome to join, in the awareness that the business we attend to is the work we are called to do together by the Spirit. 

Tuesday evenings at 7:00 we meet for conversation about many & varied topics. Mostly it is a time to really get to know one another better and share our life stories. Often we talk about whatever questions arise from the folks who are gathered. Everyone is welcome to come and add a topic! Topics are shared via email and Facebook.

Mid-week worship is held Thursday mornings at 9:30. We usually worship from 9:30 to 10:00 and then do check-ins and chat until roughly 10:30. Everyone is welcome to join for as long or as little time as you have.

Contact our clerk Eli Swiney at nfmclerk@gmail.com for information about how to join any of these events.

    
  

What's New

new article on Embracing Friends Across Class Backgrounds by member Mary Linda McKinney in Friends Journal • April 1, 2022

I think most working-class and poor people, and even many rural and suburban middle-class folks, would not feel welcome at a Liberal Friends meeting. ...

I wonder what radical inclusiveness would look like for us today. What if we truly meet one another from an awareness of “that of God within”?

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Friends can attend in-person at Nashville Friends Meeting House or online with zoom. Masking is required at all our in-person meetings.

~11:11 All are invited to bring a brown bag lunch & socialize at the rise of meeting. We ask that you bring food and drink for your personal/family consumption only. (Meeting house kitchen remains closed - no coffee provided for now.)

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April 1 - Knitting at the Meeting House
Just a reminder that there is a Knitting Group that will meet this Friday night from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Judy Scoville is going to teach beginners how to knit. You will need to buy size 10 needles and chunky yarn. If you want to have fun with others and learn how to knit, please come!
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Friends can attend in-person at Nashville Friends Meeting House or online with Zoom. Masking is required at all our in-person Meetings.

11:15 ~ All are invited to stay for our Adult Education second-hour to discuss our priorities for Friends Committee on National Legislation ~ w/ Laurel Brown.

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As I watched the Russian invasion in Ukraine unfold, I am horrified by the cost of this aggressive action on the civilian population. Families are torn apart; homes, lives, and livelihoods are lost; and futures are uncertain. March 26, 2022, marks the seventh anniversary of another war - a forgotten war that is raging in Yemen.

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Worship with us!

615. 329.2640
Nashville Friends Meeting
nfmclerk@gmail.com
530 26th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209
United States
Meeting Times: 

Meeting for worship and all other events are being held in-person plus Zoom [hybrid] or totally in Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join, either through phone or video. See the calendar for links.

Please email our clerk, Eli Swiney, for information about Nashville Friends Meeting and how to join worship or other gatherings: nfmclerk@gmail.com. This is our preferred method of contact.


Meeting for worship is held Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. We offer a hybrid meeting, both in-person [masked] and on Zoom. Join us!

1st Sunday - an hour of worship is followed by a brown-bag lunch together either in person or via Zoom as an opportunity to socialize.

On 2nd and 4th Sundays after worship we have Adult Education 11:15-12:15. Announcements usually are made via email and our Facebook page.

3rd Sunday of each month is meeting for worship for the conduct of business, which is integrated into the worship itself. (We are usually done by 12:15.) Everyone is welcome to join, in the awareness that the business we attend to is the work we are called to do together by the Spirit. 

Tuesday evenings at 7:00 we meet for conversation about many & varied topics. Mostly it is a time to really get to know one another better and share our life stories. Often we talk about whatever questions arise from the folks who are gathered. Everyone is welcome to come and add a topic! Topics are shared via email and Facebook.

Mid-week worship is held Thursday mornings at 9:30. We usually worship from 9:30 to 10:00 and then do check-ins and chat until roughly 10:30. Everyone is welcome to join for as long or as little time as you have.

Contact our clerk Eli Swiney at nfmclerk@gmail.com for information about how to join any of these events.