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Oread Friends Meeting

"Friends, meet together and know one another in that which is eternal, which was before the world was."
-- George Fox, 1698

Welcome to Oread Friends. We gather weekly to build a spiritual community that listens in expectant silence to leadings from the divine (which some refer to as God or the Light within) and, out of the guidance received, works on behalf of peace and justice. If this approach meets your needs, we encourage you to visit and get to know us better.

Oread Friends Meeting is located in Lawrence, Kansas, affiliated with Friends General Conference and Missouri Valley Friends Conference.  The Meeting is an open and affirming place of worship; visitors are very welcome. The meeting house is wheelchair accessible.

Quakers believe that the same Spirit or Inner Light that inspired holy scriptures and sacred thought throughout history continues to work in the lives of individuals today. While affirming God's witness in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, we also acknowledge that the Light, the Spirit of Love, has been made manifest in other teachings, and we are open to the possibility of continuing divine revelation. Beyond this, Friends attempt to respect the integrity of each individual's beliefs and do not require conformity to an established creed or prescribed statement of belief. We recognize that there is something of God's spirit in all of us.

When our unprogrammed fellowship meets for worship, we do not rely on priests, clergy, or leaders. Instead, the meeting for worship grows out of living silence, one in which the clamor of everyday life is stilled and we can listen to the Spirit within. There may be brief messages of vocal ministry from any person present. When thus seeking the Inner Light consistently, we can at all times and in any place sense the eternal which is behind the succession of ordinary events.

This is for us the sacramental life which need not be marked by outward rites. This attitude involves an attempt to enact literally the command to love God and one another. We also realize the necessity for deep devotion that goes beyond inward reflection and finds outward expression in taking responsibility for social and environmental concerns through community participation, action, and service.

We welcome you to Oread Friends Meeting. We hope you will choose to become part of the spiritual and activist community that we share.

"There is a principle which 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, 1762

Meeting Times

10:00 A.M., every First Day (Sunday)
Wheelchair accessible

What's New

Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business (First Month 2020)

Tentative Agenda

Open with Silence

Old Business:

Minutes of Twelfth Month Meeting---Recording Clerk

Financial Report---Financial Clerk


New Business:

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A benefit for the Centro Hispano Resource Center will be held at Merchants Pub and Plates (746 Mass St, Lawrence KS) on January 14 from 4 pm to 9 pm (see attached pdf). The Centro Hispano Resource Center effectively builds the community's capacity to meet health, educational and social service needs of Latino families while cultivating cultural understanding and honoring traditions.

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QuakerSpeak Video

Ben Pink Dandelion joined Friends because they were working for peace and shared values with anarchists.  Then he had a spiritual awakening. 

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QuakerSpeak Video

What can you expect in a Quaker Worship Service? This is a guide for newcomers on the basics: what to expect in Quaker Meeting for Worship.

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See http://www.quakersintheworld.org/quakers-in-action/62/John-Woolman and the attached article, The First Person in Antislavery Literature: John Woolman, his Clothes and his Journal (Geoffrey Plank 2009)

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The Common Ground Program is a community gardening and urban agriculture program created by the City of Lawrence in 2012. The Common Ground Program’s goal is to transform vacant or under-utilized city properties into vibrant sites of healthy food production for our citizens. The Oread Friends Garden/Farm is a proud project site.

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Worship with us!

Oread Friends Meeting
1146 Oregon Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States
Meeting Times: 

10:00 A.M., every First Day (Sunday)
Wheelchair accessible