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; childcare is provided.
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
Some Quaker quotes, long and short, that may be less familiar than those we have been looking at thus far. I can track down dates, etc. if we want to use any of them (or a part of one) for the new brochure or in our advertisements.
Friends, We had discussed the possibility of using a query in the newspaper ad and/or the brochure: here are some adapted from Catherine Whitmire's book Plain Living: A Quaker Path to Simplicity.
Close to the Millennium, Oread Friends Meeting decided to ask members and attenders to contemplate how they envisioned God and to share their responses with the Meeting.
Oread Friends Meeting is involved with the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice (LCPJ), Lawrence Community Shelter, Coalition for Homeless Concerns, Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM) at the University of Kansas, Justice Matters,
Worship with us!
10:00 A.M., every First Day (Sunday)
Childcare provided; wheelchair accessible
Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business: 11:00 A.M., first First Day