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

What's New

Find out more about those working in our region on this issue.
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Published by Jean Grant in 2000, the first part of this book gives a quick historical sketch of the major concerns of the Meeting. The second half examines the community, beliefs, and testimonies of Oread Friends Meeting.
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The Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice is dedicated to the propositions that violence begets more violence, that the forms of violence are social and economic as well as physical, and that the human spirit can reach its highest potential only in an atmosphere of peace, mutual respect, and generosity.
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The meeting house is located at 1146 Oregon Street, Lawrence, KS 66044, on the northeast corner of Oregon and 12th Streets.

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Members of Oread Friends Meeting (Lawrence, Kansas) have revised the queries from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to be more suited to children so we could better integrate the queries into the education of the Meeting′s children.

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From its beginning, the Society of Friends has been non-creedal, rejecting any requirement that members atest to a specific creed or doctrine. Friends instead seek the religious guidance that comes out of collective worship.

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Worship with us!

Meeting Times: 

10:00 A.M., every First Day (Sunday)
Childcare provided; wheelchair accessible
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Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business: 11:00 A.M., first First Day

Address:
1146 Oregon Street, Lawrence, KS 66044