Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice
a Quaker meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee

West Knoxville Friends Meeting

The West Knoxville Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is a Quaker presence in East Tennesse. We invite you to join us in quiet worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings. According to the traditional practice of Friends, worship begins in reverent silence. There is no ritual, and we have no minister, but we are united in a conscious effort to know God, to understand divine purposes, and to bring ourselves into harmony with Spirit in our daily lives.

Every First Day (Sunday) we have our Meeting for Worship from 10:30-11:30am. First Day School (Sunday School) for children is held at the same time. 

2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays at 9 a.m. there is an informal Quaker Theology Discussion Group.

Most Sundays we also have “Second Hour” programs that start at approximately 12:15, and end at 1:15 to 1:30 or so. Second Hour topics vary each week:

Third Sunday of the month: Potluck Lunch! Everyone is welcome, there is always enough food.

Second, fourth, and fifth Sunday topics for Second Hour tend to be informational and educational.  See the schedule below for Second Hour topics and other events.

Knox Mindfulness Meditation meets every Sunday from 4:00-5:30. Their website is

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1517 Meeting House Road
Knoxville, TN 37931
United States
Meeting Times: 

Meeting for Worship Sundays

First Day School for children
Sundays 10:30-11:30am.

Life of the Meeting Worship Sharing
1st Sunday of the month at 10:00am.

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
1st Sunday of the month at 12:15pm.

Potluck Lunch!
3rd Sunday of the month after Meeting for Worship

Knox Mindfulness Meditation
Sundays 4:00-5:30

Calendar of Events



  1 Nov (in use 6-7:30)

 5 Nov  9 am Quaker Practice; 10:30 Meeting for Worship; 2nd hour: Business Meeting

 6 Nov  (in use 7-8:30)

 8 nov (in use  6-7:30)

12 Nov  9 am Quaker Practice; 10:30 Meeting for Worship; 2nd hour R.E. Spiritual Stories and Gifts

13 Nov 6:30 M&N

13 Nov  (in use 7-8:30)

15 Nov  (in use 6 - 7:30)

18 Nov (in use 6:30 - 9:30)

19 Nov 9 am Quaker Practice; 10:30 Meeting for Worship, 2nd hour: Potluck plus raking leaves

20 Nov (in use 7-8:30)

22 Nov  (in use 6 - 7:30)

26 Nov 9 am Quaker Practice; 10:30 Meeting for Worship

27 Nov (in use 7-8:30)

29 Nov  (in use 6 - 7:30)


 3 Dec 9 am Quaker Practice; 10:30 Meeting for Worship; 2nd hour: Business Meeting

 4 Dec (in use 7-8:30)

 6 Dec (in use 6 - 7:30)

 9 Dec (in use 6:30 - 9:30)

10 Dec 9 am Quaker Practice; 10:30 Meeting for Worship; 2nd hour: SAYMA Faith and Practice

11 Dec (in use 7-8:30)

13 Dec (in use 6 - 7:30)

17 Dec 9 am Quaker Practice; 10:30 Meeting for Worship, 2nd hour: Potluck plus raking leaves

18 Dec (in use 7-8:30)

20 Dec (in use 6 - 7:30)

24 Dec 9 am Quaker Practice; 10:30 Meeting for Worship

25 Dec (in use 7-8:30)

27 Dec (in use 6 - 7:30)

31 Dec 9 am Quaker Practice; 10:30 Meeting for Worship



3 Feb  Rel  Ed  2:30 - 5

 March 9th-11th, 2018. SAYF Retreat

 April 7 (in use 9 am - 4 pm)


10/20/2017 (for 11/5/2017)

  • Lee Hoefer has updated our phone tree and placed it on the desk in the entrance. Please add your preferred phone number to the phone tree. If you are not on the phone tree and wish to be added, please inform Lee.The phone tree is only used for urgent matters and emergencies (most recently, the death of Dick Felsing and funeral arrangements,) so the number you give should be the quickest and most reliable way to reach you. The way it works is that one person starts the phone calls, and each person called calls the people connected to their name on the diagram. If you do not reach a perspon, leave a message and call the people connected to that person's name.
  • A copy of our directory is also on the front desk. Please check to see that your information is current and correct any mistakes. If you are not in the directory and wish to be added, add your name and contact information to the working copy. At the end of December it will be removed and printed and the new directory will be made available as soon as possible. Any changes or corrections after that may be announced in the newsletter and at meeting so that Friends may correct their copies of the directory.
  • SAYF (Southern Appalachian Young Friends) will have a retreat at our meeting house March 9-11, 2018. Night Shepherds (friendly adult presences) will be needed to be awake in the meeting house overnight for emergencies or just availability for whatever needs might arise. Volunteers work in shifts of a few hours between bedtime and waking up time. Consider if you are called to serve our young Friends in this way, and what times would suit you best.
  • Some WKFM Friends would like to hold weekday worship on occasional Thursday evenings in town. Fourth Presbyterian Church has offered to allow us to use space in their building. See Paul Laudeman if you are interested in participating..
  • Michael Moore remains in residence at Greenfield Senior Living, 360 Laboratory Rd. in Oak Ridge, but has moved to Room 209. 


  • SAYMA 2017 yearly meeting minutes have been posted at:
  • SOCM 45th Anniversary Celebration will occur during their annual Member Meeting October 7-8, location to be announced
  • Assistance needed for SAYMA Rep Meeting on 9/16 for either breakfast or lunch


  • Southern Empowerment (SOCM) 45th Anniversary Celebration will occur during their annual member meeting October 7-8, location to be announced.
  • Family Promise Fund Raiser called the Pasta and Blue Grass Festival will be Aug 26, from 5-7pm at Central Baptist Church in Bearden off Kingston Pike. Tickets for the festival are $10 each.  See Millie Gimmel or Lee Hoefer for tickets, or purchase at the door.
  • There will be a clerking workshop at Pendle Hill in November. Ministry and Nurture is recommending attendance for those interested. More information can be found on the Pendle Hill website. Meeting can provide scholarships as needed, make requests to a member of the Ministry and Nurture committee.
  • The clerk will experiment with two options for conduct of Meeting for Business.  July’s meeting will move the agenda review, calendar and announcements to the time normally used for Life of the Meeting at 10am. The September Meeting for Business will move the calendar and announcements to the very end of the business meeting for Worship; the agenda will be presented after the readings and queries.  In addition to these efforts a calendar will be kept current in the main lobby area of the meeting house as a reference and visibility for visitors. The announcements will be added to the website, near the calendar. This will allow more timely access to announcements than posting in the minutes and newsletter only.