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Meeting Resource

Resources for Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups

Worship Sharing Guidelines

Worship sharing focuses on a particular question and helps us to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in “that which is eternal.”

The guidelines for worship sharing have been evolving among Friends for the past half century, drawing on a number of different sources. Click under "Files" below to download suggested guidelines.

Building a Friends Meeting

There is more to a Friends meeting than an hour of silent worship on Sundays. A vital meeting challenges us to spiritual growth every day of the week. It gathers us into a loving, supportive fellowship. It creates sacred space in which we can find healing, strength, and vision. It sends us out into the world to serve and to witness to the possibility of transformation, peace, and divine love.

Quaker Toolbox

The summary pieces collected here will provide a simple introduction to some Quaker ways of worship, decision making and community building. They may be especially useful in new worship groups where few of the attenders are experienced Friends. The final piece addresses the relationship between a meeting and the worship group(s) under its care, since many meetings are not experienced in this area. These pieces only pick out some highlights, drawing on a rich literary tradition.

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