Meeting for Worship: Sunday (First Day), 10:00 AM
(See contact page for map and directions.)
View of the meeting house, Peace Pole, and echinacea from the corner of 12th and Oregon (looking northeast)
View of the meeting house from Oregon St. (looking east)
View of the room used for meeting for worship
"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.
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
Oread Friends Meeting is affiliated with the Friends General Conference and with Missouri Valley Friends Conference.
The Meeting is an open and affirming place of worship; visitors are very welcome. The meeting house is wheel-chair accessible; child-care is provided.
In the tradition of the Religious Society of Friends for more than three hundred and fifty years, Oread Friends express their concern for peace and justice in a variety of ways, including living with simplicity and integrity, conscientious objection to war and other forms of violence, the use of appropriate technology, care of the environment, acknowledging the fundamental equality of all people, and supporting the civil and cultural rights of every human being. As a Meeting, we are involved with the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice (LCPJ), the Lawrence Community Shelter, and Ecumenical Christian Ministries (ECM) at the University of Kansas; we support a variety of other groups individually and through financial contributions from the Meeting.
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