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Quaker Worship - an Invitation

Miami Friends meeting house - painting by Hildegard

When you visit our Quaker Meeting, you will find a simple setting with chairs facing the center of the room. You may sit anywhere you wish.

Our Meeting for Worship is a time of quiet that lasts about an hour in which the daily clamor of life is stilled and we can hear God's voice. The Meeting finishes with a shaking of hands, followed by notices covering our varied activities. Children are welcome; there is a separate class for them and there is toddler care during worship. Please ask for details.

Quaker belief is rooted in the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. Miami Friends also believe that God is not limited to that revealed in ancient or recent scriptures. The Spirit of God continues to be revealed in multiple forms and through diverse channels. God is vital and in everyone and is accessible directly. Ongoing reinterpretations of the truth are necessary to remain open to that not yet revealed.

  A Friends Meeting
   Drawing by Bobby Buskirk 
 

Regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or nationality, every person is a potential messenger and servant of God. We are called to minister to one another, sharing pastoral responsibilities.

Miami Friends meet in silence in unprogrammed group worship. Occasional spoken messages, inspired by the spirit, arise from the silence. We seek to be instruments of God's love, expressing testimonies of peace, social justice, and non-exploitive simple living as we work toward fulfilling visions of harmony with nature, maximum good for all and unceasing spiritual development.

Everyone is welcome to attend our Meetings for Worship held each Sunday at 10:30 A.M. (with First Day School for children at the same time) and our Meeting for Learning (for Adults) at 9:30 A.M.

 

Welcome

We believe God is present in every person and that peace is preferable to war. We gather in silent communal worship to wait on the Spirit of God. Sometimes It moves us in other ways.

We have no formal creed, no ritual, dogma nor liturgy. Instead, to help us follow Divine guidance we pose, both individually and corporately, searching queries; we strive to trust to love, rather than react to fear; we work towards peace because we believe it is the only way; we are led to implement our concerns for the equal rights of all. Many of us have been drawn to this religion, Quakerism, because of its dual commitment to spiritual awareness and social action.

These beliefs are not always easy to hold, nor to honor with action, but our search has led us to commit ourselves to them.

Perhaps this approach of Friends could be helpful and meaningful to you. We welcome you to accept our invitation to search with us at this or any other meeting house or place. If you wish, please come to join with us for worship. Your children are also welcome either at Meeting for Worship or First Day School.

 

 

PERSONAL INTEGRITY AND RIGHT ACTION

Query:

  • Do we keep to simplicity and moderation in speech, manner of living and vocation?
  • Do we make time in our day for silence, solitude, spiritual reflection and the growth of our inner life?
  • Do we remind ourselves each day of our connections with people, other creatures and all that sustains life?
  • Are we ready to live in the Spirit that heals estrangements that may arise from resentment, nagging fears, and alienation from others?
  • Do we listen to others, even beyond words, being sensitive to their personal needs and difficulties?
    Are we free from the use of judicial oaths, thus affirming that our statement is only part of our usual integrity of speech?
  • Do we regard our possessions as given to us in trust and do we part with them freely for the needs of others?
  • Are we careful to keep our jobs and social activities from absorbing time and energy that need to be given to spiritual growth and service to others?
  • Do we stay tender and open to the leadings of the Spirit?