If you are new to our meeting, you may have some questions about what you will experience here at meeting. At the appointed time, we settle into worship- attempting to focus inwardly, to clear our minds. Waiting together in silence for the still small voice of God is the foundation of Quaker worship. We have no appointed leaders or sacraments, and believe that the experience of God's power is equally accessible to each of us. In the silence, we may experience a clearer view of a problem, a sense of comfort or direction, a special feeling of gratitude and praise, a strong concern. These may be private impulses, but sometimes individuals are led by the divine spirit to share a vocal message with the meeting. It is most effective if these messages are spoken so that all present can hear, and if a space of silence is allowed before another message is given.
After about an hour, someone previously designated shakes hands with someone else which signals the rise of meeting. At that point, everyone joins hands. Any messages that seem important but didn't quite rise to speech during worship are shared. Visitors are asked to introduce themselves, and general announcements follow. We then share in informal fellowship and light refreshments. This is a good opportunity to get to know each other, ask questions, and to look at books and materials.
Other Quaker Links
~ Friends General Conference
~ American Friends Service Committee
~ Friends' Committee on National Legislation
~ Friends for a Nonviolent World
~ Friends School of Minnesota
Duluth Superior Friends bearing "witness for peace"