EdmontonQuakers - The Religious Society of Friends
When: Edmonton Meeting meets every first day (Sunday) at 10:30 AM. Everyone is welcome.
Location: 10831 University Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta (for a map please click the “Contact Us” link above)
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February 14 Presentation for Newcomers: The Quaker "Testimonies"
After our regular Meeting for Worship on Sunday February 14, Robert Kirchner will give a short presentation (about 10 minutes), personal reflections on the Quaker "Testimonies" (simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality).It will be argued that these orientations for living, more than a set of beliefs, are what hold modern Quakers together as a group. The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Though everyone is welcome at all our Meetings for Worship, newcomers are particularly encouraged to attend this event. This is the third in a series of monthly presentations, by various members and attendees of Edmonton Meeting, on a range of topics of interest (we hope) to newcomers. These presentations usually take place on the second Sunday of the month.
There is that of God in every person.
Religion is about the whole of life.
We meet in stillness to discover a deeper sense of God's presence.
True spirituality leads to a respect for the earth and all life upon it.
Each person is unique, precious, a child of God.
All people are equal before God.
The belief that all people have that of God within them is a cornerstone of Quaker faith and practice. It is the reaching out to 'that of God' that brings motivation and purpose as Friends address their relationship with God, themselves and, others. The Quaker way of life - dedication to non-violence, to service, and to tolerance and understanding - is a reflection of these beliefs.
Quakers do not consider that ultimate authority can reside in a church or other organization, nor do they regard the words of the Bible, or any other writing, as final authority. Quakers rely on continuing revelation and a personal understanding of God, and as a group, seek out God's direction and guidance.
Worship is our response to an awareness of God. We can worship alone, but when we join with others in expectant waiting we may discover a deeper sense of God's presence. We seek a gathered stillness in our meetings for worship so that all may feel the power of God's love drawing us together and leading us.
Perhaps you will find some of your questions answered here:
I would like to come to a meeting ... what do I need to know before I come? This information from Glasgow Quaker Meeting describes well the style of the Edmonton meeting for worship.
Without an organized clergy, how do Quaker meetings make decisions?
The links below will direct you to other sites with information about the Religious Society of Friends:
Canadian Yearly Meeting Advices and Queries/Conseils et Questions (Chapter Six in Faith and Practice Contents)
www.quakerquaker.org, a community of blogs and social media about Friends
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