Our Worship...

... is silent and unprogrammed, and subject to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

A period of time is used to center into an inward stillness. Spirit-led listening is perhaps the most important task of the worshipper.

Spoken messages come from the spiritual depth of one's life and from the leading of the Holy Spirit.

To be absorbed, each message needs to be followed with a period of silence which allows for deepening.

When the vocal and silent ministry speak to the condition of those present and is developed and deepened in the Truth, a profound sense of spiritual community occurs that freshens and delights.  This is what we call a "gathered Meeting."

Meeting for Worship ends after about an hour when the head of Meeting, on the facing bench, shakes hands with those nearby.  We then greet those sitting around us in a similar manner.

All Are Welcome and Included at Meeting for Worship

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FMW Adult Spiritual Development Programs in November 2020

For more information, email admin@QuakersDC.org. Or you can leave a message on FMW’s office phone (202-483-3310) which staff are checking regularly.

Defending the Elections on November 3 and Beyond

It is a near certainty that the elections outcome will not be settled on November 3.  Engagement and public action will be critical.  Friends are urged to be involved.    For more  information on FMW’s Election Protection group, contact Debby Churchman, DChurchm@yahoo.com.

The Elections Protection group has sent letters to the DC, MD and VA officials responsible for elections oversight.  They are linked here:  DC Attorney General Karl Racine, Board of Elections chair Michael Bennett, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Secretary of State John Wobensmith, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and Board of Elections Commissioner Chris Piper.  The group has written to U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper--affirming support and asking that they commit up front to ensuring proper electoral process including that:  All votes must be counted. Irregularities must be investigated impartially. True election results must be represented.  We have written to DC MPD Chief Peter Newsham, urging that he and MPD refrain from violence, arrests, and harmful chemical agents like tear gas against DC residents exercising their right to nonviolent protest.


FMW Anti-Racist Queries

"Queries"--leading questions--have long been used as an integral part of Quaker spiritual and social justice practice.  Our community has agreed that we will use the queries below in all of our decision processes, to help us become aware of the racism that is built into our culture and our Meeting, and work to heal it.

1. How will we provide opportunities for those most likely to be directly affected by the choices we are contemplating to influence the decision making process?   

2. How could the choices we are contemplating affect those who have been harmed by systemic, institutional, interpersonal and/or internal racism?

3. To what degree have privilege, class, stereotypes, assumptions, and our ability to include other perspectives affected this decision making process?

4. How will the choices we are contemplating promote equity, diversity, and inclusiveness? Will they enable us to be more friendly and whole, engaging across racial divisions?

5. How do the choices we are contemplating support the declaration of our Yearly Meeting that we aspire to be an anti-racist faith community?

What is Quaker worship like?

To watch a short video on What to Expect at a Meeting for Worship, click here. A Welcome Brochure listing the many worship, study, and service opportunities is available by clicking here.

Where are you located?

Friends Meeting of Washington is located near Dupont Circle in the heart of Washington, DC. Click here for driving and transit directions.  All are welcome.