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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Masking is recommended in indoor spaces

  • Sundays:  9:00 - 10:00 a.m. FMW's Library or join by Zoom  
    By phone: 301-715-8592   Meeting ID: 395 231 896# Password: 738314
  • Sundays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. In Person OR join by Zoom
    By phone: 301-715-8592  Meeting ID: 979 505 413# Password: 706188
    Childcare (0-3) 10:00 - 12 noon every Sunday in Decatur Place Room 
    First Day School and Young Friends (high school) 1st & 3rd Sundays:
  • Sundays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. In-person only.
  • Wednesdays:  6:00 - 7:00 p.m. In Person OR join by Zoom.
    By phone:  (646) 876-9923, when prompted enter Meeting ID:  202 577 8431.
  • Monthly Meeting for Business:  2nd Sundays of most months 12:15 p.m. In person or join by Zoom


FMW Minute on the Conflict in Israel/Palestine
November 19, 2023

We are heartbroken by the terror, violence and devastation unfolding in Israel/Palestine. 

We reaffirm the declaration of the first generation of Quakers in 1660: “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatsoever; and this is our testimony to the whole world.”

We believe in the sacred worth of each human being and unite with the calls of Friends and many people across the world for a ceasefire now, immediate release of the hostages, and the provision of urgent humanitarian aid to Gaza.

We unconditionally oppose the anti-Semitism and Islamophobia that have led to the rise in hateful rhetoric and actions targeting Jewish, Muslim and Arab people in the United States and worldwide.

As Friends Meeting of Washington, we pray that this lengthy conflict be ended quickly in a way that promotes equality, safety, and justice for all. Let us seek paths to work for peace with the tools available to us.  We are called to act in faith and love, with persistence, patience, and courage, as partners and hands of the divine spirit as we pursue the sacred goal of peace, shalom, salaam.

Agreed to at a special Called Meeting for Worship with concern for Business
Friends Meeting of Washington, November 19, 2023

Minute text is also on this page

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 we 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.



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General Description.  Full Listing of Programs in May 2023
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FMW Minute on Ukraine War (September 11, 2022)

FMW & Reproductive Rights:

Minute on Privacy & the State - FMW Meeting for Business, June 2022 
Martha Solt for FMW Committee on Marriage & Family Relations
Personal testimony of Gene Throwe                     

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?