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You are cordially invited to share worship with us.

Meeting time 11 AM Sunday

Akron Friends Meeting, 216 Myrtle Place, Akron, Ohio 44303, 330-336-5357

Email: Janet Dando

Why You May Wish To Worship With Akron Friends Meeting

  • Training in Alternatives to Violence
  • Nonviolence
  • Protest against war
  • Prison reform
  • African American rights
  • Native American rights
  • Womens' rights
  • Ecology

    What are Quakers?

    Founded in 1652 by George Fox, Quakers (The Religious Society of Friends) spread from England to America, Europe, and every continent in the world. The Friends' way of life ideally emphasizes simplicity and humility.

    Friends' deep spirituality is a source of profound social activism. The need for aiding others ranged from early equality for women, anti-slavery, and religious freedom to penal reform and avoidance of war, and living in such a way as to take away the occasion of all war. These concerns continue today.

    How do Quakers Worship?

    The Akron Friends Meeting worships in silence. When you join us, you will find people sitting quietly. Occasionally someone speaks for a moment or two, after which the Meeting settles back into silence. No designated minister speaks or prays at an appointed time.

    What happens in the silence? Each person present shares the responsibility for worship and may share in its blessing. The idea is to open yourself as fully as possible to receive God's messages. Some Friends meditate. Some consider a phrase, or an image. Some simply wait expectantly. Some try to relax as fully as possible. Some consider a particular problem they or someone else is currently experiencing. Do whatever works best for you.

     After an hour of worship a designated member closes the Meeting by shaking hands with another.

    What do Quakers believe?

    There is no set creed or belief for The Religious Society of Friends. Each worshipper is responsible for his or her relationship with God, and the experience of each will be different.

    The only near-universal belief is that there is an inward light, a spark of the Divine, that of God in every person.

    The Religious Society of Friends publishes Queries, which are not statements of belief, but are designed to strengthen beliefs in truth and wisdom through questioning. An example: "Do we teach our children the value of religious beliefs and practices?" Each Meeting is expected to consider and answer the Queries over a period of time. The intent is to bring up important areas of life for examination from time to time in the light of God's guidance.

    Who has authority among Quakers?

    Akron Friends Meeting has no one person with the authority that a pastor exercises.

    The Meeting does have clerks, who record decisions by the Meeting. Meetings for Business are not run autocratically nor democratically.

    The Meeting for Business is conducted in a spirit of worship with, we hope, God's guidance. In keeping with the beliefs and practices of The Religious Society of Friends, decision-making is by Sense of the Meeting.

    Meeting Finances

    Everyone is welcomed into the Meeting as Member or Attender without regard to donations.

    Financial needs of the Meeting are met through contributions of members and friends of the Meeting. Donations may be made personally or by mail to the Treasurer.

    How To Join Akron Friends Meeting

    To participate in the Meeting, simply come. Attenders are always welcome.

    If you wish to apply for Membership in Akron Friends Meeting, please write a letter to the Meeting stating your feelings about joining. The Meeting will consider your message, meet to discuss Membership with you, and decide at Business Meeting.

    The only belief most Friends hold in common is there is that of the Divine in every person. There is no standard test or creed required for Membership. Rather, it is a matter of seeking God's guidance. Membership is a two-way commitment of Member to Meeting and Meeting to Member, with the expectation the Member will continue to search for a better relationship with God (however perceived) and fellow men, women, and children.

    Clerk: Janet Dando

    Treasurer: John Edgerton

    Peace and Social Justice Committee: Janet Dando and Adele Looney