Quakers Welcome Everyone

Quakers want to ensure our communities are welcoming and safe for all people.

Being welcoming is a focus of our yearly meeting’s current strategic directions. Overall, we seek to make the congregations inside of our meetinghouses reflect the beauty and diversity of the world outside of them.

Learn more about our strategic directions

The Religious Society of Friends is a religious organization.

Quakerism is a faith of personal experience and direct communion with God, a faith of continuing revelation, and a faith of living our values in the secular world. All who seek to deepen their spiritual lives are welcome!

We are socially and politically inclusive, and since our faith inspires all aspects of our lives–family, work and lives outside of work–some Friends are led to actively address social or political concerns for the betterment of their communities. These concerns are aligned with Quaker principles of Stewardship, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Simplicity and are rooted in a sense of shared trust and humility. Here are some ways we approach social justice and political life.

When you visit a meeting for worship please join us as you are!

We believe that every person is loved by the Divine Spirit. There are Quakers of all ages, religious backgrounds, races, education, political parties, sexual orientations, gender identities, and stages of life. When we come together in worship at one of the more than 100 Quaker meetings in the region, it is to:

  • listen to, know, and be known by God;
  • grow in our faith;
  • be changed;
  • support each other in worship.

Our time together looks like

  • sitting quietly, with an awareness of the Divine Spirit, usually for one hour;
  • listening if someone is moved by the Spirit to speak;
  • including children for a time before or after a children’s program;
  • shaking hands when worship ends; and greeting those around us in fellowship.