Welcome to Boulder Friends Meeting!
1825 Upland Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80304
Boulder Friends Meeting is part of the Religious Society of Friends (also known as Quakers). Our meetings for worship are held in expectant silence, with no formal program or pastor. Each worshiper seeks to listen to the spirit of God within. If that spirit brings to any of us a message that seems clearly to speak to the condition of others, we may rise to give that message as vocal ministry.
As Friends we endeavor to translate our religious beliefs into everyday life, seeking to “let our lives speak.” Simplicity, equality, integrity, and peace/nonviolence are ideals toward which we strive both in our lives and in the world. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we invite you to join us in silent worship and reflection. All are welcome!
Current Queries (July) - chosen by the Clerk
After a period of silent worship, the Clerk read from the Q-TIP from the June-July 2017 Miscellany [Submitted by Lilli Segre, Ministry and Worship]:
Last month, Ministry and Worship felt it seemly to enjoin members and attenders to exercise thoughtful discernment to understand whether thoughts and feelings about politics are the basis of ministry. As I have been struggling with my feelings on this issue, I have been rereading the Faith and Practice of the Intermountain Yearly Meeting. A few advices stand out to me. “The critical question remains ‘Is this of God?’, not, ‘Is this right?’” [p. 26] It seems to me that in times of turmoil more than ever, we need the solace and renewal provided by Meeting for Worship, that time in which we “join together [to] seek that sacred realm where our spirits unite with the Divine and with one another.” “We affirm that our first allegiance is to our experience of the Divine.” [p. 132]. It is from that experience that “Friends testify through their lives … show forth our truth outwardly by the way we live.” [p. 45]
It comes to me that my discomfort when ministry at times seems to speak more to what is right than to what is of God arises principally from my understanding of the testimony of peace. The advices regarding peace repeat that fear, restlessness, discontent, unhappiness are the feelings that spark discord and violence in society. To effectively promote peace, we must move from a place of love and truth, not from a place of outrage. I feel outrage, to be sure, but to be an effective agent for change I must not nourish that outrage but find an outlet for it in loving action.
I have lately been attending Tai Chi practice; Tai Chi is a martial art that teaches us to meet force with softness, meet yang with yin, on the premise that to meet brute force with brute force can only lead to escalation and injury. So it seems to me that when we narrow our focus to ensuring that we are on the right side of a perceived conflict between right and wrong, we risk losing sight of that of God, we risk diminishing our experience of the Divine and thus diminishing the effectiveness of our testimony to influence change.
Query – To what extent does our “Having to be Right” damage our engagement with our Meeting, our meetings for business, our friendships, our marriages, our communion with God or the Divine?
Socks are Needed: Homeless people continue to need socks year-round; please put them in the donation box at the Meetinghouse. New socks are preferred, and gently used socks will be sorted as necessary. Contact Sheila Atchley if you have questions: email@example.com.
Summer BBQs: Join us on summer Sundays after worship for a simple BBQ and potluck lunch on June 25, July 23, and Aug. 20. Lunch will be followed by stimulating BBQ Discussion Topics.
Organizations We Support lists our contributions to outside organizations.
Food Donations to EFAA: Bring non-perishable food items for Emergency Family Assistance, put them in white barrel in lobby.
Opportunities to Serve: See current volunteer opportunities in our community.
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Sun. July 30, 12 noon: 5th Sunday singing.
Sun. Aug. 6, 12 noon: Open chat with the Clerk.
Sun. Aug. 20, 11:30 am – 1 pm: BBQ Potluck — Followed by discussion on “Boundaries of Political & Activist Expression in the Meeting”.
Sun. Aug. 27, 12 noon: Conversation on Diversity.
Childcare is now available for all meeting events held at the meeting house.
Regular Sunday Events
Meeting for Worship: 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Visitors are welcome at either time. The early meeting usually has small attendance and little vocal ministry. The late meeting may be attended by up to 100 and has more vocal ministry.
First Day School (Sunday School) for Children and Youth: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Children are invited to join their families in meeting for worship from 10:00-10:15.
Childcare, Infant and Preschool: 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Informal Fellowship Time: 11:15-noon
Program Hour: 12 noon-1:00 p.m. Speakers or discussions are held after fellowship time on many Sundays. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business begins at noon on 2nd Sundays.