Welcome to Boulder Friends Meeting!

1825 Upland Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80304

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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!

 

Advices and Queries on Mutual Care, from IMYM’s Faith & Practice

Advice: “The Religious Society of Friends is a community of people who strive to care for one another. Friends are advised to maintain love and unity, to avoid talebearing and detraction, and to settle differences promptly in a manner free from resentment and inward violence.

When another’s words are strange or disturbing to you, seek to understand where they come from. Listen patiently and seek the truth that other people’s thoughts may contain for you. Avoid hurtful criticism and provocative language. Be careful not to be too firm in your position; allow for the possibility that you may be mistaken.”

Query: “Do we trust sufficiently the goodwill of our meeting members and attenders to make our needs and concerns known? As members of a spiritual community, do we actively work to maintain love and unity?

To what extent does our meeting ignore differences merely to avoid possible conflicts? When conflicts exist, are they discussed calmly and patiently in an attempt to arrive at a creative resolution? Are we charitable with each other, being careful not to sully the reputations of others?”

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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.

Upcoming Events

Sun. May 1, 12 noon:  Program Hour — “Deep Listening”, with Gale Toko-Ross.

Sat. May 14, 8 am – noon:  Building and Grounds Work Day — Enjoy working together to spruce up our space.

Sun. May 15, 12 noon:  Program Hour — “Mindful Non-adversarial Communication”, with Arlene Brownell & Tom Bache-Wiig.

Sat, May 21, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm: Spiritual Formation Closing Retreat. (This event no longer includes Friday evening.)

Sun. May 22, 11:30 am:  Ice Cream Social and First Day School celebration; 12 noon:  Program Hour — “Quaker Schools for Native American Kids”, with Paula Palmer.

May 27 – 30: The annual national gathering of AVP/USA meets in Denver with a theme of Envisioning Alternatives to Violence-from Retribution to Restoration. To learn about the events and to register, go to http://avpusaconference.org.

Colorado Regional Spring GatheringSunday May 22, 2016, at Fort Collins Friends Meeting, with program on the Quaker Institute for the Future.

June 26, 11:30 – 1:00: Elephant in the room barbecue: This is the first of several community BBQ’s after Meetings for Worship, each with a dose of informal process. Stewart Walker is hosting. See the Miscellany for details.

June 27, 7:00 – 9:00: Toward Right Relationship Workshop for high school students and adults, with Paula Palmer and Jerilyn DeCoteau (Ojibwe/Cree). Suggested donation: $10-$20

Inter-Mountain Yearly Meeting Annual Gathering:  June 5-12, 2016, at Ghost Ranch, NM.

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Announcements

Bob Michener Memorial Service
A memorial meeting for worship will be held on Sunday, May 15, at 3:00 pm at the Meetinghouse. The memorial will be in the manner of Friends, and will be followed by a reception for the family and F/friends.

Minute in Solidarity with Black Lives

See Opportunities to Serve for current volunteer opportunities in our community.

Childcare is now available for all meeting events held at the meeting house.

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