About Boulder Friends Meeting
Welcome to Boulder Friends Meeting! If you’re planning to visit for the first time, here’s an overview of what to expect. If you’ve been with us for a while, this page is a handy reminder.
Where is Boulder Meeting located?
1825 Upland Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80304 [Map]
Please park in the spaces across from the meeting house on Upland or at Crest View School nearby. The parking lot adjoining our building is reserved for people with limited mobility or small children.
What is Quaker worship like?
If you have haven’t experienced Quaker silent worship before, it may feel unique. Boulder Friends gather in silence in Meeting for Worship, without formalities or professional ministry. Through quiet waiting or prayer, we seek inspiration, comfort, and Divine guidance. Listening and seeking are important parts of our worship, and we seek the Inner Light as our spiritual guide.
Recognizing that each person in Meeting possesses a part of the truth, or God’s wisdom, we trust in the silence to bring forth ministry. Typically a few worshipers are inspired to offer vocal ministry and we provide a period of silence surrounding each spoken message for reflection. Spoken ministry is not discussion or education; it is a vocal expression of the Divine in our lives. Learn more about Quakers.
How long is meeting?
Meeting for Worship lasts one hour followed by the sharing of personal joys and sorrows. Then, introductions and announcements usually take about 20 minutes. Afterward, all are invited for fellowship and refreshments in the Fellowship Room.
What are the regular Sunday programs?
Many of our usual activities are modified or on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic. They will resume as health and safety concerns allow. Meanwhile, see Online Worship and Activities.
Sunday Meetings for Worship
8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
The early meeting usually has small attendance and little vocal ministry. The later meeting may be attended by up to 100 people and has more vocal ministry. We do not pass a collection plate, but there is a small box on the table outside the worship room if you wish to make a financial contribution. If you cannot arrive in time for 10 a.m. worship, please gather in silence with others in the foyer and enter at 10:15.
To protect our chemically sensitive friends, please avoid using scented products such as perfume, aftershave, lotions, certain hair products, laundry soap, and fabric softeners that infuse chemicals into your clothes and hair. A section of seats is reserved for people with these sensitivities. See Safe Products for Chemically Sensitive People.
Available during Sunday activities
10:15 – 11:15 (during Worship)
11:15 – 12:00 (during fellowship)
12:00 – 1:00 (during Program Hour)
12:00 – 2:00 Second Sundays (during Business in the Spirit of Worship)
First Day School
10:15 – 11:15 am
Sunday school for children grades K -12 is offered during the school year. Children are encouraged to join the first 15 minutes of Meeting for Worship with their parents before going to the classrooms down the hall. Learn more about First Day School and childcare.
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Programs are frequently offered after Worship and fellowship on Sundays. They may feature a Friend’s spiritual journey, adult religious education, reports on Quaker activities, discussions or singing.
Meeting for Business
12:00 p.m., Second Sunday each month
Formally called “Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business,” this meeting addresses the care of the Meeting and the meeting house. It takes place the second Sunday of each month around noon, after Worship and fellowship. Decisions are made under the guidance of the Spirit, through collective spiritual discernment.
What other activities and events are offered?
Group activities at other times include Quaker Studies classes, book discussions, potlucks, retreats, and regional gatherings. Visit this page to learn other ways you can get more involved.