Putney Friends Meeting is a welcoming faith community deeply rooted in the Quaker tradition. As Friends, we believe that every man, woman, and child has the capacity to both inwardly experience and faithfully respond to God’s love, presence, and guidance. In our experience, there is “that of God in everyone” and we seek to nurture a sense of being joined to this Divine Presence and to one another. As followers of the Spirit, we also encourage each other to foster creative peacemaking in our families and communities–and to work for a more ecologically sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling society. At the heart of our spiritual community, though, is the regular experience of worshiping together. In our silent, meditative worship, we share the expectation that the Eternal often breaks in and spiritual revelation occurs.
Join Us At Any Of Our Meetings for Worship
Early Sunday Mornings: 8:30 to 9:30
Late Sunday Mornings: 10:30 to 11:30 (Childcare available)
We believe that every person is loved by the Divine Spirit. There are Quakers of all ages, religious backgrounds, races, education, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, classes and experience. You are welcome to join us as you are.*
You’ll find our Meeting House right off of Vermont Route 5, just a little bit north of the Putney village center. Here’s a map. Turn west onto our driveway by our white sign and park in the lot. Childcare and religious education (First Day School) for young people is available. Supervision and childcare for younger children is regularly provided during the 10:30 Meeting for Worship time. First Day School classes (ages 5-12) are held on the 1st and 2nd and 3rd First Days ( Sunday) of the month. Our FDS is small but active and we welcome new families at any time. For more information, call 802-387-5500, email our Clerk, or write us at Putney Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 381, Putney, Vermont 05346.
What Makes Friends Worship Special?
We gather together each week without priest or pastor in a meditative silence of expectant waiting. The silence of our group worship is not an emptiness crying out to be filled, but a disciplined and contemplative openness to the Spirit of God. All we ask of those who join us for worship is that you listen attentively to the harmony of this silent waiting and to any vocal ministry from attenders moved by the Spirit to speak out of the silence. Receive what is said openly. Each contribution rightly given will help someone. If the ministry does not speak to you, let it wash over you as you remain centered. It is often possible for those present in a Meeting for Worship to become aware of a divine love and spiritual fullness that transcends ordinary existence.
Outwardly all silences seem alike, as all minutes are alike by the clock. But inwardly the Divine Leader of worship directs us through progressive unfoldings of ministration… Words should not break our silence, but continue it. For the Divine Life who was ministering through the medium of silence is the same Life as is now ministering through words. And when such words are truly spoken “in the Life” then when such words cease the uninterrupted silence and worship continue, for silence and words have been of one texture, one piece.
–Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion
After the close of worship, marked by participants shaking hands, feel free to introduce yourself–and if you wish to know more about Quaker faith and practice, the Putney Friends Meeting, or the larger Religious Society of Friends, please ask. Someone will be glad to talk with you and we have books and other literature that are available for loan or purchase. This website also includes many online resources on the right hand side of the page for learning more about the Religious Society of Friends.
QuakerSpeak is a weekly video series talking about various aspects of The Religious Society of Friends.
Some Welsh Quakers Share Their Experience of Quaker Faith and Practice In This Lovely Short Documentary
*Language courtesy of the Committee on Nurturing Ministries of Friends General Conference