Putney Friends Meeting is a welcoming faith community deeply rooted in the Quaker tradition. As Friends, we believe that everyone 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.
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.
Join Us At Any Of Our Meetings for Worship
Early Sunday Mornings:
Zoom online: 9:30 to 10:30
Late Sunday Mornings:
In Person: 10:30 to 11:30
Social Distancing Protocols required: Click here to see the gathering restrictions.
First Day School
We also offer a program for children First Day School will start on September 27 and be held on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays via Zoom. Intergenerational Singing at 9 will precede First Day School and Meeting for Worship at 9:30. Families are invited to join for the singing and then, at the beginning of worship, you will be put in the First Day School breakout room. At the conclusion of First Day School (probably 30 minutes or so) you will return to the Meeting for Worship. This gives them a chance to experience silent worship, practice centering themselves and to hear or voice vocal ministry. Our mission: To create a loving community of adults and children in First Day School where we can experience, understand and practice Quaker Faith.
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.