Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Welcome


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oose Creek is a warm and welcoming community where we support each other in our shared journeys of the Spirit. We believe, in the words of the Quaker writer Thomas Kelly, that “deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return.” In our worship and in our daily lives we seek to remain always with our hearts turned toward that Divine Center.

Quakerism is not defined by creeds or doctrine. Rather it is a lived spiritual practice where we seek God in our experiences and live out our faith in our shared world. We believe that there is that of God within each and every human being – adults and children – regardless of faith, race, nationality, sexual orientation, or life experiences. We are called to answer that Divine spark, that Light Within, both in ourselves and in others.

We welcome all seekers, find deep kinship in our shared humanity, and value our differences.



Queries for First Month

Diversity

  • Does your vision of a just society include people living their lives without fear of discrimination based on who they are, what they believe, and whom they love?
  • Are we willing to be in communion with each other, open to our differences yet secure in the one Spirit that calls us all to be Friends?
  • Do my decisions reflect the voices of people of color, people of different sexual identities, people of different ages and economic conditions? Do I take the risks that right action demands?
  • Do I seek out and listen to perspectives that promote equal access, inclusion, and welcome for people of all cultures and backgrounds?
  • How do we work toward creating a community of different people, rather than being a community that just lets different people in?
  • Do we take the time to see what we want to become as people and as a global community, and do we humbly acknowledge that we have some work to do?
Voices

“There is a principle which is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath different names: it is, however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined in no form of religion nor excluded from any, where the heart stands in perfect sincerity.”
— John Woolman, 1762

“The only way to treat people with dignity and justice is to recognize that racism has a profound negative effect upon our lives, and therefore noticing color helps to counteract that effect. Instead of being color neutral we need to notice much more acutely and insightfully exactly the difference that color makes in the way people are treated.”
— Paul Kivel, 2002

“By getting beyond our differences, we dare to believe that we can bring about a Kingdom of God on earth, where we transcend our differences, not ignoring our disagreements, but finding a way to go through them and beyond our fears. We recognize that this is not easy work, but have faith that this our work, and it is work that we cannot rightly lay down.”
— Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Concerns, 
2007



Calendar

Sunday, January 5
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, January 8
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Saturday, January 11 – Sunday, January 12
Junior Young Friends Conference, Gunpowder Friends Meeting, Sparks, Maryland.

Sunday, January 12
8:45 a.m. Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Discussion: Spiritual State of the Meeting

Wednesday, January 15
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group
Quaker Camp registration opens

Sunday, January 19
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Quaker meditation on the Bible

Wednesday, January 22
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, January 26
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee meeting
4:00 p.m. Lincoln Community League: Richard Gillespie speaks about Loudoun County and the Coming of the American Revolution.  Admission is $10.00

Wednesday, January 29
7 p.m. Discussion group

Save the Date!
February 7 – 9: Baltimore Yearly Meeting Women’s Retreat, Pearlstone Retreat Center, Reisterstown, Maryland. Click here for more information and to register.

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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