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 Third Month

Equality

  • Do you search yourself for and strive to eliminate prejudices?
  • How do we respond, as individuals and as a community, to prejudice and injustice?
  • How do we benefit from inequity and exploitation?
  • Do you oppose the use of our resources for human exploitation?
  • How do we show through our ways of living that love of God affirms the equality of all people?
Voices

“To consider mankind otherwise than brethren, to think favors are peculiar to one nation and exclude others, plainly supposes a darkness in the understanding. For as God’s love is universal, so where the mind is sufficiently influenced by it, it begets a likeness of itself and the heart is enlarged towards all men.”
— John Woolman, c. 1760

“One has to fight for justice for all. If I do not fight bigotry wherever it is, bigotry is thereby strengthened. And to the degree that it is strengthened, it will thereby have the power to turn on me.”
— Bayard Rustin, 1953

“It is time for the preachers, the rabbis, the priests and pundits, and the professors to believe in the awesome wonder of diversity…It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter their color; equal in importance no matter their texture. Our young must be taught that racial peculiarities do exist, but that beneath the skin, beyond the differing feature and into the true heart of being, fundamentally, we are more alike, my friend, that we are unalike.”
— Maya Angelou, 1994



Calendar

Sunday, March 1
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, March 4
7 p.m. Discussion Group

Friday, March 6
After-school Quilting for children, 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the Meeting House

Saturday, March 7 to Sunday, March 8
Junior Young Friends Conference, Adelphi Friends Meeting

Sunday, March 8
8:45 a.m. Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship
11:15 p.m. Quakerism 101: The Peace Testimony, followed by a soup lunch

Wednesday, March 11
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, March 15
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Discussion of priorities for Friends Committee on National Legislation

Wednesday, March 18
6:00 p.m. Religious Education Committee meeting
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Saturday, March 21
Baltimore Yearly Meeting Third Month Interim Meeting, Hopewell Center Friends Meeting

Sunday, March 22
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Threshing session to discuss meeting internet issues

Wednesday, March 25
7 p.m. Discussion group

Sunday, March 29
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting

Save the Date!
Saturday, April 18: Peace & Social Concerns Committee Retreat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sandy Spring Friends Meeting.

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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