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 Fourth Month

Peace

  • How does my life reflect “the virtue of that life and power which takes away the occasion for war?
  • Where there are hatred, division, and strife, how are we instruments of reconciliation and love?
  • How do our lives illustrate our understanding of the basis of our peace testimony?
  • As we work for peace, are we nourished by peace within and among ourselves?
  • How do we regard those we believe have harmed us or others? How does this affect our spiritual lives?
Voices

“George Fox did not say that he believed war to be wrong, or that in his opinion brute force never settled anything; he went straight to the heart of the matter and said that he ‘lived in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars.’ To uphold such a testimony involved a dedicated life. The Quaker peace testimony is more than a repudiation of war, and more than a denial of the use of force; it is a way of life to which we must be faithful in small things as well as great, in our human relationships, our business and social activities, and in the life and witness of our meetings.”
— Elfrida Vipont Foulds, 1966

“We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive, or gain by Love and Information. And yet we could hurt no Man that we believe loves us. Let us then try what love will do: For if Men did once see we Love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: And he that forgives first, wins the Laurel. If I am even with my Enemy, the Debt is paid; but if I forgive it, I oblige him for ever.”
— William Penn, 1682

“May we look upon our treasures, the furniture of our houses, and our garments and try whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions.”
– John Woolman, c. 1760



Calendar

Wednesday, April 3
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7
BYM Young Friends Conference at Goose Creek

Saturday, April 6
BYM Peace and Social Concerns Committee Networking Day
Sidwell Friends School

Sunday, April 7
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Meeting for Business

Wednesday, April 10
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, April 14
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, April 17
6:00 p.m. Religious Education Committee meeting
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Sunday, April 21
8:00 a.m. Easter breakfast
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, April 24
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28
Family Camp Weekend
Shiloh Quaker Camp (Hood, VA)

Sunday, April 28
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:00 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee Meeting

Save the Date!

Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5
Junior Young Friends Conference, Shiloh Quaker Camp, Hood, VA

Friday, May 10, to Sunday, May 12
Family Camp Weekend, Opequon Quaker Camp, Brucetown, VA

Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19
BYM Spiritual Formation Retreat, Shepherd Spring Retreat Center, Sharpsburg, MD

Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19
Family Camp Weekend, Catoctin Quaker Camp, Thurmont, MD

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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