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The goal of this page is to provide a Web site with information on activities and groups related to Christian* renewal in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) worldwide. This information is often hard to unearth, so this listing is very incomplete. Also, I do not always get updates on groups listed, so information could be out-of-date (even by years) and you are encouraged to contact a group before visiting. I would appreciate help in including more appropriate activities. If you have material that might be appropriate to post here, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Events included on this page and its links are generally sponsored by unofficial Friends groups, rather than formal bodies of Friends, unless otherwise noted. For my perspective on Friends Christian renewal, read Towards Renewal Within the Religious Society of Friends. I generally do not include established congregations within basically Christian yearly meetings (which constitute most Christian Friends meetings/churches), although I make exceptions where I think it is warranted.
Northeastern United States
There is an Annual Northeastern Christ-Centered Friends Gathering. For more information contact Connie Bair-Thompson.
Uxbridge Friends Worship Group meets weekly each First Day (Sunday) at 9 AM. We begin our time together with a period of bible reading in the manner of Conservative Friends and then transition into a time of unprogrammed, waiting worship. We meet year-round in the historic Uxbridge meetinghouse on the corner of routes 98 (Aldrich St.) and 146A (Quaker Hwy.) in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. Please call Uxbridge Friends at 774-481-1212 or e-mail them for more information.
Mid-Hudson Valley, New YorkClintondale Friends Christian Church (independent)
Little Falls, New York
A small group meets for waiting worship on third Fifth Days. Contact Geoff Gilmore, 315-823-0616, for more information.
New York City, New York
New Jersey - New York Yearly Meeting
Within New York Yearly Meeting, Manasquan Monthly Meeting in Wall Township has a generally Christian orientation.
Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Marlborough Monthly Meeting and Middletown Monthly Meeting in Lima (note: there are three Middletown Meetings in Philadelphia YM) have a generally Christian orientation.
Other Eastern Pennsylvania
State College, Pennsylvania
A group of "Christians and would-be Christians" gathers irregularly in State College. For more information, e-mail Tom Ryan.
Harrisonburg, Virginia Area
Fancy Gap, Virginia
Fancy Gap Friends Fellowship meets Sundays at 11 AM for worship and Wednesdays at 7:30 PM for Bible study at 580 Mountain View Drive, Fancy Gap, VA. Contact Tony Lowe, 276-730-0254, for more information and directions.
Greensboro, North Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
North Main Friends is a worship group with a Conservative Friends orientation which meets in Greenville, SC 2 PM Sundays. For more information, contact Don Shabkie, 864-238-6361.
Atlanta, Georgia Area
Chattahoochee Monthly Meeting - Worship in the manner of Conservative Friends 10 AM Sundays, 4980 Florida Ave., Norcross GA 30072 (near Atlanta). Contact Chattahoochee Friends, 404-981-8215, for more information. Affiliated with Ohio Yearly Meeting.
Chicago & Evanston, Illinois
Friends Gathering in Jesus Christ is a group of Christian Friends which gathes for worship 6:30 PM Tuesdays at 57th Street Friends Meeting, 5615 S. Woodlawn, Chicago, IL (Hyde Park neighborhood). They also usually meet on second Saturdays at 10 AM at Evanston Friends Meeting, 1010 Greenleaf, Evanston, IL. Please call Kevin McMurtrey at 773-667-0191 to confirm a meeting is being held.
A group meets for unprogrammed Christian worship at 7 PM on Saturdays in Amboy, Indiana. For more information, contact Dave Thomas.
Northern Lakes Friends Meeting is an independent conservative Friends meeting in Syracuse, Indiana. For information, contact James Clifton.
Christian Friends Conference - Western Region
The Christian Friends Conference (CFC) holds one-day quarterly regional gatherings on a Saturday, 9-4:30. Next gathering is on September 13, 2014 at Berkeley Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA. The gatherings include silent waiting worship, Bible reading in the manner of Conservative Friends, and fellowship over brown bag lunch. Sometimes there is a speaker who makes a presentation. The gatherings atart at 9 AM, and end about 3 PM if there is no speaker, and about 4:30 PM if there is a speaker. For more information on these gatherings, please contact Bruce Folsom.
Each quarter there is a gathering with an hour of Christ-centered open, waiting worship. The worship is preceded by an hour of teaching and discussion on early Friends worship, and practice. The group meets at East Whittier Friends Church, 15911 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier, CA. It is facilitated by Kim Palmer. The gatherings are normally held from 10 AM to 12 Noon on the first Saturdays of March, June and December, and on the second Saturday of September. For more information, email Kim Palmer at email@example.com.
High Plains Friends Worship Group meets every Fifth Day (Thursday). Contact Isabel Penraeth, 303-200-0626, for information.
Rain City Friends meets first and third Sundays, 5-7 PM, in a participant's home for a light supper and waiting worship. For more information, contact Susanne Kromberg.
Halcyonia Friends Meeting, near Borden (Larsen Road North), Saskatchewan. Worship 11 AM Sundays. Contact Al Penner, RR 1, Borden, SK SOK-0N0. An independent Conservative meeting.
A Friends Meeting, along with ministry to the poor, is starting in Maracaibo. For information, contact Vanessa DiDomenico. Has some support from an Evangelical Friends Church in Oregon, but is non-pastoral.
Maliki silent worship group meets regularly near Kitale. They also hold an annual conference beginning December 27 each year. They welcome visitors. Contact David Neyole, P.O. Box 75, Webuye, Kenya.
IrelandIreland Yearly Meeting is a diverse yearly meeting with several sorts of meetings. These are some of those with the strongest Christian witness:
AustraliaBeverley Friends Meeting in Western Australia has a strong Christian orientation. It meets Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Old Catholic School Rooms, Dempster St., Beverley. For information, call Don Sax at (08) 9646 0575.
Friends of Jesus Fellowship is a network of innovative, missional Christian Friends fellowships, existing or in formation, across the United States of America. It holds spring and fall gatherings open to all, usually on the first weekends of April and October in Barnesville, Ohio, as well as East Coast gatherings 2-4 times a year on Saturdays (usually in Philadelphia). There are active groups in the Washington, DC, Detroit and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, and a virtual group which meets regularly on-line. All of these groups meet weekly, with some breaks. See Friends of Jesus Fellowship Local Communities for more information on the local groups.
School of the Spirit is a Quaker ministry of prayer and learning based in North Carolina. It offers a two-year residential program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer, as well as Silent Retreats.
New Foundation Fellowship publishes New Foundation Papers, books and pamphlets; holds gatherings; and underwrites traveling ministry - all with the purpose of declaring and exploring our original Quaker faith. General correspondence can be sent to T.H.S. Wallace 3032 Logan St., Camp Hill, PA 17011 USA (Fax 717-737-6489); or NFF-UK, c/o Allistair Lomax, Brook Cottage, Chapel Street, Fritchley, Derbyshire, UK DE56 2FR. See also NFF-UK Web page.
This nondenominational Christian renewal movement was founded by Friend Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home. Its work includes one-day and weekend conferences throughout North America. It also now has branches in the Birtish Isles and Korea.
* The term Christian is used in many different ways. I use the term to mean someone who answers Jesus' question, "Who do you say that I am?" the same way that Peter did (Matthew 16:15-16).
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