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Bill Samuel, August 4, 2002
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Friends Christian Renewal
Compiled by Bill Samuel
Last updated August 16, 2019
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U.S. - Eastern
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Outside of U.S.

Friends of Jesus Fellowship
School of the Spirit
New Foundation Fellowship
Renovaré

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 Also, I do not always get updates on groups listed, so information could be out-of-date (even by years) and you are encouraged to contact a group before visiting.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 keeping the information updated and including more appropriate activities. If you have material that might be appropriate to post here, email me at webservant@quakerinfo.com. 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.

U.S. - Eastern

Roughly east of the Appalachians. Imagine a line running from Lake Erie south to the Gulf of Mexico along state borders. The states on the east side of the borders would be Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Those states and all states east and northeast of them are included in the Eastern area.

Farmington Falls, Maine

Friends of Jesus Christ, 168 Croswell Road, Framington Falls, ME 04940, 207-778-2700. Worship Sundays 10 AM & 7 PM; Wednesdays 7 PM. This group believes the "movement of God among and through the early Quakers to have been by far and away the most spiritual and powerful manifestation of God on the earth since the apostolic days." However, they do not believe true Quakerism can be revived, and do not call themselves Quakers.

Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Uxbridge Friends Worship Group meets weekly each First Day (Sunday) at 9 AM. They begin with a period of bible reading in the manner of Conservative Friends and then transition into a time of unprogrammed, waiting worship. They meet from April to October in the historic Uxbridge meetinghouse on the corner of routes 98 (Aldrich St.) and 146A (Quaker Hwy.) in Uxbridge, Massachusetts; and in private homes the rest of the year. Please call Uxbridge Friends at 774-481-1212 or e-mail them for more information.

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

  • One in Christ meets second Fourth Day (Wednesday), 7 PM, in the office of the 15th St. Friends Meeting, 15 Rutherford Pl., Manhattan. Contact Brian Doherty, 212-279-6200, for more information.
  • Manhattan Meeting holds a programmed meeting for worship at 9:30 AM on first, third and fifth Sundays, and for Bible study at 9:30 AM on second Sundays. It meets in Room 1 of 15th St. Friends Meeting, 15 Rutherford Pl., Manhattan. For information, call 212-777-8866.

New Jersey - New York Yearly Meeting

Within New York Yearly Meeting, Manasquan Monthly Meeting in Wall Township has a generally Christian orientation.

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.

Maryland

  • Frederick, MD: Cathy Gilleylen Schultz would like to hear from people interested in spiritual fellowship from a perspective like that of Friends in Christ.
  • Adelphi, MD: Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM there is 30 minutes of Bible study followed by waiting worship at the Adelphi Friends Meetinghouse, 2303 Metzerott Road, Adelphi, MD. For more information, contact Joy Newheart.

Harrisonburg, Virginia Area

Rockingham Monthly Meeting, Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative), meets for worship First Days at 10:30 AM at Quail Lane Farm outside Harrisonburg. For more information, contact Susan Smith, Clerk.

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

Peachtree Friends Meeting - Traditional Friends waiting worship. 10:30 AM Sundays, 4980 Florida Ave., Peachtree Corners (Norcross), GA 30360. Contact Peachtree Friends, for more information..

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U.S. - Central

Everything between the Eastern and the Western - see those listings for border information.

Michigan

  • Crossroads Friends Worship Group meets First Days, at 10:30 am, for unprogrammed waiting worship in the name of Jesus Christ and in the manner of Friends, with a preparation period beginning at 10:00 am. Worship rotates among a variety of Michigan locations, including White Lake, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Potterville. For information and directions please contact Phil Helms, (248) 360-2074.
  • Friends in Christ is a Conservative Friends worship group in Harrisville which meets 1st and 3rd Sundays at 10 AM. Contact Kimberly Anne Makela, 989-464-1918, for more information.
  • Friends of Jesus Fellowship Michigan Regional Gathering is held periodically. For more information, contact Michelle Williamson.

Ohio

  • Greenleaf Weekly Friends Meeting, 9348 Butler Road NE, Newark OH 43055; 740-403-5579. Christ-centered and mission-based Quakers who meet through the warm months. Rainy day fellowship with other groups; through the winter months work at homelss outreach. 8:30 AM First Day.
  • General Gathering of Conservative Friends, every 2 years in June (next Gathering in 2020), Stillwater Friends Meeing, Barnesville, Ohio. Details will be posted at the link when they are available.
  • Richland/Ashland Friends, Loudonville, Ohio. Usually meets second First Days. Call Scott Savage at 419-368-9419 for information.
  • Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting, Barnesville, Ohio. A retreat and conference center for the exploration of Christian unprogrammed Quakerism and its meaning today. There are scheduled weekend events as well as opportunity for personal retreats.
  • Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative). A yearly meeting of Christian Friends who worship in the traditional waiting worship manner. Most of their monthly meetings are in Eastern Ohio.

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.

Indiana

  • An unprogrammed Christ-centered meeting for worship is held 6:15-7:15 PM Tuesdays at 835 NW B St., Richmond, Indiana. For more information email Jeremiah Edminster. NOTE: The group will not meet July 23 or 30, 2019.
  • 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.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Laughing Waters Friends Preparative Meeting is under the care of Bear Creek Meeting, Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative). Please see their Web site for current contact and meeting information.

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Tahlequah Worship Group meets for waiting worship Thursdays at 7:30 PM at 536 Summit Ave., Tahlequah, OK. For more information, contact David Nagle at 918-885-2714.

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U.S. - Western

Roughly Rocky Mountains and west. Imagine a line running from Canada to Mexico along state borders. The states immediately west of that line would be Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. These states and all states to the west, including Alaska and Hawaii, are included in the Western area.

Christian Friends Conference - Western Region

The Christian Friends Conference (CFC) holds one-day quarterly regional gatherings on a Saturday at 9 AM. 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. Next meeting is September 7, 2019, 9-3, at Berkeley Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento St., Berkeley, CA. Bring your own lunch. For more information on these gatherings, please contact Bruce Folsom.

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

On first and third Saturdays, 9:45-10:45 AM, there is a gathering with an hour of Christ-centered open, waiting worship. The group meets at Granada Heights Friends Church (Room B-27), 11818 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA. It is facilitated by Kim Palmer. For more information, email Kim Palmer at kimpalmer11@yahoo.com.

Denver, Colorado

High Plains Friends Worship Group meets every Fifth Day (Thursday). Contact Isabel Penraeth, 303-200-0626, for information.

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Outside of U.S.

I would love to include more activities and contacts in other countries, but I can't publish information I don't have. If you have any such information, please e-mail it to me. Thank you.

Canada

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.

Venezuela

If you have interest in Quaker worship and outreach in Maracaibo, contact Vanessa DiDomenico.

Kenya

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.

Great Britain

  • Friends of the Light is a Christian, inclusive Friends group which holds gatherings about every two months 10 AM-5 PM on a Saturday at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, England. Online opportunities include monthly worship and forums.
  • New Foundation Fellowship - United Kingdom, e-mail. Their Web site includes Christian Friends events in the United Kingdom, including some sponsored by other groups than NFF.
  • Friends in Christ (Primitive Quakers) - A small group of Friends which holds half-yearly and yearly meeting sessions, and produces a newsletter. Contact Paul Thompson for information.
  • Ripley Quakers (aka Midlands Friends) - meet each Sunday at 10:30 am via Skype. Telephone Alistair Lomax at 01773 875962 for further information or email enquirers@quakersineurope.org or Skype ripley.quakers.meeting.
  • Levenham Worship Group - meets First Days (Sundays) and Fifth Days (Thursdays) at 5:45 AM at 53D High St., Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9PY. Contact Ben Gosling for more information.
  • Goshen Meeting - meets first and third First Days (Sundays) at 11 AM in the Small Hall at the rear of Scone Public Hall, Queen’s Road, Scone, PH2 6QJ, Scotland. Contact Paul Thompson, 01738 620688, for more information.

Ireland

Ireland Yearly Meeting is a diverse yearly meeting with several sorts of meetings. These are some of those with the strongest Christian witness:

Poland

A Christian Friends group in Torun, Poland meets every Friday evening 18.00-22.00 (6-10 pm). The gatherings include 1) preparing a common meal, 2) worshipping in silence, 3) sharing with bread and wine for remembrance of torment and resurrection of Jesus Christ, 4) sharing with word (Bible and other writings), 5) common meal and 6) discussion. On first and third Fridays, the meetings are held at Dwor Mieszczanski (Burghers' Court), 4-6 Podmurna Street. Contact the meeting by phone or email in advance for address of meetings on other Fridays. Phone numbers are (+48) 600 0 777 64 (Polish), or (+44) 7404 68 39 39 (UK mobile number active in Poland).

Australia

Beverley 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.

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Friends of Jesus Fellowship

Friends of Jesus Fellowship is a Christian network, drawing on the Quaker tradition but not limited by it, across the United States of America. It has held national, regional, and local gatherings at various locations from time to time.

School of the Spirit

School of the Spirit is a Quaker ministry of prayer and learning based. It offers a two-year program including several residencies On Being a Spiritual Nurturer, a one-year program with several residencies Participating in God's Power, and Contemplative Retreats.

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New Foundation Fellowship

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, 1 Birkinstyle Avenue, Stonebroom, Derbyshire, UK. DE556LF.

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Renovaré

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 British Isles and Korea.

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* 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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