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Bill Samuel, August 4, 2002
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Friends Christian Renewal
Compiled by Bill Samuel
Last updated December 3, 2014
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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 Also, I do not always get updates on groups listed, so information could be out-of-date (even by years) and you are encouraged to contact a group before visiting.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.

Northeastern United States

There is an Annual Northeastern Christ-Centered Friends Gathering. For more information contact Connie Bair-Thompson.

Uxbridge, Massachusetts

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 York

Clintondale 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

  • 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.

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.

Maryland

  • Friends of Jesus - Metro DC Area includes activities focusing on the Maryland suburbs. Currently having a regular group meeting in a pub is being explored. In addition, Maryland folks in Friends of Jesus participate in monthly worship gatherings for the DC area. Contact Bill Samuel for more information.
  • Frederick, MD: Cathy Gilleylen Schultz would like to hear from people interested in spiritual fellowship from a perspective like that of Friends in Christ.

Washington, DC

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.

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

Hillel Friends Meeting - an Emergent Quaker Church meeting in homes in Greensboro every Wednesday. Email Hillel Friends Meeting or call 336-209-3028.

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.

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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 - Detroit generally meets weekly for Christ-centered Quaker worship and Bible reflections. Times and location may vary. They also hold special gatherings from time to time. For more information, email them, or call them at 313-971-2150.

Eastern Ohio

  • 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.
  • Friends of Jesus Fellowship Spring Gathering, March 13-15, 2015, Barnesville, Ohio (national-level gathering).

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.

Amboy, Indiana

A group meets for unprogrammed Christian worship at 7 PM on Saturdays in Amboy, Indiana. For more information, contact Dave Thomas.

Syracuse, Indiana

Northern Lakes Friends Meeting is an independent conservative Friends meeting in Syracuse, Indiana. For information, contact James Clifton.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Laughing Waters Friends Worship Group meets 4:30 PM Sundays at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2511 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Email or call 612-516-5340.

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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. Next gathering is on March 7, 2015 at Palo Alto Friends Meeting, 957 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303. 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.

2014 Year-End Gathering

Spring Forth a Well: What are We Waiting For?, December 27, 2014-January 1, 2015 at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA. Led by Dorothy Henderson, with involvement of people who have been members of the Listening Committee for Quaker Spring.

Southern California

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. The December 6, 2014 gathering has been cancelled. 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.

Seattle, Washington

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.

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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

  • 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 Quaker Meeting - meet each Sunday at 10:30 at Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living, Park Road, Ripley, Derbyshire, and midweek meetings are also held in homes. Telephone Alistair Lomax at 01773-850021 or 07799-580364 for further information, or email ripleychristianquakers@hotmail.co.uk.
  • Greenwich-Ripley Quaker Group - generally meets quarterly. Contact Ripley Quaker Meeting for more information.
  • Greenwich Friends - meets Sundays in the home of Simon and Julie Watson in Greenwich, London. Telephone 020-8469-2901 or 020-7663-1030 for details.
  • 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.
  • Swanwick Friends Meeting meets on the first Sundays of the month, 10 AM - 12 Noon, at The Salt Pot, The Green, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1BL. For more information, email Friends of the Light.
  • 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) 7448 544 180 (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 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, as well as occasional East Coast gatherings. There are member groups in the Washington, DC and Detroit metropolitan areas, and other groups existing or in formation with less formal relationships with the Fellowship. Most groups meet weekly, with some breaks. See Friends of Jesus Fellowship Local Communities for more information on the local groups.

School of the Spirit

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.

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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, Brook Cottage, Chapel Street, Fritchley, Derbyshire, UK DE56 2FR. See also NFF-UK Web page.

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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 Birtish 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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