What we're about

This meetup is for anyone that is looking for a spiritual practice that recognizes that each of us are on our own spiritual journey. For me Christian practice is about three things; Knowing/Being and Doing. Quaker practice encourages adult education, discussion methods and practice as the Knowing. Silent worship, turning in towards the Light for guidance and leadings for our lives as the Being. Social consciousness and activism in a strictly non-violent way, that is born out of Knowing and Being is the Doing.

The Quaker roots are Christian but different in that there is Mysticism (Catholic) and Prophetic (Protestant) mix. Unprogrammed Quaker communities embrace "Continuing Revelation", continually seeking from the Light insights to find our way on our journey and through issues that we face personally and in society. Quakers major tenet is that there is "That of God" in everyone where we share a common bond with all people no matter who they are. There is not a set dogma or set of beliefs that are required as each person tries to discern these things for themselves in community with others.

While worship is turning inside to wait on the Light, the outward demonstration of Quaker values are the Testimonies. The six Testimonies are Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship. These are not always easy to follow but one strives to work at being in unity with each one in all that we do.

There are any number of beliefs that Quakers have as many have come from other faith traditions or none at all but since Quakers feel that everyone is on their own journey there is no judgment as to who is right or wrong in their beliefs. The emphasis is on an experiential interpretation of Christ's teachings and a direct connection to the Light for guidance.

Quakers also have many wonderful practices that help those in the community with their personal and spiritual growth. Where your thoughts, questions and insights can be heard.

Join this meetup if you are interested in learning more about the Unprogrammed Quaker practice. You may be someone that is seeking something different in your spiritual practice and are welcome to be an Attender at future meetups. Live Oak Friends Meeting in Houston is the only Unprogrammed Meeting in Houston.

Upcoming events (5)

Online - Meeting for Worship w/ Attention to Study

Online event

Meeting Description: Meet Online via Zoom Video Conferencing, you must RSVP to see the link to the Zoom meeting. An opportunity for Worship and getting to know each other through conversation on Wednesday evenings. This will consist of Worship at the beginning and end with some kind of conversation or study in between. Topics can vary over time, can be about spiritual growth, social issues, a book or some other study. Password[masked]

Online - Meeting for Worship

Online event

Meeting will be held online via Zoom, you must RSVP to see the link to the Zoom meeting. Try to connect about 10 minutes early to get ready for worship. Worship begins with turning your attention inward, waiting to hear more clearly God's "still small voice" (1 Kings 19:12), Friends in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition base our worship entirely on expectant waiting. Worship continues until it is broken by the convener. There will be a few minutes afterward for introductions and short announcements including blessings and concerns. Zoom Phone:[masked] US (Houston), Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked]

Online - Meeting for Worship w/ Attention to Study

Online event

Meeting Description: Meet Online via Zoom Video Conferencing, you must RSVP to see the link to the Zoom meeting. An opportunity for Worship and getting to know each other through conversation on Wednesday evenings. This will consist of Worship at the beginning and end with some kind of conversation or study in between. Topics can vary over time, can be about spiritual growth, social issues, a book or some other study. Password[masked]

Online - Meeting for Worship

Online event

Meeting will be held online via Zoom, you must RSVP to see the link to the Zoom meeting. Try to connect about 10 minutes early to get ready for worship. Worship begins with turning your attention inward, waiting to hear more clearly God's "still small voice" (1 Kings 19:12), Friends in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition base our worship entirely on expectant waiting. Worship continues until it is broken by the convener. There will be a few minutes afterward for introductions and short announcements including blessings and concerns. Zoom Phone:[masked] US (Houston), Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked]

Past events (101)

Online - Meeting for Worship

Online event

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