Quaker Worship

When you visit our Quaker Meeting, you will find a simple setting with chairs facing the center of the room. You may sit anywhere you wish.

Our Meeting for Worship is a time of quiet that lasts about an hour in which the daily clamor of life is stilled and we can hear God's voice. The Meeting finishes with a shaking of hands, followed by announcements covering our varied activities. Children are welcome; there is a separate class for them and there is toddler care during worship. Please ask for details.

Quaker belief is rooted in the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. Miami Friends also believe that God is not limited to that revealed in ancient or recent scriptures. The Spirit of God continues to be revealed in multiple forms and through diverse channels. God is vital and in everyone and is accessible directly. Ongoing reinterpretations of the truth are necessary to remain open to what is not yet revealed.

Regardless of race, gender, gender expression, religion, sexual orientation or nationality, every person is a potential messenger and servant of God. We are called to minister to one another, sharing pastoral responsibilities.

Miami Friends meet in silence in unprogrammed group worship. Occasional spoken messages, inspired by the spirit, arise from the silence. We seek to be instruments of God's love, expressing testimonies of peace, social justice, and non-exploitive simple living as we work toward fulfilling visions of harmony with nature, maximum good for all and unceasing spiritual development.

Everyone is welcome to attend our Meetings for Worship held each Sunday at 10:30 A.M. (with First Day School for children at the same time) and our Meeting for Learning (for Adults) at 9:30 A.M. Our main entrance has a ramp for handicapped access.

The Experience of Quaker Worship

“When friends worship, we reach out from the depths of our being to God, the giver of life and of the world around us. Our worship is a search for communion with God and the offering of ourselves – body and soul – for the doing of God's will.... Careful listening to the Inward Teacher can lead to fresh openings: an in-pouring of love, insight, and interdependence....It is in worship that we discover new strength for what faces us in our everyday lives. Each experience of worship is different. There is no one right way to prepare for spiritual communion, no set practice to follow when worship grows from expectant waiting in the Spirit. Vital worship depends far more on a deeply felt longing for God than upon any particular practice.”

Faith and Practice, Southeastern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 4th edition, 2013. p. 18-19