About

Durham Friends Meeting

Durham Friends Meeting is a welcoming faith based community rooted in the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers. As Friends we seek to answer “that of God in everyone.” We seek to create and support communities where Friends’ testimonies of peace, equality, simplicity, integrity and community can flourish. It is our hope and responsibility to create a world of social, economic, racial and gender justice.

Our meeting is semi-programmed.  We have a good deal of quiet, waiting worship in which we gather in silence and out of which people speak if and when they feel led to speak.  We regularly begin with a singing of hymns suggested by those present, we have a call for joys and concerns, a youth story, and a prepared message given usually by a member of the Meeting.  More waiting worship follows the message.  Our worship is open to all.

We recognize that all people who seek it have access to divine wisdom, the inward teacher, the Light of Christ.  Ministry comes from within during worship and any who are prayerfully led may speak.

We have been worshipping together here since 1775, but many of us have only recently arrived.

We are a member of New England Yearly Meeting, which in turn is jointly affiliated with both Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting.  Quakers around the world stay in relationship with one another through Friends World Committee for Consultation.