Wilmington Yearly Meeting of Friends

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Quaker Christianity

The Quaker religious faith leads to a way of life. In Friends' thinking, the practice of Christian faith is not primarily a matter of taking part in rites and ceremonies. What is of primary importance is that we should open ourselves to the Light of Christ and try to live in obedience to the leading of God's spirit. Friends' missionary outreach and social service activities alike have grown out of this continuing attempt to translate Christian faith into life and action. The corporate testimonies and concerns that are set forth in [our Faith and Practice], and the standards of conduct that are recommended, have grown out of Friends' experience in trying to be faithful to the teachings of Jesus and to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in their lives as individuals and as a religious society. 

From the earliest days of their history, there are frequent references in the writings of Friends to the belief that there is in the human soul a Light (Ps. 36:9, John 1:9) which is of divine origin and which makes mankind capable of responding to moral and spiritual influences. It is this divine quality that enables one to develop that awareness of moral distinctions and obligations known as conscience and inspires one to live, struggle, and suffer for the achievement of what ought to be. 

In the teachings of Jesus are the seeds of the Quaker “testimonies” ~ equality, simplicity, integrity and peace.  More than beliefs, testimonies are a way of life that witnesses to a dedication to the teachings of Christ. “A testimony is an outward expression of an inward leading of the Spirit, or an outward sign of what Friends believe to be an inward revelation of Truth” (Wilmer Cooper). 

 

 

 

 

Mission & Purpose

A UNIVERSAL MISSION

Twenty-first-century Friends are challenged by these words of George Fox, as were those to whom he addressed them in 1656:

"Let all nations hear the word by sound or writing. Spare no place, spare not tongue or pen, but be obedient to the Lord God and go through the world and be valiant for the Truth upon earth....Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone."      

(Wilmington Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice, 1977)

 

A LOCAL PURPOSE

It is the purpose of Wilmington Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends as a Christian religious body to develop and maintain a Quaker community of faith, centered in this region, which fosters understanding and experience of Christ, the Teacher within, as known directly and through scripture; to share this understanding and experience with young people in our midst, and with others in our communities and the wider community, through ministry, service, and active engagement in the world around us….

(Wilmington Yearly Meeting Faith & Practice, Approved 1995)

 

 

Friends Meetings

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ADA CHAPEL FRIENDS MEETING (WILMINGTON, OH)

WORSHIP 10:00 am
Sunday School 11:00 am
Monthly Meeting For Business 1st Sunday 11:00 am

 

Ada Chapel Friends- DETAILS

332 Grant St. Wilmington, OH 45177

Pastors:

Lead Pastor:  Hannah Lutz (937-503-4709)

Pastor Emeritus:  Violeta A.T. Gwynn (937-725-5071)

Clerk:

Michael Anderson

 

 

CAMPUS MEETING (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)

UNPROGRAMMED WORSHIP 10:00 am
Monthly Meeting for Business 4th Sunday 11:00 am

 

 

Campus Friends- DETAILS

Contact person for more info: Patricia Thomas — phone: 937-708-6211; email: patricia@pastorandprofessor.com

 Unprogrammed Worship

You are welcome to come to Campus Friends Meeting at 10 a.m. Sundays on the Wilmington College campus in the T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse (specific directions below) and worship in the manner of unprogrammed Friends.

We have no paid or ordained clergy who leads worship or delivers a sermon. When there is spoken ministry, it is provided by members and attenders, who sit on pews facing each other in a square. Anyone who feels prompted or moved by the Spirit to speak may do so.

How we conduct unprogrammed worship

The initial stage of unprogrammed worship is often described as “centering”. This is when Friends clear their minds and settle down to attain a spiritual focus. The centering process can of course begin prior to arrival.

After a seasonable time of centering, worshippers may give a spoken message, utter a prayer, or break forth in song.

You may wonder how a person can be confident it is the Spirit moving or prompting them to speak, and not some other impelling cause.

According to Patricia Loring’s Pendle Hill pamphlet titled ‘Spiritual Discernment’, having the experience of the “fruits of the Spirit” as identified in Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia suggests the presence of God’s Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit listed in the letter have been translated as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness [sometimes translated as faith or faithfulness], gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:23). Vocal ministry that is laden with these fruits, or which sow these fruits, suggests strongly the Spirit’s stirrings.

To gain further clarity about unprogrammed worship and spoken ministry, we might ask ourselves these questions in light of the spiritual fruits: What might this worship look like? What might such worship feel like?

It is Friends’ practice to leave ample time for reflection after a spoken message, and for a person to speak no more than once in a meeting for worship. Campus Friends value the spoken word, and also value the silence.

More of what to expect in our worship

During worship at Campus Friends Meeting, the weekly greeter/breaker sometimes offers a short reading or asks a query. A query is a question; indeed, often a query is “a question for all seasons”. In the Quaker tradition, queries are a way to examine our lives and actions, and a means to help direct us, individually and as a meeting. Unless moved to do so, no one need answer the query aloud.

In short, we wait during worship in an expectation that by leaning into God’s Spirit and listening closely when someone speaks, it helps unite us as Christ’s sisters and brothers and friends (Friends); strengthens our commitment; provides lessons for living; helps us grow; and encourages us on our path.

When the rise of worship nears, the greeter/breaker asks whether we have joys or concerns, or a prayer request to share with the meeting.

Lastly, the greeter/breaker signals the end of worship (usually around an hour) with greetings or perhaps a handshake, at which time we make announcements and fellowship is encouraged.

Directions, etc.

At 10 a.m. Sundays our unprogrammed (but not graceless!) worship begins on the Wilmington College campus in the T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse, an attached yet distinct space located at the Boyd Cultural Arts Center (the building off College Street where the college stage plays are held). There is a College Street pole sign standing beside a sidewalk that runs parallel to the meetinghouse. You can park nearby on the street or in the college’s corner parking lot.

On the first Sunday of the month, beginning at noon, we gather for a simple, carry-in fellowship meal at the home of a member. Also the first Sunday of the month, we set out an offering basket for charitable work in the local community, including on campus.

Many Campus Friends come together on the 3rd Wednesday of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. for a book club. When not meeting on Zoom, the gathering involves a self-packed brown bag meal before a discussion led by the person whose selection we are reading that month.

Organized in 1954, two of Campus Friends Meeting’s key minutes — which are statements or decisions approved by the meeting — can be found below, with brief introductions.

Campus Friends Meeting’s inclusivity statement

 In May 2021 we reaffirmed a commitment to the meeting’s inclusivity that had been declared in two prior minutes in 2014, condensing them into one minute, which we then approved. This inclusivity minute reads as follows:

“Campus Friends Meeting is a welcoming and inclusive monthly meeting. We affirm the full dignity of each person created in the image of God. The Light of the Living Christ has taught us that God’s love extends equally to all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our understanding of God’s universal love leads us to affirm the full dignity of LGBTQ+ persons and equal status within the Religious Society of Friends and the wider world.

“All covenant relationships including marriages under the care of a Quaker meeting are sacred, legal and the cause for joy. As with all couples, we follow Quaker process to discern their readiness to be married under the care of Campus Friends Meeting. In honoring and caring for any marriage we affirm that we are ‘witnessing that which God has already done.’ ”

Campus Friends “bridge building” statement

In October 2014, we approved a minute relating to Campus Friends Meeting (CFM) being a “bridge” meeting — that is, CFM is a monthly meeting that belongs to two yearly meetings: the Wilmington Yearly Meeting (Friends United Meeting) as well as the Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting (Friends General Conference). The bridge meeting minute reads as follows:

“We strive to be a monthly meeting that builds bridges. We come together to worship in expectant waiting in the presence of God and these our friends. Friends welcome personal and spiritual leadings that seek to serve as ministry for all.

“Meeting for worship informs our understanding of Quaker tradition and testimonies and guides our daily lives and corporate decision making. We strive to love and support each other within our monthly meeting community, and value our relationship to the wider body of Friends.”

Personal remarks

As a lifelong seeker, I am attracted by the Quaker testimonies, in particular community and peacemaking. I have found that Campus Friends Meeting is comprised of wonderful people. While unprogrammed worship can have its own challenges, it is in line with the abolition of a passive laity. Campus Friends’ occasional one-day joint spiritual retreats with Eastern Hills Friends Meeting of Cincinnati have been meaningful to me. — Gary Huffenberger

CHESTER FRIENDS MEETING (WILMINGTON, OH)

WORSHIP 9:45 am
Sunday School 9:00 am
Monthly Meeting for Business 4th Sunday Following Worship

 

 

Chester Friends- DETAILS
3451 Gurneyville Rd., 8 Mi. N. off SR 68 N,
Wilmington, OH 45177

Pastors:

Mike & Nancy McCormick, (937) 728-0095
email:  nancy_mccormick@wilmington.edu (Nancy McCormick)

Clerks:

David Hackney,
Clerk of Monthly Meeting-
937-382-5208

USFW: Becky Godfrey, Clerk

Ministry/Counsel Clerk: Jonda Hamilton

Trustees Clerk: Richard Baker

Treasurer: Jill Hartley

Peace and Social Concern: Jonda Hamilton/Nancy McCormick

State of Society: Linda McKeehan

Pastoral Extension: Mary Ann Roddy

Out to Lunch Club: Billie Baker

 

 

 

CINCINNATI FRIENDS MEETING (CINCINNATI, OH)

SEMI-PROGRAMMED WORSHIP 11:00 am
Adult Study Discussion 10:00 am
First Day School/ Nursery 11:00 am
Monthly Meeting For Business 2nd Sundays

 

 

Cincinnati Friends- DETAILS

Minister & Public Friend: James Newby

Clerk: Michael Ramos

8075 Keller Rd.

Cincinnati, OH 45243

Directions:  I-71 to Exit 12, go east on Montgomery Rd; in .7 miles turn right onto Keller Rd; in .6 miles turn right into the Meetinghouse driveway.

 

http://www.cincinnatifriends.org/

 

 

DOVER FRIENDS MEETING (WILMINGTON, OH)

WORSHIP 9:30 am
Monthly Meeting for Business 1st Sunday 10:30 am

 

 

Dover Friends- DETAILS

 

Dover Rd., E. of OH 134, 5 mi. N. of Wilmington,
PO Box 166, Port William 45164

Ministers

Dan Kazstelan & Katie Terrell

Clerk : Mike Miller

www.doverfriends.org

 

 

EASTERN HILLS FRIENDS MEETING (CINCINNATI, OH)

UNPROGRAMMED WORSHIP 10:00 am

 

 

Eastern Hills Friends- DETAILS

 

1671 Nagel Rd., off Beechmont Ave., (SR 125)
Cincinnati, OH

Dale Hayes,  Monthly Meeting Clerk - 859-261-1898 

clerk.easternhills@gmail.com

www.easternhillsfriends.org

 

 

FAIRVIEW FRIENDS MEETING (NEW VIENNA, OH)

WORSHIP 11:00 am
Sunday School 10:00 2nd/3rd Sundays

 

 

Fairview Friends- DETAILS
Antioch Rd., New Vienna, OH  (1 mile E. of OH 729)

Linda Achor, Clerk

Speakers:

1st and 4th Sundays : Dan Kasztelan

2nd and 3rd Sundays: Patricia Thomas

5th Sundays: Unprogrammed Worship

FIRST FRIENDS KNOXVILLE (KNOXVILLE, TN)

WORSHIP 11:00 am
Monthly Meeting for Business 3rd Sunday

 

 

FIRST FRIENDS KNOXVILLE- DETAILS

Off I-640, exit 8, S. on Washington Pike ½ mile
4325 Pinehurst Dr., Knoxville, TN

Pastor   -

 

 

JAMESTOWN FRIENDS MEETING (JAMESTOWN, OH)

WORSHIP 10:30 am
Sunday School 9:30 am

 

 

Jamestown Friends- DETAILS

48 E. Washington St. Jamestown, OH 45335

Pastor:

Keith Cavender, Monthly Meeting Clerk - 937-675-6239
Darla Geis, Ministry & Counsel Clerk - 937-675-2464

MARTINSVILLE FRIENDS MEETING

(MARTINSVILLE, OH)

WORSHIP 9:15 am

 

 

Martinsville Friends- DETAILS

112 E. Main St., OH 28
Martinsville, OH 45145

Pastor: Dennis Delaney

Contact: Barbara Shutts 937-685-4677 (evenings)

MARYVILLE FRIENDS MEETING

(MARYVILLE, TN)

WORSHIP 10:45 am
BIBLE STUDY 7 pm on zoom on Wednesdays

 

Maryville Friends- DETAILS

2044 Sequoyah Avenue
Maryville, TN 37802
Phone - (865) 984-7999

Jonathan Goff -Pastor  

Meeting email: maryvillefriendsmeeting@gmail.com

Jeannette Hamby-Clerk

 

SAMANTHA FRIENDS MEETING

(HIGHLAND CO., OH)

WORSHIP 10:30 am
Sunday School 9:30 am
Monthly Meeting for Business 2nd Wednesdays 7:00 pm

 

 

Samantha Friends- DETAILS

8070 Fall Creek Road, Hillsboro, OH 45133
Phone: 937-393-2975

Pastor - Rick Smith

 

SPRINGFIELD FRIENDS MEETING (CLARKSVILLE, OH)

WORSHIP 10 am

 

 

Springfield Friends- DETAILS

Todd's Fork Rd., off OH 380, N. of US 22
Clinton Co., OH

Mailing address: 121 Todd's Fork Road, Wilmington, OH 45177

Mike and Nancy McCormick - Pastors

Miriam Speaight- Monthly Meeting Clerk

mrspeaight221@yahoo.com

 

WILMINGTON FRIENDS MEETING (WILMINGTON, OH)

WORSHIP 10:00 am
Fellowship 11:00 am
Sunday School 11:15 am

 

 

Wilmington Friends- DETAILS

66 N. Mulberry St.
Wilmington, OH 45177
(937) 382-2349

wilmingtonfriendsohio.org

Julie Rudd -- Pastor

julie.rudd@wilmingtonfriendsohio.org

Bob Henson-- Clerk of Meeting

XENIA FRIENDS MEETING (XENIA, OH)

WORSHIP 9:45 am
Sunday School 9:00 am

 

 

Xenia Friends- DETAILS

502 Chestnut St.
Xenia, OH 45385
Corner Chestnut & High Sts., off SR 380 N. of SR 68
(937) 376-1010

Rotation of Speakers

Monthly Meeting Clerk - Gary Farlow  gcfarlow@twc.com
Acting Recording Clerk - Karren Smith