Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

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oose Creek is a warm and welcoming community where we support each other in our shared journeys of the Spirit. We believe, in the words of the Quaker writer Thomas Kelly, that “deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return.” In our worship and in our daily lives we seek to remain always with our hearts turned toward that Divine Center.

Quakerism is not defined by creeds or doctrine. Rather it is a lived spiritual practice where we seek God in our experiences and live out our faith in our shared world. We believe that there is that of God within each and every human being – adults and children – regardless of faith, race, nationality, sexual orientation, or life experiences. We are called to answer that Divine spark, that Light Within, both in ourselves and in others.

We welcome all seekers, find deep kinship in our shared humanity, and value our differences.



Queries for Second Month

Education

  • How can we most effectively foster a spirit of inquiry with a loving and understanding attitude?
  • What effort are we making to be better acquainted with Quaker faith and practices and the beliefs of other faiths?
  • Do we take an active and supportive interest in schools, libraries, and other educational resources in our communities and elsewhere?
  • Do we also see nature as a teacher and guide?
  • Do I strive to develop my physical, emotional, and mental capacities toward reach my Divinely given potential?
  • How do we prepare ourselves and our children to play active roles in changing the world?
Voices

“How is the Inward Teacher known? In joy and health, but also in loneliness and alienation; in the deepest encounters with other people and in dialogue with great ideas and works; in love but also in emptiness; in hunger but also in plenitude; in solitude but also in community. Wherever we are is the starting place for encountering the voice which can speak to our condition. We cannot compel the inner voice to speak, we can only try to practice openness and attention, and when we hear the voice we can only practice minding and answering.”
— Paul A. Lacey, 1988

“The belief that there is ‘that of God in each person’ is the foundation of the Quaker approach to education. Education cultivates the fullness of the human spirit through both openness and discipline. We are open to the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom that come from history, from our own life experience of God, and from the works and lives of others. We recognize all of life as an educational enterprise, that we are teachers as well as learners.”
— Northern Yearly Meeting, 2006

“The last reaches of religious education are not attained buy carefully planned and externally applied lessons, taught to people through outward ears. The fundamental religious education of the soul is conducted by the Holy Spirit, the living voice of God with us. He is the last and greatest teacher of the soul. All else is but pointings to the inward Teacher, the Spirit of the indwelling Christ. Until life is lived in the presence of this Teacher, we are apt to confuse knowledge of Church history and Biblical backgrounds with the true education of the soul that takes place in the listening life of prayer.”
— Thomas R. Kelly, 1942



Calendar

Sunday, February 2
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Wednesday, February 5
7:00 p.m. Discussion GroupF

Sunday, February 9
8:45 a.m. Peace & Social Concerns Committee meeting
9:45 a.m.  Meeting for Worship

Wednesday, February 12
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16
Young Friends Conference, Adelphi Friends Meeting

Sunday, February 16
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Clerks Meeting. All welcome

Wednesday, February 19
7:00 p.m. Discussion Group

Saturday, February 22
12 noon – 4:30 p.m. Climate Change: Act for our Future: A Conversation for Head and Heart, Langley Hills Friends Meeting, Langley, VA

Sunday, February 23
9:45 a.m. Meeting for Worship
11:15 a.m. Ministry & Oversight Committee meeting

Wednesday, February 26
7 p.m. Discussion group

Save the Date!
Saturday, March 21: BYM Third Month Interim Meeting, Hopewell Center Monthly Meeting (Winchester, VA)

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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