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Goose Creek Friends Meeting

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Welcome


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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

Stewardship

Stewardship of Personal Resources

  • Do we regard our resources as gifts from God, to be held in trust and shared according to the Light we are given?
  • What are we doing as individuals and as a meeting to nurture our gifts?
  • How do we encourage the members of the larger community to be careful stewards of their gifts?

Stewardship of the Earth

  • Do you seek to preserve the beauty and balance of God’s world?
  • How do we use the world’s resources with care and consideration for future generations and with respect for all life?
  • Do you endeavor to understand the detrimental changes affecting earth systems and humanity?
  • Do you see to meet your needs in a sustainable way by preserving resources, enhancing the health of the earth, and by protecting the future?
  • Do we intentionally explore and live our conviction that there is that of God in all creation?
Voices

“The produce of the earth is a gift from our gracious creator to the inhabitants, and to impoverish the earth now to support outward greatness appears to be an injury.”
— John Woolman, C. 1760

“That the sweat and tedious labor of the farmer, early and late, cold and hot, wet and dry, should be converted into the pleasure of a small number of men — that continued severity should be laid on nineteen parts of the land to feed the inordinate lusts and delicate appetites of the twentieth, is so far from the will of the great Governor of the world, [it] is wretched and blasphemous.”
— William Penn, 1668

“Sustainability as a concept has recently acquired new spiritual depth of meaning to include a resolve to live in harmony with biological and physical systems, and to work to create social systems that can enable us to do that. It includes a sense of connectedness and an understanding of the utter dependence of human society within the intricate web of life; a passion for environmental justice and ecological ethics; an understanding of dynamic natural balances and processes; and a recognition of the limits of growth due to finite resources. Our concern for Sustainability recognizes our responsibility to future generations, to care for the Earth as our own home and the home all that dwell herein. We seek a relationship between human beings and the Earth that is mutually enhancing.”
— Quaker Earthcare Witness, 1998



Calendar

Goose Creek is currently offering Meeting for Worship from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Sundays via Zoom. The Zoom link is shared weekly via the Goose Creek listserv and group email. To request the Zoom link for Meeting for Worship, please contact us at gcmmlincoln@gmail.com

Outdoor worship on the lawn at Goose Creek in January and February is at the discretion of individual Friends. There will be no Facing Bench.
If you plan to worship outside at Goose Creek, please read these guidelines ahead of time.

Street Address:

18204 Lincoln Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Postal Address:

PO Box 105

Lincoln, VA 20160

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