Heart to Heart: Friends Worship in Silence to Inspire Service to the World
Byline: HEART TO HEART By Helen Park For The Register-Guard
In an old Quaker joke, a stranger walks into a Friends meeting and finds himself surrounded by silence. After several minutes, he whispers to the fellow beside him, "When does the service begin?" The amused Friend whispers, "The service begins when the meeting is over!" This story brings up two aspects of Quaker practice: silent worship and service.
The Friends Meeting, with our meeting house on Onyx Street, is distinct from the Friends Church on 18th Avenue. We have no pastor or prescribed order of service. We worship in silence, with occasional ministry that can come from anyone present. We believe that …
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Publication information: Article title: Heart to Heart: Friends Worship in Silence to Inspire Service to the World. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Register Guard (Eugene, OR). Publication date: July 12, 2003. Page number: D7. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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