(Religious Society of Friends)
Worship at 5 pm in the Laurel
Please join our Worship Group,
Located in the Laurel neighborhood of East Oakland.
We sit in silent prayer, seeking the still center where we might sense the presence of God. There are no hymns, no sermons, no set prayers, no responsive readings. Together, we are listening for the Living Christ, the Inner Light. Everyone shares responsibility for vocal ministry; God may call anyone to be a messenger, regardless of experience, age or education.
We believe that there is “that of God” in everyone. For that reason, we cannot participate in violence against other people, including war, racism, and economic injustice. We have a profound reverence for God’s Creation, and work to be careful stewards of the environment. We look for ways to practice our beliefs in our daily lives, both individually and as a faith community.
The Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) was founded in 17th century England, and we take our name from the words of Jesus in John 15:
“You are my friends if you do what I command.
I no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know his master’s business.
Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you. This is my command: Love each other.”
We hold Meeting for Worship each Sunday evening at 5:00 pm at 3708 Midvale Avenue in Oakland, near 35th & MacArthur (on the 54, 57, and NL bus lines).
In addition, our worship group has the following more or less regular activities:
(a) on the Second Sunday of the month, we gather at 4PM to reflect on the Advices and Queries in Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Faith & Practice. You may find the book on line here: faith-and-practice.
(b) on the First Saturday of the month, we gather at 6:30PM for a potluck.
For more information on this worship group
Pamela Calvert & Helen Haug 510/336-9695
Peter & Karen Lin 510/530-0479
Or mail to:
Oakland Quaker Worship Group
Post Office Box 19011
Oakland, CA 94619
Alternatives to Violence Project
Oakland Quakers carries a concern for the many forms of violence in our community. As a small worship group, we support the work of the Alternatives to Violence Project. AVP is an all-volunteer program founded in 1975 by prisoners and Quakers to help reduce the level of unresolved conflict in people's lives inside and outside prison. For more information about AVP and upcoming workshops: avpcalifornia.