(Religious Society of Friends)
Unprogrammed worship at 5 pm in East Oakland
Please join our worship group,
located in the Crestmont 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 Òthat of GodÓ 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 GodÕs 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:
ÒYou are my friends if you do what I command.
I no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know his masterÕs 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.Ó
Please note: As of March 6, 2016, we hold Meeting for Worship each Sunday evening at 5:00 pm at 296 Rishell Drive in Oakland. We provide a shuttle to Meeting from the intersection of 35th Avenue & MacArthur (on the 54, 57, and NL bus lines) in front of AnnieÕs and ConradÕs.
In addition, our worship group has the following more or less regular activities:
(a) on the First Saturday of the month, we gather at 6:30PM for a potluck.
(b) on occassional Fridays at 6:30PM we participate in the Pathways to Healing/Oakland Ceasefire, an initiative of the PICO National Network that aims to address the root causes of violence in cities. We join members of many other congregations and organizations to walk in the streets of East Oakland as a witness to our young men that we love and care about them, we want them to stop being so violent toward one another, and we hope they take advantage of the help and services available. For more information about Operation Ceasefire and upcoming Night Walks: www.oaklandcommunity.org/night-walks/
For more information about this worship group
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. In addition to participating in the Pathways to Healing Friday evening walks, 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: .