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San Francisco Friends Meeting
Quaker Meetings for Worship info
Sundays at 11 a.m.
Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
65 Ninth Street (between Market St. and Mission St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Spiritual Community

Witnesses for Peace and Social Justice
Please visit the Peace Vigil
each Fifth Day (Thursday) at noon.

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Meeting for Worship commences each First Day (Sunday) at 11:00 a.m., with Children's First Day School (Childcare) in the Meetinghouse. Introduction to Meeting for Worship provided at 10:40 a.m. (please ask the "Welcome Friend" in the lobby).
All Seekers are welcome.
 
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Further information about Quaker Worship and Children's First Day School.
The current month's newsletter is available online at sfquakersnewsletter.blogspot.com. (More on news page.)
Registration for the 2014 Memorial Day Retreat (May 23-26) is now open! Click here for more information or see the newsletter.
Friends representing our Meeting witness at the peace vigil each Fifth Day (Thursday) from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the Federal Building at Golden Gate & Larkin Streets, San Francisco.

Advices & Queries based on Quaker Faith and Practice



Tenth Month: Personal Relationships


      In daily relationships with others, both inside and outside the home, our lives as Friends speak immediately and lastingly. In these relationships, our faith may also be severely tested. We are called to respond to that of God in everyone: we are all the children of God.

      Friends celebrate any union that is dedicated to mutual love and respect, regardless of the unique make-up of the family. We strive to create homes where the Spirit of the Divine resides at the center and where the individual genius of each member is respected and nurtured.

      Human sexuality is a divine gift, forming part of the complex union of body, mind and spirit that is our humanity. In a loving adult relationship in a context of mutual responsibility, sexuality brings delight, fulfillment and celebration.

      The presence of children carries a special blessing as well as responsibility. Children bring unique spiritual gifts --- wonder, resiliency, playfulness and more. Recognize and honor the Divine Light within children and treat them with dignity and respect that is due to all people. Listen to and learn from children; share with them those values and practices that are central to our own lives. Special care must be given to resolving problems between adults and children in a manner that gives equal weight to the feelings and needs of both children and adults. Tender parenting is one of the critically important peace vocations in our society. Make every effort to offer all parents the personal and institutional support that this challenging work requires.

      Take a strong stand against any form of abuse, whether that abuse is minor or severe, and whether it is emotional, physical or sexual in nature. The terrible impact of abuse on the most vulnerable members of our families creates lifelong suffering for its victims and is a major source of violence in our society. Perpetrators are themselves usually victims of similar violence and should be approached with compassion as well as firmness.


(Queries in ordinary type are directed to individuals. Queries in italics are directed to the Meeting in its corporate integrity)

Each Month's selections are taken from the Yearly Sequence of Advices & Queries.

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