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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



Eighth Month: Simplicity


      Life is meant to be lived from a Center, a divine Center... a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It takes no time, but it occupies all our time.

THOMAS R. KELLY, TESTAMENT OF DEVOTION, 1941

      A life centered in God will be directed toward keeping communication with God open and unencumbered. Simplicity is best achieved through a right ordering of priorities, maintaining humility of spirit, avoiding self-indulgence, resisting the accumulation of unnecessary possessions, and avoiding over-busy lives.

      Elise Boulding writes in My Part in the Quaker Adventure, "Simplicity, beauty, and happiness go together if they are a by-product of a concern for something more important than ourselves."


  • Do I center my life in an awareness of God's presence so that all things take their rightful place?
  • Do I live simply, and promote the right sharing of the world's bounty?
  • Do I keep my life uncluttered with things and activities, avoiding commitments beyond my strength and light?
  • How do I maintain simplicity, moderation, and honesty in my speech, my manner of living, and my daily work?
  • Do I recognize when I have enough?
  • Is the life our our Meeting so ordered that it helps us to simplify our lives?
  • (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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