We are the oldest unprogrammed Friends Meeting in Oklahoma and are in a season of renewal. As part of that renewal we are developing this website. The following is offered as an introduction and invitation to enter into Friendly dialog. Thanks for visiting our website.
Quakers practice a religion of experience, a contemporary, simple, and radical faith. Quakers are also called Friends.
Every person is known by God and can know God in a direct relationship.
The Quaker faith has deep Christian roots. Many Quakers consider themselves Christians, and some do not. Many Quakers find meaning and value in the teachings of many faiths.
Quakers strive to live lives that are guided by a direct encounter with the Divine, more than by teachings about the Divine. Quaker terms for the Holy include God, the Seed, the Light Within, and the Inward Teacher, among others.
Testimonies are ways that Quakers have found to express our experience of the Divine in our lives. Some of the best recognized testimonies include simplicity, integrity, equality, community, and peace. Quaker worship...
Quakers gather in the silence and wait expectantly to come into the presence of the Divine and to be guided by the still, small voice by which God speaks to us from within. During the silence anyone—child, woman, or man—may feel moved to offer a simple spoken message (vocal ministry) that is inspired by this holy encounter. Following the message, the silence resumes. A period of worship may include several messages or none.
There are Quakers of all ages, religious backgrounds, races and ethnicities, education, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and classes. You can find Quakers on all of the world’s continents. Approximately one-third live in the United States and Canada.
We are beginning our second year in our own meetinghouse. The guestroom is functional and has been put into use on a few occasions and some requests are pending.
There are two woman who live at a distance from meeting with whom we are maintaining a relationship. One is a member who moved to Paul’s Valley years ago. The other is a woman who lives in Ada and has been writing to us about visiting meeting, but hasn’t yet made it. We are looking at ways of expanding those relationships.
As we seek an ever more congruent vision of the benevolent oneness of creation, we find we are being presented with opportunities to share resources within the meeting and with people known to people of the meeting.
- We paid some utility bills for a family who was having financial difficulties because of illness.
- We are building relationship with a family dealing with legal issues as well as spiritual/psychological ones.
- We hired an attorney for a young man who needs representation.
- One member who is active in the Oklahoma Conference of Churches has seen that he is having an influence on the language being used there.
Some preliminary steps are being taken to put in a community vegetable garden in the backyard of the meetinghouse.
We’re pleased to have new neighbors across the street from and to the west of the meetinghouse. One of our members lives to the east, so is able to be an ambassadorial presence in the neighborhood.
Two highlights of the year were Marianne Lockard’s visit and hosting Norman Meeting’s monthly Life in the Spirit gathering. There was a pot luck meal and lively participation at each. Mysteriously, both evenings were attended by thirteen people.
We are experimenting with new ways of doing business by not limiting it to one meeting a month.
The number of people who gather on Sundays for meeting for worship remains small; usually 4-6. One couple from Norman Meeting joins us every few weeks, which is a delight and an encouragement. As we do the work of pursuing fidelity to the movement of the Spirit of Life in our midst, which moves us out of our comfort zone, we believe the Light that draws people to it is growing brighter.
Our meeting continues to be blessed with a dynamic and authentic spiritual energy that is disproportionate to its numbers. We are strongly led to help individuals who are suffering, particularly those victimized by law enforcement and the legal system. Consistent attenders are few but dedicated, and visitors are treasured and welcomed regularly. Worship is meaningful and we are thankful for spoken ministry. Discussions are inspired, enlightening and valued by all. Outreach efforts are varied and sincerely undertaken by all regular attenders.