2017 Inquirers Meetings

Evanston Friends Meeting (Quaker) Inquirers’ Meetings

Each year we hold a series of discussions about the Quaker way. These discussions are intended for newcomers and those who are familiar with the Quaker beliefs and practices but would like to explore them in more depth.

Here are some questions to help you decide if these discussions are for you: Are you a new attender who is somewhat intrigued by Friends although not quite sure what we’re all about? If you have been around awhile, do you still have hazy notions of some Quaker beliefs or practices? Have you been an Inquirer before but missed a few sessions? If you answer “yes” to any of the above, this series is for you! Its purpose is solely informational; and while new attenders are especially encouraged, other Friends are always welcome to attend.

If you would like to help out, or sign up to attend, please contact Mary Theis at 847-677-7022 or marytheis@yahoo.com.

Inquirers Meetings will begin Sunday, February 5 at 12:30 (after Meeting for Learning).
We will meet at Evanston Friends Meeting, 1010 Greenleaf in Evanston in Friendship Hall. A light lunch will be served.

Sunday, February 5 at 12:30 (after Meeting for Learning) Sharing Our Stories and Questions
What spiritual paths vhave led us to the Religious Society of Friends? Where are we now in our spiritual journeys and what are we seeking? What questions about Friends do we hope to have answered in these sessions? How might Meeting support us in our spiritual journeys?

Sunday, February 12 at12:30 (after potluck) What do Quakers believe about the Divine?
What words, images, concepts, and metaphors reflect Friends’ spiritual experiences? Are we “Christian?” How do we regard the Bible? Do we have sacraments like baptism or communion? In the absence of a theological creed, what unites Friends? How are “queries” used? What are participants’ experiences of the Divine?

Sunday, February 26 at 12:30 (with simple meal) Friends’ Testimonies and Queries
What is meant by a “testimony”? What are the traditional testimonies of Quakers and how did they arise? How do Quakers use Queries? How can queries and testimonies further our personal spiritual practices? How can we use Quaker tradition to deepen and sustain our ability to live these principles? What are some ways that we express our commitment to social justice?

Sunday, March 5 at 12:30 (After Meeting for Learning) Worship in the Manner of Friends and Ministry
Why is our worship “unprogrammed,” and what does that mean? How is Meeting for Worship different from meditation? What’s the difference between “giving a message” and “testifying,” “sharing your experience,” “offering your thoughts,” or just talking? How can individuals know if they have “received a message” or if they should share it? Why don’t we use choirs, organ, religious artifacts, or scholarly sermons? What opportunities do we offer for spiritual growth?

Sunday, March 12 at 12:30 (after potluck) How Does EFM Function? Business and Decision Making
Why don’t Quakers have paid clergy? How are marriages and memorial services conducted? What are Clearness Committees? What is a “leading”? How does the work of the Meeting get done? How is our local Meeting organized? What is “First Day School?” What committees are open to attenders? What is a Monthly Meeting? How are Meeting for Worship and Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business related? How do consensus, unity, and “sense of the Meeting” differ? How are financial contributions received? What is the membership process?

Sunday, March 26 at 12:30 (With simple meal) – The Wider World of Quakers
What is a “yearly meeting” and what does it do? How do we relate to other Quakers in the Chicago metro area and the nation? What are Friends General Conference, Pendle Hill, Friends Committee on National Legislation, AFSC, Friends World Committee, and QUNO, and what do they offer us? What is Friends Journal? How can you find Quaker Meetings in other locations?