Claremont Friends Meeting 

(Religious Society of Friends ­ Quaker)

An Unprogrammed Quaker Meeting


727 West Harrison Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711, (909) 624-9114


Claremont Meeting __ Beliefs and Practices __ Related Organizations

Peace and Social Justice __ Publications __ Exhibits __ PYM __ SCQM



Meeting for Worship is at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, in the Meetinghouse at 727 West Harrison Avenue in Claremont. Harrison is the equivalent of 5th Street in Claremont; 727 is between Indian Hill Blvd. and Mountain Avenue. For a map of the area, click here.

Events and Meetings are planned on a regular basis. See the monthly notices to know what is coming up.

For Visitors: Visitors are welcomed to all of our meetings and activities.

An introduction, The Strength and Beauty of Silence...... describes the Quaker program of the Claremont Meeting. Several other brochures are also available here.  An Invitation describes the Meeting for Worship. An additional description of the unprogrammed Meeting is provided in Your First Time at a Quaker Meeting. and The Unprogrammed Meeting.  Advices and Queries are used for consideration in the Meeting.  Current ones, and other current information,  are included in the notices, and ones used in past years are available at Advices and Queries.

Religious education: The Children's Meeting is also at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Child care is provided during the meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Retreats and discussion groups are scheduled for adults during the year. A Special Event for the Children's Meeting took place making masks
and connections to peoples in far away places and far away times.

Claremont Meeting is part of a world wide religious movement commonly known as "The Quakers" but more exactly named The Religious Society Of Friends. There is a Meeting For Business, usually held the fourth Sunday of each month, and a Quarterly Meeting, which draws Friends from several meetings in this area. Each year Friends from meetings in the western United States attend Pacific Yearly Meeting.


 


An introduction to Quaker Beliefs and Practices, or General Quaker Information might be of interest to those who want to know more about The Society of Friends.

PYM's complete Faith & Practice, is available online. This is a guide to the history, faith, and spiritual practice in the experience of Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. This link brings you to the Contents page of F & P that lists the entire contents, and lets you go directly to whatever section you are looking for.

QuakerBooks provides a very helpful description and source of many books, pamphlets, and other materials about Quaker thought and practice. It is related to the Friends General Conference, in the unprogrammed tradition of the Religious Society of Friends. Books are listed with a brief description or comment on each one. They include several by our Steve Smith , Anthony Manousos, all of the Quaker notables, and also ones by John Calvi, Chris Hedges, Thich Nhat Hanh, Karen Armstrong, Marcus Borg, Anne Lamott, Nontheists, Parker Palmer, M.L. King, Jeffrey Sachs, Naomi Klein, Gene Hoffman, Joe Volk, Chuck Fager, Quaker Quest, and Mary Oliver. Subjects include Quakerism 101, the Testimonies, Quaker history, Conflict in Meetings, Aging and Death, and many others. The catalog is 102 pages in length

 

Related Organizations

There are Quaker groups of national and international scope, such as The American Friends Service Committee, and Friends World Committee For Consultation.

Right Sharing of World Resources: Information concerning Right Sharing of World Resources will be posted here.   

 

Peace and Social Justice

The Peace and Social Justice Committee plans a discussion each third Sunday of the month on a topic of special interest and that is timely and important. It recently chose as a topic the question, "How can we express and discuss a difference of opinion in a way that will be constructive for all concerned?" The participants proposed many thoughts and approaches that appeared to be helpful. Notes from that discussion are linked here.

On May 17, 2009, President Obama gave a Commencement Address at Notre Dame University that emphasized many of the same points of view. It is copied here for reference.

The Friends Committee on National Legislation represents Friends views in Washington. They also provide assistance on their web site for writing to our representatives. Click on FCNL, which will take you to their web site with suggested letters and addresses provided.

The Friends Committee on Legislation represents Friends views in Sacramento. It provides valuable information about and guidance on California propositions and other ballot measures. They try to maintain a close relationship with Monthly Meetings in California, and publish a monthly newsletter.

Progressive Christians United is a very active organization with which our Meeting works. It also provides information about local programs - speakers, movies, and other activities - in Claremont, Pasadena, and Los Angeles that are of interest to many of our members. It is active in pursuing many of the goals of FCNL and FCL.


LEARN ABOUT QUAKERS AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS

In 1947, the American Friends Service Committee and the British Friends Service Council received the Nobel Peace Prize, on behalf of the Religious Society of Friends, for humanitarian service, work for reconciliation, and the spirit in which these were carried out.

The Quakers have shown us that it is possible to carry into action something which is deeply rooted in the minds of many: sympathy with others; the desire to help others; that significant expression of sympathy between men, without regard to nationality or race; feelings which, when carried into deeds, must provide the foundation of a lasting peace. For this reason they are today worthy of receiving Nobel's Peace Prize.

  - Gunnar Jahn, chairman, Nobel Committee, at the presentation of the Nobel Peace Award, December 10, 1947

Have you ever wondered what political roles Quakers have played in our country's history? "Quakers and the Political Process: Living Our Faith in Action" an exhibit at the Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia, examined Quaker activity in politics from the time of William Penn to the present.

The Peace and Social Justice Committee presents some thoughts from the past to consider, with queries for the present,.

 

Publications

The Friends Bulletin is the official publication of the three independent (unprogrammed) Western U.S. Yearly Meetings. Some of its content is available from this link.

 

Exhibits

A special display of poetry written by members of the Meeting was shown in the Fellowship Room. You may see it by clicking on the link here.

Varying Art Exhibits are shown during the year. Some of the paintings in our current exhibit by a member, Anne Davenport, are shown here. Paintings from a previous Exhibit
are also shown.

 

 

We appreciate the assistance of Jason Shupe

Karen Chapman Lenz' son, who is providing

this web site for the Friends Meeting.

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