Out of an abundance of caution and prayerful concern for the health of everyone, the Atlanta Friends Meeting (AFM) has canceled or postponed all in person worship services, events and activities at the Meetinghouse until further notice, and the Meetinghouse has also been closed to renters and other non-AFM groups.
We are now holding our Worship Services and Meetings as virtual events using Zoom web conference software. Please see our Weekly Announcement Sheet for the meeting schedule and instructions for participating (also available from the Events Page). Please continue to hold in the Light all those affected by this outbreak.
If you have a need for community assistance or would like to offer help, please see the Caring Connections section of our Members & Attenders page. Related notifications, updates and virtual meeting details are also mirrored and circulated via the AFM listserv and on the AFM FaceBook page.
If you have questions, concerns or additional suggestions, please contact Lissa Place, Clerk of Meeting, at AFMclerk1@gmail.com.
As Friends we are called to the
outward expression of the inner workings of the Spirit. Our
testimonies help to inform us about what is important in one’s
relation to God and with all of creation. At this time we are
called to outward action by the Friends testimonies of Peace,
Integrity, Community and Equality. While each of us in the
Atlanta Friends Meeting will find our outward expression of
Spirit, the Atlanta Friends Meeting supports the calls of the
current protests for an end to racism in all its forms as we
continue to be guided by these testimonies in our work to uproot
the effects of systemic racism in ourselves, our Meeting, and
within the Religious Society of Friends. AFM's ongoing
commitment to equality is further reflected in the minutes of
our Equality page,
which includes this
Atlanta Friends Meeting Anti-Racism Minute, 7/19/2020.
“Within the tradition of Friends, testimonies are revelations of God’s will, outward expressions of the inner workings of the Spirit that have been collectively accepted across time.”
(SAYMA. (2012) A Guide to Our Faith and Practice, p. 43.)
Who we are:
The Atlanta Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
is an unprogrammed, non-pastoral Quaker Meeting, gathered in the
belief that every person has the capacity to know the will of
the Divine directly, in continuing revelation, requiring neither
a specific liturgy nor the interpretation of an intermediary.
Because Friends believe that there is that of God in everyone,
we welcome each person, regardless of race, color, ethnicity,
national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, religious
beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity (to name only
the most obvious). Our ongoing efforts to assure that Everyone
Is Welcome are also reflected in our public
statement meeting minutes addressing equality,
race and gender identity.
In meeting for worship, we reflect together in silence,
listening for the Divine to speak to us, unless someone feels
led by the Spirit to share a message aloud.
Meeting for Worship
Sundays, 10 am: Atlanta Friends Meeting, Meeting Room
701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030
(A second smaller group meets in the Library)
Children worship with adults for the first 15 minutes and
then attend religious education classes by age group.
The Atlanta Friends meetinghouse is a single level building
with step-less entries, providing easy access for wheelchairs,
strollers, and walkers.
For directions to the Atlanta Friends Meeting, please click here.
Atlanta Friends Meeting is a member of the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association (SAYMA), which is affliated with Friends General Conference (FGC).