Friends General Conference

Together we nurture the spiritual vitality of Friends
"Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone." -George Fox

Nashville Friends Meeting

Nashville Friends Meeting is a faith community called together to listen for and carry out what God/the Divine would have us do, individually and together. Grounded in the knowledge that there is "that of God" (also called the Light, the Seed, or the Christ) within every person, we seek to live in wholeness and to be faithful according to that Truth. Because of this, we strive to let our lives speak, demonstrating to each other and the world our testimonies of integrity, community, peace, equality, simplicity.

-Statement of purpose approved Fifth Day, Fifth Month, 2004.

We believe that we are all called to ministry. We do not have a pastor or paid clergy. We believe that gifts of the Spirit are given for the good of the community and strive to recognize, affirm, and encourage expression of those gifts in each of us, regardless of gender expression, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation, background, abilities, or history.

"There is a principle that is pure, placed in the human mind, which in different places and ages hath different names. It is, however, pure and proceeds from God. It is deep and inward, confined to no forms of religion nor excluded from any, where the heart stands in perfect sincerity." -John Woolman

Guidelines for Conversations

NFM would like to help ensure that all of our spaces are safe spaces for all race, ethnicities, sexualities and gender identities. In order to do so we find it necessary to reflect on the importance of language. Please use the following as a guideline for sharing in all NFM conversations.

In the words of Desmond Tutu, “Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality.”

As Quakers we honor that of God in every person. 

The Nashville Friends Meeting Ministry and Counsel asks that people participating in our community use words with care even when quoting, reading, or remembering. We ask that participants never speak words such as slurs related to race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality. These words cause extraordinary harm. It is never necessary to repeat them verbatim to convey the power of their use.

 

Meeting Times

Meeting for worship and all other events are being held on-line in Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join, either through phone or video. 

Please email our clerk, John Potter, for information about Nashville Friends Meeting and how to join worship or other gatherings: [email protected]. This is our preferred method of contact.
You may also leave a voicemail message at this number: 615-329-2640 . If you do so, please speak slowly, loudly, and clearly and repeat your name and phone number twice.


Meeting for worship is held Sundays 10:30 to 11:30*

1st Sunday is generally potluck so we will be eating lunch together via Zoom as an opportunity to socialize.

On 2nd and 4th Sundays we will have Adult Education 9:00-10:15. 
(This may occasionally vary, depending on the speaker. See "What's New" for information about upcoming topics.)

3rd Sunday* of each month is meeting for worship for the conduct of business.
Everyone is welcome to join in the awareness that the business we attend to is the work we are called to do together by the Spirit. We meet at 10:00 for waiting (unprogrammed) worship. We go into business meeting at 10:30 and usually end by noon.

Tuesday evenings at 7:00, we are meeting for conversation about Quaker faith and practice. Sometimes we will have a topic, sometimes we will have a planned event, and often we talk about whatever questions arise from the folks who are gathered. Everyone is welcome. See "What's New" for upcoming topics.

Mid-week worship is held on Thursday mornings at 9:30.
We usually worship from 9:30 to 10:00 and then do check-ins and chat until roughly 10:30. Everyone is welcome to join for as long or as little time as you have.

Contact our clerk John Potter at [email protected] for information about how to join any of these events.

    
  

What's New

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Native sites should be acknowledged as Native by restoring Native names.

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Signature Image: 

Native sites should be acknowledged as Native by restoring Native names.

As members and attenders of the Religious Society of Friends, we hold dear the

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Mark & Mary Linda will be leading adult ed for these two months, and we thank them for their knowledge, insights, and time.
Even for those in our community who are not Christ centered, their adult ed offerings have been well received and thought provoking.  We all have wider vision and understanding.  Keep reading for their description, and community time.

Dear Friends,

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 Here is the new info.
Proposed Native Names minute - edited & re-viewed
The proposed minute advocating Native names for Native sites in the state has been worked over & references added to make it more succinct, with footnotes added. We’ll spend an hour looking at the language & the history, encouraging final discussion prior to consideration at our next Meeting for Business on 18 October.
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There will be a Nashville Friends Zoom memorial for Clair on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1PM.  

NFM, family, and friends will be invited. 
A link will go out as soon as we have compiled an email list.
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Worship with us!

615-329-2640
Nashville Friends Meeting
530 26th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209
United States
Meeting Times: 

Meeting for worship and all other events are being held on-line in Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join, either through phone or video. 

Please email our clerk, John Potter, for information about Nashville Friends Meeting and how to join worship or other gatherings: [email protected]. This is our preferred method of contact.
You may also leave a voicemail message at this number: 615-329-2640 . If you do so, please speak slowly, loudly, and clearly and repeat your name and phone number twice.


Meeting for worship is held Sundays 10:30 to 11:30*

1st Sunday is generally potluck so we will be eating lunch together via Zoom as an opportunity to socialize.

On 2nd and 4th Sundays we will have Adult Education 9:00-10:15. 
(This may occasionally vary, depending on the speaker. See "What's New" for information about upcoming topics.)

3rd Sunday* of each month is meeting for worship for the conduct of business.
Everyone is welcome to join in the awareness that the business we attend to is the work we are called to do together by the Spirit. We meet at 10:00 for waiting (unprogrammed) worship. We go into business meeting at 10:30 and usually end by noon.

Tuesday evenings at 7:00, we are meeting for conversation about Quaker faith and practice. Sometimes we will have a topic, sometimes we will have a planned event, and often we talk about whatever questions arise from the folks who are gathered. Everyone is welcome. See "What's New" for upcoming topics.

Mid-week worship is held on Thursday mornings at 9:30.
We usually worship from 9:30 to 10:00 and then do check-ins and chat until roughly 10:30. Everyone is welcome to join for as long or as little time as you have.

Contact our clerk John Potter at [email protected] for information about how to join any of these events.