Auburn Prison Friends Meeting after 30 Years

In 2005 Auburn Prison Quaker Meeting will observe its 30th year of continuous existence. Meeting time is 9–11 a.m. every Saturday, and attendance is typically 20–30 prisoner attenders and 2–3 attenders from the outside world. We meet in the prison chapel. After initial greetings the group settles into silent worship, as it has done for 30 years. Auburn Prison Friends Meeting is like any other Friends meeting in all fundamental ways. There is the gathering of the spiritual community through shared silent worship. There is the equality of all the worshipers in the yearning for Light and the🔒

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Edward Stabler, a member of Syracuse (N.Y.) Meeting, is a retired professor of Computer Engineering at Syracuse University. He attended the first worship session at Auburn Prison and the first Alternatives to Violence Project workshop there.

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