The Experience of Friends Meeting

Responses from Members and Attenders Starting in May 2005, I sent out a questionnaire to members and attenders of Friends meetings in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, and New York—communities where I have lived or visited and attended meeting for worship. I wrote: Perhaps like me, you have wondered how others in meeting experience and “use” the hour. When I look around during meeting, I notice that some have their eyes closed, some are reading, some are looking out the window, and some seem to take notice of everyone who enters. Clearly, the time is spent in different ways during🔒

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David E. Drake, clerk of Des Moines Valley (Iowa) Meeting, is active with the Iowa Program Committee of AFSC, and maintains a family psychiatry practice in Des Moines.

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