The Peace & Social Order Committee of San Jose Monthly Meeting (Quakers) has concern for local justice and peace groups and for social justice Quaker groups. "War is not the answer." We welcome visitors to join us for worship, a time when we come together to deepen our spiritual lives. Location: 1051 Morse St., San Jose.
Our primary belief is that “there is that of God” in every person (also called the “Inner Light” and the “indwelling Christ spirit”). That belief leads us to work with the homeless and oppressed, on behalf of peace, justice, racial harmony, and to witness to the world about peace, justice, and the integrity of creation.
About Our Worship
We meet in unprogrammed worship, without the aid of a pastor. There is no leader, except the spirit of God. The entire time for worship can pass in “expectant waiting” without anyone speaking. Yet, there is a living silence that has great power. We sit quietly, centering our thoughts, praying, meditating, each in our own way active in an inner search for God’s guidance.
After about an hour, Meeting for Worship ends when an appointed Friend shakes hands and greets those nearby. This greeting passes among all present. Then it is time for “Afterwords,” when people can share thoughts or messages that came during Meeting but may not have been clearly Spirit-led. This is followed by announcements, which exemplify Friend’s concerns and activities, and then social fellowship, which usually includes light refreshments.
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History of Our Meeting
San Jose Friends worship in the oldest Meetinghouse in California, built in 1885.
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