MEETING for WORSHIP
Go West on Hidden Cove Rd.
Mailing Address: PO Box 1821, Poulsbo, WA 98370
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About Agate Passage Friends
Agate Passage Friends is a Quaker Meeting located on Bainbridge Island across Puget Sound from Seattle, Washington. In 1967, a small group began meeting in North Kitsap private homes. Since 1995, the group has been located on Bainbridge Island and became a Meeting in 2006. We are an unprogrammed Meeting dedicated to sustaining traditional Quaker values and practices, and rely on the Quaker belief that "there is that of God" in everyone.
Quakers share common roots with the Age of Enlightenment that arose in England in the 17th Century. Founder George Fox, believed in the possibility of direct, unmediated communion with the Divine and a commitment to living lives that outwardly attest to this inward experience.
The silent hour of worship is a time of setting aside our usual patterns of thought, analyzing, and worry. During silent worship, we await guidance and renewal in the richness of receptive silence. We sit patiently awaiting inspiration, should it come, and to increase our sense of inner peace.
Inspiration may come as a new insight with regard to oneself or may lead us to spiritual insights that would help the Meeting, our family, neighbors or social concerns of the larger community. Individuals who feel moved to do so may express these ideas briefly and clearly aloud. After speaking, the group continues in silent worship before the silence again is broken, if at all, during the rest of the Meeting.
There is also the ministry of listening, of hearing what is behind the words that are spoken, of holding those words up to the Light, to know "that of God" in the speaker. While vocal ministry is of great value, some of our richest spiritual experiences come in completely silent Meetings. Out of sitting silently in the Light have come Quaker Testimonies for Peace, Simplicity, Equality, and Community.
Through these Testimonies, Quakers have become actively involved in many social concerns based on nonviolence and human rights, such as environmental and educational issues, working for peace in international relations, and prison reform. Friends are well known for their significant work in assisting slaves as they fled North before and during the Civil War, and encouraging alternatives to war.
All are invited to stay after Meeting for fellowship so we have a chance to get to know each other and answer questions for newcomers.
We warmly welcome visitors.