Who we are:
The Atlanta Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
is an unprogrammed, non-pastoral Quaker Meeting, gathered in the
belief that every person has the capacity to know the will of the
Divine directly, in continuing revelation, requiring neither a
specific liturgy nor the interpretation of an intermediary.
Because Friends believe that there is that of God in everyone, we
welcome each person, regardless of race, color, ethnicity,
national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, religious
beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity (to name only the
most obvious). Our ongoing efforts to assure that Everyone
Is Welcome are also reflected in our public statement
meeting minutes addressing equality,
race and gender identity.
In meeting for worship, we reflect together in silence, listening
for the Divine to speak to us, unless someone feels led by the
Spirit to share a message aloud.
Meeting schedules and activity opportunities are found in the Weekly Announcement Sheet, with more published in our current Newsletter issue (also linked on Events page).
Meeting for Worship
Sundays, 10 am: Atlanta Friends Meeting
701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030
(A second smaller group meets in the Library)
Children worship with adults for the first 15 minutes and
then attend religious education classes by age group.
The Atlanta Friends meetinghouse is a single level building
with step-less entries, providing easy access for wheelchairs,
strollers, and walkers.
AS NOTED ABOVE, In-Person Meetings for Worship have
resumed at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, though we are continuing
to support virtual attendance and participation via Zoom with
audio and video connections in the Worship space.
See Announcement Sheet for access details.
For directions to the Atlanta Friends Meeting, please click here.
we are called to the outward expression of the inner workings
of the Spirit. Our testimonies help to inform us about what is
important in one?s relation to God and with all of creation.
At this time we are called to outward action by the Friends
testimonies of Peace, Integrity, Community and Equality. While
each of us in the Atlanta Friends Meeting will find our
outward expression of Spirit, the Atlanta Friends Meeting
supports the calls of the current protests for an end to
racism in all its forms as we continue to be guided by these
testimonies in our work to uproot the effects of systemic
racism in ourselves, our Meeting, and within the Religious
Society of Friends.
AFM's ongoing commitment to equality is further reflected in the minutes of our Equality page, which includes our recent meeting Minutes on Anti-Racism , Racist Violence & Domestic Terrorism , and for Minute + Forums on Reparative Justice. Also go to our Equality page for the AFM Interpersonal Racist Incident Policy, AFM groups working on anti-racism, and further resources.
?Within the tradition of
Friends, testimonies are revelations of God?s will, outward
expressions of the inner workings of the Spirit that have been
collectively accepted across time.?
(SAYMA. (2012) A Guide to Our Faith and Practice, p. 43.)
Atlanta Friends Meeting is continuing in-person events and activities at the Meeting House. In-person Meetings for Worship will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays, and we are also continuing to support virtual attendance and participation via Zoom with audio and video connections in the Worship space. Some of our smaller worship opportunities and meeting groups also offer a Zoom option. Meeting schedules and activity opportunities are found in the Weekly Announcement Sheet, with more published in our current Newsletter issue (also linked on Events page). Related notifications, updates and virtual meeting details are also mirrored and circulated via the AFM email list and on the AFM FaceBook Group. Following CDC recommendations on masking, masks are optional at the meeting house, though some groups using the meetinghouse may have stricter policies. If you test positive for COVID, please join us via Zoom and do not come to the meetinghouse. We continue to encourage vaccination and boosters for all those who can. Please continue to hold in the Light all those affected by this outbreak. If you have a need for community assistance or would like to offer help, please see the Care and Counsel Support section of our Members & Attenders page. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact Jennifer Dickie, Clerk of Meeting, at AFMclerk1@gmail.com.________________________________________________________________
Atlanta Friends Meeting is a member of the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association (SAYMA), which is affliated with Friends General Conference (FGC).