About Us

  • Worship

    The Atlanta Friends Meeting practices unprogrammed silent worship, without paid clergy or prepared ministry of any kind. We wait together silently in faith that divine spirit may visit us at any time. If a leading comes, we speak the message into the silence. Thus, our Meeting for Worship may be an hour of worshipful silence or may contain several messages spoken out of the silence by Friends.  To better understand the language associated with worship at Atlanta Friends Meeting, please see our clarifications of Quaker terms, abbreviations and acronyms.

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  • Welcoming to All

    Our Quaker principles are built upon Equality and Equity, thus we strive to invite diversity in all aspects of our community. Please visit our Welcome page to see how AFM continually works to realize this ideal.

  • History of the Atlanta Friends Meeting

    Though there has been a Quaker presence in Georgia since the 1750s, the Atlanta Friends Meeting (AFM), as we know it today, traces its roots to a 6:00 supper and Meeting for Worship on February 7, 1943 at the Central YMCA in Atlanta. On September 29, 1951, the Atlanta Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends officially organized. From its inception, AFM has held concerns for, and continues to work towards, improving race relations and ending war and militarization. The Meeting was particularly involved in school desegregation during the Civil Rights Movement, draft counseling during the Vietnam War, and the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s. Quaker House, in Northeast Atlanta, served as AFM's home until 1991 when the Meeting completed construction on its current Meetinghouse in Decatur.

    As Way Opened: A History of Atlanta Friends, 1943-1997 by Janet Ferguson

    • As Way Opened in downloadable PDF format
    • To purchase a physical copy from Atlanta Friends Meeting for $20 + postage, contact: atlantaquakers@gmail.com
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