Meetings for worship
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
1600 5th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Telephone: (505) 843-6450
(Mailing address: Box 25462, Albuquerque, NM 87125-5462)
For inquiries about renting the meeting house, please go to the link Rental/Scheduling above.
How to find us:
We are at the corner of 5th and Bellamah. From I-40, take the 6th street exit, then South to Bellamah.
Quick description of what we do and why
Recognizing that worship, when we come together on first day mornings, is a corporate activity, rather than an individual one, Friends arrive promptly to gather themselves into the silence. The object of our style of worship is not silence, but the quiet waiting for an opening to the divine within ourselves. As we settle into worship, the quiet becomes vital and alive. Vocal messages come out of this animated stillness to enrich the group worship. Friends distinguish vocal ministry (that which comes from the spirit) from commentary prompted by a personal agenda. A time for reflection between messages allows up to contemplate the spiritual meaning and explore the relation of what is spoken to our own circumstances.
The responsibility for ministry (in all senses of the word) rests on each of us in the community. When we act on the peace testimony through the work on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee, or respond to a request by a friend for a Committee of Care, offering support through a difficult time in life, or give voice to the divine at Meeting for Worship, we engage in Quaker ministry.
We think of “business” as all that is entailed in conducting our religious society, from the practical matters of housekeeping, to reflecting on our collective responsibility for care of the children of the Meeting. We gather to worship for business monthly. Friends are unique in decision making in the fashion that we conduct ourselves in Meeting for Worship for Business. We come to a sense of the meeting in deciding matters. While looking somewhat like consensus, our practice is characterized by an openness to the divine will. Friends show a willingness to listen intently to views that differ from their own in an attempt to discern the divine will. As with ministry, the business of the meeting is the responsibility of each of us.
It is through the work of the committees that many of the members and attenders express their commitment to one another and to the greater society. It is from participation in these committees that many find an intimacy of association that complements that found in Meeting for Worship. The library has a bulletin board on which the minutes of each committee and of business meeting are posted.
The Oversight and Ministry committee is one means by which the Meeting responds to the spiritual and personal needs of those affiliated with the Meeting: a clearness committee for the person with personal and spiritual needs, a “committee of care” for the person who is temporarily homebound, scholarship support for attending regional meeting or some other activity of spiritual enhancement, support from a sufferings fund for partial payment of costs associated with a crisis of many kinds. Make the members of Oversight and Ministry aware of such needs.
As nothing of the meeting is for “members only,” what is the significance of becoming a member and how is it done? Membership is an outward sign of a person’s realization of a personal involvement with others in the Meeting, of a commitment to the sharing of loving care and the sharing or responsibility. When a person finds affirmative answers to the following kinds of questions, he or she contacts the clerk of Oversight and Ministry, who will provide guidance on the simple membership procedure: Has the Meeting for Worship in silence become an essential part of my life? How do I respond to the challenges of the Advices and Queries? Am I prepared to take on one of the jobs which are essential to a group that has no leaders or paid helpers? Am I willing to be a friend, in the broadest sense of the word, to other people in the Meeting? The one question that attenders are encouraged to avoid is, “Am I good enough to be a Quaker?”