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Quaker Education

Meeting for Worship

Meeting for Worship


We gather in Meeting for Worship. In the Quaker tradition, our weekly Meeting provides students, staff and CFS community members the opportunity for silence, reflection, and sharing. Brief periods of silence during the daily classroom routine allow students to focus and reflect in the midst or at the end of a busy day.

Development


Teachers focus on the developmental needs of their students to ensure that Meeting for Worship is a positive and productive experience for all. They may provide tools, some from general Quaker practice and others specific to the developmental needs of their age group, to support their students in deepening their reflective practice. These may be in the form of queries (questions meant to prompt individual and group self-examination), short readings or poems, or a reflection related to the school’s Quaker Testimonies.


All-school Meeting for Worship


In addition to the regularly scheduled weekly Meetings for Worship that occur in individual classrooms, the school community gathers in the gymnasium for all-school Meeting for Worship six times during the year. Each of these all-school Meetings are centered around one of the Quaker Testimonies of Equality, Peace, Integrity, Community, Stewardship, and Simplicity. Usually a grade-level, classroom, or buddy pairing has care of the Meeting, presents the Testimony, and poses a query for the community to reflect upon during silence.

CFS Faith and Practice

Quaker Priciples

Equality

Quakers have historically emphasized the equality of all people. The belief in "the Light within" has led Quakers to work for peace, prison reform, humane care for the mentally ill, civil rights, and economic justice around the world. Everyone has the same human rights and should be treated fairly.

Peace

Quakers oppose war and the violence of oppression. We believe that world peace begins with each of us. We try to settle all disagreements without using weapons or words that hurt others.

Integrity

Integrity means being truthful and always trying to do our very best. We say what we mean and mean what we say.

Community

We strive to be a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive community where everyone—students, teachers, staff, and families—feels respected and affirmed.

Simplicity

The Quaker testimony of simplicity reminds us to live wisely. In an increasingly busy and materialistic world filled with a vast amount of external stimulation, we all need space and time to discern what is truly important in our lives.

Stewardship

We need to take care of the things we use and own as well as each other. We believe in leaving the world a better place than we found it.
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