Ann Arbor Friends Meeting
1420 Hill Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Office: M-Th, 9am - Noon • (734) 761-7435 •
Clerks: • 734 996-0825 (c/o Lynn Drickamer)

Meeting for Worship
Sundays 9am, 11am | Thursdays 7:30pm
   3rd Sundays 7:45am instead of 9am
   5th Sundays 10am only
Meeting for Worship for Business
3rd Sundays, 9am


Make a Donation

New to Friends?
   Who are Friends/Quakers?
   What is Unprogrammed
   What is Meeting for
     Worship for Business?

Ann Arbor Friends
   About AAFM
   Meeting Committees
   LGBTQI Welcome
   Map and Directions

AAFM Activities
   Activities for Children/
     First Day School
     Teacher Job Descriptions
     Policy for Protection and
       Safety of Children and

   Financial Handbook (PDF)
   Financial Assistance (PDF)
   Middle East Travel Fund (PDF)
   Potluck Ingredients Form (PDF)
   Final Affairs Plan (PDF)

Quaker House Residential Community (QHRC)
   FAQs (PDF)
   Application for QHRC (Google form)

   Past Readings for Reflection
   Query for this month
   Environment & Social Concerns

Links Outside of AAFM
   Friends General Conference
   Lake Erie Yearly Meeting
   American Friends Service
   AFSC Michigan Area Office
     Prisoner Advocacy Program
   Michigan Friends Center
   Friends Lake Cooperative
   Friends Committee on
     National Legislation
   Pendle Hill
   Detroit Friends Meeting
   Friends for Lesbian, Gay,
     Bisexual, Transgender and
     Queer Concerns
      (Welcoming Church Directory)

Friends Testimonies

Friends have no prepared prayers or creeds. Rather, we seek to make our daily lives witness to the living Truth—our faith is about practice. The principles or inward states of mind which proceed from faith and, we hope, underlie our actions are often referred to as "Testimonies." They find expression in many Quaker concerns and our witness in the world. One list of Friends' Testimonies is:

- Integrity: to be whole spiritually, one needs to live one's beliefs. Friends strive to speak the truth and do not take oaths, but affirm truth.

- Peace: Friends have always sought to deal constructively with conflict and violence in any form, and, in the words of George Fox (Journal), to "live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars." The Religious Society of Friends is thus one of the historic peace churches, and many of its members are led to be conscientiously opposed to participation in war. Friends also continue work to abolish the death penalty.

- Equality: There is that of God in each person. All persons are equal before God, regardless of gender, race, class, age, or any other trait. Thus, Friends have long been active in concerns such as the abolition of slavery, prison reform, social justice, and minority rights.

- Simplicity: Friends seek to focus their attention and energies on that which is essential and eternal. Thomas Kelly encourages us to prune our lives to make room for spiritual concerns. Friends try to live simply without extravagance, sharing resources. We seek to live actively in the world, but not be caught up in its distractions.

- Earthcare: Friends seek harmony with all of God's creation, recognizing the need to live lightly and sustain the Earth's ability to support life.

- Community: The gathered meeting for worship, in which we seek Divine guidance together, is the center of a Friends community. Isaac Penington put it: "Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand." (1667) Care of, and involvement with, those about us extends to our wider communities as well.

The areas in which these testimonies are expressed in our community are illustrated in Friends’ practices, the many ways in which we carry out the work of the Meeting, and in our queries and advices.

All content, including pictures, images, text and quotations are
© 2018 Ann Arbor Friends Meeting unless otherwise stated.