Red Cedar Friends Meeting

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Lansing

Welcome

Dear Friends,

We have suspended in-person Meetings for Worship until it is safe to meet again.

Over the past two weeks, Red Cedar Friends (Lansing, Michigan) has envisioned several ways of keeping Friends connected as a beloved community. We now offer worship via Zoom both at 10:30 a.m. on First Day and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and these will continue until we can return to the meetinghouse.

Any parents of young first day students (6 and under) and those who care for them in the corner classroom are invited to join the RCF Zoom link at 10 a.m. each Sunday to say hello and reconnect with each other. For those who wish to stay on Zoom for 10:30 worship, you are welcome to mute your microphone and worship with all Friends.

Join either Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/897196354. By phone: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York), +1 253 215 8782 US, or +1 301 715 8592 US. (Meeting ID: 897 196 354)

We also have an Everyday Café meet-up via Zoom each day at 5 p.m., where Red Cedar Friends can chat about their day or whatever may be on their minds.

For RCF Facebook users, we have the Social Hall, where we post announcements and share personal news or reflections. If you are seeking resources—whether Quaker or secular—we have a special COVID-19 Resources page on this website. We continue to send announcements directly to RCF Friends’ email accounts.

And creativity is flourishing. One Friend has offered online live concerts of her original music; another is planning a class to explore such poets as Walt Whitman and Mary Oliver; and there is even an intergenerational RCF talent show in the offing.

We also want to nurture person-to-person connections as we are sheltering in our own homes. Worship and Pastoral Care has created a plan to ensure that each of our Friends is phoned at least once a week by another Friend from Red Cedar.

For more information, please write us through our Contact page.

In Peace and Love

 

At our meeting for worship, Friends gather in expectant silence, out of which those who are led to speak offer vocal ministry. Red Cedar Friends Meeting is an unprogrammed Quaker meeting. Unprogrammed meetings do not have pastors, a formal program for worship, organized communal prayers, or planned hymn-singing.

As a community, we are committed to traditional Quaker testimonies of equality, simplicity, stewardship, integrity, community, and peace. We are open, affirming, and appreciative of spiritual seekers.. We are diverse by age, and people come from many religious backgrounds and traditions.

At this time of conflict in the world, Friends often find strength and inspiration in our Peace Testimony. An early expression of this Testimony is from the 1660 “Declaration from the Harmless and Innocent people of God, called Quakers,” … “We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretence whatsoever; this is our testimony to the whole world.”


As a lifelong Quaker, Arthur Larrabee was frustrated that he couldn’t answer the question, “What do Quakers believe?” So he set out to do just that.