We traditionally hold a potluck lunch on the first Sunday of every month immediately following semi-programmed meeting for worship. Food to be shared may be dropped off in the kitchen on the lower level of the Meetinghouse. Everyone is invited to participate, even if they are unable to contribute to the meal. Help with cleanup is always appreciated.
The Lunch Bunch group usually meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at noon for lunch and friendly conversation. Attendees are mostly older members of the Meeting, but the group is open to anyone who would like to attend. For location and other details, look for notices in the bulletin, or call the Meeting office.
Since the mid-1950s, Minneapolis Friends Meeting has held a weekend retreat each autumn for members and attenders of all ages. It is a wonderful way to get to know each other as we share meals, recreation, chores, and worship in a beautiful rustic setting. In recent years Fall Camp has been held at Camp Courage, about 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis. In 2013 it was held at Villa Maria near Lake Pepin.
Expenses for Fall Camp are paid out of the Meeting’s operating budget. Designated contributions are very welcome, but the intention is that anyone be able to attend regardless of whether they are able to contribute financially.
Journaling & Creative Writing
A journaling group meets monthly for creative writing exercises and sharing. Meetings are open to all who are interested, and are held at the Meetinghouse at the same time as Adult Program on the first Sunday of each month of the school year. The group does not meet during the summer.
George & Elizabeth Watson Memorial Discussion Group
This is a reading group inspired by George and Elizabeth Watson, who throughout their lives brought Friends together for reading and discussion on spiritual approaches to social change. The group meets at mutually agreed-upon intervals of two to four weeks, usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening. The meetings and readings are posted in the bulletin. All are welcome.
The purpose of this group is to provide an opportunity for Quakers and their friends to discuss topics that are timely and important and to promote intellectual and spiritual growth. Sample topics from past meetings include “How much is enough when it comes to taxation?” and “Should ethical people support the Arts?” It’s fun and challenging and people take away feelings of empowerment and friendship. Meetings are held the first Sunday of the month at the Meetinghouse, and Thursday evenings at a member’s home. For details check the bulletin or contact Gib Pellet: gibpellet(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com or 612-558-2672.
Quaker Women’s Group
The Quaker Women’s Group is open to all Quaker women in the Twin Cities area. Meetings usually involve a potluck lunch followed by a program or discussion, and are usually held at the Twin Cities Friends Meetinghouse in St. Paul. The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, March through November. Watch the bulletin for notices of meetings.
The Metro Friends Coordinating Committee strives to connect Twin Cities area Friends by organizing fun intergenerational events. A winter gathering of area Quakers is hosted by Minneapolis Friends Meeting and Twin Cities Friends Meeting in alternate years, and a summer potluck is held in a local park each year.