Visalia Friends Meeting
17208 Ave. 296, Visalia, CA 93292 / (559) 734-8275
We welcome you to the Visalia Friends Meeting. We are affiliated with the Pacific Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Meeting for worship begins at 10:30 am. A map is provided below. We invite you to share in our meeting for worship and hope that the following words will introduce you to the nature of our gathering.
Friends believe that within each person there is a divine light that we share with the eternal and with that of God in others. A direct experience of God is open to anyone who is willing to sit quietly and search for the light. We join together in silence seeking this presence of God.
Our meeting is unprogrammed and lasts about an hour. Children have the opportunity to go to the Children's program for the first portion of this hour. During the silent worship anyone who feels moved to share a message may do so. Ideally, these messages are framed by silence and deepen the awareness of the spiritual values on which the meeting is based.
The meeting is closed by the joining of hands. It is then our custom to introduce ourselves and make brief announcements. While there may be some who quietly depart, reflecting still on the experience of the meeting, other Friends will linger to greet one another. We invite all to share in this important part of our religious fellowship.
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More realistic estimate based on projections from a 2006 scientific study,
using statistical sampling techniques, by a team from Johns Hopkins University
published in the Lancet medical journal.
The Visalia Friends Meeting has been at the forefront of local antiwar activities, leading to the formation of a new umbrella group, the South Valley Peace Center. We maintained a vigil on the corner of Mooney and Walnut every Sunday from September 2002 through the "nominal end" of the war in Iraq. We are now on the street again, first Sunday of each month, protesting our continuing destructive involvement in Iraq.
Several of our members and attenders are involved with the AFSC's Proyecto Campesino in Visalia. Additionally, one member, Saundra Sturdevant, has been working through her own documentary photography and the Migrant Photography Project to raise consciousness of the plight of immigrant labor in the fields of California's Central Valley.
The Visalia Friends Meeting now has its own YouTube channel. The intention is to post videos describing the wide range of issues our members and attenders are involved with.
Open Letter to President George W. Bush
[Regarding separation of church and state]
web pages are produced by and reflect the views of the named individuals.
They should not be interpreted as speaking for the Visalia Friends Meeting.)
Documentary Photography in California and Asia
The Oaxaca Uprising
Roosevelt Community Learning Center
Klara East, Rose Ann Gutierrez, & David Chandler
(This is a public charter school supporting homeschool families. It is not overtly "Quaker,"
but its structural support for nurturing families and the individuality of children, against a tide
of production-oriented and testing-driven education, align it with Quaker values.)
A group formed to contribute opinion pieces to local newspapers. Meeting members and attenders participating in the group include Lisa Bilek, Ed Brennen, Tony Brown, David and Billie Chandler, Heather Howard, Bill Lovett, David Roberts, Greg Seastrom, Bill and Jeanie Warner, and Trudy Wischemann.
(No longer active, but the web page continues to receive hundreds of hits per month.)
A web site detailing how each politician votes on the issues
[Including an On-Line Meeting]
Website Design: David Chandler
We appreciate the generosity of Russell Nelson (www.quaker.org) for providing this web space.