who we are
About Raleigh Friends
Where We Worship
Our Meeting House is located on a residential street not far from downtown Raleigh, NC. We meet for worship in a room that can easily seat about 50, with a maximum of about 75.
Meeting House Spaces
The meetinghouse is two stories and contains five meeting rooms, a kitchen, three bathrooms, four storage rooms, and an office. The first floor is accessible with a ramp and stairs.
Downstairs, the worship space, aka the Meeting room, is the largest room and is two stories high with acoustical padding and large glass windows. It easily fits 50 people. It contains a piano, carpeted floors, a screen for a projector, large pews against the walls, and moveable stacking chairs. The Kitchen contains a refrigerator, microwave, small oven, and sink. The Garden Room is downstairs in the back and houses the meeting’s library. The Nursery is also downstairs in the back and has short chairs and children toys. There are also two unisex bathrooms (one with a diaper change table), an office, and storage rooms.
Upstairs are two meeting rooms, a bathroom, and a storage room. To reach the upstairs, go to the foyer and take the door on the left beside the coat rack. The First Day School room has soft seating, a whiteboard, and a meeting table suitable for older children and adults. The interior room is smaller with adult seating.
The shaded front yard has ground cover and shubbery. There are also benches and a handicapped parking space.
A wrap-around porch connects the front yard to the the back yard, which is home to a silent garden and a small community vegetable garden. Grass and children’s equipment complete the backyard.
The Raleigh Monthly Meeting of Friends was formed by a small number of Friends in March 1926.
Joined with the United Church of Raleigh
Meeting joined with the United Church of Raleigh. Many individual Friends maintained membership in both the Meeting and United Church. The two organizations, meantime, maintained separate identities and their own denominational ties. The Monthly Meeting became a member of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Friends United Meeting).
40 years of Joint Fellowship
For more than 40 years Raleigh Friends enjoyed joint fellowship and social action activities with the United Church. The United Church today is known as Community United Church of Christ, a sister community of faith for Raleigh Friends.
Throughout the meeting’s history, members were active participants in various social justice work. Much of this work was in conjunction with the Community United Church. Early members worked for Prohibition, peace, and racial justice. Many male members were conscientious objectors. In 1951, members helped establish the Peace Booth at the NC State Fair, which according to oral tradition, was in response to the Korean War.
Exploration of Independent Meeting for Worship
Beginning in 1967, a renewed interest in an independent Meeting for Worship was felt among Friends.
Sunday Meetings at NC State
Sunday’s Meetings for Worship and discussion began to be held at the King Religious Center, at North Carolina State University, in January 1968. A program of worship and education developed for young Friends.
Founding of the Piedmont Friends Fellowship
In 1968, the meeting helped found Piedmont Friends Fellowship, a collective of Quaker meetings and worship groups in North Carolina and surrounding areas that gathers for worship and fellowship in the spirit of Friends’ quarterly meetings to address issues and share concerns in a wider Quaker forum.
Social Action Causes
During this time of growth, Raleigh Friends initiated a number of social action causes including the Women’s Center of Wake County, the local rape crisis center InterAct, and Quaker House in Fayetteville. Friends participated in Civil Rights marches, soup kitchen volunteers, and quiet neighborhood support and encouragement.
Move to 120 Woodburn Road in Raleigh
In the fall of 1969, the residence of the Charles Doak family at 120 Woodburn Road became available for use as a meeting center. Worship and discussion activities continued to grow in this setting.
Dedication of Meeting House
Spring of 1990 saw the current Meetinghouse dedicated in a Service of Worship for commitment and gratitude.
Withdrawal from the North Carolina Yearly Meeting
Raleigh Friends withdrew from NCYM-FUM.
Joined the Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting
In March 2015, Raleigh Friends joined the Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting (PFYM).