173 North Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05401
Burlington Friends Meeting


Events, Ongoing

Workday at the Meeting House

IN-PERSON MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP AND FIRST-DAY SCHOOL HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AT LEAST THROUGH THE END OF 2020 BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. SUNDAY-MORNING, WEDNESDAY-NOON WORSHIP, AND FIRST-DAY SCHOOL WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM; INVITATIONS ARE BEING SENT OUT VIA THE E-LIST OR MAY BE REQUESTED FROM THE WEB MANAGER, webmanager@burlingtonquakers.org.
Meeting for Worship

Sundays at 11:00 AM and on Wednesdays at noon. All are welcome.



Island Worship Group

Sundays at 10:00 AM, every week June - August, first and third Sundays September - May. North Hero Public Library. All are welcome.



Meeting for Business
The second Sunday of Each Month after a light lunch after rise of Meeting. The length of the Business Meeting varies but it usually lasts about 90 minutes.


First Day
School




First Day School is held on Second and Fourth Sundays, beginning at 10:45, September through mid-June. See the First Day School page for more detailed information. On the First, Third, and Fifth Sundays, the children attend Meeting for Worship from 11 AM to 11:15 AM and then move to the Bassett House for group activities as part of a multi-age childcare program.


Events, Recent and Upcoming

Abenaki Exhibit



Ongoing Burlington Airport Mezzanine

Stop by and visit this display of area history from the perspective of the First Peoples the next time you dare to go to the airport! Our meeting has supported this exhibit, along with the New England Yearly Meeting's Legacy Fund and many others.

Adult-Education Sessions on Forgiveness and Mercy

Sunday 21 February and 28 February, 9:00 am Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98342786657.

The next Adult Education workshops will be held at 9:00 AM on Sunday 21 February and Sunday 28 February. We will discuss forgiveness and mercy.

To consider these topics, we invite you into the practice of Lectio Divina. This derives from a monastic discipline of reading scripture, prayer, and meditation. It fosters communion with God and a deepened sense of God's leading.

Needless to say, be faithful to what you know experimentally. "Translate" the text from the Bible using your own spiritual lexicon.

To begin the conversation about forgiveness, we will examine the "Lord's Prayer" that follows the disciples' request in the Gospels to Jesus to teach them how to pray. See Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2.

Settling into Silence: Read the prayer slowly and carefully; Have a conversation with God about it: What arises in the text for you?; Dwell upon a spiritual reality within it; Consider how God may be calling you to act.

Also, on the subject of forgiveness, here are some suggestions for journaling: For you personally, what does it mean to forgive?

  • What was taught to you as a child in your family about forgiveness?
  • What do you have on your conscience? Do you feel a need for forgiveness? What would it take?
  • What evidence do you have in your life that God is forgiving?
  • What does self-forgiveness entail?
  • In general, are you a forgiving person? Why or why not?
  • What happens when we forgive? What happens when we do not forgive?
  • Is there ever a time when it is wrong to forgive? Explain. Are there preconditions for forgiveness?

Here is a link for additional citations in the Bible about forgiveness: https://www.openbible.info/topics/forgiveness

To continue the conversation with the subject of mercy, please read Psalm 23, using Lectio Divina to enter into the text.

Settling into Silence: Read the Psalm slowly and carefully; Have a conversation with God about it: What arises in the text for you?; Dwell upon a spiritual reality within it; Consider how God may be calling you to act.

Here are some questions for journaling:

  • For you personally, what is the meaning of mercy?
  • What is your experience of mercy? Be specific; tell a story.
  • What were you taught about mercy as a child?
  • What experience of mercy do you have in your own life?

Here are additional citations in the Psalms for mercy: 6:2, 9:13, 25:16, 27:7, 30:10, 31:9, 51:1, 86:16, 123:3. In the New Testament, see also: Matthew 15:22; 17:15; 20:30f; Mark 10:46; Luke 18:9-14.

We look forward to a Friendly conversation about forgiveness and mercy.

Johnny Coffin, Elisabeth Lehr, Martha A. Penzer