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Use of the Meeting House

In keeping with our religious beliefs and testimonies, we Friends support the efforts of like-minded people who work for human equality, justice, and nonviolent social change.

We believe that there is something of the divine in each human being and each human life, and strive to address that in all persons  Consequently, for us our Meeting House is imbued with a sense of the sacred, and should be used for integrative and fulfilling purposes.  We do not intend that it should be used for monetary profit.

The Friends Meeting House on Canyon Road was the home of Olive Rush, a Quaker artist and a member of the "Santa Fe School" that blossomed here beginning in the 1920s.

Olive Rush was a woman of high ideals and embodied a strong spiritual insight, a keen aesthetic sensibility, and a fine sense of humor.  When she died in 1966, she left the Meeting House for use by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Santa Fe, the members of which are the stewards of this house and its grounds.

The Quakers of Santa Fe have gathered to worship here for over 50 years.  We use this house as a place of meditation , a refuge for those who are in need of inward restoration and personal, spiritual growth.  We also use the house and grounds as a place of celebration: of births, weddings, and of the passing of our friends.

Those wishing to use the Friends Meeting House are expected to share our view of it as non-secular space, as a fragile physical environment requiring a sense of its limitations.  We invite those using this house to join in our stewardship.

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