Who are we?

Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting is a Meeting (congregation) of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).  We gather at the Cambridge Friends School, 5 Cadbury Rd Cambridge MA every Sunday at 10 am for Meeting for Worship.  We worship together in community that welcomes all ages, gender identities, and orientations.

What do we believe?

The most fundamental belief of Quakers is that every person holds within them the essence of God, and can access that essence for guidance through worship and prayer.  Our practices evolve from this essential belief.

Our behavior with each other and in the world show common themes of peace, simplicity, equality, and integrity – often referred to as our testimonies. All are based on our experience of the divine acting in our lives and relationships

It is traditional Quaker practice that we “minute” statements that reflect our understanding of the Spirit at work among us, and in the world. Current statements from our meeting include our discernment regarding same-gender marriage, criminal justice reform, earthcare witness, and other worldly concerns.

You may find some of those statements here.

Our meeting, as a member of the larger body called The New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, also is informed by a specific book called “Faith and Practice”.  This book contains information about historical practices of Friends, and outlines current procedures and understandings of the New England Society of Friends.  You may find this book online here – or ask a clerk of our meeting to borrow a copy!

What is our Meeting for Worship like?

We worship with no pastor or professional minister. Our experience is that the Holy Spirit is present among us and will guide us.  This is called unprogrammed worship in the Quaker tradition.

Find out more about what to expect in our Meeting for Worship on our visitors page.