Well, I finally did it. I was going to try to go last weekend but got caught up with domestic stuff. So this Sunday, I made my pilgrimage over to the 15th Street Friends Meeting House. It was a beautiful couple of building built in 1860. I entered the building where the meeting was being held and was greeted by some of the nicest people I have ever met. I entered the main room where the service was being held and it was quite interested how all of the pews faced the center. Everyone was silent and "waiting". It was amazing. I took a seat and noticed a real calmness that I haven't felt really in NYC before. You could hear the birds outside the window in the blooming dogwood trees singing.
I sat and prayed and around 20 minutes into it, someone stood up and spoke. They talked about life and about being quaker for a few minutes then sat down. Another person stood 10 minutes or so later and talked about a verse from Luke. All in all around 6 people stood and spoke during the hour, otherwise it was just peaceful "waiting". At the end someone stood up and shook their neighbors hand to signify that the service was over. Announcements were made and then afterwards everyone gathered for an hour's social with coffee and snacks.
The group afterwards was amazing and everyone introduced themselves to me. We talked and I was asked to work on the arts committee since I'm a doc filmmaker. That was great! Not only did I find a place that feels very comfortable to me, but also a community to be a part of that is positive and has similar intests. I'm going to have lunch this week with the arts director. Pretty cool actually because I wanted not just a church, but a new community. I think I may have found it.
A funny thing. I also found out that I am directly related to Elizabeth Hooten, the first Quaker convert. I guess it's in my genes to be a Quaker.
So there you have it, my review of my first day at a Quaker Meeting.