Whittier First Friends Church
A Quaker Meeting

13205 Philadelphia Street
Whittier CA 90601-4386
(562) 698-9805

"A Christian people called to listen, gathered to seek peace, and sent forth to serve."
We are an open and affirming faith community.

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United Society of Friends Women (USFW)

The founder of this organization was Eliza Armstrong Cox, a minister who spent the last part of her life (1850-1935) in Whittier, CA. In 1881 after realizing that in many places Friends women were joining the new missionary societies of other denominations, she proceeded to organize a society for her yearly meeting in western Indiana. In 1888, after women had organized societies in other yearly meetings, representatives met and issued a call to an 1890 conference in Glens Falls, NY, the first of the Triennial conferences still being held today. Triennials were held in Whittier in 1938, 1954, and 1965. Whittier hopes to be represented at the 2010 Triennial in Mombasa, Kenya. 
The name adopted in 1890 was Woman’s Foreign Missionary Union of Friends.  It was changed in 1917 to Woman's Missionary Union, recognizing that the organization sponsored home mission work as well as foreign.  The name United Society of Friends Women, adopted in 1948, acknowledged a further broadening of interests.  International was added in 1974 to include the women’s societies of yearly meetings in Jamaica and Kenya.    

Interest Groups

  • Spiritual Growth Group for Women - Tuesday (weekly) 6:30 a.m. - Smith Fellowship Hall
  • Senior Sneaks - Monthly: see church bulletin or ask in the office
  • Quilting/Needlework Group - Second and Fourth Monday of the month 10 a.m. - Smith Fellowship Hall
  • Reading Group – Second Thursday, 10:30 a.m., in homes of members, but not every month.   Call Sabron Newton for information.
  • Cookies for Youth - Watch Church bulletin for information

Ministries Supported

  • Friends United Meeting field staff and FUM educational and medical ministries in Belize, Jamaica, Kenya, and Ramallah (Palestine.)
  • Mowa Choctaw Friends Center - McIntosh, AL

 Local Ministries Supported:

  • Bridge of Faith
  • H.O.W. House
  • Interfaith Food Center   
  • Whittier Area First Day Coalition
  • Whittier Friends School
  • Women's and Children's Crisis Center

USFW Book Collection, 2010 additions:

  • Free Wheelchair Mission
  • The Note, by Angela Hunt
  • Potluck Club Deries, by Linda vans Shepherd and Eva Marie Everson
  • Quaking, by Katherine Erskine
  • The Shack, by William Paul Young
  • The Ultimate Gift, by Jim Stovall

USFW Book Collection, 2008 and 2009 additions:

  • Almost Friends,  by Phil Gulley.
  • Back Bench,  by Margaret Hope Bacon.
  • Celebrating [John Greenleaf] Whittier…America’s 1907 Centennial,  by Pamela Fenner.
  • Compassion, the Painful Privilege,  by Dan Nolta.   
  • EarthLight; Spiritual Wisdom for an Ecological Age,  ed. by Cindy Spring and Anthony Manousos. 
  • Enduring Hope: The Impact of the Ramallah Friends Schools,  by Patricia Edwards Konic.
  • First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents,  by Bonnie Angelo.  
  • Friendship Cake,  by Lynne Hinton.
  • A Girl Named Zippy , by Haven Kimmel.
  • God’s Troublemakers; How Progressive Women of Faith are Changing the World,  by Katherine Henderson.
  • Having a Mary Spirit,  by Joanna Weaver.
  • Levi’s Will ,  by  Dale Cramer.
  • Plain Living, A Quaker Path to Simplicity,  compiled by Catherine Whitmire.
  • Porch Talk,  by Phil Gulley.
  • Prayerbook for Spiritual Friends,  by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw.
  • Quaker Summer,   by Lisa Samson .  
  • Swimming In It,  by Patricia Wild.  
  • This Side of Peace, A Personal Account,  by Hanan Ashrawi.
  • Three Cups of Tea,  by Greg Mortenson. 
  • Two Old Women, An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival,  by Velma Wallis. 
  • View of the Ocean,  by Jan DeHartog.
  • Weedflower,  by Cynthia Kadohata.  
  • Women and Quakerism in the 17th Century,  by Christine Trevett.

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