Palmetto Friends Gathering is made up of South Carolina Meetings and worships following the tradition of the unprogrammed meetings of the Religious Society of Friends.

2017 Palmetto Friends Gathering

2017 Palmetto Friends Gathering

"Following the Inner Light: Spiritual Deepening and Activism"

Columbia Friends Meeting

120 Pisgah Church Road

Columbia, South Carolina 29204

March 17-19, 2017
Let your lives speak- George Fox (1624-1691); Live up to the light that thou hast and more will be given thee. Caroline Fox at age 21 (1819-1871)

One’s journey through life provides many opportunities to ‘go deeper’ and to let our lives speak through activism. How do these two strands stand alone and converge in our individual lives? In what ways have we been able to strengthen each for the betterment of the whole?

Marian on a dedicated bench at UNC Charlotte 
Marian Beane will share from her own life’s journey and invite others into the conversation so that all might grow deeper in spirit and in commitment to being active in our world.

Marian grew up in a Quaker family on an Iowa farm. Following graduate studies she was led to volunteer for two years at the Ramallah Friends School followed by a school term among Friends in Kenya. She will speak about her recent return visit 45 year later and her observations on what has changed and what is the same.

Her life’s work has been in providing guidance and support for international students at UNC Charlotte. Among Friends is an active member of Charlotte Friends Meeting, has served in leadership roles in Friends General Conference, Piedmont Friends Fellowship and Yearly Meeting, and recently joined the Board of Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR).

Marian will be available to also speak about the joys of forming of a new yearly meeting –Piedmont Friends Yearly Meeting and the opportunities it has provided to be faithful in listening and following the Inner Light.


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Youth Program

Youth activities will be led by Elijah Miles (Eli) and will include games, reading circles, discussions, singing, movies, art, trails, and more.

See the details on the link below.

Youth Itinerary


What is Palmetto Friends Gathering?

Palmetto Friends Gathering is a fellowship of Quaker meetings in South Carolina that follows the unprogrammed manner of worship. The meetings include Aiken Worship Group, Charleston Monthly Meeting, Columbia Monthly Meeting, Five Rivers Monthly Meeting, and Greenville Monthly Meeting. Unprogrammed meetings traditionally meet in silence until someone in the group rises to speak, usually for a short message. After a period of about an hour, the clerk of the meeting closes the silent worship by welcoming everyone. People then greet each other, announcements are made, and people visit, return home, or continue with subsequent planned activities.

The Gathering meets annually each Spring for a weekend of worship, programs, and fellowship. The location of the gathering moves around the state from year to year.


Wateree Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

This meeting was laid down (disbanded) many years ago, but is of historic significance.

Camden, South Carolina was the sight of the Wateree Meeting and has a Quaker cemetery. A marker in the cemetery shows the location of the meeting house. There are a number of Quaker graves, nameless in the early tradition of Friends.

Camden's legend of the Catawba chief Haiglar who helped the Quaker settlers in 1753, is commemorated with a life-sized weather vane. The original is housed in the Camden Archives and Museum at 1314 Broad Street, (803)-425-6050, and a replica stands atop a store on Broad Street. The Archives is a popular stop for genealogical researchers.


Read more: Wateree Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends