On-going Opportunities with 

CFM’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee


Prison Ministry

1. Prison Visitation and Support (PVS) – Friends visit inmates at Manning Federal Correctional Institution in Edgefield once a month as part of this Friend program.

2. Mass Incarceration – CFM held a public screening of the documentary “The New Jim Crow.”

3. Capital Punishment – Held a Second Hour program.


Hunger & Homelessness

1. “Food Not Bombs/People’s Picnic” – Each fourth First Day, Friends and Young Friends prepare and then serve food at the Finlay Park event.

2. Harvest Hope Food Bank- We gather and deliver food donations monthly and volunteer in the food pantry.

3. Transitions (Homeless Recovery Center) – Friends help serve supper the fourth Saturday of each month (with the “Food Not Bombs” group) to clients transitioning out of homeless situations.



1. Peace Vigil – For 26 years CFM has held a Peace Vigil on August 6th, the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

2. Women in Black – Every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm, Friends stand in solidarity with others in front of the Statehouse to proclaim peace instead of war.

3. Alternatives to Violence Project – South Carolina (AVP-SC) – Friends are active on steering committee and CFM offers facilities for workshops and meetings.


Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW)

1. CFM is a member of the Midlands Green Congregation Initiative and on the meetinghouse property offers a car-charging unit; a garden committee works at creating a sustainable garden plot, orchard, and green space; and there are plans for solar energy panels on the property.



1. Racial Justice – Activities include showing of “The New Jim Crow”.

2. Refugees – Friends are active with the Refugee Task Force created by Carolina Peace Resource Center.


Nuclear and Energy Issues

1. Friends follow many aspects of the nuclear presence in the state.

2. Fossil fuel industry concerns include the current Dakota Access Pipeline issue.


CFM supports the work of these and other organizations:

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)

Friends Peace Teams

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW)

Alternatives to Violence Project  - South Carolina (AVP-SC)

South Carolina Christian Action Council (SCCAC)


A Brief History of Columbia Friends Meeting

Quakers were a significant group in the population of the Carolinas from the late 1600s through the 1700s, and an early governor of the Carolinas was a Quaker. A number of meetings were established in North Carolina, while in South Carolina there were sizeable meetings in Charleston, Camden, and Newberry.

Read more: A Brief History of Columbia Friends Meeting

Video on the Bible from UK

See this interesting perspective on the Bible from Quakers in the UK
Link to site.

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The Lighthouse

A tiny light is kept behind a glass

A shutter swings and squeaks against the wind

The stone is wrapped in vines, and weeds, and rain

At sea, the ships toss and tack, looking out

For light to guide them from the rocks, towards home.

Alone, asleep, the keeper lays, wrapped up

Against the cold, against the storm, eyes tight.

Up the stairs, behind the glass

Shuttered yet warm

The light waits to be tended

Against the storm.

--Peter Lehman