The Beacon Hill Friends House is an independent Quaker not-for-profit organization that operates a 20-person community residence, overnight guest accommodations, meeting and event space, and public educational programming in a large historic house in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to serving as the home of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, the Friends House exists to provide opportunities for personal growth, spiritual deepening, and leadership development, drawing inspiration and guidance from the values, principles, and practices of the Religious Society of Friends.
Many Friends in New England have been familiar with the Friends House across its 63-year history as a residential community, an affordable place to stay in downtown Boston, and as the host of occasional public lectures like our annual Ernest & Esther Weed Memorial Lecture.
Over the past few years our staff, Board of Managers, and committees have been working to greatly expand our public programming – including lectures, workshops, documentary screenings, and gathering space for local advocacy and community groups — guided by an expanded vision of the Friends House’s potential as an institution that nurtures and supports individual reflection and collective action for a much broader community (of Friends and others) beyond the current residents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred us into moving much of our programming online and even developing new types of virtual offerings. We are proud of our ever-increasing suite of programs (all either free, by-donation, or on an affordable sliding scale) and are excited to share them with Friends and others across New England — and beyond. We hope that you find some of the ministry of our programming supportive of spiritual exploration and deepening for you, your Meeting, and others beyond the Society of Friends who may find resonance with its content.
Email our Program Manager, Jen:
or get in touch with BHFH Executive Director, Nils: