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Beacon Hill
Friends House

Online opportunities for spiritual exploration and deepening.

What is Beacon Hill Friends House?

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.

What does Beacon Hill Friends House have to offer?


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.


What online programs does the Friends House currently offer?

MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness

In the Quaker tradition of Midweek (Wednesday) worship, we at the Friends House are excited to bring you MIDWEEK: Experiments in Faithfulness. This is a free, weekly, facilitated spiritual practice with Quaker flavor and an experimental ethos.

Each Wednesday evening, a guest facilitator engages us in a unique spiritual practice. You can attend live, or you can view the short videos later!

Writing as a Spiritual Practice drop-in workshops​

Gather in a safe, meditative, encouraging environment for two hours of creative exploration with former BHFH Program Manager Emily Savin. These virtual writing workshops, conducted in the Amherst Writers & Artists method, offer an experience that is both grounded and playful, both individual and communal. **There is a sliding scale cost to attend these workshops**

August 20-21: Letting Our Lives Speak, youth advocacy camp

A free, 2-afternoon virtual advocacy camp for youth 6th-12th grade based on Quaker values—put on in partnership with Friends Meeting at Cambridge, featuring speakers from Friends Committee on National Legislation and the Earth Quaker Action Team. Thursday, August 20 - Friday, August 21, 2-4 PM (ET) each day.

Simple Morning Meditation Practice

This simple meditation practice helps reduce stress and ease you into the morning. The meditation is 15 minutes long, and begins and ends with a brief introduction to the practice. Orientation for newcomers begins at 8:00 AM, and the practice begins at 8:10 AM, Monday through Friday. Join once or join regularly! This meditation is free and open to the public.

Questions? Have an for an event?​

Email our Program Manager, Jen:

Jen Higgins-Newman

Program Manager


or get in touch with BHFH Executive Director, Nils:

Nils Klinkenberg

Executive Director


Stay up to date with Beacon Hill Friends House events by signing up for our bi-weekly email list!

Support our work

Our work to cultivate and nurture community and our spiritual lives in this time is made possible through support from people like you. 


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Beacon Hill Friends House, 6 Chestnut St., Boston, MA 02108

617-227-9118 | info@bhfh.org