Sūvata Friends Church

Orthodox Quaker Church

Serving Alfred, Andover, and the Surrounding Communities

Sūvatacast: Orthodox Quaker Podcast

Little Tech Issue with the Podcast

I am trying to not feel like a failure for not being as consistent with the podcast as I'd like to be, and have been trying to be. Every time I start to get traction something happens with my business, or with family. The latest issue has been technology. My podcast...

Quakers and the Bible

To fully answer the question, "what do Quakers think about the Bible?" it's important to acknowledge there are differences between Quakers. There are generally two branches of Quakers: Liberal Quakers Orthodox Quakers And within Orthodox Quakers there are two main...

Speaking The Truth in Love

Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.~ EPHESIANS 4:15 In the Quaker tradition, speaking one's mind is deeply rooted in the belief of recognising the Light of God within each person. To lie, to dodge...

What Is Easily Obtained Is Undervalued

2023 was a dramatic year for me. It began with the death of my father on January 7th, and was followed shortly afterwards with the loss of my pregnancy in the second trimester. These events cast a deep dark shadow over the first half of the year. But over the summer I...

Meet Quaker Martyr Mary Dyer

Mary Dyer is a name now synonymous with religious freedom and the price of sticking to your conscience. She was a Quaker woman who, in the face of oppression, stood up against the theocratic regime of the Massachusetts Bay Colony with terrible consequences. She was...

Be Still and Know That I am God

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the Earth. Psalm 46:11 In this modern world where our minds are going at 100 miles an hour, it's too easy to go at such a fast pace that we forget to make room for God. We...

Meeting Quakers: A Non-Conformist Religious Movement

The Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers, originated in the mid-17th century in England during a period of religious and political turmoil. The emergence can be seen as a reaction to the established Church and its practices, which many believed...

Your Narrative is Holding You Back

Today, I want to talk to you about your default programming. And this is a topic we've been revisiting over and over again here on the show, and it is a topic we will continue to revisit because your default programming is responsible for so much of what goes on in...

One does not simply find peace

Peace is illusive.  It is not something that can be bought like a trinket in a shop.  It's not something that is merely willed into reality, nor obtained through violence.  Peace must be cultivated within oneself. It is a state of being that must be...

Self-actualisation conquers despair

Becoming your highest self is an essential part of being human and breaking karmic cycles that keep your soul stuck.  But becoming your highest self is hard. Especially when you're depressed.  Anxious.  Exhausted. And really tired of this whole...

Our Mission

The mission of Sūvata Friends Church is to promote the cultivation of the Inner Christ with teachings and gatherings that are easily accessible to the general public.

Sūvata Friends Church is a registered non-profit serving Andover, New York and the surrounding communities, including Whitesville, Independence, Wellsville, Alfred, Almond, and Greenwood, as well as the student populations of Alfred University and Alfred State College. Your donations are tax deductible.

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Morning Inspiration

Start your day on the bright side with Sunrise, our morning email designed to help you start the day with a view to the divine.

Weekly Satsang


Join us every Seventh Day at 5pm for our weekly semi-programmed Meeting. 

Meetings are temporarily at the Terra Cotta Coffee House until our new location is secured.


Bible Study at the Coffee Shop

Scripture Study

Join us every other Wednesday at 7pm at the Terra Cotta Coffee House in Alfred, NY when we meet for Scripture Study. We dive into teachings from the Bible, the Apocrypha, Tao Te Ching, the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas, the Tibetan Buddhist Canon, and more. 

What do Quakers think about the Bible?

Theology Group

Every Saturday Morning at 11am at the Terra Cotta Coffee House come talk about Theology with Believers and Non-Believers alike. We have attendees who are atheist, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Born Again, Buddhist, and — of course — Quaker. We are open to civilised debate, and open to all discussions about all ideas related to religion and philosophy.


Tea Gatherings

We gather on many holidays and Feast Days for fellowship and spiritual conversation. All gatherings are open to the public. Join our mailing list to be notified of the next one.

What does Sūvata mean?

Sūvata is an old Ingrian word meaning, “to love.” We can make the world a better place by listening for Spirit, and cultivating love for ourselves, our family, and our community through holistic spiritual practices that open our hearts and nurture our Inner Christ.

We are a Peace Church. We reject all forms of violence and war.


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