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Sanctuary Movement

    Asheville Meeting came one step closer to joining the Sanctuary Movement at our business meeting last week as our Peace and Earth Committee proposed a Minute of Support and encouraged Friends to get involved. Friends present were not entirely easy with approving the minute without seasoning it for a time, as it does represent a big commitment including potentially being caught up in acts of civil disobedience.
    Friends are encouraged to read and sit with the proposed minute and provide feedback to the Peace and Earth Committee in advance of the next business meeting. Here follows the proposed minute:

 

    Asheville Friends Meeting agrees to partner with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville and other faith communities in providing sanctuary to immigrants in danger of immediate deportation. We pledge our resources of time, talent, and treasures to work alongside our friends, families, neighbors, and partner organizations to create sacred space of sanctuary. We also pledge to educate and activate our community to amplify and respond to the voices of immigrant leaders, and to speak out against discrimination and to resist any harmful and unjust policy proposals that further undermine due process and lead to racial profiling and discrimination.

 

    This means that we will continue to build relationships with immigrant partners here in Asheville and work to be allies and accomplices as they organize for their own liberation. We will speak out when we can, and amplify the voices of the marginalized in our community.

 



Asheville Friend Scotty Utz

Sculpture Dedication

sculpture

 

    Here is Asheville Friend Scotty Utz standing with his sculpture which has been installed at Camp Rockmont near Black Mountain NC, on a hilltop known as “Inspiration Point”. The official dedication of this work of art took place on Wednesday 10/18 at 6 p.m.

 

    The dedication was well attended by friends and associates from many different parts of Scotty’s life journey. David LaMotte, noted Quaker musician and member of Swannanoa Valley Meeting, provided entertainment. He and Scotty were childhood friends, but not in Quaker households, and not in the Asheville area! In his remarks Scotty thanked everyone for being present and described how pleased and honored he felt in having his sculpture occupy this particular place, where he felt such deep connection from his experiences there as a young man.

 

    Please see our facebook page for more photos of this remarkable work.


Energy Audit

    Asheville Friends’ Peace and Earth Committee arranged for an energy audit of our Meetinghouse through Interfaith Power and Light, of which we are a member. Eric Soderberg, an “energy engineer” with IPL, explains that Energy Use Index is the amount of total energy (electricity plus natural gas) used per square foot of area per year. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the building is. He says our Meeting is doing very well, at 34.8 kBtu/sq ft/yr, with the average value for churches in the south Atlantic region at 39.6 kBtu/sq ft/yr.

 

You can view the report by clicking this link:

Energy Audit



What Is “White Supremacy?”

      Our Meeting’s newly formed Racial Justice Committee encourages Friends to more fully acquaint themselves with the meaning of the term “White Supremacy” in preparation for our threshing session this coming Sunday. To that end, Friends are offered the following readings:

Wikipedia: Academic use of the term “White Supremacy”

What is “White Supremacy?” by Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez



Palestinian Products

    In response to the Minute on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Steve L has been led to obtain products made in the West Bank and marketed by a women’s cooperative in northern Israel. These products include award-winning organic olive oil, traditional Za’atar spice mixture, and handmade olive oil soaps. Purchasing these products helps empower women and promote peace and reconciliation between Jews and Palestinians, and provides income to Palestinian entrepreneurs.

 

      If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, please email

Steve



Asheville Friends Public Statements

    Almost all of the worship and discernment of meetings for worship with attention to business concern the spiritual and temporal life of the meeting community only, but every once in a great while, the Meeting is moved to broadcast its discovered truth to a wider audience, or as the Friendly expression goes, “speak truth to power.” Friends refer to such statements of discovered truth as “minutes”. Our Meeting has been led to publish the following “minutes”:

 

Statement on the 9/11 Attacks
Statement concerning war against Iraq
Statements on sexual identity and sexual orientation
Statement in support of religious freedom for Muslims in America
Minute Of Concern and Action Regarding Police Violence Against People Of Color
Statement Concerning SBI Report On Death Of Jerry Williams

 

 

 

 

 



Meeting for Worship

  • Every First Day (Sunday)
  • 9:30 a.m. Singing
  • (no later than) 9:55 a.m. Transition to silent worship
  • 10:00 a.m. Silent worship
  • 10:15 a.m. First Day School for children
  • 11:00 a.m. Sharing of joys & sorrows
  • 11:15 a.m. First Day School ends
  • 11:30 a.m. Fellowship

Singing

We sing many traditional hymns (with some wording adjustments for inclusiveness and universality) as well as contemporary. All a cappella of course! We use the well-known green hardcover Quaker Hymnal, as well as “Rise Up Singing” and our own little booklet of favorite hymns.

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Our Business

There is a saying among Friends that we did not abolish the clergy, we abolished the laity. Join us after rise of Meeting for Worship to experience the aspect of Quaker practice that most sets us apart from other religious faiths, as we seek to discern Divine leadings in our work and discover Divine truth for our community.

  • Each Second First Day (Sunday) of the month
  • Supervised play for children
  • Begins at 12 noon
  • Ends by 2 p.m.

Sandwich Sunday

  • Each Fourth First Day (Sunday) of the month
  • Begins after rise of Meeting
  • “Loaves, fishes, and fellowship” – everyone welcome!
  • Healthful, homemade dishes encouraged
  • Be mindful of dietary restrictions and list ingredients of your offerings
  • Ends when cleanup is completed

Adult Spiritual Enrichment

  • First, third, and fifth First Day (Sunday) of the month
  • Begins at 12 noon
  • Supervised play for children
  • Ends by 2 p.m.

Care & Nurture

  • Looks after Friends with special needs


Unprogrammed Worship

The Asheville Friends Meeting is an unprogrammed meeting.

Unprogrammed worship is the more traditional style of worship among Friends and remains the norm in Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and parts of the United States and Canada. During an unprogrammed meeting for worship, Friends gather together in “expectant waiting” for divine leadings. Sometimes a meeting is entirely silent, sometimes quite a few people speak. Meeting for Worship generally lasts about an hour.

A member will rise and share a message (give “ministry”) with the gathered meeting when they feel they are led by the spirit. Typically, messages, testimonies, ministry, or other speech are unprepared, and members are expected by the community to discern the source of their inspiration—whether divine or self.

Unprogrammed worship is generally deemed to start as soon as the first participant is seated, the others entering the room in silence. The Meeting for Worship ends when one person (usually predetermined) shakes the hand of his or her neighbor. All the members of the assembly then shake hands with their neighbors, after which one member usually rises and extends greetings and makes announcements. Many meetings serve coffee or tea after meeting, which gives everyone an opportunity to catch up with friends and chat with visitors.


A Visitor Reflects On Her Experience At AFM

Click here to read Michelle Smith’s moving essay on her recent visit to our Meeting



Midweek Meeting for Worship

Our Midweek Meeting is currently on hiatus.


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