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Ecology As Spiritual Practice

Posted by admin on Mar 20, 2013 in Meeting Events, spiritual enrichment

Last week at Meeting, a small group of Asheville Friends stayed on for the second hour and were treated to a taste of Celo Friend Bob McGahey’s workshop on “Ecology As Spiritual Practice”. The purpose of the workshop is to acknowledge the Creator’s presence throughout Creation and re-awaken prophetic justice and compassion, both for the earth and for ourselves. The workshop was almost completely experiential, with just enough presentation to keep participants on track.

We engaged in three exercises. First, Bob presented us with three open ended thoughts to help us place ourselves in the continuum of Creation, to think about our impact on the Earth and how it will affect our children’s children’s children. Next we engaged in what Bob called an “unflinching moral inventory” of the actions, behaviors, and attitudes that we have that impact the ecology. After we had given voice to our “sins”, we each asked one another – and ourselves – for “forgiveness”. Last, we joined hands for a prayer-dance for the healing of the Earth. This was not an exuberant jig or complicated folk dance, rather it was a simple, slow series of movements set to a sad Eastern European song, whose words we could not understand, but we were given to know that it was a song about mothers losing their sons to war. After a few rounds of the dance, we were asked to name particular aspects of the ecology that came to us as being especially precious, lifting them up and holding them in the Light.

It was a beautiful, enlightening, and refreshing experience.

 
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Friends Digest, Vol 82, Issue 1

Posted by admin on Dec 3, 2010 in spiritual enrichment, Uncategorized

Dear Friends,

The Spiritual Enrichment program scheduled for this week at rise of Meeting – Quakerism 101, session 1 – is being postponed. Our next Spiritual Enrichment offering will take place on 3rd Sunday, 12/19, when Peace and Earth Committee will lead a presentation of FWCC’s “Consultation on Global Change”.

Best wishes,
Steve

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friends Digest, Vol 80, Issue 3

Posted by admin on Oct 16, 2010 in spiritual enrichment

Dear Friends,

Please join us this week at Meeting for worship, social time, and an
adult spiritual enrichment offering of “Worship With All Creation”.
Rylin H and Eric S will facilitate this exercise in awareness of the
spiritual presence that dwells within all aspects of the world around
us, and reverence for the sacred within the living earth.

Best wishes,
Steve

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Meeting News

Posted by admin on Aug 13, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News, spiritual enrichment

Dear Friends,

Coming up at Meeting this week, we will be launching our 2010-2011 adult Spiritual Enrichment program with a brainstorming session during the second hour, after rise of meeting. Just as we did last year, we will review the program offerings of the previous year and offer the committee suggestions for the coming year’s offerings. Please give some thought to your experiences with our last year’s spiritual enrichment program, and to what you would like to see, or be willing to help present, in the coming year.

Our Meeting’s planned daylong retreat with Dan Snyder has been postponed. But we will still have an opportunity to visit with him, along with many other Friends from the Swannanoa Valley Meeting, on 8/28, when our Meeting will be hosting a potluck picnic. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Please contact Katherine K for more information.

The next day, 8/29, after rise of meeting, we will have a potluck to welcome Edie Patrick as a member of our Meeting. Her transfer from Foxfire was approved at Meeting for Business last week. Hopefully there will be lots of leftovers from the previous evening.

Jim C and Alan R will be collecting towels and bed linens to donate to Homeward Bound, the umbrella organization that seeks to serve the needs of Asheville’s burgeoning homeless population. If you have any extras lurking in your closets, please bring them to meeting, or contact Jim or Alan to arrange pickup.

Also remember that we have a collection box in the foyer for non-perishable food items to be donated to Manna Food Bank. The need is ongoing, and so is our donation drive.

Best wishes, Steve

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“Inward Activism and Outward Prayer” with Dan Snyder

Posted by admin on Apr 13, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News, Peace & Justice, spiritual enrichment

On May 2 after rise of Meeting our Adult Spiritual Enrichment program will be a forum with Dan Snyder, current clerk of Swannanoa Valley Meeting. Dan will lead us in an exploration of how non-violence can inform our spirituality and activism.

For more information, click here.

 
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Friends Digest

Posted by admin on Mar 6, 2010 in Meeting Events, spiritual enrichment

Dear Friends,

After rise of Meeting this week we will have our third session of
Quakerism 101, on the subject of “Quietism, Activism, and Evangelism”, covering the 200 year period from George Fox’s death to the end of the 19th Century.

We are still collecting non-perishable food items to donate to Manna Food Bank. Thanks to everyone who has been faithful in contributing to this effort.

Steve

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