“Advocating With Compassion” Training

Posted by admin on Feb 28, 2015 in Digest, Meeting News, Other Events, Other Social Action

Join Creation Care Alliance of WNC from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 5 for an Advocating with Compassion training at the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville.

In preparation for their trip to Raleigh on March 25 for Advocacy Day, Susannah Tuttle, Director of NC Interfaith Power and Light, and Veronica Shingleton, NCIPL’s Communications and Advocacy Consultant, will lead us in a one-hour training on a compassionate way to speak to our legislators. Join us for this essential skill-building event. Dinner and discussion will follow the training.

Please RSVP so we can have enough food for everyone.

Date: Thursday, March 5
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave.
Cost: Free
Registration Deadline: March 4 at 5 p.m.



Friends Support Love Of Reading In Swaziland

Posted by admin on Jan 12, 2014 in Digest, Meeting News, Other Social Action, Peace & Justice

Once again, Asheville Friends have been led to make a very substantial donation to support fundamental and profound change in quality of life for people living far from our own geographic and economic place in the world. At our twelfth month 2013 meeting for business, Friends approved fully funding the Vusumnotfo reading project in Swaziland, the latest effort of Stephanie Gossett’s Peace Corps career, to provide a home for the several thousands of books that have already been donated to promote a love of reading and learning among Swazi youth.

Over $6000 was donated from the Alice Brown Fund, which Friends thought especially appropriate because of Alice’s connections to Southern Africa and her unflagging support of the leadings of young Friends in our Meeting. Friends were hesitant to make such a large donation without taking the time for deeper seasoning, but in the end were moved by the urgency of the need and influenced by memory of Alice’s frequent advice to “just get on with it”.

One Friend, reflecting more recently on our support of Stephanie’s work in Africa, shared these thoughts:

“To Friends, seeing the photos and reading the reports on teaching reading in Swaziland make me feel delighted to be a member of our Meeting, and glad to be sending support to Stephanie to do this work.”


2013 FGC Gathering: At the Growing Edges Of Our Faith

Posted by admin on Dec 23, 2012 in Digest, Other Events

FGC is “Friends General Conference”, the national organization representing “unprogrammed” Quaker Meetings in the U.S. Every summer they host a “gathering” to nourish, refresh, inform, and connect about 1,000 attenders from all parts of the country. The upcoming annual gathering takes place June 30-July 6 at the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley, CO.

For more information on this year’s gathering, check out their newsletter:

FGC Gathering Update, Winter 2012-2013

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friends Digest, Vol 81, Issue 3

Posted by admin on Nov 19, 2010 in Digest

Dear Friends,

After Meeting for Worship at 12:00 this coming Sunday Evan Richardson, Peter Buck, and Joy Anna Hodges will offer a taste of the deepening worship they have been called to in the last year… They call it “Embodied Quaker Worship” and invite folks to join them by saying –
“Quakers have been known to have: bodies, voices, stories, songs, dances, curiosity, a desire to celebrate life… all while standing before a world in great need… and while listening for the guidance of the “still small voice”. We’ve been heeding a call to bring all these things together. And we’ve been doing it by weaving together extended Quaker worship with the respectful, playful exploration of the creative spirit that is offered by doing “InterPlay”.
“We have found that such Embodied Quaker Worship speaks to a good number of Friends. At our 1st retreat given in May, and at presentations given to the School of the Spirit, at Nashville’s Regional Retreat, and at Celo’s Meeting House we have had Friends play and worship and affirm how satisfying it is to bring more of themselves to worship… and how good it is to offer Spirit a greater vocabulary with which to communicate truth and life to us… and how their sense of community quickly deepened.”
Please join us for Embodied Quaker Worship from 12:00 to 3:00.

Best wishes,

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