Clerking Workshop In Chattanooga

Posted by admin on Feb 21, 2016 in Other Events

Chattanooga Friends Meeting is hosting a Clerking Workshop on Sat 16 April from 9 to 5. The workshop will be facilitated by Mary Ann Downey.

Anyone interested can visit Mary Ann’s website Decision Bridges and click on the workshop section then to Clerking with Joy and Confidence.

Hospitality can be provided if needed. The cost is $35 and lunch will be provided.

Aimee Allen is the contact person and the best way for people to contact her is at outreachcfm@gmail.com

Aimee Allen
Chattanooga Friends Meeting
Ministry and Oversight, clerk


“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.



Citizens’ Hearing On Carbon Pollution Rule

Posted by admin on Oct 19, 2013 in Other Events, Other Social Action

In September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) from new fossil fuel power plants and is now collecting comments from the public. Limiting pollution from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas will reduce the threat of climate disruption that is causing extreme weather events, droughts and wildfires.

Unfortunately, the EPA’s only public listening session in the Southeast is in Atlanta. As an alternative to attending an official EPA hearing, communities across the country will hold “Citizens’ Hearings” and all comments will be recorded and sent to the agency as an official public record.

Local and national environmental organizations have joined together to host a Citizens’ Climate Hearing at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 to give North Carolinians and other Southeastern residents the opportunity to speak to the EPA in support of carbon limits on new power plants.

Click HERE for more information about the rule.

Click HERE for more details on this event.


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 88, Issue 1

Posted by admin on Jun 18, 2011 in Meeting Events, Other Events

June 19 will be Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business.
Minutes from the previous meeting are posted at

Swananoa Valley Friends Meeting has invited us to a pot luck picnic at
their meeting house on July 16 at 4 p.m. This is a follow up of our
invitation to them last summer.
Paulette Meier will play music from her cd’s. She was artist in residence
at Pendel Hill. We played one of her chants at Meeting for Business in
April. She also will provide music suited for children who are especially
invited to attend. Friends from Celo heard some of her music at SAYMA and have asked to be included.

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Attention Carolers:

Posted by admin on Jan 1, 2011 in Other Events, Our Friends

due to a quarantine in effect at Highland Farms, our caroling visit there will must be delayed until the quarantine is lifted. The charge nurse today indicated that she did not believe it would be lifted by tomorrow (First Day of First Month, first week of 2011), but that she highly encourages us to come sing next weekend assuming the quarantine is lifted by then.



friends Digest, Vol 81, Issue 4

Posted by admin on Nov 23, 2010 in Meeting Events, Other Events

Dear Friends,

Don’t forget we are having our Orphans’ Thanksgiving gathering on
Thursday at the Meetinghouse. Meeting, greeting, organizing, setting up, and setting out begins at 2 p.m., seating and eating will commence at 3 p.m. Adrianne and Nohe are providing the bird(s). Feel free to bring a dish, or just bring your appetite.

Also, Bob S. will have tickets to the Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer
Breakfast for as long as they last, but when they’re gone, they’re gone.
This year’s keynote speaker is Donna Brazile
. Tickets are $25.

Best wishes,

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State of Grace Document Workshop

Posted by admin on Oct 21, 2010 in Other Events

Another upcoming event which might be of interest to Asheville Friends and others oriented toward Peace at all levels of human interaction is this upcoming introductory workshop with the State of Grace creators, Maureen McCarthy and Zelle Nelson, which is being hosted by Transition Asheville.

From the annoucement material:

The State of Grace Document is a collaboration process used to establish healthier, more resilient business and personal relationships. It is currently being used in communities, corporations, small businesses, non-profits, churches, families, schools, between partners, couples, friends, siblings, etc. in countries around the world. This process can be used within any relationship situation that exists, and with as many people as are involved. The Document is often used to replace or enhance traditional legal contracts and provides a path back to peace if the need arises.

In this Workshop you will learn about designing and creating a State of Grace Document in order to: create a foundation and on-going practice within the relationship; enable you to pursue higher levels of consciousness in the community; and build a profound degree of internal cohesion.

Come to explore how the State of Grace Document can serve as a catalyst for a more supportive culture in Western North Carolina built on the trust, communication, and interdependence that will be needed if we are to thrive in an uncertain future.

Learn more about The State of Grace Document at www.stateofgracedocument.com.
Individual Transition Asheville supporters and community allies, please join us.
To register contact Jeanie Martin:

Event dates:
Wednesday November 3, 7-9 pm
~ or ~
Thursday November 11, 7-9 pm

First Congregational Church
20 Oak St., Asheville, NC
(park in back and look for the sign)

Registrations must be received by Oct. 27th
Cost is $10.00

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Upcoming events for the week of July 18, 2010

Posted by admin on Jul 19, 2010 in Other Events, Peace & Justice

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

7/22/10  TRANSITION ASHEVILLE MEETING 90-minute orientations consist of a 30-minute video and then some discussion.  They are the perfect event to bring friends and family to if you’d like them to know more about the Transition movement.  The following orientations are scheduled:  Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte and Edwin in Asheville, at 7 pm on Thursday, July 22. Also on the first Mondays of the month at Firestorm Cafe at 7 PM.
07/27/10 PEACETOWN MEETING This will be at the Top Floor Studio office http://www.topfloorstudio.com/index.php?/directions.html  at 58 ½ North Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC.  Time is 6:30 PM. When you follow the above link for directions, there are parking suggestions given. After 6, street parking is free and Rankin and Civic Center parking decks are also close. There will be a peacetown sign on the door.
09/11/10 GREEN PARTY PICNIC This will be at Riverside Park, time TBA. 1
1/20/10 STAND UP, STAND DOWN BY VETERANS FOR PEACE More information to come!


Event organizers:  Be sure to enter your events on our community calendars – MAIN, Mountain Express, and Asheville Citizen Times
The NAACP has a petition against racism and intolerance and hate.
   * I believe all Americans have equal rights and equal value.
   * I cherish the diverse cultures, beliefs, and values of America.
   * I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable.
   * I repudiate all acts of racism and hate, both in words and action.
   * I have faith in the promise of America – a promise built on mutual respect, common civility, and hope for a better tomorrow.
   * I commit to building that better America by participating actively and peacefully in the democratic process. We are one people. We are one nation. I’m an NAACP American. The NAACP is asking the Tea Party to denounce racism clearly and indisputably, and they’re succeeding. Just today the Tea Party Federation kicked out the entire “Tea Party Express” group over its leader’s hateful remarks. But more pressure is needed to make sure it doesn’t stop there. I just signed the pledge to make it known that I support the NAACP’s condemnation of all racist acts committed by members of the Tea Party. You can join me, and the NAACP, to stop the hate. Add your name to the pledge: http://action.naacp.org/AgainstHate As NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous said, “We’ve seen the signs, we’ve heard the slurs, and all we’re asking is for you to act responsibly and say there’s no space for bigots in the Tea Party.” Make sure the NAACP knows they have your support — sign the pledge: http://action.naacp.org/AgainstHate Thanks!


Kabuki Activism: Obama, Axelrod Engage on Unemployment Extension After Outcome Decided

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend of the White House ramping up its rhetorical machinery only after a gain has been secured. Organizing for America is becoming famous for sending out emails on votes where the outcome is pre-ordained; they did it last week with the Wall Street reform vote in the Senate, after enough Senators made their positions known to get to 60 votes. Now it’s happening again on unemployment insurance. President Obama’s weekly address was hard-hitting and actually welcome, slamming Republicans for opting to “filibuster our recovery and obstruct our progress.” David Axelrod followed up with an email to supporters.  The White House on Saturday deployed senior advisor David Axelrod to bolster President Barack Obama’s political attack on Senate Republicans for blocking extension of unemployment benefits.   Axelrod, echoing Obama’s weekly radio address, circulated an email that calls on Republicans to allow an up-or-down vote:   “Unemployment insurance is a vital lifeline for many families struggling to find work in these tough times. Over the past few weeks, that lifeline has disappeared for more than 2 million Americans, and if Congress doesn’t act, that number will grow to 3.2 million people by the end of this month,” Axelrod writes. I’m happy to see the White House enter the playing field on unemployment benefits, but this is a fait accompli. Fifteen minutes after Carte Goodwin gets sworn in on Tuesday as West Virginia’s newest Senator, the Senate will vote to proceed on the unemployment bill, and they will have the votes for passage.
Rest of the article here: http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/07/18/kabuki-activism-obama-axelrod-engage-on-unemployment-extension-after-outcome-decided/

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Upcoming events for the week of July 4, 2010

Posted by admin on Jul 5, 2010 in Other Events, Peace & Justice

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

07/04/10 – The start of SUMMER CAMP OUT NOW in DC with Cindy Sheehan.
This will be ongoing for a few weeks.

Members of the local Transition Town chapter introduce key concepts related to peak oil and community resilience at this 90 minute long orientation featuring video excerpts from “The End of Suburbia.

07/08/10 Transition Asheville Sustainability Potluck and Potlatch This is at Jubilee Church on Wall Street in downtown Asheville at 6 PM. Bring a dish, your own utensils, and an item to give away that still has useful life in it.

What if all the expectations you have about the future are completely wrong? “Blind Spot” is a documentary film that illustrates the current oil and energy crisis that our world is facing. Whatever measures of ignorance, greed, wishful thinking, we have put ourselves at a crossroad, which offers two paths with dire consequences. If we continue to burn fossil fuels we will choke the life out of the planet and if we don’t our way of life will collapse. Come see a showing of this film Friday, July 16 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place, in Asheville.

These 90-minute orientations consist of a 30-minute video and then some discussion. They are the perfect event to bring friends and family to if you’d like them to know more about the Transition movement. The following orientations are scheduled: Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte and Edwin in Asheville, at 7 pm on Thursday, July 22. Also on the first Mondays of the month at Firestorm Cafe at 7 PM.



Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square

Peacetown meets on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays. Contact Steve at earthsun2@gmail.com for more information.


Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville.


Women in Black have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square in Asheville

Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the Old Courthouse in Hendersonville

WORLD CINEMA EVERY FRIDAY at the Courtyard Gallery at the Phil Mechanic Building at 109 Roberts St in Asheville. Door opens at 7:30 PM and closes at 8 PM. Donations accepted. Film reviews at http://www.mountianx.com/movies. June’s theme is Japanese Cinema and July’s theme is Nationalist Films with a twist.

July 9“Ballad of a Soldier” (1959) – Grigori Chukhrai, Russia

July 16“King of Hearts” (1966) – Philippe De Broca, France

July 23
“Johnny Got His Gun” (1971) – Dalton Trumbo, USA

July 30 – “Europa Europa” (1990) – Agnieszka Holland, France


Transylvanians for Peace have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.


Veterans For Peace has a radio program on WPVM-103.5 FM at 5 PM every Wed. They are also on URTV on Wednesday at 7 PM.
VFP CHAPTER 099: http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/ WAR CRIMES TIMES:http://www.WarCrimesTimes.org/

RESERVE THE DATE: November 20, 2010 — “Stand Up / Stand Down” Diana Wortham Theater, Asheville, NC
Visit VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street (the corner of Haywood and Roberts), Asheville, 28801. 828-258-1800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              828-258-1800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Hours: Tue-Sat 11 to 3 pm
The above is a new location and is in the River Arts District.


Abused by the Taliban. Battered by the Pakistani army. Attacked by U.S. Drones.
Protect civilians in northwest Pakistan from suffering in a hellish human rights free zone.

When I saw people putting the dead bodies of my children, parents, and other relatives in bed I couldn’t bear it anymore and fell on the ground. I lost my sense…as if hell fell on me.” This shocking testimony comes from a 25-year old Pakistani man who lost nine family members when two shells, fired by Pakistani security forces, hit his house. Far from an isolated incident, the civilian killings took place in the alarmingly violent and lawless tribal areas of northwest Pakistan. The residents in these regions are subject to horrific abuses by the Pakistani Taliban and have no legal protection by the Pakistani government. Most disturbing is the fact that they are increasingly attacked on three different fronts – by the Taliban, by the Pakistani army and by U.S. Drone strikes. Yet the suffering of the people of this area has been ignored, sacrificed in the name of geopolitical interests. Blow off the veil of silence. Sign our petition urging the U.S. Government to face the human right crisis in northwest Pakistan.


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