Posted by admin on Oct 26, 2008 in Meeting News
After our shared meal on 10/26, a few of us joined forces in our Fall work day. Participants aged nine to ninety – no kidding! from SaraWila to Phil Neal! – washed, swept, hammered, raked, pruned, dragged, scrubbed, removed old paint, and put on new paint. Special thanks to Adrianne Weir who toiled for hours removing the toxic paint from the window sill in the library. Not a pleasant task!
We were promised ice cream at 2 p.m., but the spirit of industriousness carried us into overtime, as we all seemed to be enjoying our tasks and the satisfaction of completing them in good order. All in all, a delightful way to spend a beautiful Fall afternoon with Friends. Not as good as a hike perhaps, but almost!
Posted by admin on Oct 15, 2008 in Meeting Events
Our Meeting’s residential retreat was held at the Glen Rock Inn at Montreat Conference Center last weekend. Nineteen Friends took the opportunity to examine their spiritual journeys together and deepen their relationships with one another, with the theme “Telling Our Stories”. Peter Buck and his friend Joy, who graduated from Earlham College with Lydia and Ben Hearne, led us through exercises to get in touch with our inner storytellers, and our inner dancers. We drew maps of our spiritual journeys and brought three favorite Bible stories into a modern Quaker context: the parable of the Good Samaritan, the parable of the Talents, and the story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. Several of us enjoyed an outdoor adventure on the Graybeard Trail on Saturday afternoon, and Joyce Rawlings-Davies led us at the end through an exercise to illustrate “where we are now in our spiritual journey”.
Both worship and fellowship were times of deep sharing, renewing our connections and forming new ones. We found out that we all have a lot of stories to tell, we practiced with tools to tell them better, and we experienced a coming together in both joy and sorrow through those stories. It was exhilirating! If you’d like to see a few photos from the retreat, just click here!
Posted by admin on Oct 12, 2008 in minutes
Clerk: Barbara Esther
Recording Clerk: Lynnora Bierce
Attendance: Rusty Maynard, Phil Neal, Steve Livingston, Alan Robinson, George Gjelfriend, Raelin Hansen, Joy Gossett, Robin Wells, Rob, Pat Johnson, Jim Cavener, Ellen Frerotte, Kristi Gjelfriend
Those of us known as ‘activists’ have sometimes been hurt by the written or spoken implication that we must be spending too little time on our spiritual contemplative lives. I do know many atheists who are active to improve the lot of humankind; but for those of us who are Friends, our attendance at meeting for worship and our silent prayerful times are what make our outer activity viable and effective – if it is effective.
I have similarly seen quieter Friends hurt by the implication that they do not care enough, because they are not seen to be ‘politically active’. Some worry unnecessarily that they may be doing things of a ‘less important’ nature, as if to be seen doing things by the eyes of the world is the same thing as to be seen doing things by the eyes of God. . . I suggest that we refrain from judging each other or belittling what each is doing; and that we should not feel belittled. We cannot know the prayers that others make or do not make in their own times of silent aloneness. We cannot know the letters others may be writing to governments, similarly. . . We were all made differently, in order to perform different tasks. Let us rejoice in our differences.
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Posted by admin on Oct 11, 2008 in Meeting News
Despite the distractions of this tumultuous election season and seemingly dire economic woes, the American Friends Service Committee stands as a steadfast witness to the overwhelming cost of continuing militarism, both here in the US and abroad. Now, thanks to the generosity of an AFSC donor, your support for their projects of peace and reconciliation can go twice as far. All contributions received during this month will be matched, dollar for dollar, by this benefactor. Click here to learn more about the work of AFSC. Click here to make a donation.
Posted by admin on Oct 10, 2008 in Permanent Entries
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.” Our Meeting has made such public proclamations in two principal areas: the peace testimony, and the testimony of equality. Click here to read the history of our Meeting’s discernments around the so-called “War on Terror”, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the equality of people of all gender identities and preferences.
Posted by admin on Oct 9, 2008 in Meeting News
Anne Morrison Welsh, a Swannanoa Valley Friend known to many of us at AFM, has published a memoir telling the story of the death of her first husband, Norman Morrison, in an act of self-immolation in protest against the Vietnam War, and her own journey to find acceptance, forgiveness, and recovery from life’s wounds. On Wednesday, 10/22, she read excerpts from her book to an eager crowd of about forty f/Friends at the Holy Ground gathering place on Orange Street. She’ll be reading again on Sunday, 10/26, at Common Light Meeting Place in Black Mountian, from 3:30-5pm. Our Meeting Library will soon have a copy available. Click here to read more about Anne’s book, or to order a copy for yourself.
Posted by admin on Oct 5, 2008 in Meeting Events
The new Celo Friends Meetinghouse is completed, and there will be a dedication ceremony and celebration on 10/12 (that’s next First Day!), beginning at 3pm with meeting for worship, followed by a potluck, and then singing at 7pm. Please if you plan to attend, rsvp to Geeta Jyothi.
Posted by admin on Oct 4, 2008 in Meeting Events
We will be celebrating the 90th birthday of our dear friend Phil N next Saturday, 10/11, at the Fountain Room at Highland Farms, 2-4pm. Phil’s daughter and her family will be there, along with many friends and Friends.