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Our meeting was postponed due to inclement weather, and held on 11/23 after rise of Meeting. Read more…
Early on the morning of 11/16, with a few snowflakes swirling in the brisk, chilly wind, a dozen stalwart Friends gathered to enjoy a storytelling session with Laurel Wells and an Autumn leaf making activity. Laurel’s storytelling was highly entertaining. She told the tale of a prince who thought he was a turkey, with an uplifting theme of accepting each person as they are. She shared a reading about Margaret Fell, and then we all joined in for an interactive story about a house with one guest too many. Your reporter had the dubious honor of being that last guest!
We produced a goodly variety of Autumn leaves, cut out of heavy paper and painted or colored with various degrees of intensity and skill. The leaves were displayed on the Meeting room walls during worship.
Our hour of worship was very quiet on 11/16, as we sat in expectant waiting. Nearly at the end of the hour, one Friend spoke of seeking an answer to the question “Why am I here?” At last, the Friend said, an answer came: “We are love”. Our time of sharing joys and sorrows departed from the usual personal burdens as one Friend expressed concern for rising racism and another the joyful sense of unity with our fellow beings.
This sentiment, aptly expressed in the opening message in last week’s Meeting for Worship, ran through the numerous offerings during the hour. Partisan politics are normally off limits during our Meetings for Worship, but last week’s outpouring of joy, relief, and hopefulness seemed universally welcomed, as a spirit of exuberant lightness filled our time together. As we celebrated a milestone in our nation’s awakening to a new level of equality, we were at the same time reminded that our Quaker testimony of equality also encompasses those who supported the other candidate, many of whom are, understandably, angry and fearful. We were also mindful that our joy in the victory for racial equality was tempered by a stinging defeat for equality of gender identities. “Rosa sat so Martin could walk; Martin walked so Obama could run; Obama ran so our children can fly.”
Phil brought in his button-making materials and equipment last week and several Friends young and old made buttons of their choice during our first hour intergenerational. Some made buttons with Quaker themes, some were just colorful symbols, and a few of our younger folk felt moved to make “Obama” buttons even though the election is over. It was fun for all ages, our only regret being the shortness of time. As the worship hour rapidly approached, the entire enterprise moved to the foyer, several Friends waiting appreciatively as Phil and Robin diligently finished assembling the buttons in Phil’s hand-operated button press.
Clerk: Barbara Esther
Co-Recording Clerk: Jen Rhode (email@example.com)
Present: Jim Barton, Lynnora Bierce, Gary Briggs, Bobby Carter, Christy Gjelfriend, George Gjelfriend, Joy Gossett, Rylin Hansen, Pat Johnson, Katherine Kowal, Steve Livingston, Phil Neal, Kitti Reynolds, Alan Robinson, Rob Waskom, Adrianne Weir, Nicholas Wells (baking cookies for us), Robin Wells.
Opening Worship at 12:15
We began with a short period of silent worship.
The Clerk shared the following reading:
To read the Scriptures is to look in a mirror and find our own inner life, both as individuals and as a community, reflected in the lives of our spiritual forebears. Reading the Scriptures is an experience of growing self-knowledge. The life experiences of Biblical characters are analogous to our own; their spiritual conditions are ours. Reading the Bible is therefore an event of self-discovery, as we are taught by the same Spirit that inspired the written words of Scripture.
On the morning of 10/26, a few dozen Friends, friends, and family gathered to share their memories of our recently departed Alice Brown. It was only a little solemn, for the most part it was an occasion of joy to acknowledge how her presence, her wisdom, her humor, and her example had benefited so many of us so profoundly. Our remembrances of Alice spilled over into the regular Meeting for Worship, and continued into the time of our shared meal.
If you have a memory of Alice you would like to share I will post it for you on the Alice Brown Memorial Page. Just send me an email.