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Silent answers

Posted by admin on Apr 30, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend shared her spiritual journey:

When I was a young Presbyterian, my father was the pastor. About the age of 13, I discovered that I didn’t necessarily agree with what my father was talking about. At that point I didn’t know the difference between mysticism and religion. I felt the need for direct experience, which had to wait until I was out in the world. I went looking for a a group of people with whom I could share that feeling. I tried a lot of churches, staying with each enough time to give them a “real try.” But I always eventually came up with, “Nope. It’s not here.” I just couldn’t find at feeling of connection. Then I came to sitting in silence and waiting for the spirit to speak through myself and others. I found my home here because no one was telling me what the answers are. The answers are in finding the silence and waiting on the spirit.

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Looking for other things

Posted by admin on Apr 30, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend asked:

Do I look to science for my answers? I look to other sources as well. When I have a decision to make, I look to other sources for guidance and wisdom, but not to science. But then, decisions are not always what I’m looking for.

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Oh wow!

Posted by admin on Apr 29, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend offered:

I have had a number of “Oh wow!” moments. I have discovered that the more I know, the more I realize that I don’t know. I cannot wrap my mind around the whole universe and all of its complexity. What would the point of it all be if there were no sentient beings to bear witness? I think that among the reasons we are here is to learn to love and to observe the wondrous workings of creation and say, “Oh Wow!”

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A welcome to our UU siblings

Posted by admin on Apr 28, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend welcomed the presence of UU visitors, who he said give him a warm feeling. We connect with these folks although we speak the truth in different dialects. This Friend grew up in the company of a UU who had good feelings about us. He once gave a “sermon” at a UU church and wondered how it would be received. The minister offered him this challenge: “You shouldn’t drop your words at the end of each sentence.” So we can be warmed by the UU presence, but we must stay on our toes.

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Measuring the Divine

Posted by admin on Apr 27, 2009 in Meeting News

Another Friend shared:

There are things called “wavicles” which become waves or particles only when you measure them. Apparently some things don’t become real until we take an interest in them. So every thought, feeling, or contact has an influence on the whole, wider world. Maybe that’s where the contact is. Maybe if we look for G*D we can find it in ourselves.

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The universe is missing

Posted by admin on Apr 26, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend shared:

I look to science for my answers. We’ve known for some time that 95% of the “stuff” of the universe is dark matter and dark energy, and we have no idea what it is. I recently learned that of the remaining 5% no one has any idea where half of it is either. That came as a surprise to me: How did they know that half of ordinary matter and energy is missing? Put in another perspective, if science can’t find 97.5 % of the universe, how reliable are its answers?

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A wedding in Atlanta

Posted by admin on Apr 21, 2009 in Other Events, Passages

Friends are invited to a celebration of marriage at Atlanta Friends Meeting between Hanna McDermott and Laura MacNorlin. The wedding will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 10 a.m.They ask that attenders RSVP prior to Friday, May 1st via their website: http://hannahandlaura.friendlypilgrim.com

The ceremony will be followed by a potluck provided by local folks.

Accommodations will be available with local Quaker families, or you can bring and roll out a mat at the Atlanta Friends Meeting. If you’d like help finding hotel accommodations, you can email Laura at macnorlin@gmail.com. Please include your Friday lodging preference in your RSVP.

On Saturday night there will be a group camp-out at Indian Springs State Park. This is bed camping, not tents. Bring your own pillows and bedding, meals will be provided on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There is a dining hall, beach/boating area, and open playing field.

Questions or comments? Post them on their website, or email macnorlin@gmail.com. Jonah McDonald and Dana Goldman are coordinating the RSVPs and will reply to help you.

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Thanks to our representatives

Posted by admin on Apr 19, 2009 in Meeting News

Our Peace and Earth Committee recently sent a letter to our State Representative Susan Fisher, thanking her for supporting House Bill 472, calling for a moratorium on the Death Penalty in North Carolina. The letter points out the number of inmates whose conviction and/or sentence has been shown to be racially motivated. You can read the letter here.

The same letter was sent to State Senator Martin Nesbitt for his support of the Bill.

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A visit with Elliot Adams

Posted by admin on Apr 18, 2009 in Other Events

Elliott Adams, past president of Veterans For Peace, visited Asheville last week to give a workshop on nonviolent activism at UNCA. Adams was a paratrooper in the infantry, and served in Vietnam, Japan, Korea, and Alaska. He is now a Nonviolent Training Coordinator for Veterans For Peace. He is dedicating his life to stopping this war and stopping all war.

In addition to the workshop, Adams spoke to a larger gathering, and engaged in a bit of direct action with local Vets for Peace and other activists.

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You can read more about this event at the Asheville War Resisters’ League blog:

Taxes, Tea, and Fireside Conspiracy

Thanks to Clare Hanrahan for the excellent reporting!

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Situation wanted: gifted Friend seeks summer position

Posted by admin on Apr 10, 2009 in Meeting News

Our beloved young Friend Stephanie Gossett will be among us this summer, and some fortunate person will be able to provide her with a means of earning money while she is here. In addition to her well known gift of spreading sunshine and light wherever she is present, she is also a skilled office worker and fundraiser, and is great with kids.

If you or someone you know would like to avail yourself of this opportunity, contact Steffie at sggosse06@earlham.edu.

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