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Youth Celebration

Posted by admin on May 31, 2009 in Meeting Events, Meeting News

Last week after rise of worship we celebrated the youth in our Meeting, recognizing each child with an introduction to the community and a gift. Most of our Young Friends are in the 8-10 year age range, with diverse interests and lots of exciting plans for the summer! We were blessed with the presence of Eli and Wyatt Windsor, Ocean LeMay, Miles Loftis, Nick Novak, and Sarah Wila and Paola Villatoro Weir, as we learned a little bit about each of them and about their future plans.

After the ceremony, we enjoyed the picture perfect weather with a picnic in the front yard. The kids expended some of their boundless energy running around, singing, screaming, and playing, while we sedentary adults enjoyed real meats and faux meats grilled to perfection by Jen and Landon, and a glorious spread of salads, side dishes, condiments, and toppings, provided by our regular attenders. Of course there were desserts, lots of desserts, and one of them was ice cream.

Our old Friend Kate Jayne came down from Sandymush Mountain and gifted us Friendly gardeners with dozens of vigorous seedlings from her Herb Nursery. Thank you Kate! And we were delighted to share the festivities with new Friends in our area Keira and Drew, just moved to Weaverville from State College PA and Monadnock NH. Welcome, Keira and Drew!

Grilling, playing, eating, and socializing continued well into the afternoon. Special thanks to Robin and Laura W (no relation) for organizing the event, and for all their diligent and faithful work with our youth.

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A call to witness

Posted by admin on May 26, 2009 in Meeting News

Speaking truth to power is a time-honored Quaker practice. How do we speak truth to power in the present day?

Two Asheville Friends, Susan O and Steve L, participate in a weekly news program that speaks truth to power by exposing underreported news that focuses on peace and social justice issues. Susan is led to witness to the suffering of non-combatants in war zones, and Steve feels called to bear witness to events that affect the lives of the world’s poorest people, especially in Africa and Palestine.

They are two among several members of the Global Report Radio Team, producing a weekly 30-minute news program. You can listen to their report, and subscribe to the news feed, by clicking here:

The Global Report Radio Edition

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A family tradition

Posted by admin on May 25, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend recounted a Memorial Day tradition in her family. Her mother would place flowers on the gravesites of our departed family. After her mother had passed away, her brother and sister (who still live in the old neighborhood) carried on the tradition. This Friend expressed her gratitude to her relatives for giving so much, including the traditions of the extended family.

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Finding the Divine in the ordinary

Posted by admin on May 24, 2009 in Meeting News, Uncategorized

A Friend recalled a poem from college about an eggplant. The Divine is present even in the most ordinary things. Weeding the garden, washing the dishes . . . when we are engaged in even the most ordinary chores, we can be aware of the Divine presence through mindfulness.

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Upcoming: Just Remnants

Posted by admin on May 23, 2009 in Other Events

JUST REMNANTS: PIECING A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY IN THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS, a conference on justice for the human community and the bioregion, will take place July 16-19 in Celo NC. The conference features award-winning poet and activist Thomas Rain Crowe and Thomas C. Peterson, a lead writer of the IPCC’s Nobel Prize winning fourth climate change assessment. Limited space, June 1 deadline for discounted registration. For more information and registration, click here.

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The privilege of centering

Posted by admin on May 23, 2009 in Meeting News, Uncategorized

A Friend recounted the Gospel story of Mary and Martha. Jesus is in the home of two sisters. One sister, Martha, is busy in the kitchen while the other sisterm Mary, sits at Jesus’ feet and listens to him. After some time, Martha comes out of the kitchen and asks Jesus whether her sister shouldn’t be helping her. Jesus replies that Martha worries about too many things, while Mary has chosen to do the one thing that’s most important. The Friend pointed out what a privilege we enjoy, having the opportunity to center down and focus on the one thing that’s most important.

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Love beyond the labels

Posted by admin on May 22, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend related that she had just seen the movie “The Wrestler”. In it, an opponent shoots staples into his body with a staple gun. We allow people to staple labels on us, she said, and we work the rest of our lives taking the staples out. But here in Meeting, she said she felt as though she were “sitting in the lap of the Lord” who makes us feel loved no matter who we are or what labels have been hung on us.

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Slow down, pay attention

Posted by admin on May 21, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend shared that she believed there is that of G*D in everyone, and so there had to be also that of god in her – that the whole of her is in the spirit. Believing that there is that in G*D in everyone, there is therefore that of G*D speaking to me through them. And so we should be triply aware in our daily lives to live in the spirit. Too busy? Then stand back and examine what’s happening, get a different perspective, try to be aware of the spiritual dimension, and live in that moment.

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Missing the spiritual dimension

Posted by admin on May 20, 2009 in Meeting News

A Friend shared his conviction that he is a spiritual being having an earthly experience, rather than an earthly being having a spiritual experience. As such, he believes that every experience has a spiritual dimension. But often he finds that he is not paying enough attention to Spirit in each moment he is living, and therefore he often fails to embrace the spiritual dimension of his experiences.

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NC Racial Justice Act

Posted by admin on May 15, 2009 in Meeting News

Recently our Peace and Earth Committee sent a letter to some of our State Representatives, either urging them to support the NC Racial Justice Act, or thanking them for doing so. The letters can be viewed here.

The NC Racial Justice Act attempts to address the tragic disparity in the rate of capital punishment meted out to persons of color compared to Caucasians. You can learn more about this disparity, and about the Racial Justice Act, in this brief document. Perhaps you will feel moved to write a letter yourself.

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