Friends Digest Vol 73, Issue 3

Posted by admin on Mar 27, 2010 in Meeting Events

Dear Friends,

This weekend being the fourth of the month, we will have our monthly “Sandwich Sunday” potluck after rise of Meeting. Friends are encouraged to bring healthful homemade items to share, and please remember to label ingredients for those among us with dietary restrictions.

It also happens that this Sunday is what many Christian denominations refer to as “Palm Sunday”. Of course we Quakers don’t commemorate particular days as being “Holy” days; i.e., “holidays”. Or do we? Our Sandwich Sunday table discussions will be on the query “What is your practice around the observation of Easter?” For example, it has been the practice of our Meeting for many years to have an Easter Egg Hunt.

In addition, this Sunday we will have our first Gary Briggs Memorial
Hike! Directly after Sandwich Sunday, or at 12:30, whichever comes
first, we will gather in the parking lot and carpool down to the North Carolina Arboretum. This will be a very easy, family-friendly hike on a level (relatively) one-mile interpretive trail around the main campus.
Even those who are unable to cover that distance are welcome to join us and browse gardens, the exhibit center, and the gift shop, which will be open Sunday afternoon, after having been closed for the Winter season.
We will return to the Meetinghouse by 3:45. Note that there is a fee of ,$8 per vehicle, so please be prepared to contribute.

Best wishes,


Events of Interest

Posted by admin on Mar 24, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Our Friends

Our loyal and dedicated Friend, Susan Oehler, creates an occasional
posting of announcements of peace activities in the Asheville area.
I’m sure some of you are ON her listing of interested folks — Friends and otherwise. But, this is such a splendid compilation that I wish to forward a few of the current ones, with Susan’s email address, that if you ARE NOT already receiving these and might like to, all you’d need to do is to let Susan hear from you: Dancewater2@gmail.com.
Read and note the times and places. Enjoy. Jim
Post Script: Note co-sponsorship of AFM on the first listing…..

WEAPONS IN SPACE on March 25 at 7 PM

“WEAPONS IN SPACE?”at The UNCA Reuter Center. Western NC Physicians for Social Responsibility sponsors Karl Grossman, who will offer his message as a question, while alerting us about our nation’s plans to weaponize and “dominate” space. He will speak on the importance of keeping Space for Peace. Karl has been an investigative journalist for 40 years, is a professor in the State University of New York system, host of nationally aired TV programs and radio commentary, author of six books including “Cover Up: What You Are Not Supposed to Know About Nuclear Power;” and winner of a John Peter Zenger award plus others. This event is free for all to attend. Please come for light refreshments at 6:30 prior to the program.

Other sponsors: Amnesty International UNCA Chapter, Asheville-Buncombe League of Women Voters, Common Cause NC, Haywood Peace Fellowship, Helen Tarasov Reed Fund, International Studies UNCA, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Southern Energy Network, UNCA Student Environmental Center, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville Social Justice Team; Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, Social Justice Council; Warren Wilson College, Peace Studies Program; War Resisters League, Southeast; WNC Chapter, United Nations Association / USA; World Affairs Council of WNC; Peace & Earth Committee of Asheville Friends Meeting; WNC Veterans for Peace,
Chapter 99.

PEAK OIL AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE on March 26 at 1 PM and March 31 at 6:30 PM

Peak Oil and Community Resilience – The challenge of Peak Oil will
require us to rethink the current system. Presented by: Laura
Lengnick, Ph.D. Director, Sustainable Agriculture Program, Department of Environmental Studies, Warren Wilson College. This is a free event. This program will be presented twice: Wednesday, Friday, March 26th 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Riceville Community Center, 2251 Riceville Rd, Asheville, and March 31st 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Ransom Fellowship Hall, Warren Wilson College.

SECOND ANNUAL FREEDOM BALL on April 1 at 7 PM Grey Eagle Music Hall, Asheville

Two years ago Asheville resident Edward Chapman was released from North Carolina’s death row after serving almost 15 years for murders he didn’t commit. The state sent him out the back door of Central Prison with the clothes on his back and not even a “We’re sorry,” after stealing half of his adult life. Local death penalty opponents have organized a second celebration of his release. Current Invention, James Richards and Taryn Strauss, more music TBA. Silent auction. For more information, contact Noel at noelnic@bellsouth.net


Transition Asheville is coordinating a tour of one of downtown
Asheville’s best kept secrets. The George Washington Carver Edible Park is a public orchard with over 40 varieties of fruits and nuts. It was planted on landfill on Parks and Recreation land 12 years ago by volunteers who had recently completed a Permaculture course and were enthusiastic about the concept of forest gardens. It is one of the very first parks of its type in the country and is visited by people of the neighborhood and office workers from the city looking for a little relief from the concrete. The park is a testimony that there can be abundance, diversity, and self reliance in high density urban areas. It is a place where community members can meet and share the communion of healthy, delicious food.
The tour will be lead by orchardist and Permaculture teacher Professor T. Bud Barkslip (a.k.a. Bill Whipple) who has been a volunteer steward of the edible parks around town for the last 5 years. Join Bill in cultivating a playful and creative spirit towards fruit cultivation.
The tour includes hands on experience in proper tree planting and you will learn what a food forest is and how to spread the edible park idea. Meet at the Stephens and Lee Recreation Center parking lot on April 3 at 11:00 a.m. You may arrive at 10:30 if you want to learn more about pruning fruit trees. The suggested donation for this tour is $10.00/person and all of the proceeds will go to to purchasing fruit and nut trees to replace ones that have died in the park.


Friends Digest

Posted by admin on Mar 12, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News, Our Friends

Dear Friends,

This coming first day we will have our monthly meeting for worship
giving attention to the business of our meeting. Clerk Katherine Kowal is out of town, so Adrianne Weir will be sitting in as clerk pro tem.
Please direct your committee reports, action items, and other concerns to her, along with our recording clerk Jen Ward as usual (IE, by the end of the day today – sorry this wasn’t posted yesterday, but i couldn’t access website – ed.)


Minutes of the second month meeting for business are posted on our website at


Our dear Friend Sarah Jane Thomas has suffered a couple of debilitating seizures and is now in Memorial Mission Hospital, room 719. Please contact a member of Pastoral Care Committee for further info on her status and what kind of visitation or contact is appropriate.

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Upcoming Retreat: Recreating Encounters With the Spirit

Posted by admin on Mar 9, 2010 in Other Events

From Evan Richardson:

Announcing an upcoming retreat offering in the mountains of western North Carolina for Friends longing for a sabbath experience and the opportunity to gather with other Friends interested in exploring more deeply what Spirit has for us as we enter corporately and individually into a place of rest in that which is Eternal and from which all Life and Truth arise! For more information go to

Flyer: Recreating Encounters With the Spirit

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Friends Digest

Posted by admin on Mar 6, 2010 in Meeting Events, spiritual enrichment

Dear Friends,

After rise of Meeting this week we will have our third session of
Quakerism 101, on the subject of “Quietism, Activism, and Evangelism”, covering the 200 year period from George Fox’s death to the end of the 19th Century.

We are still collecting non-perishable food items to donate to Manna Food Bank. Thanks to everyone who has been faithful in contributing to this effort.


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Children’s RE for First Day School, March 7th

Posted by admin on Mar 6, 2010 in Children's Activities, Meeting Events, religious education

Our Children’s RE group, is covering the New Testament as it pertains to our position on Faith as Quakers, as well as from a historical perspective, this Spring Session. Tomorrow, March 7th, , we will be talking about the Sermon on the Mount, and we will be constructing a model of the scene, with the Mount, and also a lake and desert, which will figure in subsequent lessons. This will be a really fun interactive hands-on event, modelling landscape, buildings, boats, and little little people, which we anticipate will be tremendous fun for all! (As well as being informative and thoughtful!) We hope that those of you with children will be able to bring them for this wonderful class, while joining us for silent worship.
Peace, Rylin

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Up date on People of Faith for Just Relationships

Posted by admin on Mar 6, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events

From Jim Cavener:

The following is a listing of some media reports on our recent
press conference where 29 local religious leaders endorsed the
Asheville City Council’s decision to offer domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couple city employees. Of course there is vocal
opposition, but when the Blabtists held their opposition event, only
four pastors attended, so….
The second listing (below) — WSPA, Channel 7 (CBS) —
misquotes me twice, but shows nice images of Alan and me in our signature striped scarves (it was COLD that morning!) and shows Alan standing with the clergy, representing AVL Friends Meeting Clerk Katherine Kowal who is in Ohio. He’s in back row on the top step, in his jaunty black leather cap. As a member of Ministry and Counsel he qualifies. Others featured are Rabbi Rob Cavelli of Beth Israel Synagogue, Byron Ballard a Wiccan Priestess, and other good folks.
Watch with interest…We are making strides.
Coverage of Faith Leaders’ News Conference, March 4, 2010
Sponsored by People of Faith for Just Relationships (PFJR)
Asheville, North Carolina

Following is an update letter from Monroe Gilmour:

Good morning Coalition/PFJR friends,

Attached are the News Release and the Statement of Support thatmwent out from People of Faith for Just Relationships including the names of 29 faith leaders who had signed the Statement.

Below are links to radio, TV, and newspaper coverage of the News Conference:

WLOS Channel 13 (ABC) Asheville “City of Asheville debates domestic partner benefits” March 4, 2010

WSPA Channel 7 (CBS) Spartanburg, SC “Religious leaders support benefits for gay couples in Asheville” March 4, 2010

Asheville Citizen-Times “Asheville-area faith leaders speak out for
gay partner benefits” by Joel Burgess March 4, 2010 Front Page Story

WWNC-570 AM Asheville, NC “Same-sex benefits getting show of
support” (includes video)

MountainXpress Asheville, NC “Faith leaders thank Asheville City
Council for gay-benefits vote” by Jon Elliston, March 4, 2010

Scrutiny Hooligans blog “Have Faith” by Michael Muller March 4, 2010

Thanks to First Congregational United Church of Christ for hosting PFJR and the event and to the church’s staff and congregation for organizing coffee, tea, good snacks, and a warm hearth for everyone.
It was truly an uplifting morning!

Monroe Gilmour
Coalition for Equality

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Invitation ~ VFP 099 Open House ~ March 14

Posted by admin on Mar 4, 2010 in Local Social Action, Other Events, Peace & Justice

On Sunday, March 14, from noon to 6:00pm, the Western North Carolina Chapter of Veterans For Peace will host an open house with entertainment, refreshments, and information at their new downtown Asheville headquarters at the Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut, 1-D (downstairs).

The entertainment program will include music with Stack Kenny and Donna Schutt, and Lyle Petersen as featured performers; poetry and stories from chapter members; a tribute to the late Howard Zinn (a longtime VFP member); and two films. The live entertainment is scheduled from 2 to 4pm.

The film, Scarred Land and Wounded Lives: the Environmental Footprint of War, will be shown at 12:30; Rethink Afghanistan will run at 4:30.

Chapter members will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Kim Carlyle, Chapter 099 president

VFP CHAPTER 099: http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/
WAR CRIMES TIMES:http://www.WarCrimesTimes.org/
No pressure, no diamonds.
— Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

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Attn: Asheville Sunday Pritchard Park Volunteers

Hello Asheville Sunday Pritchard Park Volunteers: First Congregational UCC Church would like to show their appreciation for what you do, with a reception, 5 – 7 PM March 11, followed by a short awards presentation. See further details here.

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