Our Festive Weekend Just Past:

Posted by admin on Aug 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

This week was a special one for AFM: we held our first joint Asheville Friends Meeting/Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting Potluck on Saturday evening, and on Sunday, we celebrated the recent marriage of Laura Maynard Lane to Doug Lane, and the transferral of membership of Edie Patrick to AFM from JCFM. These two potlucks in a row were wonderful feasts for minds and bodies! Our former Friend, and always friend, Phil Neal joined us along with about 15 other folks from SVFM.
For the second potluck, on First Day, Robin Wells made an enormous, delicious gluten-free chocolate cake which you could not tell didn’t have wheat or gluten in it – this was quite a treat, especially for our gluten-free folks! Many children joined us for these festivities, and this lent a great air of jollity to the whole event! We of course look forward to the return of these children, who are friends of one of our own.


Coming up at Meeting

Posted by admin on Aug 26, 2010 in Local Social Action, Meeting Events, Meeting News, Our Friends

Dear Friends,

This weekend is a time of food and fellowship as we join with Swannanoa Valley Friends for a potluck picnic on Saturday evening, and then celebrate two important milestones after rise of Meeting on Sunday.

Festivities will begin on Saturday at 5 p.m at the Meetinghouse as we gather with Friends from Swannanoa Valley Meeting for what we hope will be the first of many potluck get-togethers. As usual, Friends are encouraged to bring healthy, home-made offerings, and label the ingredients with a concern for those folks who have food sensitivities.

After rise of Meeting on Sunday, we will have a joint celebration of the recent marriage of Laura Maynard and Doug Lane and the transfer of membership of our now-longtime Friend Edie Patrick. Leftovers are likely but should not be taken for granted.

Also, Friends have the opportunity to contribute to the well-being of those less fortunate in our larger Asheville community in several ways.
First, we have our ongoing Manna Food Bank collection box in the foyer, waiting to be filled with canned goods and other non-perishable food items. Second, Friend Jim C. is collecting bed linens, blankets, and towels to be donated to A-Hope, Asheville’s primary access point for support services for homeless people. And third, Friend Susan O. is helping folks who are transitioning from homelessness to independent living by collecting small appliances, dishes, and tableware. If you have larger items such as furniture to donate, please contact her in advance. All other items can be brought to Meeting – along with your contributions to our weekend festivities!

Best wishes,

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Meeting News

Posted by admin on Aug 13, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News, spiritual enrichment

Dear Friends,

Coming up at Meeting this week, we will be launching our 2010-2011 adult Spiritual Enrichment program with a brainstorming session during the second hour, after rise of meeting. Just as we did last year, we will review the program offerings of the previous year and offer the committee suggestions for the coming year’s offerings. Please give some thought to your experiences with our last year’s spiritual enrichment program, and to what you would like to see, or be willing to help present, in the coming year.

Our Meeting’s planned daylong retreat with Dan Snyder has been postponed. But we will still have an opportunity to visit with him, along with many other Friends from the Swannanoa Valley Meeting, on 8/28, when our Meeting will be hosting a potluck picnic. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Please contact Katherine K for more information.

The next day, 8/29, after rise of meeting, we will have a potluck to welcome Edie Patrick as a member of our Meeting. Her transfer from Foxfire was approved at Meeting for Business last week. Hopefully there will be lots of leftovers from the previous evening.

Jim C and Alan R will be collecting towels and bed linens to donate to Homeward Bound, the umbrella organization that seeks to serve the needs of Asheville’s burgeoning homeless population. If you have any extras lurking in your closets, please bring them to meeting, or contact Jim or Alan to arrange pickup.

Also remember that we have a collection box in the foyer for non-perishable food items to be donated to Manna Food Bank. The need is ongoing, and so is our donation drive.

Best wishes, Steve

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friends Digest, Vol 78, Issue 1

Posted by admin on Aug 2, 2010 in Meeting Events

Dear Friends,

Next week we will have our monthly meeting for worship with attention to our Meeting’s business. Please plan to attend. In preparation for the meeting, please review the minutes from our sixth month meeting.


Please be sure to submit any committee reports or other matters of concern to the meeting asap so our clerk and recording clerk can prepare for the meeting in a timely manner.

Best wishes,

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Upcoming Events for the week of August 1, 2010

Posted by admin on Aug 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Provided for us by Susan Oehler

08/05/10 VETERANS FOR PEACE MEETING, CHAPTER 099 Our next chapter meeting will be Thursday the 5th at 6:30pm at HQ. Among the items of business:  Nominations for chapter officers. Contact Kim Carlyle  at kcarlyle@main.nc.us for more information.

08/06/10 Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima – 65 years ago.

08/09/10 Anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki – 65 years ago. Nuclear weapons are still with us.

08/11/10 PEACETOWN MEETING This will be at the Top Floor Studio office http://www.topfloorstudio.com/index.php?/directions.html  at 58 ½ North Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC.  Time is 6:30 PM. When you follow the above link for directions, there are parking suggestions given. After 6, street parking is free and Rankin and Civic Center parking decks are also close. There will be a peacetown sign on the door.

09/11/10 GREEN PARTY PICNIC This will be at Riverside Park, time TBA.

09/27/10 to 10/1/10 Be Peace Foundations Course This is in Charlotte at Unity of Charlotte , and is a multi-day event.  BePeace is a practice of coherence through appreciation, and connection to universal needs through empathy and honesty.  Lectures and experiential small group exercises will be used.  Registration fee.  For more information, go to  www.rasurinternational.org.

11/20/10 STAND UP, STAND DOWN BY VETERANS FOR PEACE More information to come!

Ongoing Events

Veterans for Peace have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square Peacetown meets on the first, third and fifth Tuesdays. Contact Steve at earthsun2@gmail.com for more information.

Haywood Peace Vigilers have a weekly vigil at 4 PM at Haywood Country Courthouse in Waynesville.

Women in Black have a weekly vigil at 5 PM at Pack Square in Asheville Women in Black have a weekly vigil at noon at the Old Courthouse in Hendersonville

WORLD CINEMA EVERY FRIDAY at the Courtyard Gallery at the Phil Mechanic Building at 109 Roberts St in Asheville.   Door opens at 7:30 PM and closes at 8 PM. Donations accepted.  Film reviews at http://www.mountianx.com/movies. SATURDAY Transylvanians for Peace have a weekly vigil at noon in front of the courthouse in Brevard.


VETERANS FOR PEACE INFORMATION Veterans For Peace has a radio program on WPVM-103.5 FM at 5 PM every Wed. They are also on URTV on Wednesday at 7 PM. VFP CHAPTER 099: http://vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com/ WAR CRIMES TIMES:http://www.WarCrimesTimes.org/
RESERVE THE DATE: November 20, 2010 — “Stand Up / Stand Down” Diana Wortham Theater, Asheville, NC Visit VFP HQ at the Phil Mechanic Studios: 109 Roberts Street (the corner of Haywood and Roberts), Asheville, 28801. (828-258-1800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              828-258-1800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting). Hours: Tue-Sat 11 to 3 pm The above is a new location and is in the River Arts District.

Actions and Readings


Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study. Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents. Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s.
Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.



Why Do We Gather at the Trident Base On This Day

“Lest We Forget’… that sixty-five years ago 150,000 people, mostly non-combatants, were instantaneously killed by atomic bombs dropped on the cities of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki ( August 9). Subsequently, many additional thousands of Japanese citizens died of radiation poisoning from these two US nuclear weapons. that there are more Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on the 5 Tridents and in the bunker area at Kings Bay than at any other place on the Planet.that the US will commit a staggering $ 170,200,000,000 ( billion that is) to the Trident system through the year 2032 yet leave its citizens without adequate health coverage, education, housing, jobs, etc …
(www.nationalpriorities.org/sources/tradeoffsources.html) that while the Deep Water Horizon accident threatens all sea-life in the Gulf, a Trident accident threatens all life on the planet. that the 14 U.S. Trident submarines have the real capability to kill more than 14,300,160,000 (14 billion) people, which is 2 & 1/3 times the Planet’s population.
We come on this day to stand for a few hours at the main gate of this site of ultimate destruction lest we forget the awful and awesome reality of the nuclear age. Trident is the end of the world. Come stand with us and begin to build a new world before it is too late.
Join us.
Sponsored by: The FROM TRIDENT TO LIFE CAMPAIGN in the Southeast and
Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice.



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