Friends Digest, Vol 75, Issue 4

Dear Friends,
This Saturday, the 22nd of May, at the Common Light Meeting Place, 137 Center Ave. in Black Mountain, occasional Asheville attender Lena Feldman will celebrate her marriage to Ryan Lane. The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. All Asheville Friends are invited. A vegetarian pot luck follows immediately. RSVP’s are appreciated, call 828-242-1954 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              828-242-1954      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
On Sunday, following Meeting for Worship, we will have our monthly “Sandwich Sunday” potluck. Friends are asked to be mindful of food sensitivities in our community and avoid peanuts or peanut products and label the ingredients in your offerings.
Shortly after our potluck has adjourned, at 2 p.m., the WNC Chapter of the ACLU will hold their annual membership meeting at the Meetinghouse. The guest speaker will be renowned historian and author Dr. Dan Carter. There will be a brief business meeting of the WNC Chapter, and the 2010 “Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award” will be bestowed upon Asheville Friend Bob Smith, for his tireless efforts as director of the Asheville Buncombe Community Relations Council and his volunteer work promoting the NC Racial Justice Act and the City of Asheville’s Civil Liberties Resolution. The meeting is free and open to the public. Attenders should expect to be invited to join!
The presentation by Turtle McDermott of West Knoxville Friends Meeting on her work with the Alternatives to Violence Project in Rwanda, originally scheduled to take place at the Meetinghouse next Tuesday, the 25th, has been rescheduled for Monday the 24th at 4 p.m., at the home of Kay Parke at Highland Farms in Swannanoa. Call 669-0932 if you are interested in attending.
On Tuesday the 25th, friends are encouraged to attend a fundraiser for Haiti taking place at the Jack of the Woods pub on Patton Ave. downtown, 6 – 10 p.m. There will be live music and a silent auction of Haitian crafts. Admission is $10.
Finally, Friends who are interested in seeing and reading about Friend Ellen Frerotte’s new community in West Virginia can learn more in this article about the cooperative building of her husband Jim’s shop in their new “neighborhood” on Big Creek, near Alderson. Http://westvirginiaville.com/2010/05/building-stuff-with-a-lot-of-help-from-your-friends/
Best wishes, Steve

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Posted by admin on May 17, 2010 in Other Events, Our Friends, Passages

Lena Shallit Feldmann and Ryan Patrick Lane are having a big ole’ WEDDING Saturday, the Twenty-Second of May, Two-Thousand and Ten at Four O’Clock in the afternoon.

Common Light, the Swannanoa Valley Friends Meeting house and grounds down by the bend in the Swannanoa river.

137 Center Avenue in beautiful Black Mountain, North Carolina (28711)

Following the ceremony will be a raucous reception and vegetarian potluck dinner party.

Please, PLEASE respond via email or phone with your current street address and phone number if you think you may be able to attend.

Lena: c(828)242-1954, Ryan: c(828)423-8929

301 Rowland Road, Swannanoa, NC 28778

We are looking forward to seeing you in May!

Love, Lena & Ryan

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Proposed Comments on SAYMA Faith and Practice Revision

Posted by admin on Feb 11, 2010 in documents, Meeting News

Dear Friends,

Shortly after our 01/2010 meeting for business, the SAYMA Faith and Practice Revision Committee asked our Meeting to review their proposed changes to the “Marriage” section. Given the very short time frame between their request (about two weeks ago) and their next meeting (about two weeks hence), there was not sufficient time for Asheville Friends to engage in a good seasoning process, with an ad hoc committee meeting to determine what recommendations to propose, which could then be reviewed by the Meeting, further seasoned, and finally approved.

Instead, our clerk invited any Friend who felt led to consider the work of the Revision Committee to take a written copy of their proposals and submit their comments to her in advance of the business meeting. Five Friends took up the invitation and two Friends have written responses. The Meeting is being asked to review their recommendations to see if we can unite with them. Whichever of these recommendations we can unite with can then be submitted on behalf of our Meeting. If there are any of these recommendations that a Friend does not feel comfortable with, then those recommendations will not be submitted on behalf of our Meeting.

Our clerk asks that each of us take the time in advance of the business meeting to read over the proposed section as well as the recommendations being submitted, so that the time we have available to spend on this in business meeting can be devoted to discussion and discernment. The two Friends’ recommendations are attached to this email in a single pdf document. The proposed section on marriage can be found at the SAYMA website, at this link:

Marriage section, proposed revisions

Best wishes,

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