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Friends Digest, Vol 82, Issue 1

Posted by admin on Dec 3, 2010 in spiritual enrichment, Uncategorized

Dear Friends,

The Spiritual Enrichment program scheduled for this week at rise of Meeting – Quakerism 101, session 1 – is being postponed. Our next Spiritual Enrichment offering will take place on 3rd Sunday, 12/19, when Peace and Earth Committee will lead a presentation of FWCC’s “Consultation on Global Change”.

Best wishes,
Steve

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friends Digest, Vol 80, Issue 3

Posted by admin on Oct 16, 2010 in spiritual enrichment

Dear Friends,

Please join us this week at Meeting for worship, social time, and an
adult spiritual enrichment offering of “Worship With All Creation”.
Rylin H and Eric S will facilitate this exercise in awareness of the
spiritual presence that dwells within all aspects of the world around
us, and reverence for the sacred within the living earth.

Best wishes,
Steve

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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 75, Issue 3

Posted by admin on May 14, 2010 in Meeting Events, Meeting News, Our Friends, sayma

Today’s Topics:

1. this week at Meeting (Steve Livingston)

Dear Friends,

This week after rise of meeting for worship, we will have our usual social time with an emphasis on bidding farewell to our dear Friend Ellen Frerotte, who along with her husband Jim will be moving to West Virginia. Then, during the second hour Adult Spiritual Enrichment, we will have sharing of spiritual journeys with Edie Patrick, our new Friend from Tennessee, and . . . Ellen Frerotte!

Also, Friends who are planning to attend the SAYMA Gathering next month, don’t forget the deadline for registration without paying a late penalty is May 15. That would be this Saturday. Fortunately, you can download the registration form. Just go to sayma.org and click on “what’s new”.

Best wishes,
Steve

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Quakerism 101

Posted by admin on Dec 5, 2009 in Meeting Events

Dear Friends,

Coming up this week after rise of Meeting is the first installment of
Quakerism 101. In a break from traditional Q101 presentations, we will
begin with modern times and work our way back, rather than starting with
George Fox and Margaret Fell and working forward. This week we will
examine the many different faces of Quakerism in the world today, and
try to digest some Quaker alphabet soup. We will have a “What kind of
Quaker are you?” exercise, and find out which Quaker orgs speak to your
condition.

Hope to see you all on Sunday!

Best Wishes,
Steve

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11/15/09 Right Livelihood and Right Sharing Discussion

Posted by admin on Nov 15, 2009 in Meeting Events, Meeting News

This First Day a discussion on right livelihood, right sharing, and sustainability was held, under the auspices of the Spiritual Enrichment program. The discussion was facilitated by Tom Edelson and Jim Barton. Tom and Jim each spoke for about ten minutes, followed by questions and discussion.

Tom spoke of being employed by a company whose policies toward their employees were not fair and equitable, but a cavalier attitude prevailed about that within the management.  he spoke of his decision to resign rather than continue in their employ, thus being in a sense complicit with their actions.

Jim then spoke on the subject of the ratio of petroleum based energy used, in calories, to the calories present in the food thus produced. He  spoke as well of the carbon and energy impact of other goods we use, and spoke of the concept of the transitional city vision.

Participants spoke on both their personal experiences in seeking a more sustainable lifestyle and on their hopes and visions for where the future direction of sustainable options might offer opportunity for more choice both on a personal and larger societal level. A member spoke of having bought an alarm clock made in China, only to have it stop working as soon as it had fallen on the floor once. She reported feeling quite conflicted about this, and having spent money that went into the Chinese economy, which is exploitative of its people.  Another  member spoke of her sense of both hope and inspiration for action on her own part by the younger generation of Friends, particularly those she had met through SAYF.  Yet another member spoke of what she had learned living in Central America from the residents there about living on a very simple level. Another spoke on how sometimes choices can be conflicted by economic pressures.

Members present were positively affected by ideas on how we can move toward greater involvement. A mention was made of further presentation possibilities to be put together by the recently formed ad hoc Sustainability Committee.  Further updates will follow on that endeavor.

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Upcoming: Book discussion

Posted by admin on Aug 13, 2009 in Meeting Events

This week, in the hour prior to Meeting for Worship, we will continue our series of discussions on the book “Three Cups of Tea”. This week we will discuss how the book has inspired us. Queries for guidance:

* How has the book affected what you think, say, or do with regard to Afghanistan, Pakistan, or the religion of Islam?

* How has the book affected your beliefs or actions with regard to speaking truth to power?

* What actions have you been inspired to take, or felt supported in taking, as a result of reading the book?

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Upcoming: Three Cups of Tea Discussion

Posted by admin on Jul 27, 2009 in Meeting Events

This week during first hour at Meeting we will continue our discussion of the book “Three Cups of Tea.” The subject of our discussion this week will be “Mountain Folk”. The mountain people Mortenson tries to help are fierce yet extremely hospitable, kind yet rigid, determined to better themselves yet stuck in the past. What similarities, and differences, do you see between them and the “mountain people” we live amongst in this region? Mortenson reflects upon receiving hate mail in the wake of 9/11 that “I expected something like this from an ignorant village mullah, but to get those kinds of letters from my fellow Americans made me wonder whether I should just give up.” Have you had similar experiences with intolerance here in Western North Carolina? How did/do you react to them?

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Upcoming: Three Cups of Tea Discussion

Posted by admin on Jul 16, 2009 in Meeting Events

This week during first hour at Meeting we will continue our discussion of the book “Three Cups of Tea.” Our discussion will focus on one of the central messages of the book, that we each as individuals have the power to change the world, “one cup of tea at a time”. At the same time, the book powerfully dramatizes the obstacles in the way of this philosophy: bloody wars waged by huge armies, prejudice, religious extremism, cultural barriers. What do you think of the “one cup of tea at a time” philosophy? How much is your own activism informed by that philosophy? Do you think Mortenson’s work is really making a difference in the world? Is your own?

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The testimony of Community

Posted by admin on May 3, 2009 in Meeting News

This First Day, we continued our exploration of Quaker Testimonies with a discussion of “Community”. We read the “Ten Ingredients of Successful Community” and “Four Stages of Community” by Scott Peck, and discussed how his perceptions did or did not resonate with each of us. We also read the “Meeting Community” section of our SAYMA Faith and Practice, and agreed that it more closely resembled what we see as our Quaker Community. We talked about what it means to have a “measure of light” and how our community benefits from the accumulation of light that is contributed by each of its members. We also talked about the meaning of membership, and why some people might choose to remain attenders rather than “joining”.

It was a lively discussion, with many varying points of view respectfully presented and received. Thanks to all who participated!

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