I’m pleased to share with you the latest online edition of The New England Friend.
One of the great joys of my work is getting to see new Life rising up in so many corners of our Quaker community. In a season when our society and our world seem besieged by conflict, violence and injustice, I find hope in the ways our meetings–at our best–can serve as circles of Light. I keep hearing stories of how we are helping one another find courage, seek deeper relationship with our neighbors and with Creation, and join with others to build the world of wholeness and right relationship that Jesus called the Reign of Heaven–and what Martin Luther King, Jr. called The Beloved Community.
As the demonstrations seeking deep change in response to the laying bare of systemic injustices mount across the country, and with the release of the Senate report on torture making visible the tragic costs of failing to acknowledge that of God in one another, I believe recommitting ourselves to living our faith as Friends is ever more important. We need each other’s help to be faithful, to consider the implications of Ferguson and Guantanamo in the lives of each one of us. Friends, how is the Spirit shaking our assumptions, calling us to pray, to serve, to witness, to speak, to act? How can we share that news with one another, strengthening connections and helping each other find courage and humility to learn, to grow, and to live?
In this online content, you’ll find news from the growing edges of the Quaker movement in our region, including exciting updates giving you a glimpse of new explorations in several of our diverse local meetings.
As you’ll read below, New England Friends are helping to kindle new collaborations in support of Quaker religious education, and partnering with Friends organizations like Quaker Voluntary Service and Friends World Committee for Consultation to bring the richness of the global community of Friends to enliven our life together in New England, in worship and in witness.
I hope you’ll also check out the updates on our work to improve our Yearly Meeting’s staffing and organizational structure to better support the life of the Spirit among us. Finally, we’ve included a summary of highlights from this past summer’s Annual Sessions, held for the first time in our 354-year history in Vermont. The full Minutes of business sessions are posted online. It would be wonderful to welcome even more of our Quaker family next summer at Sessions in Vermont, August 1-6, 2015.
Below are two events I’d like to especially highlight in the coming months, with more information to be posted to the online calendar and shared with local meetings soon. The conversation will be more complete with your meeting’s participation!
Finally, we want to hear from you. Do you have:
Please send an email to Office Manager Sara Hubner at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or call the office at 508-754-6760 to learn more about submissions, suggest upcoming themes and share how the Light is at work in your meeting.
In faith and friendship,
Noah Baker Merrill
New England Yearly Meeting,
In the wake of the release of the Senate report on U.S. torture, we hope Friends will join Friends Committee on National Legislation in mourning our government’s involvement in torture, calling for justice, and working to grow toward a world without torture.
Application for Use of Space is now available online!
We have a new page on the Putney Friends Meeting website for Meeting house rentals. Click here to check it out.
You can also download the form here:
The Social Justice Film Festival, sponsored by Putney Friends Meeting continues this evening (Nov. 13th) The Festival is to benefit the Food Shelf and Homeless Shelter.
Time 7 pm.
Place: Next Stage in Putney
$5 Donation is requested towards the upkeep of the theater.
Bring a can of food and/or a warm jacket
Nov. 13:The Dharma Brothers
How lives were changed by the introduction of silent meditation at a maximum security prison.
Coming up next week, Nov. 20:The Two Row Wampum
A very special presentation . More to follow..
Are you a Quaker Artist looking for a spiritual community to live in while working on a creative project of your choice? Did you know that Pendle Hill provides Artist-in-Residence opportunities for between ten to thirty weeks each year through its Minnie Jane Arts Scholarship?
For those of you who haven’t heard about Pendle Hill, it is a 23 acre Quaker education, retreat, and conference center located near Philadelphia that offers at least one Quaker artist creative time every year where you can stay spiritually grounded in a regular pattern of community fellowship, work, worship, and study. As an Artist-in-Residence, you will be supported to focus on a project in fine arts, crafts, performing arts, creative writing, music composition or another artistic pursuit that demonstrates commitment to Quaker values, spirituality, ministry, witness and outreach in consultation with Pendle Hill’s Arts and Spirituality Teacher. You will also make good friends, eat lovingly prepared local and organic meals, and have the option of attending various Pendle Hill educational events while on Pendle Hill’s campus. Library privileges and auditing courses at nearby Swarthmore College are also a possibility.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE 2014-2015 “ACADEMIC” YEAR: We are currently accepting rolling applications for this academic year for residencies to take place between January through August, 2015.
DEADLINE FOR THE 2015-2016 “ACADEMIC” YEAR: March 1, 2015, for residencies that will take place between September 2015 and August 2016.
Introducing our new video section on putneyfriendsmeeting.org
Scroll down the menu on the right hand side of the page and you will see it.
You can now view the video of the addition and renovation of the Meeting house!
November 23rd Noah Baker Merrill
December 14th Richard Brady
December 28th Sandy Lynn