Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 03/24/2015

Call Now! Support Gun Legislation

GunsenseVTDear Friends,

It is especially important that your Senators hear that you support s.141.  Their vote is particlularly important in ensuring the success of this bill which will most likely be voted on tomorrow.  The opposition is making calls and we need to do the same today.

It is a very easy process. Simply call the Sargeant at Arms and tell them your town and county and that you support s. 141.  The number is (802)-828-2228 or 1-800-322-5616.

If you can send me an email that you have made the call that would be wonderful.  elissa@gunsensevt.org

Thank you!

Elissa Bhanti, GunSenseVT
http://www.gunsensevt.org/

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 03/21/2015

Bright Wings Chorus Concert at Next Stage

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Dear Friends,

You might be interested in an upcoming concert at Next Stage Arts in Putney. On Friday, March 27 I will be performing with my group The Bright Wings Chorus, a nine person a capella group that performs traditional American sacred music, including shape note hymns, gospel, and my original work. For this tour, we will be doing a mentorship with Rev. Donna Cox, a gospel singer from Ohio, to deepen our practice in that tradition and to facilitate a conversation about race in the folk music community. And for the Putney show, we will be joined for one song by members of the BUHS Madrigals group. It will be an exciting evening, and I’d love to see you all there.

You can hear a bit of what the group sounds like here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ys1lVkBPMM

Tickets are $12. You can reserve ahead of time at brightwings.brownpapertickets.com or get them at the door.

in song,

brendan

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 03/14/2015

Big News!

 

GunsenseVT

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to tell you that the Senate Judiciary Committee PASSED a gun violence prevention bill out of committee BY A UNANIMOUS VOTE IN SUPPORT!

Gun violence prevention has been untouchable at the statehouse for decades, and this is proof that times have changed. It has been your grassroots action that has gotten this issue on the table, and now it is moving forward despite opposition from the gun lobby. This is HISTORIC!!

Please e-mail the Senate Judiciary Committee members to thank them for taking this issue seriously!
Senator Sears – rsears@leg.state.vt.us
Senator Nitka – anitka@leg.state.vt.us
Senator Benning – jbenning@leg.state.vt.us
Senator White – jwhite@leg.state.vt.us
Senator Ashe – tashe@leg.state.vt.us

We have such incredible momentum coming out of this committee vote, and it’s up to us to make sure we keep moving forward. The bill will get a number next week (it’s not called S. 31), and the debate and floor vote could happen as early as Thursday or else the following week. We’ll need to have supportive calls flooding into the statehouse for that, and since the gun lobby will likely do another robo-call to generate activity, we need to do the grassroots equivalent: a massive phone tree to call other supporters asking them to call their senators. To prepare for this, folks are coming together at locations all across the state this weekend to start making phone calls. If you haven’t yet signed up to help, contact Elissa, and she’ll put you in touch with the phone bank organizer in your area.

Our voices are making a huge difference, and we must continue to ensure that the call for common sense comes through loud and clear.

Together we are DOING this!!
Ann

P.S. Here is the first news report out about the bill, and I’m sure others will be coming out shortly.

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 03/06/2015

An invitation from Burlington Friends Meeting

sustainable_lifeDoug Gwyn, pastor of Durham Friends Meeting and author of many books including his recent A Sustainable Life–Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation, is coming to Burlington Friends Meeting on March 29.
Burlington Friends have been reading the book together and have found it to be very relevant to our life and times as Quakers. We’re pleased that Doug agreed to speak at the rise of Meeting on the 29th. Following worship, which is 11am  to 12 pm, we’ll enjoy a potluck lunch. Doug will speak at 1:30 pm and with questions and answers, it may go to 3:30 pm.
Please let us know if you need childcare.
Contact Ruah Swennerfelt with questions and childcare needs at ruahswennerfelt@gmail.com or 802-425-3377.

Dear YAF Friends,

14734708055_40a4af8bc9_k1The New England Young Adult Friends (Quaker) Climate Working Group invites

you to join us in a pilgrimage along the route of the proposed

Kinder-Morgan methane pipeline in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

We begin this invitation with confession; that the reality of climate

change is overwhelming and that we do not know exactly how to respond to

the devastating truth that the world is ending on our watch.

Yet there are things that we can say clearly: That we must reduce

atmospheric CO2 levels below 350 ppm immediately and that to do so requires

an immediate phase out of fossil fuel use. Given this reality, the further

expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure makes no sense. Every dollar

invested in energy must be spent building renewable sources, like Cape

Wind, instead of pipelines and power plants for fracked gas.

Therefore, we are called to witness with our own eyes this pipeline route,

to walk its length and to fathom the changes that must be made. We walk

praying for clarity, determination and boldness to take the necessary next

steps. We walk acknowledging that we do not yet possess the inner resources

to live our lives fully into the reality that our scientific understanding

of the climate crisis calls us to. We walk creating a community of climate

dissidents, understanding that we need each other in these challenging

times. We walk bringing public focus to the immorality of perpetuating the

status quo, and to a genuine hope for a different future.

We invite you to join us to bear witness to the power of God in our lives

to make a way out of no way, to move from what is dead and past to what is

alive and new. This is a time for needed renewal and transformation. This

season is one to roll away the stone and to see what new life may move

among us.

The pilgrimage will be a 12-day walk from Pittsfield, Massachusetts along

the 143 mile proposed pipeline route to Dracut, Massachusetts beginning

April 1st. It will be Quaker-led and open to all, with opportunities for

Worship, for meeting local community members working to stop the pipeline,

and for fellowship.

We hope you will consider joining us. To find out more about the route, to

sign up to walk, or to contact us visit http://www.pipelinepilgrimage.org.

“We dedicate ourselves to let the living waters flow through us – where we

live, regionally, and in wider world fellowship. We dedicate ourselves to

building the peace that passeth all understanding, to the repair of the

world, opening our lives to the Light to guide us in each small step.” –

The Kabarak Call, World Conference of Friends 2012

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 02/27/2015

AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE

AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT QUAKER VOLUNTARY SERVICE

On Tuesday, March 3, at 7pm, Hilary Burgin (the Boston Start-up Coordinator for Quaker Voluntary Service) will be at Northampton Friends Meeting to talk with local Quakers about QVS. She will be updating about the start-up of the Boston house and how we can be involved in recruiting young adults to apply to be Volunteers.

See below for more information about Quaker Voluntary Service and Hilary’s visits at UMass Amherst, Smith College, and Amherst College on March 2 and March 3. If you have contacts at any of these schools please pass along the information below and spread the word of QVS!
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Quaker Voluntary Service is a faith-based service year in Atlanta (GA), Portland (OR), Philadelphia (PA), and Boston (MA). Each location takes 6-8 Quaker and Quaker-curious young adults excited about social justice and interested in living in community, and places them in full-time professional roles at nonprofits. Volunteers are engaged in considering how their faith and spirituality informs their social justice work, and how to stay grounded through the challenges that often come with this vocation. Check out our website <http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/> for more details, or watch our video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9-iRiq9dWw>. The application deadline for Volunteers is March 15.

If you are a college student in the area, Hilary will be at the following colleges March 2 and March 3. Please forward widely to let young adults in the area know about opportunities to speak with Hilary about QVS!

Smith College: Monday March 2, an information session 4-5pm in Campus Center Room 102

Amherst College, Tuesday March 3, 10-11am in the Keefe Campus Center Atrium, plus a Coffee Chat Session from 11am-noon in the McCaffrey Room in the Keefe Campus Center.

UMass Amherst: Tuesday March 3, 1-4pm for the Service & Leadership Career & Internship Fair, at 1 Campus Center, Amherst MA.

To read more about QVS click here.

 

 

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 02/25/2015

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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What: Citizens’ Climate Lobby Groupstart Meeting (free and open to the public)

When: Saturday, February 28th, 9am-12pm

Where: Antioch University New England, Room E101(first floor), 40 Avon St, Keene, NH

Contact: Sasha Breus abreus@antioch.edu

Citizens’ Climate Lobby​(CCL) is a non­profit, non­partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies addressing climate change.

In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of a C​arbon Fee and Dividend proposal,​CCL trains and supports volunteers to engage elected officials, the media and the public through lobbying efforts, letters to editor and op­eds, presentations and tables at events, community meetings, and more.

CCL believes citizens who are well­trained, organized by Congressional district and with a good system of support can more than influence the political process. CCL is creating the political will for a livable world by empowering individuals to experience breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power.

www.citizensclimatelobby.org

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 02/23/2015

The Beauty of Quaker Voluntary Service

Dear Friend,

Built on the four core values: Community, Service, Transformation, and the Quaker Way, QVS offers young adults the opportunity to discover their gifts, while helping change the world. It is an experiment at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism. It is a chance to live your life with compassion and justice, within a community of fellow social change agents, and in conversation with the various expressions of the Quaker Way.P1060533 We are excited to announce that we are recruiting Volunteers for FOUR houses this year (Atlanta, GA; Portland, OR; Philadelphia, PA; and Boston, MA).

QVS Volunteers work full time in professional positions at local nonprofits, schools, and other social justice agencies that offer support to marginalized individuals and communities. For examples of the service site placement possibilities in our current cities see:www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/current-placements/.

Through simple, communal living, Volunteers learn to care for self and others. Volunteers receive housing, all utilities, health insurance, a transportation and grocery allowance and a small living stipend. Volunteers will be supported by and engage with local Quaker communities. Volunteers are not required to be a Quaker to participate in QVS, but they should come prepared to deeply engage in Quaker worship and practice! , and be genuinely open to sharing their spiritual journey with others.

QVS alumna Becca Bass reflects on her experience with QVS:

“….The beauty of QVS is that it gives you a secure space in which to clarify a sense of your own values and ideals, it helps you c ultivate a vocabulary with which to process them and continue to explore them, and provides you with communities that support and validate the search.”

Do you know a young adult who is looking for this kind of experience?

Applications are due by March 15, 2015.

For more information and to apply, please see: 
www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/apply

You can watch a brief video introduction titled QVS: Transforming Service, Living Faith

Rebecca Sullivan

Recruitment Coordinator
Quaker Voluntary Service
610-551-8439 (cell) : 404-624-5299 (voicemail)
750 Glenwood Ave SE or PO Box 17628 Atlanta GA 30316
Watch a video about QVS here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9-iRiq9dWw
Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 02/01/2015

Brattleboro Interfaith Roots of Poverty Training Event

A local interfaith group committed to addressing the root causes of poverty is sponsoring a training in faith-based community organizing basics, taught by Vermont Interfaith Action on Saturday, February 28, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro. This training will help people of faith bring our values and convictions into the public square. Topics include how to: build relationships, identify self-interest, speak faithfully in public, frame an issue, conduct policy research, hold elected officials accountable, develop local organizing teams, and involve clergy. If you’re frustrated with the inequality in today’s society and passionate to introduce greater justice in your community, this event is for you!

If Friends have questions about the event contact Darah Kehnemuyi, PFM liaison to Brattleboro Interfaith Initiative.

Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | 01/30/2015

Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness

Here is an opportunity at Pendle Hill that Steve Chase has shared;
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Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness

Apr 1 – Aug 31, 2015

Equipping Ourselves for Community Action to Heal and Repair the WorldAn Intensive Online/On-Campus Certificate Program (includes four residencies at Pendle Hill)

Pendle Hill’s new certificate training program, Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness, is designed for people of faith who want to learn how to foster a sustainable society that embodies care and concern for the natural world, social and economic justice, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, and peace. Students in this training program will:

  • engage in four educational residencies on Pendle Hill’s 23-acre campus
  • participate in extensive online discussion of readings and personal experiences between residencies
  • implement a fieldwork project in a social change organization of their choice, and
  • complete a major social change writing project.

Throughout the program, students will be supported by a team of faith leaders, nonviolent action trainers, and community organizers coordinated by Pendle Hill’s Director of Education Steve Chase. For more information, click on the links below, or contact Steve Chase, Director of Education, at 610-566-4507, ext. 123.

Applying to the Program
Who Should Participate?
Program Learning Objectives
Core Components of the Program
Program Schedule and Themes
Educational Philosophy
A Word About Online Learning
Program Costs and Scholarships
Faculty and Advisors

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