Come join us on two Thursday evenings, October 20 and November 10, at 6 p.m. for a short simple potluck followed by sharing on our spiritual journey’s 6:30-8:30 in the worship room.

Quaker minister Bill Taber once observed that our contemporary Quaker communities sometime lack a “shared vocabulary for the inward landscape,” a way to help encourage one another in our journey together as Friends. In response, Putney Friends and their guests are invited to these two evening gatherings “around the fire” for worship and sharing to help us know one another more deeply in that which is eternal. Perhaps we’ll discern some common threads in our individual experiences and in the Quaker tradition upon which we can build our understanding together.

This invitation comes to you from the Ministry Oversight Committee for Noah Baker Merrill, who in tandem with members of the committee will be anchoring these two times for deep reflection on our journeys.

Questions? Contact Noah at 802-451-6931, or email We hope you will consider joining us.

Brian Willson is a Vietnam veteran and trained lawyer whose wartime experiences transformed him into a nonviolent revolutionary activist. Brian first gained renown as a participant in a prominent 1986 veterans fast on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. The fast was in response to Congressional funding of Reagan’s Contra wars against the people of Central America.

One year later, on September 1, 1987, he was again thrust into the public eye when he was run over and nearly killed by a US Navy Munitions train while engaging in a nonviolent blockade in protest of weapons shipments to El Salvador. Since the 1980s he has continued efforts to educate the public about the realities of continued US imperialism while striving to “walk his talk” (on two prosthetic legs and a three-wheeled handcycle) by creating a model of right livelihood including a simpler lifestyle.

On Friday, October 21, from 7 to 9 pm, Brian will be speaking at Putney Friends Meeting about his new book, Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson. Please help spread the word and come join us for Brian’s important talk about activism for peace, justice, and earthcare today. All are welcome.