Newsletter of the Northwest Quarter of New England Yearly Meeting,
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
This includes the schedule and registration for our upcoming hosting of the Quarterly Meeting on December 3rd and 4th and the Memorial Minute of Kay Frazer.
Sunday evening, November 6th at 7pm
Putney Friends Meetinghouse
Sadelle Wiltshire will be hosting a peace labyrinth walk prior to the election.
“We believe that every person is loved by the Divine Spirit. There are
Quakers of all ages, religious backgrounds, races, education, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, classes and experience. You are welcome to join us as you are.”
These words were approved by the Monthly Meeting today as an update to our welcoming language to the world. Our thanks to the Committee on Nurturing Ministries of Friends General Conference in allowing us to use some of their language.
“Everyone felt that the whole weekend was very successful, deep and meaningful and well worth the time we put into it.”
~ Reflection from the Retreat Committee
Dear folks connected to Putney Friends Meeting,
We have put up a sign saying that Black Lives Matter.
We had a film series in late spring on looking at racism and some of its evolution.
And this is your invitation to join a focused group this fall. Details are below. Please contact Gail Haines to register (or with questions).
802-387-5676 or 802-258-0369.
Please register by September 10th.
Thanks and toward justice and peace, Gail
> Whites confronting our Racism – study and dialogue to action
> A group to meet 5 times. Regular attendance at all sessions is important for group development, so let us know if you have to miss a time. There will be readings sent out ahead of each session. We hope everyone who attends will have seen or see the films that were in the racism series in the spring. (they can be borrowed from the meeting)
> Tentative session titles:
> White privilege and white fragility within the context of a society that has structural racism
> Micro aggressions
> Practicing interventions
> Being black / person of the global majority in a majority white community and congregation
> How to take action
> Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
> Sept 21, Oct 5, Oct 19, Nov 2, Nov 16
> At Mareka’s house, 126 Main St. Putney – go in front door and ring bell on right (residence)
> Please let Gail Haines know by September 10th if you want to participate. Gail.email@example.com
> Organizers and facilitators of the series – Claire Halverson, Sandy Lynn, Mareka Ohlson, Sheila Garrett, and Gail Haines.
Gudrun Weeks, violinist and Lynn Martin, poet, will be reading in Marlboro at 355 Upper Dover Road in the barn of Edie Mas (second place on the left after leaving Higley Hill). Visitors are asked to bring a folding chair if they can or a cushion to sit on the floor.
Gudrun says, “We two met in the West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group. We had fun together reading Lynn’s poetry and seeing what idea that set off in me for my choice of music and Lynn’s reaction to that. There is no close connection between the two, just enjoying the partnership. We asked a third Quaker, Edie Mas, to host the happening in her barn up in Marlboro. It feels like a supportive, complimentary relationship.”
Gudrun was formerly a Marlboro resident, having built a house on Lucier Road with Larry Gay, teacher at the college and their two children. She taught solfege there under Blanche Moyse and was part of the founding of the Brattleboro Music School. In the seventies she also played in the Vermont Symphony and its quartet, giving school concerts. In the sixties she helped to form the Eugene Symphony and was its concert mistress. Earlier she taught at Putney School and played in the Kansas City Philharmonic after a year in the National Training Orchestra in NYC. While at Sarah Lawrence College she studied under Dorothy DeLay and Robert Koff from Juilliard. Previously she spent a year in Munich at the Conservatory.
Lynn has lived in Brattleboro for many years. You can view her work on poetlynn.com <http://poetlynn.com>. She has three books of poetry: Visible Signs of Defiance, Talking to the Day and Birds of a Feather.
“Lynn comes to poetry from a working class background. Her verse contains a raw truthfulness uncontaminated by privilege. Lynn’s style compliments that of the state of Vermont: sharp lines, a tough backbone, and an aesthetic the quality of moss.” Meg Mott. Marlboro College
Can a Quaker Meeting be quiet enough? Putney Friends Meeting has been working towards sound remediation in the Worship space over the past few years. With so many wood surfaces, the sound of voices was very reverberant and it was difficult at times to hear vocal testimony.
This week Brent, Ken, Chris and Roger installed acoustic panels to control the amount of echo. Many thanks to all who contributed to this project.
Justice and Peace Committee of Putney Friends Meeting presents a Film and Discussion series on Racism
All are welcome to this opportunity to watch the films together, consider the history of racism, particularly in the USA, consider what white privilege is for those of us who are white, and pursue conversations on race and racism with one another.
Friday evenings from 7 to 8:30 at the Meeting house
Friday, April 22nd – Race: the Power of an Illusion – The differences between us. Facilitated by Nancy Shepherd
Friday, May 6th– Race: the Power of an Illusion – the story we tell. Facilitated by Gail Haines
Friday, May 20th – Race: the Power of an Illusion – The house we live in. Facilitated by Sandy Lynn
Friday, June 3rd – Last Chance for Eden, part 1 – Conversations around race and racism. Facilitated by Mike Mrowicki
Please join us. For questions contact the Justice and Peace Committee.