Putney Hosts Quarterly Meeting

Putney Friends Meeting and Orchard Hill Quaker Worship Group is pleased to invite North West Quarter Friends to the Quarterly Meeting on March 3rd, 2019.

Quarterly Session Schedule of activities

  • 8:30am – 9:30am Program Discussions
  • 8:30am – 9:30am Early Meeting for Worship
  • 8:30am – 9:30am Program Discussions
  • 9:30am–10:30  Tea, coffee, muffins in the Community Room
  • 10:30am – 11:30am Late Meeting for Worship, First Day School
  • 11:45am – 1:00pmLunch Potluck
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm Quarterly Meeting for Business

Program Discussions

Social Justice Service

Putney Friends has three active groups under our Social Justice Service Committee. They are focused on immigration issues, specifically supporting people who are in the process of seeking asylum; racism with a focus on understanding our own racism; and outreach in the form of serving meals at the local shelter. Representatives of these groups are looking forward to sharing with Friends and learning about similar work within other Northwest Quarter meetings.

 

FCNL Advocacy Workshop

The Orchard Hill Worship Group, in collaboration with Putney Friends Meeting, will be hosting an FCNL advocacy workshop on March 30th at the Orchard School and Community Center. Each year, in addition to their on-going work, FCNL takes up specific campaigns that they believe they can achieve movement on. This year, FCNL is working on a campaign to repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and will be providing advocacy training in the manner of Friends. We look forward to discussing this work, welcoming Friends who would like to participate, and learning of existing chapters or like initiatives in our Quarter.

 

Reflections from a new worship group

Friends from the newly formed Orchard Hill Worship Group in East Alstead, NH will speak on their formative experience. Where did this leading come from? Who are we? What lights us up?

We look forward to introducing ourselves and extending our warm greetings to our Quarter.

Northwest Quarterly Meeting Registration

 

Putney Friends Meeting and Orchard Hill Quaker Worship Group is pleased to invite North West Quarter Friends to the Quarterly Meeting on March 3rd, 2019.

Please register by Wednesday February 27th, 2019.

When registering, please send the following information to Clerk, Roger Vincent Jasaitis. Email; clerk@putneyfriendsmeeting

Name (each attendee): ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Putney Friends Meeting and Orchard Hill Worship Group will provide potluck options.

Dietary:                     _____omnivorous   _______vegetarian __________vegan

Allergies/intolerances (we will do our best to accommodate these, but suggest that those with multiple or unusual limitations should bring fallback items. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Childcare:

Children who will attend and need childcare (name and age of children)

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address of Meeting House:

17 Bellows Falls Rd

Putney, Vermont

Driving Directions can be found at: putneyfriendsmeeting.org

Putney Friends Meeting is handicap accessible.    Wi-Fi is available.

We affirm that peace is possible

Dear Northwest Quarter of New England Yearly Meeting:

As many of you know, in 2013 an interfaith group of religious leaders, including the Clerk of the Burlington Friends Meeting, asked the City of Burlington to oppose the basing of the F-35 fighter/bomber at Burlington International Airport, scheduled for 2020. Since that time, the noise of other military aircraft has forced the demolition of 200 owner-occupied homes around the runway and the new plane will place 3,000 additional homes in jeopardy due to noise and heightened crash risk. This at a time when rents are rising beyond the means of those with minimum wages and the homeless increasingly camp in the wooded areas of Chittenden County.iu-1.jpeg

Why is opposition to the basing of the F-35 of significance to Quakers? Through FCNL we have long sought a reduction in military spending and a shift of funds to meet our great social needs in education, healthcare, infrastructure, job development, and environmental stewardship. At $1.4 trillion over 40 years, this war machine represents a considerable portion of the defense budget, $700 for the coming year, and will continue to do so in future years making social priorities impossible to achieve. Furthermore, our 2016 NEYM Minute on Climate Change affirmed that fossil fuel use threatened life as we know it on earth, https://neym.org/news/2016-yearly-meeting-climate-change. The F-35 is not only a huge user of fossil fuel, its deployment in the Middle East has been in defense of our unfettered access to petroleum.

The F-35 is now deployed to Japan and is being used to provoke and intimidate North Korea, a nuclear power, thus risking catastrophic war. Yet NEYM’s Faith and Practice states, “Because of the incomparable evil presented by the threat of nuclear war, we are moved to bear a passionate witness for life and peace.”
Burlington residents, including many Quakers, are trying to place the question of basing the F-35 near Vermont’s largest population center on the city ballot for Town Meeting Day, March 6, 2018. We have have created this video for Media and Democracy, our public access channel, to explain our reasoning.
https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/f-35-question

We affirm that preparation for war before all other social goals isungodly. We affirm that peace is possible.

Charles Simpson, Co-clerk, Burlington Monthly Meeting