10TH ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR CELEBRATION
Sunday, January 15, 2017, 4PM
Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro
Sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association
featuring SAMIRAH EVANS and friends
SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER, 5PM
for the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group trip to South Dakota
to work with and learn from the Cheyenne River Sioux
after the dinner stay to learn about and get involved with local organizations working against racism:
The ROOT Social Justice Center, Black Lives Matter Vermont
Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and others
Brian Drayton will be speaking at Putney Friends Meeting about being a recorded minister in New England Yearly Meeting. Putney is considering this topic in regards to the life of the Meeting. Brian will join us on:
January 8th, 9:30am to 10:30am
All are welcome
Celebrating Community and Belonging
Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th
Putney Friends Meeting House
9:30 – 10:00 Muffins and tea
Description: We are asked to think of something we want to increase in the world, and something we want to let go of. We will write or draw our ideas onto either side of soft clay doves. We will then hang the doves on tree branches where the clay (and our intentions) will return to the earth.
-In small groups first talk about our ideas, then either using a pre-madedove, or by first making our own, write or draw our ideas onto the dove.
-Come together in large group to briefly share
-We disperse to hang our doves on trees outside
11:30-12:30 Two Simultaneous Activities:
- Worship Sharing (led by Owen)
- Pizza Making for adults and kids
12:30-1:30 Lunch — Potluck — plus Pizza
1:30-2:00 Lunch Clean-up
1:15-2:15 Group Games (kids and adults)
2:15-4:00 Two Simultaneous Activities:
- Hike for kids and adults
- Presentation by Julie Forsythe on The Inward Landscape based on the work of Brian Drayton. Worship Sharing
4:00-4:30 Lemonade and Cookies; Closing Circle
Childcare for youngest children provided Saturday, 10:00-12:30
8:30 – 9:30 Meeting for Worship
9:30-10:30 Talk by Noah Merrill; An ecology of faithfulness: encouraging the life of our Meeting
10:30 – 11:30 Meeting for Worship
Childcare for youngest children provided Sunday, 10:30-11:30
At our October Meeting for Business Putney Friends Meeting agreed to the following:
PFM will host a called Meeting on a date to be determined by the
Clerk and Social Justice and Peace committee before the next Meeting
for business of 11/15/15 to consider how the Meeting can support in
unity the planting of a “Black Lives Matter” sign in front of the
Meeting house and how PFM wants to proceed in addressing the issue
of racism in our culture
Here are queries from the NEYM Committee on Racial, Social & Economic Justice:
How has the issue of white privilege touched your life?
What are the spiritual consequences and brokenness related to living in a world that hasn’t achieved perfection in these justice concerns?
What does that still small voice say to inform us of our responsibilities in this regard?
How does your Meeting bear witness to this work?
This is now scheduled for Dec. 3 (a Thursday) at 6:30.
In preparation Friends are asked to consider the NEYM Query:
Minute on Racism
New England Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends affirms its commitment to
becoming an open, affirming, anti-racist Religious Society. Our understanding of racism is that
it is a system that accords advantage or disadvantage based on racial identity. Racism is
fundamentally inconsistent with the divine guidance that has led our Religious Society to
testimonies such as Equality, Peace and Community. We seek divine assistance and the help of
other friends of Truth to examine our individual and corporate complicity in racism. We aspire
to a more perfect union with the Author of all, who shows no partiality in the diversity of
Those of us who have grown up with a white identity in America have a particular challenge in
that we have been conditioned not to notice the system of racism and white privilege. Our well intentioned
attempts at color-blindness can have the unfortunate result of blinding us to the
system of racism in which we unwittingly participate. Let us remember Jesus’ admonition to
remove the log from our own eye before seeking to remove a speck from our brother’s or sister’s
eye. We all pray for clarity of vision so that in the words of George Fox, we may “be patterns,
be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage
and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk
cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone; whereby in them you may be a
blessing, and make the witness of God in them bless you.”
Approved at New England Yearly Meeting Sessions 2003
Visit the Black Lives Matter Site:
Here is an Article entitled: Please stop telling me that all lives matter
PUTNEY FRIENDS INTERGENERATIONAL RETREAT
Saturday Sept 26 9 to 5 &
Sunday Sept 27 9:30 to 10:20
Theme: Exploring our Gifts
Come to whatever parts appeal to you. Childcare provided 10-12:30 and 1:30-4:00
Saturday, September 26
9 a.m. Muffins, tea, coffee, and OJ
9:30 All ages celebration of our new Peace Pole – outside parking lot
with Francie Marbury and Brent Seabrook
10 a.m. Exploring Our Gifts
All ages presentation by Laurie Rizzo Medved using Godly Play
materials and an opportunity to draw/collage/write afterwards and sharing
our responses with all ages. Bring your own journal if you have one.
Writing and art supplies provided.
11:15 Choose one of these two activities
- Worship Sharing in the Meeting Room – getting to know better some
of the folks you worship with – led by Elisabeth Dearborn
- Making pizza for lunch with Gail Haines and Ann Coakley
12:30 Lunch starting with gathering songs led by Julie Forsythe
1:30 Clean Up
2:00 Choose one of these two activities
- Deep Relaxation with John Calvi in the meetingroom. Bring your
own yoga mat if you have one, blanket, pillow as needed
- Hiking to Putney Mountain led by ???
4:00 Lemonade and Cookies
4:30- 5:00 Intergenerational Games led by Richard Brady and Gail Haines.
Get to know your community of Friends in new ways!
5:00 Closing Song(s) led by Francie Marbury
Sunday, September 27
9:30 to 10:20 Noah Merrill will be offering some reflections on exploring
our gifts. All are welcome! Let us know if you need childcare because
you plan to attend this.
LOOK FOR THE FOOD AND FLOWER SIGN UP SHEET & help it happen !
Be in touch with Gail Haines or Elisabeth Dearborn with questions
Bring your Rise Up Singing book if you have one.
Note: Childcare is available Saturday 10-12:30 and 1:30-4:00
My visit is a part of a larger YM outreach effort to strengthen the bonds between monthly meetings and the yearly meeting. My meeting is Vassalboro MM, and I am a member of Permanent Board (PB). PB has initiated its own outreach effort to provide opportunities for monthly meeting Friends to ask questions, and to become familiar with the year-round work of PB and the YM as a whole. Permanent Board is the “continuing body” of New England Yearly Meeting, when the YM is not “in session” ie, the August YM gathering. I hope and expect to travel with a Friend from the Finance Committee who will be able to speak knowledgably about the relationship between YM ministries and the financial health of the yearly meeting. Some of the yearly meetings ministries include our youth programs, Friends Camp, supporting Friends who are called to travel in the ministry, supporting YM committees such as Faith and Practice Revision Committee, Racial, Social and Economic Justice Committee, Earthcare Ministry Committee, NEYM Ministry and Counsel Committee, the NEYM Structural Review Committee, etc. NEYM also has the challenge and opportunity to discern how the Spirit is leading us to be in right relationship and stewardship to the $1.1 million Legacy Gift from the sale of the New England Friends Home.
All of these involvements need the engagement of Friends in our monthly meetings to faithfully blossom and bear ‘the fruits of the Spirit’ and to keep the spiritual life-blood circulating between the monthly meetings and their yearly meeting.
Putney Friends Meeting Minute 2014.03.01; Minute on the Prevention of Gun Violence.
Live in “the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion for all wars.”
George Fox (1624- 1691)
This applies to all violence including gun violence. Violence is a reflection of the ills of society. We challenge ourselves and others to look at the depth of this issue so we can address the heart of the matter.
Ann Braden from GunSense VT joined a group of Friends/friends at Putney Friends Meeting on January 18th to share the story of her work in founding this organization. Below is a link to a video explaining what they are trying to accomplish here in Vermont.
Please feel free to share this…
Putney Friends Meeting has endorsed the work of GunSense. Ann Braden will be with us on Sunday January 18th at 9:45am at Putney Friends Meetinghouse to speak with us about how we can help support legislation regarding gun ownership here in Vermont.
Gun Sense VT is an independent, grassroots, Vermont-run organization fueled by volunteers from all over the state. Supporters are gun owners and non-gun owners who come from every voting district in the state and cross party lines and who want to see criminal background checks — the single most effective systematic way to keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people — required on most all gun sales in Vermont.