Chris Andres Memorial
Chris Andres (72), formerly of Putney, VT died peacefully on May 20,2022 in Derby, Vt after a period of declining health and well-being.
Chris was born on May 23, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio to Paul and Kaye Andres. Chris picked apples in Vermont and citrus in Florida in the 70’s. He then settled in Putney and worked at a variety of jobs.
Chris was generous with his time and money. In addition to tending his own crops of asparagus, garlic, and squash in the Putney Community Garden, Chris nurtured the entire gardening community by maintaining paths and preparing beds. He danced at the Vermont Jazz Center and wherever music was playing. His response to turmoil and suffering in Bosnia was to volunteer as a supply truck driver.
A long-term member of Putney Friends Meeting, Chris was active on committees. He enjoyed spiritual discussions as well as festive events. He was a most attentive caretaker of the Meeting House.
Chris was eccentric, talkative, and quick to smile. Chris was both kind and challenging, both thoughtful and impulsive. His words and actions were at times considerate and, at other times, hurtful.
Chris leaves many friends at the Putney Friends Meeting, the Community Garden, and throughout the community. We are grateful to Ethan Perry of Derby, VT for the kind care provided to Chris in his final months. Chris is survived by his siblings: Tim Andres, John Andres, and Laurel Andres.
Chris was deeply moved by suffering in Palestine; memorial contributions can be made in his name to the American Friends Service Committee to provide school supplies for children in Gaza.
To donate go to: https://www.afsc.org
Sheldon Weeks Memorial
Sheldon Griswold Weeks was born on 18 November 1931 in Manhattan New York, and died peacefully at home on 4 May 2022 in Brattleboro Vermont at the age of 90. He was a humanitarian, educator, researcher, author, peace activist, conscientious objector, Quaker, beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, and husband. He lived with a passion for world travel, nature, the arts, and was a voracious reader and movie watcher. He enjoyed hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, camping, going on safari, visiting galleries and museums, attending music events and theater performances, and often had a hat on his head and a camera in his hand. He attended Swarthmore BA ’54, Antioch MA ’60, and Harvard EdD ’68. He was a professor specializing in comparative education at universities in Uganda (1969-72), Tanzania (1972-74), and Papua New Guinea (1974-91), and was founding dean of graduate studies in Botswana (1991-2002). He is predeceased by his parents Harold Weeks and Virginia Travell, sister Virginia Weeks, brother Willard Weeks, wives Sally Shoop, Mary Kironde, and Gudrun Schulz. He is survived by his sister Elinor Weeks, children Sara, Abigail, Harold, Edisa, and Kristina Weeks, two stepchildren, one unofficially adopted child, fourteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
An extended obituary, that Sheldon wrote about his life, can be found here: sheldongweeks.weebly.com
Donations: If you’d like to donate in memory of Sheldon G Weeks you can do so to the “Robert S Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where his work and legacy will be held in the Quaker Archives.
The delicious relationship between grandparents and grandchildren: “The considerable mutual attraction of the very young and the very old may derive something from their common, secret knowledge that it is they, and not the busy generation between, who are concerned with a poetic play that is eternal and truly wise.” — Joseph Campbel
Love: A Boundless Gift
With a spiritual eye, I can see that while material goods are gone once given, spiritual treasures are not lost but are expanded when given. Gratitude begets gratitude. Kindness begets kindness. Joy begets joy. A simple smile begets a smile. All this whether or not the person near me responds in kind. When I am grateful, respectful, kind, loving in the world around me, the spiritually healing presence of Light settles in. The little expressions of gratitude, respectfulness, kindness or caring are magnified, sanctified by the Divine, and all around are blessed in the Light.
Quakers Wrestling with White Supremacy
PUTNEY FRIENDS MEETING CALLED MEETING TENTH MONTH 3RD, 2021
A called meeting coordinated by Quakers Wrestling with White Supremacy addressed our meeting’s relationship to people in our community with ties to the Native Americans who lived on the land now occupied by our meeting. People of the Sokoki community of the Abenaki nation lived in the part of the Connecticut Valley where Putney now lies, but had mostly departed from this land before people of European (mostly English) descent started to settle here in the mid-1700s. The system of land ownership which we now follow dates from that occupation.
Friends agree that we are called to deepen our understanding of the people who lived on this land before we came to it. We ought not to burden Native people to explain this to us.
We understand that this concern is not limited to our particular local story. The need to understand the people who have lived in the Americas for millennia is widely defined.
We strive for understanding of why we are called to acknowledge our relationship to indigenous peoples … of what our right relationship to our indigenous fellow members of the community is … and of what the future of this conversation should be. We seek a deeper understanding of what indigenous people would like us to contribute.
We understand that our own perception of our relationship to the land is challenged here. We hear from our indigenous neighbors a sense that the land is not ours. We are of the land. How do we respond to that challenge? What do we have to learn?
Covid Restriction Update
We are asking all attending to wear masks.
Worship Times Sunday Mornings:
Early Meeting: 8:30am to 9:30am
Intergenerational Singing: 10:00am
Late Meeting: 10:30am to 11:30am
Zoom with Late Meeting: 10:30