Dear YAF Friends,
you to join us in a pilgrimage along the route of the proposed
Kinder-Morgan methane pipeline in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
We begin this invitation with confession; that the reality of climate
change is overwhelming and that we do not know exactly how to respond to
the devastating truth that the world is ending on our watch.
Yet there are things that we can say clearly: That we must reduce
atmospheric CO2 levels below 350 ppm immediately and that to do so requires
an immediate phase out of fossil fuel use. Given this reality, the further
expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure makes no sense. Every dollar
invested in energy must be spent building renewable sources, like Cape
Wind, instead of pipelines and power plants for fracked gas.
Therefore, we are called to witness with our own eyes this pipeline route,
to walk its length and to fathom the changes that must be made. We walk
praying for clarity, determination and boldness to take the necessary next
steps. We walk acknowledging that we do not yet possess the inner resources
to live our lives fully into the reality that our scientific understanding
of the climate crisis calls us to. We walk creating a community of climate
dissidents, understanding that we need each other in these challenging
times. We walk bringing public focus to the immorality of perpetuating the
status quo, and to a genuine hope for a different future.
We invite you to join us to bear witness to the power of God in our lives
to make a way out of no way, to move from what is dead and past to what is
alive and new. This is a time for needed renewal and transformation. This
season is one to roll away the stone and to see what new life may move
The pilgrimage will be a 12-day walk from Pittsfield, Massachusetts along
the 143 mile proposed pipeline route to Dracut, Massachusetts beginning
April 1st. It will be Quaker-led and open to all, with opportunities for
Worship, for meeting local community members working to stop the pipeline,
and for fellowship.
We hope you will consider joining us. To find out more about the route, to
sign up to walk, or to contact us visit http://www.pipelinepilgrimage.org.
“We dedicate ourselves to let the living waters flow through us – where we
live, regionally, and in wider world fellowship. We dedicate ourselves to
building the peace that passeth all understanding, to the repair of the
world, opening our lives to the Light to guide us in each small step.” –
The Kabarak Call, World Conference of Friends 2012
I’m pleased to share with you the latest online edition of The New England Friend.
One of the great joys of my work is getting to see new Life rising up in so many corners of our Quaker community. In a season when our society and our world seem besieged by conflict, violence and injustice, I find hope in the ways our meetings–at our best–can serve as circles of Light. I keep hearing stories of how we are helping one another find courage, seek deeper relationship with our neighbors and with Creation, and join with others to build the world of wholeness and right relationship that Jesus called the Reign of Heaven–and what Martin Luther King, Jr. called The Beloved Community.
As the demonstrations seeking deep change in response to the laying bare of systemic injustices mount across the country, and with the release of the Senate report on torture making visible the tragic costs of failing to acknowledge that of God in one another, I believe recommitting ourselves to living our faith as Friends is ever more important. We need each other’s help to be faithful, to consider the implications of Ferguson and Guantanamo in the lives of each one of us. Friends, how is the Spirit shaking our assumptions, calling us to pray, to serve, to witness, to speak, to act? How can we share that news with one another, strengthening connections and helping each other find courage and humility to learn, to grow, and to live?
In this online content, you’ll find news from the growing edges of the Quaker movement in our region, including exciting updates giving you a glimpse of new explorations in several of our diverse local meetings.
As you’ll read below, New England Friends are helping to kindle new collaborations in support of Quaker religious education, and partnering with Friends organizations like Quaker Voluntary Service and Friends World Committee for Consultation to bring the richness of the global community of Friends to enliven our life together in New England, in worship and in witness.
I hope you’ll also check out the updates on our work to improve our Yearly Meeting’s staffing and organizational structure to better support the life of the Spirit among us. Finally, we’ve included a summary of highlights from this past summer’s Annual Sessions, held for the first time in our 354-year history in Vermont. The full Minutes of business sessions are posted online. It would be wonderful to welcome even more of our Quaker family next summer at Sessions in Vermont, August 1-6, 2015.
Below are two events I’d like to especially highlight in the coming months, with more information to be posted to the online calendar and shared with local meetings soon. The conversation will be more complete with your meeting’s participation!
Finally, we want to hear from you. Do you have:
Please send an email to Office Manager Sara Hubner at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or call the office at 508-754-6760 to learn more about submissions, suggest upcoming themes and share how the Light is at work in your meeting.
In faith and friendship,
Noah Baker Merrill