June 23, 2012

10:00 AM    meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Pat Jones, reader; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Carolyn VandenDolder


Child care today is in the lower level with Susie Kanemitsu.

The International Friends Church invites you to meet Jesus in the park! TODAY, 1-4:00 PM, in Oakgrove Park, Brooklyn Park. There will be food! (donations to cover costs appreciated.)


Worship next Sunday, June 30, will be semi-programmed and intergenerational – hopefully accessible for all ages. If you know a family in the meeting, encourage them to attend!

Pat Jones is taking two weeks’ vacation time beginning Friday. David Woolley will be available should Friends need his assistance. He can be contacted through the Meeting phone, leaving a message at 612-926-6159 or through his Meeting email at davidw(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org . In an emergency, call him at home.

Lunch Bunch will meet this Wednesday, June 26th, 11:45 at  Presbyterian Homes, 10030 Newton Ave So. RSVP to Barbara by Tues, June 25th. If you are available in the middle of the day, consider coming! It’s a great opportunity to deepen relationships with and bring news to those not able to come to worship every Sunday.

The Quaker Women’s Group will meet at 12:30 THIS Wed, Jun 26th, a one-time schedule change, at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul. Raquel Wood will lead a discussion about how our birth order affected our development. Tea and coffee provided; bring finger food to share and/or a bag lunch if you like. Please bring your own cup to reduce the work of cleanup.

Minneapolis Friends for Climate Stability will meet on Tues, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the meetinghouse. Please come for check-in, talk about politics, and discussion of how to do this work as Quakers. Have ideas or interests about addressing climate change? Or what the meeting needs or could do regarding climate work? Please come and share! And please hold the planet, those working to heal the earth, and those struggling to discern what we can do, in the Light.

Save the dates for Fall Camp! Fall Camp is a Friendly retreat for the entire MFM community – October 19th and 20th – at a new venue for us, Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Frontenac, MN. Camp Committee is already thoughtfully preparing a retreat for all of us to share. Mark your calendars now and plan be a part of it!

The George and Elizabeth Watson Memorial Discussion Group will take a summer break and re-convene in September! There are still two copies of Letters to a Fellow Seeker: A Short Introduction to the Quaker Way. Catch up or read ahead!

The Friendly Philosophers are now meeting every TUES night, 7 PM at Bush Terrace Condos: 4014 – 15th Ave. So, Mpls.

NEW White Privilege discussion group forming soon for eight weeks of peer-guided discussion and self-education. Tentatively meeting at TCFM on Mon nights; space limited to 6-8 people – both Friends and non-Friends.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Our approved budget is $115,523 – requiring contributions of $2,221.60 per week. Weekly contribution average for May: $1149.61. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.


MN pipeline field trip! Enbridge Energy LP plans to expand its US tar sands oil pipeline system through MN, presenting severe risks to MN water, land and people. Visit the Clearbrook Tank Farms, Cass Lake and the Red Lake Encampment. Marty Cobenais, organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, will lead the tour. Learn more about the Enbridge expansion and its impact on local communities along the pipeline and downstream. Wed, June 26th, 7am – around 9pm; $50 / person covers transportation and a meal: Buy tickets at mn350.org/minnesotas-tar-sands-fight-a-trip-to-the-pipeline

The Pepin County Board voted this past week to ban frac sand mining along their ten-mile stretch of the Mississippi River! No other county in MN or WI has done anything like this! Thank you, Friends, for following this issue, going to a hearing, testifying, writing letters, and holding it as a concern.

People Camp 2013 is coming, Sun, Aug 11 – Sat, Aug 17, Northern Pines Camp, near Park Rapids, MN. People Camp, a program of Friends for a Non-Violent World, is an experience of cooperation, community living, and exploration of ideas and issues – for adults, teens, and children.  Workshops, children’s program, recreation, education. Years ago many Mpls Friends attended. Want to go again? Or try it for the first time? Registration form and brochure available: fnvw.org . If you have never attended, take a look at the brochure and come this year!

The Conflict Resolution Center is offering workshops for teachers, student support staff, administrators and youth- serving professional interested in learning more about restorative measures and the Circle process for schools or in professional practice. Registration required, participation limited: June 25th – Bullying and Restorative Interventions with groups and in the classroom: a Keeper’s Intensive Workshop – Mpls Davis Center, 1250 W Broadway Ave, Mpls; June 26th – Using Circle, Teaching Health and Working with LGBTQ Youth – Mpls Davis Center. Register for either or both at surveymonkey.com/s/JUNECircleTA. June 27th – Circle Networking Day: Brain Trauma and Resiliency and a report on international restorative practices – Mpls Davis Center; register at surveymonkey.com/s/CNDAY13

Shared Security: An Invitation to Re-imagine U.S. Foreign Policy – Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) have been working to start a conversation about what a new, shared national security would look like and require. Your ideas, discernment and development of these ideas are needed to continue shaping the vision and implementing it: sharedsecurity.org.

Pat Jones will be in the office 2-5 on Wednesday and at other times on Wed. and Thurs. Off  this Fri. through July 13.
Carolyn Sherer VandenDolder, the Admin Assistant, will be in Wed. afternoon and Fri.   Bulletin deadline, noon Thurs. Bulletin items can be phoned in to the office, emailed or written and placed in the bulletin file in the blue box.

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