April 6, 2014

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Mary Logue

10:15 AM in the meetingroom: Sarah (Sadie) Jacobs, who grew up in the Meeting, will bring us up to date with her current life, activities and interests (NOTE CHANGE FROM JOHN CUTLER, postponed to autumn);
in the conference room: friendly philosophers – this open, informal, discussion group meets every first Sun at 10:15 and every Thurs night, 7:00, at Bush Terrace Condos

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Joanne Esser, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Annamary Herther

“Prayer, we learn gradually, has far more to do with listening than with talking.”
– Britain Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice, 2.26


You are welcome to the monthly potluck lunch today at the rise of semi-programmed worship. Please come to this informal time of food and fellowship. To regulars, potlucks, like most things here, are do-it-yourself affairs. Look for opportunities to help: get silverware and plates when needed at the serving table; help clear dishes, help wash, dry and put dishes away; help wipe tables and put tables and chairs away. Every job is more fun when shared!

Zephyra and Roland Shepherd Scholarship applications and eligibility criteria are available on the long table in the east hall and are due April 27th. This scholarship for post-secondary education was started by the Shepherds in 1977. Applications should be mailed back to the meetinghouse or put in the Shepherd Scholarship file in the blue box.

The Lost and Found box is getting full! Check the entry way to see if any items are yours before they journey to a new home!


Next Sunday 9:45-11:15 is our monthly meeting for business. Meeting for business is central to the spiritual and practical life of the Meeting and to being a Friend. In fact, the official name of the Meeting is Minneapolis Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends. Come participate in this essential part of meeting life.

Worship in Bloomington is Tues, April 8th, 7:00, at the home of Louise, Gideon Pond, in Bloomington. All are welcome this small, 45-minute, time of unprogrammed worship.

Some call it worship sharing, others call it lectio divina (divine reading). Come to this open-hearted study of Quaker quotes; 12-12:30, Weds 9th and 30th; Kenwood Isles. Light lunch to follow.

An excellent Quaker education opportunity! Four Doors to Meeting for Worship, a booklet by William Taber, describes four ways to access worship and experience the living Presence, and will be read together aloud and discussed at the next George and Elizabeth Watson Memorial Reading Group, here, this Wed, April 9th at 7:00. Multiple copies will be available. No preparation needed. New or old to the Meeting, just show up!

The local American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) Healing Justice Film Series was created for area Quakers and is underway! The next film, based on a recent killing in CA, is Fruitvale Station, this Thurs., April 10th at 6:30 pm, Faith Mennonite Church in Mpls. The series brings L/light to systems that perpetuate racism and to our role in changing them. After each film, AFSC’s Sharon Goens-Bradley, along with a member of the Quaker community, will facilitate a discussion. No admission fee; donations welcome. More info: sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org or 651-789-3852. Films will be shown at Faith Mennonite Church, 2720 E. 22nd St. Mpls. Remaining dates for films are May 8th and June 5th.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) invites all Friends from the metro area who have a concern for racial justice to come to a gathering Wed, April 16th, 5:30-8:30 pm (details about a meal TBA), at the AFSC office, 1671 Summit Avenue. Have you been to the national White Privilege Conference, the Overcoming Racism conference, or other anti-racism events? Are you wondering how to get involved in racial equity and justice work? Come listen to and share answers to a few questions: How did the conference(s) impact you? What do you want to do with your experience? What would you love to see happen next? What would engage you, or fill a longing that you have, around the creation of a society that works for everyone? In what ways, large and small, can we get started? FFI: Sharon Goens-Bradley, sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org, 651-789-3852.

Jim is hosting an informal, semi-programmed worship, including a reading from Matthew, at the meetinghouse, 5:30, April 18th, for those who would like to worship together on the day most Christians mark Good Friday. A simple supper will follow.

Men sought to help host an Easter brunch at 10:15 on Sun, April 20th. Able and willing to join in food preparation, serving, and/or cleanup?

Looking ahead: Come to storytelling 7:00 Thurs evening, April 24th, here at the meetinghouse. This informal, engaging evening – for newcomers and old-timers alike – is a delightful way to know and be known.

The Quaker Family Band will provide live dance music with a caller Sat, April 26th at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. Doors open at 6:30, music from 7 pm – 9:30 (with a couple breaks). Treats to share appreciated. Organized for fun and to encourage Friends to be friendly with each other! For all ages – including kids! Brought to you by Metro Friends Coordinating Committee.

Northern Yearly Meeting’s annual session, “What Canst Thou Say?” is coming Memorial Day weekend! A few paper registration and session information packets are available on the elevator table or contact the office for an electronic copy. Northern Yearly Meeting was created to provide support for and between worship groups and monthly meetings in the upper mid-west. Annual sessions offer times of fellowship, relaxation, worship, dancing, talent displays, workshops and interest groups. Want to know more? Ask Connie, Allen, Pat, Marilyn, Dave, John, Nettie, Jim or Carolyn (recent past attenders.)

Workshop leaders are being sought for this year’s Northern Yearly Meeting session. Workshops and interest groups bring Friends together at NYM to share their passions and interests. Workshops begin with a presentation, often, but not necessarily, related to the theme for the year (What Canst Thou Say?). Ideally, the workshops collectively address issues of personal spiritual growth, building the Meeting community, and social action. They are scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 on Saturday or Sunday. Please send your ideas! Include a description, your name and contact info by May 16 to.

Read about Neonicotinoids, which kill bees, and the steps the Friends School Plant Sale have taken to ensure bee safety in their plants, an article on page 30 of the plant sale flyer. They also offer a partial list of products that may contain neonics.

Mayim Rabim invites us to an Art Schmooze! This fun, causal, drop-in event is Sun, April 27th, noon – 4, 3840 – 26th Ave. S. in Mpls. Original, hand made art/crafts by Mayim Rabim members and their families will be on display and for sale. Grab a nosh, buy some art, and schmooze (chat) with members of the wonderful MR community. All proceeds go to support MR.

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able.


Play at Friends School: April 23rd at 7 pm – Mixed Reality explores identity and what it means to be bi-racial using movement, dialogue, and voice. This one-woman show about growing up as a multiracial individual is an opportunity for all of us to ask the questions: Who am I? What am I? What do I believe? Why do I believe? There is no charge.

The “Doctrine Of Discovery” documentary will be shown Tues, April 29, at 7:00 pm at Sundin Hall, Hamline, as part of MN’s Genocide Awareness Month. The film focuses on the incredibly powerful and little discussed religious justification early explorers used to claim lands from indigenous nations and peoples. A post-film discussion will be led by filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild, a member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community, along with Steven Newcomb, founder of the Indigenous Law Institute, and Twin Cities Friends Meeting’s Howard Vogel, professor emeritus at Hamline Law School.

Iowa Yearly Meeting’s mid-year meeting is next weekend, April 12-13, at Bear Creek Meetinghouse near Earlham, IA. The topic: Our Faith, Our Practice. Program and registration information posted.

Activist and citizen-journalist Qusai Zakarya will be in the Twin Cities, May 4 and 5. Qusai survived the 2013 Moadamiya, Syria chemical weapons attack and over a year of life under siege. His 33-day hunger strike inspired world-wide support to break the illegal siege of cities across Syria. He will offer his powerful, personal account of the Syrian crisis at two venues: Sun, May 4, Crescent Moon Bakery, 2339 Old Central Ave, Minneapolis – buffet dinner at 5:30 pm, presentation at 6:30 pm; and Mon, May 5, 7:00, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Mpls. Sponsored by Friends for a Nonviolent World, Global Affairs Committee of Plymouth Congregational Church and the International Solidarity Hunger Strike.

Continuing Revolution: A Young Adult Friends’ Conference on Community will be offered next summer, June 6-11, at Pendle Hill Retreat and Study Center in PA. Young adults are particularly well-poised to become the inspired and effective change agents that are needed in the world, and at its core, this conference is about providing the foundational skills and training to inspire revelation – or revolution – as we strive to live in Spirit-led relationship with ourselves, our communities, and the earth. See pendlehill.org/yafcon for more. Flyers about the conference are on the elevator table.

Pendle Hill Study and Conference Center is offering a Summer Resident Program, Writing Your Story, Discerning Your Future: Your Summer Sabbatical at Pendle Hill, July 6 to August 3, 2014. Participate in four short courses; meet weekly, one-on-one, with a spiritual nurturer; join with your fellow students and scholar-minister Paul Rasor to integrate your learning in community each week; enjoy daily worship, a user-friendly library, an open art studio, delicious healthy meals, shared work, and a community of fellow seekers all on the beautiful tree-shaded grounds of the 23-acre arboretum campus. The four short courses are titled: Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography, John Woolman Speaks to Us Today, Brave New Journaling, and The Sacred Art of Spiritual Discernment. Cost: $5500. Some scholarships are available. Contact Bridget Casterline at admissions(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)pendlehill.org or 610-566-4507, ext. 161 for information about the program or scholarships. More at pendlehill.org/residentprogram/courses/summer-2014

There’s a new Quaker channel on You Tube! Quaker Speak is a project developed by Friends Journal, Friends General Conference, Quaker Volunteer Service and young adult Friends Jon Watts. The inaugural clip is about Quaker beginnings; others in the series cover faithfulness, activism, silence and violence. Check it out! http://quakerspeak.com/

Fruitful and Multiplying: The Overpopulation Show – Explore the social issue of world population through this unique compilation of artistic work presented by the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, (1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington,) running April 11th – May 30th. See interview with the curator at youtube.com/watch?v=8PEx2lLTnb8


Pat Jones, Director of Ministry, will be in the office Wednesday from 2-5:00 and other times Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat.

Carolyn VandenDolder, Administrative Assistant, will be in the office Wed afternoon and Friday. Bulletin deadline is noon Thurs. Items can be phoned in to the office, emailed or written and put in the bulletin file of the blue box.

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