Bulletin: July 27, 2014

July 27, 2014

10:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Tom Ward and Dave Bostrom


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


All who are affected by the violence in Palestine and Israel. Two American Friends Service Committee staff in Gaza have fled their homes, seeking a safer place with relatives. The remaining staff person in Gaza is hosting 22 extended family members. They have no water, no electricity and little food. One of the participants in AFSC’s Palestinian Youth: Together for Change Project, Abdullah Mansour Abu Amara, aged 22, was killed in the Israeli attack on Shuja’iya. He had plans to become a lawyer.

The 2014 Quaker Youth Pilgrimage. Twenty-six young adult Friends, ages 16-19, from Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the United States, will be visiting historic Quaker sites in Bolivia and Peru over the next few weeks.


You are welcome at the potluck next Sunday at the rise of worship. Relaxed visiting and shared food in the cool of the lower level. Stay if you can! To regulars, please bring lots to accommodate visitors and those unable to contribute.

Two more people are needed to host/bring snacks for coffee and conversation on August 17th and 31st. There is a sign-up sheet near the bulletin table. Sign up to support this time of informal conversation and connection possible.

Ministry and Counsel Committee’s job is to care for the spiritual condition of Minneapolis Friends Meeting as a whole and the individuals within it. Have questions or concerns or comments about the worship life of the Meeting or your own path as a Friend? Ministry and Counsel Committee members might a resource for you!

Save the date! August 27: Four Rivers Friends (formerly known as the Metro Friends Coordinating Committee) picnic will be held at the Minnehaha Falls Wabun picnic area. More info to follow.

International Friends Church is offering a vacation Bible school in the mornings (9-noon) of August 4th-8th at the Jewell Park Building, 1400 – 89th Ave N in Brooklyn Park. Children 4 yrs – 6th grade are warmly welcome; 1-2 volunteers (even for an hour or two) are needed! Visiting Pastor Wabomba is leading. Call him with questions or to volunteer: 423-963-1342.

Sophia Naylor is happy to be back in town this summer to perform her solo show at the MN Fringe Festival. “Boxed” is the humorous, poignant, occasionally raw, and not-so-unautobiographical play she wrote about the constraints a young woman faces in a life filled with doubts, epilepsy, and love (and even a strange French movie). Five performances at 3037 Lyndale Ave. So: Sat. Aug. 2, 1:00 PM; Sun. Aug. 3, 10:00 PM; Tue. Aug. 5, 7:00 PM; Fri. Aug. 8, 8:30 PM; and Sun. Aug 10, 5:30 PM. Tickets are $12 plus a $4 festival button. Promo cards for the show posted on the bulletin board and on the elevator table.

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


People Camp is just around the corner! People Camp is a program of Friends for a NonViolent World and offers an experience of cooperation, community living, and exploration of ideas and issues – and it’s fun!! If you have never experienced People Camp, please consider coming this year! Sun, Aug 10th – Sat, Aug 16th at Northern Pines Camp, near Park Rapids, MN. Details and documents at fnvw.org – go to programs and scroll to People Camp, learn more.

Read what Quaker voices recommend around the crises on the United States border and in Palestine/Israel on the American Friends Service Committee’s website. Click on Key Issues to find action alerts with things you can do to help address these heart-breaking situations. For background, read “Ending Oppression to End Violence: The Gaza Escalation In Context” on AFSC’s website. Friends Committee on National Legislation has also been following and advising on these issues for decades. Both organizations offer insight and constructive ideas for resolution: afsc.org and fcnl.org .

Take action on bombing in Palestine. Take a minute to write or call your members of Congress and President Obama, asking them to urge all parties to agree to a ceasefire. Friends Committee on National Legislation says the United States can help save both Israeli and Palestinian lives by speaking out in support of a lasting ceasefire, lifting the blockade on Gaza, ending U.S. military aid to Israel, holding all sides accountable for human rights violations, and engaging with all Palestinian factions, including Hamas. United for Peace and Justice suggests we urge our Congresspeople refuse support for H.Con.Res 107 (Ros-Lehtinen on Gaza) which would guarantee military aid to Israel with no equivocation. Congressional Switchboard is 202-224-3121. A list of Congressional representatives’ contact information follows.

Iowa Yearly Meeting (Friends United Meeting) will hold annual sessions this Wed, July 30th – Sat, August 2nd at William Penn University and College Avenue Friends Church, Oskaloosa, IA. Schedule and registration can be found at iaym.org.

Earlham School of Religion will host their annual Quaker Leadership Conference, “Leading as Servants in the Manner of Friends,” August 15-17, featuring keynote presentations from Alan Kolp and Ann Riggs and a workshop with Gayle McJunkin! Registration and payment form available on-line at esr.earlham.edu/news-events/events/leadership-reg2014

People of Faith Peacemakers Breakfast: Second and Fourth Wednesdays, 8:00-9:30 AM at African Development Center, Riverside and 20th Avenues South. A resource and support group for those concerned about peace and justice from a faith perspective. FFI: www.justviewpoiont.org or call 763-784-5177.

Twin Cities Friends Meeting is having an Art Fair at their meetinghouse in St. Paul on Sat, Sept 13th. Artists are asked to donate 10% of their sales. This event offers a wonderful way to share another side of ourselves with each other. So far, there are nineteen talented Friends who are interested in participating, mostly from TCFM. If you are interested, email Brianna or Richard at fair(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)tcfm.org; OR, if you know of a someone from one of the other area meetings that we might approach, please let us know. More at: quakercofe.ning.com/events-activities. Others helpers are needed – cashiers, set-up / clean-up folks, etc. Join the fun by contacting the Friends listed above!

David Cobb of Move to Amend will be speaking about the current role of corporations and money in US democracy in his talk, “Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule.” this Tues, July 29, 7:00–9:00 PM, First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve Avenue, Mpls, (Parking available in Walker ramp). Move to Amend is a national coalition calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

Pat Jones will be in the office 2-5 on Wednesday and at other times on Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sunday.
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.

Senators (2014)

Al Franken 651-221-1016
Washington Office
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5641

Amy Klobuchar
Washington Office
302 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3244

House of Representatives (2014)

Tim Walz
District 1
1034 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202-225-2472

Erik Paulsen
District 3
127 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2871

Keith Ellison 612-522-1212
District 5
2244 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4755

Collin Peterson
District 7
2109 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2165

John Kline
District 2
2439 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2271

Betty McCollum
District 4
1714 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6631

Michele Bachmann
District 6
2417 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2331

Rick Nolan
District 8
2447 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6211