October 12, 2014

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed)

9:45 AM worship with attention to business: Ranae Hanson, clerk; Tom Ward, recording clerk

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Barbara Coffin, speaker; care of meeting, Marilyn Johnson

HOLD IN THE LIGHT

Friends School of Minnesota as they conduct the final round of interviews for a new head of school. Friends are invited to the remaining meet-the-candidate programs at 7:00: Oct 13th – Joe Mueller; Oct 21st – Latrisha Chattin; at FSM.

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Worship in Bloomington will be this Tues, October 14th, 7:00, at the home of Louise at Gideon Pond. All are welcome this small, 45-minute, time of unprogrammed worship.

The Quaker reading group will meet Wed, Oct 15th at 7 in the conference room. All are welcome – on an on-going basis or for one-time visits! We will be selecting something good to read and plotting the schedule for the fall. The group was created as a memorial to George and Elizabeth Watson who read Quaker writings voraciously through the entirety of their lives.

The Northern Yearly Meeting (NYM) Interim Session is Fri, Oct 24th, 7 – 9pm and Sat the 25th, 9am – 5pm at Twin Cities Friends Meeting. All Friends are encouraged to attend . If you come to this Meeting, you are a part of NYM! Hear preliminary reports to get a glimpse of what NYM is doing and take advantage of the smaller size which makes it easier to mix and get to know people! Afterward, Friends are invited to a potluck dinner (Sat, 6:00) and folk dance (after dinner!), also at TCFM. Those who are able, please bring a potluck dish to share! Even if you don’t dance – it will be fun!

Offering boxes are located on small tables near the meetingroom doors. Please give as you are able. Thank you, Friends, for your generous support of the Meeting in all manner of ways.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

Congratulations to Kassie who completed the Twin Cities Marathon! She has bettered her time each year!

Terry Kayser and CeCeile Hartleib will have art work showing at their studio, Gemini Studio of Fine Art, for the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend! ACVR Warehouse, 106 W Water St., Studio 402, St. Paul. You can still stop TODAY, noon-5:00.

A Racial Justice Gathering and potluck, hosted by American Friend’s Service Committee’s Healing Justice program, will be on Wed, Oct 22, 5:30-8:30 pm, at the AFSC office, 1671 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Three areas of interest: convening again for support, insight and coordination; more education about the ways in which systemic / institutional white privilege operates; and development of some action steps. Sharon Goens-Bradley sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org; 651-789-3852.
The St. Paul office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has a survey for Friends in the greater metro area to fill out. Please fill it out online (http://bit.ly/AFSC_TC2014_survey) by October 22.

“Finding Strength and Hope as we Transition to a more Just and Sustainable World,” a transition workshop will be offered here, Sat, Nov 1st 9AM – 4AM. Talk with others who are changing their lives to lessen the impacts of global climate change. Get practical information to enable your own changes. Consider the characteristics of a community you want to live in. In the silence and in small groups, consider your personal next steps in moving toward that community, that world.

Peterson Toscano, a Quaker performance artist and Biblical scholar will offer Climate Change: What’s Faith Got To Do With It?, an interactive workshop, on Oct. 29th, 7 PM, at All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church, 3100 Park Ave S, Mpls. Humor, storytelling and skilled facilitation – hear success stories and best practices from other communities; consider different theological approaches to understand and communicate climate change; discover roles your faith community can take on; and reflect on our role in this new world.

ALSO – Peterson Toscano will present Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible, Sun, Nov 2nd at 7:00pm, Living Table United Church of Christ, 3805 – 40th Str E, Mpls. Stories of transgender and gender-variant people from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Hilarious and moving, Toscano’s show deepens well-known (and lesser-known) Bible stories through an array of characters. Buy tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/888067 or email: tickets(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)tctwentypercent.org to reserve and pay at the door. SPACE IS LIMITED!

“Whitewashed: Unmasking the World of Whiteness” will be shown Sat, Nov 8th, 1:00-4:00 pm, at the American Friends Service Committee’s office, 1671 Summit Ave, St. Paul. Feeling overwhelmed by the news of police brutality and racial disparities in our society? Feeling outraged or helpless but isolated, not knowing how to help or what to do? Come for a heartfelt discussion after the short film.

Friends Committee on National Legislation’s (FCNL’s) Quaker Public Policy Institute Pro-Diplomacy Lobby Day will be November 20-21 in Washington, DC. See ten reasons Kate Gould, FCNL’s head lobbyist on issues in the Middle East, thinks you should go: fcnl.org/issues/middle_east/10_reason_to_come_qppi Doug, from MFM, is attending the institute.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Action Alert: Support the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act! Events in Ferguson, MO have focused attention on what police militarization looks like. Initiatives like the 1033 program and terrorism grants to local communities reflect attitudes of fear, hostility and suspicion; providing military-grade equipment to local police departments. The federal government can help change that by ending Pentagon transfers of military-grade weapons through the 1033 program. Cutting access to these weapons will not, by itself, change the attitude of police officers towards the people they are to protect. But it is an important step to return police to policing, not occupying, their communities. See capwiz.com/fconl/home/ for more and for other alerts.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Mayim Rabim Congregation invites Friends to hear historian, Sabra Waldfogel who wrote Slave and Sister, a historical novel – the story of the relationship and struggle between a Jewish woman and the slave who is her half-sister, and how the Civil War transforms that relationship from mistress and slave to truly being sisters. TODAY, Oct 12th, 4:00 – 5:30, here.

Matthew Cady Palombo, Department of Philosophy and Global Studies and advisor for the Muslim Students’ Association, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, will speak- “A Clash of Fundamentalisms: Moral Response to the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) on Monday, Oct 13th, 1:00pm, Library, third floor, 3400 , MCTC.

The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition offer Pop-Up now through Nov 1st! Nearly every day there will be an event/s ranging in size and scope but sharing common goals: activate outdoor public space, create a fun destination, build social capital, show off artistic talent and engage community. All are welcome to these free events. Mon, Oct 13th 4-6 Cookie Cart Open House (free samples, tours and activities); Tues, Oct 14th, 3-6 Sammy Lemonade; Wed, Oct 15th, 5-7, Anytime Fitness Outdoor Dance Party; Thurs, Oct 16th, 4:30-7:30, Mobile JXTA (Bubbles, music (recorded), lights and illumination, games or art-making activities (such as button-making, backpack art, face painting, etc.); Fri, Oct. 17, 3-7, West Broadway Farmer’s Market; 4-10, Meat and Greet (in the Cub Foods parking lot – free food, music including Bdot Croc, The Rxmedy, DJ Rambo Salinas, Ice Dude, and more!) All on West Broadway in north Mpls. Full schedule at westbroadway.org/pop-ups

OFFICE HOURS
Pat Jones will be in the office Wednesday from 2:00-5:00 and other times Wed, Thurs, Fri. and Sat.
Carolyn VandenDolder, the Administrative Assistant, will be in Wed. afternoon and Fri. Bulletin deadline, noon Thur. Bulletin 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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