October 2, 2016
MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM
9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Keitha and Doug Herron
11:15 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Joanne Esser
You are welcome at the potluck at the rise of the second worship today!
UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS
Ministry and Counsel Committee will meet this Thurs evening at 7 in the conference room.
Next Sunday, worship (unprogrammed) at 9 will move into worship with attention to business at 9:45. Meeting for business will go from 9:45 until the start of worship (semi-programmed) and first day school at 11:15.
Interested in joining an Experiment With Light group? Contact Diane.
SAVE THE DATE: Lunch Bunch is meeting on Thurs, Oct 20th. More details to come!
OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS
George Lakey will be speaking about his new book, Viking Economics, at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave, Mpls, this coming Wed, Oct 5th, at 1.30pm. Activist George Lakey, (one of the founders of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT),) will offer a discussion of how Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland got to the top of the international charts measuring well-being and equality, even though only Norway found oil. Economic structures in these countries are used to confront racism to achieve justice more quickly, and they also accelerate climate achievements. He will also be speaking at Content Bookstore in Northfield at 7 pm on Tues, Oct 4th.
Diane Randall, executive secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), will be at the MN History Center, (345 W Kellogg Blvd) Sun, Oct 16. Area Quakers are invited and encouraged to come to the reception there 1 – 3 pm. RSVP by Oct 5th to fcnl.org/nowisthetime/rsvp. FCNL brings a patient, persistent, and non-partisan Quaker witness to DC, lobbying for legislation consistent with the values of peace, justice, and a sustainable planet. Diane will speak about FCNL’s vision and enthusiasm for the future, informed by the new capital campaign, The World We Seek: Now is the Time.
See Dear White People, a film about a group of African American college students navigating life at a prestigious, predominantly white, college. Filmed primarily at the U of MN and Minneapolis Women’s Club, Dear White People is part of Capri Theater’s First Thursday Films and will be shown at the Capri, (2027 West Broadway,) this Thurs, Oct 6th, at 7 PM. There will be a post-film discussion of this film which has been described as an “advanced course in diversity” and “a sharp and provocative satire”. Jim and Annette are going! thecapritheater.org/dear-white-people/
Climate Reflection and Action Group (CRAG) will gather Sat, Oct. 8th, 12 – 5:30PM at Twin Cities Friends meetinghouse. Come build personal and group resiliency/spiritual groundedness related to the changes that are happening on our earth. Let Richard know if you plan to come. More at FourRiversFriends.org, Climate/Transitions.
Northern Yearly Meeting’s Fall Interim Session will be in Eau Claire, WI, Oct 14-16. NYM Friends who would like hospitality for an overnight stay at Fall Interim Session should contact the office: office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org . Any interested Friend is welcome to attend.
Earlham School of Religion will host the Ministry of Writing Colloquium Nov. 4-5. Diverse writers and editors will consider the theme, Eye of the Beholder, through workshops and topics such as: spiritual memoir; using collage techniques to transform life’s fragments into literary art; re-imagining scripture with the rabbis; choosing your literary ancestors; appealing to editors (and what the editorial process can teach us about the spiritual life). More at: esr.earlham.edu/news-events/events/writers16#
From Friends Committee on National Legislation: President Obama invoked the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force to launch airstrikes in Libya. This law has allowed two presidents to take military action around the world. In Jan 2017, it could continue and give our next president the power, alone, to wage war. The president, acting alone, has yielded: special ops in 150 countries; drone strikes with countless civilian deaths; warrantless surveillance of Americans; indefinite detention in Guantanamo Bay. For more, google “FCNL Questions for Candidates: Endless War”.
Friends Committee on National Legislation Annual Meeting and Lobby Day: Join FCNL in Washington, DC Nov 10-13 for the Annual Meeting and Lobby Day. Come participate in this Spirit-led work of setting our legislative priorities for the next Congress, fellowship, and worship. Registration is now open at fcnl.org/annualmeeting.
The St. Paul office of the American Friends Service Committee is seeking a new space! Currently located at 1671 Summit Ave, St. Paul, the new space would preferably be near the current address, would be easily accessible by public transit, would accommodate 2-4 people for every day work, and would have a meeting space holding up to 30. Target date for the move is the end of Oct. Contact Sharon Goens-Bradley with any ideas or leads you might have: 651-789-3852 or sgoens(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)afsc.org.
Doug Gwyn has a new book which advocates a renewal of the traditional Quaker peace testimony to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Anti-War is available from Inner Light Books.
Screenings of Command and Control, the thriller based on the real events that played out in Sept of 1980 at the Titan II missile complex in AR, will be at Landmark theaters in Minneapolis October 7-13. The movie tells the story of an accidentally dropped socket that punctured the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in the US arsenal and shows just how close we live to deadly nuclear disaster.
Fix-It Clinic – next Sat, Oct. 8th, 12 – 4:00, St. Louis Park Rec Center, 3799 Monterey Dr, St. Louis Park. Bring your broken items and let skilled volunteers help you fix it! Household items, mobile devices, textiles to mend– if you can carry it, bring it. First come, first served. Volunteer fixers needed, too. Ramsey and Hennepin counties sponsor these monthly events.
Thank you to Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar for voting to block the $1.15 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. Friends Committee on National Legislation stated, “Though the Senate missed a unique opportunity to challenge Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate killing of Yemeni civilians, just a year ago, it would have been virtually unthinkable that the Senate would weigh in on an arms deal to Saudi Arabia…” MN Senator Al Franken, along with Senators Chris Murphy (CT), Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) stated, “The very fact that we are voting on it today sends a very important message to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia that we are watching your actions closely and that the United States is not going to turn a blind eye to the indiscriminate killing of men, women, and children”
Pat Jones’ work week is Wed-Sun. She will be in the office Wed. 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.