September 25, 2016

MEETING SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM

TODAY

9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, John Dunham

10:15 AM “Experiment with Light: What did early Friends DO in the silence?” Hear a brief explanation of the Light Meditation based upon the practice of early Friends and adapted for contemporary Friends by Rex Ambler. MFM Friends who participated in Rex’s workshop at Friends General Conference will offer some of their experiences/reflections of the process with time for questions and discussion about the formation of a Light Group here. Diane Barrett leading.

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

UPCOMING MEETING EVENTS

Due to camp, next Sunday there will be no adult program, nursery care, first day school classes, or programming in the second worship. Social Committee is offering the usual potluck for those unable to attend camp.

Celebrate 60 Years of Minneapolis Meeting Friendly Fall Camp at Camp Courage in Maple Lake next weekend! Turn in late registrations TODAY. Some extra forms are available on the table by the elevator. If you can’t do it today, email your info to Wina as soon as possible; or bring it with you to Camp if you make a last minute decision. Truly–you can come! Didn’t get a brochure? Email or call Wina. Everyone is welcome for all or part of Fall Camp!

All those attending Fall Camp: Your Fall Camp brochure is a very handy little item! Refer to it so you know what to pack. Remember to bring it with you in the car for the map and directions. And keep it with you at Camp to have a ready copy of the schedule! Plan to arrive 9:30 – 10:30 on Oct 1st to sign in and find your room. Yellow Friends signs will lead to the Woodland Dining Hall. Sign in on the upper level. Coming later? Sign-in and let us know you’ve arrived. Can’t wait to see you!

The first evening discussion about testimonies will be at the meetinghouse this Fri, Sept 30th, 7 – 8:30, discussing the peace testimony. Sign up if you would like to attend, (at the elevator table.) In Oct, Bill will host a discussion of integrity.

Peace and Social Concerns Committee will show The Doctrine of Discovery, here, on Wed, Oct 12th, at 7:00 p.m. This film tells the story of how little-known 15th century Vatican documents resulted in a tragic global momentum of domination and dehumanization, leading to law systems in the U.S. and Canada that are being used against Original Nations and Peoples to this day, including what is behind the Dakota Access Pipeline issue. Discussion to follow. To see a trailer of the film, go to youtube.com/watch?v=G1VrzoaLahs The Doctrine of Discovery is the first of a MFM film series.

OTHER HAPPENINGS AMONG QUAKERS

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.

Friends School of Minnesota is seeking a Communications Director, (.5 position,) to develop and implement internal and external communications and marketing activities to meet strategic and institutional goals/needs of the school. Applications due by this Wed, Sept 28. For more, see fsmn.org/employment/communications-director-5-fte

Ben Pink Dandelion is offering a free online, three-week course on the beginnings of Quakerism, starting Oct 3rd (enroll any time.) Register at: futurelearn.com/courses/quakers/1 . Pat, Steve and Mary, Tom, Carolyn, Barbara, and Roland have registered – the course promises to be first-rate as well as free. Please tell Pat if you sign up.

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#

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.

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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow (POCACITO) is an international consortium of cities working together to share their visions, innovations, and experiences building more equitable, accessible, and sustainable urban communities. POCACITO is hosting a two-part event in Mpls today and tomorrow, the 25th and 26th. Finding the Vision, TONIGHT at the Humphrey Forum at the U of M’s Humphrey School (6-8 PM,) is a town hall-style forum that focuses on defining a visionary post-carbon future for Mpls. This is an open-door forum for everyone, but registration is recommended: (eventbrite.com/e/pocacito-in-minneapolis-vision-town-hall-tickets-27610692324). Finding the Way will be tomorrow, Sept 26th, (12-4:30PM,) in the ADM Room at the Mill City Museum. Registration (eventbrite.com/e/pocacito-in-minneapolis-workshop-tickets-27551833275 ) is required due to space limitations and catering, so register as soon as possible.

Minneapolis Friends are invited to join the action of Restore the Vote Block Party, Tues, Sept 27th. There are 47,000 individuals on felony probation or parole in MN. MN law currently prohibits them from voting. On Tues, Sept 27th–National Voter Registration Day–reach out to such individuals to register them to vote as well as connecting with others to let them know about ongoing efforts to Restore the Vote and how they can get involved. Meet In the TakeAction MN Parking Lot, 705 Raymond Ave. St. Paul, MN: 5:00 PM–Music, Food, and Dance, 5:45PM–Program & Training, 6:15pm–Hit the Phones & the Doors for voter registration, 8:15PM–Group Debrief, 9:00PM–Adjournment, or stay late for music & dance!

OFFICE HOURS: Pat Jones’ is on vacation this week. She will be back in the office on Wed, Oct 5th.

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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