November 20, 2016



9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Tom Hoey

10:15 AM In preparation for Pat’s retirement, Gayle McJunkin, Paul Landskroener, and Carolyn VandenDolder will speak about their experience of how various Meetings in the U.S. organize work and ministry, with or without staff, at the monthly meeting level.

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): John Kraft, speaker; Nancy Lichtenstein, musician; care of meeting, Judith James

Please remember to wear nametags! Nametags are hanging in the long hallway (to the left immediately past the sink.) They are now mostly in alphabetical order; spouses paired. Is your nametag missing? Do you need a new on? Never had one and would like one? Sign up at the elevator table.


Next Sunday at 10:15 (tentative): An update from Standing Rock. See the recent report from AFSC about Standing Rock at

Liaison and Review Committee, in preparation for Pat Jones’ retirement, is planning a threshing session for Sat., Jan 7th at 10 am. Please plan to participate.

Spend Thanksgiving this Thursday with F(f)riends at the meetinghouse! Worship at 3:00 pm followed by setting up (3:30 PM) and a planned potluck at 4:00. There is a sign-up sheet for food contributions on the elevator table. Or contact Jim to say that you are coming and what dish you would like to bring. The day will conclude with games from 5:30 – 9:00. Come for all or any part of the day – and invite your family and friends!

❄The Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair is coming up soon! Minneapolis Meeting is again the site for this annual community event / fundraiser on Dec 2nd (1-9 ) and Dec 3rd (10-4). There’s still time to craft items, cull through your personal library for donations to the book loft sale (drop off at the meetinghouse), plan to bake goods to sell or for the Friendly Café, and block out time to help with set-up, staffing the fair, or cleaning up afterward. This is a lovely opportunity for community, great music, meeting old friends and making new ones, purchasing beautiful crafts as gifts, and enjoying tasty homemade food – all while benefitting FNVW. Lend your talents then bring a friend to browse, shop for Christmas trees, wreaths, crafts, books, calendars, foods, and enjoy the ambiance!

❄Sign up to volunteer for the Friends for a NonViolent World Holiday Fair online on at: There remains one spot for musicians (Fri night) and great need for Friendly Café volunteers and clean up folks. Interested in bringing food items for the café? They are all listed under Nov 29th.

❄The Holiday Fair will host a Quaker Treasures Boutique. Items included will be (1) small objects (no clothing or furniture), (2) ideally holding some special meaning or memory, and (3) good potential gifts to give others. Donations can be brought to the meetinghouse. Please attach a note giving the story of the item: where it came from, what memories it has for you. All the better if the item has some Quaker connection.

❄Ruth Erickson will be selling her pottery this year as a Holiday Fair vendor!

“Darkness and Light,” the planned vocal ministry that Mary Jean Port offered at semi-programmed worship in October, will be published in Friends Journal this December. It is also available on the Minneapolis Meeting website under “Talks by Members.”


Friends School of Minnesota is seeking an Interim Head of School. For more: Applicants need to provide a letter of interest and resume to: interimheadsearch(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Listen to the conversation between Friends Committee for National Legislation’s Diane Randall and Parker Palmer talking about how to bring our whole spiritual and political selves to the current political season:

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”.


Contribute Indigenous food to feed Standing Rock protectors on Thanksgiving Day. The Tatanka Food Truck will be posted outside First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Avenue So, in south Minneapolis to collect donations tomorrow, Mon, Nov 21st, noon-6pm. Suggested foods: wild rice, long-grain, wild rice flour, quinoa flour, hominy – dried white corn, maple syrup, squash, cornmeal – look for Mandan Pride corn flour, dried beans, root vegetables, sunflower seeds, dried berries (blueberries, cranberries, black cherries), canned goods, healthy snacks for kids. Other items sought: quality winter gear in good condition, including for children, camping gear, especially suitable for winter, kitchen supplies (pots, pans, utensils, foil).

Every Church a Peace Church will have its next potluck next Mon Nov 21st, 6:30 PM at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4537 3rd Ave. So, Mpls. The program – Redemption and American Mass Incarceration: A False Flag Operation – will be offered by Sara Olson. Sara has worked in anti-apartheid efforts that led to living in Zimbabwe; was incarcerated for seven year in CA; and is currently a member of Women’s Prison Book Project collective and WAMM’s Tackling Torture at the Top.

Art Illuminating Human Rights Series: Muslim in Minnesota will be at the Minneapolis Institute of Art Thurs, Dec 1. Free but advanced reservation required. Today’s rhetoric around religion feels particularly divisive. A panel of multidisciplinary artists will explore what it means to be Muslim in Minnesota.

Middle East Peace Now presents Colleen Rowley, speaking at Southdale Library on Sat, Dec 3 (9:30 coffee; 10:00 program) on “What Foreign Policy Can We Expect from a Trump Presidency?” Colleen Rowley is a retired FBI agent and former legal counsel who taught law and ethics to FBI agents and police. She became a whistle-blower after 9-11, testifying in two different congressional inquiries as well as testifying in the DoJ Inspector General’s investigation of the FBI’s pre 9-11 failures.


Pat Jones will be on vacation for the next three weeks. She will be back at work on Dec 15th. In case of emergency, Friends may call Tom, David, or Carolyn.

Carolyn VandenDolder, the Administrative Assistant, will be in the office Mon, and Wed. morning. 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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