Bulletin: February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017



9:00 AM meeting for worship (unprogrammed): care of meeting, Bill Hendricks and Jackie Barrett (mic)

10:15 AM Small group discussion of how people are feeling in regard to the political climate; coordinated by Mary Snyder

11:15 AM meeting for worship (semi-programmed): Stephen Snyder, speaker; Dave Bostrom, musician; care of meeting, Joanne Esser

Do you pay attention to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts and trust them as the leadings of God whose Light shows us our darkness and brings us to new life?
Do you respect the worth of every human being as a child of God?
Are you . . . careful in speech, just and compassionate in all your dealings with others?
Are you open to new light, from whatever source it may come?
— From New England and Britain Yearly Meetings’ Faith and Practice

Friends for a NonViolent World Annual Meeting is TODAY, 1:00 – 3:00PM at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, 1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul. Hear about the new Police and Community Initiative; programming updates from Alternative to Violence Project, People Camp, and Peace Education and Advocacy; meet new board members; and more!

Friends School of Minnesota is having a community worship TODAY, 1:00 – 2:00pm, 1365 Englewood Ave. in St Paul.


You are welcome at the potluck next Sunday at the rise of semi-programmed worship! Come for good food, good conversation, and some relaxed time with one another. To regulars, bring lots so we can feel confident urging visitors to stay!

Next Sunday at the 10:15 mid-morning program: John Stuart and Mary Jean Port will speak about their spiritual journeys, including their experience with Buddhist practice.

Monthly Meeting approved the formation of a Meeting Google Group at the Oct business meeting. Guidelines can be found at: minneapolisfriends.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Google-Group.pdf; or the “How To” page of the website. To join:
1. Email Roland and ask to be enrolled in the Google Group
2. When you are enrolled, Roland will confirm that you are enrolled and can send messages to those in the Google Group.
3. To send a message, enter mpls-friends-meeting(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)googlegroups.com in the “To” line of your email. On the subject line, type Meeting related, and the subject (e.g. Meeting related – Mid-Morning program, March 5). Then type your message in the text section.

Beyond the Divide will be shown at the meetinghouse on Wed, March 22nd, at 7:00. The film is about a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate who together forge a path to healing old wounds from the Vietnam era in Missoula, MT. Received the top Showcase Award from the MN/WI Flyway Film Festival and several other awards when released in 2014. A discussion focusing on the ways we might cross today’s political divide will follow. Refreshments will be served.

The Peace and Social Concerns Committee is accepting nominations for recipients of the Meeting’s 2016-17 carbon tax contribution ($1470.00). This contribution is intended for organizations or actions that help off-set our fossil carbon use.


Northern Yearly Meeting spring interim session (a gathering of NYM reps from NYM Meetings, presiding clerks, and other interested NYM Friends,) will be March 24-25, in Madison, WI. Mpls Meeting currently does not have a representative. If you would like to go and wish to stay in a home of Madison Friends contact the office (office(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)minneapolisfriends.org) by March 15th. Requests should include whether pet free, stairs-free housing, etc.

Iowa Yearly Meeting will have its mid-year meeting, Quakers and Quaker Schools, on March 25 and 26 in Bear Creek Meeting near Earlham, IA. More about the weekend and registration is posted.

Registration is starting for summer sessions at Friends School of MN! Programs available for ages 4-14, starting June 14th. See a list of classes on the long table in the east hallway or go to fsmn.org/summer-camp/summer-programs .

Play with other musical F(f)riends (ages 10-18) at Friends Music Camp, musical growth in a caring community, July 9 – Aug 16, Earlham College, Richmond, IN. More at friendsmusiccamp.org

Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas meeting, Stony Point, NY, March 23-26. Speakers from Pacific, Cuba, and New England Yearly Meetings. Bridging the divergences in the Quaker spectrum, seeking pathways to an attitude of both/and rather than either/or. More at fwccamericas.org under “events”. Help with travel costs may be available from the Meeting. Registration has begun. A list of speakers is on the elevator table.

Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling Conference, “Centered in Wholeness: Body & Spirit,” Quaker Hill Conference Ctr, Richmond IN, March 23-26. Discussion, exercises, massage, yoga, aromatherapy, centering prayer, time in nature, and other self-care opportunities and recharging/reconnecting with F/friends, God, and yourself. More at: qpcc.us/annual-conference

George Lakey will interview Jonathan Matthew Sucker, author of Hegemony How-To: A Roadmap for Radicals addressing the question, “How do we build enough collective power to not only demand a better world, but actually create one?” March 6, 7:30 ET; livestreaming available to registrants. More at pendlehill.org/events/reaching-beyond-choir/#.WK4KxPkrK71

American Friends Service Committee offers Five Things your Congregation Can Do to Stop Islamophobia at: afsc.org/5-things-your-congregation-can-do-to-stop-islamophobia

White Privilege Conference will be held in Kansas City April 27-30. Once again, Friends General Conference (FGC) will offer deeply discounted group rates for interested Quakers to attend, and Friends in Kansas City will provide hosting. Receive information as soon as registration opens through FGC by filling out and information form at: fgcquaker.org/register-2016-white-privilege-conference. More on the conference: whiteprivilegeconference.com/.


Most Minnesotans agree that we needs to close our nation-leading achievement gap but debate about how to do it. Skip the debate and go straight to action! Help a child learn to read, do math, or have a positive role model. Check out Life Learners at mnchurches.org/justice/TutorRecruitment.html and indicate your interest in helping a young Minnesotan today.

Help plan site improvements at Bde Maka Ska (aka Lake Calhoun)! The Mpls Park and Recreation Board has $225K in funding from the Mpls Art in Public Places Program for the site. Your last chance to give design input is TOMORROW, Feb 27, from 6-8 PM at the Mpls American Indian Center Auditorium (1530 E Franklin Ave.)


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, Thurs, and Fri. afternoons. 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.

Meeting for Business Minutes, January 8, 2017

MFM Monthly Meeting for Business Minutes —  January 8, 2017 9:00 am           Meeting for Worship 9:45 am           Meeting for Worship with Attention to Businessm  David Woolley—presiding clerk, Stephen Snyder—recording clerk, Pat Jones—Director of Ministry[Some names and information have been edited or … Continue reading →