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Skyspace viewings are cancelled until further notice pending repairs.
We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.
Sunday, Oct. 19, Andy Miller will lead a discussion on Margaret Hope Bacon, an American Quaker historian and writer who died in 2011. Bacon is known for her biographies involving Quaker women's history and the abolitionist movement. Among her better-known books are "Valiant Friend: Life of Lucretia Mott", and "The Quiet Rebels; The Story of Quakers in America." 9:20 a.m.--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House. All are welcome to this Adult First Day School class.
"The ancient art of chanting has long been embraced by the world's great religious traditions as a path to healing and enlightenment, but only recently has Western science begun to recognize its therapeutic effects on the body and mind." From Introduction to "Chanting: Discovering Spirit in Sound" by Robert Gass.
How much property is enough? Note the verses in Acts 4:34-35: "For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles' feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need. . . ." What are the economic and political consequences when wealth distribution is too uneven?
Sunday, Oct. 12 Adult First Day School will host a presentation on the private prison system in the United States. 9:20 a.m.--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House. All are welcome.
Sunday, Oct. 5, Adult First Day School will host the Seekers Gathering. This is an informal gathering in which anyone may bring a question about Quaker faith and practice, and we will discuss it. Andy Miller and Rich Corl will lead the discussion. 9:20 a.m.--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House. All are welcome.
On Sunday, Sept. 28 Adult First Day School will present a discussion of the history of the word church and its relationship to our (Quaker) form of community. Andy Miller and Mark Herranen will lead the discussion in The Meeting House, 9:20 a.m.--10:20 a.m.. The essay "Christianity and Church History" is part of a series by Gene Marshall (www.realisticliving.org/PDF/History). All are welcome.
Sunday, Sept. 21 Adult First Day School will present a discussion on a 2009 essay written by a British Friend (Craig Barnett) regarding how the Friends Meeting can help members adjust to the end of a prosperous, energy-abundant society. Mark Herranen will lead the discussion. All are welcome. 9:20 a.m.--10:20 a.m. in the Meeting House.
We have gotten a lot of questions and anxiety about the installation of the new floor. Here are the answers to some of the questions - if you have any other questions or feedback, please contact Susan Long, the clerk of Worship and Ministry.
When will the floor be installed?
We are not sure - the wood has been ordered for several weeks, but has not been shipped as of this writing (9/18/14).
What are the steps for installing the floor?
The wood will have to acclimate to the meeting house environment for a few weeks by sitting on the meeting house floor. We will be able to have meeting as usual during that time - except for maybe being a bit more crowded! The installers say that after the wood is ready, they should be able to install the floor in three days, and have it ready to walk on.
Will the kids be inconvenienced?
The wood will be acclimating in the meeting room, so the kids should be able to have their classes as usual.
How will it affect Meeting for Worship?
W&M has decided that, in the event that we are not able to meet in the meeting room on a Sunday, we will rent a tent and fans for that Sunday, and meet outside on the lawn. We talked about trying to meet offsite but decided in the end it was not a good idea. As the fall approaches, the weather is getting cooler, so if we have to do this, hopefully the heat will not be a big problem. We will certainly work with the installers to time the installation to cause minimal disruption to the Meeting for Worship. With any luck, they will be able to start work on a Monday, and finish on a Friday, and we will be able to meet as usual on Sunday.
Again, if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us.