ANNAPOLIS FRIENDS NEWSLETTER — MAY 2011

 

May 2011 Calendar

Queries for Fifth Month: Personal Way of Life

Quaker Quotes for May

Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business Minutes

Spring Clean-Up and Project Day! (Rain Date #2) on April 30

Do You Have a Story to Tell? on April 30 and May 1

Event Honoring Quaker Historian Kenneth Cole at Third Haven on May 1

9/11 Lessons for Future Leaders: The Last 10 Years, the Next 10 Years on May 3

Green Sanctuary Plant Sales and Classes on May 15 and 22

Thinking about Race

William Penn House Quaker Workshop, Potluck, and Dialogue

Light House Lunches – Thanks!

Library Corner: Book Review for May

How to Submit Newsletter Items and Announcements

Contact Information

 

MAY 2011 CALENDAR

 

· Meeting for worship: 11 a.m.

· First Day School for children: 11 a.m. (Joining meeting for worship from 11:45 a.m. to noon)

· Nursery care for our youngest: 11 a.m.

· Meetings for Worship with a Concern for Business: 1st First Day of month at 9 a.m.

· Adult religious education: As noted in calendar below

· Care of the Meeting House for Fifth Month: Stewardship and Finance

 

MAY 1: 9 a.m. Meeting for worship with attention to business; 11 a.m. Meeting for worship; 1 p.m. Potluck lunch

 

MAY 8: 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship

 

MAY 15: 9 a.m. Committee Meetings; 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship

 

MAY 22: 9:15 a.m. Meeting for Learning about Friends and Giving; 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship; 9 p.m. Newsletter items deadline: please email!

 

MAY 29: 11 a.m. Meeting for Worship

 

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QUERIES FOR FIFTH MONTH: PERSONAL WAY OF LIFE

 

Do you live in accordance with your spiritual convictions? Do you seek employment consistent with your beliefs and in service to society? Do you practice simplicity in speech, dress and manner of living, avoiding wasteful consumption? Are you watchful that your possessions do not rule you? Do you strive to be truthful at all times, avoiding judicial oaths?

 

Do you strive to develop your physical, emotional and mental capacities toward reaching your divinely given potential? Do you cultivate healthful and moderate habits avoiding the hazards of drugs, intoxicants and over-indulgence generally? Do you try to direct such emotions as anger and fear in creative ways? (Faith and Practice, p. 39)

 

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QUAKER QUOTES FOR MAY

 

Dwell in the life, and love, and power and wisdom of God, in unity one with another and with God; and the peace and wisdom of God fill all your hearts, that nothing may rule in you but the life, which stands in the Lord God. (George Fox)

 

We are called as peacemakers to deal with the violence and aggression within ourselves, to find ways of living in harmony with ourselves and neighbors. A simple lifestyle is useful in this connection, since the pursuit of excessive material wealth or power entails competition and exploitation of others. As John Woolman urged, “May we look upon our treasures, the furniture of our houses and our garments and try whether the seeds of war have nourishment in our possessions.” The development of inward peace is part of the process of making outward peace. (BYM Faith and Practice, p. 32)

 

All the faithful are not called to the public ministry; but whoever are, are called to minister of that which they have tasted and handled spiritually. The outward modes of worship are various; but whenever any are true ministers of Jesus Christ, it is from the operation of his Spirit upon their hearts, first purifying them and thus giving them a just sense of the conditions of others. This truth was early fixed in my mind and I was taught to watch the pure opening, and to take heed lest, while I was standing to speak, my own will should get uppermost, and cause me to utter words from worldly wisdom, and depart from the channel of the true gospel ministry. (John Woolman’s Journal)

 

The individual Friend should lead a life rooted in an awareness of God’s presence in all times and places. Although special times and locations may provide helpful reminders of the need for spiritual communion, they cannot take the place of turning daily to God for guidance. The foundation for all our personal life and social relations should be the consciousness of the Holy Spirit. (BYM Faith and Practice, p. 19)

 

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MEETING FOR WORKSHOP WITH ATTENTION TO BUSINESS MINUTES

 

Third day of the Fourth Month, 2011

Elise A. (Clerk), Phyllis S. (Recording Clerk), and 31 F/friends present

 

Our Meeting began with centering worship.

 

THE LIGHT HOUSE (Carol B. reporting): The interim executive director, the former president, is now the Director of the Light House. Carol is acting president until the election of officers. Infrastructure and operations are in the process of stabilization. The minute will be attached.

 

MEETINGHOUSE AND LANDS (Bill K. reporting): MH&L has been replacing the old carpeting. The classroom has now been re-carpeted with a recycled material that doesn’t outgas. The new carpet tiles can be removed to be cleaned or replaced. Soon the nursery and hall will be done in matching carpet. Money for the project will come from the Capital Replacement Fund.

 

MH&L is developing a Statement of Work [SOW] plan for the front sidewalk and patio. The SOW will be put out for bids. The main considerations for the project are safety, durability, and aesthetics. The bricks now in the sidewalk were designed for buildings rather than foot traffic. They would be recycled and would be replaced with a Pinehall brick made for heavy pedestrian traffic. The bricks would be dry-laid in sidewalk area and dirt area next to it. Dry-lay is a cheaper than laying in concrete mixture and not necessary for the tight fitting bricks we will be using.  Another advantage is it may not increase the amount of non- permeable area which is restricted by the County to 13%. A semicircular, 2-foot high wall would be built well outside of the drip line of the existing tree. The wall would be wide enough to provide for sitting.  Native plants and bulbs would be put in the area around the tree. These changes provide a safe, friendly, and welcoming area for people to gather or enter the Meeting House. Please send or bring your comments to the MH&L committee.

 

QUAKER MARKET (Margaret H. reporting): At the Quaker Market Committee meeting held March 27, 2011, the committee thoughtfully considered suggestions for directing the proceeds from the May 6, 2011, Quaker Market. The committee wishes to honor the suggestions from Meeting F/friends about disbursals. The goals are about relationships with and awareness of other organizations. 75 percent of the proceeds will to outside AFM, 50 percent to the Friends Theological Seminary solar panels project, and 25 percent to the work of Chrysalis House in Annapolis. Chrysalis House is a local nonprofit that supports women needing mental health and addiction treatment. The remaining 25 percent will stay inside AFM to support the Peace and Justice Center. They are beginning to put together events to mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 with the theme of “Lessons Learned.” The report from the Quaker Market Committee is attached. We extend our gratitude to the committee for extending our awareness of these organizations.

 

MINISTRY AND WORSHIP (Tricia R. reporting): The 2010 Spiritual State of the Meeting Report is attached to these Minutes. Friends expressed gratitude for the AFM and for the work of the M&W Committee.

 

M&W proposed the following minute from Annapolis Friends Meeting requesting that Baltimore Yearly Meeting accept Ann Riggs as an “Embraced Friend”: On August 1, 2009, Annapolis Friends Meeting united around support for Ann Riggs' ministry as a one-year, interim principal at Friends Theological College in Kaimosi, Kenya. At that time, we formed a support committee and raised money to enable her work to begin. As her leadership at FTC was exemplary and the Friend originally identified to take her position was no longer available, she was asked to serve a second year, during which time Baltimore Yearly Meeting was able to donate the funds they had been holding in escrow for Friends' United Meeting. Now, Ann has been asked to raise funds to remain as FTC's principal for a third year as her leadership is the fit for the needs of the college.

 

Annapolis Friends Meeting finds that Ann's work as principal of FTC is a clear leading and needed ministry. FTC's programs have grown creatively and her presence has brought rich learning, dialogue, and intervisitation to BYM. We recommend that Baltimore Yearly Meeting accept Ann as an Embraced Friend during her third year as principal of Friends Theological College and, as able, support her in needed ways in this ministry.

 

Discussion followed. Friends expressed concern with the FUM personnel practices, but also embraced healing the split between FGC and FUM. Since last year FUM has changed from a strict membership organization to an affiliation, so that each affiliate can make its own decisions about personnel requirements. Friends note that we are asking to support Friend Ann’s work, not FUM’s practices. Being an Embraced Friend would allow Ann to raise funds under the BYM umbrella. While recognizing that this is a complex issue, AFM approved the minute that we would make a recommendation to BYM to accept Ann Riggs as an Embraced Friend.

 

STEWARDSHIP AND FINANCE (Karen C. reporting): As approved at last month’s Meeting for Business, Stewardship and Finance added $419 to income to bring the 2010 budget into balance, around $900 to bring the Suffering Fund up to its target of $5,000, and just over $5,000 to the Capital Improvement Fund for the brick project. No committees requested the use of funds budgeted in 2010 but not spent due to concern about our financial situation.

 

Robinne Gray, BYM’s Development Director, will present a Meeting for Learning about Friends and Giving (see description below) on May 22 (before Meeting). The Financial Threshing Session will be on June 12 (after Meeting).

 

Friends and Giving: Quakers don’t like to talk about money. This sentiment is commonly repeated among Friends. Might we examine this assumption, and discern whether to make adjustments in our thinking and our actions? This program invites participants into a frank and comfortable discussion about Quakers, money, need, recognition, and the ways in which traditional fundraising practices may and may not apply to Friends. Includes a brief exercise that provides a context in which Friends may consider their personal giving. Time: 45 minutes to an hour, depending on discussion.

 

S&F requests further discussion regarding the disbursement of the remaining 2010 surplus funds (just under $6,000). The minutes show that possibilities suggested at last month’s business meeting include adding to the Building fund, contributing to Friend Ann Riggs, the Kenya Theological College and/or solar panels for the school, donations to Quaker organizations, or donations to additional Quaker Causes as directed by P&SC. Since last month’s business meeting, S&F received two follow-up funding requests: one from P&SC for a 9/11 conference, and one from Tricia R. for solar panels for Ann Riggs’ school in Kenya. S&F asked that details about the projects be presented to meeting. The committee would like Friends to first consider whether to endorse these projects as a Meeting. If Meeting does endorse them, then we need to consider how much financial support to provide. In the case of the solar panel project, one or more committees would also need to step forward to provide oversight. Friends may decide to allocate all or a portion of the surplus funds to one or both of the projects or in one of the other ways previously mentioned, may ask S&F to give the matter additional consideration and come back to meeting with a recommendation, or may delay a decision on the allocation of the surplus funds until after the June 12 threshing session. MfB will consider this more next month.

 

P&J Center presented their proposal for 9/11 activities for consideration of surplus funds, but action as to funding has been deferred along with proposal for KTC solar panels.

 

Laid over until next month: Pastoral Care Committee - Mary B. Proposed minute: “AFM affirms marriage for two loving, committed individuals regardless of gender.” Attached background: 1994, 1995 and 2009 AFM marriage minutes.

 

These minutes were read and approved during Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Meeting closed with silent worship.            

 

Respectfully submitted, 

Elise A., Clerk, and Phyllis S., Recording Clerk

 

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SPRING CLEAN-UP AND PROJECT DAY! (RAIN DATE #2) ON APRIL 30

 

Remember when you spent Saturdays in old clothes, playing outdoors with your Friends, until someone called you in to have lunch? You can have this experience again at the Meeting House on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

Bring rakes, weeding tools, and other ”implements of destruction.” Weeding, mulching, nature-trail work, play area inspection, and many other exciting tasks await us.

 

Lunch will be provided just before noon and snacks will be available through the morning. For more information, contact Bill K. or others on the Meeting House and Land Committee.

 

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DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL? ON APRIL 30 AND MAY 1

 

Learn how to tell it. Join us for a Storytelling Workshop.

 

This workshop will be held at William Penn House, a Quaker Center on Capitol Hill: 515 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20016. More information can be found at www.williampennhouse.org.

 

Effective Storytelling is a beautiful art that cuts across generations and cultures. Knowing the basics of Storytelling strengthens the story, making it memorable long after the oration is over. It is also a skill that helps organize thoughts for any kind of public speaking from professional presentations to personal conversations.

 

William Penn House is holding a Storytelling Workshop on April 30 and May 1, 2011. Participants are also invited to tell their story at our monthly potluck on the evening of Sunday, May 1.

Cost: $160/person, $190 with lodging.

 

To register, contact Brad Ogilvie at 202-543-5560 or brad@williampennhouse.org. This workshop will be facilitated by Laura Zam, a writer, performer and educator.

 

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EVENT HONORING QUAKER HISTORIAN KENNETH CARROL AT THIRD HAVEN ON MAY 1

 

Dear Friends,

 

I would like to encourage all to take a unique opportunity to visit Third Haven Meeting House in Easton, and honor Quaker historian Kenneth Carroll.  Third Haven will be honoring Dr. Carroll, who has been in failing health, in conjunction with the Friends Historical Society Spring Event.

 

Dr. Carroll came and spoke for our 350th year of Quakerism in America event in 2006, and is truly a treat to hear. He is past president of the Friends Historical Association (NA) and of the Friends Historical Society (UK). A native of Easton, he spent his professional life as a professor of divinity at Southern Methodist in Texas. Then he returned to Maryland to become an expert on Third Haven Meeting and local Quaker history. A unique character. A bibliography of the works of FHA President Emeritus Kenneth L. Carroll is available here: http://www.haverford.edu/library/fha/welcome.html.

 

In addition, Third Haven Meeting is the sister meeting to the Western Shore Meeting which was initiated in 1656 in Galesville.  The Galesville Meeting House does not survive, but Third Haven is the oldest documented structure in Maryland, and the oldest religious structure in the US which has been continually used since it was constructed (I was also married there, since we didn't have a meeting house at the time).

 

We don't have to make the reservation for the bus (from Philadelphia, for FHA members) but I will be communicating with Third Haven about a recommended donation for the lunch, or whether we can offer assistance. Third Haven though once our close "relative" is under Philadelphia Yearly Meeting due to the land route available before the construction of the Bay Bridge.

 

If you review Dr. Carroll’s bibliography, you will see that he has been writing about Quaker history for sixty years. He is a " Living Quaker Treasure.” If you are interested, let me know, and I will keep you "in the loop" until May 1 about this special opportunity.

 

We also have a DVD of Dr. Carroll's lecture for Annapolis Friends that is available for viewing. After Dr. Carroll’s lecture on May 1, you may find yourself clamoring for more.

 

In the light, Kim F.

 

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9/11 LESSONS FOR FUTURE LEADERS: THE LAST 10 YEARS, THE NEXT 10 YEARS

ON MAY 3

 

On May 3, between 7 and 9 p.m., Friends of AFM’s Peace and Justice Center will meet with faculty from St. John’s College, the U.S. Naval Academy and other community leaders to discuss plans for 9/11’s tenth anniversary. 

 

Beyond the expected flag-waving, this program will bring prominent thinkers and researchers to discuss their studies of terrorism since 2001, the U.S. response to it, and alternatives we may consider in the future. Presented at St. John’s Key Auditorium, we hope to attract hundred of college students from the USNA, St. John’s College and other area schools, as well as the public, to join in audience questions for panelists and breakout discussion groups. Ideally, the program also may result in ongoing initiatives by PJC and other groups to pursue alternatives to war. Please join us and help with the plans on May 3 at 7 p.m. or contact pfavero@gmail.com for more information.

 

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GREEN SANCTUARY PLANT SALES AND CLASSES ON MAY 15 AND 22

 

Warm weather plants and free gardening classes will be offered at the Unitarian Church on May 15 and May 22. The plant sale, after both classes, will include organic heirloom tomatoes as well as cucumbers, pepper melons and more.

 

May 15 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. will be the novice class with Sarah Colhoun from Ivybrand Farms.  Then, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., she will teach a class on raised beds. If the weather is good, classes will be held outside in the U.U. Gazebo. If the weather is inclement, class will be held in the U.U. Wright Room.

 

May 22, the gardening classes will be taught by Joel Bunker Founder of Grow Annapolis will teach Novice Gardening from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Natural Pest management, tomato raising and raised bed gardening.

 

For more information and to sign up for classes contact Diane Bedlin at dianebedlin@gmail.com or 410-643-3283.

 

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THINKING ABOUT RACE

 

According to a carefully researched book by Michelle Alexander, the rates of use and traffic in illegal drugs are roughly equal among white, blacks and Latinos. Yet by 2004, three-fourths of all persons imprisoned in the US for drug offenses were blacks or Latinos. Since, in most jurisdictions, it is legal to deny voting rights and employment to persons convicted of serious drug offenses, she argues that the mass incarceration of blacks and Latinos has created a new caste system from which our society makes it very difficult to escape even after release from incarceration. The book is “The New Jim Crow—Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (New York: The New Press, 2010).

 

The Baltimore Yearly Meeting Working Group on Racism meets most months on the third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., usually at Bethesda Friends Meeting or Friends Meeting of Washington. If you would like to attend, either on a regular or a drop-in basis, please contact clerk Elizabeth DuVerlie at eduverlie@jhu.edu or Pat Schenck at pat.schenck@verizon.net.

 

NOTE: Friends who wish to comment on this or any other “Thinking about Race” items may do so at http://racism.bym-rsf.net. The BYM Web Manager has set this up a BYM Working Group on Racism blog. In order to leave comments you need to register first. You can do that by sending an email to webmanager@bym-rsf.net.

 

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WILLIAM PENN HOUSE QUAKER WORKSHOP, POTLUCK, AND DIALOGUE

 

An Open Dialogue: Challenges and Quakerism presented by Brad Ogilvie and Byron Sandford

 

What does it mean to you to be a Quaker? What challenges do you see among Quakers? Are we open to each other and can we share what we have in common and accept others paths?

 

When we welcome people into our lives and we act as hosts, providing safe places for many truths to be spoken and heard with love, unexpected and wonderful things can happen and lives can truly be transformed. It seems so much of our culture and our movements are divisive - often to the point that righteousness drives like-minded people apart from each other. Too often, people feel that their truth is The Truth, or their way is The Way. It is hospitality that allows us to come together and share in the many truths and many ways.

 

Our goal is to simply provide a warm place where those gathered can share their hopes, dreams and vision. We ask that people recognize that we do not seek to persuade people in any way.  It is an exercise in hospitality - for us to be together, learn together and grow together. We will not agree on all things, and even where we might agree, we will not agree on how we get there. We do ask that we agree to just listen, feel free to speak our truth while allowing others to do the same.

 

Given the small number of people worldwide who identify as Quakers and the deep divide we feel, there is a unique role for Radical Hospitality among Friends. It will challenge Quakers every day to strive to improve - recognizing that we are always in the process of growing. We have found that when we listen actively that we are enriched and through these encounters we learn as much about ourselves as we do about others.

 

We seek to bridge the differences in our beliefs, between our rhetoric and our actions. We ask ourselves, how are we instruments of peace if we emphasize the “otherness,” the differences and imply that we hear and speak the truth and that those with other paths do not. To open ourselves to that of god in all people, we must shed the view that there is only one path.

 

Join us in open dialogue while we share our Universal, non-theistic, Christ-centered, Buddhist-inspired journeys of the spirit. Our monthly potluck is on the first Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for fellowship among Quakers, attenders and fellow seekers. Bring a dish to share; family members, neighbors and friends are always welcome. 

 

LIGHT HOUSE LUNCHES – THANKS!

 

Thank you all for staying to assemble and for bringing supplies for the shelter lunches. All were received with tremendous gratitude and I know that hungry stomachs were filled at lunch. You are troupers to stay and help - it does not go unnoticed. Next time I will have more fruit so the lunches can all be complete! For now, I think is safe to say that we can handle 100! Quite a task for our little meeting!

 

Blessings to all, Marcia

 

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LIBRARY CORNER: BOOK REVIEW FOR MAY

 

"QUAKER SILENCE: AN ELIZABETH ELIOT MYSTERY"

Quaker customs and beliefs hold a major role in this novel by Irene Allen (Fiction). They guide the thoughts and actions of Elizabeth Elliott, recently named Clerk of her meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She sees being Clerk as part of her responsibility to come to the aid of members who need her help. Elizabeth is led to investigate when Tim, a homeless man who attends Quaker meeting, is suspected of killing a prominent member of her meeting.

 

The Quaker pursuit of simplicity, Quaker journaling, and a "one-person Clearness Committee" weave together with a concern for the homeless, possible recognition of same-sex marriage, and even NPR, as Elizabeth solves the mystery. This novel is not filled with standard murder mystery action, and some descriptions of Quakers may seem stereotypical, but the action is driven by "trying to listen for God's voice." (Reviewed by Phyllis S.)

 

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HOW TO SUBMIT NEWSLETTER ITEMS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

· Please submit items for the calendar and brief descriptions of events by 9 p.m. on May 22.

· Phil Caroom is the editor of the Annapolis Friends Newsletter. Please send any items for inclusion in the newsletter to him at annapolisfriendsmeeting@gmail.com

· Friends also are asked to watch your email for announcements of meetings and to listen for announcements at the rise of meeting.

· Event and activity organizers, please also post your announcements on the bulletin board for those who do not use electronic mail!

· Announce List: announce@annapolis.quaker.org; Discuss List: discuss@annapolis.quaker.org

 

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CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Meeting telephone: 410-573-0364

Address: 351 DuBois Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

Annapolis Friends Meeting website: www.quaker.org/annapolis

Clerk: Elise Albert (e.albert1656@gmail.com)

Building Use Coordinator: Sky Elsbree (410-647-3591)

Newsletter Editor: Phil Caroom (annapolisfriendsmeeting@gmail.com)

 

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