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Ramallah Friends School Potluck & Presentation, June 25

On Monday, June 25, Durham Friends Meeting will be hosting a potluck and presentation about the Ramallah Friends Schools in Ramallah, Palestine.  We will be hosting Adrian Moody, the new head of Ramallah Friends Schools, and Eden Grace, the Global … Continue reading

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“Continuing Revelation,” by Bruce Neumann

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, May 18, 2018, by Bruce Neumann, Rising Clerk of New England Yearly Meeting I’ve been thinking lately about continuing revelation.             This is one of our basic Quaker tenets, that while there is only … Continue reading

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Durham Friends Meeting Campout, June 16-17

You are invited! Please come to part or all of the 24 hours (or more) we will be “camping” on the ocean   at Betsy Muench’s family paradise- 710 Bay Point Road in Georgetown Noon Saturday,  June 16 to Afternoonish Sunday, … Continue reading

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Memorial Minute: Richard Reeve Wood, Jr.

January 18, 2015 Memorial Minute: Richard Reeve Wood, Jr. March 30, 1932 – June 5, 2010 Richard Reeve Wood Jr. was born March 30, 1932, to Richard R. and Nancy Morris Wood in Moorestown, New Jersey. He grew up surrounded … Continue reading

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Kakamega Orphan Care Benefit Dinner, June 30 @5:30

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Recommendations on Outreach, April 27, 2018

Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Strengthening Durham Meeting, presented to May Monthly Meeting A. Framing Thoughts. Three large ideas have emerged to frame our thinking about how to strengthen outreach for Durham Friends Meeting. We should bear these … Continue reading

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Trustees Report, May 13, 2018

Trustees met on Sunday, May 13 and reviewed the list of outstanding projects, and began the planning for maintenance and repair for the next three years for the meetinghouse and grounds.  In June, we will have a similar process for the … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, May 20, 2018

Draft Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, May 20, 2018 with 8 people present, and 2 people joining later, for a total of 10. Clerk Susan (Sukie) Rice opened the meeting … Continue reading

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“Finding Simplicity in My Life,” by Robert Bennett

From the May 2018 issue of Friends Journal, The Student Voice Project 2018 on “What Are Quaker Values Anyway?” Finding Simplicity in My Life by Robert Bennett on May 1, 2018 As many people’s lives become more cluttered with events and activities, we … Continue reading

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Remembering Eileen Babcock and Lavada Caton & Angelo Pane

By Sukie Rice We need to mark the passing of three members of Durham Monthly Meeting. It is with real sadness that we announce the passing of Eileen Babcock, who had been a member of Durham Friends Meeting for the … Continue reading

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“Photons Don’t Fail Us Now,” Song Lyrics by Doug Gwyn

April 30, 2018 Former Pastor Doug Gwyn writes, “I’ve been reconnecting with First Friends Meeting in Richmond, where I was pastor for seven years. They have just finished installing solar panels on their roof.  They celebrated the completion of the … Continue reading

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Friends Camp for Durham Meeting Young People

April 28, 2018 By Sukie Rice This year three children from Durham Meeting will attend Friends Camp at China Lake, in part through the scholarships the Meeting is giving to make it possible for these children to go.  We believe … Continue reading

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State of Society – Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends – 2017

April 29, 2018 State of Society — Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends — 2017 In 2017 the State of our Society at Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends was strong, vibrant and energetic. Our trust in our community and shared Quaker … Continue reading

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Two New Prayer Opportunities

April 28, 2018 Ministry and Counsel Announces Two New Prayer Opportunities A new Contemplative Prayer group will meet at the Meetinghouse on Wednesday, May 9 and Tuesday, June 5 from 7:00-8:00pm.  Once the group gets started we’ll figure out where the meeting place should best … Continue reading

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Friends School Portland Presents Rebecca Traister

This event is part of Friends School of Portland‘s ongoing Parenting for Peace lecture series, representing the school’s commitment to providing its larger community with opportunities for inquiry and discernment.   Rebecca Traister is currently writing a book about women, anger, and social/political … Continue reading

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“The Light In Winter” by Jo-an Jacobus

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, April 22, 2018 Today is Earth Day.  The synchronicity of that being the day I give the message was an unexpected fluke.  I was to have given the message last week but things shifted to meet other needs, … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, April 15, 2018

April 15, 2018 Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, April 15, 2018 with 10 people present. Martha Hinshaw Sheldon served as clerk and read NEYM Interim Faith and Practice section on … Continue reading

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Quakerism = Hope

April 17, 2018 “As the stillness of Quaker Meeting unfolds, it opens up a space in which we can listen and wait — both comfortable and uncomfortable, holy and ordinary, still and dynamic. And whilst I don’t pretend Quakerism has … Continue reading

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Woman’s Society Report, March 19, 2018

Woman’s Society Report March 19, 2018 By Angie Reed, Secretary Six women met the evening of March 19 at Theresa Oleksiw’s home. Theresa presented the program and devotions on our need to be stewards of the environment, In business, the … Continue reading

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Silent Auction in April: Come Join the Fun

Silent Auction By Angie Reed Please join Woman’s Society for this fund raiser. Bring your gently used items, jewelry, household items, children’s games, and other items that someone may want to bid on. Items can be brought to the Meetinghouse … Continue reading

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New Book By Doug Gwyn

Library News, By Dorothy Hinshaw Our library has added a new book to the library by Doug Gwyn, our former pastor: “The Call to Radical Faithfulness, Covenant Quaker Experience”, an interesting and readable historical overview. +++ You can also see … Continue reading

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Powell House Pastoral Ministry Event

Tending the Flock:  A weekend to encourage Friends called to pastoral ministry April 27–29, 2018  Powell House Retreat and Conference Center,  Old Chatham, NY This is a workshop for those: Who feel called to pastoral concerns for the wellbeing of the … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, March 18, 2018

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, March 18, 2018 with 18 people present. Clerk, Sukie Rice, opened the meeting with a reading from the 1985 New England Faith and Practice section … Continue reading

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“Follow the Bad Guy?” by Doug Bennett

In a message on an Easter that was also April Fool’s Day, Doug Bennett retold a crime story in which the suspect escaped — and leaves us all with important questions.  Should we follow this ‘bad guy?’  If we do, … Continue reading

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NEYM Living Faith Gathering, April 14 in Portland

New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM) will hold a Living Faith Gathering in Portland (ME) on April 14.  This all-day event will be held at Cheverus High School in Portland Maine.  Both Wendy Schlotterbeck and Doug Bennett from Durham Friends will be leading … Continue reading

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What’s Happening on Easter at Durham Friends Meeting?

March 28, 2018 Do Quakers celebrate Easter?  In the past, not so much. For early Quakers, “the church holidays were seen as pagan festivals with a superficial Christian overlay.”  And today? These days Easter is largely celebrated by Friends standing up … Continue reading

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“Listening” by Craig Freshley

March 25, 2018 Craig Freshley brought today’s message at Durham Friends Meeting.  It was about “Listening:” why it’s important we listen to one another.  You can listen to Craig’s message here. And you can learn more about Craig’s Make Shift … Continue reading

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Community Care Notes

3.21.2018 The Meeting has received the startling and sad news that long-time member, Eileen Babcock passed away yesterday afternoon – Tuesday, March 20 – at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick.  Please join us in holding her partner, Tom Frye, and her family in prayer.  More information will … Continue reading

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Tedford Meal Teams Looking for New Members

By Angie Reed As many of you know, members of Woman’s Society, along with our community and Meeting friends, provide a homemade meal for the Tedford Shelter in Brunswick the first Monday of every month. This is an adult homeless … Continue reading

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Peace and Social Concerns – March 25 – Request for Meeting Direction

Sunday, March 25: Join a special Called Meeting to Consider Peace and Social Concerns Committee’s Request for Meeting Direction By Linda Muller, for P&SC Peace and Social Concerns Committee is bringing the booklet “The World We Seek” created by Friends Committee … Continue reading

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