Author Archives: Doug

Passing of Clarabel Marstaller, December 2, 2019

Accompanied by love and a deep faith, Clarabel Marstaller peacefully crossed the threshold last night.  The family thanks everyone for their prayers and says they felt uplifted throughout this last part of Clarabel’s journey.  Plans for a memorial service will be … Continue reading

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Doug Gwyn Tells His Story

Former Pastor Doug Gwyn tells the story of his faith journey and work as a Friends pastor and writer in a new book edited by Chuck Fager called Passing the Torch: When Quaker Lives Speak. Gwyn felt the call to … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, November 17, 2019

            Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened for the conduct of business on Sunday, November 17, 2019 with 12 people present.  Clerk Susan Rice read from the 1985 New England Faith and Practice, p. 117: “the Search for Unity.” 1. … Continue reading

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“Building a Fire,” by Doug Bennett

Excerpt from a message given at Durham Friends Meeting, November 17, 2019 I’ve been thinking that Meeting for worship is a little like building a fire.  It takes at least a few of us gathered together in worship.  One person … Continue reading

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“Spiritual Gifts Among Us,” by Nancy Marstaller

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, November 10, 2019 Ring the bells that still will ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. That’s a quote from Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem.” … Continue reading

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“Go to the Limits of Your Longing,” by Brown Lethem

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, November 3, 2019 I came across a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke that I want to read. It is from his Book of Hours: Love Poems to God. Go to the Limits of Your … Continue reading

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Sophia’s House, by Leslie Manning, Chaplain for Sophia’s House

Sophia’s House is a new residence in Lewiston scheduled to open in December 2019 for women coming out of addiction, prison or jail, and/or sex trafficking. It is a project of The Center for Wisdom’s Women, an established peer support … Continue reading

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Library News, October 2019

NEW BOOKS (and one CD and two pamphlets) added to the library collection: —Buckley, Paul: Primitive Quakerism revived: living as Friends in the twenty-first century, 2018. —Canto, Francisco: The line becomes a river: dispatches from the border, 2018. Canto joined … Continue reading

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“Beyond Me,” by Doug Bennett

Excerpt from a message by Doug Bennett at Durham Friends Meeting, October 27, 2019 A lot of the time I’m pretty taken with myself.  I admit that.  I know that.  Many days, maybe most days, I can float on a … Continue reading

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Falmouth Quarterly Meeting, October 26, 2019

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, October 20, 2019

            Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened for the conduct of business on Sunday, October 20, 2019 with 10 people present.  Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading a quote from Eckhart Tolle on Stillness and Wisdom. 1. The … Continue reading

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“Redemption Centers,” by Leslie Manning

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, August 25, 2019 You may have heard me tell the story about a good friend visiting me the summer after we moved to Maine.  “I never realized Maine was so religious” she observed.  “It’s … Continue reading

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Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries – November 4, 6:30

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Climate Crisis; Youth Speak Out!

By Linda Muller, for PSC At this September 29 afternoon gathering, our Meeting provided a platform for three local youth activists to share their concerns and ideas about how to move forward. After a finger food potluck, we started at 12:30pm with … Continue reading

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Woman’s Society Eat-Out, September 16, 2019

Fourteen women and men from Meeting met at the Thai Garden in Freeport on September 16 for the Woman’s Society annual Eat-Out. It was an evening of great food, delightful company, and a sense of joy from being together.

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Youth Speak Out on Climate, September 29, 12:30 PM

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Homecoming Sunday, October 6, 10:25 a.m.

You are invited to celebrate Homecoming Sunday with our beloved Durham Friends community on Sunday, October 6, World Quaker Day 2019, joining Friends around the world. We look forward to experiencing the fullness of the many people who have been … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, September 15, 2019

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened for the conduct of business on Sunday, September 15, 2019 with 10 people present. Martha Hinshaw Sheldon served as clerk in the absence of Susan Rice, reading a quote from the Journal of George … Continue reading

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“Holding in the Light,” by Doug Bennett

From a message at Durham Friends Meeting, September 15, 2019 I recently had occasion to read again about a very unusual episode in the history of Friends.  It’s a story told in Elizabeth Gray Vining’s biography of Rufus Jones.  November … Continue reading

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Woman’s Society Notes, July 15, 2019

by Martha Sheldon Woman’s Society met on July 15 at the home of Helen Clarkson.  Theresa Oleksiw brought us an inspiring and insightful program on her leading to improve the amount and approach to food stamp programs for those in … Continue reading

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Durham Meeting Members Participate in Vigils at Bath Iron Works

  By Renee Cote and Brown Lethem    Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends, along with over a dozen Maine organizations including Maine Veterans for Peace, has co-sponsored vigils at the “christenings” of two warships to be launched from Bath Iron Works. … Continue reading

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Wendy Schlotterbeck Hosts a Family of Eight from East Africa

In early August, with the many recent asylum seekers staying at the Portland Expo needing homes, a call went out for people to host families in their homes.  Wendy Schlotterbeck, Durham’s Youth Minister who has devoted a great deal of … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, July 21, 2019

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened for the conduct of business on Sunday, July 21, 2019 with 10 people present.  Clerk Susan Rice read a quote by Parker Palmer from the New England Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice pp. 123-124. … Continue reading

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Fall Climate Events from Peace and Social Concerns

Friday Sept. 20 12:00 noon — Global Climate Strike — a rally at Portland City Hall coinciding with the UN Youth Climate Summit. If you would like to carpool from Brunswick or the meetinghouse, talk to Ingrid Chalufour (ichalufour@gmail.com). Sunday … Continue reading

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Durham Meeting Makes Donation to the Make Shift Coffee House

At the June Monthly Meeting for Business, Durham Friends approved a $2,000 donation to the Make Shift Coffee House, founded and run by Durham Friends member Craig Freshley.  Craig began the Make Shift Coffee House gatherings about six years ago, … Continue reading

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Brunswick Peace Fair, Saturday August 3, 10am to 2:30pm

Durham Friends Meeting is a sponsor of the 15th Annual Peace Fair.

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Overcoming Militarism and Racism, by Brown Lethem

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, July 7, 2019 Good morning friends! I want to start off my message by quoting Meister Eckhart, the 14th century theologian and mystic who believed in a personal path to God. “Know then that … Continue reading

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James Nayler, Excerpt from a Letter to Charles II, 1660

Nayler sent this letter to Charles II, who had recently been restored to the throne of England in 1660. (His father, Charles I, had been beheaded during the English Civil War, 1641-1652.) 0 King! God hath in these Nations a … Continue reading

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Woman’s Society Report, June, 2019

Nine women met at the home of Dorothy and Ed Hinshaw for a delightful tea prepared by Dorothy and served by Ed. The only thing missing was a white cloth over Ed’s arm. All expressed great appreciation for the tea … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, June 16, 2019

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, June 16, 2019 with 11 people present.  Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading a quote from Marcus Aurelius. 1. The May minutes were … Continue reading

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