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Climate Change Panel, May 10, 2019, 7pm

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Easter 2019 at Durham Friends Meeting

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“When I Was In Prison, You Visited Me,” by Jan Collins

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, April 14, 2019 Thank-you for welcoming me here on this glorious Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus was welcomed like a King into Jerusalem,  less than a week before his death and rebirth. On this … Continue reading

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“Message or Miracle: Awakening to the Light,” by Doug Bennett

From a message given at Durham Friends Meeting, April 7, 2019 For some, Jesus’s message is what you take to heart.  What he preached, what he taught, was so very different from what anyone else was teaching.  Not just turn … Continue reading

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All Maine Gathering of Friends, May 4, 2019

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Report from Peace and Social Concerns, March 17, 2019

By Brown Letham Upcoming events: April               Lenten Saturday vigils at Bath Iron Works April 27          Vigil at BIW for the christening of a destroyer           April 28          P&SC give message, and sponsor potluck and discussion at Durham Friends Meeting May … Continue reading

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Library News for March 2019

By Dorothy Hinshaw Hal Tucker was an ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) minister and a mentor to many students at Bangor Theological Seminary (BTS) and in the UCC tradition.  He was one of “Bee’s Boys” and learned to love … Continue reading

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Egg Decorating – Ukrainian Style

By Nancy Marstaller Saturday, April 6, at the Meetinghouse from 2-5 PM Please RSVP so I can set up appropriately: marstallern@gmail.com or 207 725-4294. I’ll lead/teach egg decorating using the Ukrainian wax resist method. This process creates beautiful, colorful eggs … Continue reading

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Attending to the Light — Worship Theme April to June 2019

Quakers have an unusual way of talking about what we are seeking: we are seeking “the Light.”  The Gospel of John, long a favorite of Quakers, begins by saying “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with … Continue reading

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“Developing Habits of the Heart, Part III,” by Liana Thompson Knight

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, March 24, 2019 I’d like to begin with a story that may be familiar to some of you. In fact I think I have even heard this story in this Meeting room before. This … Continue reading

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“Developing Habits of the Heart, Part II,” by Liana Thompson Knight

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, February 24, 2019 When I last brought the message, in early December, I spoke about Parker Palmer’s Habits of the Heart, from his book Healing the Heart of Democracy. The Habits of the Heart … Continue reading

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“Developing Habits of the Heart, Part I,” by Liana Thompson Knight

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, December 9, 2018 In worship last week, Keith Harvey brought us a message that began with a story about Jeremiah. He then gave us examples of Jeremiah figures from more recent times: people like … Continue reading

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State of Society, Durham Friends Meeting, 2018

In 2018 the State of our Society at Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends was healthy and thriving. We gather at our old brick Meetinghouse from towns north, south, east and west from Durham, forming a community grounded in a vital … Continue reading

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Meeting Music and Pianists, by Nancy Marstaller

            Currently there are 3 of us who take turns playing the piano during meeting for worship: Dot Hinshaw, Sue Wood, and Nancy Marstaller.             Dot started taking lessons when she was 6 years old. She could play by ear … Continue reading

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Stamp Collecting for Friends’ Work, by Nancy Marstaller

         My mom (Clarabel) and I are still collecting stamps. In January we sent off a large envelope full of your donations, and plan to send more in May.          A group at Indianapolis First Friends collects the stamps and … Continue reading

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Christian Education Committee Report, February 2019

Katherine Langelier reported that the committee is very grateful for Ashley Marstaller’s presence and skill in providing childcare.The Intergenerational Game Night on January 12th was very enjoyable, and the next one will be on March 9th, starting at 5pm with a potluck supper.   … Continue reading

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Woman’s Society Notes, February 2019

By Martha Hinshaw Sheldon             Eight women gathered in the home of Clarabel Marstaller on Monday evening, February 18. Appreciation was expressed for those who ventured out in the snowy weather. Devotions were read from an article Mimi Marstaller wrote in The … Continue reading

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Library Committee Annual Report, 2018

By Ellen Bennett We appreciate the addition of Nancy Marstaller to the committee in 2018 and look forward to the addition of Ellen Bennett in 2019. Many Quaker books were added to the library, donated from a retired Friend, and … Continue reading

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“Looking at Shame,” by Paul Miller

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, March 3, 2019 Today I would like to talk about shame.   As a counselor I deal with lots of shame in the people that I work with. Shame binds us and closes us down. The … Continue reading

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2019 Lenten Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works

There will be a Lenten Vigil for Disarmament from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 and Saturdays March 9-April 20, at the Bath Iron Works Administration Building, 20 Washington Street. Please join us to hold the hope for … Continue reading

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Peace and Social Concerns Meeting, February 13, 2019

By Ingrid Chalufour             The committee met with all members present, welcoming new members Bob Eaton and Cush Anthony. We discussed possible spring events and made several decisions: We discussed the importance of addressing climate change, the real crisis right … Continue reading

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Intergenerational Game Night Saturday, March 9

By Katherine Langelier The next intergenerational game night will be Saturday, March 9, 2019. We will begin with a potluck supper at 5pm. This has been a lot of fun for everyone whether playing games or getting a chance to hang … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, February 17, 2019

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, February 17, 2019 with 16 people present.  Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading from the 1985 New England Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice, … Continue reading

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“Honoring the Unknowing Between Us With Open Hearts and Open Minds,” by Lisa Steele-Maley

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, February 17, 2019 I woke up with a set of expectations this morning. I knew I would rise before the sun, do some gentle yoga, eat breakfast, drive here and spend the morning with … Continue reading

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“Hearing Leadings,” by Doug Bennett

From a message given at Durham Friends Meeting, February 3, 2019 In the Bible, Samuel is a boy who has been apprenticed to old Eli, the priest at Shiloh.  One night Samuel hears a voice calling him, and he goes to Eli, but … Continue reading

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Vassalboro Quarterly Meeting, February 2, 2019

All Friends are warmly invited to come together for Vassalboro Quarterly Meeting hosted by Midcoast Friends on February 2. The afternoon program will focus on climate change. Schedule 8:30 am          Welcome with coffee, tea, and light snacks 9:00 … Continue reading

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No Meeting Sunday, January 20, 2019

There will be no Meeting for Worship, Sunday School classes, or Monthly Meeting at Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends tomorrow, Sunday, January 20, 2019. They have been canceled due to the severe weather expected.    

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1782 Map Shows Durham Friends Meeting

Portion of a 1782 map showing Quaker Meetings in New England.  Among the Meetin gs shown is Royaltown or Durham.  It is on a road 25 miles north north east of Presumpscot or Falmouth Meeting, and 17 miles west north … Continue reading

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“The Practical Benefits of Prayer,” by Craig Freshley

On January 6, 2019, Craig Freshley brought a message on The Practical Benefits of Prayer.  You can listen to this message on Craig’s website. On his website you can also see some of Craig’s favorite prayers. Next week (January 13), … Continue reading

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Men’s Meeting, January 14, 7pm

By Scott Barksdale There will be a gathering of men on Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m.  Location: 64 Birch Point Road, Freeport (Scott’s house).  Topic: justice.  We’ll have a reading or two beforehand that we’ll be discussing, so please … Continue reading

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