By Brown Letham
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 10 Co-sponsoring a panel discussion of climate change action at the Brunswick Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church
May 11 New England Yearly Meeting Permanent Board will meet at Durham Meetinghouse
May 11 Game Night to follow
May 17 Peter and Annie Blood concert at Portland UU church
Ingrid Chalufour reports that she will be attending meetings of the Brunswick Interfaith Council. Cush Anthony is involved with the Maine Council of Churches.
Planning of the Friday, May 10 climate change action panel discussion: Panelists will be Sen. Brownie Carson, Rev. Sylvia Stocker, and Ann D. Burt. There might also be a Bowdoin student. The purpose of the panel and the activity below is not to describe climate change or debate its existence but to talk about actions that people can take on an individual, legislative , and most importantly, organizational level.
Sunday April 28 Worship, potluck and discussion: The P&SC committee is generating queries to prompt thinking and discussion about corporate witness as a Meeting. A short First Day message may spring out of the queries that will be brought into worship. Finger food potluck followed by discussion.
Peace vigils at BIW: Brown mentioned that the next destroyer christening at BIW was planned tentatively for April, as well as the remaining Saturday Lenten vigils there. He brought a pamphlet about a call for a conversion to peacetime production at BIW and asked if Durham Friends would consider endorsing/sponsoring it.
The Minute reads: “Peace and Social Concerns Committee recommends to Monthly Meeting that Durham Friends be a co-sponsor of the vigil for conversion of Bath Iron Works to peacetime production at the upcoming warship christening.”
Sponsorship would entail permission to print our name in the flyer, display the banner at the vigil, but no financial obligation.
[Editor’s note: the destroyer’s christening has been scheduled for April 27 at BIW.]
By Nancy Marstaller
Saturday, April 6, at the Meetinghouse from 2-5 PM
Please RSVP so I can set up appropriately: email@example.com or 207 725-4294.
I’ll lead/teach egg decorating using the Ukrainian wax resist method. This process creates beautiful, colorful eggs AND takes patience and fine motor skills, so is for older children and adults. There will be other activities scheduled for younger children during this time.
I have dyes, tools, and directions for my own and traditional Ukrainian designs, or you can do your own thing. Bring a small donation for dyes if you wish.
I will bring extra eggs and candles, but if you can please bring a one or two eggs (raw, not blown out) and a candle in a holder. Take your eggs out of the refrigerator the night before. If eggs are store-bought, rinse with a solution of about 1 TBSP white vinegar in 1pint water, then rinse with clear water and gently pat dry to remove any commercial cleaner residue. If they are newly laid at your place or locally, just wash gently with water, and know that they may not take the dyes evenly until they are at least a few days old.
I hope you’ll join me!
Event Date & Time: March 6, 2019 11:30 am until April 20, 2019 11:30 am
More information? Contact Brown Lethem: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 out and visit. Hope to see you there! Contact Katherine Langelier if you have any questions.
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.
8:30 am Welcome with coffee, tea, and light snacks
9:00 – 10:00 Meeting for Worship
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:45 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business and Sharing Joys and Concerns of Our Meetings
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch: Bread and Soups will be provided, others are invited to bring salad or dessert to share.
1:30 – 3:30 Program: Hope made visible over climate change
1:30 pm: Jason Wentworth’s comic routine, Climate change is no laughing matter…or is it?”
2:00 pm: Anne D. Burt’s short solutions film, “Maine Roadtrip to the Future” released in January to all members of the Maine Legislature. (Find out more here: http://www.downtoearthstories.org/ )
2:30 pm: Guy Marsden: Tips and tricks for improving energy efficiency of your meeting and home.
3:00 pm: Q&A and sharing of intentions.
3:30 pm: Join hands in gratitude for the day and adjourn to help clean up.
Hospitality is available at the Friends House in Bath. Contact Diane Dicranian at: email@example.com Also, Guy Marsden has a guest room available. It’s listed on airbnb, but free to Friends. Call Guy at 207 443 8942 or firstname.lastname@example.org: Renewable Rural Retreat
Contact Guy Marsden: 207 443 -8942, email@example.com
SAVE THE DATE – All-Maine Gathering, for Quakers from FQM, VQM (and beyond) To be hosted by Falmouth QM at Friends School of Portland on May 4, 2019 Falmouth Quarterly Meeting has begun planning for the All Maine Gathering this year on May 4. There will be time for Friends from around the State to meet together for worship, fellowship, and for a program focused on Native Maine Tribes. There will also be time for FQM and VQM to meet separately for business. Ann Dodd (Portland)-Collins and Christine Holden (Brunswick) are heading up the planning team. More information will follow. All are welcome!
Ongoing legacy of Native American Boarding Schools Friends may be interested in this opportunity to learn from Native American researchers about the history and ongoing impacts of the Indian boarding schools, through monthly webinar conversations. This website has info about these and other important resources: boardingschoolhealing.org (Shared by Paula Palmer, Boulder Friends Meeting. Paula has done extensive research into Quaker Indian Boarding Schools.)
~Janet Hough, clerk VQM
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 email Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get a copy of it.
If there are slippery conditions, we’ll be meeting at the Meetinghouse instead (we’ll decide by meeting the day before). Thanks!
Seeds of Peace Leadership Development
Friday, January 4th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library
ABOUT SEEDS OF PEACE: “We inspire and cultivate new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict. Our network now encompasses 7,021 alumni throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the United States who are uniquely positioned to lead change.”
Peace & Social Concerns Requests Durham’s Discernment,
Hosting a Meeting January 6
By Bob Eaton
Monthly Meeting for Business has endorsed the Peace and Social Concerns Committee request for a special meeting to take place after regular meeting for worship on Sunday, January 6. The meeting will be convened by Lesley Manning and Bob Eaton for a focused response to the American Friends Service Committee request for Friends’ discernment on what programs the AFSC should focus on in the next ten-year strategic plan for the organization. Bob will prepare brief (but insightful!) background materials to be available before the meeting.
By Tess Hartford
We will have our next Family Game “Night” on Saturday, January 12 beginning at 3 p.m. Please join us. Durham Friends of all ages have enjoyed these nights.
As part of Durham Meeting’s efforts at outreach, we encourage all Durham Friends to invite neighbors and friends to our special family events as well as our regular weekly Meetings.
By Wendy Schlotterbeck, Youth Minister
We will have our Annual Wreath Making Party on Sunday, December 2 after a potluck following worship. Materials will be provided, but live greens of any kind are welcomed!
On Saturday, December 15 we will gather for a Christmas Worship and Turkey Dinner. We have found that often the preparation is as rich as the actual event. So, come at 4:00 to help prepare the meal and set up. Worship, a sharing of poems, songs or personal stories, will be at 5:30 with dinner to follow.
As part of Durham Meeting’s efforts at outreach, we encourage all Durham Friends to invite neighbors and friends to our special family events as well as our regular weekly Meetings.
The Christmas Program will be on Saturday, December 15, gathering for worship and a turkey dinner.
Come at 4:00 to help prepare the meal and set up.
Worship, sharing of poems, songs or personal stories will be at 5:30 with dinner to follow.
You are invited to a pot-luck dinner to join Pastor Ida, Administrator of the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre on Monday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the meetinghouse.
After the meal, Ida will bring us up to date with changes happening with the Care Centre programs. He will share personal reflections on his own work as it, and his thinking and understanding has evolved. This will be more of a conversation with old friends, rather than a slide presentation.
Bring a favorite dish to share. Questions: Sukie Rice, 318-8531.
Member Janet Douglas, the mother of Jim Douglas, a member and former pastor here at Durham, passed away on September 10. Her life will be celebrated in a memorial service at the Meetinghouse of Durham Friends on Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to join the Douglas family.
After Meeting on Sunday, October 28, 2018, we will have a Meeting-Wide Discussion on Strengthening Durham Friends Meeting.
For nearly a year, Durham Friends Meeting has had an Ad Hoc Committee working on developing ideas for strengthening the Meeting.
After input and discussion from many Meeting members, we came to focus on three areas where we might try to strengthen ourselves: pastoral care, outreach and coordination.
In May, after the Ad Hoc Committee reported, Business Meeting asked that various Meeting committees discuss their current efforts and effectiveness and let the Ad Hoc Committee know how they are doing. More specifically, Ministry and Counsel was asked to consider pastoral care, Christian Education, Peace and Social Concerns, and the Newsletter Committee were asked to consider outreach, and the Clerks Group was asked to consider coordination.
On October 28 the Ad Hoc Committee will report what we have learned and invite Meeting members to consider how we want to proceed.
Questions? Contact Doug Bennett (email@example.com or 207-721-9575).
There will be be a Family Game Night, Saturday, November 3 from 5-7:30 at Durham Friends Meeting. It will be a potluck followed by games. All are welcome.
There will be a Halloween Party, Friday October 26 from 5:30-8pm at the Durham Friends Meetinghouse. Creative costumes are encouraged. We will have snacks, bobbing for apples, donuts on a string and pumpkin carving. A fun time for all ages!
Trustees have scheduled a “Love Your Meetinghouse Day” for Friday night and Saturday, October 19 and 20, 2018.
The chore list includes window washing, cleaning pews and cushions, prep and painting of parsonage porch, and priming and painting the replacement windows in meetinghouse basement. All are welcome to participate.
By Linda Muller
Peace and Social Concerns Committee wants all of Meeting to know that “Dawnland” a new film from an excellent group – Maine Wabanaki-REACH – will be shown at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick on Thursday, October 4 in the Merrill Meeting Room from 6 to 8 p.m. for free though donations will be accepted.
The film was years in the making and shares the findings and recommendations of the Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was set up by Maine’s Legislature and funded for 2 years. The archives of this are stored at Bowdoin Library. Most of the findings focus on kidnapping and abusive treatment of native Maine children and the long-term consequences of that treatment.
The film also teaches history – 1300 to the current day – with “view from boat” and “view from the shore” perspectives. This proves to be very powerful and educational, refreshing change from the often misleading “history written by the winners” often taught in schools.
P&SC Committee highly recommends that all of us in Meeting take advantage of this free showing, leave a donation and enjoy the insightful discussion group directly after the film.
By Martha Sheldon
Adult Sunday School will be reading “In Fear and Trembling Be Bold in God’s Service” from The Freedom & Justice Crier, a periodic newsletter from the Committee on Racial, Social & Economic Justice of New England Yearly Meeting. It was published by NEYM this past summer.
All are welcome to join us at 9:30 each Sunday morning.
The Annual Eat-Out of Durham’s Woman’s Society is this coming Monday, September 17 at 6 p.m. We will be meeting at the Thai’s Cuisine Restaurant at 6 1st Street, Topsham. It is located behind the Topsham Town Office; 1st Street turns off Monument Drive, near the Route 201/Main Street end.
The restaurant’s website is https://thaismaine.com/ and they can be reached by phone at 721-0103.
This is a great opportunity to come out for a nice meal, talk with people from Meeting, and find out more about Woman’s Society. The restaurant sets no minimum on orders, so you could have a full meal, something less, or just sit and chat.
Please join us, all are invited.
Vassalboro Quarter Fall Gathering Weekend
Friday through Sunday, September 7-9, 2018
The Vassalboro Quarter Fall Gathering weekend at Friends Camp will be a wonderful opportunity to have time with Friends from around Maine to share our actions, what inspires us and where we are stuck!
60 minute breakouts: Here are a few samples:
- The Power of Enough: a continuation of discussion from Living Faith Spring retreat
- Poor People’s Campaign/White privilege discussion, [check out Rev. Dr. William J Barber’s Address to the 2018 Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering – America Must Have a Moral Revival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7u6BTyLqy8 ]
- Global Day of Action for Climate Justice: review of a workshop offered at NEYM Sessions. Learn to use a Carbon Calculator to gauge your individual or Monthly Meeting carbon footprint (bring your computer so you can do it at Fall Gathering!)
- Universal Health Care and Active Hope
- Art as a form of spiritual expression
There will be 60 minute gatherings Friday evening and Saturday morning, with more spontaneous sharing/break outs welcomed for Saturday morning and afternoon. The preliminary schedule is below. If anyone would like to offer a 45-60 min workshop, they can contact the Fall Gathering committee below or sign up on Friday night.
Pre-registration by August 31st is appreciated to allow for meal planning and any child programing that is needed. To sign up, please go to this link: (copy and paste it in your search).
Pre-register at: https://goo.gl/forms/ec5KQVfXsTrLpoMe2
Spread the word in your meeting’s newsletters or correspondence by forwarding this or copying. Be sure everyone has the link.
Walk-ins are always welcome! Register when you arrive or at the next meal. Come for one day or stay for the full weekend.
If someone doesn’t have internet access to pre-register, or is having any problems with pre-registering, they can call the registrar, Stephen Assante, at 207-649-0619 and leave a message or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth of all ages are welcome and there is no fee for children or for parents/guardians bringing children. The VQM subsidizes all children under 18 yo.
Young Adult Friends are also meeting with us for the second year.
Their programing and Vassalboro Quarterly Friends program will be overlapping as-led! We will be gathering together Friday starting with supper. YAF should use the same link to pre-register.
Housing: There are cabins with bunkbeds, tenting areas and a few handicapped accessible cabins with a bathroom. The latter are limited and usually reserved for those who indicate at pre-registration that they need one. If you would like hospitality off campus with a local Friend, please contact Joann Austin: email@example.com
Meals: All vegetarian: please let us know at pre registration about any special dietary needs.
Cost of the weekend:
Due to the generous support of Friends in the Vassalboro Quarter, this gathering is pay-as-led for participants – and children are free, as are. Please do not let cost get in the way your attendance but feel free to donate as led and able. Payment is due at registration when you arrive at Friends Camp. 0-17years: free.18-35 years: $0-$50. All parents and adults bringing children: $0-$50. All adults over 35: $0 – $100. Please indicate your total amount that you are able to contribute.
Common questions about costs: Friends Camp charges VQM based on the number of adults and children who eat each meal, stay over each night (regardless of whether they camp, use a cabin or trailer), or attend for just part of a day. Those who attend may make a contribution based on what their charges would be or what they think they can afford. This is called Pay-as-Led.
Here are costs to VQM: Meals are around $10, day rate is $7, and day with an overnight is $14. So one adult staying for the entire weekend including overnight would be 6 meals and 2 overnights or $88.
Hope to see you there!
- Holly Weidner firstname.lastname@example.org
- Margaret Marshall email@example.com
- Julia Plumb firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joann Austin email@example.com
- Carl Stoddard firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stephen Assante email@example.com
- Sarah Emigh-Doyle firstname.lastname@example.org
Vassalboro Quarter Fall Gathering Weekend &
Link to the Pre-registration: https://goo.gl/forms/ec5KQVfXsTrLpoMe2
4:30–6 (VQM) Ministry & Counsel Meeting
7:00–8 VQM and YAF: Gathering of Friends in Gratitude
8:00-9 Separate VQM and *YAF activity
7:30–8:30 Breakfast—Grace at end of meal
8:45–9:30 *Program—Introduction—Centering Worship Sharing
9:45–10:45 *Small Group Session
11–12 *Small Group Session
1:30–3 VQM *Business Meeting
3:15–4:30 *Small Group Session
4:30–6 Free Time
7:30–8:30 *VQM and YAFs Sharing with music, singing and dance.
YAFs and others may plan to continue longer.
8:45–9:45 *Worship Sharing/Reflections on our weekend
10–11 *Meeting for Worship
12:45 PM Camp Clean-up and goodbyes!
*held in the Aviary at the top of the hill or in multiple other locations
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 Ministries Director of Friends United Meeting.
Potluck will begin at 6 pm, program at 7 pm.
A committed Roman Catholic with a master’s degree in theology, Adrian feels deeply called to the particular witness of a Friends School under occupation. As he shared with the school when he visited: “I am drawn to RFS for so many reasons. It has a long history of shared communities. It has a strong academic program and is able to offer its students wonderful opportunities. But RFS is not just a school – it is much more than that. I look at RFS and I see that the grace of God is working within your community. I see God carrying us all on a journey, together through moments of success and challenges which strengthens our lives and our bonds with each other and God.”
Adrian, an Australian national, and his wife Gillian, a New Zealander, will took up residence in Ramallah at the beginning of August while their teenage daughter continues in boarding school in New Zealand.
Eden Grace, Global Ministries Director. Eden Grace has served as FUM’s Global Ministries Director since July, 2013. From 2004 through mid-2013, Eden served as the Field Officer for FUM in the Africa Ministries Office in Kisumu, Kenya. Eden is responsible for shepherding FUM’s programmatic work in 11 countries on 4 continents. She has a passion for the holistic and transformational witness of Friends that arises from deep worship in the gathered body. She thinks of her role specifically, and that of FUM in general, as a ligament in the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:15-16 and Colossians 2:19).
Eden holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Certificate in International Mission and Ecumenism from the Boston Theological Institute. Her undergraduate degree is from Brown University in Providence Rhode Island, where she studied drama literature and semiotics. In addition to Eden’s extensive involvement with Friends’ organizations, she has also served in leadership roles in the World Council of Churches and the Massachusetts Council of Churches, and carries a deep concern for Christian unity.
Eden Grace is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting (Boston, Massachusetts, USA) in New England Yearly Meeting. She and her husband Jim have two young adult sons, are the host family for a Kenyan college student, and have taken in a Richmond teen. Eden loves to travel, sing, read fiction and make quilts using African fabrics.
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, June 17
What to bring?
1. Bathing suit, towel and sunscreen
2. Change of clothes, jacket for evenings and bug spray
3. Sleeping bag, optional-tent (there are several beds and floor spaces inside)
4. Board games/ outdoor games
5. Friends! We welcome your friends.
6. Water- Please bring a jug of drinking water- they are having a few issues with their plumbing. Some water will be available through a hose. FYI- we may be using Wendy’s lovely sawdust composting toilets
Saturday lunch- bring you own
Saturday supper- something to grill and a dish to share
Saturday campfire time- Snacks, drinks to share
Sunday breakfast- Wendy will bring eggs and pancake mix, we need fruit, milk, and other breakfast yummies as desired
Sunday lunch- POTLUCK bring something to share (Wendy will bring ice cream and cones)