Category Archives: Monthly Meeting Minutes

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Durham Friends Meeting 2019 Budget

Prepared by Finance Committee; approved by the Meeting, December 18, 2018. DURHAM FRIENDS MEETING – 2019 BUDGET OPERATING REVENUE      Contributions 31,600.00      Investment Income 9,215.00      Other Sources – gifts, use of meetinghouse, etc. 300.00      Cell Tower 2,500.00 … Continue reading

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Discernment Around AFSC Program Focus

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 … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, December 16, 2018

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with 13 persons present. Clerk, Susan Rice, opened the meeting by reading a quote by Howard Brinton from the Pendle Hill Pamphlet … Continue reading

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Where Are We Being Led: Theme for January through March, 2019

For January-February-March 2019 the theme Ministry and Counsel proposes is “where are we being led?” One of the Advices (number 9) from NEYM tells us “Attend to the Spirit at work in the ordinary activities and experiences of your daily … Continue reading

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Themes in Worship

December 12, 2018, from the Committee on Ministry and Counsel Our past two years it has been rich and challenging to have Sunday messages brought by various people. This has also deepened our connections to one another. Many of us have … Continue reading

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November 2018 Library News

By Dorothy Hinshaw Most of you may know that New England Yearly Meeting was the first yearly meeting organized in the Society of Friends, even established before London Yearly Meeting. For more information about NEYM, check out one of the … Continue reading

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Newsletter Committee Updates, December 2018

By Liana Thompson Knight, Clerk The Newsletter Committee has a few updates and reminders this month: 1. Newsletter Deadline: We are changing the deadline for submissions to the newsletter to 5pm on the Wednesday after Monthly Meeting. 2. Newsletter Submissions: … Continue reading

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Janet Douglas, Memorial Minute

Janet Douglas, a long-time member of Durham Friends Meeting and mother of member and former pastor Jim Douglas, passed away on September 10, 2018. A memorial service was held in the Meetinghouse to celebrate her life on November 10 with … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, November 16, 2018

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, November 18, 2018 with 15 people present. Clerk, Susan Rice, opened the meeting by reading from the Pendle Hill Pamphlet #453 by Elizabeth Meyer: A … Continue reading

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Strengthening Durham Friends Meeting – November 2018

November 16, 2018 The final report of the Paid Position Working Group will be presented to Monthly Meeting this Sunday, November 18.  The members of the Working Group, which has focused on the larger question of Strengthening Durham Friends Meeting, … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, October 21, 2018

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, October 21, 2018 with 10 people present. Clerk Susan (Sukie) Rice opened the meeting with spoken prayer, expressing gratitude. The September minutes were approved. Ministry … Continue reading

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Our Approach to Pastoral Care Today   

Committee on Ministry and Counsel, September 2018                       For many decades, Durham Friends Meeting had a paid pastor who, among other responsibilities, took primary responsibility for pastoral care in the Meeting community.   The Meeting made the decision in November 2016 first … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, September 16, 2018

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, September 16, 2018. Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading verses from the hymn, Spirit of God, Descend upon my Heart. We did not … Continue reading

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Ad Hoc Committee Continues Its Work

By Doug Bennett The work of Durham Meeting’s ad hoc committee will be back on the agenda in September and we need your help. The most recent report of the committee (from April) is on the Meeting’s website. At the … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, July 15, 2018

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, July 15, 2018 with 13 people present. Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting with a reading from the New England Yearly Meeting website statement, “The … 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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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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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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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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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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