Category Archives: Monthly Meeting Minutes

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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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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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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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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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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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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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, May 19, 2019

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, April 19, 2019 with 11 people present. Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading from the New England Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice: “Meeting … Continue reading

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, April 21, 2019

Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, April 21, 2019 with 14 people present.  Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading a verse from a hymn, “Christ Be Our Light.” 1.  … Continue reading

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Juli Fogg, 1962-2019

Juli Fogg was a beloved member of Durham Friends Meeting.

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Durham Monthly Meeting Minutes, March 17, 2019

            Durham Monthly Meeting of Friends convened in worship for the conduct of business on Sunday, March 17, 2019 with 20 people present.  Clerk Susan Rice opened the meeting by reading from the 1985 New England Faith and Practice, “The … Continue reading

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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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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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