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My Experience at Yearly Meeting Summer Sessions, 2018

By Sarah Sprogell For those who are not familiar with Summer Sessions, it is a time of year that Friends from across New England gather to attend to business, learn from each other in workshops, share meals, art, music and … Continue reading

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Talking Points from New England Yearly Meeting Sessions 2018

Please share the news and joy from NEYM Sessions 2018 with Friends at home. Consider posting these talking points and making a report to your local meeting for business. The theme for this year’s Annual Sessions was In Fear and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. I. Hart

By Nancy Marstaller For the last couple years, I’ve been reading to understand how racism has affected the attitudes and actions of myself and others. It’s been a saddening and sometimes shocking journey to learn of the experiences of many … Continue reading

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Reflections on Indigenous Peoples Day – October 8, 2018

By Linda Muller I am glad to recognize the continuing debt we owe to the original people of our area; Casco Bay and beyond. I am relieved not to recognize C. Columbus, who practiced severe genocide and never stepped foot … Continue reading

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Latest Library News, June 2018

By Dorothy Hinshaw The latest addition to the meeting library is a very interesting book: “Memories of Milton Hadley” who was a Quaker pastor at meetings in Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, and Florida, serving both programmed and unprogrammed meetings. His … Continue reading

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“Finding Simplicity in My Life,” by Robert Bennett

From the May 2018 issue of Friends Journal, The Student Voice Project 2018 on “What Are Quaker Values Anyway?” Finding Simplicity in My Life by Robert Bennett on May 1, 2018 As many people’s lives become more cluttered with events and activities, we … Continue reading

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Quakerism = Hope

April 17, 2018 “As the stillness of Quaker Meeting unfolds, it opens up a space in which we can listen and wait — both comfortable and uncomfortable, holy and ordinary, still and dynamic. And whilst I don’t pretend Quakerism has … Continue reading

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Ann Audland, Early Quaker Prophet

This is one of the stories I’ve been preparing for the New England Yearly Meeting sessions this month, about early Friends answering the call to radical faithfulness. Ann Audland is one of the lesser known early Quaker prophets. She and … Continue reading

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The Phoebe Family: Empty-Nesters – or Not?

I’ve enjoyed hosting a family of phoebes, a species of flycatchers, on the parsonage porch. I noticed them one day in May trying to build a nest on an impossibly narrow ledge under a corner of the porch ceiling. So … Continue reading

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The First Motion

John Woolman said in his journal on one of the days he spent travelling in earnest pursuit of God’s will for him, that “Love was the first motion,” after which “a concern arose to spend some time with the Indians, … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Fry: Quaker Prison Reformer

I’ve been reading a biography of Elizabeth Fry (1780 – 1843) that I bought from the USFW used book table in the meetinghouse. The biography is itself a century old and USFW used book table in the meetinghouse. The biography … Continue reading

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‘Service is our sacrament’

By Mimi Marstaller One of the phrases from June’s Friends United Meeting Triennial that sticks with me is “As Quakers, service is our sacrament.” The man who spoke these words is named Ross and he works with the Quaker Voluntary … Continue reading

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Teen Camp: Relationships, Spirituality and Sexuality

By Nat Shed, Director of Friends Camp This three-day camp session will give teens an opportunity to explore relationship ethics and to define the elements of healthy and equal relationships. Teen Camp starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, … Continue reading

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Queries on Financial Giving

These Queries were read by Sarah during the presentation: From remarks at Chestnut Hill Meeting, Philadelphia, PA By Thomas Jeavons January 6, 2002  Do we as individuals see giving to our Meetings (and other Quaker bodies) as: An obligation … Continue reading

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Witnessing for a Faithful Budget

By Leslie Manning Pete Sirois, a Pax Christi member from Madison, and I lobbied our elected representatives after attending Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. We were part of a group of 750 clergy and faith leaders from many denominations … Continue reading

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From our Pastor, Daphne Clement

“The Meeting for Worship is, however, not all silence. The silence is preparation. One listens before one speaks. There is a quickening power in the living silence… Where the temperature and atmosphere of the group are right, the one who … Continue reading

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Why Forgive

From our Pastor, Daphne Clement True forgiveness opens the heart making us tender and available to God. Without practicing forgiveness, we loose the capacity to give and to receive. If we really want to love, we must learn how to … Continue reading

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Daphne Clement Introduces Herself to Durham Meeting

Asked for a biography for the December Durham Friends Meeting Newsletter… I sat down to write and found that the threads of my life (like the threads in the poem below) would not organize themselves in a linear fashion. To … Continue reading

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