Announcements for October 2017
On October 29 (a fifth Sunday) we will have a single combined meeting for worship at 10 a.m. First Day School will start by 10 a.m., with children gathering in the Living Room.
A minute will be offered for decision at the October 15 meeting for worship for business about commitment to hosting a refugee and/or immigrant while they challenge their deportation. Such a commitment requires careful consideration by the whole Meeting. Please find information on the lobby table and attend this meeting for worship for business. To see information gathered by the Meeting's Sanctuary Action Team, click here.
Two Sunday Afternoon Seekers Sessions
October 8 & 22, 12:45 - 2:00 in Quaker House Living Room (1416 Hill St)
Open to those interested in learning more about Friends as well as sharing their experiences and thoughts about the topic. Many past attenders and participants have commented on how this has deepened their experience of being a Quaker.
October 8: How Friends Make a Difference
Friends share how Quakerism affects and influences their personal spiritual journeys in living out their lives today. Some Quaker history may be included as well. Presenters: Eric Engel & Ruth Carey
October 22: Quaker Worship: What Goes on and Happens in the Silence?
Two speakers share their story of how and why they appreciate Quaker silent worship. Presenters: Rick Plewa & Naomi Gilbert
Each session will allow ample time for questions and discussion. Come to both sessions or just one. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided. If you need childcare, please notify Bill Riccobono (billriccobono at gmail.com) by the prior Wednesday.
Reading and Discussion
Reading and Discussion meets on second and fourth Sundays in the Corner Room from 10:05 to 10:55.
On October 8, Neil Shadle will lead a discussion on our sense of loss and grief for our diminishing Creation, and resources for hope, drawing on Douglas Christie’s book The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology.
On October 22, Richard Tucker will report on the state of convergence between the peace and environment movements, as demonstrated in the “NoWar2017” conference in Washington, D.C.
All are welcome. Look for the readings on the lobby table the preceding Sunday.
An Invitation from the Committee on Ministry and Counsel:
QUAKERS AND RACE: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
A Retreat for Ann Arbor Friends Meeting
Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21.
Saturday lunch provided. Donations welcome.
Friday evening, October 20, 7 to 9 p.m. (Light refreshments at 6:30)
TOWARD RIGHT RELATIONSHIP:
QUAKERS AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN BOARDING SCHOOLS
Facilitated by Helen Fox and Jim Crowfoot
THE COLORS OF US: GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER
Facilitated by Rita Simpson-Vlach
Childcare will be provided for pre-K and younger children.
Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
QUAKERS AND RACE: A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
An interactive program investigating race and racism, with the intention of
promoting learning, community building, awareness, and openings.
Facilitated by Morghan Williams and a Lori Saginaw
THE COLORS OF US: ACTIVITIES & QUAKER PERSPECTIVES
ON IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, JUSTICE, AND ACTION
Using picture books, stories, games, role play, and art, the children's program (K–12) will explore concepts of identity, fairness, stereotype, and privilege in light of the Quaker testimonies of equality and community. Activities will broaden children’s vocabulary for social justice, provide a safe space to reflect on their own identities, and engage them in discussions of how they can make a difference as anti-racist allies.
Facilitated by Rita Simpson-Vlach
Childcare will be provided for pre-K and younger children.
Ministry and Counsel encourages everyone to attend the full program.
Please sign up by Sunday, October 8, so we can plan food and the children’s program. Sign-up sheets are on the lobby table.
For more information, please contact Nancy Taylor (netaylor at comcast.net).
Friends are invited to Midweek Meeting for Worship every Wednesday at 7 p.m., usually in the Fireplace Room. For more information, contact Lisa Klopfer (lklopfer at gmail.com).
News from the Committee for Children and Families (CCF), October 2017
First Day School is off to a good start. At 11 a.m. we are meeting together for 10 to 15 minutes in the Living Room. We start off with a name game and then go into a short energizing and community-building activity. You should hear the laughter and see the smiles! We then split up into two groups: the little ones and those in elementary school with some in middle school. They have an activity and a lesson about Quaker practice. This year we are having more people from the Meeting come in to lend their perspective and life experience to the mix. After this the children come back together for a settling routine before going into meeting for worship where they enter the already-settled meeting and sit together as a group. Won’t you join us in this spiritual journey? Please see “Volunteer Opportunities to Help Children and Families” (on the lobby table) and mark your preferences for how you will help.
For further information or to volunteer, please contact Sheila Johnson (sheila at johnson-mcloyd.com) or Su Hansen (email@example.com).
The Property Committee invites Friends to join them for a Property work party on Saturday, October 7, starting at 9:00. Please bring work gloves.
Spiritual Formation Group Focuses on Forgiveness for 2017–18
“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.”
“Forgiveness is the most powerful healer of all.”
“Forgiveness is a continuous process, not something we do just once or twice.”
If you are intrigued by one of the quotations above, please consider joining our local Spiritual Formation Group for 2017–18. We will be examining the practice of forgiveness as a way of establishing deeper connection with ourselves and with Spirit. This involves healing, self-care, and releasing trapped energy for better uses. The group will meet monthly through next spring, and encourages development of a daily spiritual practice between the group meetings. The first session is on Sunday, October 8, 2:00 to 4:00, in the Corner Room. Contact one of the following for more information: Karen Connor, Peggy Daub, Rebecca Hatton, or Bill Riccobono.
Meeting for Canoeing Around Harsens Island
A Meeting for Canoeing around Harsens Island (where the St. Clair River flows into Lake St. Clair) is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17 (postponed from September 19), from 8:15 to 4:00. After a 90-minute drive to the ferry in Algonac, there will be a 10-minute crossing to the island. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one on the island. Paddle the channels of Harsens Island alongside migratory birds. Lunch at Sans Souci Restaurant watching lake freighters pass by on the international waterway. the rain date is Saturday, October 28. For information and to sign up, contact Thomas Taylor at tftaylor37 at comcast.net.
Peace and Social Concerns Committee is showing the documentary, 13TH, after combined meeting for worship on fifth Sunday, October 29, from 11:30 to 2:00. The title refers to the Thirteenth Constitutional Amendment. A reviewer in The Guardian wrote, ”Ava DuVernay's documentary draws a strong, straight line from the abolition of slavery to today’s mass incarceration epidemic, explaining its root cause: money. Cheap prison labour is knotted up in the U.S. economy … designed to get black men into jails early and often.” Visit http://bit.ly/2duwNtm for a trailer.
Fall Gathering of Quarterly Meeting at AAFM
Saturday, October 14, 9:00 to 4:00
The fall gathering of Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting (GPQM) will take place at our Meetinghouse! In addition to the meeting for business, Thomas Taylor will lead us in song, and we will discuss Greg Woods' plenary speech on outreach at the recent LEYM Annual Meeting.
Raelyn Joyce, clerk of GPQM, is looking for a few Friends from different Meetings who may be interested in taking part in a panel discussion reflecting on Greg Woods' message and its application to us and our Meetings. If you are interested in being on the panel, or know of other Friends who might be, please let Raelyn know (raejoyce10 at gmail.com). She is looking forward to reflecting and sharing ideas on how we can enliven our meetings!
Please plan on joining the fall gathering on Saturday, October 14!
Peace & Social Concerns Committee says "Let Them Hear From YOU!"
Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators
Activists of all political stripes recommend calling legislators, not just emailing — and certainly not just venting on social media. Several lawmakers, along with those who work for them, said so in interviews, according to Daniel Victor in the New York Times last November. A phone call from a constituent can, indeed, hold more weight than an email, and far outweighs a Facebook post or a tweet. To understand why, it helps to know what happens when someone answers the phone at a legislator’s office. Even if you don’t speak directly to the lawmaker, staff members often pass the message along in one form or another.
Emily Ellsworth, whose jobs have included answering phones in the district offices of two Republican representatives, said the way your points reach a lawmaker depends on how many calls the office is getting at the time and how you present your story. In some cases, it’s a simple process. When a caller offered an opinion, staff members would write the comments down in a spreadsheet, compile them each month and present reports to top officials, she said. But a large volume of calls on an issue could bring an office to a halt, sometimes spurring the legislator to put out a statement on his or her position, Ms. Ellsworth said. She recommended the tactic of a series of tweets shared thousands of times. “It brings a legislative issue right to the top of the mind of a member,” she said. “It makes it impossible to ignore for the whole staff. You don’t get a whole lot else done.”
While scripts found on the internet can be useful for people uncomfortable talking on the phone, she suggested making the phone calls as personal as possible. In some cases, if she was moved by a call, she would pass on the comments to her district director, she said. “What representatives and staffers want to hear is the individual impact of your individual story,” she said. “I couldn’t listen to people’s stories for six to eight hours a day and not be profoundly impacted by them.”
Sen. Debbie Stabenow
Sen. Gary Peters
Rep. Debbie Dingell
Rep. Tim Walberg
Rep. Mike Bishop
U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 866-220-0044
White House Comment Line: 888-225-8418
Palestine-Israel Action Group (PIAG) News
PIAG will next meet on Monday, October 16, at 9:45. All are welcome. Contact the convener, Helen Fox (hfox at umich.edu) for more information, including the location.
In January 2009, AAFM established a Travel Fund for Witness in the Middle East for F/friends wishing to learn firsthand about the conflict in Israel/Palestine. Originally inspired by a Friend whose own travel experiences led to a deeper understanding of Palestinian life in the West Bank and Gaza, the fund provides a unique opportunity to experience the joys and sorrows that affect all who are involved in the conflict.
Many wonderful guided trips are available through various recommended organizations. To explore them, check out www.quakerpi.org/QActivism/TRIPS.htm. If you wish to apply to AAFM for partial funding, click here to read the AAFM Minute that details the application procedures.
Most Sundays a limited amount of Palestinian olive oil (Free Trade, Certified Organic, produced by farmer cooperatives) is available on the lobby table for purchase at $12 per 500 ml bottle. Sale of this high quality oil supports Palestinian farmers who face great challenges getting their produce to markets.
Quaker Bible Study – involving a close reading of a short Bible passage followed by individual responses – takes place every Wednesday morning at 8:30 in the Corner Room. All are welcome. Questions? Ask Rebecca Hatton(rebecca.hatton1 at gmail.com).
Want to Keep Up with MQEA? The Environmental and Social Concerns Committee has begun a group called Michigan Quakers for Environmental Action, which is intended to promote better environmental policy and legislation in the state. If you would like to join MQEA and receive occasional updates, please contact Peggy Daub (peggydaub at hotmail.com).
43rd Annual Washtenaw/Ann Arbor CROP Walk
Sunday, October 15, registration at 1:00, start walking at 2:00
Join the Washtenaw/Ann Arbor CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday afternoon, October 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church (1400 W Stadium). 2k and 10k walks.
We walk to help the hungry, locally in Washtenaw County and overseas. This year Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and Church World Service are stressing the needs of refugees. Last year, Ann Arbor Friends contributed $1360, and we hope to do even better this year. Visit www.crophungerwalk.org/annarbormi to make a donation or to join our team, “AnnArborQuaker.”
Many small gifts make a big difference!
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Copies of the Meeting Handbook are available in the lobby. A contribution of $4 to cover printing costs is requested.
The Meeting’s wheelchair is stored in the outer lobby for the lift. Friends may borrow it for use between the parking lot and the lift or inside the Meetinghouse and Quaker House.
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