- Meeting for Worship near Textron Defense Systems
- All-Meeting Worship near Textron
- Sharing Circle
- Good Friday Peace Witness
- International Day of Peace
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
Meeting for Worship near Textron Defense Systems
Quakers Praying for Peace: Join us for meeting for worship every third Sunday of the month from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm next to signs reading Quakers Praying for Peace adjacent to the grounds where Textron Defense Systems manufactures an especially gruesome “cluster bomb,” used by our military and also sold to other countries.
We stress that this is not a protest, vigil, or demonstration; nor is this a politicization of our spiritual faith, but rather honoring our Testimony of Peace, and taking our practice to a very dark area of cruelty and barbaric war making. It is, we think, a very faithful way to enact the Beneficial Cycle of deepening worship, strengthening community, and increasing our witness.
You can drive there directly (please dress warmly and bring your own chairs if you have an easily transportable one), or there will be spaces available in several cars leaving the Meeting House at 10:30 am.
DIRECTIONS: Textron is at 201 Lowell Street, Wilmington, MA. Take I-93 north to exit 38 (two exits after the turn-off to I 95); turn right onto Ma-129. Drive .8 miles (not 8 … point 8) to Textron on left. Parking lot on left just before Textron. [There are many ways to get to I 93 north — Alewife Brook Parkway, or through Union Square, but at that time of Sunday, I like Storrow Drive.]
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “attn. John Bach”.
All-Meeting Worship at Textron
Once a year, since 2011, Ministry and Counsel has asked the whole Meeting to gather (as able) for morning worship on the third Sunday in October at Textron. Large signs that read “Quakers Praying for Peace” inform passersby what is happening.
Why do we worship at Textron? Each person has some responsibility for the root of war. A loving Spirit would not have weapons made that kill hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. How do we contend with the evil that humans do, and the love that we long for? One response is to go to Textron to pray, asking ourselves, and encouraging others to ask, “Where do wars come from?” For those unable to attend in Wilmington, the Meetinghouse will be open for worship. Activities will be provided for children in the Friends Center, as well as lunch and extended care (until about 1:00). Parents are encouraged to bring children who are able to participate in the worship at Textron; students of junior high age and above are highly encouraged to come.
To request lunch and extended care for your child in Cambridge, please contact Frederick Martin at email@example.com at least a week in advance.
Sharing Circle: Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm the formerly incarcerated and those who care about them meet for dinner and sharing. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “attn. Patricia Wild”.
Good Friday Peace Witness
For more than 20 years, Quakers and friends from other groups have stood in silent vigil on the Boston Common at Park St. from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Good Friday, witnessing to the power of peace in a broken world. For more information contact email@example.com with subject “attn. Michael Carey or Ghanda DiFiglia”.
On Friday, April 3, 2015, Quakers and friends from other groups stood in witness to the destructive force of thermonuclear weapons. They handed out this leaflet describing their purpose.
International Day of Peace
In 2002, The United Nations established September 21 as the International Day of Peace, which provides the opportunity of a shared date for individuals, organizations, and nations to share in celebrations and acts of peace. Special activities and celebrations take place all over the world in over 150 countries. Locally, members of FMC plan a celebration On Sunday, September 21, with numerous religious and peace organizations. In 2012, this event featured music, art, dance, and messages of hope and took place at the Boston Common Band Stand from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “attn. Ian Harrington”, or visit International Day of Peace.
Friends Committee on National Legislation
A national Quaker lobby group consisting of tens of thousands of people who lobby Congress in matters for peace and justice. For more information or to join, visit the FCNL website.