April 2019

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April Minutes & Reports Due, Monday, April 1, 2019

April Business Meeting, 1:15pm, April 14, 2019, at Cambridge Friends School. Meeting of Cambridge Friends School Corporation, at 1:45pm

May Newsletter Due, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

May Minutes & Reports Due, Monday, April 29, 2019

Announcement Sheet Due, Mondays at midnight

Recent Events

Our first Community Breakfast (renamed from Intergenerational Breakfast) on  Sunday, March 7, was a huge success with over 70 people attending. Thanks especially to the cooks and those who helped set up and clean up. (Panoramic photo from Lorena Boswell)

Jim Serdy, Lizza Vachon and Ian Harrington made delicious crepes and various kinds of pancakes for all.


Staff Evuluations are due Sunday, April 14

FMC Staff Evaluations Feature

As part of our annual review, we are requesting feedback from all of you who have had interactions with our staff this year. As staff, we would greatly appreciate it if you take the time to offer your perspectives.
Please note: this year’s process is different! There are forms for each of the primary staff: Amy Mercure (Office Manager), David Dunphy (Faciities Manager), Greg Woods (Youth and Education Secretary), and Lorena Boswell (Resident Friend). The new forms include both 5 point scales and spaces for comments in different aspects of each person’s job. They are easy, interesting and quick for you to fill out. If you don’t have time to write comments, please just answer the 5 point scale questions! Of course comments help us understand with more depth what your experience and needs have been and would be greatly appreciated. Forms are available on the cart next to the kitchen in the Friends Center or via email from the Resident Friend, Lorena Boswell, at resident@fmcquaker.org. Annual staff evaluations are a great opportunity for us to hear directly from you about how we’re doing, to celebrate where we are meeting your needs, and to learn about how we can improve our service to FMC. Thank you for your time and perspective!

Please return the evaluations for Amy, David and Greg to Lorena. Return the evaluation for Lorena to Jonathan Vogel-Borne at jvb@thebornes.org

Seeking Database Apprentice

FileMaker Pro DB

Put your database experience to work in support of a good cause! FMC urgently needs a person to learn our Filemaker Pro database that has been developed and maintained by one person over the last 9 years.  David Myers, also known as the simple lunch guru, is a really cool guy.  Find him in the kitchen any Sunday and check out this opportunity!

New England Yearly Meeting Student Scholarship Grants

New England Yearly Meeting Logo

Application deadline: May 15, 2019
New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM) offers grants to students of any age enrolled in post-secondary educational or professional training programs, whether full- or part-time. Awardees are eligible on the basis of spiritual connection to the Religious Society of Friends and participation in NEYM.
You do not have to be a member of a monthly meeting to apply, but you must be committed to Friends’ principles and willing to share the role of Quakerism in your life. You should be able to describe in your personal essay what draws you to Quakerism, whether you are an attender or member of a meeting or otherwise connected to Friends. Your references should be chosen carefully to speak to your commitment to Friends principles and your prior participation in the NEYM community.

To apply, complete the Student Financial Assistance application, including a personal statement and two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from the clerk of your Monthly Meeting, a representative of NEYM (for example, a youth programs coordinator or Quaker camp administrator), or a Quaker school teacher or administrator.
For questions and final submission of the application by the May 15th deadline, please contact the NEYM Student Scholarship Grants Committee: neymstudentgrant@gmail.com. Ian Harrington (FMC’s Co-Presiding Clerk) is a member of that committee.

Personal News

Happy 91st Birthday to Bob Carter! If you might be interested in a worship and visit with Bob, please email Holly Lapp at fellowship@fmcquaker.org for a future date.

Member Elizabeth (Minga) Claggett-Borne  wrote an article on “Experiments with Worship” that was published in Friends Journal, March, 2019. She says, “The queries are different when worshiping outside a sheltered meetinghouse. Thomas Kelly describes a gathered meeting as when ‘A blanket of divine covering comes over a room; a stillness that can be felt over all.’ When walking in worship the Spirit is under us, within us, and surrounding us; Spirit is in feet pressing onto root; Spirit is in the sounds of a thrumming city park.”

Barbara Owen, a former attender at Friends Meeting at Cambridge, has died. Her memorial will be held at Wellesley Meeting House on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00pm followed by a reception. For further information, please contact Sally Harrison at 339-235-5579.


Where are the Events?

Featured Events Page

You will find announcements for all current FMC events on the FMC website, fmcquaker.org on the home page. These events are free, except as noted, and open to the public. Below the announcements you will find the web calendar that can be viewed by the week or month that has in addition regular meetings for worship and committee meetings. These listings do not include non-FMC sponsored events that take place at FMC.

The FMC Quaker home page also has the current announcement sheet, this month’s forums, Minutes and Reports for the next business meeting, and this newsletter. Bookmark this page and consult it frequently to keep current on FMC happenings. If you explore further you will find pages of interest to the community and to newcomers. You are encouraged to add your voice to the mix. Send comments and suggestions to Cornelia Parkes at cornelia@fmcquaker.org, who is your friendly website master and newsletter editor.

YAF Events

Events for Young Adult Friends (YAFs)

Young Adult Friends are between 18 and 35(ish) years old. If you have any questions or want more information about what FMC offers for Young Adult Friends, please contact Miranda Henne at yafcoordinator@fmcquaker.org.

Young Adults Bicycling to Meeting

Young Adult Friends Spring Retreat & Living Faith Trip

April 5-7 – Dartmouth & New Bedford, MA
Living Faith is an all-ages gathering for Friends across New England featuring workshops, community building, and worship. This year we are trying something new and adding an option for young adults to make a weekend of it by gathering early and staying late for some young-adult only time in the evening and time with Friends of all ages during the day. Come connect with others, visit new meetings, and join in a bit of an adventure! More information & registration here. Space is limited & registration is required by March 31. If you are only interested in the Saturday events and are not planning to stay overnight, use the Living Faith registration here

Clerking in the 21st Century

May 3-5 – Old Chatham, NY

The next installment of the Young Adult Spiritual Nurture Series is coming up May 3-5 at Powell House! Register here. Pay as led.

Clerking is a skill that we hear a lot about but don’t often get officially taught. This weekend will refresh us on what we know already (or *think* we know) and also introduce new concepts around bringing clerking practice into the 21st century. We will be covering different clerking roles (recording, reading, committee, YM, etc.) and will have ample opportunities to practice together! Our facilitators will be Glenn Josey, Elaine Learnard, and Steve Mohlke.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions to Marissa Badgley at marissa.badgley@gmail.com

Continuing Revolution: Experimenting Beyond Capitalism

June 7-12 – Wallingford, PA (Philadelphia Area)
This extended conference for young adults Quakers from across the nation features in-depth learning about economic injustice and Spirit-led alternatives. More information here. Applications are due by May 24th.

Young Adult Friends Potluck

Sunday, April 28 from 6:15pm-9:00pm
Friends between 18 and 35(ish) years old are welcome for our monthly potluck. You are welcome whether or not you’re able to bring a dish to share. The room we meet in is wheelchair accessible. Please note that we meet in an alcohol-free space. Childcare provided. For more information, please contact Miranda Henne, Young Adult Friend Coordinator, at yafcoordinator@fmcquaker.org.

YAFs all over Maine – let’s get together for a sleepover!

Friday, May 3rd 7PM
Portland Friends Meeting
1837 Forest Ave, Portland, ME

You’re invited to an evening of food & fellowship followed by a slumber party at Portland Friends Meeting, before we all carpool to All Maine Gathering the next morning.

This is an event piggybacking off of the All Maine Gathering– a biannual gathering of all Quakers in Maine for business and fellowship.

All Maine is on Saturday, May 4th at the Friends School of Portland, for all ages, and THIS super special slumber party event is a chance for Young Adult Friends (ages 18 – 35ish) to gather together early for some cozy, fun community building before heading to All Maine together.

Our goal is to help YAFs have meaningful experiences at Quaker gatherings, and to connect with Friends across all generations. We hope that by gathering together with people of a similar life stage, and then also participating in the wider Quaker community together, we can support each other in building the beloved community we seek.

More info about All Maine here.

PLEASE REGISTER FOR ALL MAINE if you plan to attend this event here

RSVP to the slumber party on Facebook and invite your Maine F/friends here

FDS and Youth Events

First Day School Happenings

Connecting with Bolivian Friends

Emma Condori of the Friends International Bilingual Center has begun a project to match Quaker youth in Bolivia and USA. Emma visited FMC last August and talked about her work in Bolivia during a Forum. Our First Day School has been matched up with Villa Exaltacion Friends Church in El Alto, Bolivia, near La Paz. We have written a letter to them and received a letter back. We will send them digital postcards periodically talking about what we are doing in First Day School and asking them more questions. While we have been doing this project in FDS, we have learned about the country of Bolivia and the older youth have talked about the theology of Unprogrammed Friends and Holiness Friends, which Villa Exaltacion belongs to. Holiness Friends are not well known to Quakers in the US because there are only about a couple hundred Friends in Indiana who identify as Holiness Friends but in Latin America there are tens of thousands of Quakers in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Peru.

Easter Egg Creating

Saturday, April 20, 2:00-4:00pm

Join us in the Friends Room to dye Easter eggs (for younger kids) and create Ukrainian eggs (for teens)! Snacks provided! Youth under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please let Greg Woods youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512 know if you can attend so there will be enough eggs.

Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 21, 11:45am-12:15pm

Following worship and First Day School, children will be invited to search for Easter treats hidden by the youth group. Please drop off eggs and items to put in the eggs in the Nursery before worship.

Questions? Ask Greg Woods youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512.

Youth Group / Friends Camp Pizza and Game Night

Sunday, April 7, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Current and past Friends Camp campers are invited to join the FMC youth group for pizza and games. Parents are invited to join the Sunday evening worship from 5-6 pm.

Please let Greg Woods, Youth and Education Minister, know at youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512, if you are planning to attend so that we can plan the food.

Family Retreat in Alfred, Maine

All Meeting Retreat Come together to share fellowship, outdoor play, nature walks, and worship in beautiful Alfred, Maine. Our annual family retreat begins at lunch on Saturday at noon, ending early afternoon Monday. Register with Greg Woods, Youth Ministries and Education Coordinator, youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512. Fees for this retreat will be $150 for adults and $75 for children (ages 5-11). Children under 4 are free. Scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. More information will be available soon, but just wanted to let you all know about this date.

Parents’ Listserv

Something that come up at the Parents’ Meeting is a desire for parents to be able to communicate with each other as a group. To facilitate this, I have set up a listserv through Google: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/fmc-parents. If you have an Google account, you can request access. If you don’t have an Google account,please let me know and I can add you.

Greg Woods Greg Woods, Youth Ministries & Education Coordinator
youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512

Job Openings

Part-Time Childcare Provider

Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting, Cambridge, MA

Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting seeks an individual to team with our current childcare provider to care for children (ages infants to 4 years) during meeting for worship from 10:00am to 11:00am. After Meeting for Worship, childcare duties include caring and organizing activities for the older children ages 5 years to teenage years as well as caring for the younger children. For more information and application instructions, please visit here.

Friends Camp Hiring For 2019 Session

Camp jobs are difficult, exciting, fulfilling, challenging, fun, and inspiring. For our nine week summer season, we look to hire about thirty people. One-third to one-half of our staff are returning staff each year. Please feel free to ask questions about working at Friends Camp at any time. You can reach Anna, Friends Camp Director, at (207) 445-2361 or by email at Director@FriendsCamp.org. For more information, visit here.

Summer Positions at Farm and Wilderness Camp

Working side-by-side, staff guide campers through fun-filled, adventurous, and educational programs that change people’s lives — campers and staff alike! Each year F&W hires more than 230 summer staff members, with positions that include: Cabin Counselor, Assistant Director, Program Director, Wilderness Trip Coordinator and Trip Guide, Cooks, and many more. Please visit the site for more information at .

Summer & Year Round Internships

William Penn House

William Penn House, Washington, DC

Our 10-12 week social justice internship offers college students a unique combination of service and civic engagement, along with structured opportunities for personal, spiritual, and professional development; the WPH Social Justice Residency offers similar opportunities but with sustained support for college graduates committed to building more peaceful, just and inclusive communities. For more information, please visit here


Our Life is Love

life love readings

Please join us for forum every fourth Sunday, when we will explore the Quaker Spiritual Journey through Marcelle Martin’s book, Our Life is Love. One Sunday a month, for ten months, we will take up one of the ten elements of this journey we’re on together by sharing our stories with each other and responding to the queries that Marcelle raises up. This is an opportunity to deepen our connections to one another and to our Quaker heritage.

What is the book about? Marcelle Martin uses the words of many early Friends and contemporary Friends to explore each of ten elements of the Quaker Spiritual Journey. Each section ends with a set of queries that we can use to explore our own experiences. She also shares the ways in which she has experienced these elements in her own life.

Do I have to read the book? No! The queries that we’ll be exploring in each forum are evocative on their own, and the lives of our fellow community members are fascinating. All are welcome – whether or not you’ve done your “homework.”

Can I drop in, or do I have to commit to the whole series? Please come to as many forums in this series as you are able to. While we hope that the experience has a cumulative effect, each forum should be able to stand on its own as a time of powerful sharing.

How can I get a book? You have two choices:

  1. Order a hard cover, paperback, or eBook from Inner Light Books. A paperback is $17.50 plus shipping and handling.
  2. Borrow a book from the Meeting library. There are at least two to lend.

What are the dates and topics for the whole series so I can mark them on my calendar? I’m so glad you asked!

  • 9/30: Longing
  • 10/28: Seeking
  • 11/25: Turning Within
  • 12/23: Openings
  • 1/27: The Refiner’s Fire
  • 2/24: Community
  • 3/24: Leadings
  • 4/28: The Cross
  • 5/26: Abiding
  • 6/23: Perfection

Quaker World

Nine Month Nurturing Faithfulness Program Returns in 2019

Woolman Hill winter

Nurturing Faithfulness is a program for individuals who have a spiritual nudge to orient one’s heart towards the Divine, be more faithful in discerning gifts and leadings, and nurture one’s home spiritual community. Perhaps you know someone who participated in the first iteration of this program, called Nurturing Worship, Faith, and Faithfulness. Good news is: we’re offering this program again! Take a look at the Woolman Hill website for more information or keep reading.

Nurturing Faithfulness is a 9-month program consisting of three residencies at Woolman Hill in Deerfield, MA (August 2019, December 2019, and May 2020), monthly webinars (that are actually connective and grounding), readings, and small-group opportunities for deepening relationships through local care committees and Faithfulness Groups.

Co-teachers for Nurturing Faithfulness are Hilary Burgin (Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, NEYM) and Marcelle Martin (Swarthmore Monthly Meeting, Philaadelphia Yearly Meeting). This program is co-sponsored by Woolman Hill and New England Yearly Meeting. For more information take a look at our video.

Applications are due in Spring 2019, so we encourage you to start considering if this program might be right for you. If you RSVP to Marcelle Martin (link sends e-mail), we will also send you a reminder about the informational webinar and the application.

Early application deadline, with priority for NEYM Friends: April 1, 2019

Final application deadline: July 22, 2019.

NEYM Sessions August 3-8, 2019

Image by © Skip Schiel, teeksaphoto.org

Each August, more than 600 Friends, come together for worship, fellowship and seeking how God will guide us in meeting for business. Having first gathered in 1661, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends is the oldest “yearly meeting” in the Quaker world. While this gathering is large—among the largest Quaker events in North America—there are many opportunities to connect with Friends old and new: vibrant youth programs, adult small groups, variety shows, topical interest sessions and shared meals. In recent years, Sessions has featured plenary addresses, Bible Half-Hours, a contra-dance, and coffeehouse. Our 2019 theme is “Provoke one another to Love.” For more information about the Bible Half-Hour and Plenary Speakers for 2019, click here.

Other Events on the NEYM Calendar

Turmoil, Tumult, and Truth—Vital Quaker Witness Today April 1, 2019 • online or at Pendle Hill

Living Faith Gathering April 6, 2019 • Friends Academy, North Dartmouth, MA

Clerking Workshop April 13, 2019 • Beacon Hill Friends House, Boston, MA

Junior High Yearly Meeting Retreat April 26-April 28, 2019 • New Haven, CT

Young Friends Retreat April 26-April 28, 2019 • Wellesley, MA

Sandwich Quarterly Meeting April 27, 2019 • East Sandwich, MA

Salem Quarterly Meeting April 28, 2019 • Amesbury, MA

Events at Beacon Hill Friends House

Beacon Hill

Clerking and Friends Decision Making Workshop

Saturday, April 13 from 9:00am-4:30pm
Beacon Hill Friends House

Join Friends to develop skills in Quaker decision-making processes in our Meetings and committees. We are offering two workshops to help community members gain more knowledge and skills. These workshops are open to all. We especially encourage people who are currently clerks of meetings, committees or other groups, as well people who would like to become more active participants or leaders themselves. The workshops will be led by Fritz Weiss and Jacqueline Stillwell, current and past presiding clerks of New England Yearly Meeting. The workshop is in two parts. Friends are invited to attend either the morning session or both sessions. (Attending the afternoon session alone is not recommended: the morning session is a prerequisite.)

This workshop is sponsored by the Coordinating and Advisory committee of NEYM, and hosted at the Beacon Hill Friends House. Please register on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect. Questions about the workshop may be directed to Jackie Stillwell at (603) 933-2608 or jacqueline.stillwell@gmail.com or Fritz Weiss at clerk@neym.org.

Childcare is available by advance request (email program@bhfh.org). Please let us know by April 1 if you need childcare. We will do our best to accommodate you if you make the request afterward, but it can be difficult to find a childcare provider on short notice.

How We Win: A Workshop with George Lakey on Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

*New date added* Tuesday, May 7, 6-9pm
Beacon Hill Friends House

George Lakey returns! Our March 30 workshop sold out so fast that we had to bring George back to do it again. In this interactive workshop led by movement veteran George Lakey, participants will engage in a lively exploration of how to use direct action campaigns to build power toward a movement of movements.

Sliding scale admission. Advance registration required. Workshop 6-9pm; come at 5:30 for a BYO bag supper in community. Light snacks provided. Childcare available by advance request. Wheelchair accessible room. Cosponsored by the Boston Democratic Socialists of America.

Advance registration is required. Please click here to register on Eventbrite.

Advocacy for the Long Haul: An FCNL Workshop & Team Launch

Sunday, May 20
Brown bag lunch at 12:30 pm
Beacon Hill Friends House

What can we do to change what’s happening in this country? For over 75 years, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has shown that our voices can make an impact on federal policy. Join Sarah Freeman-Woolpert of FCNL for an inspiring workshop that will provide concrete strategies for effective advocacy and a structure for taking next steps together.

Learn to:

  • Influence your members of Congress and their staff through face-to-face conversations.
  • Drive the media coverage you want to see.
  • Build a strategic team in your community that lobbies as part of a powerful national advocacy network.
  • Join FCNL’s 2019 Advocacy Team campaign to stop endless wars by urging Congress to reassert its constitutional authority. Advocacy Teams are supporting legislation to repeal the Automatic Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) and encourage public debate on all issues of war and peace.

RSVP requested. Childcare is available upon request.

Discounts for Friends General Conference 2019 Gathering

Friends General Conference

Thanks to a generous donation, Friends General Conference (FGC) is offering discounts for the 2019 Gathering!

Children and teen’s program fees are waived.
50% of children and teen’s meals are covered.
More scholarships are available to families and teens.
The fee for young adult Friends is reduced.

Location: Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA
Early Registration: April 1-14, 2019!
Dates: June 30-July 6, 2019
Theme: Peace in Our Hearts, Justice in the World

Click here to find out more about the 2019 FGC Gathering in Grinnell, Iowa.

Friends General Conference is a North American association of Quaker groups of which New England Yearly Meeting of Friends is a member.

Cambridge Friends School

CFS All-School Worship

Tuesday, April 2 from 8:30am-9:00am

All School Meeting for Worship in the gym. All are welcome to attend.

No Ashes in the Fire: Race and Gender in America

Thursday, April 4, at 4-5:15pm

Join us at CFS for a conversation around one of Oprah’s Top Books of Summer, No Ashes in the Fire. Author Darnell L. Moore will discuss race and racial experiences, and important tools and techniques for anti-racism with Jack Hill, anti-racist educator and CFS Head of Middle School and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Darnell will be available for book signings after the discussion. Books are available to purchase during the registration process, with limited quantities available at the door.
Questions? Contact: Diane Marangoly at 617-354-3880 ext. 117
$20 suggested donation in advance; $25 at the door
Register online here.

CFS Pre-K/Kindergarten Open House

Saturday, April 6 at 10:00am-12:00pm

Join us for this Open House specifically for students ages 3-5 who are looking for Pre-K and Kindergarten for the 2019 or 2020 school years. We are excited to welcome visitors to campus. This family-friendly event will feature hands-on projects and experiences for students, as well as an opportunity for parents to meet teachers, current parents, and staff to learn more about our unique educational philosophy. As the only Quaker school in Massachusetts, we would love for your families to know about this event! RSVP to cfsadmission@cfsmass.org or 617-354-3880 ext. 144.

Live Performance: Beheard.world

Wednesday, April 24 from 6:30-8:30pm

JoinCFS for a contemporary dance event with Beheard.world, a dance troupe that focuses on movement and poetry to explore racism in America that was founded by professional dancer, Anna Myer (CFS Class of 1970). Since its founding in 1992, Anna Myer and Dancers have performed Anna Myer’s innovative choreography to a steadily growing audience throughout the Northeast, most notably in Boston and New York City, and to the acclaim of some of the country’s most prominent dance critics. Myer’s unique language of movement is a fusion of her classical, modern, and postmodern background. Her dances are emotionally charged and infused with a keen formal intelligence.

We hope you can attend this creative exchange for social change! Register online here .
Suggested donation $15 in advance, $20 at the door.