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


John Calvi’s 6 Healing Sayings

Poems shared at Forum May 3, 2020

“A Summer Garden” watercolor by Mary Coelho

You Worry Too Much
The poem I shared was the end of the Rumi poem “You Worry too Much.” Here is a link to the full version.

Marilyn Bannon

Nancy Hewitt shared her poem Take Me from From ”Messages Outside the Envelope” Elf Boot Records, ©2002.

Resources for End-of-Life Workshop

5/25 Update and Questionnaire


Dear FMC Community,

We want to provide you with an update on the planning efforts for reopening FMC. As many of you have heard, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a Reopening Report on 5/18/20. The Governor’s report lays out four phases of reopening with different restrictions based on assessment of relative safety. The current Phase 1 plan allows churches to reopen, as long as they follow a set of comprehensive guidelines. The Governor’s reopening plan includes a recommendation that gatherings (other than Houses of Worship) have fewer than 10 people and encourages people at risk or over 65 to leave home only for essential services. The plan also notes that all childcare (church and other) services remain closed until there is further guidance.

There are several groups actively working on plans for reopening FMC facilities. Their initial focus is to decide when, where, and how to resume in-person Meetings for Worship, along with continuing virtual Meetings for Worship. These groups are (1) the Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Response Group, (2) a Reopening Working Group facilitated by the Trustees Committee, and (3) a Technology Working Group appointed by the Clerks Team. Based on recommendations from the Reopening Working Group, the Ad-Hoc COVID-19 Response Group believes that the health and safety of our community must remain paramount, and that FMC should not open the Meetinghouse until we are safely into Phase 3 when most business and other activities will be open. While no definitive time frame has been established for each phase, it is anticipated that Phase 3 might be reached later in the summer, and we believe that an appropriate waiting period following the beginning of Phase 3 is advisable to determine if substantial new infection occurs. We have not yet decided a time to open the remainder of our facilities to committees/concern groups or outside groups, other than concluding that now is not the time to do so.

We need to hear from the larger community and, therefore, have developed a Reopening Survey to elicit your perspectives on the reopening process. That survey will be emailed on Monday, May 25. We strongly encourage you to share your views and feelings. Survey responses are requested by Monday, June 1. Your responses will help us prepare for a Meeting-wide Threshing Session on Reopening on Saturday, June 6 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm to further discern the steps FMC should take to re-open. Decisions about reopening will be made after we hear from all of you.

We are all longing to be together in our Meetinghouse for Meeting for Worship. We all want to do so safely and to minimize the risks of coming together as a group. We look forward to hearing your thoughts, your concerns, and your hopes through the survey and in the Threshing Session on Reopening. Please continue to join us on Zoom for worship and for fellowship as we seek Spirit’s guidance for the path forward.

Ad Hoc COVID-19 Response Group


Friends, here is a link to an on-line survey asking you to share your feelings and thoughts about the complex process of reopening FMC.

We are asking each person to respond to the survey individually, rather than as a representative of their household. We would like to have survey results by June 1st in preparation for the Threshing Session. We invite you to join us from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday, June 6th when we will come together via Zoom to discuss the results of this survey and continue imagining a way forward.

Thank you for participating in this confidential survey.

Clerks Team, COVID-19 Response Team, Re-Opening Working Group

Announcements for May 31–June 7

Community-Wide Zoom Link Schedule

The community-wide zoom link schedule for the week includes worship times as well as some other scheduled activities. If nothing is scheduled, the Zoom link is open for you to socialize or create an impromptu event. The open time is a no-host space, please honor it and each other. If enjoying fellowship together, please be sure to check the calendar so that you know when events are scheduled and honor the transitions from open to programmed.

In the weeks to come, please let us know if you’d like to host an online event (what’s your talent or passion you’d like to share? Maybe you’d like to create a children’s hour?) To share your thoughts contact Resident Friend LJ Boswell at resident@fmcquaker.org. To check the most current availability and to put something onto the schedule, please contact Amy in the office at office@fmcquaker.org.

May Forums

Online Forums for May
Welcome to Friends Meeting at Cambridge’s forum on Zoom, an opportunity to hear ideas, queries, and others’ experiences so as to deepen our connection with one another. This Year’s theme: What does Love look like in challenging times?

  • Sunday,May 3: “What’s On Your Refrigerator?” Let’s share favorite poems together.
  • Sunday, May 10: “What Does Love Look Like in Challening Times?” with John Calvi
  • Sunday, May 17: “A still, small voice in the early dawn: My leading to serve as co-clerk of Friends Peace Teams” with Jonathan Vogel Borne
  • Sunday, May 24: “Loving life on the margins: 40 years of nonviolent peacemaking and sustainable living” with Brayton and Suzanne Shanley, co-founders of Agape, a residential, lay Catholic community.
  • Sunday, May 31: No Forum. Extended Worship starts at 9:30am

To participate online, click here. To participate by phone call 1-646-558-8656 and provide the Meeting ID 783 475 1861.

Finally, here’s a brief description of how this will work.

After joining us, please mute yourself. (click on the microphone icon at the bottom left corner of your particular square) When our presenter has finished, after some worship, if moved to speak, please raise your hand. (The prompt to Raise Hand will be under the participant list.) In order to give everyone time to reflect upon what has just been said, I will allow a few moments between speakers before calling on someone. When called on, please click on the red microphone to un-mute yourself. Mute yourself again when you have finished. We will end at 10:20.

FDS News for Sunday, May 24, 2020

First Day School News

Dear Friends,

This weekend would have been the Family Retreat in Alfred Maine. That has one of the highlights of my year the past two years. I am bummed to miss having that time with you all, but I know that this time shall pass and we will all be together physically in the future.

Where have you found joy this week?

Sunday, May 24, 2020, at 9:30am
Quaker OatsVirtual First Day School 9:30 am *NOTE: New Time to Accommodate Families Wanting to Attend Both Meeting for Worship and FDS*

Sorry for the technical difficulties last week.

For First Day School, we will hear the story of how a First Day School class had the courage to voice to challenge Quaker Oats’ use of a violent cartoon in their ads. We will continue to talk about working together and what kind of heroes we admire.

To participate, click this link or call 1-646-558-8656 and provide the Meeting ID 667 546 636. (No password is needed.)

Resources to Share Among the FMC Community

Out of the Parents’ Meeting there was a desire to share resources that have been helpful for parents in the community. Here is a Google Document to share resources:

New England Yearly Meeting has a Weekly Parents Tea-and-Chat,
Thursdays at 8 p.m through May 21st

Join Youth Retreat Coordinator Gretchen Baker-Smith and Quaker Parenting Initiative founder Harriet Heath for weekly drop-in conversations about parenting in these times. More information here.

Senior Forum Sunday, May 31, at 1:30 pm

Come hear from our wonderful graduating high school seniors as they reflect on their experiences in our meeting, look forward and answer our questions.

To participate online, click here. To participate by phone call 1-646-558-8656 and enter the Meeting ID: 783 475 1861

Virtual Community Game Night Sunday, May 31, at 6:30 pm

We will play games virtually this time! All in the meeting community are welcome to join!

Join Zoom Meeting

Virtual FMC Community Variety Show

Friday June 12th at 6 PM

More information Coming Next Week

Other Activities:

Beth Fuller and I will lead a crafting afternoon on Wednesday, May 27th, at 4pm.

Laughter Yoga with Amy Tighe Monday May 18th 9:15-9:45 am, Wednesday 20th 10:15-10:45 am, and Friday 22nd 9:15-9:45 am.

All of these events will be held on the Meeting’s Open Zoom account.

To see the whole Open Zoom schedule, visit here.

Let me know if you have any ideas for other activities.


  1. Stories from Tomorrow is inviting children K-8 to write a story for the chance to have it read on Instagram by a well-known professional performer, athlete or media personality! LJ’s sister is helping to organize this collaboration. Stories can be in any form (poem, journal entry, song, story, etc…) and can be between 5 and 500 words. They can be emailed to storiesfromtomorrow@gmail.com. See the attached image for more information.
  2. Here is a resource created by our own Christa Redner (nee Frintner) with links to different local, national efforts surrounding COVID-19, resources to deal with stress, mental health and how to stay connected, and more! Here is the link.
  3. I found this great Google Doc with list of free online games to play with others
  4. An opportunity for young people of all ages to share their experiences of this time of quarantine, in a NEW magazine created by and for young people.
  5. A great Facebook group for Quaker Religious Education resources for this time
  6. Lastly here is a fun video about virtual Meeting for Worship aimed for kids

I have been reaching out to a lot of our families and I will continue to do so, but if I can be of any assistance, please let me know! I am happy to just listen!

Thinking of you all!


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

Financial Help from the Pope Fund

The Ebenezer Pope Fund

The Pastoral Care Team is happy to be working with the Pope Fund Committee on behalf of anyone in our community who has been significantly adversely impacted financially due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Friends Meeting at Cambridge has the potential to provide at least some level of support through the Pope Fund to those who are facing severe financial circumstance in the current environment. We can also assist in providing information as needed about government and community programs available.

The Pope Fund is an important resource for the FMC Community. We recognize that this Fund has a modest amount and may not be able to address all of the needs. If the needs exceed the available resources in the Pope Fund, we will work with the FMC Community as a whole to explore other options that might individually or collectively be made available. Please contact pastoralcare@fmcquaker.org if you have or are aware of someone in need.

The Pope Fund was established by a gift of one thousand dollars in 1801 by Ebenezer Pope to provide
for needy friends in the Boston area. Trustees of the Fund are responsible for screening loan or grant
applications. Discussions are kept confidential. Anyone may alert the Trustees to another person’s need
or financial distress, or may urge that person to make direct application to the Trustees. In addition to
providing financial assistance, the Trustees try to work with the recipients and applicants to seek out
resources and strategies to ease their needs.

Facilities Manager Job Opening 5/14

Facilities Manager Job Opening(Interim for 9-12 months)
Friends Meeting at Cambridge (FMC), a Quaker faith community, is seeking immediately an Interim Facilities Manager.

The Interim Facilities Manager will address our Facilities needs in the time of pandemic as well as all of the regular duties listed in the job description.

Specific to the pandemic the Facilities manager in collaboration with FMC committees will assist with planning and then coordinate reopening of FMC with guidelines in place for social distancing and new sanitizing protocols. They will also work to ensure we have three Center Residents ready to begin work by mid-August, as well as work closely with the ad hoc technology group to potentially update our Meeting House for live streaming capabilities.

In general, the Facilities Manager is responsible for overseeing the safety, security, maintenance, repair and care of our two buildings (Friends Center and Meeting House) and their external grounds. In collaboration with the Resident Friend and Office Manager, the Facilities Manager is responsible for scheduling and overseeing all rentals to outside groups. The Facilities Manager also is the direct supervisor of three Center Residents who live in the building in exchange for cleaning and office coverage. The Facilities Manager serves as an active member of our staff, providing safe and welcoming space for all to worship and gather.

Time commitment for is 20 to 25 hours per week of mostly remote work until the time of reopening, but some on-site time will likely be needed. Compensation is $500-$700 per week along with equivalent benefits. Interim period is anticipated to be 9-12 months.

Full job description available here

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to
Position is open until filled.
Revised 5/28/2020

Can you help close the gap?

5/23 and 5/30 Salem Quarter Spring Gathering

We are living through an unprecedented moment. And it is good to have each other. I hope this finds you healthy, and staying emotionally and spiritually connected — while remaining physically distant.

Thank you for your patience while the leadership of the Quarter took some time to tend to how we might best transition our Spring Gathering for discernment of business from an in-person gathering to one that is held using connective technologies. The Clerk, Treasurer, and Clerk of the Funds Committee met and have planned the following agenda for Saturday, May 23, the first of our two meetings.

A reminder of this meeting along with the Zoom information will be sent out again on Friday – just before we gather on Saturday morning.

Saturday May 23d – 10am-Noon, via Zoom:

All Materials can be found in the ADVANCED DOCUMENTS FOLDER
Opening Quotation:

Do you already know that your existence–who and how you are–is in and of itself a contribution to the people and place around you? Not after or because you do some particular thing, but simply the miracle of your life. And that the people around you, and the place(s), have contributions as well? Do you understand that your quality of life and your survival are tied to how authentic and generous the connections are between you and the people and place you live with and in?

Are you actively practicing generosity and vulnerability in order to make the connections between you and others clear, open, available, durable? Generosity here means giving of what you have without strings or expectations attached. Vulnerability means showing your needs.

― Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Logistics, Reports, Acceptances, Endorsements

  • Approve minutes from last meeting
  • Approve agenda for this meeting
  • Request to activate the Nominating Committee
  • Report from the Treasurer  – John Robinson (Framingham Friends Meeting)
  • Minute of Travel for Lisa Graustein    — Beacon Hill Friends Meeting (See Advanced Documents)

First Reading of Proposals: During our time together we will hear an initial reading of these proposals, along with questions, clarifications, and initial reactions. During the week that is to come there will be additional opportunities for questions, clarification, and sharing (On Wedensday in the morning and again Wednesday in the evening, via Zoom).

  • Report from the Salem Quarter Funds Committee: Grants Allocation. (See Advanced Documents)
  • Proposal for Letter of Support for Beacon Hill Friends House to OBBF
  • (See Advanced Documents)

  • Minute on the New England Yearly Meeting FUM Withholding Mechanism

Second Meeting on Saturday May 30th – 10am-Noon, via Zoom
• Second Reading of Minute from Wellesley and discernment of sense of the Quarter; Aproval of Nominating Committee members and timeline; Any proposal from Working Group.
The hope is that given that challenge that we cannot be together in the same space — we can employ additional time for listening, threshing, seasoning, and discernment.

A detailed agenda including Zoom links and language for Grant Priorities will be sent out soon. Please know that we are not accepting applications for Outreach grants at this time.

If you have any questions please email Kristina Keefe-Perry, at salemqm@neym.org.

In Friendship,


6/3-6/24 Experiments in Faithfulness

Midweek Experiments in Faithfulness Program on Zoom

Beacon Hill Friends House (BHFH)
Wednesdays from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm in June

June 3 with Evan McManamy | Seekers After Embodied Truth

June 10 with Katie Breslin | Finding Strength in Community

June 17 with Eppchez Yes | Finding Movement for Worship

June 24 with Tema Okun | Catching our Conditioning

Find out more about each experiment and register for individual events here.

Other Quaker Virtual Opportuities

You are invited to attend the following online meetings.

List of meetings holding virtual Meetings for Worship in New England

Pendle Hill Online worship at Pendle Hill every morning from 8:30 to 9:10am EDT

Friends for LGBTQ Concerns is hosting a weekly worship opportunity via Zoom each Saturday at 4pm EST. There will be an hour of unprogrammed worship, followed by introductions, and then a non-facilitated virtual “social hour” until 3 PM PST/6 PM EST. If you would enjoy worshiping in “queer Quaker’ company, please come! For the Zoom link, please contact Lewis or Jed or Rose:
lewis.maday.travis[at]gmail.com [1], jedwalsh[at]gmail.com [1], or roseannahopper[at]gmail.com [1]

Beacon HillWednesday evening worship-sharing at Beacon Hill Friends House:

The Western Friend has a list of online meetings in the West who welcome visitors.

Getting Organized During Covid19

Getting Organized
Resource list compiled by Christa Redner (nee Frintner)
Getting Organized, A List of Tangible, Emotional, and Spiritual Supports for These Times.

Coping Strategies During Covid 19

Patti Muldoon and Bill Thompson modified a friend’s email to share with our FMC community: Coping Strategies During Covid 19.

Caring for Self and Others in Times of Trouble:
Some Spiritual Tools and Tips
1. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe some more. Take time in your day, at any moment, to take ten deep even breaths. Carve out 5-10 minutes to meditate or practice mindfulness or contemplative prayer. Start here, now, wherever you are.
2. Ground yourself in the present moment. Focus your awareness on something real, enduring, or beautiful in your surroundings. Look up often. Discover the wonder and awe that is already here.
3. Acknowledge your fears, anxieties, concerns. Offer them up in prayer, if you pray. Write them in your journal. Share them with others. Feel what you feel, honor it, and know that it is not the final word.
4. Remember you are not alone. Ever. You are surrounded by care and support. Reach out.
5. Create and sustain community. Show up for one another. Listen compassionately. Practice empathy. Even while avoiding “close physical contact,” message the people you care about. Stand with those most vulnerable and those who suffer the brunt of prejudice and fear. Check in on folks. Call your mother, father, guardian, mentor, little sibling, long lost friend.
6. Unplug, judiciously. While staying aware of developments, do not let the Corona-chaos govern you, but forgive yourself when and if it does.
7. Practice kindness. There is a temptation in health scares to view others as potential threats. Remember we are in this together. While practicing health guidelines and appropriate caution, remember to engage one another. Smile when you can. Bring good deeds and good energy into our world.
8. Stay healthy through sleep, diet, exercise. See healing and wellness holistically – mind, body, and spirit.
9. Make art. Discover, imagine, engage your hopes and fears, the beauty and ugliness of our world. Write, paint, sing, dance, soar.
10. Practice gratitude. In the face of crises, make note of the things for which you are grateful: your breath, the particular shade of the sky at dusk – or dawn. The color blue, the color green, the gifts and strengths you have, other people in your life, the ability to laugh. A pet.
11. Connect with your spiritual, religious, humanist, cultural, or other communities. Find strength and solace and power in traditions, texts, rituals, practices, holy times and seasons.
12. Pray as you are able, silently, through song, in readings, through ancestors. Remember the long view of history, the rhythms and cycles of nature, the invisible threads that connect us all.
13. Practice hope. Trust in the future and our power to endure and persist, to live fully into the goodness that awaits.

Words by Alexander Levering Kern
Painting by Wendy Prellwitz

June Forums

Online Forums for June
Welcome to Friends Meeting at Cambridge’s forum on Zoom, an opportunity to hear ideas, queries, and others’ experiences so as to deepen our connection with one another. This Year’s theme: What does Love look like in challenging times?

  • June 7: “A Conversation Among LGBTQ+ Friends”.
  • June 14: “What does Love look like in challenging times?” Reflections.
  • June 21: “A still, small voice in the early dawn: My leading to serve as co-clerk of Friends Peace Teams” with Jonathan Vogel Borne.
  • June 28: “Growing the Spirit, Passing the Flame: Affirming Shared Ministry in Unitarian Universalism and Beyond” with Nora Sullivan.

To participate online, click here. To participate by phone call 1-646-558-8656 and provide the Meeting ID 783 475 1861.

Finally, here’s a brief description of how this will work.

After joining us, please mute yourself. (click on the microphone icon at the bottom left corner of your particular square) When our presenter has finished, after some worship, if moved to speak, please raise your hand. (The prompt to Raise Hand will be under the participant list.) In order to give everyone time to reflect upon what has just been said, I will allow a few moments between speakers before calling on someone. When called on, please click on the red microphone to un-mute yourself. Mute yourself again when you have finished. We will end at 10:20.

NEYM News May 18, 2020

March 2020 Newsletter

FDS Happenings

FDS Events

This month’s theme is Integrity

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 10:30-11:40 am
The younger children heard the story of George Fox told through Godly Play story format.

The older youth watched the QuakerSpeak video: “Why I Bockaded 40,000 Tons of Coal with a Lobster Boat”

We put together Hygiene Kits for MAAP during Meeting for Business. Here is more information.

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 10:30-11:40 am
Family Worship. Theme: “Integrity: Acting from Truth.” . Sing! Play! Worship! Join us as we build community among Friends of all ages. All are welcome whether you come with a child or not.

Anna Hopkins, Friends Camp Director, will be visiting FMC this Sunday to talk about Friends Camp in Maine during Coffee Hour. Over the years, many of our youth have had great times attending Friends Camp. I highly recommend the camp!

Looking Ahead

Child Safety Meeting & FDS Parents’ Meeting
Sunday, March 15, at 1:15 PM

According to the meeting’s Child Safety Policy, there will be a yearly educational event on Child Safety. This year it will be led by Jan Nisenbaum.

Afterwards, there will be a FDS parents’ meeting.

More details to come! Childcare will be provided.

Craft Evening and Potluck
Saturday, March 28, 5:00-7:00 pm

Come and share in art making of all kinds. Unlock your creativity in a supportive environment! We will have supplies but you can also bring your own supplies for your project or to share. See our flyer here.

This event is open to everyone, with children in mind.

Please bring a dish to share if you are able.

Upcoming Meeting Retreats

All Meeting Retreat March 20-22 in Alfred Maine

There will be a children’s program and it is a great time to get away for the weekend. Details and registration form are here.

At the All-Meeting Retreat, we are going to put together a group art installation. We are looking for the following items for the installation:

  • Old office Supplies
  • Yarn
  • Wood blocks
  • Extension cords
  • Things you have no use for

We will have the art displayed in the Friends Center after the retreat.

Family Retreat

Memorial Day Weekend in Alfred, Maine being with fellow families having time to play games and enjoy each other company.

More information about this event will be announced as the time gets closer.

Attached is the schedule for the 2019-2020 First Day School year.

And here is the FDS Curriculum for 2019-2020.


Check out Quaker Summer Camps within New England! Registration is now open for these two camps!

Friends Camp BoatsFriends Camp in Maine, under the care of New England Yearly Meeting:

Farm & Wilderness Camp in Vermont, independent and run with Quaker
values: https://farmandwilderness.org/

Children and youth from FMC have attended these camps in years past and they have had great experiences!

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.

Volunteers Are Still Needed to Help with Childcare
Our nursery is booming with children and they are wonderful. Several of our regular teen workers and regular volunteers cannot work as much as they used to and there is more of a demand for weekday evening volunteers while parents are in various FMC meetings.

Helping with childcare is one way to contribute towards the meeting community in order to alleviate childcare costs for the meeting and keep our children in a safe, loving environment. Plus our little children at meeting are pretty adorable.

If you are interested, please let me know. The process to get screened is pretty simple and easy. Please contact Greg Woods at youthministries@fmcquaker.org or 413-251-6512.

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

Watch this new Quaker Speak video starring Greg “My Spiritual Journey with disability” here. In reconciling his disability with his understanding of the nature of God, Quaker Greg Woods stopped questioning “what God did or did not do” when he started seeing himself as a part of the body of Christ.

Contribute to the FDS Advent Project

MAAP Urgent Needs

For those of you that I’ve met, hi! And those I’ve yet to meet, hope to meet you soon! My name is Nora and I’m a YAF as well as the Program & Outreach Coordinator for the Material Aid and Advocacy Program (MAAP) which is located in the basement below the Meeting house. MAAP seeks to support and empower community members experiencing homelessness and living in poverty through providing material aid, access to resources, and advocacy opportunities.

Thank you to everyone who was present for MAAP’s Forum at Meeting Sunday, October 27, and to everyone who has been consistently encouraging of MAAP’s work! We were moved by the amount of support and care shown by everyone who was present. And for all who asked “What can we do for MAAP, and how can we grow and sustain our relationship?”

As those of you who were at Forum heard, many MAAP community members have been affected by an initiative begun 89 days ago by the Boston Police Department known as “Operation Clean Sweep.” This violent measure is meant to displace people experiencing homelessness and has further separated them from their already precarious resources and communities.

For more information on Operation Clean Sweep, please follow these links:

Twitter Recap Thread of Operation Clean Sweep & and recount of what happened from Jared, whose wheelchair was thrown out by Boston Police.

We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of the Opioid Crisis and It’s Cruel to Try by Miles Howard of WBUR

One month update by WBUR on “Operation Clean Sweep’ arrests

At MAAP we have been working with many folks to replace their belongings since Operation Clean Sweep began, in addition to our regular work with community members experiencing homelessness and precarious housing. In response we are putting out an “all-call” for the following urgently-needed items:

1) A T-Mobile phone for Jared, whose wheelchair was thrown out by Boston Police. Jared and his partner Emily are in long term treatment programs. He’s been communicating with his family, MAAP, and social workers using friend’s phones. His family would love to be able to keep in touch with him & he has a phone plan but no phone. We’re working on supporting him to help find housing and continue meeting his & Emily’s basic needs.
2) Warm, waterproof shoes and boots (any size and gender)
3) Gift cards to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts so folks are able to go inside to warm up as the weather gets colder.

Please see the attachment for our extended Urgent Needs wishlist!

There is a bin outside of MAAP’s door where you can leave donations at your convenience. Again, thank you for all you have done and for all there is to come!

Nora (FMC attender and MAAP Program & Outreach Coordinator)

Peacemaking and Jailbreaks

Full version of the sermon given by John Bach at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockport, MA, January 13, 2019.

Reading: Psalm 126

  1. When the Spirit turned against the captivity of Zion, we were like them who dream.
  2. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, the Spirit hath done great things for them.
  3. The Spirit hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
  4. Turn against our captivity O Spirit as the streams in the south.
  5. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
  6. They that goeth forth and weep, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing their sheaves with them.

Good Morning. I am much honored to be in your midst. For a half century I have been a grateful usual-suspect, fellow-traveler, and co-conspirator with Unitarian Universalists in many a worthy and noble cause. Still am.

A 17th century observer of Quakers called them “happy, content, and always in trouble.” So I am indeed happy and content this morning, and I should hope, not so much in trouble 15 minutes from now.

There is no longer much of a prophetic vocation in proclaiming that we find ourselves in a hand basket with certain knowledge of where we’re headed. For one thing, we’re facing the 6th major extinction. The last one 65 million years ago did in the dinosaurs when a 6 mile wide meteor hit the earth. This time we’re doing it to ourselves as we enter a brand new geological epoch: the Anthropocene marked by extreme negative human impact on the environment. We’re poisoning ourselves to death and extinction.

Nor is there much prophetic vocation in proclaiming the failure of most of our institutions to meet human need, amid a perpetual war economy and culture with plans to develop three more generations of nuclear weapons at trillions of dollars. The Union of Atomic Scientists has set its doomsday clock at three minutes before midnight, the closest we’ve been to Armageddon since the early 1980s. Meanwhile, many of our own kids go to bed hungry, to say nothing of the rest of the world’s children. Last year, over 6500 of our vets committed suicide. What does that say? So as always, the question is, both abstractly existential and intensely human, what is to be done? One short simple answer, that answers everything and answers nothing, is Gandhi’s three points of satyagraha, “truth force.” Pursuit of truth; loving means; and self-sacrifice. And if I could add one more: orientation to our victims. Gandhi was wise enough to instruct us not so much what to do, but how.

Yes, things are indeed dire. And if we agree that no one is free until everyone is free; and that a crime against one is a crime against all … what better image for understanding where we are than that of captivity; imprisonment by capitalism, militarism, racism (Dr. King’s “monstrous triplets), climate destruction, social greed, profits over people, and slavish devotion to the criminal allocation of resources and wealth.

So, peacemaking may also be understood as the business of jailbreaks. That sense of liberation in captivity. How can this be? We’re not without historical precedent. Remember the examples of Shadrack, Meschach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, or Daniel in the Lions’ Den. Or the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, however you understand it. Or the Elizabethan martyrs from my own tradition who went to the gallows, it was said, as though going to a picnic. Or the Vietnamese Buddhists and their realization of purification through suffering; Or the two major 20th century French philosophers who both worked in the resistance during WWII. “We were never so free,” they said, “as during the Occupation.” Or Dr. King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” or my own experience of three of the freest years of my life as the three years I spent in federal prison, and an even greater sense of liberation in solitary confinement. Or the two generations of Plowshares activists who have spent and currently are spending years in prison for enfleshing Isaiah’s admonition to beat swords into plowshares.

For the next few minutes I suggest we stay away from lofty abstractions and noble statements. Instead, why not bring a metaphor and story to the discussion, examples from the more intense facets of Life in Extremis: war and imprisonment. Surely if there are any signs of hope within these two hellish realms there may be hope for the rest of us, too.

In order to explain the task they saw set before them during the American war in Indochina, the Vietnamese used to say it was their job to use the Vietnamese egg to break the American rock. What they had to do, they’d patiently explain was to keep chipping away. They’d pause and then say, “chip, chip, chip.”

How preposterous. Any child knows you can’t use an egg to break a rock. The rock — virtually indestructible; and the egg — virtually destructible by anything. Yet consider how wonderful and telling the symbols are.

The ROCK: grey, inert, lifeless, humorless, and incapable of growth or movement, a prisoner of its own mass and dead weight, able only to crush.

The EGG: ready to explode with color and warmth, alive and pulsating; to eat, breath excrete, fertilize, communicate, nourish others, and live in balance with nature.

Throughout Vietnamese history that fragile little egg succeeded in breaking one huge rock after another. Hundreds of years against the Chinese. Chip, chip, chip. A generation against the Japanese. Chip, chip, chip. Eight brutal years against the French. Chip. Chip. Chip. And 15 savage years against the mightiest empire the world has ever had to endure. Chip, chip, chip. Napalm, Agent orange, saturation bombing, targeting of hospitals, schools, and orphanages, anti-personel weapons, strategic hamlets, bombing of dams and dykes, gang rape by occupying forces, the threat of nuclear weapons. Chip, chip, chip.

The egg triumphed because it never stopped and never stopped growing; it remained constant and diligent. Its support ran miles wide and just as deep. And in this there is a lesson for those of us who aspire to universal justice and enduring peace or to precipitate major change in our own lives: that none of us will live to see the end of our struggle; that we must live faithfully to our ideals and not be seduced by legislative or electoral side-shows, or quick fixes, or short cuts or the multitude of seductions our culture offers those of us in privileged positions. That peace and justice and honest lives will come only by our own hands and hearts, and not as a gift from some one else.

The difference, of course, between our two settings and struggles is that for the Vietnamese there was either victory or submission, the EGG or Death; liberation or captivity. For us there is no such imperative or urgency, and our culture provides us with no lack of excuse or diversion.

We who embrace spirituality and peace testimonies, who endeavor to put our vision into practice, certainly will not see the realization of justice that is universal nor peace that is enduring, or the perfection of our own wounded selfish egos. After all, if we are asking questions to which there are immediate answers, we’re not asking big enough questions; and if we set about to accomplish tasks that are within our reach, we ought to set our sights a little higher. At least some tasks.

And truth be told, it does not look wonderfully optimistic at the moment. But when has it ever? But in the struggle, neither will there be submission, and the Light will not be extinguished. And therein lies the victory. In the struggle. In the constant chipping away of that which demeans life, and renders us incomplete. The Egg will not crack, will in fact grow stronger with use, propagate itself, and continue to function and inspire. For all its fragility, what magnificent potential, this egg, our lives, our struggle.

The last breath is not extinguished by the imperial cross or the colonial lash; the witness is not silenced by the executioner’s bullet, the hangman’s noose, the racist’s ax-handle, the assassin’s blade, however starched their collars or clean their fingernails, savage. Nor by governmental lies, media neglect, and the process by which the powers and principalities filter all great movements: by ignoring them; ridiculing them, violently opposing them, and finally accepting them as self-evident after a great deal of struggle and sacrifice.

Have political or spiritual persecutions and assassinations or imprisonments ever silenced the message by killing or imprisoning the messenger in matters of social justice, humanism or faith (those powerful ideas whose time has come)?

Socrates, Jesus of Nazareth, George Fox, Mary Dyer, Bahalu’llah, Joe Hill, Mother Jones, Saco and Vanzetti, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Salvador Allende, Victor Jara, Oscar Romero, Fred Hampton, or Fr. Olofsson.

Wait, who was that last one? Fr. Placid Karoly Olofsson, to whom I was introduced by a friend and to whom I am now introducing you. When my friend met him, Fr. Olofsson was in his ‘80s, small, wiry, a human dynamo, irrepressible, someone you could imprison, even kill, but never repress or silence. He was a Hungarian Catholic priest who was teaching school in Budapest at the end of WWII, and who did not show the requisite enthusiasm for the party line when the Soviets took power. He was shipped off to a labor camp in Stalin’s gulag. These were not intentional death camps, but conditions killed almost half of the prisoners as they were worked to death in the brutal, unforgiving environment. He spent 10 years in captivity there. Fr. Olofsson survived and spoke passionately about his four keys to survival, encouraging us through his story to live with courage and hope in whatever circumstances we happen to find ourselves. Here’s the jail-break.

Don’t complain. There is no need to dramatize your suffering. Others have it just as bad as you do, so what are you going to gain by complaining? Complaining sets up a cycle of despair that weakens you and leads to your downfall, and those around you. You don’t have to look for suffering; it will find you all by itself. Accentuate the positive.

Find small joys to celebrate. Early in his imprisonment Fr. Olofsson organized his fellow prisoners to end each day by sharing something for which they were grateful. An extra piece of bread; a letter from home; a pleasant dream, paper to take into the latrine; a guard’s smile. They would have contests each night to see who could come up with the longest list of appreciations. Since they didn’t have anything to give the winner, they agreed that they would sing that person’s favorite song. The record was held by one man who had sixteen items on his list.

Choose to be noble. There is no point in clinging to the myth of your own innocence. There are no rewards given to the innocent. There are the weak and there are the strong. Since the guards had the guns, they were the strong and the prisoners were the weak ones. But even in weakness, one could be noble. One could live decently and with integrity and compassion by serving others. One could choose to live honorably by forming and bolstering community.

Cling to a source of strength. For Fr. Olofsson, his strength was his faith and conducting mass, using whatever materials he could scrounge up for bread and wine. I ask you to meditate on what your source of strength is? Your faith; your orientation to social and personal improvement; your identity and self-respect; love of family; the images of children under bombardment. It was those photographs from Vietnam that sent me to prison and kept me very strong.

Fr. Olofsson left us with a final story about the gift of laughter, even in the midst of a terrible ordeal.

It seems that the commander of the camp was something of a thief. One day a train had stopped at the camp and the commander had helped himself to a package he found on one of the cars. When it got it back to his office he discovered that it was something he had never seen before, a box containing two wooden toilet seats. He had no idea what they were, but that didn’t deter him. He called Fr. Olofsson into his office and instructed him to mount his beautiful new picture frames, now surrounding two large portraits of Lenin and Stalin, on the wall. Fr. Olofsson gladly complied with the order and said the men couldn’t stop laughing for the rest of the night. The next day they decided to tell the commander that they had determined what those frames actually were and that he had better take the pictures down or things would go badly with everyone.

The words are simple, but their meaning is priceless:

Don’t complain
Celebrate small joys
Choose to be noble
Cling to your source of strength.

And finally, here’s a retelling of today’s reading, Psalm 126 by my buddy and fellow jailbird war-resister Fr. Daniel Berrigan.

When the Spirit struck us free, we could scarcely believe it for very joy. Were we free? Were we wrapt in a dream of freedom? Our mouths filled with laughter, our tongues with pure joy. The oppressors were awestruck. What marvels this spirit works for them. Like a torrent in flood our people streamed out: locks, bars, cages, cuffs, gulags, ghettos. A nightmare scattered. We trod the long furrows, slaves, sowing in tears. A lightning bolt loosed us. And now we tread the same furrows half-drunk with joy, staggering, the golden sheaves in our arms.

Chip, Chip, Chip.

CQEW Forum Handouts

Several participants requested digital copies of the materials handed out at the April 7 forum given by members of the Cambridge Quaker Earthcare interest group: Marion Foster, Gwen Noyes, Mary Gilbert, and Mary Coelho. If you missed the forum, this is your chance to catch up. The opening query was read:

“In this fragile time (from a climate disruption standoint), how do our Quaker roots feed our new growth and sense of direction while we re-learn deep empathy for the world we are a part of?”

We then read the summary report on Responses to 2019 FMC Climate Questionnaire and responded to it in worship sharing.

The second hand out, To Better Understand Our Earthly Situation, is a list of references for further reading and watching.

For information about previous work of the committee, please see their Climate Action page under Outreach on this website.

NEYM Virtual Plenary

At New England Yearly Meeting sessions this summer in Castleton, VT,Lisa Graustein (Beacon Hill, MA, Friends Meeting), will facilitate a plenary (whole group) session designed to “ground ourselves in the decisions that have led us to this point, … call in the wisdom of our ancestors, create art and prayer together, and envision a future beyond ourselves …[to] learn, interact, engage, pray, and imagine together, bringing that sense of community, hope and creativity into the rest of our week … [seeking] understanding of where and how we have been the Beloved Community and where we have failed to live up to God’s vision.

In preparation for this summer, Lisa is inviting New England Friends—whether we plan to attend Annual Sessions or not—into an experiment with a “virtual plenary” using the videos below:

Provoke One Another to Love

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


The NEYM September 2019 Newsletter contains the following articles:

  • Yoked by our new presiding Clerk, Bruce Newman
  • May We Forever Stand, September 20, sponsored by the Mass Council of Churches
  • Clerking Workshop at New Haven Friends Meeting, September 21
  • Job Announcement for a part-time Outreach Archivist

And more news and events.

Fall YAF retreat October 18-20
Dear Friends,

As young adults, many of us are in a season of change. Whether its external changes like starting at a new school, job, relationship, or living situation or internal changes that are harder to capture neatly, transition surrounds us. It can be a struggle to stay rooted in habits and practices that keep us grounded during times of continual change. At this stage of life, it takes intention to carve out time and space for the soul to catch up with all that is new and shifting.

Are you looking to carve out some time to care for yourself in this way? If so, I hope you will consider joining us for the fall Young Adult Friends (YAF) retreat this October 18-20 in Providence, RI.

At this weekend long gathering for young adults (ages 18-35) who are Quaker or interested in Quaker practices, we will honor what’s happening in our lives with the theme “Grounded Amid Transition”. Together, we will create space to reflect on our individual and shared experiences, try on Quaker spiritual practices, laugh, eat, enjoy autumn in Providence, and connect.

Ready to register? Fill out the form here. Registration closes October 14th. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me (Nia@neym.org).


PS. Are you interested in learning more about Quaker decision making and clerking? There will be a day-long clerking workshop at New Haven (CT) Meeting on Saturday, September 21. See more details and register here.

4/26-27 AVP Workshop and Training

4/26 Challenging White Supremacy

11/16 Noticing Patterns of Oppression

3/11 Friends for Racial Justice (FORJ)

3/15 Make a Reusable Name Tag

3/15 Sev and Louise Bruyn Art Show

3/15 Child Safety Workshop

3/20-3/22 All-Meeting Retreat

3/22 Second meeting for awarding grants

3/29 Committee Fair

3/29 Faithfulness Group Follow-Up

5/6 Midweek Meeting For Worship

5/6 First Day School Parents Meeting

5/7 Stone of Hope Drumming

5/8 Tarot Symbology & Spirituality

5/9 Deep Quiet to Rest, Grieve, and Prepare

5/9 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Group

5/10 Morning Meeting for Worship

5/10 Sunday Evening Meeting for Worship

5/10 YAF Sunday Virtual Potluck

5/17 Adjourned Meeting for Business

5/25 Adoración compartida en español

5/25 New Story Group

5/26 White Privilege Book Group

6/7 Family Worship

6/10 Artists and Writers Group

6/14 Meeting for Business in Worship

The Love that Overcomes

Public Statement from NEYM, November 3, 2018

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God. — Romans 8:38-39

This week, Quaker communities of faith across the six New England states are mourning with our Jewish neighbors the deadliest act of violence against Jews in this country’s history. We mourn with all who are targeted by hate. We join our hearts in grief with the grieving. We search for ways to respond to the corrosive evils of anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and the persecution of those labeled as “other,” even as we acknowledge our own complicity in these sins. We yearn for justice, for healing, for refuge for those most at risk. In town squares, in places of worship, in living rooms, in legislative offices and detention centers, we unite with countless others to protect people from further violence, violence fueled by false prophets preaching fear.

Each day brings further anxiety, violence, and vitriol, while some charged to be leaders incite the worst in us as human beings. We are surrounded by stories of hatred, division, and despair. And yet, we know this: The story of Love will endure.

This week, in the face of the mass murder of Jews at prayer, Jewish doctors and nurses treated the man who opened fire in the Tree of Life Synagogue. A stranger in a parking lot cradled the 12-year-old boy whose grandfather was one of two black people shot and killed by a white man outside Louisville, Kentucky. As some deny the basic humanity of transgender people and people seeking asylum, communities respond with acts of radical love, inclusion, and sanctuary. In these and so many unnamed acts, amidst such suffering, we see the infinite Love of God.

It is the testimony of the Religious Society of Friends that God is at work healing the brokenness of the world and the brokenness within each of us. Nothing can hold back the unshakeable power of Love in this time, and throughout all time. What matters in this moment–in every moment–is how we choose to participate in this eternal story. Our lives must proclaim that this Love is stronger than all fear.

We commit to live today trusting in this Truth. The words we say and the choices we make in the coming days and weeks must bear witness to Love in concrete acts of connection and care, in our homes and neighborhoods, in our schools and workplaces, in the coming elections, as communities of faith, as people who call this country home, as those seeking refuge and those offering it. We must waste no opportunity to love.

We must seek the grace to keep free from the politics of rage, division, numbness and dehumanization, even toward those we may perceive as enemies. We must nurture in each other the courage to come together across difference, to resist hopelessness, to renounce a worldview that treats anyone as disposable, to affirm that the Spirit of God dwells in everyone. With each person, in each moment, each place—this movement grows.

This is the time for a politics of presence, of radical relationship, of mutual aid and reconciliation. It’s a time to be witnesses, storytellers of the broken-hearted Love that overcomes the powers of fear. Let the walls of separation come crashing down.

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)
Fritz Weiss, Presiding Clerk
Noah Merrill, Secretary

FMC Stands with Immigrant Families

Friends Meeting of Cambridge, holding to our deepest beliefs in mercy, peace and justice, cannot abide any U.S. policy which forcibly separates children from their parents, those who are immigrants and asylum-seekers. As Quakers, parents, children and United States citizens, we condemn this profoundly and deliberately violent course. We utterly reject the idea that God or Scripture condones such actions. Family internment camps are little better, evoking the shame of the Japanese internment camps of World War Two. We must work to reunite the nearly 2,300 parents and children already separated. International law and human decency require us to keep ports of entry open to asylum-seekers who are often fleeing brutal violence in their home country. We call on President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to see that such cruelty makes no U.S. citizen safer but only sows misery, and diminishes us all, the jailer and the jailed, the liars and those lied to. Let us turn from this evil work.

11/3 Discernment on FMC Priorities

11/3 Worship Sharing for Healing

12/2 FMC Group Photo

12/2 Lowering the Barriers

12/8 Gift Wrapping Workshop

12/8 Community Re-entry Program

12/8 Singing by the Fireplace

NEYM December Events

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Partners in Spirit matches young adults and aspiring mentors

February 15–18, 2019
Woolman Hill
Deerfield, MA

Hilary Burgin (Beacon Hill, MA, Friends Meeting) and Nia Thomas (Northampton, MA, Friends Meeting) will be joined by guest teacher Kristina Keefe-Perry (Fresh Pond, MA, Friends Meeting) to lead this weekend retreat bringing together two cohorts: emerging adults (ages 18–25) seeking to strengthen their understanding and experience of Quaker spiritual practices and more experienced Friends seeking to grow in their gifts as mentors and spiritual nurturers.

Attendance is by application due by December 10, 2018. For more information, click here

At the Well
A gathering for Friends in public ministry who identify as women (cisgender and trans), trans men, genderqueer, non-binary, and all gender expansive identities, December 6–9, 2018.

At the Well aspires to witness to the particularity of callings laid upon participants’ hearts by providing a venue for Spirit to knit together a blessed community of connection, support, mentoring, restoration, and passion.

The weekend will include times of worship, worship-sharing in small groups, workshops, multiple participant-led offerings, socialization, rest, and renewal. We intend to follow a hybrid model of structured planned program time and some time for Open Space/Unconference exploration.
An optional 24-hour pre-gathering will offer participants space for self-led sabbatical time or guided discernment program facilitated by Jennie Isbell Shinn (Mt. Toby, MA, Friends Meeting).

Attendance at the gathering and pre-gathering will be open to any Quaker in public ministry whose gender identity is targeted by any form of gender-based discrimination.

Learn more about At the Well and register.

NEYM December Retreats

November 30–December 2, Deerfield, MA: Junior High YM Retreat

NEYM January Retreats

January 3-6, 2019 Woolman Hill, Deerfield, MA: Young Adult Friends Midwinter Retreat. Theme: “Rooting down, leafing out: Quakerism’s roots for vitality today”

Measuring your carbon footprint
As many Friends are aware, the Yearly Meeting gathered in August committed to assessing New England Quakers’ current impact on the climate and taking concrete steps to reduce our carbon footprint—both for individuals and our local meetings—by December 20, 2019.

An online carbon calculator developed by Friend Steve Gates (West Falmouth, MA, Friends Meeting) can be used by individuals and groups to estimate your carbon footprint. Steve and Rebecca MacKenzie (Quaker City/Unity, NH, Friends Meeting) from the NEYM Earthcare Ministries Committee would love to visit your meeting to listen and share with you about the calculator, to explore the transformations required of us, and to support your meeting in taking steps forward.

Contact Steve by email or call 508-564-2761. Rebecca can also be reached by email or by telephone at 603-504-2851.

Gift Wrapping Workshop

gift wrapping

On the afternoon of December 8, Nancy Hewitt, clerk of the Gardening Committee, led a cozy group in a wrapping and bow-making workshop for the holidays.

On Civil Disobedience — A Conversation

Gandhi Salt March Civil Disobedience

Sunday, November 18, at 12pm Lewis Randa of the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, MA and criminal defense trial lawyer, Gregory R. Barison will speak at Wellesley Friends Meeting, 26 Benvenue Street, Wellesley, MA.  The talk will provide an opportunity to gain insight and understanding of civil disobedience as an act of conscience. Six different actions with, or on behalf of, students from The Life Experience School will provide the context for the discussion.

Avison Fund Grants

Montrose Beach Chicago, David Avison

Help Us Identify Worthy Projects to Support that Benefit Children!

The Avison Fund Grant Proposal Deadline is Thursday, January 4, 2019.

The Avison Fund Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2018 granting cycle. Proposals must adhere to the funds guidelines – organizations with yearlong projects that support, care for, and enhance the lives of children. Paper copies of the Request for Proposals (RFP) are available in the Friends Center foyer. Electronic copies are available for download here/. Proposals are due at 5pm on Thursday, January 4, 2019 and must be submitted online to avisonfundapps@gmail.com. Please contact committee members with questions or suggestions of worthy, well-managed children’s organizations. Note: Up to 20% of each year’s disbursements may go to Quaker organizations. Thank you. Betsy Hewitt and Lance Drane (Co-Clerks) Bob Irwin, Elizabeth Dyer, and Cynthia Knowles

Special Schedule for December Fires in Meetinghouse

  • Due to the Christmas pageant there will be no fire on December 16.
  • There will be fires during the morning Meeting for Worship on December 2 and December 23.
  • There will also be a fire for the New Year’s Eve service at 11 pm on December 31.
  • Look for the tiny fire icon in the announcement sheet on these Sundays.

Cambridge Friends School Used Book Sale

Cambridge Friends School Used Book Sale

Wednesday, November 14 to Friday, November 16, 4-6pm
and Saturday, November 17, 8am–2pm

Donations Accepted 11/5 through 11/9, 8am–4pm

Cambridge Friends School (CFS) is accepting donations of books in good condition (both children’s and adult literature, coffee table books, cookbooks, etc.). Please do not bring in CDs, DVDs, textbooks, VHS videos, cassettes, records, games or puzzles. If possible, please separate children’s and adult books—it makes set up easier.

CFS Book Sale Book

Slippers in Meeting for Worship are Great!


Does curling up next to the fire in your slippers sound appealing? This is a gentle reminder to bring slippers to Meeting to save the wear and tear on our floors and rugs, especially during wet and/or snowy days. We certainly do not wish to cause hardship for anyone, but for those of us able to bring a change of footgear, every little bit helps. Slippers to borrow are available in the Meetinghouse and entryway to the Friends Center. Put your wet/salty/snowy footwear in the plastic trays.

The Common Strummers

common strummers music

The Common Strummers (FMC Friends from left to right – David Bonner, Molly Watt, Dan Watt and Polly Stevens) played ukulele and lead singing at Midnight Voices (co-sponsored by Peace & Social Concerns Committee) on Thursday, October 18 in the Friends Room. Midnight Voices takes place on third Thursdays at FMC and there are open mic slots for readers and performers each month.

A Procession of Friends

FDS procession friends

To celebrate World Quaker Day (October 7, 2018) fifty-four Friends (young and older) gathered in the Friends Room or Family Worship where they created a Procession of Friends banner and talked about the contributions of various Quakers through the ages.  The group from Family Worship then shared about their banner and their worship with those gathered in the Meetinghouse at the rise of regular Meeting for Worship.  The banner (and Quaker biographical info) is on display downstairs in the hall in the First Day School.

Autumn Mandala

mandala 2018

First Day School students and some adult volunteers gathered again this year at FMC during All-Meeting for Worship at Raytheon on October 21, 2018 to create this beautiful mandala with found nature objects.

Woolman Hill Retreat Center, Deerfield, MA

Leaving Everything at the Door: Year-End Silent Retreat with Aggie Mitchkowski

December 28-31, 2018

Silence is a universal language. No matter who we are, where we come from, what we believe, we can all come together without feeling our separateness. Leaving our words behind, ideas behind, each of us has the opportunity to open to what is, in the moment, together as one. Join us for this silent retreat where our goal is nothing less nor greater than to meet each other in that field Rumi talks about. We will spend the days and nights in silence, enjoying the company of our communal oneness. For more information and to register please visit Woolman Hill Retreats

Bolivian Quaker Education Fund

Bolivia Child Mother

Fidel Chigua Caraniis is the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund (BQEF) student who receives support from Friends Meeting at Cambridge (through individual contributions). Fidel receives our scholarship in monthly payments (about $50 per month). To learn more about the BQEF program or to contribute on behalf of FMC’s student go to Bolivia Quaker Education Fund or contact Richard Barran at richard.barran1@verizon.net.

Help the Poor and Homeless

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The Material Aid and Advocacy Program (MAAP) that operates from the basement of the Meetinghouse needs donations of winter clothing including coats, hats, scarves and gloves/mittens. Items do not need to be new but should be in good condition. Travel-size toiletries are also very much needed (bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, combs, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, packets of tissues, Band-Aids, etc.)

Drop off items Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, or put them on the tunnel hall bench near the MAAP door after hours. For more information and to volunteer, contact Cassie Hurd at cassie@maapma.org.

Mugs Needed


Friends, a shift in our Meeting culture has happened in our Coffee Hour after worship on Sunday; now we are using ceramic cups as much as they are available; this is clearly a more sustainable option than using paper cups. It’s a small thing, but of course, we do whatever we can, even if small. BUT … we don’t have enough cups for this to work all of the time. So, if you have extra mugs of whatever size, please consider giving them to Meeting. Just leave them on the counter over the dishwasher and we’ll take care of washing and storage.

—David Myers, Ceramic Aggregation Coordinator (volunteer)

Fundraising Reminder

Fundraising Goal 2018-2019

“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
—Mother Teresa

In this season of love and generosity, let us be thankful for our peaceful blessings when so much of the world is in turmoil. Let us also continue to support our FMC community, which provides us with a ground of spiritual sustenance and strength. To make an end of year gift go to staging.fmcquaker.org and click on “Donate.” You can also drop off a check or cash at the FMC office or in the locked donation box in the Meetinghouse.

Thanksgiving Dinner at FMC

thanksgiving dinner

…and a wonderful Thanksgiving feast was had by all. Fifty-six Friends, family and friends of Friends gathered to share food and fellowship. Many helped with cooking, set up and clean up—including Elliott Maddocks who washed all the dishes, glasses and silverware before they went through the sanitizer.

Pie Sale Success!

Pie Sale

On Saturday, November 17, families and youth in the meeting spent four hours baking 31 apple, cherry, and pumpkin pies as well as pumpkin cream cheese squares.

Then on Sunday during social hour we sold them all (plus one donated pie) to help a local charity, Liam’s Lunches of Love. Liam is a middle school student in Cambridge who gives out food to people living outside! We raised $671 for Liam’s efforts! Thank you to everyone who helped with the pie making and everyone who bought pies!

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender day of remembrance

Twenty-nine Friends gathered for a memorial Meeting for Worship was held for the Transgender Day of Remembrance, hosted by the LGBTQ+ Ad Hoc group, on Sunday, November 18. The names of those people whose lives have been taken in violence over the past year within the US were read and a candle lit for each.

5/11 Path of Demilitarization (Film)

5/12 Book Discussion “On the Run”

5/12 Group Memorial Meeting

A Group Memorial Meeting is an opportunity to honor those family members or dear friends in the FMC community who have died in the past year or so. Out of the silence, one by one, participants rise if able, and, after sharing the name of the person we are honoring, say a few words about that person and what they meant to you. Contribution of savory or sweet items for the reception are welcome.

Contact Patricia Wild, memorials@fmcquaker.org, if you wish to participate.

5/13 Mother’s Day Walk for Peace

5/13 Apache Elder Speaks

Apache elder Tomas Eagle Bear will be visiting the Northeast and he has kindly agreed hold a session for Quakers and any interested others on the evening he is in Boston, namely Sunday May 13. Details below. It’s free but donations to support Eagle Bear’s cultural center are welcome. I’ve attended the Sun Dance that Eagle Bear conducts at his off-grid intentional community in Colorado for two years in a row now, and I can only say it’s a magnificent 4-day ceremony. This is a rare chance to meet a rare man.

WHAT: Tomas Eagle Bear, Apache elder, will present an evening of Native American song and storytelling. Topics may include the Sun Dance, Vision Quest, Inipi (“sweat lodge”), and Coming of Age ceremony. Eagle Bear will also perform a hoop dance.
WHERE: Cambridge Cohousing, 175 Richdale Ave., Cambridge MA
WHEN: Sunday May 13, 6:30 – 9 PM
WHO: All ages welcome

Questions or more information: David Anick

6/17 May Fair Redux

3/4 Nominating Committee Fair

Young Adult Friends Seek Coordinator

Hello Friends,

The Young Adult Friends (YAFs) Group at FMC is hiring a YAF Coordinator!

The Young Adult Friends (YAF) Group Coordinator will support the accessibility and vitality of the community of Young Adult Friends in Friends Meeting at Cambridge. They will connect the Young Adult Friends to each other and bridge the YAF community with the larger FMC Quaker community. The Coordinator will be a leader and a Quaker resource. The position will require organization, dedication and a positive attitude. The position will be supervised by the Resident Friend in collaboration with input from the wider YAF community.

The Coordinator will be expected to act as a welcoming presence for newcomers at rise of worship and during social hour, making announcements and connecting with new young adult visitors. If unable to attend either worship or socializing afterwards, the Coordinator would be expected to arrange for another Young Adult Friend to fulfill the announcement and welcoming duties on that day.

Deadline for applications is April 2, 2018. The full job description can be viewed or downloaded here as a PDF.


Elise Springuel
For YAF Coordinator Search Committee

3/3 Jonathan Fine Memorial Meeting

3/4 Intergenerational Breakfast

3/4 Quaker Voluntary Service Panel

3/4 QVS Fundraiser with Daniel Parker

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.