Posted by: Roger Vincent Jasaitis | October 18, 2014

Quaker Healing: Undoing the Damage of Violence

Quakers aren’t just anti-violence. Much of our work is, in fact, pro-healing. John Calvi, a renowned Quaker healer, on why healing work is so incredibly essential.

Posted by: stevechase | September 24, 2014

David Hartsough Book Tour Event On October 6

Waging-Peace-David-HartsoughDAVID HARTSOUGH
Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist
Book discussion with the author

Monday ~ October 6th ~ 7:30PM at Putney Cares
54 Kimball Hill Rd., Putney, Vermont

David Hartsough’s story demonstrates the power and effectiveness of organized nonviolent action. Waging Peace is more than one man’s memoir, Hartsough shows how this struggle is waged all over the world by ordinary people committed to ending the spiral of violence and war.
Sponsored by Putney Friends Meeting

Posted by: stevechase | September 1, 2014

Quaker Climate Activism In NYC–All Invited

Earth Quaker Action Team 2Earth Quaker Action Team Climate Disruption Investigation of PNC Bank

Saturday, September 20th, in New York City.

As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gathers government leaders to support “an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution,” the Earth Quaker Action Team is joining tens of thousands of people in New York City for the People’s Climate March. In addition, we’ll take action at PNC bank demanding it also take ambitious action on climate change.

In May 2013, the UN investigated claims of human rights abuses in Appalachia connected to mountaintop removal coal mining leading to birth defects, poisoned water and economic paralysis. EQAT and allies will expand our footprint to New York City, to “find” evidence of climate disruption at PNC bank in a theatrical nonviolent direct action.

We will present PNC with a copy of the letter we will send to the UN naming PNC bank as a climate disrupter.

WHAT: Climate Disruption Investigation

WHEN: Saturday, September 20, starting 10am for briefing and nonviolencetraining

WHO: Earth Quaker Action Team and allies

WHERE: New York City, exact location to be announced

CONTACT: Chris Baker Evens, chris.bakerevens@gmail.com

If you’re planning to come to the action sign up here:

http://eqat.org/september-20-nyc

Arrival:

If you’re coming from out-of-town, please arrange to arrive in NYC no later than 9am on Saturday Sept 20th in time for a 10am briefing / action training. Location to be announced.

Accommodation:

Local Quaker Meetinghouses have offered housing for Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st. We are looking into options for people arriving on Friday, 19th. If you have particular needs, please let us know.

The Meetinghouses are setting up a web page to to sign up for housing. We’ll get this information out to you as soon as we know.

Transportation:

Please arrange your own transportation to and from New York. There are plenty of cheap options like Megabus. We recommend making your plans soon.

Posted by: stevechase | May 16, 2014

Art and Spirit Event A Moving Success

Quaker Art SignFriends and members of the local community gathered on May 10th for the Art & Spirit exhibit at the Putney Friends Meeting house. Roger Vincent Jasaitis exhibited his contemporary landscape paintings and Matthew Wright read his insightful poetry to an appreciative audience. A lively discussion followed with observations by the artists and audience in the links between art and spirituality. Participants were moved to ask if this type of event could happen again and include other artists and art forms for exploration.

Matthew poetry

PFM Gallery

 

 

Posted by: stevechase | May 10, 2014

The Activist Origins of Mothers Day

Julia-Ward-HoweThe idea of an annual official celebration of Mothers day in the US was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in the late 1800s. An activist, writer and poet, Julia suggested that Mothers Day should be celebrated annually each Spring and be dedicated to peace activism by women. Julia tirelessly championed the cause of the official celebration of Mothers Day. She finally succeed, but corporate groups like Hallmark have tried to remove the activist origins of the holiday. To counter this historical amnesia, please check out Julia Ward Howe’s inspiring Mothers Day Peace Proclamation from 1870 here:

Julia Ward Howe’s Mothers Day Peace Proclamation

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.”

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”

Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.
Posted by: stevechase | April 24, 2014

PFM Supports Sensible Gun Laws

VPR-Gunsense-20131021At a recent meeting for business, Putney Friends Meeting agreed to support a petition that endorses the position of Gun Sense Vermont and adds our voice to the call for Governor Shumlin to act on this issue. The petition reads:

Governor Shumlin: Support Sensible Gun Laws in Vermont

We can’t afford to wait for the federal government to pass sensible gun laws. We can’t afford to wait for a horrific massacre in Vermont. We need to strengthen Vermont’s weak gun laws to combat our guns-to-drugs trafficking problem, stop our rising suicide rate, and prevent a mass tragedy right here in Vermont. Will you take this on and lead?

Would you like to sign the petition yourself?

If so, go to this webpage.

Posted by: stevechase | April 21, 2014

And Now, Something Completely Inspiring!

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Posted by: stevechase | April 11, 2014

Join Us As We Celebrate The Life of Pete Seeger

PFM Seeger_1

Posted by: stevechase | February 19, 2014

Regional Quaker Events From February Through April

Dear Friend,

We’re writing to share news of some exciting Quaker events in the next few months. We hope you to see you there!

February 29 – March 1 Thinking about Climate Change with John Woolman – Michael Birkel (Beacon Hill Friends House, Boston MA)

Quaker Studies is pleased to have Michael Birkel leading a Friday evening, Saturday program on John Woolman and Climate Change. We’ll meet 7-9PM on Friday 2/28 and 9:30 – 3:00 on Saturday.

As we are faced with the challenges of climate change what can John Woolman teach us?
We know John Woolman for his witness against slaveholding. But what can he say to us today? About our relationship with material goods; about living simply and in tune with creation; about rightly valuing labor; about working to bring our own community and the world to a new understanding of what is right by appealing to the pure witness in others. We will touch on as many of these themes in Woolman’s life and writings as possible by reading passages and considering implications for today. Sponsored by Quaker Studies Program

Click here to register, and for more information: http://www.bhfh.org/qsp/QSPregistrationBirkel.html

March 7-9 Climate Spring (Woolman Hill Retreat Center, Deerfield MA)

We invite you to join with Friends who are actively following the concerns that climate change raises, to hold those concerns in worship, and talk about what rises in our hearts. The reality of climate change opens us to the work of the Spirit.

We envision this gathering as a spacious weekend with time to seek a deep and shared experience of our Source. We will share insights into how prophetic climate work flows from faithfulness to that Source. We will meet each other and the holy spirit in worship. We will open ourselves to being led in new directions that show God’s transforming love for the world. We will gather in small groups, share stories, resources and our own leadings through engaging conversation. We will wait together to see how we may be led to make our concern more visible.

The Spirit’s work is evident where people move through grief and past fear, and act out of a compassion that drives ingenuity, builds solidarity and gives people persistence in their own faithfulness. We imagine a gathering that cultivates this movement, from which we leave connected, refreshed and alive.

Flyer:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B38v3TQ7Amz0LVJQX0NyaktuZkk/edit
Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PIro9zDJt0nrTL1jIETgxes4fzy-LJDXYYPGEnvxoGU/viewform

March 15 Gathering for Extended Worship (Winthrop Center, ME)

Winthrop Center Friends is hosting a day of extended worship on Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This day arose out of a sense that many are hungering for opportunities to worship together in larger gatherings.  Winthrop Center will provide morning snacks and beverages.  We are asking that participants bring food for a potluck lunch.  Because space is limited, please register with Ann Dodd-Collins at doddco@gmail.com.  There is no registration fee, although we may ask for donations on the day to help defray expenses.  If you have more questions, please email Ann or call her at 207-832-6103.

March 28-30 Noticing God’s Nudges in Our Lives: The Sacred Act of Spiritual Discernment with Nancy Bieber (Woolman Hill Retreat Center, Deerfield, MA)

Our lives are full of decisions and we all want to choose wisely. Spiritual discernment is the practice of attending to God’s nudges as we navigate our lives. Using material from her book, Nancy will introduce a three-fold approach to help us listen and respond to the Spirit whose wisdom and light exceeds our own. Bring a decision-making challenge if you have one (not necessary) and learn discernment practices for finding your way.

Flyer: http://woolmanhill.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Cracked-Open-Individual-Discernment-Mar-2013.pdf
Registration/more info: http://woolmanhill.org

April 11-14 FWCC Consultation (High Point, NC)

Participate in a series of consultations with Friends from across the branches of the Quaker tradition. The North Carolina workshop features workshops led by Debbie Humphries and Lisa Graustein of NEYM
Flyer: http://tinyurl.com/odl7f8k
Registration: http://fwccamericas.org/events/2014-consultations.shtml

April 19 United Society of Friends Women (USFW) Gathering (Smithfield Meeting, RI)

Theme:  Take Courage: Do Everything in Love
Contact Marian Baker, quakerbonnet@gmail.com

Posted by: stevechase | November 28, 2013

Public Meeting on Lowering Gun Violence

Putney Friends Meeting is hosting a discussion with guest speaker Leslie Manning at Putney Friends Meetinghouse, RT 5, Putney, VT, on 12/8/13 at 12:00 noon. This event is free and all are welcome.

Leslie is interested to hear what Putney area folks have to say and learn where there is common ground.  In a culture of sanctioned violence, certain types of violence have become increasingly unacceptable, such as domestic violence, hate violence, workplace violence and bullying and intimidation.  How do we build on this and work with others for whom the Second Amendment or gun rights matter?  How do we engage safe and responsible gun owners in long-term change of current laws and attitudes?

Leslie Manning is a former regional coordinator for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and serves as President of the Maine Council of Churches, a founding member of Faiths United Against Gun Violence.  She serves on the Advisory Committee of Project Safe Neighborhood, a federal anti-gun violence initiative and works closely with grass roots and faith groups in Maine and New Hampshire.

Leslie is a member of Durham, ME Monthly Meeting and Friends Committee on Maine Public Policy.

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