The paper devoted a half-page to the Peace Pilgrimage.
Friend Fran Dreisbach and others founded the Peace Pilgrimage and the tradition continues today. The Express Times described it as a “trophy” in their “turkeys and trophies” end of week roundup.
Rick’s letter in the Sunday Morning Call.
Debbie Orben’s opinion on our nation’s position on the Paris climate accord was published in today’s (11/14/17) Morning Call. Thank you, Debbie, for your passion for our world and for your perseverance in speaking truth.
So many members and attenders use their voices on matters close tot heir hearts. Whether you visit your member or Congress, call your elected officials, put up yard signs, or simply are loving every day, don’t stop; take heart and act.
LVMM will be gathering as a community of faith and joy at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, Pennsylvania (heart of the Poconos!) for its biennial retreat April 20-22, 2018. We’re looking for people interested in planning the programming we’ll enjoy when gathered together.
For those of you who did not attend in 2016 or who are unfamiliar with the retreat center, it’s a wonderful place to spend extended time with members of our community. We’ll eat together, take walks, listen to stories, and participate in activities which deepen and strengthen our faith.
Accommodations are comfortable and the food is hearty and served in a dining room overlooking the lake itself. We and Spruce Lake are prepared to accommodate sleeping and dietary needs to ensure everyone can participate.
Most of the cost of the retreat is covered by the community. Scholarships are available to ensure everyone who is available can take part.
Jon Watts, the creator and filmmaker giving us QuakerSpeak, (and who will be interviewing director Louisiana Kreutz at a BQM event on October 8), offers this blog post on the future of Quakerism on his own website.
Debbie Orben’s letter in a local Bucks County paper. Writing letters works, friends!
Debbie Orben of Bucks County contributed today’s letter to the Allentown Morning Call on the costs and consequences of global warming.
From Holly’s Facebook Wall:
”My dear dear friends, today brought more hope than we have had and I know that your love has been a contributing factor.
The Gyn Onc feels the monster may not be as big and powerful as we were led to believe.
On Thursday morning at 8:30 I am scheduled to have a complete hysterectomy. Biopsies will be taken and examined while I am on the table.
If cancer is there the surgeon will debulk the areas (remove additional tissue) and inject chemo directly into the area.
My hospital stay at Abington will probably be three to five days depending on the debulking.
I remember years ago a Doylestown Meeting Friend asked all of us to stop for a few minutes to hold his wife and surgical team in the Light during her cancer surgery. I am asking that of you. Please, sometime on Thursday morning between 8:30 and 12:00 stop (even if it's just to pee) and hold my surgical team and I in the Light...and feel free to picture the end of the monster in any way you choose 😆. I think this is a good use of a violent thought. 🔪💣⛏
Thank you ❤️❤️❤️”
We return to regular hours this next First Day, Sunday, September 3. See you at 9:30!
Ninth Month Query Discussion follows Meeting for Worship at about 11:00 after announcements.
This article by Bernie O'Hare in yesterday's Bethlehem Press offers another perspective on the words and work of the NAACP, the mayor and chief of police of Bethlehem, and others.
The article “Hate has no place in Bethlehem” is by Michelle Merlin of the Morning Call and the photo is of Mimi’s arm holding a peace sign.
Friends, consider supporting our local newspaper with a subscription. I can post these links because I do; true journalism comes from people paid by subscription (and ad! dollars, as for our announcement about our meeting in the Saturday paper).
Friend Dianna Walls asked that we copy the job description for a communications associate position in Philadelphia.
“We're Hiring! Join AFSC's Communications Team as our new Communications Associate, based in Philadelphia. This full-time position supports a variety of efforts to engage donors, program constituents, and Friends in AFSC’s mission and work. More information here: http://bit.ly/2uLMfZX”
Do you know Benjamin Lay? He led a remarkable life.