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An opportunity to trade objects and services without using common currency and to support “Buy Nothing Day,” a national effort to provide alternatives to the media driven consumerism of “Black Friday.” This also offers the community an opportunity to share in the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, stewardship, and community by creating a space to practice thinking together in a new way about how we place value on objects and services within our community.

We will also share a meal of left-overs from Thanksgiving feasts, so all attendees are invited to bring left overs to share.

To get involved, just come. Bring a table, shelf, rug or blanket to display your goods or a sign that describes your service(s). Bring some food to share, if you wish. CHILDREN ARE WELCOME! Children are often the best models of how this can work. They have the ability to add value to an item by describing potential uses, and the creativity to negotiate three-way trades.

There will be a designated area for “free” items that you are willing to give to whomever wants them. Visitors may then use such items to barter and trade with if they wish. At the end of the day, whatever is left on the free table will be donated to the women’s center.

No money will be exchanged for services or goods. The purpose of this event is to challenge those who choose to participate to NOT SHOP or BUY anything on this day after Thanksgiving.

Posted on 11/3/2017 by Leada Dietz

Taffy and Braveheart invite F/friends to join them at Doshi house (3419 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004) on November 10 at 11:00 AM for some good coffee ( they have the usual treats and maybe even some pumpkin spice stuff) and/or a good vegan bite - for connection and travel stories. They have been working on gleaning some lessons from their recent Pilgrimage on the Camino in Spain and look forward to presenting them to everyone.

Posted on 10/31/2017 by Leada Dietz

"The Psychology of Self-Righteousness", a podcast on the On Being website (onbeing.org). The podcast is an interview with Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist who has written a book entitled "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Religion and Politics." The discussion will be led by Mark Herranen and Ali Mojibpour

Posted on 10/26/2017 by Leada Dietz

"What do I do next?"
Through the many transitions in life, "What's next?" is a powerful question.
Our opening queries are:
How and when do I feel most alive? Most happy? Most "in service" or useful?
How can I cultivate vitality, engagement, and a sense of purpose in this new stage of life?
Dr. Bob Stecker and MaryBeth Smith will facilitate the discussion. All ages are welcome to participate.

Posted on 10/17/2017 by Leada Dietz

First Day School tomorrow, Oct. 15, at 9:20 am: reading and discussing excerpts from the book "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence.
It contains the letters and conversations of Nicholas Herman, known as Brother Lawrence, and reveals how he continually walked with God –with perfect liberty and continual joy."

Posted on 10/14/2017 by Leada Dietz

Come join Cavanaugh Nweze and Andrew Cobb of West Street Recovery to hear about grassroots relief work and ongoing empowerment work in communities of color in Houston's Eastside. The team started out doing boat rescues and 5 weeks after the storm they continue to demo homes and coordinate supply needs for these communities. They are also working on longterm visioning of empowerment in these communities. Come hear about their work and how we can turn a crisis from a danger into an opportunity for underserved communities.

Posted on 9/29/2017 by Leada Dietz

We will read and discuss more advices from the Philadelphia Faith and Practice on Quaker life.

Posted on 9/27/2017 by Leada Dietz

Dr. Bob Stecker returns to First Day School on 9/24 to continue the series, "Journey to Elderhood." The focus of the discussion will be "Downsizing." As people age, frequently they move to smaller quarters and release a lifetime's worth of accumulated possessions Additionally, our social contacts and relationships may gradually decrease in numbers, as friends move away, or we relocate to be closer to family. We also lose some significant relationships through death. In the face of these voluntary and involuntary losses, what is our response? What can we aspire to, in the face of loss and new opportunities?

Posted on 9/21/2017 by Leada Dietz

Bob Stecker, MaryBeth Smith and Lidney Molnari will facilitate the discussion about what we can do as individuals and as a community to help.

Posted on 9/15/2017 by Leada Dietz

AVP Basic Workshop
The Alternaves to Violence Project
January 12 - 14, 2018

  • AVP is dedicated to reducing violence: on the streets, at work, in schools, in homes, and in relationships everywhere
  • AVP provides tools for creative, nonviolent resolution to conflicts used by peace workers such as Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus of Nazareth, and many others

 The Basic AVP Workshop is fun and empowers personal growth—an interactive, intensive,
2½-day experience that hones interpersonal conflict-resolution skills. Experiential exercises, small groups, and one-to-one interactions build community and trust around the themes of:  
Affirmation & Self Esteem
Communication & Cooperation
Creative Conflict Resolution
Mission Statement: AVP is an all-volunteer organization offering experiential workshops that empower individuals to liberate themselves and others from the burden of violence. Our fundamental belief is that there is a “power for peace” in everyone, and that this power works through individuals who are open to it to transform violence to nonviolence. AVP builds on a spiritual base of respect and caring for self and others.
Workshop Schedule
Friday Oct. 20 7 PM - 10 PM
Saturday Oct. 21 9 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, Oct. 22 10 AM - 4 PM
Registration Fee: $75.00. There is a sliding scale based on participants' ability to pay. The fee includes light meals (lunches on Saturday & Sunday). There will be optional vegetarian dishes, and please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Please register now. The workshop is limited to 16 participants.
To hold your spot we ask for a deposit of $25.00. Checks to AVP Texas, please.
The registrar is Kevin King. Kindly call (7one3) 2 oh 6 8 oh 72 or email kcking99 at gmail dot com
 Accommodations: If you are coming from a distance, we can arrange for hospitality in the home of a member of the Live Oak Friends Meeting, Houston.

Posted on 9/11/2017 by Kevin King