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Adult First Day School schedule:
December 12: Continuation of The First Christmas by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg, facilitated by Mary McKerall
December 19: Living a Balanced Life by Barbara Cowan, preview of a six part evening series Barbara will offer next year
December 26: no class
January 2: no class
January 9, 16, 23, and 30: "Barclay in (Very) Brief" by Ty Cashion and Andy Miller
February 6: Bishop Spong by Albert Mansoor Munn

Posted on 12/5/2010 by Peg Nosek

This week’s topic:  Connie Garson facilitates “For what are you grateful – and what are you going to do about it?”

Mid-week Meeting meets Wednesday evenings at 7 pm.

Posted on 11/23/2010 by Susan Long

In-kind donations to LOFM are welcome. There are two kinds of in-kind donations:

  • Those in which the person buys something on behalf of LOFM and does not expect reimbursement. An example would be a first-day school teacher who buys supplies for class but considers them a donation. For these kinds of donations, we would still like to record them so that the donor can get credit for the donations, and also we know what expenses are undertaken to support our programs. To report such a donation, please use the reimbursement form available under "procedures and forms"  to report the donation: describe the expense and attach the receipt, but make a note that you want it treated as an in-kind donation. 
  • Those in which the person donates used property to LOFM for its use: such as furniture or equipment. For this kind of donation, please email the Treasurer with a description of the property, and the Treasurer will send you an acknowledgement of your donation, which you can then use to deduct the value of the property from your income for your taxes.
    Please also note that if you want to donate property, please don't just leave it at the Meeting House: discuss it with the Committee involved (such as Property or Hospitality) to see if LOFM can use the property and is willing to accept it. Sometimes people leave property at the Meeting House thinking it can be used, but if the committees don't know where it came from or what it's for, they will discard it.
Posted on 11/9/2010 by Susan Long

Join us for a Shopping Night Party at Ten Thousand Villages to benefit the Houston Peace Festival to be held on March 5, 2011

  • Monday, November 8, 6 - 8 PM
  • 15% of sales will be donated to Live Oak Friends Meeting

Visit with Friends while finding the perfect gift or holiday decor

  • Ten Thousand Villages in Rice Village

2424A Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

Posted on 10/23/2010 by Lidney Molnari

HPJC presents Dr. Helen Caldicott 2010 National Peacemaker Award Winner November 12, 2010 
Beloved disssident, pediatrician and author.  For 38 years, Helen has campaigned tirelessly for sanity in the nuclear age.  She continues to inspire presidents and citizens alike to take action against nuclear and the nuclear weapons it engenders, and to face the enviromental crises of our time.

  • 2010 Local Honorees

Sylvia Gonzales LULAC National VP for Southwest
Richard Shaw secretary/treasurer Harris County, AFL-CIO Council
Texans Together Education Fund

  • Friday, November 12, 2010

6PM Reception * 7PM Dinner * Cash Bar

  • Marriot Houston West Loop

1750 West Loop South, Houston, TX
parking garage fees included with tickets
Dinner Tickets: $75 * Underwriting: $150-$1000
proceeds support HPJC's services to Houston;s communities of conscience
please RSVP by November 5, 2010 832.288.4099

Posted on 10/23/2010 by Lidney Molnari

Hank Woji will be in concert at Live Oak Friends Meeting on October 2, 2010 at 7PM.  Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Houston Peace Festival.  A $10 donation is requested.  Hank Woji will be performing songs of his new album "There was a Time".  In the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, but certainly with his own voice and with powerful songs… he knows how to give you a few goose bump moments. - Moors Magazine (Netherlands).  For more information on Hank Woji and to hear some of his music visit http://www.myspace.com/210216542

Posted on 9/21/2010 by Lidney Molnari

 When the Skyspace reopened in our Meetinghouse recently, I thought of architect James Turrell’s words during a PBS interview in regard to his work: “I'm interested in having a light that inhabits space,” he said, “so that you feel light to be physically present.” 
Our present Meetinghouse was built before I began attending, but I’ve heard people talk about the challenges in the building process, reminiscent of birth pangs. I imagine when the SkySpace first opened, it was like the birth of a long-awaited child. It brought us joy for a number of years as a work of art, a perceptual gateway into the stillness that is so central to the Quaker experience. (In fact, my first introduction to LOFM was meditating while viewing the Skyspace.) But then it became apparent that this “child” was “injured” – the Skyspace had sustained damage and needed repairs. When it reopened, it was as though a precious child had experienced long, painful rehabilitation and was returned to us, whole and reborn. What joy and relief!
The Skyspace creates a space of such surreal beauty that I always welcome the sight of the occasional bird, which anchors the physical reality for me. But then, without that anchor, perhaps it is easier to transcend thought, the noisy kind of thought that interferes with stillness. The Skyspace at sunset reminds me that change is the only constant. When I’m looking through it, if there are no clouds, the color changes are so    gradual as to be imperceptible from moment to moment, and only become apparent after a few minutes’ gazing.
I looked and looked.  I was overwhelmed with gratitude for this magnificent expression of Turrell’s vision and that of many others who worked to make it manifest. As I experienced the Presence of the Light, tears welled up and overflowed.

Posted on 9/3/2010 by Kimberly Nelson

 August 29 -- Houston Interfaith Worker's Justice by Nathan Clarkston
September 5, 12, and 19 -- Gandhi -- a Quakerly View, presented by Allison Copony
September 28 -- Personal Stories of Friends -- David S. Buck, M.D., MPH
Longtime member of LOFM, Dave is a physician in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Before then, he worked for a time with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. He is the founder and president of Healthcare for the Homeless, Houston and is on the board of directors of the International Street Medicine Society. He was recently appointed by the US Government Accountability Office to the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) Program Advisory Board. This board will make recommendations to the US Department of Health and Human Services on grants and loans to establish nonprofit, member-run health insurers serving the individual and small-group markets. The board was created as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 -- World Religions (to be announced)
November 7, 14, 21, and 28 -- Worship Sharing on the four Gospels of the New Testament, facilitated by Larry Marcotte
December 5, 12, and 19 -- Christian critics -- Borg, Crosson, Armstrong
Presenters needed (if you're interested please contact Peg Nosek (Margaret.Nosek@Gmail.com) or Andy Miller (jam1892000@yahoo.com)
January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 -- More on Barkley by Ty Cashion and Andy Miller

Posted on 8/24/2010 by Susan Long

Live Oak Friends Meeting (Quaker), announces the regular viewing of James Turrell's skyspace will begin again on Friday 30 July 2010 approximately 60 minutes before sunset. All are welcome. 
The Meeting House and skyspace, 1318 West 26th Street, Houston, TX 77007 will open every Friday one hour before sunset for prayer, meditation, and viewing of the skyspace. Private group viewings can be arranged by contacting the meeting scheduler at friendjann@hotmail.com. 
James Turrell, Leslie K. Elkins Architecture, Atlantech Systems, and W. S. Bellows Construction reengineered and rebuilt the moveable roof component to the skyspace. The project was coordinated by LOFM Property Clerk, Philip Koch. Questions should be directed to pskoch@swbell.net. 
The meeting wishes to thank the Houston Endowment for providing a grant to fund the reengineering and remaking of the moveable roof component of the Turrell skyspace.

Posted on 7/28/2010 by Patrick Brooks