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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
713-533-1000
houston.tenthousandvillages.com

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
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

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
          Handout: Barclay in Very Brief

Posted on 6/30/2010 by Susan Long

Live Oak Friends Meeting is working with Interfaith Ministries to help settle a refugee family from Iraq to Houston.  The family consists of the parents and four children ranging in age from 4 to 12.  They will arrive sometime in July.  We have most of the household items needed to furnish their new home.  We are still looking for four twin beds for the kids.  Financial help is needed to pay for the first month's rent and groceries.    Anyone interested in meeting the family at the airport or spending time helping them adjust to their new home should contact Nell Warnes.  We helped a family settle two years ago using this program and are excited to participate again.

Posted on 6/8/2010 by Nell Warnes

After visiting David Powell for the last six years, it is very difficult for me to express myself as his execution approaches.  Many of you have asked for more information about his situation.
Amnesty International has a web page describing the legal circumstances surrounding his case: People can change. Will Texas? After three decades on death row, clemency sought on rehabilitation grounds.
Also Robert Leleux of the Texas Observer has taken this as an opportunity to reflect on his personal feelings and opinions on this case and the death penalty in general.  He is publishing a piece each day starting from June 1 until David's execution on June 15th.  In addition to his thoughts each piece contains a video of those that know David.

Posted on 6/7/2010 by Nell Warnes

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