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Our discussion of Gun Safety will continue, with Brent Sullivan facilitating. We'll look at "Where Do We Go from Here?", i.e., what we can do at this point.
Sunday, Jan. 3, Adult First Day School will host the Seekers Gathering. This is an opportunity for anyone in attendance to ask questions about Quaker faith and practice, or to share an experience or thought on the question presented. This format allows us to learn more about each other's spiritual journies and wisdom acquired along the way.
9:20--10:20 a.m.in the Meeting House. All are welcome.
Due to holiday travel, there will be no Wednesday night Discussion Group or Silent Worship December 23 but they will resume next week, Dec 30.
Sunday, Dec. 20, Adult First Day School will host the monthly study of Douglas Gwyn's book "A Sustainable Life". This Sunday we will discuss Chapter 3, Personal Integrity and Discernment. Leada Dietz will lead the discussion at 9:20 a.m. in The Meeting House. All are welcome.
Sunday, Dec. 13, Adult First Day School will host a discussion on the Doctrine of Discovery. The discussion will focus on what Friends' Meetings are doing to repudiate this doctrine and to affirm the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous People.
9:20--10:20 a.m. in the Meeting House. All are welcome.
Our annual Mid-Winter Candlelighting will be held Friday, December 18th in the Meetinghouse at 7:30 pm. The Candlelighting is invariably a moving experience, a chance to reflect on the year that is past, a time to heal and praise and celebrate our community. Also, there will be a chance to sing Christmas Carols from 6:15-7:15 pm that evening.
The Wednesday Night Discussion group is hosting a special showing of a wonderful movie on Dec 9 at 7:00 pm in the Meetinghouse: The Tiger and the Monk.
About a 2-hour drive west of Bangkok is Wat Pa Luangta Bua, a Buddhist monastery of meditation. The monks there take their ten tigers for a walk on a leash every day. The monks celebrate the tigers as their most sacred animals, and while they cuddle and play with the cubs, they treat the grown-up animals with great respect. Tigers are one of the most endangered species in the world. Each of the few monks living in the monastery, which was declared a tiger reserve by the Thai government, takes care of one tiger, and since two tiger cubs took refuge in this isolated temple in 1998 their number has grown to ten. This documentary portrays the harmonious relationship between humans and predators without disregarding the monks' maxim that a tiger will always be a tiger. Even if it feeds from the hand, it will always be a wild animal.
There will be no Adult First Day School Nov. 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
The monthly Seekers Gathering will resume on Dec. 6 at Adult First Day School. This format is an opportunity for anyone in attendance to ask a question about Friends' faith and practice, or to share an experience or idea about the question presented. The Seekers Gathering allows us to learn more about each other's spiritual journies and the wisdom acquired along the way.
9:20--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House.
There will be no Meeting on Nov 25 due to the holiday, but Meetings will resume next week.
Sunday, Nov. 22, Adult First Day School will host a discussion on the above topic based on the book "Searching for Sunday" by Rachel Held Evans. The book considers recent demographic trends away from church attendance, and millenials search for meaningful alternatives to the traditional "Sunday service" model in our country. Given that American Quakerism has had a similar decline in active membership, we will consider whether Evans' insights have something to teach us. Andy Miller will lead the discussion.
9:20--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House. All are welcome.