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 Sunday, Oct. 4, Adult First Day School will host the Seekers Gathering.  This is an opportunity for anyone in attendance to ask a question about Friends' faith and practice, or share an experience or thought about 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. 
 
 

Posted on 10/1/2015 by Mark Herranen

 At Miller Outdoor Theater:  As the grand finale to Mahatma Gandhi Week, 1000 Lights for Peace features a multi-cultural, international dance and music show by children. The program starts with a 5K Walk for Peace In collaboration with more than 75 organizations, Mahatma Gandhi Week (MG Week) is celebrated each year around October 2nd, his birthday. The week is actually a one month period of activities including essay, speech, poster, and debate contests, field trips, storytelling, and other activities with the simple aim of involving youth in understanding the work of Mahatma Gandhi. 
Assemble at Jones Plaza 5:45 PM; Walk starts at 6:00 sharp.  After returning to Jones Plaza, awards ceremony and international festival of music and dance begins at 7 PM and will run till about 9 PM. Please register at the Mahatma Gandhi website or arrive early at the registration desk on Jones Plaza (from 3:30 on).
 

Posted on 9/30/2015 by Kimberly Nelson

 Sunday, Sept. 27 Adult First Day School will begin a monthly study of Douglas Gwyn's book "A Sustainable Life."  If you ordered a book you can pick it up Sunday from Leada Dietz, who ordered the books.  Please reimburse Leada for your book ($14).
Gwyn is a well-known contemporary Quaker author.  "A Sustainable Life" is about integrating our faith and practice into a sustainable life on earth.  For more information see https://www.quakerbooks.org/book/sustainable-life.
9:20--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House.  All are welcome to attend.

Posted on 9/23/2015 by Mark Herranen

 Sunday, Sept. 13, Adult First Day School will host the Seekers gathering.  This is an opportunity for anyone in attendance to ask a question about Quaker faith and practice, and 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.
 
 
 
 
 

Posted on 9/12/2015 by Mark Herranen

There were will be a special presentation and craft sale on Wed, Sept 9, 7:00 pm, in the Meetinghouse: Listening and Working with Nicaragua's Poor.  Speaker Sarah Junkin Woodard comes to us from the Center for Development in Central America, which has worked for economic development in Nicaragua for more than two decades.  There will also be a presentation of native crafts with sales benefitting this non-profit organization. The CDCA helps communities become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities.  Come walk with the poor.

Posted on 9/2/2015 by Kimberly Nelson

 To order the book A Sustainable Life for the monthly worship sharing (see previous announcement dated 08-30-15), contact Leada Dietz at leadadietz@epix.net.
For more information on the book and the author, see https://www.quakerbooks.org/book/sustainable-life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Posted on 8/31/2015 by Mark Herranen

 Sunday, Sept. 27 Adult First Day School will begin a monthy worship sharing on Douglas Gwyn's book "A Sustainable Life."  Leada Dietz will lead this discussion of one chapter a month, on the fourth Sunday of each month.  You may place an order for the book with Leada (cost $14.95).  Please do so by Sept. 10 so that the books will arrive from Quakerbooks before the 27th.  
Leada found that "reading and worship sharing on this book was a deeply enriching experience for a group of Friends in York" who were attempting to live in harmony with Nature and each other.  The author of the book, Douglas Gwyn, states that "this little book has been an attempt to reframe all of our Quaker faith and practice in terms of sustainability" for life on earth.
Adult First Day meets from 9:20--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House.  All are welcome
 

Posted on 8/30/2015 by Mark Herranen

 Sunday, August 23, 2015 Adult First Day School will host a discussion on the above question.  We will explore the ideas in Ben Pink Dandelion's 2014 Swarthmore lecture Open for Transformation: Being a Quaker.  Dandelion is a contemporary English Quaker academic and author who has written numerous books on Quaker history and theology, and lectured around the world on Quaker topics.  Mark Herranen will lead the discussion.
9:20--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House.  All are welcome.
 

Posted on 8/21/2015 by Mark Herranen

This Sunday, Aug. 2, Adult First Day School will host a presentation about the Ifa religion.  Dr. Wasiu Odufisan will inform us about how this religion is practiced and will discuss its underlying philosophy that is so effective in helping others and teaching people how to live in harmony.    Wasiu was largey raised by his maternal grandfather who was a famous Ifa priest in Nigeria.
To complement your Yoruba cultural experience Wasiu will bring a delicious traditional Yoruba snack of Egusi stew and pound yam for attenders to take home.
9:20--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House.  All are welcome. 
 

Posted on 7/30/2015 by Mark Herranen

 Sunday, July 26, Adult First Day School will host a presentation on entitlement by George Baker.
 In the Quaker tradition, equality is a fundamental principle of its social teachings and theology.  Men and women are equal before God, and equal before each other as children of God.  Such a belief is at the heart of the radical simplicity that has marked the social customs, architecture and (in earlier centuries) dress of Friends.  That said, to live the principle of equality is to overcome barriers of wealth, education, race, gender, age, faith, physical appearance, sexual orientation, accent, and dozens of other ways to discriminate.  One way to refer to such barriers is to think of each as a personal entitlement, most of which are so much a part of mainstream culture as to be invisible.  Entitlement is the way prejudice is experienced.  The first action that is possible is to bring these prejudices/entitlements into conscious awareness.  We will explore these topics on Sunday, 9:20--10:20 a.m. in The Meeting House.  All are welcome.
 

Posted on 7/23/2015 by Mark Herranen