Bulletin 5-1-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin May 1, 2016

Queries for Fifth Month (May)on Participation in Meeting
● Do we participate as fully as we can in the Meeting community and accept our share of responsibility for carrying out its work?
● Do we widen our circle of friendship within the Meeting and welcome newcomers?
● How do we provide for family participation in Meeting activities?
● How do we order our time before Meeting for Worship so that we can come prepared with hearts and minds in a spirit of true devotion and living expectancy?
● Are Meetings for Business held in expectant waiting for the guidance of the Light? Do we seek the appropriate course of action in a spirit of love, understanding, and forbearance?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Please submit to the clerks at this address: pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Final request for Annual Reports! Please submit by email at pfmclerks.

Trillium Viewing: Sherwood Oaks friends invite us on Saturday, 4/30, at 2pm to view this year’s crop of rare trillium flowers, which should be at their height and share a period of worship in the outdoors. Friends should use parking lots H and I. Contact Jim Morgan (morganjj) if you can offer or need a ride.

No FDS on May 1st due to road closures caused by the Pittsburgh Marathon.

Saturday, May 21, 1 to 5 p.m.: It’s time for our Spring Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the coming warm months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. Snacks and beverages will be available all afternoon. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

On May 22nd, the FDS will plant flowers around the Meeting House. If you have a trowel or pair of small gloves you could share, please write your name on them and leave them on the front porch as you come in to 10:30 MfW that day. Don’t forget to pick them up on your way out.

Dinners for Eight will be Friday May 13th, Saturdays May 14th and 21st, and Sunday May 22nd. Sign-up sheets will be available at meeting until May 1st, or email your possible dates and whether or not you can host to morganjj.

Summer Child Care Volunteers Needed! Friends, are you thinking about volunteering for child care this summer? We need a number of volunteers to make sure that we can offer childcare for all our kids this summer. The new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances. In order to have the clearances completed in time, we need to start gathering clearances for summer childcare soon. Friends with questions about how to get their clearance to work with children should speak with Judy Hale Reed or Claire Cohen. Information about mandatory training for volunteers who work with children will be provided soon.

Quaker Community Fund: Please see our Meeting’s newsletter or talk with a member of our committee to learn more about the possibility of financial support toward participation in Quaker programming, such as summer camps for children, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, the FGC Gathering and spiritual formation. The application is due two months in advance and can be found at:. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf. It is helpful if you apply for funds early, even if it is before you register for the event. Members of QCF: Walter Mead, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig, Barry Beal, Dale Keairns, and Mary King

Ministry Resource: Most meetings have, at some point, gathered some language to help explain what happens in worship that leads to vocal ministry. How does what they say in Philly compare to what we say in Pittsburgh? Talk about it with a Friend! http://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice/friends-beliefs-and-practices/worship-and-the-meeting-for-worship/

June 5th- The FDS holds its Carnival and is in need of children’s and adult books to be used as prizes. If you have books to share, please leave them on the landing. Thank you.

Friends are reminded that the new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances and to report any alleged child abuse to ChildLine, 800-932-0313.

Library Book Sale ongoing! The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations:$.50 for a paperback, $1 for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

Regular Meeting Events

Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15

SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-977-3526 (cell) or 412-831-5677 (home), or Robert

4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

Parenting Creatively in a Quakerly Manner is a discussion series based on Quaker beliefs, testimonies and practices integrated with current developmental principles. For further information go to harriet.e.heath.

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

May 25th from 6 -8 pm: The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh welcomes you to become a Muslim Ally. Through its new and improved Diversity Training you will gain knowledge about how to interact with Muslims in America not only to ensure compatibility, but also to demonstrate solidarity. To register for “How to Be a Muslim Ally,” go to http://icpmuslimally.eventbrite.com.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 4-24-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin April 24, 2016

Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring
● Do we care for those around us?
● How do we show respect and consideration for all people, including those with whom we differ?
● When contentions arise, what steps do we take to address them speedily and in a spirit of love and respect? Do we avoid bearing grudges?
● Are we faithful in keeping promises and just and honorable in all our dealings?
● As individuals or as a Meeting, are we supportive of those who are experiencing major changes in their lives?
● In our close relationships, do we assume our share of responsibility for our own and each other’s welfare? Are we sensitive to the needs of the individuals affected by the relationship?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Please submit to the clerks at this new address: ​ pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

The Clerks need your annual report by ASAP! Please submit by email at pfmclerks​ .

Trillium Viewing: Sherwood Oaks friends invite us on Saturday, 4/30, ​ at 2pm to view this year’s crop of rare trillium flowers, which should be at their height and share a period of worship in the outdoors. Friends should use parking lots H and I. Contact Jim Morgan (morganjj) if ​ you can offer or need a ride.

Quaker Community Fund:​ Please see our Meeting’s newsletter or talk with a member of our committee to learn more about the possibility of financial support toward participation in Quaker programming, such as summer camps for children, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, the FGC Gathering and spiritual formation. The application is due two months in advance and can be found at:. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf​ . It is helpful if you apply for funds early, even if it is before you register for the event. Members of QCF: Walter Mead, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig, Barry Beal, Dale Keairns, and Mary King

April 24th, at rise of Meeting: The community will recognize our newest Members and those who have transferred from another Quaker Meeting to Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting. FDS is preparing hospitality and Clearness and Care assures us there will be a cake.

Saturday, April 30​,​ 5:30-­9p.m. Join The Friendly Folk Dancers at the Meetinghouse for a potluck, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a performance at 7:00 and then participation dancing for everyone. People of all ages are welcome to dance, so bring the children as well as the grandparents! Dance suites will symbolically unite cultures of the world that are or have been at war, focusing on the Middle East, the Hindu-­Moslem conflict, and others. Talk to FFD members Rosemary Coffey, Nancy James, or Barry Beal if you have any questions, and please let Rosemary (rosemarycoffey) know if you can host a dancer or two for the nights of Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30​ . Bring a friend or friends and show them that Quakers know how to have fun!

Summer Child Care Volunteers Needed! Friends, are you thinking about volunteering for child care this summer? We need a number of volunteers to make sure that we can offer childcare for all our kids this summer. The new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances. In order to have the clearances completed in time, we need to start gathering clearances for summer childcare soon. Friends with questions about how to get their clearance to work with children should speak with Judy Hale Reed or Claire Cohen. Information about mandatory training for volunteers who work with children will be provided soon.

Friends are reminded that the new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances and to report any alleged child abuse to ChildLine, 800-­932-­0313. May 25th from 6 ­8 pm: ​ The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh welcomes you to become a Muslim Ally​. Through its new and improved Diversity Training you will gain knowledge about how to interact with Muslims in America not only to ensure comfortability, but also to demonstrate solidarity. To register for ​“How to Be a Muslim Ally,”​ go to​ http://icpmuslimally.eventbrite.com​.

Interested in learning more about the ongoing conflict in Syria?​ Join the World Affairs Council and Ross Harrison, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University on​ April 25th, from 5:30-­7:00 pm​ at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty. https://www.worldpittsburgh.org/event/syria­where-­are-­we-­today-­how­-did­-we­-get­-there­-and­-where­-do-­we­-go-­from­-here/​. Members $20 and Non­members $25. Refreshments are included.

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, ​ h​ttp://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: ​ We are studying the ​ Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish.

First Sunday Letter Writing.​ Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. ​ Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day​, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e­mailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: ​Friends provide evening meal ​to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, Adult Education​ 12:15-­1:15

Third Sunday, 7:30-­8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: ​ Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412­-977-­3526 (cell) or 412-­831-­5677 (home), or Robert

4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. ​ For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724­-776-­8307).

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is ​CLOSED ​ on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

Parenting Creatively in a Quakerly Manner​ is a discussion series based on Quaker beliefs, testimonies and practices integrated with current developmental principles. For further information go to​ harriet.e.heath​ .

Dinners for Eight will be Friday May 13th, Saturdays May 14​th and 21st, and Sunday May 22nd​. Sign­up sheets will be available at meeting until May 1st, or email your possible dates and whether or not you can host to morganjj.

Ministry Resource​: Most meetings have, at some point, gathered some language to help explain what happens in worship that leads to vocal ministry. How does what they say in Philly compare to what we say in Pittsburgh? Talk about it with a Friend! http://www.pym.org/faith­and­practice/friends­beliefs­and­practices/worship­and­the­meeting­for­worship/

Saturday, May 21, 1 to 5 p.m.:​ It’s time for our Spring Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the coming warm months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. Snacks and beverages will be available all afternoon. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, April 24, following Hospitality.​ This new discussion group will meet in the Library to conclude our reading and consideration of Pendle Hill Pamphlet #387,​ Turnaround, ​ by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided. We will also decide upon the date and pamphlet for our next meeting. All are welcome to attend.

S​ave your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

Library Book Sale ongoing! ​ The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations: $.50 for a paperback, $1 for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 4/17/16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin April 17, 2016

Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring
*Do we care for those around us?
*How do we show respect and consideration for all people, including those with whom we differ?
*When contentions arise, what steps do we take to address them speedily and in a spirit of love and respect? Do we avoid bearing grudges?
*Are we faithful in keeping promises and just and honorable in all our dealings?
*As individuals or as a Meeting, are we supportive of those who are experiencing major changes in their lives?
*In our close relationships, do we assume our share of responsibility for our own and each other’s welfare? Are we sensitive to the needs of the individuals affected by the relationship?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Please submit to the clerks at this new address: pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

The Clerks need your annual report by April 15. Please submit by email at pfmclerks.

April 17 – Dan Kasztelan will be visiting us to share reflections on programmed Friends worship. Dan is a member of Pittsburgh Meeting and graduate of Earlham School of Religion. He has served as pastor at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, chaplin at Wilmington College and recently began a new position as Director of Communications at Friends United Meeting. Dan is also an independent documentary photographer. You can see some of his work here: https://websta.me/n/djkasztelan Sponsored by Ministry Committee.

April 23, 7-9 p.m.- Bonfire- First Day School invites all Friends to come spend time around the fire for singing and s’mores. Bring your instruments!

April 24th, At rise of Meeting-The community will recognize our newest Members and those who have transferred from another Quaker Meeting to Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting. Do you know who these folks are? FDS is preparing hospitality and Clearness and Care assures us there will be a cake.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, April 24, following Hospitality. This new discussion group will meet in the Library to conclude our reading and consideration of Pendle Hill Pamphlet #387, Turnaround by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided. We will also decide upon the date and pamphlet for our next meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 30, 5:30-9 p.m. Join The Friendly FolkDancers at the Meetinghouse for a potluck, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a performance at 7:00 and then participation dancing for everyone. People of all ages are welcome to dance, so bring the children as well as the grandparents! Dance suites will symbolically unite cultures of the world that are or have been at war, focusing on the Middle East, the Hindu-Moslem conflict, and others. Talk to FFD members Rosemary Coffey, Nancy James, or Barry Beal if you have any questions, and please let Rosemary (rosemarycoffey) know if you can host a dancer or two for the nights of Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Bring a friend or friends and show them that Quakers know how to have fun!

Dinners for Eight will be Friday May 13th, Saturdays May 14th and 21st, and Sunday May 22nd. Sign-up sheets will be available at meeting until May 1st, or email your possible dates and whether or not you can host to morganjj.

Saturday, May 21, 1 to 5 p.m.: It’s time for our Spring Work Party! Please join the House Committee and other F/friends to help spruce up the house and grounds for the coming warm months. There will be plenty to do, both inside and out. Snacks and beverages will be available all afternoon. Check with our House Manager, Tim Field, if you want to sign up for a particular job ahead of time. Come for an hour or the afternoon, work, have fun, and feel good! Your meetinghouse will thank you.

Library Book Sale ongoing! The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations:$.50 for a paperback, $1 for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you

Summer Child Care Volunteers Needed! Friends, are you thinking about volunteering for child care this summer? We need a number of volunteers to make sure that we can offer childcare for all our kids this summer. The new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances. In order to have the clearances completed in time, we need to start gathering clearances for summer childcare soon. Friends with questions about how to get their clearance to work with children should speak with Judy Hale Reed or Claire Cohen. Information about mandatory training for volunteers who work with children will be provided soon.

Speaking of Ministry resource: Most meetings have, at some point, gathered some language to help explain what happens in worship that leads to vocal ministry. How does what they say in Philly compare to what we say in Pittsburgh? Talk about it with a Friend! http://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice/friends-beliefs-and-practices/worship-and-the-meeting-for-worship/

Quaker Community Fund – Please see our Meeting’s newsletter or talk with a member of our committee to learn more about the possibility of financial support toward participation in Quaker programming, such as summer camps for children, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, the FGC Gathering and spiritual formation. The application is due two months in advance. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf It is helpful if you apply for funds early, even if it is before you register for the event. Members of QCF: Walter Mead, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig, Barry Beal, Dale Keairns, and Mary King

Friends are reminded that the new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances and to report any alleged child abuse to ChildLine, 800-932-0313

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-977-3526 (cell) or 412-831-5677 (home), or Robert

4th Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact. Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

White Privilege Conference: This is a large, well-established, national conference that is held in a different city every year. This year’s meeting in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17 is sponsored by many Quaker institutions. The conference has an impressive list of speakers and lots of workshops. Check it out: http://whiteprivilegeconference.com/

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 4-10-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin April 10, 2016

Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring
● Do we care for those around us?
● How do we show respect and consideration for all people, including those with whom we differ?
● When contentions arise, what steps do we take to address them speedily and in a spirit of love and respect? Do we avoid bearing grudges?
● Are we faithful in keeping promises and just and honorable in all our dealings?
● As individuals or as a Meeting, are we supportive of those who are experiencing major changes in their lives?
● In our close relationships, do we assume our share of responsibility for our own and each other’s welfare? Are we sensitive to the needs of the individuals affected by the relationship?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Please submit to the clerks at this new address: pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

The Clerks need your annual report by April 15. Please submit by email at pfmclerks.

April 17 – Dan Kasztelan will be visiting us to share reflections on programmed Friends worship. Dan is a member of Pittsburgh Meeting and graduate of Earlham School of Religion. He has served as pastor at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, chaplain at Wilmington College and recently began a new position as Director of Communications at Friends United Meeting. Dan is also an independent documentary photographer. You can see some of his work here: https://websta.me/n/djkasztelan. Sponsored by Ministry Committee.

April 24th, At rise of Meeting-The community will recognize our newest Members and those who have transferred from another Quaker Meeting to Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting. Do you know who these folks are? FDS is preparing hospitality and Clearness and Care assures us there will be a cake.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, April 24, following Hospitality. This new discussion group will meet in the Library to conclude our reading and consideration of Pendle Hill Pamphlet #387, Turnaround by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided. We will also decide upon the date and pamphlet for our next meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 30, 5:30-9 p.m. Join The Friendly FolkDancers at the Meetinghouse for a potluck, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a performance at 7:00 and then participation dancing for everyone. People of all ages are welcome to dance, so bring the children as well as the grandparents! Dance suites will symbolically unite cultures of the world that are or have been at war, focusing on the Middle East, the Hindu-Moslem conflict, and others. Talk to FFD members Rosemary Coffey, Nancy James, or Barry Beal if you have any questions, and please let Rosemary (rosemarycoffey) know if you can host a dancer or two for the nights of Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Bring a friend or friends and show them that Quakers know how to have fun!

Library Book Sale ongoing! The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations:$.50 for a paperback, $1 for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you.

Summer Child Care Volunteers Needed! Friends, are you thinking about volunteering for child care this summer? We need a number of volunteers to make sure that we can offer childcare for all our kids this summer. The new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances. In order to have the clearances completed in time, we need to start gathering clearances for summer childcare soon. Friends with questions about how to get their clearance to work with children should speak with Judy Hale Reed or Claire Cohen. Information about mandatory training for volunteers who work with children will be provided soon.

Speaking of Ministry resource: Most meetings have, at some point, gathered some language to help explain what happens in worship that leads to vocal ministry. How does what they say in Philly compare to what we say in Pittsburgh? Talk about it with a Friend! http://www.pym.org/faith-and-practice/friends-beliefs-and-practices/worship-and-the-meeting-for-worship/

Quaker Community Fund – Please see our Meeting’s newsletter or talk with a member of our committee to learn more about the possibility of financial support toward participation in Quaker programming, such as summer camps for children, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, the FGC Gathering and spiritual formation. The application is due two months in advance. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf It is helpful if you apply for funds early, even if it is before you register for the event. Members of QCF: Walter Mead, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig, Barry Beal, Dale Keairns, and Mary King

Friends are reminded that the new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances and to report any alleged child abuse to ChildLine, 800-932-0313.

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-977-3526 (cell) or 412-831-5677 (home), or Robert

4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

White Privilege Conference: This is a large, well-established, national conference that is held in a different city every year. This year’s meeting in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17 is sponsored by many Quaker institutions. The conference has an impressive list of speakers and lots of workshops. Check it out: http://whiteprivilegeconference.com/

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

Bulletin 4-3-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin April 3, 2016

Queries for Fourth Month (April) on Caring
● Do we care for those around us?
● How do we show respect and consideration for all people, including those with whom we differ?
● When contentions arise, what steps do we take to address them speedily and in a spirit of love and respect? Do we avoid bearing grudges?
● Are we faithful in keeping promises and just and honorable in all our dealings?
● As individuals or as a Meeting, are we supportive of those who are experiencing major changes in their lives?
● In our close relationships, do we assume our share of responsibility for our own and each other’s welfare? Are we sensitive to the needs of the individuals affected by the relationship?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Please submit to the clerks at this new address: ​pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Saturday Salon this Saturday! April 2, 7-­9 pm. ​ This evening of shared creative expression, sponsored by Library Committee, will begin with “20 Friendly Pieces” of poetry, prose or song presented by Pittsburgh Friends. Even more Friendly Pieces will follow in Open Mic after a refreshments break. ​Donations requested: stamps for letters in support of peace and social concerns, or non­perishable food items for the Food Pantry.

Sunday April 3rd, 12:15 to 1:45pm.​ : Jondhi Harrell, Executive Director of The Center for Returning Citizens will be speaking from his experience of being incarcerated, after Meeting for Worship. There will be child care.

April 5th at 7:00pm​ : Jondhi Harrell will be speaking at the University of Pittsburgh in Alcoa Room, University Of Pittsburgh Law Department ­ ​Do Black Lives Matter: The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Individuals and the Community.

April 17 ­ ​ Dan Kasztelan will be visiting us to share reflections on programmed Friends worship. Dan is a member of Pittsburgh Meeting and graduate of Earlham School of Religion. He has served as pastor at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, chaplain at Wilmington College and recently began a new position as Director of Communications at Friends United Meeting. Dan is also an independent documentary photographer. You can see some of his work here:​ https://websta.me/n/djkasztelan Sponsored by Ministry Committee.

Summer Child Care Volunteers Needed! Friends, are you thinking about volunteering for child care this summer? We need a number of volunteers to make sure that we can offer childcare for all our kids this summer. The new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires​ all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances. In order to have the clearances completed in time, we need to start gathering clearances for summer childcare soon. Friends with questions about how to get their clearance to work with children should speak with Judy Hale Reed or Claire Cohen. Information about mandatory training for volunteers who work with children will be provided soon.

Friends are reminded that the new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires​ all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances and to report any alleged child abuse to ChildLine, 800-932­-0313.

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, ​h​ttp://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: ​ We are studying the ​Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish.

First Sunday Letter Writing.​ Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. ​Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day​, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e­mailed to ​pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: ​Friends provide evening meal ​ to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, Adult Education​ ​ 12:15-­1:15

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: ​Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-­977-­3526 (cell) or 412-­831-­5677 (home), or Robert

4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. ​For more information, contact. Elinor Castle (724-­77-6­8307)

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED ​on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, April 24, following Hospitality. ​ This new discussion group will meet in the Library to conclude our reading and consideration of Pendle Hill Pamphlet #387, ​Turnaround ​by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided. We will also decide upon the date and pamphlet for our next meeting. All are welcome to attend.

White Privilege Conference:​ This is a large, well­established, national conference that is held in a different city every year. This year’s meeting in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17 is sponsored by many Quaker institutions. The conference has an impressive list of speakers and lots of workshops. Check it out: ​http://whiteprivilegeconference.com/

If yoga makes up even a part of your spiritual practice​, this month’s Speaking of Ministry resource may speak to you! Interested in what someone trained in Eastern spirituality has to say about the phenomenon of vocal ministry? Check it out: https://throughtheflamingsword.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/vocal­ministry­discernment/

Library Book Sale ongoing!​ The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations: $.50 for a paperback, $1 for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

​Quaker Community Fund ​ ­ Please see our Meeting’s newsletter or talk with a member of our committee to learn more about the possibility of financial support toward participation in Quaker programming, such as summer camps for children, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, the FGC Gathering and spiritual formation. The application is due two months in advance. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf
It is helpful if you apply for funds early, even if it is before you register for the event. Members of QCF: Walter Mead, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig, Barry Beal, Dale Keairns, and Mary King.

S​ave your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

PFM bulletin 3-27-16

Announcement:
Friends, No one volunteered to host hospitality for this week, March 27. Please bring ready to serve finger food items to share. Members of hospitality committee and some FDS students will be available to set up the serving table, but will not be able to do any preparation. Fruit and vegetables should be washed and cut up. Likewise, bread and cheese should be ready to be placed on platters and served. Please do not bring items that need to be cooked or kept warm. Thank you for contributing to making our worship time a warm and welcoming experience.

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin March 27, 2016

Queries for Third Month (March) on Stewardship
*Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
*What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?
*Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generations?
*How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?
*Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share with others?
*Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us? How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Please submit to the clerks at this new address: pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Seed-starting workshop Sunday, March 27th from 12-2pm, : Join the Adult Young Friends! Materials for seed cups, soil, and a modest offering of seeds will be available. Please bring your own seeds that you wish to plant if you have specific preferences. Location will be on the back porch if the weather permits. Otherwise, we will meet on the front porch. See you then!

Saturday Salon this Saturday! April 2, 7-9 pm. This evening of shared creative expression, sponsored by Library Committee, will begin with “20 Friendly Pieces” of poetry, prose or song presented by Pittsburgh Friends. Even more Friendly Pieces will follow in Open Mic after a refreshments break. Donations requested: stamps for letters in support of peace and social concerns, or non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry.

Sunday April 3rd, 12:15 to 1:45pm.: Jondhi Harrell, Executive Director of The Center for Returning Citizens will be speaking from his experience of being incarcerated, after Meeting for Worship. There will be child care.

April 5th at 7:00pm: Jondhi Harrell will be speaking at the University of Pittsburgh in Alcoa Room, University Of Pittsburgh Law Department – Do Black Lives Matter: The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Individuals and the Community.

April 17 – Dan Kasztelan will be visiting us to share reflections on programmed Friends worship. Dan is a member of Pittsburgh Meeting and graduate of Earlham School of Religion. He has served as pastor at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, chaplin at Wilmington College and recently began a new position as Director of Communications at Friends United Meeting. Dan is also an independent documentary photographer. You can see some of his work here: https://websta.me/n/djkasztelan Sponsored by Ministry Committee.

Quaker Community Fund – Please see our Meeting’s newsletter or talk with a member of our committee to learn more about the possibility of financial support toward participation in Quaker programming, such as summer camps for children, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, the FGC Gathering and spiritual formation. The application is due two months in advance. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf It is helpful if you apply for funds early, even if it is before you register for the event. Members of QCF: Walter Mead, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig, Barry Beal, Dale Keairns, and Mary King

Friends are reminded that the new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances and to report any alleged child abuse to ChildLine, 800-932-0313.

Summer Child Care Volunteers Needed! Friends, are you thinking about volunteering for child care this summer? We need a number of volunteers to make sure that we can offer childcare for all our kids this summer. The new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires all people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances. In order to have the clearances completed in time, we need to start gathering clearances for summer childcare soon. Friends with questions about how to get their clearance to work with children should speak with Judy Hale Reed or Claire Cohen. Information about mandatory training for volunteers who work with children will be provided soon.

Pamphlets & Pastries: Sunday, April 24, following Hospitality. This new discussion group will meet in the Library to conclude our reading and consideration of Pendle Hill Pamphlet #387, Turnaround by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be provided. We will also decide upon the date and pamphlet for our next meeting. All are welcome to attend.

If yoga makes up even a part of your spiritual practice, this month’s Speaking of Ministry resource may speak to you! Interested in what someone trained in Eastern spirituality has to say about the phenomenon of vocal ministry? Check it out: https://throughtheflamingsword.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/vocal-ministry-discernment/

Library Book Sale ongoing! The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations:$.50 for a paperback, $1 for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish.

First Sunday Letter Writing. Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e-mailed to pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group. All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, Adult Education 12:15-1:15

Third Sunday, 7:30-8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-977-3526 (cell) or 412-831-5677 (home), or Robert

4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact. Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is CLOSED on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

White Privilege Conference: This is a large, well-established, national conference that is held in a different city every year. This year’s meeting in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17 is sponsored by many Quaker institutions. The conference has an impressive list of speakers and lots of workshops. Check it out: http://whiteprivilegeconference.com/

Save your stamps! Save the world! Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck

3-20-16

Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh

4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin March 20, 2016

Queries for Third Month (March) on Stewardship
● Do we revere life and the splendor of the universe and act as stewards of God’s continuing creation?
● What are we doing to conserve natural resources and use them wisely?
● Are we sensitive to the effect of our actions on future generations?
● How can we best preserve an environment in which diverse species can flourish?
● Are we exercising stewardship of our financial resources so that we can share with others?
● Are we taking good care of Meeting property for ourselves and those who will come after us? How do we use Meeting property to witness to our testimonies?

Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Please submit to the clerks at this new address: ​pfmclerks

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Potluck and Presentation: ​The FGC Nurturing Ministries Committee will be holding their Spring Meeting here from Thursday, March 17-­Saturday March 19th. There will be a Potluck Supper on Saturday evening at 6:00 so that you may get to know and interact in a meaningful way with the committee. Following the Potluck at 7:30 the committee will be presenting a program which explores Engaging Young People in the Spiritual Life of the Meeting and exercises that other Friends have found useful in engaging young friends. We hope you will bring your favorite covered dish and join us on Saturday evening.

Ministry Committee Discussion for March ​Ministry Committee will be sponsoring a discussion after worship on March 20 addressing the question “What role do religious/spiritual texts have in your Quaker practice?” Participants are encouraged to bring a sample of their favorite text to share.

If yoga makes up even a part of your spiritual practice​, this month’s Speaking of Ministry resource may speak to you! Interested in what someone trained in Eastern spirituality has to say about the phenomenon of vocal ministry? Check it out: https://throughtheflamingsword.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/vocal­ministry­discernment/

Seed­starting workshop: ​Join the Adult Young Friends on Sunday, March 27th from 12-­2pm for a seed­starting workshop. Materials for seed cups, soil, and a modest offering of seeds will be available. Please bring your own seeds that you wish to plant if you have specific preferences. Location will be on the back porch if the weather permits. Otherwise, we will meet on the front porch. See you then!

Sunday April 3rd, 12:15 to 1:45pm.​: Jondhi Harrell, Executive Director of The Center for Returning Citizens will be speaking from his experience of being incarcerated, after Meeting for Worship. There will be child care.

April 5th at 7:00pm​: Jondhi Harrell will be speaking at the University of Pittsburgh in Alcoa Room, University Of Pittsburgh Law Department. ­ ​Do Black Lives Matter: The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Individuals and the Community.

April 17 ­ ​Dan Kasztelan will be visiting us to share reflections on programmed Friends worship. Dan is a member of Pittsburgh Meeting and graduate of Earlham School of Religion. He has served as pastor at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, chaplain at Wilmington College and recently began a new position as Director of Communications at Friends United Meeting. Dan is also an independent documentary photographer. You can see some of his work here: ​https://websta.me/n/djkasztelan Sponsored by Ministry Committee.

Quaker Community Fund ​­ Please see our Meeting’s newsletter or talk with a member of our committee to learn more about the possibility of financial support toward participation in Quaker programming, such as summer camps for children, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, the FGC Gathering and spiritual formation. The application is due two months in advance. http://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/QCF_Forms.pdf​ It is helpful if you apply for funds early, even if it is before you register for the event. Members of QCF: Walter Mead, Claire Cohen, Scilla Wahrhaftig, Barry Beal, Dale Keairns, and Mary King

Summer Child Care Volunteers Needed! ​ Friends, are you thinking about volunteering for child care this summer? We need a number of volunteers to make sure that we can offer childcare for all our kids this summer. The new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires​ all​ people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances. In order to have the clearances completed in time, we need to start gathering clearances for summer childcare soon. Friends with questions about how to get their clearance to work with children should speak with Judy Hale Reed or Claire Cohen. Information about mandatory training for volunteers who work with children will be provided soon.

Friends are reminded that the new 2014 Pennsylvania Child Protection law requires ​ all​ people who work with children in a paid or volunteer capacity to obtain state clearances and to report any alleged child abuse to ChildLine, ​800­-932-­0313​ .

Saturday Salon: “20 Friendly Pieces,” April 2, 7­9 pm. ​Library Committee invites you to our next Evening of Shared Creative Expression. In honor of the 20th anniversary of April “Poetry Month,” 20 short pieces—prose and music as well as poetry—will be presented by several Pittsburgh Friends. Following refreshments, others may share their work in “Open Mic.” (Contact Barra Jacob-­McDowell, barrabard or 412-­389-­3910, if you wish to participate in Open Mic.) Suggested donation: non­perishable food items or stamps for letter­writing in support of peace and social concerns.

Library Book Sale ongoing! ​The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations:$.50 for a paperback, $1 for a hardcover book or a CD. Please use one of the envelopes provided, put money inside and deposit envelope in the contribution box on the wall outside the library. All proceeds go to PFM General Fund. Thank you!

Regular Meeting Events
Pittsburgh Friends Meeting’s calendar is available at our homepage, ​ h​ttp://www.quaker.org/pghpamm/index.html

First Sunday, 12:15 Bible Study: ​We are studying the ​Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, maryjparish.

First Sunday Letter Writing.​ Write to your elected officials on local and national issues. In Library following MfW.

Second Sunday, 12:15 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.​ Attending MfB connects us to the community and to our underlying beliefs as Friends. ​Items for the next month’s Newsletter are due this day​, except MfB minutes and emergency items which may be e­mailed to ​pfmnews

Second Monday EECM Shelter Meal: ​Friends provide evening meal ​to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (waltermead or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.

Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM Friendly Spiritual Healing Group.​ All are welcome. For more information, or to be held in the Light, see Dolores Avner, Pat Buddemeyer, Von Keairns, Nancy James, or Pat May.

Third Sunday, Adult Education​ ​ 12:15­-1:15

Third Sunday, 7:30-­8:30 PM Friends in the South Hills: ​Meeting for Worship at Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Lebanon (1240 Washington Rd.). Contact person: Robert Sterbal, 412-­977-­3526 (cell) or 412-­831-­5677 (home), or Robert

2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. ​For more information, contact. Elinor Castle (724-­776-­8307)

When scheduling meetings and other events, please keep in mind that the Meeting House is ​ CLOSED ​ on Mondays until 5 pm and all day and evening on Fridays.

Friday, March 25 at 10 AM ­ "Good Friday Way of the Cross, Way of Compassion,"​ a public procession of prayer through Wilkinsburg. Begins at 10 AM at St James Roman Catholic Church (718 Franklin Avenue) and ends at 11:30 AM at the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg (748 Wallace Avenue across from Wilkinsburg High School). Sponsored by Pax Christi, St James RC Church, and Sanctuary Project of Wilkinsburg.

White Privilege Conference: ​This is a large, well­established, national conference that is held in a different city every year. This year’s meeting in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 14 – Sunday, April 17 is sponsored by many Quaker institutions. The conference has an impressive list of speakers and lots of workshops. Check it out: ​http://whiteprivilegeconference.com/

S​ave your stamps! Save the world!​ Or at least a teensy bit of it. Please help Right Sharing of World Resources fund microloans to women in developing countries. RSWR has turned used stamps into $50,000 over the years. Deposit used stamps in the orange box by the front door.

Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck