Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: September 27, 2015
Queries for Ninth Month (September on Children)
● Do we respect the dignity of our children?
● Are we helping our children to recognize and respond to the Light in themselves and others?
● How do our lives exemplify peace and caring? Do we encourage children to live simply, nonviolently, and with a concern for others, despite temptations from peers, the media, and society?
● Do we listen to our children so that they learn to value their inner life and strength? Do we continue to love and support them when their actions hurt or grieve us?
● Are we involved in the support, care, and religious education of the Meeting’s children? In the First Day School, are we teaching them about the history and practices of Friends and the application of Friends’ beliefs to everyday life? Do we teach them about the Bible and about other faiths?
● What are we doing to improve the quality of education in the public schools? In what ways are we seeking to meet other needs of children in our communities?
Announcements and Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 1, 7:00pm: Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild present David and Goliath: The Marshall Islands Take on the Nuclear Powers. Speakers include John Burroughs, co-counsel of the suit filed against the US Federal Court and International Court of Justice. Free and open to public at Pitt Law School Alcoa Room. See rememberinghiroshima.org for details.
Saturday Salon: At 7 pm Saturday, October 3, the Library Committee will again offer “An Evening of Shared Creative Expression” in the parlor. Featured will be storyteller Barra the Bard (Barra Jacob-McDowell) and the Harmony Singers (of Sunday morning fame). The second half of the program will be “Open Mic.” In cooperation with Peace & Social Concerns Committee, donations of stamps, non-perishable food items, or warm hats, gloves, or scarves are requested. For more information, including participation in Open Mic, see the flyers available on the table in the parlor, or contact Nancy James, nancyejames or 412-361-1901.
TORTURE BY ANY OTHER NAME…Solitary Confinement: The Immoral Treatment of Prisoners in America’s Prison System, October 3rd 6:00pm at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Refreshments followed by a talk by Ron Stief, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and Shandre Delaney, whose son Carrington Keys was held in solitary for over 9 years.
October 4th is World Quaker Day. Friends World Committee for Consultation is calling Quakers from every branch all over the globe to celebrate. World Quaker Day is a time for Quaker Churches and Meetings to remember our shared history and traditions and unite in prayer and thanksgiving for the wider Society of Friends. Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting invites all members and attenders to join us at 12:15 on October 4th for a Worship Sharing that considers what it means to be a member of the worldwide Religious Society of Friends and to discover how we are called to transformation in our lives and for the world. Questions? Please contact the clerks. Child care will be available.
Sherwood Oaks is now holding a Worship Service on both the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 10:30 in the Chapel.
Because of the World Quaker Day worship sharing, Bible Study will be cancelled for October. We’ll see you in November as we continue to explore the compelling story of Esther.
First Day School requests donations of picture books; simple puzzles that are preferably wooden and have less than 36 pieces; old clothes for dress-up; duplos or other building materials that are too large to swallow; dolls; and a toy doctor’s kit for the preschool room. If you have any of these items, please give them to Claire Cohen or leave them in the box on the landing. Thank you! Questions? See Claire Cohen.
Retreat Opportunities: Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring four retreat opportunities in the next few months
• "Spiritual Autobiography: The Soul’s Story" October 9-11, 2015. Facilitated by Susan Yanos http://leym.org/2015/09/21/spiritual-autobiography-retreat-october-9-11-2015-friends-center-of-ohioyearly-meeting/
• “Faithfulness” November 13-15, 2015. Facilitated by Marcelle Martin http://leym.org/2015/09/05/retreat-on-faithfulness-november-13-15-2015-friends-center-of-ohio-yearlymeeting/
• “Hearing the Call, and Living in It: Travel in the Ministry” March 18-20, 2016. Facilitated by Brian Drayton and Noah Baker Merrill http://leym.org/1916/01/05/travel-in-the-ministry-retreat-march-18-20-2016-friends-center-of-ohioyearly-meeting/
• "The Discerning Community: Recovering our Tradition of Communal Discernment" May 13-15, 2016. Facilitated by Herb Lape. http://leym.org/1916/03/01/the-discerning-community-retreat-may-13-15-2016-friends-center-of-ohioyearly-meeting/
Food & Justice Retreat Oct. 8, 2015 at Michigan Friends Center: Join us for a special Food & Justice program with Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:00 pm. The evening will kick off with a guest speaker and include interactive discussion and specific calls to action for individuals and groups. At Michigan Friends Center in Chelsea, ICPJ will focus on why the food we waste (both personally and institutionally) is a climate problem and what we might be able to do to help solve the problem. http://leym.org/2015/09/21/food-justice-retreat-oct-8-2015-at-michigan-friends-center/
News of Fall Gathering 2015: Typical of Quaker process, registration for Fall Gathering 2015 dragged on interminably. Despite the slow start, we had a great turnout! Vonn New came all the way from Bullshead Oswego Meeting in the Hudson Valley to open us to new expressions of worship and led the Young Friends in a wonderful "jam session" and musical interpretation of Psalm 150 (Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord). Camp Crestfield was wonderfully hospitable, providing great meals with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Though the weather was not exactly what we ordered, the camp staff adapted by switching the planned high ropes course (not advisable in lightning storms) to the indoor climbing wall where many were challenged to reach impressive physical, and perhaps spiritual heights. Community building through small-group sharing, an impressive talent show, and inter-generational activities highlighted the weekend.
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 Esther. 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 Men’s Shelter: Friends provide evening meal to approx.30 homeless men. 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, 12:15-1:15 Adult Education
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
Fourth Sunday, 10:30 AM Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Rusty Sweitzer or Ralph Peabody.
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.
Friends are reminded that the deadline for submission to the Bulletin is Wednesday at noon. Thank you.
Hoping for Light, Eric Starbuck