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Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin January 31, 2016

Queries for First Month (January) on Justice and Equality
– Do we answer that of God in every person?

– Do we look for opportunities to establish personal and professional relationships with people of different class, race, gender, age, or sexual orientation?

- Do we avoid stereotyping people?
– In what ways do we work to change our society so that it provides equal opportunities for everyone?
– What are we doing to remove the institutional causes of suffering and want?
– Do we help to care for those in need?
– Are we working to end the death penalty?
– What are we doing to humanize the treatment and care of people in institutions?

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

Library Committee invites you to the first meeting of “Pamphlets & Pastries” for discussion of a Pendle Hill Pamphlet on Sunday, January 31, at 12:15 pm. We will read together and share thoughts about Turnaround: Growing a Twenty-First Century Religious Society by Benjamin Lloyd. Copies of the pamphlet will be available. All are welcome.

February 14 is a Sunday! You know that John Woolman said "Love was the first motion…", but did you know that he also said "therefore take up scissors and paste, and make ye greeting cards for Friends in your meeting houses to illustrate the gladsome yoke of your fellowship"? Well, actually, he didn’t say that, but we’re going to do it anyway. You’re invited to enter your name in a random drawing to both make and receive a simple valentine greeting – a picture, a prayer, a favorite quote or poem. The drawing will be on the 31st – enough time to gather a little knowledge about your person, if necessary – and cards can either be mailed or brought to meeting on the appropriate day. We encourage people to keep their assigned person a secret until at least the 14th. Interested in participating? Give your name to Susan Loucks in person or by email (susanloucks).

Speaking of Ministry: Ministry committee is interested in fostering ongoing learning and curious conversations about vocal ministry – both in theory and in practice. As one part of this, we’re going to be introducing different resources over the course of the year and creating both on-line and in-person spaces for discussion about the resources. Our inaugural resource is this FGC video (url below). What do you think? Ministry committee is interested. Talk to a Friend! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-r97fEzGE2T8B5F9asWa6x8IyQ8rRSZr

Volunteer opportunity for Buddhists and meditators: The Stillworkers are a non-sectarian Pittsburgh-based group of engaged dharma practitioners whose main focus at this time is bringing Buddhism and meditation to inmates at the Allegheny County Jail. We offer both Buddhist and secular meditation practices to inmates, and teach a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence curriculum in the HOPE pre-release program. If you are interested or think you might be interested in taking your practice into the jail with us, we want to meet you. You are cordially invited to a meeting on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Shambhala Meditation Center of Pittsburgh, 733 North Highland Ave (rear carriage house), Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

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, 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

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.

Library Book Sale ongoing! The yellow cart holding books for sale is now in the foyer. Suggested minimum donations: 50 cents for a paperback, one dollar 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

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