Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin: January 28, 2018
|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 items for the bulletin and/or the Facebook page to the clerks at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Today at 12:15 in the Library: Pamphlets & Pastries meets to continue reading and discussing Jerry Knutson’s Pendle Hill pamphlet 443, “Individual Spiritual Discernment: Receiving, Testing and Implementing Leadings from a Higher Power.” Copies will be available, and of course, tasty pastries to enjoy. All are welcome.
Nominating will continue introducing the Meeting’s committees this coming Sunday, January 28, with representatives from Archives, Clearness and Care and Communications. The representatives will be available after Meeting for Worship to inform those interested, about the nature of their committees and to answer questions.
Monday, Jan. 29, 7:15 p.m.: Discussion group on Non-Theism among Friends. Bring your questions, share your stories, listen and learn! All are invited to come.
Working Group Against Racism (WGAR): Our monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 30th at the Meetinghouse from 7:00 – 8:30. The primary item on the agenda will be a discussion of the panel, “Moving Beyond White Guilt to Insight, Empathy, and … Action,” which we co-sponsored with the Wrestling with Racism Group at the Summit Against Racism. The Summit was wonderful and our panel was very well-attended, and in the Spirit and energy of that positive experience, we will now identify how we will integrate what we learned into our existing work. Whether or not you attended the Summit or our panel, all members and attenders of Pittsburgh Friends Meeting are welcome! For questions or additional information, please contact the convener of WGAR, Mary Parish at email@example.com.
Love your Meeting! Valentine’s day is coming and so is our annual valentine swap. Participants will be matched randomly with each other – if you don’t know the person, it’s a great opportunity to collect some information on the sly! Everyone will prepare a card, poem, prayer, or other zero-cost token for their buddy, and exchange it by the 14th. Write to Susan (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 31 to be part of the fun.
From the ad hoc Committee to Update our Faith and Practice: We are seeking your feedback. You can find both the draft of the 2018 update and the current (2007) version at: http://pghpamm.quaker.org/paper.html
We are also placing hard copies of these documents in the Meeting library. Please forward your suggested changes to Asghar Aghbar (email@example.com) or Rosemary Coffey (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb 4, one week before the February Meeting for Business. Thank you!
PFM will host the spring meeting of the nominating committee of our national organization, Friend’s General Conference (FGC), over the weekend of March 2. We are looking for hosts to provide sleeping arrangements and/or transportation for up to 9 out-of-towners. If you are able to help, please contact Cynthia Magistro (email@example.com
Dinners for 8 Signup Deadline Feb 11th at meeting. Come break bread with new friends and old with a potluck dinner for Eight. We offer both Friday and Sunday options along with two Saturday possibilities: Friday Feb 23rd, Saturday Feb 24th, Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th. The signup sheet will be available after meeting through Feb 11th. Mark the evenings you are available, and whether or not you can host. We will form groups of eight based on availability, and give the host the date and contact information to form the group.
Supporting Faithfulness: A Day-Long Workshop Facilitated by Marcelle Martin on Saturday, February 17, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Do you want companionship and support to clarify the ways you’re called to be faithful in your daily life, in your leadings, and in the meeting? Come learn and practice ways to support one another to attend more deeply to Spirit and the promptings of Truth and Love. Marcelle Martin, a member of Swarthmore Meeting, is the author of Our Life is Love: the Quaker Spiritual Journey. For over twenty years, she has been leading workshops at retreat centers and Quaker meetings. Visit her website at awholeheart.com.
Save the Dates: In response to many requests, on March 4th Ministry Committee will hold a workshop on “The Quaker Way.” The content will be of interest to all—particularly those who are new to Quaker worship. It will run from 12:30 until 3:00, facilitated by Evan Pence and Susan Loucks. A simple lunch will be offered at rise of meeting. An update on the availability of childcare will follow shortly. In addition, Ministry Committee will hold its Second Conversation on Compassion on February 18th from 12:15 – 1:30. The topic will be self-compassion, and Barry Beal and Mary Parish will facilitate the discussion. Queries will be available soon. If you would like to attend the Self-Compassion Conversation and require childcare, please email Mary Parish (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb 14.
Donations to Building Spiritual Space – The Charles Schwab account for receiving stock is active. Friends wanting to give stock as their gift to the Building Spiritual Space campaign can contact Treasurer, Eric Starbuck or Asst. Treasurer, Phoebe Irwin for more information.
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.
The House Manager’s email is: email@example.com
YOUNG FRIENDS: FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend March 17-20 Washington DC. Hundreds of young Friends will gather to learn how to become change makers. The main focus will be on Immigration. Hear from policy experts, lobby 3 members of Congress and practice advocacy techniques. More information: fcnl.org/slw
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|First Sunday||Letter Writing Write to your elected officials on local & national issues. In Library following MfW.|
|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 email@example.com|
|Second Monday||EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.|
|Second Wednesday||Friendly Lunch in Oakland 12:00 at the Panera on the corner of Halket and the Blvd of the Allies. Contact Debby Hollingshead for more info.|
|3rd 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|
|Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle (724-776-8307)|
Workshops on Compassion: A series of workshops on Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” will be held at Winchester-Thurston School from 1-5 pm over three Sundays: March 11, March 25, and April 8. The cost is $105, but some scholarships are available. More information is available at www.compassionatepittsburgh.org/upcomingevents.
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.
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