Religious Society of Friends of Pittsburgh
4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Weekly Bulletin October 21, 2018
|Queries for Tenth Month (October) on Home Life
● Do we endeavor to make home a place of friendship, peace, love, and refreshment of the spirit? How do we use our shared time to nurture that of God in each of us?
● In what ways do we make our homes places of spiritual and religious growth?
● Do we share our religious insights with those we love?
● Do we respect the needs for intimacy or separateness of those with whom we live?
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: email@example.com
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Collaboration and Visioning Meeting Tues. Oct. 23: Potluck will begin at 5:30 with meeting starting at 6:15 and ending at 8:30. All are welcome for an evening of information sharing from committees and exploring opportunities to work together! If you need child care, please contact Kathie by Sunday Oct. 18.
The EarthCare Working Group will meet at 6 pm on Sunday, October 21st, at the Meeting House. All are welcome. We’re planning a challenge to reduce our consumption of Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) and a meeting for worship with attention to earth care. Join us if you can.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:15 p.m.: The Nontheism Group meets to talk about the intersection of nontheism and Quakerism. All are welcome to join in and contribute to the discussion! Contact Rosemary Coffey (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 412-682-0296) if you have questions.
Guns in Public Schools: Your voice and presence are needed at the school board meeting on October 22nd. If you are a resident/taxpayer in the city, you have the right to speak. Requests to speak at the public hearing will be accepted beginning Beginning Monday 10/15 until noon of the day of the hearing. Call 412-529-3868 to register. In addition, please contact the School Board Directors leaning toward allowing guns in schools: Terry Kennedy, Cynthia Falls, Veronica Edwards, and Sylvia Wilson, who is currently on the fence, and encourage those who are against taking this action to stay strong. Reminder, all city residents and taxpayers have the right to have their voices heard!
November Dinners for Eight Sign Up – Join a Dinner for Eight to meet and get to know other friends. The four dates for the dinners, 11/3, 11/4, 11/9 and 11/10. Sign up for the evenings you would be available and whether or not you can host a dinner. The committee will form the groups and give the host of each group the date and contact information for the group. Sign-up sheets will be available after meeting until October 21st.
EarthCare Working Group: Sign up to attend the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light annual conference, “Facing the Climate Crisis: Called to Save Our Sacred Common Home,” Sat. Oct. 27th with Wanda Guthrie at go to http://paipl.us/what-do-we-do/annual-meeting/
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Working Group Against Racism Community Read on October 28 at 12:15: In 1979, the brilliant Black lesbian poet and scholar, Audre Lorde, wrote about the separation within feminism between middle-class white women and older, Black, poor, and lesbian women, “Without community there is no liberation … [we must] learn how to take our differences and make them strengths … For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They … will never enable us to bring about genuine change.” All are welcome to join us to read together and discuss the essay “History as a Weapon”, a call for unity with and among those who are considered “other” that continues to resonate across generations. Please talk with or email Mary Parish (email@example.com) if you have questions.
Sunday, October 28, 5:30 PM: Celebration potluck to bid farewell to Scilla and Paul Wahrhaftig and Dolores and David Avner, who will be moving to Ohio and Arizona, respectively. Food will be served at 6:00.
Sarah Bowen-Salio is looking for a babysitter for her two-year-old son at their home, 3-4 hours during some weekends and weeknights. It is preferable that the babysitter be trained/certified in infant/child cpr and have clearances. Please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.
Regular Meeting Events
|The Pittsburgh Friends Meeting calendar is available online at https://teamup.com/ks9jgbigvru2f2q9or|
|1st Sunday 12:15||Bible Study: We are studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Mary Parish, email@example.com.|
|1st Sunday||Letter Writing Write to your elected officials on local & national issues in Library following MfW.|
|Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business. Attending 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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|2nd Monday||EECM Shelter Meal: Friends provide evening meal to approximately 30 people. Contact Walter Mead (email@example.com or 412.856.0195) if you would like to join other Friends in this effort. Volunteers needed.|
|2nd 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.|
|2nd Thurs. 2-4pm||Writer’s Group – Share your writing with others for comments, not criticism. Contact Barra Jacob-McDowell for more information.|
|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.|
|3rd Sunday||Adult Education 12:15-1:15|
|Meeting for Worship at Sherwood Oaks, Cranberry Twp. For more information, contact Elinor Castle
(724-776-8307). Friends are needed to attend. Contact a member of Outreach for more info.
|Mid-Week Meeting – Join us in the Fell Room for silent worship.|
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Call to Action–Guns in Pittsburgh Public Schools
A Call to Action:
The movement to bring guns into Pittsburgh Public Schools has been reinvigorated. The case to arm PPS police officers is grounded in the belief that doing so would keep “the bad guys” in check, and it is gaining traction despite evidence that suggests bringing guns into close proximity to black youth puts the kids (not a potential shooter) at risk. Your voice and presence are needed at the school board Public Hearing on October 22nd. (If you would like more information, a brief overview of the issues is provided at the end of this email along with links to articles that provide more robust content).
Our understanding is that all 20+ PPS police officers will be present and on the agenda to speak. Other voices are needed.
Actions you can take:
- Speak at the upcoming PPS School Board Meeting (October 22nd, beginning at 6:00 pm.) Conference Room A, 341 Bellefield Avenue, 15213. To get on the agenda, beginning Monday 10/15 until noon of the day of the hearing, call 412-529-3868 (leave a message and you will receive a call back).
- Contact the School Board Directors leaning toward allowing guns in schools: Terry Kennedy, Cynthia Falls, Veronica Edwards, and Sylvia Wilson (who is currently on the fence). Encourage those who are against taking this action to stay strong. See PPS School Board Members for whom to contact. Phone calls and letters have greater impact than email.
- Contact the PPS hotline: (412) 529-HELP (4357) or by email at mailto:email@example.com.
- Contact Laura Getty, Board Executive Assistant, Room 245, Administration Building 341 S. Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Phone: 412-529-3770 | Fax: 412-325-4319 | Email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you plan on attending the School Board Public Hearing on October 22, please send an email to Mary Parish, convener of the Meeting’s Working Group Against Racism, to let her know (mailto:email@example.com). She will coordinate among all potential attendees so that Friends will have a good idea about who will be present and participating. Important note: Sending this message is not a requirement; it is simply a way to help us support each other. Esprit de Quaker, as it were.
A Brief Overview of the Issue
- Those in favor of arming police officers identify this action as a way to increase safety in the schools, specifically to avoid or minimize the tragic outcomes of an “active shooter” situation, as has occurred in Parkland, FL earlier this year. (“Board Members Raise Concerns”)
- Some of those against arming police officers raise the concern that because most (80% according to Public Source) charges filed by Pittsburgh school police are against African American youth, there is a great risk of escalation involving the use of weapons against these young people. Others note that having guns in schools will change the atmosphere, limiting relations with students and creating a sense of danger or of the need to address conflict with weapons rather than other nonviolent means. (“Board Members Raise Concerns” and “PPS Board Passes Resolution Opposing Armed Teachers in Schools”)
- We have also learned that the Executive Committee of the Teacher’s Union is in support of (as are a significant minority of teachers) a “compromise” measure that would place weapons on schools in a “secure” location. This proposal assumes that in an active shooter situation, school police would be able to access these guns and stop the shooting. It also assumes that this location would be inaccessible and unbreachable by those who are not school police.
Mary J. Parish
“It’s really important that you understand
that it’s time for you
to be exhausted in your rejection of white supremacy …
It’s time for you
to be exhausted on a daily basis.”