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Recent Events in Salem Quarter

Sunday, October 28th, 2018
Quarterly Meeting At South Shore

Details:
What:
October Gathering (meeting for worship, program, business meeting)
Where:
South Shore Friends Meeting
Directions:
Bethel Chapel: 155 Washington Street (Route 53)
Pembroke, MA
Lunch:
Brown Bag lunch with "extras" provided by South Shore (beverages, snacks)
Childcare:
TBD
Accessible:
Yes
Contact for questions:
Clerk of Salem Quarter
Schedule:
10:00am
Meeting for Worship
11:30pm
Brown Bag Lunch
12:30
Program Begins, World Cafe Conversation
2:00
Business Meeting

Program Description:
The World Cafe Conversation is an opportunity for lively table conversations on our visions and hopes for the ways Salem Quarter can support the member Meetings and foster community, faithfulness, and ministry among its members.

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Earth Stewardship at North Shore meeting

Details:
What:
April Gathering (meeting for worship, program, business meeting)
Where:
North Shore Friends Meeting
Directions:
Glen Urquhart School 74 Hart St Beverly Farms , MA
Lunch:
Brown bag lunch, please note that the Glen Urquhart School is nut free!
Childcare:
TBD
Accessible:
Yes
Contact for questions:
Clerk of Salem Quarter
Schedule:
10:00am
Meeting for Worship
12:00
Brown Bag Lunch
12:30pm
Program Begins
2:00
Business Meeting

Program Description:
We will be looking at queries and comments from 1800's to the present in Quaker thought related to Earth stewardship. We will be asking what each meeting might be doing around Earth focused activities. There will be large and small group sharings, music, poetry and spiritual contemplation. We wish to bring our thoughts and energies to mother Earth and what our responsibility as Friends is to steward her. We hope, as this is Earth Day, that this will be a meaningful study.


Condensed Business Meeting Agenda - Draft
  1. Read and approve minutes from 10/22/17 business meeting
  2. Treasurer's Report & budget approval
  3. Funds Allocation Committee Report and request approval
  4. Denominational Endorsement: Rachel Guaraldi
  5. Nominating Report and approval
  6. Travel Minute - Melody Brazo
  7. State of Society Report
  8. Minute on Criminal Justice Reform from Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting

Sunday, January 28, 2018
Quaker Outreach and Radical Welcome in the Digital Age

Details:
What:
January Gathering (meeting for worship, lunch, program)
Where:
Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting
Directions:
Cambridge Friends School 5 Cadbury Rd Cambridge, MA
Lunch:
Simple lunch
Childcare:
Provided, contact Clerk of Salem Quarter with any questions
Accessible:
Yes
Contact for questions:
Clerk of Salem Quarter
Schedule:
10:00am
Meeting for Worship
11:20
Quaker Cornerstones
11:45
Brown Bag Lunch
12:30pm
Program Begins
2:30
Close


Sunday, October 22, 2017
Quarterly Meeting: business and program - Outreach

Details:
What:
October Gathering (meeting for worship, lunch, program and business)
Where:
Framingham Friends Meeting
Directions:
841 Edmands Rd Framingham, MA
Lunch:
Brown Bag
Childcare:
James Gray
Accessible:
There is an elevator to reach the second floor, where the meeting room is.
Contact for questions:
James Gray
Schedule:
10:00am
Meeting for Worship
11:45
Lunch, lunch will overlap with program
12:15
Program
2:30pm
Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business


Sunday, April 23, 2017
Sanctuary movement in Cambridge

Details:
What:
April Gathering (meeting for worship, lunch, program and business)
Where:
Friends Meeting at Cambridge
Directions:
5 Longfellow Park Cambridge
Lunch:
Simple lunch of soup, salad and bread
Childcare:
Ray Aucoin
Accessible:
Both meeting house and Friends center are accessible for those using walkers and wheel chairs. There is an elevator to the basement of the Friends center where a handicap-accessible restroom is located.
Contact for questions:
Jane Jackson
Schedule:
10:30am
Meeting for Worship
12:00
Lunch
1:15
Program
2:45
Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business

Program Description:
Several of members of FMC have recognized an upsurge of interest in a new sanctuary movement among many of the churches in Cambridge. We are hoping to organize some kind of panel on this topic.

Condensed Business Meeting Agenda
  1. Read and approve minutes from 10/23/16 business meeting
  2. Memorial Minutes
  3. Treasurer's Report & budget approval
  4. Funds Allocation Committee Report and request approval
  5. Nominating Report
  6. Proposed minute on US Role in Israel/Palestine, Friends Meeting at Cambridge
Reference material regarding Israel and Palestine conflict

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Update on NEYM's commitments in regards
to racism and climate change

Details:
What:
Winter Gathering (meeting for worship, lunch and program)
Where:
Beacon Hill Friends Meeting
Directions:
6 Chestnut St Boston, MA
Lunch:
Potluck lunch
Childcare:
Please contact Tracy Dyke by Wednesday, 1/25 if you expect to bring children or have questions about childcare
Accessible:
Contact the host meeting for details
Contact for questions:
Clerk of Salem Quarter
Schedule:
10:30am
Meeting for Worship
12:15
Lunch
1:30
Program

Program Presenters:
Brian Drayton and Greg Williams


Program Description:
At its 2016 annual sessions, New England Yearly Meeting (that's us) committed to action - living into our statements - in two minutes: 2016-64 on Racial Justice and 2016-67/68 on Climate Change (texts below)

Understanding, acting on, and sharing these minutes constitutes 2 testimonies. How can we do this?

Brian Drayton and Greg Williams will lead us - Salem Quarterly Meeting - in looking at these 2 minutes and considering how to develop individual, local (Meeting) and regional (Boston area) responses.

Please contribute to this discourse whether your meeting hasn't yet scratched the surface or has become deeply involved, whether every word of each of these minutes resonates for you or you're struggling with the words.

When our action is deeply rooted in our Quaker faith - our trust in the inward teacher in ourselves and others - then we can be truly radical. Let's get started!

Get ready - read the minutes:

2016-27 [on climate change] Drawing from the spirit and words of the Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting minute on climate change and the epistle from the second New England Climate Spring, Friends approved the following: Friends at the New England Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions at Castleton, V, August 6–11, 2016, have heard a Divine call to the witness of addressing climate change. We affirm the overwhelming scientific consensus that greenhouse gases released by human activity are causing climate change, that these changes threaten life on our planet as we know it, and that we have a responsibility to address the very real threats that will impact both rich and poor. Those on earth who have contributed least to this crisis are likely to suffer most from it. This is not just one concern among many to be carried by only some among us. We all live on this planet and are all complicit in altering its climate. It is incumbent upon every Friend and every Friends Meeting to discover how God is leading us to do our part to reverse this great threat.

As in past times of crisis, the strength and love of our community life will make it possible for Friends to see to what they are called, and carry it out faithfully whatever the cost. We can engage with each other tenderly and hold each other lovingly accountable to move from fear into courage, in response to this crisis. This is the manner in which Friends have always responded to great moral challenges of their own time.

Recognizing that we, gathered here, are shaped and limited by our own economic and social positions, nevertheless the divine Witness challenges us, in compassion and in love for all children of God, and for the beautiful earth, to pray, wait, and act with a focus and fearlessness appropriate to the urgency of the times. Love requires it of us.

2016-68 Jay O'Hara and Meg Klepack presented recommendations of the ad-hoc working group discerning what two concrete actions the Yearly Meeting could commit to this year. Friends were reminded that on Monday evening we had directed the Yearly Meeting to take two concrete actions as challenged to do by the FWCC minute on sustainability (Minute 2016-28). The ad-hoc working group proposed: Gathered in our midst this week are those who are led to take bold public prophetic action. These Friends, gathered as a working group, will convene early this fall for discernment of God's leading into ongoing nonviolent direct action for climate justice, rooted in the vision of faithfulness described movingly by Doug Gwyn in our Bible half-hours this week.
  1. We will listen to how we will, as a Yearly Meeting, collaborate with and support the actions of this working group.
  2. Building on the minute we have adopted on climate change this Session, we ask each Monthly Meeting and constituent body of the Yearly Meeting to enter into an intentional process of discerning:
    • God's leading for each meeting and its members to take concrete action, and to commit to taking action before next Sessions
    • what further steps God is calling us to take as a Yearly Meeting to address this issue.
New England Yearly Meeting will hold a consultation in spring of 2017 to receive what has risen during the year and to discern together where the Yearly Meeting is being led.

Friends approved committing to these actions.

2016-64 Our hearts were touched earlier this week when we heard the pain and honesty in the reports of the experiences of Friends of color and other attenders at the 2016 FGC Gathering and in the report from several Friends who attended the April 2016 White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia. We felt the spirit move us to affirmation and action. The clerk requested that we hold a threshing session to determine our initial step (Minute 2016-38).

LVM Shelton and David Haines reported on the discernment of these Friends and proposed a minute for our discernment.

The body engaged in a deep, vulnerable and extended exercise in response to the proposed minute. We truly labored over the work and traveled over the rocky ground we needed to traverse.

Some were uncomfortable with the words “white supremacy” and “colonized” in the minute. These are strong words; one Friend described them as “brutal.” Not everyone present agreed that these words are accurate as a description of our condition. We do not share a common understanding of these words. Friends made many suggestions of other words or phrases we might use together to express how we are affected by the pervasive structure of racism and power in our culture—”white privilege,” “complicit in” and “wounded by” were suggested. Others felt that although these are hard words they are honest. “Supremacy” refers to a system that empowers white people. “Colonized” is an accurate word for how we are inhabited by the culture without our consent. Fear or denial of a hard truth causes us to forget our deep connections with each other. We need to release our fear to hear each other clearly.

We are each only able to truly speak from and know the world from our own experience.

We heard how the experience of Friends of color and the experience of white Friends differ even within our beloved Quaker communities and gatherings; even this week at Sessions. Only a few among us know first-hand the experience of “driving while black,” or the constant fear of wondering if our children are safe, even when simply leaving the campus of Castleton University to walk to town to get a milkshake.

We long to find the right words, but we do not know the right words. Yet we are clear we want to do this work. When we know Truth experientially, but do not know each other’s experience, we only know a portion of the Truth.

This minute is an important instance of speaking Truth to power. This minute represents the hard truth of Friends of color. The largely white Yearly Meeting is the power that needs to receive this Truth.

We want to grow; we want to become whole. We have received this minute and have been exercised. We want to invite others into the same experience. With our hearts broken open we approved the following minute, uniting with it with both joy and pain. This is the truth God has brought us to at this time. We feel the Love in these words.

We are complicit in white supremacy. We at New England Yearly Meeting have been “colonized” by our white supremacist culture and fall short of our full potential as a gathered body of Quaker Meetings because of this colonization.

We commit to engaging in interrupting white supremacy in ourselves:
  • within individuals
  • interpersonally
  • in our meetings
  • and at all system levels of NEYM
To start this, we ask Permanent Board to explore an external cultural competency audit of New England Yearly Meeting.

We support Friends General Conference, an organization of which we are a part, in its efforts to interrupt white supremacy in its organization.

We commit to support fundraising by the New England Yearly Meeting FGC committee to raise $4,000 from our membership and our monthly meetings by the end of 2016. These funds will be available to FGC towards the cost of an external cultural competency audit if FGC decides to have one conducted. If more than $4,000 is raised, we direct the Permanent Board of NEYM to find use for the additional funds to support the work of interrupting white supremacy.

The clerk asked us to go forward in love, in confidence, and boldness, knowing that God is with us.


Sunday, October 23th, 2016
Fall Gathering: Program and Business Meeting

Details:
What:
Fall Gathering (program and business meeting
Where:
Amesbury Monthly Meeting
Directions:
120 Friend St
Amesbury , MA
Lunch:
Please bring sandwitch, bowl (for soup), silverware and napkin, Amesbury M&C is planning to provide soup and drinks
Childcare:
Please contact the Clerk of Salem Quarter if you expect to bring children
Accessible:
Yes
Contact for questions:
Amesbury Meeting
Schedule:
10:00am
Meeting for Worship
11:30
Lunch
1:00
Program
2:00
Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business

Program Presenters:
Scott R. Hellen, Em McManamy and members of Amesbury Meeting's Peace and Social Concerns and Ministry and Counsel committees.


Program Description
Amesbury Friends will talk about the activities and history of their active Peace and Social Concerns committee.



Condensed Draft Business Meeting Agenda
  1. Memorial Minute for Lois Smith
  2. Treasurer's report
  3. Nominating Report
  4. Funds Allocation Committee Report
    • Grant, Nancy Shippen - Work on the Alternatives to Violence Project International World Gathering, $1000
    • Grant, Lisa Graustein - Wompanaak Language Reclamation Project, $1000
    • Grant, Beacon Hill Friends House - program by Amanda Kemp at the house, no amount specified
  5. M&C: Proposed minute on US Role in Israel/Palestine, Friends Meeting at Cambridge


Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Summer Social!

Details:
What:
Summer Social (meeting for worship and pot luck lunch)
Where:
Framingham Monthly Meeting
Directions:
841 Edmands Rd
Framingham, MA
Lunch:
Brown Bag lunch
Childcare:
Please contact the Clerk of Salem Quarter well in advance. We can try and work something out. Any children will join us after meeting for lunch and conversation.
Accessible:
Yes, there is an elevator in the back of the building
Contact for questions:
Clerk of Salem Quarter
Schedule:
10:00am
Meeting for Worship
11:15
Lunch
2:00ish
Close



Sunday, April 24th, 2016
“Fee for Use” of Fossil Fuels

Details:
What:
April Quarterly Meeting (meeting for worship, meeting for business and program)
Where:
Wellesley Monthly Meeting
Directions:
26 Benvenue St.
Wellesley , MA
Lunch:
Brown Bag lunch
Childcare:
Please contact the Clerk of Salem Quarter at least a week in advance.
Accessible:
Yes
Contact for questions:
Contact Jeremiah Dickinson
Schedule:
10:30am
Meeting for Worship
11:45
Lunch
1:00pm
Program
2:15pm
Meeting for Worship with a concern for business
4:15pm
Close

Program Presenters:
  • Mary Gilbert and Gwen Noyes of the Cambridge Quaker Earthcare Witness.

Program Description
"Fee for Use" of Fossil Fuels



Sunday, January 24th, 2016
How the criminal justice system fails us and what is being done

Details:
What:
January Quarterly Meeting (meeting for worship and program)
Where:
South Shore Preparative Meeting
Directions:
Bethel Chapel
155 Washington Street (Route 53)
Pembroke, MA
Google maps will bring you to St Thecla Catholic Church. The chapel where the meeting is held is the next building over although you can't see it from the Church.
Lunch:
Brown Bag, beverages, soup & dessert provided
Childcare:
Due to limited space at South Shore we won't be able to provide childcare
Accessible:
Yes, the building is all on one level and there is a ramp behind the building
Contact for questions:
Contact Joanne Heffernan
Schedule:
10am
Meeting for Worship
11:15
Lunch
12:30
Program
3:30pm
Close

Program Presenters:
Program Description
With all the attention to the many serious faults of our criminal justice and prison systems, Mass. has a good number of activists committed to ending the mass incarceration of young black men, the horrendous misuse of solitary confinement (a second punishment on top of the one the judge/jury gave), the failure of the system to provide any training and preparation for the days after an inmate has finished his/her sentence-thus one of the reforms is aimed at the reincarceration of so many.

The overuse of solitary confinement is dangerous to everyone-to a prisoner who may have been in solitary for many years and then one day be told he is free. No training. No preparation. No period of adjustment to someone who has not had a conversation with another human being for years. Very often the person can't handle it and commits suicide.

There are several pieces of legislation pending and hopefully there'll be many more. A focus of the program will be a Quaker Network with volunteers from many YMs who are committed to ending a horrendous system that offers very little in support and education to a released prisoner.



Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Community building through Friendly Play

Details:
What:
October Quarterly Meeting (meeting for worship, meeting with concern for business and program)
Where:
North Shore Meeting
Directions:
Glen Urquhart School
74 Hart St
Beverly Farms, MA
Lunch:
Brown bag lunch, Soup, Salad and bread will be provided by the meeting. Bring your own bowls and utensils if possible.
Childcare:
Child care will be provided by the meeting. No need to pre-register. However, you may contact the child care coordinator, Denny Dart, if you have questions or requests.
Accessible:
The meeting space is 100% accessible.
Contact Nancy Coffey with any questions.
Rail coordinator (for rides to and from mass transport):
Kenneth Glover (978) 927 0036
Contact for other questions:
Nancy Coffey
Schedule:
10am
Meeting for Worship
11:15
Lunch
During lunch Ken Glover will entertain and enlighten us with stories of 17th centery Salem Quakers and the witchcraft delusion.
12:30
Program
1:45pm
Meeting for worship with a concern for business
3:45pm
Close

Program Description

North Shore Friends invites you to our program of "community building of Salem Quarter" through Friendly play. Program will be appropriate and fun for all age levels as long as you bring a willingness to have fun while in community with Friends. We will have activities, ice breaker, pumpkin decorating and apple pie. Our space may also be decorated beautifully by the children of Glen Urquart school in the theme of el dia de los muertos. (The Mexican day of the Dead.) In keeping with the Day of the Dead, if time permits, we may share stories of deceased relatives or friends who have inspired us. This is a Quarter we hope that you will bring your entire family or meeting to. First day school will be provided for the entire day. For those who do not drive, we are near the MBTA commuter rail and a ride from Prides Crossing or Beverly Farms Stations can be arranged in advance.

Length: 75 minutes

Business meeting agenda

  1. Opening Worship
  2. Query
  3. Approval of substitute recording clerk
  4. Read and approve minutes from 4/26/15 business meeting
  5. Treasurer's report
  6. Funds Allocation Committee Report
    1. Funds Request - Quaker Voluntary Service
    2. Funds Request - Holly Baldwin
    3. Funds Request - Jonah McKenna Moss
  7. Travel minute for Minga Claggett-Borne and Jonathan Vogel-Borne
  8. Nominating report
  9. Quaker Studies Report
  10. Meeting concerns and announcements
* Business agenda is subject to change.


Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Salem Quarter Summer Social

Details:
What:
Salem Quarter Summer Social, hosted by Fresh Pond Monthly Meeting
Where:
Cambridge Friends School for meeting for worship and for a picnic afterward Weather permitting.
Directions:
Cambridge Friends School
5 Cadbury Rd
Cambridge, MA 02140
Lunch:
Brown bag picnic
Accessible:
Cambridge Friends School is accessible, all on one floor. Contact Mary Hopkins for details
Schedule:
10:00am
Meeting for Worship
11:00
Picnic and fellowship


Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Christoper Haines of Fresh Pond Meeting previews Structural Review Committee's work

Details:
What:
April Quarterly Meeting (meeting for worship, meeting with concern for business and program)
Where:
Framingham Monthly Meeting
Directions:
Friends Meetinghouse 841 Edmands Rd Framingham, MA
Lunch:
Brown bag lunch
Childcare:
Contact James Gray by 4/19 if you may bring children to the meeting.
Accessible:
Yes! Contact the Clerk of Salem Quarterly Meeting for more details
Schedule:
10:00am
Meeting for Worship
11:00
Brown bag lunch and fellowship
12:30
Program: Christoper Haines of Fresh Pond Meeting will present ideas from the Structural Review Committee
1:30pm
Meeting for worship with a concern for business
3:30pm
Close

Program Description

The Structural Review Committee is charged with improving the structure and function of NEYM to better serve the Monthly Meetings. Members of the Committee are speaking with each Quarter to season possible changes and enhancements for our yearly meeting. The hour will be interactive and engaging for Friends, no matter your level of interaction with NEYM.

Business meeting agenda

  1. Opening Worship
  2. Query, 13th Query Interim Faith and Practice 2014
  3. Approve minutes from 10/26/14 business meeting
  4. State of Society Report (Ministry and Counsel)
  5. Nominating report
  6. Treasurer's report
  7. Funds Request for travel expenses to teach Faith & PlayTM (Funds Allocation)
  8. Salem Quarter funding for Boston Area Quaker Youth Group (Funds Allocation)
  9. Budget approval
  10. Memorial minute for James Ellingboe (Ministry and Counsel)
  11. Memorial minute for Cynthia Fisk (Ministry and Counsel)
  12. Upcoming meetings
  13. Report on Friends participation in Boston Pride
  14. Meeting concerns and announcements
* Business agenda is subject to change without notice.


Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Listening for That of God in All Creation

Details:
What:
January Quarterly Meeting (meeting for worship and program)
Where:
Friends Meeting at Cambridge
Directions:
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA 02138-4816
Lunch:
Brown bag lunch, the meeting will provide beverages and dessert
Childcare:
Contact Nancy Cirillo
Accessible:
Yes! Contact the Clerk of Salem Quarterly Meeting to be put in touch with someone for more details
Schedule:
10:30am
Meeting for Worship
11:30
Brown bag lunch and fellowship
12:45
Program: "Listening for God in All Creation"
2:45
Close
Program Presenters:
  • Gwen Noyes, Cambridge Quaker Earthcare Witness
  • Mary Gilbert, liaison to the United Nations
  • Mary Coehlo, representing the New Story Group
  • John Bach, representing the Deeper and Bolder Action Group

Program Description:

"The Universe, and all within it, is fundamentally a blessing. Our relationship with the Universe fills us with awe. We commit to live in light of this value: to pass on the beauty and health of Creation to future generations." - Dr. Matthew Fox

GWEN NOYES will describe what Friends Meeting at Cambridge has been doing in our Meeting, to start healing our own building, our homes and our neighborhoods.

MARY GILBERT has travelled widely, participating in conferences and meetings that address the environmental dilemmas of the earth. She will report on recent global developments.

MARY COELHO, as leader and representative of the New Story Group, tells how the Story illumines our relation with all Creation. A worldview that embraces the findings of evolution and other breakthroughs in science can open the door to a depth of spiritual belonging and guidance toward spiritual maturity.

JOHN BACH tells us what we can do as a witness group in taking direct and public action against specific instances of environmental degradation.


Sunday, October 26th, 2014
How does Ferguson Speak to Our Condition?
with Greg Williams

Details:
What:
October Quarterly Meeting
Where:
Beacon Hill Friends House
Directions:
6 Chestnut St, Boston, MA 02108
Lunch:
Brown Bag
Child Care:
Notify the clerk by 10/15 if you can, but not required.
Schedule:
10:30 to 11:30am -
Meeting for Worship
11:30 to 1:00pm -
Lunch & conversations
1:00 to 2:00pm -
Program: "How does Ferguson Speak to Our Condition?" with Greg Williams
2:00 to close -
Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business
Program Description:

We have been told by Thomas Kelly that, "Deep within us all there is a holy place, a Divine Center to which we may continuously return..."
Does that Divine Center, have a Message for Friends, from Ferguson, Missouri?

While Ferguson is out of our daily news cycle (for the moment), it is the center point of a new anti-racist initiative. It was born in the Streets! It could find a home tomorrow, in Boston, or Cambridge, or Framingham, or Lynn... Any place in our spiritual quarter, where Racism could flare up. Are we prepared to respond?

Out of reflection on the words of Kelly, we will listen to portions of a street sermon by a Boston based minister with deep roots in the Saint Louis area. Rev. Sekou spent 3 weeks at ground zero in Ferguson. How will we as Quakers respond to his call for "Freedom Fighters!"

Greg Williams a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, with your input, will help us consider, how we might respond.


Sunday, June 29th 2014
Summer Social at Amesbury Meeting

Please join us for 10am worship at Amesbury Meeting, followed by lunch and a beach trip.

For those looking for more there will be a Pete Seeger Memorial (Musical) Celebration at 4pm back at the meeting house.

Details:
When:
Sunday, June 29th 2014. Starting at 10am
Where:
Amesbury Meeting
120 Friend St, Amesbury, MA 01913
www.amesburyquakers.org
What to bring:
Bring your own food, drink, chairs, sunscreen and other supplies and games for the day.
Agenda:
10:00 to 11:00am -
Meeting for worship, at Amesbury Meeting
11:00 to 4:00pm -
Lunch and beach activities at nearby Salisbury Beach.
Alternately, some may prefer to take part in Amesbury Days.
4:00 to 7:00pm -
Pete Seeger Memorial Celebration - sing and play along!





Sunday, April 27, 2014
Join Acton Friends Meeting

for the 3rd program in our series on
Violence in America: A Quaker Response

ROOTED IN JUSTICE • GROWING COMMUNITY

with Greg Williams and Michelle Brimage


Are we moving toward a more separate and unequal s(S)ociety?

How are Quakers called to engage the destructive reality of racism in New England?

Our life together, formed by deep worship and a historic, creative, focus on Peace, can open us to a liberating challenge beyond fear, into a community realm where we can promote Justice for all, in a partnership existing without fear or guilt.

Help open that door across Salem Quarter.

Come to worship, gain new perspectives, deepen your understanding, and
strengthen our Quaker connections among and between our meetings.
And participate in our Meeting for Business.

Details -
Acton meets at the Minuteman ARC, 130C Baker Ave. Extension
W. Concord, MA  (Directions)

10:00 am: Meeting for Worship.
11:30: Brown Bag Lunch. soup, beverages, and dessert provided
12:30 pm: Program
 2:00: Meeting for Business

CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED. No need to phone ahead. Bring your kids.


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Salem Quarter walked in Pride June 9th, 2012

Salem Quarter Friends in Pride March
(photo: Jeff Hipp)

The theme of 2012 Pride week was "Celebrating 30 Years of Worldwide Pride Movement." For the fourth year Friends of all sexual orientations came together to walk in Boston's Pride Parade, witnessing to equality. And Salem Quarter was there! Friends from 5 meetings participated along with residents of Beacon Hill Friends House. And we felt warmly welcomed by the crowds that lined the streets of Boston.



April 28, 2013 Minutes, FY '14 Budget, Nominations, Amesbury Minute on Violence in American Society

Recent Meetings:

Spiritual Discernment and the Decisions We Make
January 30, 2011 at South Shore

Nancy Bieber, the author of Decision Making & Spiritual Discernment: the Sacred Art of Finding Your Way, led us in several exercises designed to open us up in the process of making life decisions. Here is a very short excerpt from Nancy's book and a summary of one of the exercises she led us in. Learn more about Nancy at NancyBieber.com


Sexuality and Spirituality, conversation starters
January 24, 2010, Salem Quarterly Meeting at Fresh Pond Meeting

The NEYM Working Party on Spirituality and Sexual Ethics has asked the Monthly Meetings to join in its work discerning and "articulating the Yearly Meeting's sexual ethics and the spirituality of sex, recognizing that we cannot effectively criticize the sexual ethics reflected in the FUM personnel policy without first defining our own." (Sessions 2008-15) Our Faith & Practice calls on us to "achieve a more adequate understanding of the proper place and purpose of sex and sexual relationships in our lives." Many of us long for greater integration of our sexual and spiritual selves; many of us wish that we were better equipped to talk with our children about our sexual values; many of us would like our meetings to be better places to find information, support, and guidance relating to issues of sexuality. How do we encourage the conversations that will lead us to deeper understanding? How do we ensure that they're honest and productive? How do we share the truths about sexuality and spirituality we discover?

After meeting for worship for the conduct of business, young adult Friends Ben Guaraldi (BHMM), Will Jennings (FMC), and Molly Lidz led Friends in exercises and conversations designed to move us past our fears and embolden us to contribute to our dialogue about the ethics and spirituality of sexuality in our Monthly Meeting communities. First, the entire group brainstormed concerns and issues present in our Monthly Meetings. Then we chose a few of these issues to discuss further in small groups. The entire group heard reports from the small groups on their discussions. Friends were grateful for this opportunity to share and explore today and expressed interest in working further together within the Quarter. SQM Ministry and Counsel Committee will hear reports from the Monthly Meetings at its spring meeting and will discern appropriate forums and venues for the Quarter to facilitate further sharing and discernment.

Racial Justice in the Religious Society of Friends: An Unfinished Story

Reading about how Friends have been as prone to racism and discrimination as our compatriots in Vanessa Julye and Donna McDaniel's new book, Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship can be a real challenge. Recognizing this, Friends General Conference's Committee for Ministry on Racism is endorsing the release of the book by providing skilled workshop leaders to help meetings and groups explore the issues raised. At our October 26 meeting two of these facilitators, Dwight & Maureen Lopes, led us in a sampling of the exercises that would constitute a full workshop. For notes from our meeting click here. To learn more about inviting a facilitator to your meeting, click here.

How can we talk about it?

Click here to see materials on Talking about Sexual Ethics -  Where to Start - a description of the process  for effective exploration of challenging topics that Melody Brazo led us through at ourJanuary workshop.

10/26/08 at Wellesley

Faith into Action

In small groups, Friends assembled at Wellesley Meeting for the 10/26/08 Quarterly Meeting shared our concerns, activities in our MMs and possible actions in the following areas: 1) racial equality and justice, 2) immigrant justice  3) welcoming and supporting people in the GLBTQ community and 4) anti-casino work.

4/22/07 at Framingham

The Foundation for Reconciliation

Jane Wells of Framingham Friends Meeting and Anita Diaz of Columbia will spoke about the Foundation for Reconciliation based in Columbia which promotes the theory and practice of forgiveness and reconciliation as the basis for positive relationships and individual and societal development. Particularly where cycles of social or political violence have become entrenched, the Foundation provides a methodology to overcome emotional trauma and strengthen social capital.

Jane and her husband have befriended and supported the leader of the Foundation, Leonel Narvaez Gomez. They recently returned from a trip to Columbia to see the work of the Foundation. Its work is accomplished through the creation of community forums, called Schools of Forgiveness and Reconciliation (Escuelas de Perdon y Reconciliacion or ESPERE). Currently, schools operate in 350 neighborhoods in Colombia and Brazil and are expanding internationally. The Foundation has been chosen to receive an Honorable Mention from the 2006 UNESCO World Prize for Peace Education.

The Consultation on Immigration

In Spring 2007, Salem Quarter held a consultation on how our country and our state and cities and towns are responding to immigrants. At Quarterly Meeting in Framingham, we decided to forward the report of the consultation to the meetings of the Quarter. The following minute was approved:

FROM the Minutes of the Salem Quarter Meeting of Fourth Month 22nd Day, 2007

2) The Immigration Consultation working group read its report. The Quarterly Meeting Clerk was requested to send the report, in the name of the Quarter, to all of the Quarter's monthly meetings. The monthly meetings are requested to provide written reply to the Quarter describing what the monthly meeting is doing, or wants to be doing about the concerns raised in the report.Meeting approved the Clerk sending the letter along with background material to the monthly meetings. The Clerk will request that meetings respond to the Quarter by March 1, 2008.

10/22/06 at Beacon Hill - Soul at Work with Margaret Benefiel

Do you long to bring your soul to work? Do you suspect that soulful organizations are more effective organizations? How can you confront downsizing, dysfunction and a mentality of "park your soul at the door?" Margaret led us in exercises that helped us confront and explore these issues. For more information on Margaret and her recently published book, Soul at Work, go to her web site.

1/22/06 at Acton - Experiencing the World Gathering of Young Friends

Young Adult Friends (18 - 35) past and present who have attended World Gatherings of Young Friends have found the experience transformative. Several YAFs who attended the 2005 World Gathering sessions in Britain and Africa will share their experiences and engage us in activities that will help us appreciate what a World Gathering can be like. Don't miss this opportunity to meet these young leaders of New England Yearly Meeting. You can learn more at the World Gathering site.

James & Eden Grace, Breaking the Mold of Mission Work

On August 21st, Friends gathered at Friends Meeting at Cambridge to hear from James and Eden Grace about their work in Kenya. More than half the world's Quakers live in Kenya. James and Eden spoke from their experience of spiritual revival, cross-cultural collaboration, and Christian witness among Quakers in Africa. Learn more about the Friends United Meeting Africa Ministries Office in Kisumu, Kenya.

Summer Picnic and fund-raiser for WGYF

Sunshine, sea breeze and ice cream. Our summer picnic, hosted by North Shore Meeting, was a New England Quaker's idea of heaven! And we raised more than $200 to support attendance at the World Gathering of Young [Adult] Friends.

Report on 4/24/05 Meeting of Salem Quarter

Outreach was our topic and Jonathan Vogel Borne got us thinking about how we can be spreading our own good news. We shared outreach handouts which include a checklist for your meeting, a workshop you can use, links to resources and some helpful hints.

The Meeting for Business approved the Quarter State of Society report, which you may want to read.

Report on 10/31/04 Meeting of Salem Quarter

Friends from Cambridge presented Breaking the Silence: Quakers Stopping Violence in the Home and in the Meetinghouse based on their training from the Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence. Safe Havens is a program which teaches volunteers in faith communities to recognize and work against family violence. To learn more about the program contact Safe Havens at (617) 227-6992; email: safehavens@earthlink.net. To learn more about Friends Meeting at Cambridge's participation in Safe Havens, contact Betsy Fox, emfox@MIT.EDU, (617) 492-3708

The Meeting for Business approved a Minute on Same Sex Marriage which you may want to read.