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The Life Cycle of Quaker Meetings

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Dear Friends:

This message may be of special interest to clerks, recorders, and archivists of Friends meetings and to trustees of Friends organizations.

Since summer 2021, Emily Provance (New York Yearly Meeting) has been working with a group of Friends exploring transitions and endings for Quaker meetings. They’ve produced a publication about the life cycle of Quaker meetings and a resource booklet for meetings that are nearing the end of their life cycles. Both resources are available below.

Quaker Oaks Farm – Spring 2023

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Greetings all,

We hope you and your loved ones are well, safe, and staying dry as water continues falling and flowing throughout our region.

We are reaching out to present our Spring 2023 annual report to highlight some of our ongoing, volunteer-led efforts. This report provides an overview of all the behind-the-scenes work that allows us to sustain the land, buildings, and programs in our care. This is an offering grounded in gratitude for all our partners and supporters, thank you!

Progress to Limit Military Authorization

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For years, Friends Committee on Legislation – through the work of our local Advocacy Teams – has lobbied Congress to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq (2002 Iraq AUMF). Last week, a bipartisan bill from Sens. Tim Kaine (VA) and Todd Young (IN) to repeal this outdated war authorization cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate. The bill would also repeal another AUMF from 1991.

Friends General Conference Early Registration

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Dear Friends,

Early Registration for Friends General Conference Gathering is April 3 - 16, 2023.

Come to the Friends General Conference Gathering, a week of Quaker worship, workshops, and community for Friends of all ages and backgrounds mostly from the liberal unprogrammed tradition. The theme this year is “Listen, so that we may live” (Isaiah 55:1-3).  We will listen together as the Gathering brings together 1000+ Friends from across the US, Canada and beyond to deepen our connections to one another, the Divine, and the wider world.

Harold Chance (Not Change)

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HI Mary Klein,

I'm sorry to be writing this, but it feels needful: I wish someone there would do more careful research and reliable proofreading.

In your 3/11/2023 issue of Extra Extra Western Friend, we are told that:

“At the very end of this newsletter, you will find . . . Harold Charge's observations on on the history of the Quaker peace testimony. (1951)” [Emphasis added.]

At the end, we in fact find passages credited to:

Gathering of Southwest Friends

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Join us online for the FWCC Southwest Regional Gathering, a fully bilingual gathering of Friends from Pacific Yearly Meeting, Intermountain Yearly Meeting, the Western Association of the Religious Society of Friends, and Evangelical Friends Church Southwest!

Traveling Quaker minister Emily Provance will lead us in worshipful consideration of how to navigate gathering as Friends online.

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