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The Weeping Time

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Friends,

Steve and I have just attended "The Weeping Time", a discussion about an incident in which 436 Black humans were sold for over $303,000 in Savannah, Georgia.

Included was a restorative justice presentation by Pastor Charlie McCallie that was very powerful spiritually and practically. This was part of The Lived Black Experience series sponsored by the Murdoch Center to educate White people. This series is changing my life and “The Weeping Time” is now my favorite.

The Boys Who Said NO!

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The Boys Who Said NO!, a film I helped produce, is being shown as part of the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) this week. The film tells the story of the draft resistance movement during the Vietnam War. I'm delighted with how well it came together. It's inspiring.

If you're interested in watching the film, it can be watched any time on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

Quakers and Changes

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When we contemplate the future of Friends, I think of all the changes we have made through the centuries since George Fox cornered Margaret Fell and queried, “What canst THOU say?”

That was a monumental change from religion as usual. Not “the Holy Book,” not the Priests or even the Prophets of old, but…THOU. And even then, thou might change thy understanding, because of continuing revelation, and thus what thou sayest might change!

QEW Worship-Sharing

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Dear Friends,

Quaker Earthcare Witness is hosting monthly online worship sharing groups in partnership with Friends General Conference. Together we are creating more opportunities for Friends to be in spiritual community with one another.

Join us Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific.

(We will also meet November 25, so mark your calendars).

Fire Updates re Quaker Centers

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Ben Lomond Quaker Center has survived the CZU fires.

Despite losing nearly 2,000 feet of waterline and two-years-worth of firewood, QC managed to avoid losing any buildings. For that we are so grateful and hold in the Light so many neighbors who were not so fortunate. We hope to find ways to help and support those in need.

Unburdening Our Hearts

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We are in the business of unburdening our hearts.
If it’s too heavy, it’s not worth carrying.

Fall brings grief, loss, and decay. Fall also brings breath, generosity, divine connection, unburdening, and balance. 

I dug into the season of autumn and found a huge backstory. Inspired by Chinese medicine, meditations, teachers, and Quakers along the way. 

There is an odor to decay. Sometimes it stinks to make changes. 

We have to let things decay to return as new growth.

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