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Quaker Harvest Festival, Sept 28, 2019

It’s been 53 years since Josephine Dueveneck et al started the Quaker Harvest Festival to support Friends Committee on Legislation of California. In other words . . . This will be our 53rd Quaker Harvest Festival!

I am personally happy that the Palo Alto Meeting kept the baton moving forward. I love the way that other Bay Area meetings pitch in to make the event happen, and I love the way we interact with the local community during this event - it is SPICES in action. I am excited to be part of it.

Borderless Lullabies

Here is a great way to support refugee/immigrant kids: Purchase the new album, Borderless Lullabies: Musicians and Authors in Defense of Refugee Children, produced by the artist Morley. 100% of proceeds benefit KIND: Kids In Need of Defense, a wonderful nonprofit that partners with pro-bono attorneys at law firms and law schools to represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings, ensuring that no child stands in court alone.

NPR Covers Quakers at Border

Dear Editor: I thought Friends might enjoy reading / hearing this, produced by NPR on June 27, 2019:

Two years ago, Edie Salisbury hadn’t heard of the Adelanto Detention Center. Now, the retired psychologist leads members of her faith community on monthly trips into California’s largest immigrant lock-up, 80 miles northeast of LA.

Salisbury is a Quaker––part of the Christian group formally known as the Religious Society of Friends who faced historical persecution in England and the colonial U.S. 

IMYM Approved Minute on Migration

Minute on Migration for IMYM Gathering 2019, and Approved 6/27/19

Equality, community and integrity are foundations of Quaker belief. We also recognize that these testimonies are rooted in the Spirit of God. We affirm that there is that of God in every one and that the Holy Spirit calls us to treat the stranger, the foreigner, the immigrant with particular care and concern...”for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me...” Matt 25:35 (NRSV)

New Directors Hired for BLQC

Good news from Ben Lomond Quaker Center!

We are delighted to announce that Susan Wilson and Bob Fisher, from Plainfield Meeting in Vermont, will be starting their work as the incoming Co-Directors for Quaker Center at the end of August! They will overlap with the current Co-Directors, Kathy and Bob Runyan, through September 1, 2019. You can find out more about Susan Wilson and Bob Fisher at http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/staff/.

 

from the BLQC Board of Directors (6/19/2019)

New Historical Novel about Quakerism

Barb Luietke is finishing up a novel about Elizabeth Fletcher, the youngest of the Valiant Sixty (the first Quakers). She has signed a contract with FGC Quaker Press and the book is due to be out by January, 2020. Barb is available to talk about the writing process and/or the history of our faith. Contact her at bluetke@ymail.com (That is not a typo...it is “ymail”.)

 

from Barbara Luetke, Salmon Bay Friends Meeting (6/11/2019)

Disability Awareness Could Help

Friends’ meetings could do much more to support acceptance of and accommodation for people with disabilities. This is a Quaker issue that is ignored too often. Many Quakers and Meetings seem to practice Moral Self-Licensing – assuming they have already “done enough” good – and then refuse to do more, even when more is desperately needed. 

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