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Upcoming Meeting Events

Hybrid IN-PERSON/zoom worship: Sundays at 10:00 (Sign up for in-person)

Boulder Friends Meeting now conducts hybrid in-person/zoom worship for 10 am worship. Because of social distancing requirements, the maximum capacity of the worship room is 35. To ensure that we don’t exceed this, please sign up in advance here. Enter your name, phone number (if not in the directory; for possible contact tracing, if needed), and vaccination status. (You don’t have to indicate your vaccination status, but this information may be helpful as masking and distancing guidelines change. If you want to use an ipad or smartphone to access the sign-up sheet, you’ll need to install the ‘google sheets’ app. This isn’t necessary when you sign up from a desktop or laptop computer.

Worshiping outside on the front lawn of the Meeting House, if capacity is reached indoors or if people prefer, is permitted as long as social distancing and other guidelines are followed.

If you’re unable to access the on-line signup sheet, please call Sharon Reimer (720-643-9649) to be signed up. (Or call any friend with Internet access.)

Outdoor Sunday morning worship in Louisville (note time change): 8:30 – 9:30

All are invited to outdoor worship in Cottonwood Park, Louisville, 8:30-9:30 am. The parking lot is on the south side of South Boulder Road between Via Appia and Garfield streets. Please bring a chair. For more info, contact Claudia Johnson, mzcjcj@gmail.com.

First Day School (Sunday School): Sept. 26, 10:15

Hi Parents and Friends,

Deb McNamara and Nicole Griffin will be leading the 1-7 grade FDS class this Sunday. The theme is the Inner Light and Quaker practices. We will be meeting on the playground at 10:15. Please bring your children in through the gate and make sure they are masked. There will be time for snacks and play after the lesson. Let us know if you’re not planning to bring your children.

Take care,

Susan

 

GreenFaith Program Hour: Sept. 26 at 1:00

Program Hour on Zoom

We are now using one joining link for all of our BFM meetings.

Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:

https://zoom.us/j/96273568620?pwd=TDlDTW1SalJGUzRjT3B1dnkwbnhoZz09

Join with audio only by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (*6 to mute/unmute, *9 to raise hand)

Meeting ID: 962 7356 8620 Password: 063025

Since 2017 Boulder Meeting of Friends has been a member of GreenFaith. GreenFaith is a worldwide, multi-faith climate and environmental movement.

Members of our meeting have been instrumental in founding a Boulder GreenFaith Circle here in Boulder County. Other faiths in the Circle include Buddhists, Protestants, Jews, and other spiritual communities such as the Joanna Macy Center of Naropa University. Through a series of meetings, we have brought people from these different faiths together to find common ground and address critical environmental issues at local, county, and state level.

Recent activities have included education and advocacy around the Line 3 tar sands pipeline in Minnesota, a viewing and discussion with local agricultural leaders of the film Kiss the Ground about regenerative agriculture, engagement with the City of Boulder on citizen input to the City’s Climate Mobilization Action Plan, a public debate over the City of Boulder’s agreement with Xcel Energy on municipalization, and local events at churches and temples across the County in support of a national Sacred People Sacred Earth campaign on March 11th, 2021 Global Day of Climate Action.

Members of our meeting and others from the Boulder GreenFaith Circle will present a Program Hour on September 26 to discuss the work of the movement. The Program Hour is sponsored by the Peace and Social Justice Committee. More information is available at https://greenfaith.org/ or by emailing Chris Allan at mianzi.michi@gmail.com

Colorado Regional Fall Gathering with George Lakey - October 23-24 via ZOOM

Colorado Regional Meeting announces its Fall Gathering will be Virtual (on Zoom) the weekend of October 23, 2021, featuring George Lakey, Quaker activist and trainer in nonviolent direct action and strategies for social change movements, speaking on “Preventing an American Slide into Dictatorship”.  Details of program schedule and registration will be available soon.  All are welcome!

Meeting House Work Days: Saturdays Oct. 16 and Nov. 20, 9-11 am

Join us in sprucing up our building and grounds!  Bring tools for leaf raking or gardening if you have them.  It’s fun working together!

Reading and Discussion of Chief Left Hand by Margaret Coel: Oct. 30, 10:30 – 12:00
The meeting’s Working Group on Racial Justice is organizing our next all-meeting book discussion. In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day in October and Native American Heritage Month (November), we encourage Friends to read Chief Left Hand, by Boulder author Margaret Coel. This well-researched and very readable biography tells the story of the Southern Arapaho peace chief Nawath (also known as Niwot and Left Hand). Nawath’s band of Southern Arapaho made their winter camp in the Boulder Valley until 1858 when miners found gold in the foothills. To avoid conflict, Chief Nawath led his people away from Boulder onto the eastern plains. He sought peace, but his efforts were in vain. He and 230 Arapaho and Cheyenne people would die in the Sand Creek Massacre, and the surviving tribal members would be banished from Colorado.
 
Chief Left Hand, an essential book of Boulder and Colorado history, is readily available at the Boulder Library and local bookstores. Please join us for an online discussion on Saturday, Oct. 30, 10:30 to 12 noon:

We are now using one joining link for all of our BFM meetings.

Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:

https://zoom.us/j/96273568620?pwd=TDlDTW1SalJGUzRjT3B1dnkwbnhoZz09

Join with audio only by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (*6 to mute/unmute, *9 to raise hand)

Meeting ID: 962 7356 8620 Password: 063025

 

 
Please RSVP to Anne Marie Pois (pois@colorado.edu).

 

Boulder Meeting Announcements

GreenFaith Actions

Boulder Friends Meeting is a member of GreenFaith. In addition to participating in our GreenFaith program hour on 9/26 at 1:00, you may want to participate in one of more of these activities:

Interfaith Art Build: Banner and Sign Making Sat & Sun 9/25-9/26 

Mountain View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place, Boulder

For more information, click here

Sign up for time slots here.

Moving Vigil for the Earth  Mon 9/27 4-6pm

From the International Peace Garden by Boulder Creek east of the Boulder Public Main Library, to the Boulder County Courthouse on Pearl St.

For more information click here

Flyer and Informational Letter are attached.

Please spread the word!

These events are inspiring preparation for GreenFaith’s Faiths 4 Climate Justice, Oct 17-18, when faith communities all over the globe will rise to send a message: destroying the planet is against our religions. Take a look at all the actions around the world!

For questions or to get more involved, please reply to this email at bouldergreenfaith@gmail.com 

Minute on Support for Palestinians that was read at September Meeting for Business

 

Minute in Support of Human Rights for Palestinian Children and their Families

Boulder Monthly Meeting. September 2021

(Based on Intermountain Yearly Meeting Minute of June 20, 2021)

The minute has been returned to PSJ for clarification and reconsideration.

Spirit leads Boulder Meeting to support the American Friends Service Committee’s No Way to Treat a Child campaign “which seeks to challenge and end Israel’s prolonged military occupation of Palestinians by exposing widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system.”

We believe that no child should be denied due process or be tortured, and that this work is supported by Friends’ testimonies of Peace, Equality, and Community.  We are saddened by violations of international law by the Israeli military.  We urge our elected officials to support legislation that will prohibit U.S. funds from enabling further harm to Palestinian children, their families, homes, and land.

USE OF THE MEETING HOUSE BY SMALL BFM GROUPS

From the Ad Hoc Committee on Re-opening the Meetinghouse: 

Small Quaker groups may now meet in person at the Meetinghouse without masking or social distancing.  In addition, they may use the Fellowship room and kitchen (previously off-limits), so long as they clean up after themselves. Garbage should be taken out to the bins at the back of the parking lot. Because social distancing is no longer required, more than one person at a time may use the bathroom.
The definition of what constitutes a ‘small’ group is left to the discernment of each Quaker group using the Meetinghouse.
Information on Joys and Sorrows

If you missed the 10 a.m. Sunday Meeting and would like to hear Friends’ Joys and Sorrows, you are welcome to contact someone on Ministry & Worship (M&W) Committee.

Celebration of Life Online Events

It has been a year since we have been able to come together as a community to gather for a memorial service. We want to remember and celebrate the lives of members who have died this past year, as well as family members who have been lost.

There could be a slide show of photos, videos, music, and sharing of stories. If you would like to have such an event, we can provide the tech support to make it happen. You could invite a small group of family and friends, or include the Friends meeting also.

For more information, contact a member of the Grief and Bereavement Committee.

Submitted by Molly Greacen for the Grief and Bereavement Committee

Did you miss the IPC Program Hour on Fort Chambers – Boulder's Connection with the Sand Creek Massacre?

If you missed the May 2 Program Hour about the history of Boulder’s Fort Chambers and its ties to the Sand Creek Massacre, here are four ways to learn about it: 1) Watch a recording of the May 2 program here, 2) Read a flyer here, 3) Contact Paula Palmer, paulaRpalmer@gmail.com if you would like to request a Zoom presentation about Fort Chambers for another group or organization, and 4) read Margaret Coel’s biography, Chief Left Hand

Tips on Joining Zoom

Are you having trouble joining our Zoom gatherings? Technology can be quirky and what works on one device doesn’t always work on another; try some of these ideas and see what works for you:

  • Our Meeting calendar gives links for joining Zoom meetings. Click on “more details” to get more information, including a blue “live” link that will get you directly to the meeting.
  • If the link to join the meeting, either on the calendar or elsewhere, isn’t blue, and clicking on it doesn’t work, then it isn’t live. Copy the link and paste it into your browser window. (If you’re not sure how to do this, I’m happy to teach you, or perhaps you have a grandchild or young friend who would excel at being your tech teacher.)
  • You can also use your Zoom app to join; It’s called Zoom.us on the computer or just Zoom on a smart phone. Click on it to open it and then it asks for the meeting ID and then the meeting Passcode. Those are both in the invitation that you received by email or found on our calendar or in Announcements.
  • If you can’t use a computer or a smart phone, you can still dial in for a telephone connection. Our Zoom link invitations give various phone numbers so that you can pick a “nearby” one such as Houston (1-346-248-7799). Dial that number and you will be prompted to enter the meeting ID and then the meeting Passcode. You will be muted but can unmute and later mute again using *6; you can raise your hand for the host to recognize by using *9. Join a few minutes early and tell the tech host your name so that it can be displayed instead of your phone number.
     
Mid-week Worship and Worship Sharing with Mountain View Friends Meeting
We are invited to join Mountain View Meeting’s evening worship and worship sharing on Wednesday evenings: 
Please join us for Mid-week Worship and Worship Sharing on Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:15 PM via Zoom.  We will worship in silence for 15-20 minutes before worship-sharing.  Please email me if you’d like a copy of the short reading (not more than 2 paragraphs) and the queries. (Joan Piasecki, drjmpiasecki@comcast.net).
 
Join Zoom Meeting use this Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 880 4502 4318
Password: 867497

 

Ongoing Meeting Announcements

Wise Older Women (WOW) - 4th Thursday each month, 12:00 – 1:30

We are renewing our Meeting’s lunch group for senior women!  Interested?  Because the Delta variant is so contagious, we will meet in the fellowship room, masks are required, and please do not bring food so that we can all stay masked.  If you identify as a Senior, you’re old enough. Please contact Sharon Reimer with questions.

Friendly Friends Zoom Chat

Friendly Friends Chat:  Group meets first and third Thursdays at 3 pm. Come join us! For the Zoom link, contact John Graves at juantumbas@yahoo.com.

Circle of Light – Holding Friends in the Light

Would you like to participate in sending Light to those who request it? This supplement to our post-worship Joys and Sorrows appears to have much support from Meeting for several reasons, especially its immediacy. First suggested as a prayer circle, “Circle of Light” seemed a more inclusive name. We try to surround those in need with Light as soon as it is requested.

If you have a request that you or your loved ones be held in the Light, email Daniel Booth (booth.daniel.j@gmail.com) or text/call 303-594-6138 and your request will go out promptly. Should you wish to remain anonymous, just provide whatever details are needed for us to focus on your situation.

Friends Emergency Fund

Your Oversight and Membership committee wants to remind friends during this difficult time that the Meeting has a long-standing Friends Emergency Fund that can provide funds to those closely connected to the Meeting who are faced with emergency situations involving severe short-term financial need.

Information about the fund — how to apply for it, and limitations to it — are on the Meeting’s website.  Login on the website, then click Procedures, Policies, and Finances.  (You must be logged in to access that page.)  For more information, please feel free to contact any member of O&M:

Boulder Friends Meeting's Email Lists
To be added to any of Boulder Friends Meeting’s email lists, please send an email to boulderfriendsmeeting@gmail.com.  In the email, let us know which lists you would like to be added to:
 
– The Friday/Saturday weekly Bulletin list
– The Emergency/Memorial list
– The monthly Business Meeting list
 
You are welcome to join all lists or just one or two.
Please Fill Out Your Medical Durable Power of Attorney

Responding to members’ requests, we are providing a PDF document for preparing a Medical Durable Power of Attorney (from the Boulder Community Hospital website); Click here to download it: medical-durable-power-of-attorney.

A Medical Durable Power of Attorney should be created by everyone, especially since we are living through a pandemic. This document gives one other person the legal authority to speak on your behalf regarding your wishes for medical care in the case that you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. It needs to be signed and witnessed but does not need to be drawn up by a lawyer. It requires  the signature of two witnesses, and getting it notarized is optional.  Please share a copy with your family doctor and the person you are choosing to represent your healthcare decisions when you cannot.

If you want to look at other documents that can help you prepare for end of life, you can also access advanced directive documents from this website under RESOURCES- Death and Dying.  These are contained in our committee’s resource book called Going Into the Light. There are several different documents to choose from there: 5 Choices, The Conversation Project, and MOST.

The Conversation Project in Boulder County is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. MOST (Colorado Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) covers CPR, medical interventions, and artificially administered nutrition, and is signed and dated by the provider (MD) and patient (or agent, guardian or proxy-by-statute.

You can also find and download the document Advanced Directive for Medical and Surgical Treatment.  This document does need to be sign and notarized.

These documents are all different from a legal will, which can be done in Colorado without a lawyer, but most people choose to see a lawyer for putting that together.

Submitted by Molly Greacen for the Grief and Bereavement Committee

FRIENDS ONLINE PROFILES – Please help us build community
  • Have you ever spoken with someone during Fellowship and later wanted to contact them but you couldn’t remember their name? 
  • Do you sometimes wish you knew a little more about some of the people in our Meeting? 

Tada! Soon these and similar kinds of issues will be a thing of the past, due to a new feature on our website added by the Web Committee, called Friends Online Profiles! Friends Online Profiles is a community builder, a way for all of us to get to know one another better. 

To view this new feature after you have logged into the website, from the far right Members drop-down menu, choose “Friends Online Profiles”. You will see all of the members and attenders listed who currently have a login to our website. You can click on “View Profile” for anyone to see details. 

Currently there is not much information visible for most people. That’s where you come in! We all need to fill in some details for ourselves. Here’s how to update your own profile: 

From the website’s Members drop-down menu at far right, look for “Update your Online Profile”. 

Once there, upload a digital picture of yourself. Head shots are best, because the image will be very small and we want to recognize you. Then continue to fill in as many fields as you like and are comfortable with. 

When done, click “Submit”. That’s it! 

You can make changes at any time. 

Note that these profiles are secure — they are only visible to people within our Meeting who have logged into the protected pages of our website. 

It will take all of us to make it work. We invite you to be a part of it. Thank you from the Web Committee

For further information...
For further information about any of the above activities, contact clerk@boulderfriendsmeeting.org.

 

Other Announcements of Interest to Friends

Sunday, October 3, is World Quaker Day!
Sunday, October 3, is World Quaker Day!  Check out the website to learn about all the different kinds of Quakers we are:  https://www.worldquakerday.org/
If you’re looking to join Friends around the world for online worship, we have three opportunities for you:
Join with Friends in a koinonia time honoring World Quaker Day organized by the Young Adult Friends of the FWCC Traveling Ministry Corps!
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness Col 1:11 KJV
4PM Pacific | 5PM Mountain | 6PM Central | 7PM Eastern
Europe and Middle East Section (EMES) will be hosting an hour of unprogrammed worship on World Quaker Day
  • At the corresponding times: 1pm London / 2pm Paris
  • Find out more on EMES’ website.
Africa and Asia West Pacific Sections will be hosting an hour of semi-programmed worship on World Quaker Day.
  • At the corresponding times: 8:00 am Cape Town, Kigali / 9:00 am Nairobi / 11:30 am New Delhi, Bhopal / 2:00 pm Manila, Fremantle / 3:00 pm Tokyo / 5:00 pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart / 7:00 pm Wellington
  • Register online.
You can also check the FWCC World Office online worship page for more worship opportunities.
Nicaraguan Refugee needs Work

Dear Friends,

I am the INS sponsor for a young Nicaraguan man named Wiston Rivera.  

He is seeking Political Asylum in the U.S. due to dangerous political conditions in his country.

He is the nephew of the manager of my Nicaraguan charity.

www.posibilidadnicaraguense.com

And he needs any work that Friends can conjure up.  See below for further explanation.

He had been in INS detention since June 15th, when he surrendered at the border in Yuma, AZ.  But he was released to my supervision on August 14th.  And he has been working for friends of mine since then.  He is amongst the hardest workers I’ve ever seen, and he really enjoys it.  I strive to give him days off, but he prefers to work every day.  Rather than having an ankle monitor, he is monitored by INS via an App on his phone.

And we managed to get him a permanent job offer with the City of Lyons.  But then we visited the INS and learned that he is not allowed to work in the U.S. (officially) until he qualifies for Permission to Work.  Which will require the services of an Asylum Specialist Attorney, and the time frame involved is unclear.

Wiston is a very fit and personable 21 year old.  He has a 2 year degree in industrial processes and he is skilled in landscaping and outdoor maintenance.  He had a job at a shrimp processing plant and his duties included equipment maintenance, welding and he also worked on the metal fabrication lathes.

You can contact me at 303-772-4617 or at cjanney8@gmail.com.

Thanks, 

Charlie Janney

Learn about the Denver AFSC and Immigrant Rights

NEWS FROM THE DENVER AFSC OFFICE

Want to learn about the work of the American Friends Service Committee’s Denver office? Check out their website, https://www.afsc.org/office/denver-co, and sign up there to receive AFSC Denver email communications.

Want to meet other allies working for immigrant rights? Or deepen your knowledge on immigration policy? Maybe meet with elected officials to support the vision and demands of immigrants? We meet every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom – Sign up here to receive meeting information:  https://www.afsc.org/ea/coloradans-immigrant-rights?submit=Subscribe

– Submitted by Paula Palmer, AFSC Rep.

 

 

Take Action

Training Opportunities with Together Colorado

Together Colorado:  Opportunities for Engagement, October 2021

Together Colorado Leadership Training

Saturday, October 2, 9am-1pm 
Location: Zoom
RSVP: https://bit.ly/tc-training-oct-2021

Learn how to inspire people to act, develop community leaders, conduct rigorous research to take action on community issues, and build power to produce change. 

Note: Boulder Friends are “leaders” with Together Colorado and do not have to pay to register. 

Race Class Narrative Training for Together Colorado Faith Leaders 

Thursday, October 21, 9 AM – 1 PM
Location: Zoom + possible in-person option at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St. Denver, CO 80223

Stay tuned for a registration link

A New Way Forward: A Discussion on Cross-Racial Solidarity with Heather McGhee – Author of “The Sum of Us – What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together” – sponsored by Rise Up Colorado

Thursday, October 21, 5:30 PM -7:30 PM
Location: Zoom (registration link coming shortly)

 

Urging help for Palestinians

Intermountain Yearly Meeting 
Minute Adopted at Annual Gathering, June 2021

Spirit leads Intermountain Yearly Meeting to support the American Friends Service Committee’s No Way to Treat a Child campaign “which seeks to challenge and end Israel’s prolonged military occupation of Palestinians by exposing widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system.”

Friends believe that no child should be denied due process or be tortured, and that this work is supported by our testimonies of Peace, Equality, Integrity, and Community. We recognize our own country’s history of settler colonialism, anti-Black discrimination, and our recent separation of families and inhumane detention of immigrant children.

We ask Friends and their Meetings to educate themselves and their communities on these violations of international law, and to join with AFSC’s “No Way to Treat a Child” campaign, in calling on their elected officials to support legislation that protects Palestinian children and eliminates funding that may be used to oppress and violate human rights, especially children’s rights.

Petition to Boulder City Council
From the Peace & Social Justice Committee

Along with many other Boulder residents, we are distressed to learn that out of the $3.8 billion dollars in weapons and military aid that the U.S. provides to Israel each year, we Boulder citizens contribute $1.65 million (https://uscpr.org/militaryfunding)!  We do not wish to fund the killing of Palestinians and would prefer our tax money to go for humanitarian causes.

That amount would fund 20 elementary school teachers, give 1,000 persons food assistance, provide healthcare for 690 children, or provide 22 clean energy jobs in Boulder.  Or, it could go toward ensuring human rights and freedom for Palestinians as well as Israelis.

We ask Boulder City Council to take note of this and send a message of concern to Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper and to Congressman Neguse, asking that our tax monies be spent in a more humanitarian manner.

— Signed by the Peace & Social Justice Committee and 22 Boulder Friends

Palestinian Human Rights Group, Boulder

A new organization has started in Boulder, called Human Rights for Palestinians. Members of First Congregational Church are mainly involved, and they warmly invite people from other congregations to visit their monthly meetings by zoom.

The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 7-8 pm, with a speaker and discussion.  They send out weekly emails with information or suggestions for advocacy action.

Contact BFM Friend Anne Remley for speaker details and zoom information at agr1@me.com or 734-646-0866. 

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT – Opportunity to lobby via email

With a new Congress in session, members and attenders of Boulder Meeting may participate in a meaningful way in lobbying our Colorado senators regarding renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which failed to be renewed in last year’s Congress; it has not been renewed since 2013. Such renewal is vital for victims of both sexual and domestic violence throughout the country as a result of COVID-19, with victims having fewer options of escape. Domestic violence victims in Indian Country outnumber victims of other races 9 to 1. Moreover, the majority of perpetrators in Indian Country are non-natives over whom Tribes have no jurisdiction. As a result, Justice is not being done. Please write your senators asking them to support the renewal of VAWA; however, we need you to ask something different of each senator. Senator Bennet co-sponsored the bill last year, so, please ask him to not only make it a legislative priority in the first 100 days of the legislative session, but also to ensure that there are strong tribal provisions in any bill that is passed this year. For Senator Hickenlooper, please ask him to make VAWA a legislative priority, ensuring that it gets passed this year, with strong tribal provisions. For a sample email to send to each senator, email Susan Swihart at: sus.swih@gmail. Contact Senator Bennet: bennet.senate.gov Senator Hickenlooper: hickenlooper.senate.gov.

Submitted on behalf of Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee by Susan Swihart

FCNL Resources on Racial Justice

From FCNL: Quaker Volunteer Service has pulled together a collection of resources to help each of us determine our next right step. Get started using this list of 75 Things White People can Do for Racial Justice. Watch Quaker Speak’s collection of video interviews with Quakers of Color, and read this powerful reflection by Vanessa Julye, which asks: “Are we ready to make the systematic changes necessary in our meetings to remove white supremacy?”

Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples (friendspeaceteams.org/trr)

Learn about Right Relationship Boulder

Learn more about building relationship with Native Peoples by subscribing to the newsletter for Right Relationship Boulder. Paula Palmer and other members of the Indigenous Peoples Concerns committee can give you more information about this important organization.

Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL)