Announcements

Please submit announcements to announcements@boulderfriendsmeeting.org. These announcements are visible to the general public, so save confidential information to share at Meeting.

 

Upcoming Meeting Events

Vaccination Now Required for Meetinghouse Activities

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.)

To join by 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

 

Outdoor Sunday morning worship in Louisville: 9:30 am (our fall/winter schedule)

All are invited to outdoor worship in Cottonwood Park, Louisville, 9:30-10:30 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) will meet Jan. 30

 

(First Day School usually meets every other week. For details or to be added to the parent email list, please contact Susan Stephens, susan@operant.com.)

TAI CHI YOGA COMBO CLASS begins Feb. 6

An easy-does-it tai chi and yoga combo class will be led in person and on Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month following meeting in the fellowship room, at noon at the Boulder meetinghouse at 1825 Upland Ave. 50304. (This is a change from 11:45 listed in the Miscellany.) The first class will be February 6.

Makaan Michael Burt will be conducting a 45-minute experience of moving and sitting meditation. Class will start in a chair and transition into standing flow, then settling into chairs with an uplifting thought or contemplative reading; we will end with Q and A. Moving meditation will last 30+ minutes. Some participants may do the whole class sitting if more comfortable. If you’re a tall person, over 5’8″, please bring a thick pillow so that your knees are not higher than your hips while sitting in the chair.

Makaan Michael has been trained in Yoga therapy and taught it for 20 years. After 30 years of fooling around with tai chi, he recently trained in the TaijiFit method of flow training with Master David Dorian Ross.

This method was designed over a 40-year period by Master D.D.R. to let us experience intuitive grace. These movements’ purpose is to bring peace and balance to our daily lives. Each class will be customized to the fitness level of participants.

In-person class is limited to 15 participants. Covid vaccinations and masks are required.  The Zoom link will be available in Announcements and the calendar on our website.

Makaan: 303-257-8219 for texting only please

AFSC Restructuring – Two Program Hours, January 23 and February 20, 2022

Joyce Ajlouny, General Secretary AFSC, spoke January 23. View the Zoom recording here until the end of February.

Lucy Duncan, former Director of Friends Relations for AFSC, February 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm MST

Friends may be aware that AFSC is undergoing a major restructuring. Not all Friends are happy with the restructuring process. Lucy Duncan and 5 other authors recently published a letter in Western Friend that was very critical of the process. Western Friend sponsored a discussion on the restructuring on Thursday, January 6, 2022 that drew an audience of about 300. As a direct result of her letter, Lucy was fired by AFSC.

Boulder Friends Meeting is honored to partner with Mountain View Friends Meeting and Fort Collins Friends Meeting to host two remote Program Hours that will provide alternate views of the restructuring process. Please join us on Zoom for these important and insightful presentations:

Joyce Ajlouny, General Secretary of AFSC, described the viewpoint of the AFSC Leadership Team on Sunday January 23. View the presentation here until the end of February.

Lucy Duncan, former Director of Friends Relations for AFSC, will describe her concerns with the restructuring process on Sunday February 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm MST.

Zoom link for 2/20/22:

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

Meeting ID: 897 6278 6135, Passcode: 275255

 

Background Material

Learn about the new American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) strategic plan, which includes its mission, vision, and values statements and its program goals:

– Just and sustainable peace

– Just economies that work for people and the Earth

– Just responses to forced displacement and migration

View AFSC why restructure jan22

The letter in Western Friend by Lucy Duncan and others can be viewed here. In response to that letter, the AFSC Leadership Team just published this article in Western Friend. Another perspective is provided by a 20-year volunteer for AFSC; it can be viewed here.

M&W Worship Sharing Program Hour: Feb.27, 1:00

Ministry & Worship Committee will host another Worship Sharing Program Hour

Please plan to attend and participate in the next Worship Sharing Program Hour as we continue our conversation about ‘Revitalizing our Meeting’ as a community.  We invite and encourage all Friends—Newcomers, Oldcomers, and Occasionalcomers—to join in this time of deep worship sharing, as we seek to hear all voices that care about the future of our Beloved Community.

We will announce the specific queries soon, but ask you to mark your calendars now.

Submitted by Chris Griffin-Wehr for Ministry & Worship committee

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

Working Group for Racial Justice Discussion of Ta-Nehisi Coates on Reparations: Mar. 5, 10:30 – 12:00

The Working Group for Racial Justice invites you to a discussion on:  

                          Saturday, March 5th  2022, at 10:30 to Noon on zoom.   

To prepare for the discussion please read an article by Ta-Nehisi Coates on reparations that was published in the Atlantic Magazine in 2014 entitled, 

                “The Case for Reparations.”   

Coates presents the argument that addressing the issue of reparations will give Americans the opportunity to really come to grips with our history of racism, make amends, and begin to heal.  We will consider how the legacy of slavery in the US has shaped Black Americans’ experience of oppression and injustice in the twentieth century to the present day and how Quakers might relate to this question of reparations.   

Here is the link to his article: 

 https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/
 More resources include: 

 https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-new-yorker-interview/ta-nehisi-coates-revisits-the-case-for-reparations

The website following is one that provides excellent information about Reparations and the responses of white Americans to the legacy of slavery.

https://reparations4slavery.com/about-the-r4s-portal/

Submitted by Anne Marie Pois for the Working Group for Racial Justice 

pois@colorado.edu 

Anne Marie Pois

pois@colorado.edu

 

 

Boulder Meeting Announcements

MARSHALL FIRE SUPPORT AND SERVICES

It is no surprise yet a blessing just the same that many Friends and Attenders, both here in Boulder and elsewhere, have stepped forward with offers of support for victims of the Marshall Fire.

To help members of the Meeting community contact people who can provide whatever services they need, we have drawn up a list of the different forms of assistance available.

If there is some service you could use, please contact either the Clerk, Chris Griffin-Wehr, at chris.griffinwehr@cu.edu or (303) 442-1774, or the Service Committee through Chris Braider at braider@colorado.edu or (303) 502-7998 and we will put you in touch with someone who can provide the support you need.

Anyone interested in providing support can let us know and we’ll add your names to our confidential list.

The following kinds of support are available:

  • Clerical help (filling out forms, help identifying and negotiating with public agencies and insurers, help handling issues arising from lost library cards)
  • Computer support (laptop loans, help with connectivity issues)
  • Cooking
  • Construction work
  • Fellowship (visits, shared coffee/tea, opportunities to talk events through)
  • Financial support
  • Housing
  • Transportation

Please remember the Clerk’s wise and warm reminder that being given the opportunity to help is as great a gift as receiving help.

In Love and Peace, Chris Griffin-Wehr and Chris Braider

 

AFSC Support for People Impacted by the Fires

The Denver office of AFSC (Jennifer Piper, Jordan Garcia, and Gabriela Flora) has put together a very useful guide in both Spanish and English of resources available to victims of the Marshall Fire. The guide can be viewed on line here, and a pdf version for printing is available here.

 

This article is very helpful for those who want to help.

 

The survivor of a California fire writes about “How to Help a Friend Who Lost Their Home in a Fire”: click here.

Watch Western Friend's Interview of Paula Palmer: Feb. 8, 7:00

February 8, 7 pm MST, Boulder Meeting’s Paula Palmer will be interviewed online by Western Friend. The interview is a follow-up to her article, Healing with Native Peoples through Truth, published in the January-February issue of Western Friend. Join the interview here: https://westernfriend.org/event/interview-paula-palmer

For Consideration at the Feb. 13 Business Meeting: BOULDER FRIENDS MEMORIAL MINUTES

Oversight & Membership submits the following policy on memorial minutes for the Meeting’s approval at the February Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business:

The primary purpose of the Memorial Minute is to contribute to Quaker History by recording Quaker lives and recognizing the work that individual members of our Meeting have done to support the Religious Society of Friends. Minutes are written for members, published in Western Friend and Friends Journal, and archived in Boulder Meeting as well as Intermountain Yearly Meeting. In this way, the core of the Religious Society of Friends can be maintained. 

Further discussion has revealed that Friends want to be inclusive and recognize the contributions and dedication of regular attenders.  To honor our history and to extend recognition, the following reflects the latest discussions in Boulder Friends Meeting.

 

  1. Memorial Minutes are for members. We encourage attenders to apply for membership.
  2. Cooperation with and by the family of the deceased is a requirement for all Memorial Minutes.
  3. A Tribute (or Obituary) will be published in the Miscellany for all Attenders, if desired.
  4. Oversight & Membership will assure consistent communication with Members and longtime Regular Attenders concerning Memorial Minutes and Tributes. There also will be a place on our website for people to request a Tribute in the Miscellany or decline recognition of any kind.
LIBRARY NEWS – New Books in Our Library

Davis, Fania E., The Little Book of Race & Restorative Justice:  Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation.  Fania Davis is a long-time social justice activist, civil rights trial attorney, writer and scholar, a Woodrow Wilson fellow, and named by the Los Angeles Times as a “New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century.”

Macy, Joanna, & Brown, Molly Young, Coming Back to Life – Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World.  How Do We Deal With the Pain That We Feel for the World – Pain That Prevents Us From Acting on Its Behalf?

Bill, J. Brent, Hope & Witness in Dangerous Times:  Lessons from the Quakers on Blending Faith, Daily Life, & Activism.  Author invites all people of faith to consider how our personal and communal faith practices should bring us to a fresh engagement with the needs of this world — what Bayard Rustin called being “angelic troublemakers.”

Arnold, Mary Ellicott & Reed, Mabel, In the Land of the Grasshopper Song:  Two Women in the Klamath River Indian Country in 1908-1909.  Authors’ accounts of experiences as white women hired to promote the federal government’s assimilation of American Indians, and, instead, finding themselves adapting to the world they entered in Karuk tribal communities in the Klamath and Salmon River country of northern California.

Quakerism: the Basics (2021) by Margery Post Abbott and Carl Abbott

“This book is an important work for anyone wanting to understand the essentials of Quakerism.  In clear accessible prose, the Abbotts guide readers through Quakerism’s past and present revealing the incredible diversity within the Religious Society of Friends.” (Robynne Healy)  With helpful features including suggested readings, timelines, a glossary and a guide to Quakers in fiction, this book is an ideal starting point for those new to Friends and for those who want to refresh their knowledge.  A great addition for Quaker Studies!

We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, (2021) by Traci Sorell, Illustrated by Frane Lessac

This young people’s book presents historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles and victories in Native life in a direct and engaging style.  “Highlighting the fact that contemporary Native life is ongoing, this indispensable picture book presents truths about Native Americans that everyone should know.  Whether facing forced assimilation or tribal termination or celebrating self determination or the Indian Child Welfare Act, Native people in the United States will always declare:  WE ARE STILL HERE!”  While a book for youth, it presents an excellent summary for all ages.

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love (2020) by Valarie Kaur

“How do we labor for the world we want when the labor feels endless?  Valarie Kaur—renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer—declares revolutionary love as the call of our time, a radical, joyful practice that extends in three directions: to others, to our opponents, and to ourselves.  It enjoins us to see no stranger but instead look at others and say: You are part of me I do not yet know. Starting from that place of wonder, the world begins to change: It is a practice that can transform a relationship, a community, a culture, even a nation.”

“Sweet Home Monteverde”  (2020) DVD Directed by Robin Truesdale, Produced by Bill Adler

“Months after the US entered the Korean War in 1950, four Quaker was resisters from Fairhope, Alabama led some 40 people to emigrate to Costa Rica, a country that had just abolished its army.  They settled in a remote cloud forest amid abundant birds and wildlife but with no roads or infrastructure to speak of.  They named their community Monteverde ­Green Mountain.  The film chronicles the Quakers’ history of fighting for peace and social and climate justice, and documents how that legacy has been passed to succeeding generations, making the story of the Monteverde Quakers as inspiring and relevant today as ever.” 

Many of these books will be located on the NEW BOOKS shelf under the windows for some months for your convenience.

-Marilyn Hayes for the Library

Minute on Support for Palestinian Children and Families, adopted at Meeting for Worship for Business, Sunday, October 10

Boulder Friends Meeting, October 10, 2021

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

Spirit leads Boulder Friends Meeting to affirm support for the American Friends Service Committee’s No Way to Treat a Child campaign which exposes “widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system.”  We are saddened by such violations of international law by the Israeli military. No child should be denied due process or be tortured.  

We join with AFSC in supporting legislation halting the use of U.S. funds for governmental actions that oppress and cause suffering to Palestinian children, that displace families, demolish homes, and annex more land—all in violation of international law. These actions are the target of new legislation introduced by Representative Betty McCollum of Minnesota, HR 2590, “Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.”

Friends deeply respect the religious tradition of Judaism and deplore the painful 2,000-year legacy of anti-Semitism and then, the Holocaust.  The Israeli state has aimed to provide a safe haven for Jewish people.   Yet, Israel has also now perpetuated a long military occupation, oppressing the Palestinian population and annexing their land.  Led by our testimonies of Community, Equality, and Peace, we support HR 2590, thus ensuring that our tax money does not enable further violence toward Palestinian children and their families.  We urge the establishment of peace and full human rights for both Israelis and Palestinians.

 

Ongoing Meeting Announcements

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.

Online Quaker Studies starting in January, 2022

Because of the pandemic, we both have felt somewhat disconnected from the spiritual aspects of Quakerism. For this reason, and with the approval of Ministry and Worship, we are offering an online Quaker Studies course focused on Quaker spirituality starting in January, 2022.

Course Format:
        Ten 90-minute weekly Zoom sessions
        Thursdays, January 6 – March 10, 2022
        7:00 – 8:30 pm
        Short on-line readings and videos to be completed prior to each session
        Full group and small group facilitated discussions
        Registration limited to 24 participants with on-line access
The syllabus may be viewed at http://bit.do/QS-2022-syllabus.

To sign up, go to http://bit.do/QS-2022-signup.
-Submitted by Bill Moninger & Arlene Brownell
USE OF THE MEETING HOUSE BY SMALL BFM GROUPS

From the Ad Hoc Committee on Re-opening the Meetinghouse (This policy was developed before Omicron and will be revisited soon)

Small Quaker groups may now meet in person at the Meetinghouse with masking, except when eating.  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.”
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
Key Email Addresses: Contact the Correct Friend More Easily

Having trouble figuring out where to send your emails? Please use these email addresses to help us keep organized. They will go not only to the person in charge of the job, but often to a back-up Friend who also deals with the subject of the email. You don’t have to remember who does which tasks, and the folks you write to can organize their emails by their jobs.

announcements@boulderfriendsmeeting.org

bookkeeper@boulderfriendsmeeting.org

buildingcoord@boulderfriendsmeeting.org

bulletin@boulderfriendsmeeting.org

calendar@boulderfriendsmeeting.org

clerk@boulderfriendsmeeting.org

editor@boulderfriendsmeeting.org (for the Miscellany)

miscellany@boulderfriendsmeeting.org (also goes to the Miscellany editor)

treasurer@boulderfriendsmeeting.org

webmaster@boulderfriendsmeeting.org

zoom@boulderfriendsmeeting.org

You can get to the list of committees to write to conveners about committee business by clicking here.

 

PROGRAM HOUR CONTACT
Interested in hosting a Program Hour for the Meeting? Chris Moore is your new contact person! Please reach out to him at cmoore@mediate.org if you would like to get something scheduled on our program calendar.
Wise Older Women (WOW) - 2nd Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:30

The senior women’s group (WOW) will skip January and then meet on the second Tuesday of the month beginning in February at the Meeting House at noon. 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.

EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) Food Donations Needed

Please bring non-perishable food donations for EFAA. The white barrel is at the meetinghouse year round waiting to be filled, and Friends have offered to deliver the food to EFAA. Other donations can be taken or sent to EFAA at 1575 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, 80304, just a few blocks from the meetinghouse!

– Submitted by the Service Committee

Announcement Submission Details

Help us post your announcement by including the following information:

– Title  

– Body of the announcement (This can be as long as you want and can include links. Photos are possible if they are important; it makes the posting a bit harder.)

– When should it be taken down?

– Submitted by (Friend and/or Committee)

Send it to announcements@boulderfriendsmeeting.org. (If you want it in the Bulletin too, then also send it to bulletin@boulderfriendsmeeting.org.)

Many thanks from your very gratefully Web Committee

Friendly Friends Zoom Chat

Friendly Friends Chat meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 3 pm. Come join us!  John Graves (juantumbas@yahoo.com).  

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96273568620?pwd=TDlDTW1SalJGUzRjT3B1dnkwbnhoZz09. Mtg. ID: 962 7356 8620; Password: 063025.  (Or audio at: 1-669-900-6833.) 

AFSC Restructuring – Two Program Hours, January 23 and February 20

Joyce Ajlouny, General Secretary AFSC, January 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm MST

Lucy Duncan, former Director of Friends Relations for AFSC, February 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm MST

Friends may be aware that AFSC is undergoing a major restructuring. Not all Friends are happy with the restructuring process. Lucy Duncan and 5 other authors recently published a letter in Western Friend that was very critical of the process. Western Friend sponsored a discussion on the restructuring on Thursday, January 6, 2022 that drew an audience of about 300. As a direct result of her letter, Lucy was fired by AFSC.

Boulder Friends Meeting is honored to partner with Mountain View Friends Meeting and Fort Collins Friends Meeting to host two remote Program Hours that will provide alternate views of the restructuring process:

Joyce Ajlouny, General Secretary of AFSC, described the viewpoint of the AFSC Leadership Team on Sunday January 23, 2022. You can view this presentation here until the end of February.

Lucy Duncan, former Director of Friends Relations for AFSC, will describe her concerns with the restructuring process on Sunday February 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm MST.

Please join us on Zoom for these important and insightful presentations.

The link to the Zoom Meeting is given here, on the Boulder Friends Meeting calendar. Click on Program Hour on January 23 or February 20, 2022.

Background Material

Learn about the new American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) strategic plan, which includes its mission, vision, and values statements and its program goals:

– Just and sustainable peace

– Just economies that work for people and the Earth

– Just responses to forced displacement and migration 

And learn about the restructuring plan and the internal debates within AFSC about how the organization can best be structured to address its program goals in this Google folder, Also contained in that folder are proposals from a group called, “The Peoples of AFSC”. Jennifer Piper, program director in the Denver AFSC office, shared these documents and issues with Boulder Friends during a program hour on Oct 24.

The letter in Western Friend by Lucy Duncan and others can be viewed here. In response to that letter, the AFSC Leadership Team just published this article in Western Friend. Another perspective is provided by a 20-year volunteer for AFSC; it can be viewed here.

To learn more about AFSC’s current programs and how Quakers can be involved, visit the Friends Engage page here

IMYM link for 2/20/22 AFSC program hour:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89762786135?pwd=Ymk1NHdSeVNMVEhCMHNVaEZTZW9adz09

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

Meeting ID: 897 6278 6135, Passcode: 275255

One tap mobile:

+13462487799,,89762786135#,,,,*275255# US (Houston)

+16699006833,,89762786135#,,,,*275255# US (San Jose)

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

 

Other Announcements of Interest to Friends

Young Adult Friends Can Apply for Quaker Voluntary Service: Applications due Feb. 28

Hello Boulder Friends Meeting !

I am Christina Dunbar, an alum of and recruiter for Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS). I am reaching out to Friends meetings because QVS would be a great opportunity for young adult friends or relatives of Friends in transition to practice Quaker values and deepen their spirituality. Quaker Voluntary Service (QVS) applications are open for the 2022-2023 Fellowship year, and I would be very grateful if you could share the below blurb with our Friends community!

“Grounded in the Quaker faith tradition and open to people of all backgrounds, QVS is a year-long Fellowship program in which young adults (age 21-30) build intentional community, work full time at social service and social change agencies, and explore themes of spiritual and personal growth with local Quakers.

QVS addresses racial, economic, and gender justice by helping partner organizations increase capacity to fulfill their missions and provide young adults with invaluable experience and training that equips them for a lifetime of social change work. QVS currently has houses in Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Portland OR.

Applications for the upcoming 2022-2023 year (beginning in late August 2022) are due February 28, 2022.”

Read more and apply: Check out QVS’ website where you’ll find a Fellow job description, Fellow testimonials, current service partners, and the application portal.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at christinad@quakervoluntaryservice.org 

Christina Dunbar

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Recruitment Coordinator

Quaker Voluntary Service

christinad@quakervoluntaryservice.org

www.quakervoluntaryservice.org

www.facebook.com/QuakerVoluntaryService

Watch a video about QVS here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9-iRiq9dWw

Decolonizing the Quaker Peace Testimony – Recording Available

The Quaker Theological Discussion Group recently hosted a panel discussion on “Decolonizing the Quaker Peace Testimony.” Four Quakers, including a Native American and an African American and Friends from the Philippines and Palestine, shared their diverse perspectives on this challenging topic. A recording is available here

AFSC Launches Emerging Leaders for Liberation, a program for 18 – 25 year olds – information session Feb. 2

AFSC is launching a new hands-on learning program, Emerging Leaders for Liberation! Applicants must be 18-25 years old as of April 1, 2022 and have a relationship to an AFSC program, a Quaker college/organization, or a Quaker meeting. The first cohort will begin meeting in May 2022. Applications will open Jan. 31.  

Interested in learning more? Join our information session on Wed., Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT to learn how you or a young adult you refer can apply.

I will share an overview together with General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny; Associate General Secretary Laura Boyce; and U.S. Program Director Sarah Amazeen.  

I hope to see you there! 

In peace, 

Mariana Martinez 

Director, Emerging Leaders for Liberation 

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

 

 

Take Action

Write to Congressman Neguse in Support of Palestinian Children
Friends, Please join in the Meeting’s support for Palestinian children and families by sending an email to Congressman Joe Neguse.  Peace and Social Concerns has sent the following letter, and invites you to join in.  You can use this email website:  https://neguse.house.gov/contact.  Scroll down, enter your basic info, and then copy this letter (or your own version) into the “Comments” box:
 
We in Boulder Friends Meeting (Quakers) believe that you are deeply concerned for the welfare of children and families.  As you know, Palestinian children and families have long suffered ill treatment at the hands of the Israeli military.
 
We want to let you know that on October 10, the Boulder Friends Meeting adopted a minute of concern “In Support of Human Rights for Palestinian Children and their Families.”   
 
This decision supports HR 2590, a bill that will ensure that U.S. tax monies will not enable further violence toward Palestinian children and families.  It also opposes demolition of their homes and annexation of more land. 
 
We ask your support and co-sponsorship of this important, humane legislation.
Elders Climate Action

Boulder Friends 50 or older who are concerned about the climate crisis are invited to join Elders Climate Action (ECA), a national group of older Americans that engages in a variety of actions to address this emergency before it’s too late, often in cooperation with other climate groups.

ECA highlights actions that can be taken individually and collectively.  Members can engage at any level that feels comfortable. Examples of ECA actions: urging AARP magazine to energize its millions of members; pressuring legislators, institutions and businesses to enact strong climate policies quickly; and encouraging politically inactive environmentalists to vote.

We are considering also forming a Colorado chapter to better address climate-related issues here in Colorado.

To learn more and to become a member, go to eldersclimateaction.org.

Arden Buck

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?”

Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL)