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Quaker Candidates for Congress – live Web Panel on 3/22 at 1:00 PM

Quakers in Politics Live Web Panel (March 22): Six Quaker candidates for Congress across the country will hold a live webcam on 3/22 from Earlham College, hosted by the Earlham president.  Participants include Boulder Meeting’s Nicholas Thomas (son of Steve Thomas and Carol Dreselly) who is running as an Independent candidate for CD2 (Jared Polis’ seat). Long interested in politics, Nicholas was volunteering in D.C. last June 14 at the time of the shooting of the Republican senator practicing for the annual Democrat-Republican baseball game. Nick’s response was to postpone his departure from D.C. in order to buy a ticket to attend the game the next day. He happened to sit next to John Lewis for this event. Days later he texted his parents (5000 miles away visiting family on Sweden’s Gotland Island in the Baltic) that he had decided to run for Congress as an Independent, so moved/distressed by how far our politics had fallen into “tribalism”.   Additional info is on his website. Apparently, Nicholas isn’t the only Quaker motivated to “do something” in the political realm.


Please come to the 2018 Colorado Quaker Women's Retreat....
Please come to the 2018 Colorado Quaker Women’s Retreat Fri., April 27 to Sunday the 29th to explore the theme: Playing with Spirit and the Arts, and please register by March 19. We will again gather at Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center near Allenspark about an hour’s drive northwest of Boulder. You do not need to come for the entire weekend if other commitments prohibit that. Just know that you’ll be welcome for whatever period you can attend. For the entire weekend (Friday and Saturday nights through Sunday lunch), costs will be $120-$170, depending on whether you decide to stay in the Retreat Center or a cabin. If staying in a cabin, you’ll need to remember to bring your own bedding (sleeping bags or bedrolls), and towels and washcloths. Highlands provides bedding, towels and washcloths for those staying in the Retreat Center. We have rooms reserved in the Retreat Center that sleep 3-6 people. Registration for Saturday only is $20 plus pay for your meals.
If you have an idea for an activity that fits with the theme, please indicate what that might be on the registration form or contact me or any other member of the planning committee: Claire Cafaro of Fort Collins; Ba Wise, Barb Stephens, Carolyn Kuban of Boulder; Carol Baxter or Paula Budzak of Mountain View in Denver. And, of course, we welcome leaders for worship groups. 
We hope to see you at the retreat! Gail Hoffman, Registrar, 303-989-6454 (weekends and evenings) Click here for the 2018 CO Quaker Womens Retreat Registration Form_FINAL.
Directory update in April – Please check that your information is correct.

Each Sunday in April, the Directory will be available in the Fellowship room during coffee hour — for review, additions, and corrections.  Come check your listing, and/or add yourself if you’re a new attender and would like to participate in the life of the meeting.

The new 2018-2019 Directory will be snail-mailed to all those listed in it during May.

REC Retreat: Interested in 1st Day School? Join the REC Committee to talk about...

Interested in 1st Day School? Join the REC Committee to talk about our program.

On Sunday, March 18, from 11:45 to 2:00 p.m. there will be a retreat for all who are FDS teachers, assistants and anyone else interested in how we can best serve the children in our meeting. Lunch will be provided, as well as childcare, for parents who wish to attend. We will meet in the classroom nearest the office. 

At the retreat, we will discuss how the current First Day School is working, for the K-5 class, Junior Young Friends and Senior Young Friends groups. We will also discuss what can be improved and what is still needed to make this a stronger program for our young Friends. For example, another teacher is needed for the K-5 group, since currently we have only three teachers and four Sundays in a month (sometimes five). We also need more kids coming on a regular basis. 

If you have questions or are planning to attend, please contact Susan Stephens, REC convener, at

IMYM Faith & Practice: Complete a survey and check out the online Faith & Practice....

Faith & Practice

The first edition of the IMYM Faith and Practice was released in June 2009. All Monthly Meetings and Worship Groups in IMYM have copies.  You can download this electronic version: Faith and Practice IMYM 2009, or you can order a print copy from Western Friend for $15 with $4 shipping.

The Faith & Practice Committee has sent a survey to all Monthly Meetings.  There is a Cover Letter HERE, a paper version of the Survey HERE, and an Electronic Response Form for the Survey HERE.

We ask that meetings respond to the survey by May 1st so the committee can reflect on responses during IMYM 2018.

Spring Potlucks: The Committee on Ministry and Worship is pleased to sponsor...

The Committee on Ministry and Worship is pleased to sponsor a series of “spring potlucks” during the first two weeks of April. 

This year’s potluck theme is, How does Worship help us survive in difficult times?” Worship is central to our Quaker Life in Community. But does worship add to your Life as a Friend? We encourage you to consider these or similar queries: 

 How does worship nourish us? 

 What is the role of quiet time in our lives? 

 Where do we get our joy and inspiration these days? 

 Do we get those from worship? 

Look for the sign-up sheets for hosting potlucks, or attending one, posted on the bulletin boards in the Fellowship Hall beginning Sunday March 3rd. Join Friends in the conversations! 

Spring Gathering of the Colorado Regional Meeting of Friends, Sunday, April 22, 2018...

Spring Gathering of the Colorado Regional Meeting of Friends, Sunday, April 22, 2018, 10:00 – 4:00

Topic: The Care and Feeding of Spiritual Integrity in Turbulent Times

The Boulder Meeting of Friends hosts the Colorado Regional Meeting this year. We begin with worship at 10:00 a.m. followed by a potluck lunch for fellowship. The program begins after lunch with speaker Dr. Sheila Davis, who will share how spiritual grounding and integrity informs her work and will lead a discussion on utilizing that grounding as we move about our lives. Sheila is Acting Academic Director of University College at DU, works to promote equity in healthcare across the nation, and is active in local racial justice groups. She attends early worship at BFM. The afternoon will include queries, small group breakout sessions, and a final tree roots & branches hands-on visual experience similar to what PSJ did in February. There will be some intergenerational sharing time and time to see new and old friends from around Colorado.

All are welcome. There will be childcare and programs for children and youth, so families are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call Carolyn: 303-499-0229.

Toward Right Relationships with Native Peoples: Events in the Boulder community

Sunday, March 4, “Two Rivers” film and discussion, Community UCC Church,  2650 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder. 5 pm potluck; 6 pm film; 7 pm discussion facilitated by Paula Palmer with Ava Hamilton (Arapaho). What would “right relationship with Native peoples” look like in Boulder? How can we take steps in that direction? All welcome. 

Sunday, March 11, 3-5 pm, “Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples” workshop, Columbine Spiritual Center, 8900 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder. Facilitated by Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and Paula Palmer. For info and to register, email:

Monday, March 12, 5:30-8 pm, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Open House, Jewish Community Center, Levin Hall, 6007 Oreg Ave, Boulder. Learn how to give input to OSMP’s Master Plan.  OSMP System Overview report  details the current state of the OSMP system. For more information or to sign up for updates about the Master Plan process, visit  

Tuesday, March 20, 6-8 pm, monthly meeting of Right Relationship Boulder, at Reynolds Branch Library. We are Native and non-Native people working with local governments and organizations to help all Boulder Valley residents learn about the Native peoples who lived here historically and those who live here today. Our goal is to promote and practice right relationship among all peoples. All welcome. Facilitated by Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Ava Hamilton (Arapaho), Paula Palmer and Jake Matlak. All welcome. For info, contact

Book News from the Library Committee

Two new books are available for you to check out! Find them by the New Books section.

Conscientious Objection: Is This For You? Discerning and Documenting a CO claim at Selective Service Registration 2016), by Curt Torell. This Quaker House publication is a teacher’s guide, but is a fine and accessible resource for individuals as well. The extensive and comprehensive content includes: “an explanation of Selective Service, its registration and methods; defines conscientious objection as currently prescribed by law and judicial rulings; and lists procedures on how to document a CO claim with an emphasis on writing a CO letter.”

Martha and the Slave Catchers (2017) by Harriet Hyman Alonso is a gripping novel intended for a young adult audience, but easily can engage adult readers as well. Alonso writes an absorbing adventure of a young heroine who risks her life in the Underground Railroad during mid-nineteenth century America, a period of increasing tension and conflict over slavery. With a historian’s understanding of historical context and detail, Alonso brings the horrors of slavery and the complexities of racism to life in Martha’s coming of age story in a Quaker family and community. Especially noteworthy for this reader was gaining a more personal view of Quaker involvement in the Underground Railroad. We learn of the commitment, struggles and costs of Quaker abolitionist activism through the lens of one Quaker family’s experience and devotion to “that of God in everyone” as well as through the story of the larger Quaker community which provided Martha with a network of support in her quest for freedom.                          

Submitted by Anne Marie Pois for the Library Committee.

Sanctuary – Ingrid Encalada LaTorre has been taking Sanctuary at the Unitarian Church ...
Sanctuary – Ingrid Encalada LaTorre has been taking Sanctuary at the Unitarian Church. Boulder Friends Meeting is a supporting congregation for the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition.

Ingrid Encalada LaTorre has been taking Sanctuary at the Unitarian Church of Boulder. Her 2 and 9 year old sons are with her, and the older boy is attending a neighborhood school. Her husband Eliseo Jurado was detained by ICE early in January, but was released on bond Feb. 5th. Before coming to UUCB Ingrid spent several months at Mountain View Friends Meeting, and two months at a Ft Collins Unitarian Church. 

As of today the most pressing needs are as follows:

  1. Volunteers — please go to page: to fill out the forms for becoming a volunteer. The next volunteer training will be 5:30-7:30 on Feb. 20, at UUCB, 5001 Pennsylvania.
  2. Donations — To support Ingrid and her family you can donate grocery cards available at rise of Meeting.
  3. To support immigrants in Sanctuary you can donate to MDSC –, and you can earmark your check to the Boulder County Sanctuary group for it to be directed to Ingrid and UUCB.
  4. – Submitted by Judy Huston
  5. PS:  Please forward this to others who might be interested. 
Green Faith Circle – Boulder Meeting has agreed ...

Boulder Meeting has agreed to become an institutional member of Green Faith Circle.

Current Needs

Socks are needed for homeless people: Please put them in donation box at meetinghouse. (New or gently used socks are preferred.)  Questions? Contact

Food Donations to EFAA:  Bring non-perishable food items for Emergency Family Assistance, put them in white barrel in lobby.

Ongoing Announcements

Meeting for Worship Arrival Time: The Ministry & Worship Committee is grateful for your presence and attendance. When you aren’t here, we miss you. We would like to remind Friends that early Meeting for Worship starts at 8:30 and standard Meeting for Worship starts at 10:00 a.m., whether you are in the worship room or out in the foyer. If you find you can not arrive on time, please be mindful that noise in the foyer carries into the meeting room and can disturb those gathered in worship. Please gather in silence with others in the foyer to prepare yourself to join the larger Meeting for Worship. 

Parking: Please remember not to park in front of our neighbors’ homes on Upland. Instead, please park in the Crestview School lot at 19th & Sumac or in the double row of spaces across the street on Upland. 

Grocery Cards benefiting the American Friends Service Committee are sold regularly during Fellowship times, after Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Meetings for Worship. Your purchases are a convenient way for Friends to support Quaker Good Work in the wider world. 

Contributions: The Boulder Meeting of Friends is a non-profit, religious organization which relies on contributions and volunteer service to support the various service committees. There is a small wooden box for contributions on the table to the left of the door as you leave the Meeting Room. Money may be given at any time to the Treasurer, c/o Boulder Meeting of Friends, P.O. Box 4363, Boulder CO 80306. Donations may also be made online via PayPal links at Many thanks for your support. 

Create your own log-in to our website by clicking on the right-most link in the navigation bar. It is important that you create your new login with a secure password (i.e., use uppercase, lowercase, number, & symbol) to provide better security for protected pages. The web committee will try to approve your login within 48 hours. 

For further information...

For further information about any of the above activities, contact

Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL)

Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM)

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