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Sign up to join a Meeting committee!

Join a committee to contribute to the dynamic life and development of the Meeting.  It’s a great way to get to know other Friends.  Our new committee year will begin May 1, and the signup period for jobs and committees has begun.  During Fellowship Hour In February, visit with members of Nominating Committee and look at the committee descriptions, then sign up!  If you are currently serving on a committee and want to continue on that committee, you need to sign up again.

Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigns for Social Change and Living Planet Protection: Feb. 29, 9:00 – 3:00

Workshop and Community Gathering: Using Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigns for Social Change and Living Planet Protection in these Troubled Times

When:   February 29, 2020  9am to 3pm 

Where:  Boulder Friends Meeting, 1825 Upland, Boulder, Colorado

Program:

9am to 12:30 pm       Workshop lead by George Lakey, acclaimed author of How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigns, and Viking Economics.  In this highly interactive workshop participants learn how to navigate this polarized time we live in through strategic campaigns that build a movement that can create major progressive changes in the country for peace, justice and environment.

12:30 to 1:30 pm       Organic Lunch and making community connections; book signing by George Lakey

1:30 pm to 3 pm      Community building sessions by all participants, with presentations and community dialogue led by local Boulder area peace and justice, social change, environmental/living planet protection, and faith based organizations.  Learn about each other’s programs.  Discover and create paths for collaborative non-violent direct action for social change.  

Host Sponsor    Boulder Friends Meeting, Peace & Social Justice Committee

Co-Sponsors     Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center

                                    Boulder Green Faith Circle (and its affiliated faith groups)

                                    Mountain Forum for Peace (Nederland)

                                    Others supporting:   Active Peace, and Mountain View Friends Meeting (Denver)

Registration:  Sign up on line with evite at this link. PLEASE SIGN UP SO WE HAVE A COUNT OF PARTICIPANTS IN ADVANCE.   We want to ensure the most meaningful and engaging program for participants.   So sign up early.

All program events are without a charge, but a free will donation of $20 is suggested for the morning workshop and lunch to help defray expenses of the sponsor organizations.  

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR PRESENCE TO HELP CREATE A NON-VIOLENT MOVEMENT FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND A HEALTHY WORLD FOR ALL ITS INHABITANTS.

Some available Resources for workshop:

  1. Book by George Lakey:    How We Win:  A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, 2018;   Copies for purchase hoped to be available at the workshop, or you may purchase via           https://www.mhpbooks.com/books/how-we-win/
  2. Visit these websites:
    1. Earth Quaker Action Team org
    2. Visit these websites:
      1. Earth Quaker Action Team EQAT.org
      2. WagingNonviolence.org
      3. Global Nonviolent Action Database 

 

From FCNL: Urge Congress to support legislation prohibiting unauthorized war

Write to Congress in support of H.R. 2354 and S. 1039, legislation to prohibit unauthorized war with Iran, or call to the capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. For more information, read this FCNL information.

Spring Potlucks Coming Up Mar. 26 - Apr. 19

Ministry and Worship Committee will again organize Spring potlucks to take place this year during the period from March 26 to April 19. These potlucks are a chance for Friends to host and attend potluck meals to get to know other Friends better and to discuss a current meaningful query.

M&W plans to post sign-up sheets for potluck hosts on Sunday, March 8 on the fellowship room bulletin board. We hope to have queries ready by then as well. Hosts can note the dates they would like to host, how many Friends they can seat, and the address at which they will host (as well as dietary preferences or allergy cautions). Once we have several hosts signed up, we will prepare and post sign-up sheets for attendees.

As in previous years, we hope to have six or more hosts to accommodate as many attendees as possible in diverse locations. We will also ask that each group have someone take notes on the discussions and return them to us for consolidation and a subsequent report.

Young Adults lobby to stop climate change, 3/28 – 3/31

Young adults, lobby in Washington, DC to help enact first steps in stopping climate change.  Join hundreds of young adults from March 28 through March 31, 2020, and tell our Congressmen and women we must put a high price on carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  At FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation) Spring Lobby weekend you will learn what to ask for, how to ask, and why.  You will learn that your story is important.  Your voice matters.  And you are not alone.  Financial and housing assistance are available.  Please consider fitting this into your life– four days.  Quaker affiliation isn’t required.  To learn more, visit fcnl.org and text Paula VanDusen 720-346-3689. (Registration for FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend closes March 19, except for in-person registration. )

Missing movie: Inside Job

Charlie Janney left a copy of the movie Inside Job in the meetinghouse projector. Have you seen it? Please contact Charlie at cjanney8@gmail.com.

New Book: Going Into the Light: Death and Dying Support for Boulder Friends Meeting

Molly Greacen and the Grief and Bereavement Committee  has copies of the new book Going Into the Light: Death and Dying Support for Boulder Friends Meeting available for purchase. You can call her at 303.931.6367, or ask her at meeting on Sundays.  The cost is $18.00, and checks can be made out to Molly Greacen. Cash is fine too, and she can also do credit cards. There are two copies available in the library for check out as well. 

Anne Marie has made available a DVD of the Sep. 15 program hour on green funeral and burial with speakers from the Natural Funeral in Lafayette along with our committee members.  It is in the library and you can check it out.  Further information from the panelists is available at TheNaturalFuneral.com and a free online magazine at naturaltransitions.org.

Called to serve in a new direction? Opportunities from the Service Committee

The Service Committee alerts Friends to these needs for volunteers.  Scheduling can be flexible and occasional.Contact any Service Committee member with questions.

 Our Meeting

 Provide a ride to Meeting for a Friend who has no means of transportation. Visit a friend just back from the hospital, or a caregiver approaching burnout. Work with a Service Committee member in the occasional use of “Meal Train,” a computer program to organize temporary help for Boulder Meeting Friends with home visits, food etc.

 Homeless at Bridge House

 Meet as personal mentor with one homeless client, every week or two. Drive clients to appointments. Work the front desk or do data entry. Write “success stories”. Help the Chef…and many more. Contact Scott Medina scott@boulderbridgehouse.org

 Homeless at Boulder Shelter – Dinner

Every third Saturday help to cook, serve and clean up after dinner, along with a group of about 7 Friends from our meeting. More hands are always needed.

Safehouse (“SPAN” – Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-violence)

Answer the crisis phone line at Boulder’s shelter for people of all genders in danger because of domestic abuse and violence. 33 hour training is extensive and excellent.

 Food Pantry – Harvest of Hope

Stock shelves or shop with one client at a time, at Boulder’s free food pantry for people with severe food deficits. Training is simple and brief. Contact Andrew DeQuiroz, 720-382-1971, andrew@hopepantry.org.

Submitted by Lessie Myers, lesliemyers4u@yahoo.com, 720-539-0258

Beautiful name tags available from our Junior and Senior Young Friends

The SYFs and JYFs have made watercolor nametags for you as part of their 5th Sunday service project. If you’d like to add some color to your nametag, they can be found in the drawer that’s part of the nametag table, as well as a Sharpie to write your name (and preferred pronouns, if you’d like to add those, too). Enjoy!

Change to King Soopers program for AFSC

King Soopers has changed the way we earn money for AFSC.  We no longer reload grocery cards.  We now link the Boulder Meeting of Friends to the King Soopers or City Market loyaltycard.  You have probably been using the loyalty card for years – you swipe the card or enter your phone number when you pay for groceries.

To link your loyalty card to the Boulder meeting of friends:

  • For King Soopers Stores – go to http://www.kingsoopers.com
  • For City Market Stores – go to http://www.citymarket.com

Once logged into your account you can search for Boulder Meeting of Friends either by name or JT735 and then click Enroll. New userswill need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a loyalty card number.

*If a member does not yet have a King Soopers or City Market loyalty card, please ask for one at the customer service desk at any King Soopers or City Market.

REMEMBER, purchases will not count for the Meeting until after you register your loyalty card.

Swipe the registered King Soopers or City Market loyalty card or use the phone number that is related to the registered King Soopers or City Market loyalty card when shopping for each purchase to count.

 

Caregiver Support Group: First Saturday each month, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

For those of us who are caring for elderly parents, or caring for people of any age with special needs, there will be a monthly, drop-in support group in the Senior Young Friends’ Room across from the restrooms. We meet from 9 AM to 10:30 AM on the first Saturday of each month. Lessie Myers will be the initial facilitator for the group. Lessie is a retired RN and Psychologist, and her background includes facilitating mutual support groups. Lessie’s mom recently passed at the age of 97. For this group, “drop-in” means there is no need to come every month; just come as you find time and feel led.  Contact Lessie Myers at 720-539-0258 or lesliemyers4u@yahoo.com with questions. 

Circle of Light – Holding Friends in the Light
 

Circle of Light is up and ready with nine participants; Email Daniel Booth (booth.daniel.j@gmail.com) if you would 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 hope 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 at 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.

Creating a safe, scent-free meeting house

In consideration for our chemically sensitive friends, please refrain from using scented products.  The fewer scented products we all use, the more likely people with respiratory conditions, chemical sensitivities and allergies will be able to enjoy and participate fully in our Meeting.  Products to avoid include: perfumes, aftershave, lotions, body washes, sunscreen, essential oils, shampoos, conditioners, many hair products, scented deodorants, scented laundry soap, dryer sheets, and fabric softeners.

Incense and air fresheners (like plug-ins) infuse chemicals into our clothes and hair. The best way to know if a product has a fragrance is to check the ingredients before purchase.  If the word “fragrance” or an essential oil is listed then they aren’t fragrance free.  Please consider not using them when attending Meeting.

Recommended alternatives:  Safe Products for Chemically Sensitive People.

Business Meeting Email List: Please sign up!
 

A reminder that if you wish to receive the agenda and any documents to be discussed at the up-coming monthly business meetings you can sign up on the special emailing list. Please indicate your desire to receive this mailing, which will come to you by the Thursday before business meeting, to boulderfriendsmeeting@gmail.com.  If any problems or questions, please contact Judi Dressler.

News from Right Relationship Boulder

Paula Palmer and other Boulder Meeting Friends are actively working with Right Relationship Boulder. The group’s mission: “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 with Native peoples.” For the latest announcements and updates from Right Relationship Boulder, email  jake@philanthropiece.org to be put on the RRB newsletter list.

 

Quaker Women's Retreat: April 24 – 26, 2020

The 2020 Quaker Women’s Retreat will be held on April 24th-26th at the Highlands Retreat Center in Allenspark. The theme this year is Practicing Discernment. Space is limited, so REGISTER HERE NOW!

Click here for the retreat Travel Planner and Itinerary.

Contact Sulastri Carr for programming/theme questions at sulastri.carr@gmail.com, or contact Kaylee Berg at kayleeberg95@gmail.com  Kaylee and Sulastri are from MountainView Friends Meeting, and Kaylee is the registrar for the retreat. 

Sulastri wrote:  “Please save the date and let us know if you plan on attending and/or would like to get involved with the planning stages. Since this is my first planning of the retreat, as well as Kaylee’s we’re hoping we can make this happen as smoothly as possible.  Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions. Thanks! “

Incident Report Form

Please use this Incident Report Form to report an accident, injury or incident that impacts our meeting house or the people in it.  Email it to the addresses on the form.

 
Current Needs

Food Donations to EFAA:  Bring non-perishable food items for Emergency Family Assistance, put them in the white barrel in the 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 www.boulderfriendsmeeting.org. 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 clerk@boulderfriendsmeeting.org.

Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL)

Intermountain Yearly Meeting (IMYM)