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Working Towards Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples Webinar Series: Begins 8/10
Joseph Linton's Spiritual Journey: August 30, 12:30 on Zoom
Please join Joseph Linton to hear his spiritual journey. (This date was rescheduled from August 16.) The Zoom link is posted on our calendar as always, or follow this link:
To dial in for phone audio only, dial +1 669 900 6833 and follow the prompts. Meeting ID: 916 6758 5138, Passcode: 957414. (You do not have a participant’s number.)
Dial-in user shortcuts: Dial *6 to toggle mute/unmute and Dial *9 to raise hand.
Boulder Meeting Announcements
Please Submit Announcements and Reserve Zoom
Friends, please let us know when you have something to post in Announcements or when you want to reserve a Zoom time. Please send your information to email@example.com if you submit an article to the Miscellany and also want it posted on our Announcements page. We don’t automatically transfer the contents of the Miscellany onto our Announcements page and calendar; please ask if you want this to happen. – Margaret Wallace for the Web Committee
First Day School (Sunday School)
First Day School is currently meeting every other week over Zoom. Details will be posted here under Upcoming Events. The next lesson will be on Sunday, August 23.
Sunday Outdoor Meeting for Worship
There is a weekly 9 a.m. Sunday Outdoor Meeting for Worship, either in someone’s back yard or a park in the shade. Masks and social distancing are required. Bring your own chair if you have one, and a bathroom may or may not be available, depending on the location. We had 8 people for our first Meeting today, August 9th. Contact Molly Greacen at firstname.lastname@example.org for the location if interested in joining in.
Do You Host Zoom Meetings?
A few details to be aware of: 1) Zoom no longer allows you to unmute participants, however you can send them a message to unmute themselves. 2) Please take care to end your meeting so that subsequent meetings can be opened. If you forget, the next host finds a message that says that a meeting is already in progress. Closing down Zoom on your computer may be an extra precaution to make sure that it’s ready for the next host. 3) I am continuing to offer practice sessions on any aspect of Zoom-Hosting or using Zoom, with the caveat that I am not an expert. That said, I am gradually becoming more of an expert, and I enjoy solving Zoom problems and helping Friends explore this new and necessary part of our lives. – Margaret
Boulder Friends Meeting's Email Lists
No Meetinghouse Workdays, but plenty of work to be done
Meetinghouse Workdays: There are no scheduled workdays due to coronavirus, but there is plenty of yard work and other tasks that need doing; these could be completed on your own time. Please contact Sara Williams-Mann if interested and able to help out.
Caregiver Support Group is not meeting at this time
Please contact Chris Braider if you feel a need for this group.
Ongoing Meeting Announcements
Zoom Quaker Check-in
Ministry & Worship and Oversight & Membership are continuing to offer check-in sessions via Zoom in order to help the community stay connected and to offer ideas and support to one another during this time of coronavirus isolation. These one-hour sessions are limited to 10 persons each in order to give participants the time to express themselves. Each session will use the same process and questions: check with each participant about how and what they are doing, ask each participant about their short and long term concerns, and offer short suggestions and responses.
Currently, the check-ins are held on Thursdays at 1 pm. If you would like to participate, send a brief email with the Subject line QUAKER CHECK-IN to Tombw44@gmail.com or email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
- Bill Moninger, moninger@alumni.ColoradoCollege.edu 720-989-1336
- Elaine Yarborough, email@example.com, 303-444-8493
- Anne Kauffman, firstname.lastname@example.org (303) 834-5228
- Marilyn Hayes, Marilyn.Hayes@colorado.edu, 303-666-6802
- Conner Middlemann, email@example.com, 720-289-1958
- Susan Stephens, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-554-6312
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.
The Web Committee would like to help. We will have someone in Fellowship Hall, computer in hand, after Meeting for Worship most Sundays in April to help anyone who would like some help with this. And we’ll help after April too.
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 email@example.com.
Resources Available about Coronavirus
Other Announcements of Interest to Friends
Jonathan Taylor of Fort Collins Friends Meeting Passed Away
The co-clerks of Fort Collins Meeting received a phone call Sun., 7/12/20 from Suzanne Taylor in Arizona. She sadly informed the clerks that Jonathan Taylor passed away the previous weekend. He was 80 years old. He had moved into assisted living the past month and was under hospice care. He had Parkinson’s and the medical staff think he suffered a stroke. Their son Brennan (from NJ) was with Suzanne and their daughter lives on the same block as Suzanne.
Jonathan and Suzanne were long time members of Fort Collins Friends Meeting and both had served as Clerks. Jonathan was responsible with helping to purchase the Meeting property in Fort Collins. Members of Boulder Meeting likely will remember them both from their regular participation in the regional and yearly meetings. Jonathan loved working with the teens and was an important part of the life of many former teens of Fort Collins Meeting. He served for many years as the Friendly Adult Presence for the teen program at IMYM.
Jonathan had suffered and recovered from two bouts of cancer and lung illnesses in his later years but always had a smile and a positive outlook on life. Prior to his stroke Suzanne said he watched the news of protests regarding Black Lives Matter and he wanted to go out and protest despite his mobility issues. Suzanne plans to have his obituary printed in the Ft Collins paper as they have many friends and colleagues still in this area. Due to covid-19 there is no memorial planned at this time. They were members of Pima Meeting (Tucson). He will be sorely missed.
Financial Planning in Uncertain Times – Workshops from FGC (Friends General Conference)
This summer, FGC is facilitating a series of three webinars on financial planning for Friends led by Everence (a faith-based financial services organization). They are free and suitable for all ages and income levels.
Financial and Estate Planning with Friends’ Values
Thursday, June 18
2 pm ET | 11 am PT | 12 pm MT
The pandemic has created financial uncertainties for many. In this webinar, you’ll learn the basics of financial and estate planning through the lens of Quaker values.
Gifts that Give Now. Give Back. Give Later.
Thursday, July 15
2 pm ET | 11 am PT | 12 pm MT
Generosity is an integral part of spiritual life and an important way to do good in the world. You’ll learn how to strategically approach giving, create tax advantages, and strengthen your charitable impact.
Meeting Support: Encouraging Generosity and Giving
Thursday, August 26
7 pm ET | 4 pm PT | 5 pm MT
Help your meeting develop financial resources needed to carry out the work of Spirit in your community and beyond. You’ll learn best practices in sustaining generous and committed partnerships for your meeting’s shared work and witness.
All the webinars will run for 90-minutes including question and answer time.
Registration is open now, and you may sign up for any or all on one form. Register Here
Boulder Public Library’s “One Book, One Boulder” program reads So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Discrimination in Boulder: Historical Roots & Current Impacts: Available Online
Current FCNL Letter Writing Campaign
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is continuing its monthly letter writing campaign. This month’s effort is to encourage the U.S. Senate to take action to ensure the protection of voting rights in the face of Covid-19.
The U.S. House has already passed the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), which would provide $3.6 billion to protect the health of our voters, the voting rights of vulnerable communities, and our democracy
Contact information for Colorado Senators:
Senator Michael Bennet
1244 Speer Blvd
Denver, CO 80204
Senator Cory Gardner
1961 Stout St #12-300
Denver, CO 80294
Download the Letter
The HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), passed by the House in May, contains $3.6 billion in funding to protect U.S. elections in the face of COVID-19. Those protections will be especially important for communities of color and low-income communities, who often face obstacles in exercising their right to vote.
As people of faith, we call on the Senate to ensure that any future COVID-19 relief package includes critical protections for voting rights. All registered voters should receive absentee ballots and states must extend the period in which they accept absentee ballots. Congress must appropriate $3.6 billion in funding to ensure that these and other provisions can be implemented by the states to protect the health of our voters, the voting rights of vulnerable communities, and our democracy.
Please act using the accompanying letter template, call script, and this email form.
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?”
More Ways to Get Involved with Racial Justice Right Now
These suggestions have been compiled by a number of folks in and out of our meeting. See what speaks to your heart.
If you’re looking for local ways to get involved:
-Watch this 17-minute video by the creator of VeggieTales on the History of Race in America.
-Join the Colorado Poor People’s Campaign.
-White parents of white children can help their kids process the injustices that people of color face, along with how to respond, by reading this article.
-Download this template for a 2020-06-09 BVSD School Board Letter to the Boulder Valley School Board and Superintendent. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org (note it’s NOT bvsd.board, just bvs.board). Boulder NAACP is working to get SRO (School Resource Officers) out of schools – learn more about why and write to the school board.
– Do work in your own school district to remove SROs/police from schools
-Click here for a website that compiles many, many ways we can help, from petitions to sign, who to text/call, donations, protests, and other resources.
Click here for movies to educate yourself on racial justice.
This NY Times opinion piece includes many suggested readings and films.