Upcoming Meeting Events

Program Hour (Zoom): "When Land is More than Dirt and Ownership: the Land Back Movement and Indigenous (Re)thinkings" – March 26, 1-2 PM

Dr. Doreen E. Martinez is Mescalero Apache and Pennsylvania Dutch. She is a transnational Indigenous epistemologist with a PhD in Sociology.  These projects address and include mis/understandings of identity, collective philosophies, and nation-state relationships. As an avid advocate of alliance building and promoting justice, she has served as an advisor to Right Relationship Boulder and the Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples (TRR) program.

-Presented by Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee

Memorial Service for Betty and Jack Herring: April 1, 10 AM

Memorial Service for Betty and Jack Herring is confirmed for Saturday, April 1st at 10 am at the Meeting House and on Zoom. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us to celebrate the lives of these dear long-time Friends.

We are using one joining link for almost all of our BFM meetings.
Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:
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

Restructuring Workshops: Full Day April 8 and Half Day April 22
Our BFM restructuring workshop will be April 8, 2023, from 8:30–4:30 at the meeting house and virtually. Coffee and gathering at 8:30 with work beginning at 9:00. Please be on time: we have a full day’s work ahead of us to revitalize Meeting. The follow-up workshop will be on April 22, with coffee at 8:30 and the workshop 9:00 – 12:00. Call Elaine Yarbrough, 303-589-0104, with any questions.
Information on the half day workshop will follow.

We are using this one joining link for almost all of our BFM meetings.
Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:
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

Easter Fun for All Ages: April 9

The Religious Education Committee wants to make this Easter, which is on April 9th, more intergenerational this year. If you can drop off decorated eggs (either hard boiled or plastic with something inside) on the circle table in the classroom next to the office before 10:15 that Sunday. The children will write their names on the eggs and hide them in the playground before rise of meeting. Adults are invited to find the eggs and match them with the child who will collect them in an Easter basket. Following this activity there will be coffee, juice and snacks on the picnic tables for all to enjoy. If time Andrew will lead us in an interactive activity.

Submitted by Susan Stephens, convener of REC

Colorado Regional Meeting: April 23

Colorado Regional Meeting will hold its Spring Gathering, Sunday, April 23, hosted by Mountain View Meeting, 2280 S Columbine St, Denver, CO 80210. All Colorado Quakers are invited to attend, starting with worship with Mountain View Friends, at 10:45 am. The theme of the gathering will be on “the Tension between Science and Faith”. Bring something to share for a lunch potluck.

5th Sunday Singing: April 30, 11:45-12:45


People have asked whether Fifth Sunday Singers is a singing group that is based at Boulder Friends Meeting. For those in the know, it is merely a gathering of like-minded spirits who like to sing. We are not practiced, or even good, just tap-your-toes tune-lovers.

Our ‘tunes’ are from the ‘Rise Up Singing’ series of which book two, ‘Rise Again,’ was published seven years ago. We take requests from either book and often share stories of why we picked a song or what we know about it. Sometimes someone will offer to teach a new song, in the books or not, by a rote singing process; no note reading required. Sometimes someone will grab a percussion instrument that is provided, for added rhythmic impact. Smiles abound as certain favorites are sung, especially if a child is present and we invade the “Children’s Songs” section. There are always new souls attending, some of whom stick around to join the dozen of us “regulars.”

Anyone is welcome anytime with no requirements as to age or ability. Hope to see you there one of these days. Look for us in the worship room or outdoors on the front patio.

Submitted by Carolyn Kuban, convener of FSS

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for Intermountain Yearly Meeting: June 21-25

Intermountain Yearly Meeting, a gathering of Quakers from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, will be June 21-25, 2023 at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO.  Theme is Becoming the Quakers the World Needs Today with Friend in Residence Jon Watts.  Here is a short video about Jon. Participation will be hybrid with payment as led.  Please join us!

Click here to learn about and to register for this year’s IMYM gathering.

Submitted by Deanne Butterfield

New Boulder Meeting Announcements

Recorded Program Hour, "Transcendence: Queer Restoryation," by Cai Quirk

Program Hour by Cai Quirk

If you missed the March 19 program hour by Cai Quirk on “Transcendence: Queer Restoryation,” you can contact Margaret Wallace here and she will send you a copy of the presentation.

This is Cai’s website and you can email Cai here.

Cai is a trans and genderqueer lifelong-Quaker whose ministry and upcoming book brings together gender, queerness, spirituality, mythology, and storytelling. We grow up with many narratives fed to us about how the world is ‘supposed’ to be, but so often these tales are limited or false versions of deeper truths; together we will explore some deeper truths around gender that society doesn’t want us to see, and together we can become more open to wider gender diversity in our communities.

Cai shared photos, ministry, and stories from their series “Transcendence: Queer Restoryation,” as well as sharing how working on this project became a place of intense growth in their spiritual journey.

See Cai’s travel minute here, and their website here.

Cai Quirk

pronouns: they/them or ey/em
Transcendence book presales
Submitted by Paula Palmer
Tony Umile Photography Retrospective, March 10 – April 9

Tony Umile Photography Retrospective at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, March 10 – April 9 with an Opening Reception on Friday March 10th 6-8pm.  Tony’s pinhole and double-exposure techniques reveal the layers of being human across identity, culture, and time. Stop in to celebrate our dear Tony’s artistry, skill, and Friendship through his eyes and camera.

The Role of Social Media in Encouraging New Attenders: Zoom Recording, Slides, and Notes

Our program hour on The Role of Social Media in Encouraging New Attenders was attended by about 35 participants. The informational section was recorded and is available here.

Click here to download the powerpoint slides from this presentation.

Comments includes many thoughts and feelings about social media and also about other methods that BFM might use to let potential attenders know about our meeting. Notes from the discussion can be downoaded here.

Web Committee plans to bring a proposal about use of social media to Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business, so we hope that Friends who did not attend the program hour might view these resources.

Submitted by Web Committee

It's Time to Sign up for Committees – Please Submit Form to NomCom Even if Not Signing Up
Committee Sign Ups:
Nominating Committee reminds you that it’s time to sign up for committees again! Even if you are already on a volunteer committee, you will need to recommit for the upcoming year if you want to stay on it! The committee year starts in May, and there are many volunteer committees that can help you and use your help! Joining a committee is a great way to get outside your comfort zone and get to know people better, and they are the gears that keep our Meeting running. Without enough participants, some committees may be laid down. This year, sign up online with our Google Form–link available on the website– or if that’s not an option for you, you can use the sign-up sheet in the foyer at the Meetinghouse. This is a different process than we have used in the past.  As always, members of Nom Com are happy to help you through this process — feel free to email Lydia Bickell at for one-on-one support.
P.S. Even if you don’t plan to serve on a committee, we’d love to get a sense of the Meeting with a few other questions that are on the Form! It will help us with our work for the upcoming year.
-Nominating Committee


Learn and Take Action

Intermountain Yearly Meeting Peace and Social Justice Roundtable: March 25, 2 PM

The first “IMYM Peace and Social Justice Roundtable” will be held on ZOOM, Saturday, March 25th at 2pm. Bring your personal, Meeting, or Worship Group peace and social justice interests, concerns, and projects. We’ll meet on the last Saturday of every month to advance P&SJ communication and cooperation. Open to ALL Friends! ZOOM link and more info can be found at: Questions? Contact or Anne

The Quaker Indigenous Boarding Schools: A Call for Accountability and Healing: April 16, 2:00–4:00
April 16, 2-4 pm Mountain time (online)
“The Quaker Indigenous Boarding Schools: A Call for Accountability and Healing, is a slide presentation by Quakers Paula Palmer, Gail Melix (Herring Pond Wampanoag) and Andrew Grant. They report research on  the role Quakers played in the forced assimilation of Native children during the 19th and 20th centuries. Discussion focuses on how Friends can acknowledge the harm that was done and appropriately support healing in Native American communities.
Submitted by IPC

The event “The Sum of Us — Continuing the Community Conversation” — has been postponed to April 16, 4:30-6:30 PM. The NAACP will be sending out publicity as they finalize the details, but in the meantime, read this article by Gail Christopher. This article, along with the final chapter of The Sum Of Us will be the topic of a deep dive with Dr. Sheila Davis and Susan Kaplan. This event will be in person, and may also be offered online. 

Our Community

These announcements are not necessarily endorsed by Boulder Friends Meeting but are provided as a service to members and attenders.

Meeting Member Needs Housing in Late March

Brad Parks, a member of our Meeting who has been in Michigan for the last several years caring for his mother, will be in town for a few weeks starting around March 25th to visit his children and grandchildren, who will be assembling in Boulder. He also needs to schedule some medical care while in town. He’s looking for a room or, if necessary, a couch. He can provide some remuneration to defray expenses. Brad can be reached at 303-588-0388, or

Helen Braider's Art Exhibit: April 7 – 15

Stillness of Space, collaborative mixed media art exhibition by Helen Braider and Eleonor Bostrom. Opening April 7, 6 – 9 pm. Also open April 8 – 15, noon to 4, or appointment.  The Crowd Collective, 4939 Broadway, suite 58, Boulder.

Please Submit Announcements for Our Community

This section lets us share our greatest joys and sorrows.

Regular Worship, Child Care, and First Day School Schedules

Hybrid IN-PERSON/Zoom Worship: Sundays at 10:00

Boulder Friends Meeting conducts hybrid in-person and Zoom worship every Sunday at 10 AM. You are welcome to come to the meetinghouse or join us online. Friends often gather for coffee and fellowship after in-person Meeting. Optional participation in fellowship breakout rooms immediately follows Meeting for Worship on Zoom most Sundays.

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:

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

Early Worship in the Meetinghouse: Sundays 8:30 – 9:30

Our Early Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse (no Zoom) usually attracts a handful of Friends who generally worship in silence. No announcements or group sharing of Joys and Sorrows as in the 10:00 Meeting. You can greet friends arriving for the later meeting if you stick around afterwards. All are welcome.

Outdoor Sunday Morning Worship in Louisville: 10:00 AM

All are invited to outdoor worship in Cottonwood Park, Louisville, 9:00-10:00 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 Alyson Crabtree,, or text 303-415-0585.

Meeting for Worship in Arvada on 1st Sundays: 10 AM – 11 AM

A Meeting for Worship is held monthly at the Stephens’ home in Arvada at 8467 Chase Drive. Call Barb at 303-918-9065 with questions. All are welcome!

First Day School (Sunday School): 2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:15 – 11:15

First Day School (Sunday School) meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:15 – 11:15. One class serves grades K – 3, and the other class includes grades 4 and up. Check here or on our calendar for details, or join Susan‘s email list. Curious about next Sunday’s lesson plans? Contact Susan Stephens.

Do you feel called to teach our children or teens? Check our website for more information, towards the bottom of this page.

Our Nursery is Open Sundays, 10:00 – 11:30

The nursery in the New Horizons portion of our meeting house will be open every Sunday, between the hours of 10:00 and 11:30. If you have a baby or a young child up to five years old, please consider bring them to our nursery. Our excellent childcare provider, Constantine Mingoube, will be happy to meet you and find out what your baby or young child needs, such as dietary restrictions. You may contact her in advance at 720-323-7778.


Ongoing Meeting Announcements

New Covid Policy Approved at Feb. 12 Business Meeting
  1. We urge all those who feel they may have, or be at risk of, Covid or any other contagious illness to refrain from entering the Meetinghouse.
  2. We highly recommend and encourage all users of the Meetinghouse to maintain a fully vaccinated status (as per current CDC guidelines). However, the Meeting House will now be open to all who wish to enter, with the exception of New Horizon activities, which will be governed by the New Horizons Covid policy.
  3. Masks continue to be recommended for anyone who feels they may be at risk of getting Covid or any other illness, such as flu.
  4. We will reestablish the social distancing area (the East section of the Worship Room).
  5. We urge the Meeting to install air purifier(s) in the Worship Room.
How to Submit Announcement, Bulletin and Calendar Items

For a printable version, please click here.


  • Please include the following information:
  • Short title, including date and time (of an event)
  • Body of the announcement (Can be short or lengthy)
  • Links are welcome (I can embed them)
  • Photos, if essential (Difficult to post, but possible)
  • Short “save-the-date” statements okay if full announcement not ready
  • Add: “Submitted by” (Committee or Individual Friend)
  • Submit announcements in final form if possible


Send a brief (1 – 2 sentence) version for the Friday Bulletin. Include links if available.


Meeting events will be added to the Calendar.

How to Submit:

Send all postings to

What Not to Send:

Please do not include me in committee email strings. I count on you to finalize your wording.


Margaret Wallace for Web Committee

ReCAPTCHA on our Website Calendar

Have you been unable to access our BFM calendar from our website, instead getting reCAPTCHA in an unsolvable loop? It’s been happening on our meeting laptop too, and causing difficulty joining Zoom for those who are used to doing this from the calendar. This problem seems to be unique to those of us using Safari. Judi Dressler figured it out for us – thanks, Judi!)

The solution: In Safari, open Preferences, which you will find by clicking on the word Safari in the top lefthand corner. Select Privacy and then uncheck the box that says Prevent cross-site tracking. This should solve the problem, but it also lets companies track your interests to send you targeted, rather than random, advertisements. If this bothers you, you might want to use a different browser than Safari. For an explanation of Safari’s data privacy settings, click here.

Sign Up to Cook and Serve at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

We will be cooking and serving at The Homeless Shelter on the third Saturday evening of each month. Please contact Miriam Sander at or (720) 645-3630 to be included in the schedule. It isn’t necessary to participate every month; the cooking schedule can work with your personal schedule. Come work with friends to provide this critical service to our homeless community.

Summaries from Workshops on Revitalization

M&W sponsored three program hours on the question of revitalizing the meeting in terms of making the number of committee slots more consistent with the current number of active participants in the Meeting. These workshops have been summarized by members of the ad-hoc Revitalization task force. These documents are notes–not organized, official minutes–and are offered here as possibly helpful background information to friends who are interested in this topic. View the summaries here: Workshop 1, Workshop 2, Workshop 3

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.

Tai Chi Yoga Combo Class

An easy-does-it tai chi and yoga combo class will be led in person and on Zoom on most Sundays following meeting in the worship room at the Boulder meetinghouse at 1825 Upland Ave. 50304. Sometimes it will be canceled if another in-person event or program hour conflicts. If in doubt, please contact Makaan by text (303-257-8219) to find out whether the class will be held. You can also contact Makaan to be added to his email list.

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 or a negative test within 6 hours are required.  The Zoom link will be available in Announcements and the calendar on our website.

Makaan: 303-257-8219 for texting only please

(The Zoom joining link is not the one used for most meetings.)

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

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

Meeting ID: 843 9425 8264  Passcode: 945634

New Membership Information Packet

A new “Member Packet” of information for people considering membership in Boulder Friends Meeting has been developed by the Oversight and Membership (O&M) committee.  They would like feedback and suggestions from current members and attenders.  Please read and send comments to Chris Braider (

EFAA (Emergency Family Assistance Association) Food Donations Are Badly 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

Easy Access to the Calendar, Announcements, and Zoom Links

Having trouble finding the calendar, Announcements, or Zoom links? Download this document by clicking on it and put it on your computer desktop for easy access. Useful Links for Quaker Friends


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 ( 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:

Online Quaker Studies Syllabus Available

An online Quaker Studies class focusing on Quaker Spirituality was offered during the winter of 2022. All of the resources, consisting of online articles and short videos, were linked from the syllabus. The syllabus also contains a number of queries for reflection. The syllabus is now available on our Boulder Quaker Meeting website for those who may be interested in working through the materials as a self-study. The syllabus is available at 

We may offer a similar–but not identical–class in the Winter of 2023, with a combination of in-person and online meetings. If you are interested in participating in such a class, please email Bill Moninger and Arlene Brownell.

Boulder Friends Meeting's Email Lists
To be added to any of Boulder Friends Meeting’s email lists, please send an email to  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

Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL)