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Upcoming Meeting Events

QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & QUERIES PROGRAM HOUR, MAY 16, 12:30 PM

“How old were you the first time you saw an ocean? Which one?” It’s easy to feel disconnected from others after the isolation of the past year. Join with Colorado Friends on Zoom to experience connecting in a new way. You will be paired one-on-one in multiple rounds to answer fun questions, and we’ll conclude with a deeper round of small-group worship sharing. The questions will all be related to Connecting and Colorado.

Kaylee Berg and Polly Washburn of Mountain View Friends Meeting will lead us in this hour of engagement.

(Mountain View Friends Zoom account)

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

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99068274930?pwd=WElCL0xSdmc3SmtBdGo2OHBSOTVSdz09

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

Meeting ID: 990 6827 4930 / Passcode: 890795

Have questions of your own? Email your hosts:

kayleeberg95@gmail.com

-Marilyn Hayes for Program Committee

WORK DAYS AT THE MEETINGHOUSE: April 24 and May 22, 9:00 – 12:00
Building & Grounds will hold two work days this spring – on Saturday, April 24th and Saturday, May 22nd.  Both work days will be from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.  Please bring your own tools if possible, as well as your own water bottle and hot beverage of choice.
Our focus will be on clearing the Silver Lake ditch, weeding, and other tasks to spruce up the grounds.  It is a wonderful opportunity to be together, outside, in a socially distanced way while making a valuable contribution to our Meeting. 
Submitted by
Sara Williams-Mann
Building & Grounds
Intermountain Yearly Meeting: June 16–20 1.Call to IMYM, 2. Call for IMYM Interest Groups, 3 E-tech job posting

1.Call to Intermountain Yearly Meeting’s Gathering for 2021

Dear Friends,

Please join us at the virtual gathering of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, from June 16-20, 2021.  We look forward to implementing many of the skills and lessons that we have learned  over the last year, to create a Spirit-led time for all Friends and others who join us. We have learned that a virtual platform can be  more accessible for those who live at a distance, or have physical mobility issues; it can be problematic for those without adequate computer equipment. Friends have commented that they found a surprising depth of worship in many of the sessions, and a deepening connection, both with Spirit and with other Friends.

We acknowledge and recognize that our inability to gather in person for a second year will weigh heavily on all our hearts, particularly for our younger Friends, for whom the in-person experience is particularly important. We anticipate being able to gather together for “live” hugs and closer interactions next year, in joy and in confidence.

We hope you will join us to experience worship, fellowship, and deep learning, and that you will participate in business meetings to help with discernment  on a variety of issues. We expect to welcome Friends of all ages from Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, West Texas, Wyoming and nearby states, as well as Friends from more distant locations, including Mexico City.

Theme and Friend in “Residence”/Keynote

In recent years the Program Working Group has discerned a theme for the upcoming IMYM and then searched for a keynote speaker who could engage with us on that theme.  This year, with so much uncertainty surrounding our personal lives and the life of the Annual Meeting, we have reversed that sequence.  First we chose the speaker; now we will work with him to identify a rich and relevant theme for this year’s focus.  We are delighted that José Woss has committed to be the Keynote Speaker for IMYM 2021. 

José is a Quaker with deep roots. He works as the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity at FCNL.  His bio, including some of his writings, can be found at https://www.fcnl.org/people/jose-santos-woss

In addition to our usual keynote address and Q&A session, José has been invited to participate in all our virtual sessions, and expects to meet with our Senior Young Friends (SYFs), Junior Young Friends (JYFs), and possibly our Children’s Yearly Meeting (CYM).

Youth Programs

We expect to have a vibrant youth program this year, and hope to share those plans in the near future. We are gathering input from our SYFs and JYFs, including their clerks, and the adults who work with them.

We have been considering whether the youth program should be on separate dates from the regular IMYM Gathering, to limit conflicts in the use of limited resources (e.g., computers, and parental attention when needed); that decision has not yet been made. As always, younger Friends are welcome to attend any sessions that interest them…including movies, sing-alongs, and other musical possibilities, as well as worship sharing and other more “serious” sessions.

Tech issues

We are currently looking to hire someone as the primary coordinator of the technical aspects of the sessions. Last year, our tech hosts were invaluable in making the virtual gathering possible and enjoyable for each of us…thank you all! Again, we will need a number of volunteer hosts to ensure that everyone is able to reach their breakout rooms, worship sharing sessions, interest groups and seminars, as well as social activities. We expect that last year’s tech guru extraordinaire, Polly Washburn, will be available to assist to some degree, but she will be more “behind the scenes” than last year (and able to participate in sessions as she wishes).

Future News

Arrangements Committee met virtually in January, and continues to work on the details for our Gathering. We expect there to be a rich program of activities, fellowship, learning, spiritual growth, and IMYM (and Quaker) business. A schedule of sessions and activities will be included in the registration materials, which will be found on our website at IMYM.org

We look forward to virtual fellowship with Friends this summer, and to deepening our spiritual connections with each other and with the Divine.

Peace,

Gale Toko-Ross and Valerie Ireland

Presiding Co-Clerks, IMYM

IMYMClerk@gmail.com

  1. IMYM e-Gathering Technical Lead

Job Description

 Before the Gathering:

  • Work and meet with co-Clerks, Recording Clerk, Arrangements Clerk, Representatives Clerk, Registrar, JYF/SYF Coordinators, and Session coordinators to stay up-to-date on Gathering details
  • Work with Web Clerk and Registrar to get up-to-date information about the Gathering onto the IMYM.org website, and out to registrants, including:
    • Schedule, with details on sessions and leaders
    • Documents in advance
    • Instructions, guidance, encouragement
  • Coordinate tech volunteers
    • Put out call for volunteers to host video sessions
    • Assess skills
    • Create schedule for volunteers, with 1-2 volunteers per session
    • Hold training/practice sessions for volunteers
  • Coordinate video meeting schedule and links. For 2021, this entails using IMYM’s pro Zoom account, which includes 10 meeting links.
  • With volunteer assistance, answer registrant and session leader questions
  • With volunteer assistance, hold training/practice sessions for registrants, clerks and session leaders

 During Gathering:

  • Ensure that sessions are running smoothly, help troubleshoot where possible
  • Answer questions from volunteers, registrants, committee members
  • With volunteer assistance, provide information daily to registrants, via email and in session chat announcements

After Gathering:

  • Work with co-Clerks, Recording Clerk and Web Clerk to get wrap-up information to registrants, and to the website

Skills required:

Very comfortable with Zoom, spreadsheets, scheduling, creating informational documents and emails.

Bonus: Experience leading Zoom training, coordinating volunteers, and/or updating WordPress pages.

Last year’s Tech lead will provide training and guidance to get you up and running, and support through the Gathering as she is the Web Clerk.

 Anticipated number of hours:

January – April: 5-10 hours/month;  May: 20-30 hours;  June: 50-60 hours in first 3 weeks

Reports to: Arrangements Clerk       Supervises: Volunteers

To apply: Submit resume and cover letter to Laura Peterson (alapete@gmail.com) asap (by April 30)

 

Boulder Meeting Announcements

Outdoor Meetings for Worship in Louisville

 Outdoor Meetings for Worship are held Sunday mornings (weather permitting) at Cottonwood Park in Louisville. During May, meetings start at 9:30 am. Starting on June 6 and for the rest of the summer, meetings will start at 9 am. There’s ample sun and shade. Please bring your own chair. The Cottonwood Park parking lot is on the south side of South Boulder Road between Garfield and Via Appia. Questions? Contact Paula Palmer. All are welcome!

Did you miss the IPC Program Hour on Fort Chambers – Boulder's Connection with the Sand Creek Massacre?

If you missed the May 2 Program Hour about the history of Boulder’s Fort Chambers and its ties to the Sand Creek Massacre, here are four ways to learn about it: 1) Watch a recording of the May 2 program here, 2) Read a flyer here, 3) Contact Paula Palmer, paulaRpalmer@gmail.com if you would like to request a Zoom presentation about Fort Chambers for another group or organization, and 4) read Margaret Coel’s biography, Chief Left Hand

Robin Powelson’s Obituary

Longtime and much beloved BFM Robin Powelson’s obituary is now available: click here. Her memorial service will take place at the meetinghouse once it is safe to do so.

Celebration of Life Online Events
It has been a year since we have been able to come together as a community to gather for a memorial service. We want to remember and celebrate the lives of members who have died this past year, as well as family members who have been lost.

There could be a slide show of photos, videos, music, and sharing of stories. If you would like to have such an event, we can provide the tech support to make it happen. You could invite a small group of family and friends, or include the Friends meeting also.

For more information, contact a member of the Grief and Bereavement Committee.

Submitted by Molly Greacen for the Grief and Bereavement Committee

Please Fill Out Your Medical Durable Power of Attorney
Responding to members’ requests, we are providing a PDF document for preparing a Medical Durable Power of Attorney (from the Boulder Community Hospital website); Click here to download it: medical-durable-power-of-attorney.

A Medical Durable Power of Attorney should be created by everyone, especially since we are living through a pandemic. This document gives one other person the legal authority to speak on your behalf regarding your wishes for medical care in the case that you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. It needs to be signed and witnessed but does not need to be drawn up by a lawyer. It requires  the signature of two witnesses, and getting it notarized is optional.  Please share a copy with your family doctor and the person you are choosing to represent your healthcare decisions when you cannot.

If you want to look at other documents that can help you prepare for end of life, you can also access advanced directive documents from this website under RESOURCES- Death and Dying.  These are contained in our committee’s resource book called Going Into the Light. There are several different documents to choose from there: 5 Choices, The Conversation Project, and MOST.

The Conversation Project in Boulder County is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. MOST (Colorado Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) covers CPR, medical interventions, and artificially administered nutrition, and is signed and dated by the provider (MD) and patient (or agent, guardian or proxy-by-statute.

You can also find and download the document Advanced Directive for Medical and Surgical Treatment.  This document does need to be sign and notarized.

These documents are all different from a legal will, which can be done in Colorado without a lawyer, but most people choose to see a lawyer for putting that together.

Submitted by Molly Greacen for the Grief and Bereavement Committee

USE OF THE MEETING HOUSE BY SMALL BFM GROUPS

From the Ad Hoc Committee on Re-opening the Meetinghouse:

Starting Sunday April 25th, small groups such as committees and study groups from our Boulder Meeting may begin to meet in person at the Meetinghouse, as long as these procedures are followed:

— One group only can meet at a time.  Linda Jacobson is our scheduling person; please contact her by text or email to find out whether your time slot is available: lindaj@jma3.com or 720-412-2871.

— Only one person at a time may use the bathrooms.  

— One person in your group must be responsible for cleaning the bathrooms after the meeting is over.  Cleaning instructions will be posted in each bathroom.

— Masks must be worn at all times, and meetings should be held in the Worship room where there is enough room to social distance.

— The Fellowship room, including kitchen, is off limits for now, and water fountains should not be used.

— No food in the Meetinghouse.  Please bring your own water or other drinks from home; do not use mugs from the Fellowship room.

We hope to start in-person Meetings for Worship within a few weeks; more to follow on that at a later date.

Toward a Life-Centered Economy: From the Rule of Money to the Rewards of Stewardship
The Quaker Institute of the Future put out this new book authored by our own Pete Baston along with John Lodenkamper, Paul Alexander, and Judith Streit. Watch this brief description by Pete here. The book is available from Quakerinstitute.org and from Amazon.
Tips on Joining Zoom
Are you having trouble joining our Zoom gatherings? Technology can be quirky and what works on one device doesn’t always work on another; try some of these ideas and see what works for you:

  • Our Meeting calendar gives links for joining Zoom meetings. Click on “more details” to get more information, including a blue “live” link that will get you directly to the meeting.
  • If the link to join the meeting, either on the calendar or elsewhere, isn’t blue, and clicking on it doesn’t work, then it isn’t live. Copy the link and paste it into your browser window. (If you’re not sure how to do this, I’m happy to teach you, or perhaps you have a grandchild or young friend who would excel at being your tech teacher.)
  • You can also use your Zoom app to join; It’s called Zoom.us on the computer or just Zoom on a smart phone. Click on it to open it and then it asks for the meeting ID and then the meeting Passcode. Those are both in the invitation that you received by email or found on our calendar or in Announcements.
  • If you can’t use a computer or a smart phone, you can still dial in for a telephone connection. Our Zoom link invitations give various phone numbers so that you can pick a “nearby” one such as Houston (1-346-248-7799). Dial that number and you will be prompted to enter the meeting ID and then the meeting Passcode. You will be muted but can unmute and later mute again using *6; you can raise your hand for the host to recognize by using *9. Join a few minutes early and tell the tech host your name so that it can be displayed instead of your phone number.
     
Program Committee Reminds You to Take Care of Yourselves in these Days of Covid
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF . . .

. . . We Belong Together!  The days are getting shorter, traditional holiday gatherings feel ruined, and COVID is doing its viral-spreading apparently especially happily in colder temps.  So Program Committee is reminding Friends that–while remembering directives from reliable sources to remain vigilant about staying physically distant–we can stay socially close, safe and connected!

A few hints for doing so are available at:

  1. Interact with only those in your household: This means we all need to do our best to avoid any social interactions with friends and family outside of our homes throughout the month of November. Of course Coloradans will continue essential activities like going to work. 
  2. Keep your distance: Just because you’re wearing a mask does not mean that you are not at-risk while interacting with others in close proximity. We need to do a better job of staying six or more feet away from others. 
  3. Wear a mask: The numbers are clear. If you wear a mask, you have a much lower risk of getting or transmitting the virus.

AND by joining your Boulder Meeting Friends community for zoom Worship and Program Hours. As we wrestle through this difficult time together, may you stay safe, well, and connected!

Chris Griffin-Wehr, for Program Committee

Meet Our Artists: Program Hour Series
Program Committee is sponsoring a series of “Meet Our Artists” after-worship Zoom program hours, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. From visual to fiber art, and music to poetry, we are blessed with so many gifts among Boulder Friends! But we are all struggling with that difficult mixture of Zoom-fatigue and social isolation that’s keeping us apart right now. In an effort to find a little more balance, Sandra Bierman and Chris Griffin-Wehr will moderate/facilitate the sessions, as well as coordinate with any artist willing to share a bit about the Spirit and Inspiration of their art to become confident doing so via Zoom.

If you are an artist able to guide Friends along either your artistic process or your resulting creations, please contact Sandra (sbierman4@gmail.com) or Chris (chris.griffinwehr@cu.edu) to sign-up and discuss presentation details. 

Submitted by Chris Griffin-Wehr for Program Committee

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

 

Ongoing Meeting Announcements

Zoom Address: zoom@boulderfriendsmeeting.org
Requests or questions about Zoom schedules or practice on Zoom can now be submitted to: zoom@boulderfriendsmeeting.org. Your email will still go to Margaret, and it’s still fine to write to her directly.
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.
Friendly Friends Chat (formerly Zoom Quaker Check-in)

Friendly Friends Chat:  Group meets first and third Thursdays at 3 pm. Come join us! For the Zoom link, contact John Graves at juantumbas@yahoo.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 (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:

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 clerk@boulderfriendsmeeting.org.

 

Other Announcements of Interest to Friends

Join AFSC and Coloradans for Immigrant Rights: Every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Join  AFSC and Coloradans for Immigrant Rights  want to meet other allies working for immigrant rights? Or deepen your knowledge on immigration policy? Maybe meet with elected officials to support the vision and demands of immigrants? Every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom – Sign up here to receive meeting information

To receive AFSC Denver email communications, sign up here https://www.afsc.org/ea/coloradans-immigrant-rights?submit=Subscribe

(This announcement will be taken down at the end of May.)

Learn about the American Friends Service Committee's Denver (AFSC)

NEWS FROM THE DENVER AFSC OFFICE

Want to learn about the work of the American Friends Service Committee’s Denver office? Check out their website: https://www.afsc.org/office/denver-co. To receive AFSC Denver email communications, sign up here https://www.afsc.org/ea/ coloradans-immigrant-rights?submit=Subscribe

Want to meet other allies working for immigrant rights? Or deepen your knowledge on immigration policy? Maybe meet with elected officials to support the vision and demands of immigrants? Every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom – Sign up here to receive meeting information

– Submitted by Paula Palmer, AFSC Rep.

 

 

Take Action

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT – OPPORTUNITY TO LOBBY VIA EMAIL

 

With a new Congress in session, members and attenders of Boulder Meeting may participate in a meaningful way in lobbying our Colorado senators regarding renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which failed to be renewed in last year’s Congress; it has not been renewed since 2013. Such renewal is vital for victims of both sexual and domestic violence throughout the country as a result of COVID-19, with victims having fewer options of escape. Domestic violence victims in Indian Country outnumber victims of other races 9 to 1. Moreover, the majority of perpetrators in Indian Country are non-natives over whom Tribes have no jurisdiction. As a result, Justice is not being done. Please write your senators asking them to support the renewal of VAWA; however, we need you to ask something different of each senator. Senator Bennet co-sponsored the bill last year, so, please ask him to not only make it a legislative priority in the first 100 days of the legislative session, but also to ensure that there are strong tribal provisions in any bill that is passed this year. For Senator Hickenlooper, please ask him to make VAWA a legislative priority, ensuring that it gets passed this year, with strong tribal provisions. For a sample email to send to each senator, email Susan Swihart at: sus.swih@gmail. Contact Senator Bennet: bennet.senate.gov Senator Hickenlooper: hickenlooper.senate.gov.

Submitted on behalf of Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee by Susan Swihart

Palestinian Human Rights Organization Starting up in Boulder
 

 

A new organization has started up in Boulder, called Human Rights for Palestinians. Members of First Congregational Church are mainly involved in the start-up, and they invite interested people from other congregations to visit their monthly meetings by zoom and see if they would like to join.

The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 7-8 pm, with a speaker and discussion.  They also send out weekly emails with information or suggestions for advocacy action.

This Tuesday, Dec.1, speakers will describe Sabeel, an international organization, based in the Palestinian West Bank, also dedicated to Palestinian human rights.  January will address anti-Semitism.

 To attend, Friends may contact BFM member Anne Remley (agr1@me.com) for contact information or contact the group’s conveners, Jane Thomas <jane.thomas@colorado.edu> or Barbara Hanst at bhanst@gmail.com.

                                         

Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples
Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples (friendspeaceteams.org/trr)
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?”
Learn about Right Relationship Boulder
Learn more about building relationship with Native Peoples by subscribing to the newsletter for Right Relationship Boulder. Paula Palmer and other members of the Indigenous Peoples Concerns committee can give you more information about this important organization.

Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL)