West Grove Friends Discussion

Dear friends:

The extreme right wing of evangelical Christians have become the dominant voice of ‘faith’ in this country and their collective voice and influence is growing.

We at West Grove Friends Meeting are very disturbed by this trend and are seeking ways to bring other voices to the forefront to create an atmosphere where true dialogue can take place. Our hope is to bring together people of many faith traditions and people of no faith tradition to formulate an approach that can be shared and multiplied so that this other important ‘voice’ can be heard.

Some of you were presenters at our two inter-faith speakers series and some attenders, some are members of the inter-faith group in West Chester, and others are Friends (fellow Quakers) and friends. We hope that many of you will be able to join us on Wednesday evening, October 25th, at 7:00 at West Grove Friends Meeting to discuss the challenge presented by the extreme voice of the evangelical right and ways to have our voice heard.

If you can come or can’t but have interest in this idea, please let me know. Thank you.

Grace & Peace,

Alyce Denver, Clerk
West Grove Friends Meeting

153 East Harmony Road
West Grove

Principles and Beliefs of Early Friends

A Look at some Core Understandings

 Henry Jason will be speaking at the Marlborough Meetinghouse on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Henry is a retired Speech and Language Pathologist with a longtime interest in early Christianity and early Quakerism. He also has a background in linguistics, Slavic languages and the classical languages of Greek and Latin. Henry’s piercing insights into the meanings of various biblical Greek and 17th century English words and concepts validate traditional Quaker interpretations of authentic Christianity. Please join us for a lively talk.

Sample of a Henry Jason Talk

Here is just a minute of a talk Henry gave at the 2017 Ohio Yearly Meeting.

The Marlborough Meetinghouse is at 361 Marlborough Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  For directions, go to www.marboroughmeeting.org and click on Location.

Questions? Email charles.c.thomas.jr@gmail.com or call 610 347-0843

Equality and Justice Rally on the Oxford Green Friday, October 6, 6:30-8:00 PM

The Oxford community will be coming together to take a stand for equality and justice for all people with a rally on th

e green in the center of town during Oxford’s “First Friday” events,6:30-8:00 PM on October 6. We will stay on the green, with signs stating “Equality and Justice for All” or similar. Please join us and bring a sign if you can.
For more information call Vivian Brown: (610) 467-1102.

Spiritual Deepening and Spiritual Formation

The Spiritual Deepening Program from FGC

The Spiritual Deepening Program seeks to deepen the life, worship, and witness of Quaker meetings, individual Friends, and newcomers. The program serves those who are new to the Quaker way by presenting resources important to the personal and communal spiritual journey. It serves Friends who are no longer new by providing additional depth and encouragement to continue their travel on the Quaker journey.

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Spiritual Formation Program from BYM

Do You Seek a Deeper Spiritual Experience?
Does Your Meeting Seek a Deeper Spiritual Community?
The Baltimore Yearly Meeting Spiritual Formation Program invites its participants into a deeper experience of God’s presence through retreats, devotional readings, spiritual community and individual spiritual practices. Spiritual Formation provides a practical way for people in our busy culture to turn to God with their hearts through daily spiritual practices, with their minds through spiritual reading, and with their human relationships through local friendship groups.

The Spiritual Formation Program has three elements:

(1) Retreat weekends in the spring and the fall engage participants in exploring their individual spiritual lives and sharing their discoveries within small groups or with other individual participants. (It is strongly recommended but not mandatory to attend the retreats.)

(2) At home, each participant is encouraged to devote at least 15 minutes per day to a spiritual practice. Resources for exploring a wide range of spiritual practices are available.

(3) Also at home, participants attend two meetings per month: a meeting of the entire local group to share hospitality and reflections on a spiritual reading that all have agreed to read; and a gathering with a friendship group, a subset of 3-5 people from the local group. Friendship groups meet at times and places of their own choosing to share personal spiritual journeys and to support one another in spiritual practices.

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May Book Discussion Group

A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman

The book discussion group is reading reading A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman.

The discussion group will meet at 7 pm at the Stanton’s home on Wednesday, May 31.

An inspiring affirmation of love for life and acceptance of people for their essence and individual quirks. A Man Called Ove is a perfect selection for book clubs. It’s well written and replete with universal concerns. It lacks violence and profanity, is life-affirming and relationship-driven. The book is bittersweet, tender, often wickedly humorous and almost certain to elicit tears. I contentedly wept my way through a box of tissues when I first read the novel and again when I savored it for a second time.
– BookBrowse.com

Charlie Zahm – An Evening of Broadway Music

Friday, May 12, 2017 | 7:30 PM | $15

Charlie ZahmJoin Charlie Zahm for an Evening of Broadway Music. With a baritone voice some have described as “coming along once in a generation,” Charlie is perfect to perform for us a great variety of Broadway Tunes. Charlie is also one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime, and American Traditional music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings-and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs! Charlie will be accompanied by guitarist Steve Hobson.
Charlie has always been taken by the senses of time, place and social consciousness preserved in traditional music, and through years of dedication and a wide variety of studies and travels he has earned a reputation of truly being committed to his craft.

Tickets are $15, and will be available at the door. Doors will open at 7:00 PM, and concert will start at 7:30 PM. For more information call: 610-869-8076.

Email: friendsfolkclub@aol.com or www.charliezahm.com. Facebook

The Friends Folk Club is an all volunteer-community run concert series.

Hillbilly Elegy – book discussion

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

The book discussion group is reading Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance.

The discussion group will meet at 7 pm at the Stanton’s home on Wednesday, April 26.

 From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

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