A Piece of the World

The book discussion group is reading A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline.

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

About the Book

A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow, 2017)


“Exquisite. A must-read.”

–Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.

“Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden.”

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

Listen to an Author Interview

Critical Praise

“The novel evokes the somber grace of [Wyeth’s] paintings … Christina’s yearning, her determination, her will to dream, occupy the emotional center in both the novel and the painting. A Piece of the World is a story for those who want the mysterious made real.” — New York Times Book Review

Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Minute

Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends in Portland, Oregon encourages all Quaker Meetings and institutions to engage in educating ourselves and our fellow citizens on the United Nations Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Let us join together, seeking Divine guidance and proceeding as the way opens before us.

Treaty negotiations were successfully concluded within the United Nations on July 7, 2017. On September 20, 2017, the new Treaty was opened for signature by heads of governments or Foreign Ministers. Fifty governments took the first step and signed the treaty on that first day and three have already submitted their documents to the United Nations for ratification. Once 50 nations have ratified, it will enter into force.

Relatively few of our fellow citizens in the United States – including many Quakers – are aware of this treaty. Our major media in this country have not reported on its development, nor have they encouraged open discussion of its significance or pros and cons of its 18 articles. Most other countries are already deeply engaged in this process.

Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends has produced a resource sheet that provides background information and links to more details about the Treaty, which you can access here. Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends has shared a Minute supporting the United Nations Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, which was approved in Meeting for Worship for Business on September 17, 2017. You can access a copy of the Minute here.

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.