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

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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LanChester Chorus to present Spring Concert

The LanChester Chorus will present a Spring Concert at Oxford Friends Meeting on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

The Chorus consists of 25-30 mixed voices from communities within Lancaster and Chester Counties and has been meeting in Christiana, PA for the past 60+ years.

Music performed at spring concerts is a combination of traditional, patriotic, show tunes, and fun numbers.

The current Director is Kimberly Kusnersyk and Accompanist is Christine Keiffer.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, Children 12 and under are free. Refreshments are available at a reasonable price.

The Oxford Friends Meeting, at 260 S. 5th Street, Oxford, PA, is a century old Quaker Meetinghouse with great acoustics. For more information: Call 717-575-2435 or email info@oxfordfriends.org.

Climate Change and Your Health



PRESENTER: Alan Peterson, MD
WHERE: Society of Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse
110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603
WHEN: 12:00 noon on Sunday March 26, 2017

Dr. Peterson points out that over 97% of peer reviewed climatologists state that the climate is changing due to human activities at a rate that has never been seen on earth before. Climate change is the cause of a broad range of adverse health effects including, among others- chronic lung diseases, heart disease, cancer, and stroke.  He has tremendous concerns for his children and grandchildren, as well as those in the rest of the world.  Dr. Peterson will present the scientific data and those of others on what we can do to try to prevent climate change from ending life on earth as we have lived it and enjoyed it.

“Between 2011 and 2014, Greenland lost a trillion tons of ice.”

“The World Health Organization says climate change is the most significant medical issue of our century.”

Dr. Peterson is Emeritus Director of Environmental and Community Medicine of Lancaster General Health, having started in 1979.  He helped to educate each of the Family Medicine Residents who graduated from Lancaster General Health. Dr. Peterson has received numerous awards and recognition including the Henry Wentz Award in Medical Education and the American Lung Association 2013 National Volunteer Excellence Award.  He has spoken to the public on a wide range of health issues and has offered testimony to many public government groups including members of the Pennsylvania legislature and most recently the Pennsylvania Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee in Harrisburg.