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Reunión de los Amigos de Phoenix (Quakers)


We are pleased to present the September 2020 issue of the Phoenix Quakers Newsletter. Included in this issue are several thoughtful quotations, a tribute to a beloved friend and much more.

From the recent newsletter of Friends World Committee on Consultation, Section of the Americas

Es maravilloso, saber que las bendiciones de nuestro Dios son nuevas cada mañana y grande es su fidelidad! Estamos agradecidos con Dios, porque nos permite contar sus misericordias a cada instante y es que: tener una familia, gozar de buena salud, tener un techo, un hogar y lo necesario para vivir, son motivos suficientes para estar agradecidos con Dios!
It is marvelous, to know that the blessings of our God are new each morning and great is His loyalty [to us].
We are grateful for God, because he allows us to count His mercies at each moment and it is: to have a family, to enjoy good health, to have a roof [over our heads], a home and what is necessary to live, [these] are sufficient reasons to be grateful to God.

Our Dear Friend Polly Kmetz

Submitted by Margy Brittingham

Our dear Friend Polly Kmetz passed away at home on Friday, July 31. She had been in hospice for the Parkinson's disease she had born for many years. A memorial will be held once Corona 19 conditions improve enough for her relatives and friends from back East to attend safely. We mourn the loss of an exceptional woman.

Meeting for Nurture

Nancy Marshall

Unprogrammed Friends' meetings have a long tradition of the respectful co-existence of both theist and non-theist (along with questioning) members and attenders.  Recently, in one monthly meeting, the issue arose from the young adults who had been brought up and had experience in their local meetings, of why meeting for worship was called "meeting for worship." There was open and honest talk about this dilemma. The question was, what or who were we "worshipping"? As everyone worked together for the proper language, they came up with "Meeting for Nurture."  At their next meeting, that's what they called it - Meeting for Nurture." That felt so right to me. Perhaps we can talk about that and do it too. 

George Fox Quote

Submitted by Len Schulwitz

With Richard, I attended the recent Western Friend Zoom Meeting that spoke on helping the homeless through religously-owned lands.  One interesting new understanding, was that George Fox petitioned that the lands that religious bodies owned, be given to the poor for their benefit, as one of his Fifty Nine Particulars:
TO THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMON-WEALTH OF England. Fifty nine Particulars laid down for the Regulating things, and the taking away of Oppressing Laws, and Oppressors, and to ease the Oppressed. By George Fox LONDON, 1659.
#29. Let all those Abbie-lands, Glebe-lands [the land belonging to a parish church, or an ecclessiastical benefice], that are given to the Priests, be given to the poor of the Nation, and let all the great houses, Abbies, Steeple-houses, and White-Hall be for Alms-houses (or some other use than what they are) for all the blind and lame to be there, and not to go begging up and down the streets.

Spanish-English Quotations

Submitted by Nancy Marshall
Mexican Girl Scouts
Amistad is lo-o que nos u-ne,
Y lo que nos ha-ce pro-gre-sar.
U.S.A. summer camp song
Make new friends, and keep the o-ld,
One is silver and the other gold.
Spanish words from Uruguay
Oh, dios se acor de mí,
y a El le agradezco,
porque me dio el pan de hoy, 
la lluvia y sol, fruto y flor,
Dios se acor de mí.

words and music, origin unknown
Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord,
for giving me the things I need:
the sun, the rain and the appleseed.
The Lord is good to me.

Quote from The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Imagine the islands in a great river. and imagine that normal folks must swim from island to island - imagine that this their only  method. But you, friend, you are different. Because you...can see a bridge across that river, many bridges even, connecting all the islands, many bridges, each one made of a different story. And you cannot just see the bridges, you can walk across, drive across, conduct across, with passengers in tow, sure as an engineer conduct a train. That is Conduction. The many bridges. The many stories. The way over the river." [spoken by Moses, aka Harriet Tubman, in The Water Dancer, a novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates about slavery ad the Underground]

In Memory of those Lost in Atomic Bombings

Nancy Marshall

"August 6, 8:15 am, 1945: the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
 August 9, 11:02 am, 1945: another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
August 6, 8:15 am, and August 9, 11:02 am, 2020: Flagstaff Friends gathered by their Peace Pole and rang bells for five minutes to honor with reverence the memory of those lost in the two 1945 bombings.Churches throughought Flagstaff joined together in this ecumenical event, also ringing their church bells, to remind us of these horrible events and to commit ourselves to "Never Again."
[Nancy and Vance Marshall from Phoenix Meeting attended these memorial events].


Submitted by Nancy Marshall
"We have the wisdom to stay grounded locally while embracing the global community. We know how to support one another across lines of race and class, and we are persuaded that we must use our privilege to amplify the voices of those who go unheard and spend our money in ways that support an economy we can believe in....we must continue to rely on our collective hope in withstanding the mounting pressure to revive an economy and a way of life that was killing us."
[Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Episcopal diocese of Indianapolis]
"In times of great difficulty, when there is nowhere to turn for help, we humans spontaneously turn to prayer. We do this from a deep, inner knowing that our connection to the spiritual is real...The story of Noah teaches us to have hope in the future and optimism that life will improve and sun will shine again. Faith helps us to know that we are not alone, rather, that we are all connected as one soul, one life, held within the Divine."
[Rabbi Jill Hausman, The Actors' Temple Congregation Ezrath Israel, New York City]

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Please consider contributing an article, quote, announcement, link to an article, or anything number of things for our next issue of the Newsletter. Please send contributions to Nancy Marshall at and Ruben Soliz at Your voice matters and we'd love to give you a platform for it.
Phoenix Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
1702 E Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

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