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Reunión de los Amigos de Phoenix (Quakers)

DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

Happy Holidays!

We're pleased to present the December 2020 edition of the Phoenix Quakers Newsletter. This issue includes updates from Phoenix Meeting as well as reflections from Friends across the state and beyond. 

Ephesians 4:29

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good, to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace into the hearers.” - Ephesians 4:29

Ofrendas at Phoenix Meeting

On Sunday, November 1, Day of the Dead, we made Ofrendas (little alters) in Sunday School to honor those who have gone before us. We lost Anna Hilfinger and Polly Kmetz, both members of Phoenix Meeting, during 2020.

A New Donation to Meeting Library

A new donation to the Library is: Being Quaker Where You Are, by Sakre Edson (WF, 2017). Here are some quotes from her visits with isolated Friends in the Pacific Northwest:
 
"I hang in there despite no Meeting being close, because I know being a Quaker is what I am." (Ginny Weeks)
 
"The more we realize how insignificant and out of control we are, the closer we can get to God." (Joe Snyder)
 
"Connecting with the birds, deer, bears, coyotes, wolves, elk and cougars around my house is an awe-inspiring part of my spirituality. I feel like they have information for me all the time." (Gillian Davies).
 
Edson traveled around visiting Friends, near-Friends, and not-quite Friends. Her in-depth interviews with about 50 Quakers provide a rich and varied texture to the Pacific Northwest Quaker tapestry.
(review by Nancy Marshall)

1.  Do you need a 2021 wall calendar? We have several: 2 from PHoenix Children's Hospital, 1 from Audubon, 1 from Nature Conservancy; 1 from Union of Concerned Scientists. Contact Nancy Marshall (nanmar4009@gmail.com).
 
2. Sunday, December 13: Intergenerational Recycling project after Meeting for Worship, at the Meetinghouse outside: turn old wall calendars into colorful envelopes for gifts or to use. All materials available on socially distanced tables. Enjoy a few moments to make some envelopes and recycle calendars from 2018, 2019, and 2020. All are encouraged and welcome. (nanmar4009@gmail.com).
 
3. THE COOKIE EXCHANGE. Sunday, December 20. We will have our traditional cookie exchange after the rise of worship. Bring some cookies to share. Go home with more than you came with. Keep a little bit of the holiday spirit alive, with fun. (Store-bought is OK if you're not a cook).

Reflection

"Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with."  -- Peter Marshall

On a Path

“Tu vida es un viaje sagrado. Estás en un camino... justo donde debes estar. Y de aquí solo puedes ir hacia adelante, conformando la historia de tu vida en un cuento magnífico de triunfo, sanación, valentía, belleza, sabiduría, poder, dignidad y amor.”
 
  "Your life is a sacred journey. You are on a path ...exactly where you are meant to be right now. And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, healing, courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity and love." (Caroline Adams 
Submitted by Sara Keeney Source: Paty Constantino’s Newsletter from Mexico City “El amigo cuaquero”)

Answering that of God

In Healing the Heart of Democracy by Quaker Parker Palmer, he describes our current political moment as one where the heart of America has splintered and broken apart leaving our society divided against itself. Our hearts can heal if we allow them to break open with compassion and love for our opponents instead of breaking apart in sorrow or anger. I’ve suffered many heartbreaks as America moved through one tragedy after another, but worshipping with a community who listen to the Divine with hearts open to other people of all kinds has given me the faith and confidence that we can heal and be whole. Quakers listen to and appeal to “that of God in everyone” and the “inward Light of Christ”—that is, to that spirit of goodness in the heart and conscience of every person. I ask, can I help myself and others heal the wounds of division by first listening deeply to what my neighbors are saying and hear their hopes and dreams for the country we all love no matter our political preferences? Can I look deeply into my heart and speak and act on my truth with compassion, love, and conviction “answering that of God” in everyone?
 
from Jerry L. McBride, San Mateo Quaker Worship Group (11/16/2020)

Phoenix Friends: this letter from Tom Martin of Flagstaff Friends Meeting speaks to all of us:

I urge you to consider responding like I have, to a request on behalf of the "Korea Peace Appeal: Peace Campaign to End the Korean War," as part of its campaign's international team?  On 24 June 2020, a network was established for ending the Korean War by more than 180 South Korean civil society organizations.  On 27 July 2020, the campaign launched with a press conference in Seoul.

The Korea Peace Appeal is a signature campaign to end the Korean War with a goal to gather 100 million signatures during the next 3 years.  The campaign needs many more active partners and wide networks to reach this goal.  At the Asia West Pacific Initiative of Friends Peace Teams we signed on as a partner organization to this campaign, and together we ask people across the world to join us in solidarity.

To see and read the full appeal in English and Korean please click this link: 
https://en.endthekoreanwar.net      Other languages are coming soon.  At this website you can download logos and signature sheets and news about the campaign. 
As an organization we might consider join as a partner:     https://bit.ly/JoinKPA
As led, you can personally forward these links to your network and to organizations who might be interested in joining the campaign, hoping they might widely circulate the 'Korea Peace Appeal' signature campaign among their networks and perhaps put a banner on their own websites.  
 I hope that you can join this campaign.  For me this action of witness is long overdue
Onward, and my thanks, 
Tom 
 

Service in the Manner of Friends


What is Service in the Manner of Friends? And what is it not? Nadine Hoover has some penetrating insights (c/o Tom Martin, Flagstaff Meeting):
https://mcusercontent.com/9d70b495c180b571e81e1d7b3/files/39926f34-56b4-43a4-ac0a-037c34960ed9/Nadine_on_Service.pdf

Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World


For those of us for whom Thanksgiving has become a time of more complicated recognitions, Read the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World. (Thanks toTom Martin from Flagstaff Meeting)
 
https://mcusercontent.com/9d70b495c180b571e81e1d7b3/files/46c22fd0-34dd-4911-a263-e1195f945eb9/Haudenosaunee_Thanksgiving_Address.pdf
 

Friends Peace Teams invites you to an online event: 


Power of Goodness
Equality of Humanity, Bridging Divides
Friday Dec 4, 2020, 09:00 PM Eastern (US and Canada)
Saturday Dec 5, 2020, 09:30 AM Eastern (US and Canada)
 
Advanced Registration required, so register NOW!
Dec 4, 9:00pm Eastern US: 
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkceihqzMtHdHshu_yMgmO3v6DwJmCJok4
 
Dec 5, 9:30am Eastern US:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElce2oqDwrGNa2mHOVyTrJ6_R30d6V3Xyw
 
Both training will be conducted in English. 

 

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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 nanmar4009@gmail.com and Ruben Soliz at ruben.soliz@gmail.com. Your voice matters and we'd love to give you a platform for it.
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