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Reunión de los Amigos de Phoenix (Quakers)

OCTOBER 2020 Newsletter 

Happy October. We're pleased to present this month's newsletter. Included in this edition are a variety of pieces that may be of interest to the friends within and beyond our community.

We also have 2 special notes to our readers: 

1. Newsletter Submissions: This is your newsletter.  We encourage you to send poems, quotations, photos, and items that you believe may be uplifting or important for Phoenix Friends. While not all contributions may be included, we would like more folks to participate in adding to the tapestry that is Phoenix Quakers Newsletter. Thanks, Nancy and Ruben.

2. Donations, Financial Contributions

You and I may not be physicallly at the Meeting property, but APS is. There are still costs to maintain the property, especially the Residence, during Covid.  We continue to support those individuals and organizations that we decided as a community to support - IMYM, AHYM, AFSC, FCNL, our inmate Bobby Stuck at Lewis prison, our Bolivian scholarship student Sonia, and more.

Finally, we just replaced the roof - a big expense that eliminated our savings account.And we haven't even begun to work on solar panels to cut our consumption of non-renewable energy sources.

Please donate today: Checks to: Phoenix Quaker Meeting, 1702 East Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

(from Vance Marshall, Treasurer)


"Let the little children come unto me," Jesus Christ, Matthew XIX: 14.

"First care for the children, the rest will fall in place." Anon

Meeting Calendar

The link below has a PDF version of the October Calendar.

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend on the awe-inspiring Colorado: from the river and the rim (photos by Nancy Marshall)

"El Principito"  "The Little Prince"

Nancy Marshall

Entonces apareció el zorro. "Buenas días," dijo el zorro...

"Quién eres tú?" preguntó el principito. "Qué bonito eres!"...

"No puedo jugar contigo," dijo el zorro, "no estoy domesticado.".

"Busco amigos," dijo el principito. "Qué significa 'domesticado'?"

"Es una cosa ya olvidada" dijo el zorro, "significa 'crear vínculos'..."

"Crear vínculos?" preguntó el principito.

"Efectivamente, verás," dijo el zorro. "Tú ne eres para mí todavía mas que un muchachito igual a otros cien mil muchachitos y  no te necesito para nada. Tampoco tú tienes necesidad de mí y no soy para tí mas que un zorro entre otros cien mil zorros semejantes. Pero si tú me domesticas, entonces tendremos necesidad el uno del otro. Tú serás para mí único en el mundo, y yo seré para tí único en el mundo..."

Then a fox appeared. "Hello, good day," said the fox..

"Who art thou?" asked the little prince. "How beautiful thou art"? 

"I can't play with thee," said the fox, "I'm not tamed."

"I'm looking for friends," said the prince. "What does 'tamed' mean?"

"It's forgotten now," said the fox, it means 'to create links, ties, connections.."

"Ties? Connections?"

"Really, thou willst see," said the fox. "Thou art nothing more to me than a little boy the same as the other 100,000 little boys and I don't need thee at all. Neither dost thou need me and I am nothing to thee more than one fox among the other 100,000 fellow foxes. But if thou tamest me, then we will need each other. Thou willst be for me unique in all the world, and I will be for thee unique in all the world."

[tr. by NHM. I used  our old-fashioned Quaker diminutive, which is how Spanish-speaking folks speak in more intimate terms to each other, as was used in this edition of El Principito.]

World Quaker Day

Nancy Marshall

¡El Día Mundial de los Cuáqueros se acerca! Esperamos que se una a los Amigos de todo el mundo para celebrar el domingo 4 de octubre!

Para la Familia Cuáquera o familia de los Amigos, es un día significativo donde podemos compartir con hermanos de diferentes países nuestra herencia común, nuestras raíces y sobre todo reconocer el amor que nuestro Señor Jesucristo ha mostrado a la humanidad.

 World Quaker Day is coming! We hope that Friends in the whole world will celebrate Sunday, October 4.
For the Quaker Family, or family of Friends, it is a significant day where we can share with our brothers and sisters from different countries our common heritage, our roots and above all can recognize the love our lord Jesus Christ has shown to humanity.

(from the Comite'Mundial de Consulta de los Amigos, Seccion de las Americas, FWCC newsletter).


October Book Group Reminder

Kaila Luttrel 

Sunday, October 4 at 12:30 pm we'll meet to discuss:

Living Together in a World Falling Apart by Dave and Neta Jackson

The classic "handbook on Christian community," with updated reflections by Dave and Neta Jackson. When Living Together in a World Falling Apart was first published in 1974, tensions in society--an unpopular war, racial divisions, fearful economics, the seeming futility of "success," and widespread alienation--were not addressed in most churches. Racism still thrived, worship meant three hymns and you're out, and relationships had deteriorated to weekly handshakes. But many believed-based on New Testament descriptions of the early church-that this couldn't be all God planned for his people. These restless souls eagerly read about Dave and Neta Jackson's personal search as they experimented with household living and took a road trip visiting the crop of emerging Christian communities around the country.

We'll meet using our book group link: 

Meeting ID: 824 9385 1559

Password: 659315


Please bring your book recommendations for the December discussion. In general: The books we select challenge us to live closer to God/Spirit/Truth in some way. The person making the recommendation feels confident that the book is worthwhile for the individuals in the group to read--perhaps they've read it, the book is considered a spiritual classic or something else. We try to choose books that are affordable and accessible. The person who recommends a book leads the discussion or finds someone who is willing to do it for them.

November Discussion

Sunday, November 1 at 12:30 pm we'll meet to discuss:

The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist by Marcus Rediker

In The Fearless Benjamin Lay, renowned historian Marcus Rediker chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular man--a Quaker dwarf who demanded the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. Mocked and scorned by his contemporaries, Lay was unflinching in his opposition to slavery, often performing colorful guerrilla theater to shame slave masters, insisting that human bondage violated the fundamental principles of Christianity. He drew on his ideals to create a revolutionary way of life, one that embodied the proclamation "no justice, no peace."


Making dream catchers and LEGO cars & planes at Arizona Half Yearly (9/26/20)

Book Review: A Journey out of Season, by Mary Hansen

Nancy Marshall

Perhaps intended as a book for children/youth, this easy read chronicles the journey a 5 year old Quaker boy and his grandma make from Ohio to Bellingham, WA, shortly after the end of WWII. On their way, they encounter a number of folks who bring forth the way Quaker testimonies play out in real life. 

When I was fretting and unable to sleep, I'd read Journey and feel more peaceful.

(Donated to Phoenix Library, on the table by Nancy Marshall)

Phoenix & Tempe families cruised the zoo for Half-Yearly fun

Friendly Organization Corner

Arizona Faith Network

1550 E Meadowbrook Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85028

602-468-3818 is the best single source of legislative news, both at state and federal level, if you want to remain informed and contact your representatives on many issues.

Here's the Latest on our Western Friend Communicator:

Dive into the fun! There’s a whole wide water-park of different conversations to dive into! And you can start new ones!

Here’s a direct link:

Here's the roadmap to WF interactive options.


With the holidays coming up, you will be receiving lots of envelopes with good stamps on them. PLEASE cut and save all the stamps and bring them to Meeting for the Stamp Project. Indiana Friends clean them up for sale to stamp collectors. All proceeds go to women and families in developing countries through the Quaker project, Right Sharing of World Resources.

Thanks, Nancy and Judy

New Pamphlet

"Pendle Hill, A Place to Be and Become, Reflections on the First Ninety Years," 

by Doug Gwyon

Good history of Pendle Hill, physically and spiritually. Available in the Library for sign-out.

On Slavery, by Abraham Lincoln:

"If A can prove, however conclusively, that he may, of right, enslave B, why may not B snatch the same argument and prove equally, that he may enslave A? You say A is white, and B is black. It is color, then, the lighter having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man [sic] you meet, with a fairer skin than your own. You do not mean color exactly? You mean the whites are intellectually the superiors of the blacks, and therefore have the right to enslave them? Take care again. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with an intellect superior to your own."

[from Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin, 2018]


Phoenix Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
1702 E Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020

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