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See how the America Section celebrated World Quaker Day 2019.

We realized that Friends were worshiping all over the world about ever hour yesterday.   Amboy Friends, IYM did what we do every first Sunday of the month and EAT.  We have donut Sunday in stead of Sunday School class, then up to worship and see the sun through the beautiful windows. We  have singing, children’s story, open time and preaching.   The day ended with out side picnic, smores over the fire and hay ride.

A quick drawing of Quaker Meeting for Worship on World Quaker Day, October 6 2019

Celebration of World Quaker Day in Delicias, Cuba. Teaching children to live in balance with nature.  Planting ornamental plants and cleaning up the gardens.  May God bless you.

We showed the video "A Variety of Friends Experiences" and then watched "Listening in Tongues" and did discussion using several of the questions from the study guide. We also shared what we had heard the Holy Spirit say to us through the meeting and what we were hearing each other say, practicing listening in tongues. Our pastor shared that he heard the word "open" as we sought to listen and that this was a major reason that he was a Quaker. When he rose in meeting, very anxious, to share what God had done in his life, he found that the members were open and accepted that this message came from God. He found this over and over and felt acceptance and confidence. We then challenged each other to be open and practice listening in tongues to those around us, seeking what God is saying behind the words, and we prayed as we closed our meeting for strength, courage, and grace because we felt we would be called to apply this!

''Today, First Friends celebrated World Quaker Day in multiple parts of our Meeting for Worship. Early on in meeting we prayed A Prayer for Simplicity and Peace, by Michael Leunig.

Dear God,
We give thanks for places of simplicity and peace. Let us find such a place within ourselves. We give thanks for places of refuge and beauty.

Let us find such a place within ourselves.
We give thanks for places of nature’s truth and freedom, of joy, inspiration, and renewal, places where all creatures may find acceptance and belonging.
Let us search for these places in the world, in ourselves, and in others.

Let us restore them. Let us strengthen and protect them, and let us create them.

May we mend this outer world
according to the truth of our inner life
and may our souls be shaped and nourished by nature’s eternal wisdom.
Amen

Our choir sang an uplifting song titled, “I’m Gonna Sing.” Our children’s message focused on loving all people, even if they are different than you. Pastor Bob Henry included World Quaker Day in his sermon and emphasized the need to love all people and creation! Throughout worship we identified our Quaker distinctives throughout! Overall it was a beautiful celebration!''

At Lake Forest Friends Meeting (Illinois Yearly Meeting), the early elementary first day school class learned about the 4 sections of FWCC. Then they shared that information, telling the meeting there are Quaker children all over the world. They also made cookies for coffee hour to help everyone celebrate World Quaker Day.

At the rise of meeting, after an intro to World Quaker Day, friends were asked to share their name and why they came today. Sharing was rich, much was personal, revolving around opening to spirit without the interference of other people’s words or imposition of their values. (LOFM is an unprogrammed meeting) The importance of listening to Spirit and to each other was verbalized. Being inspired by each other’s words, sharing the spiritual seeking in a group, and the value of engaging in Quaker process were also expressed.


Con un programa especial y un hermoso mensaje por el pastor Dikson Santiesteban, celebramos el Dia Mundial de los Cuáqueros. Una nutrida asistencia de miembros y visitantes estuvieron presente. Oramos porque la semilla del amor y la paz crezca entre los hombres y mujeres alrededor del nuestro planeta y que florezca la conciencia entre todos para conservar la Creación que Dios a puesto en nuestras manos para que la cuidemos y la sustentemos por el bien de la humanidad. Que la Luiz de Dios que hay en cada hombre y mujer brille intensamente para tener un mundo mejor. Iglesia Los Amigos (Cuáqueros) en Miami Florida


With a special program and a beautiful message by Pastor Dikson Santiesteban, we celebrate World Quakers Day. A large attendance of members and visitors were present. We pray that the seed of love and peace will grow among men and women around our planet and that consciousness will flourish among all to preserve the Creation that God has placed in our hands so that we can take care of it and sustain it for the good of humanity. . May the Light of God in each man and woman shine brightly to have a better world. Los Amigos Church (Quakers) in Miami Florida

As Friends, we are united in a common cause of Fellowship, Community, Equality, Stewardship, Integrity and Peace. May the Inner Light of God shine through you all.

Monadnock Quaker Meeting in Jaffrey, NH has begun preparing for our next visit with our sister monthly meeting in Gibara, Cuba. This will be Monadnock's fifth group visit with Gibara Friends, and we have had the privilege and pleasure of hosting many Cuban Friends over the years as they have been guests of New England Yearly Meeting. Our sister relationship enriches us in spirit, challenging us to look more closely at questions of grace, privilege, economic and other forms of justice, and a variety of theological questions.

The 6th World Quaker Day- October 6, 2019

Palo Alto Friends Meeting   celebrated World Quaker Day yesterday by watching two videos:

FWCC video of international speakers (Kenya and the Philippines)

https://vimeo.com/295976247

“Step Outside” by Ralph King (Bay Area)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z7a6mtwe3M&feature=youtu.be

Thereafter we reflected on the videos and the theme in a worship sharing format: Sustainability: Planting Seeds of Renewal for the World we Love.

A small group from West Chester Friends Meeting (Philadelphia Yearly Meeting) gathered for fellowship (pancakes) and worship in Hibernia County Park. The Young People's Group read the Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice and then enjoyed a nature hike while others remained in the open pavilion for silent worship among the trees.

Friends at Schuylkill Monthly Meeting, USA.

Topeka Friends Meeting (KS) read and discussed the “Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice” today.  We also watched the QuakerSpeak video, “Why I Blocked 40,000 Tons of Coal With a Lobster Boat.”  A meaningful conversation was had by all!

''Each year on World Quaker Day, the WFM's Ministry and Oversight gives the State of Society report during meeting for worship. Our report is copied below. We also placed a card in each bulletin with encouragement to be left somewhere where others could find it, with a message of peace.  Wildflower seeds for bees and butterflies were available.

 

2018-2019 State of Society Report

from Winchester Friends Ministry and Oversight

 

The 2018 State of Society report for Winchester Friends asked the Ministry and Oversight Committee to “envision the future God desires for Winchester Friends.”  As we think about the State of Society for 2019, we realize that the vision articulated for the future God desires for us has not changed. What has changed is the growing sense that this vision will not happen without the committed effort of each one of us, starting with the Ministry and Oversight members.  As a committee, we are seeking how to make visible the future God desires for this faith community, and we are asking ourselves what it means to be a faithful church in this time and place.  

 

We remain committed to the understanding of what the church should be as drawn from scripture:  We desire our church to be “devoted to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread together, and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).  We intend our fellowship to be one that “lifts up Christ” (John 12:32) – not in crucifixion, but in adoration, faithful devotion and humility – trusting that through that effort the Spirit of Christ will draw others to himself.  We seek to be a faith community that heeds Micah’s call “to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8), much as our Quaker predecessors have done for nearly four centuries.  We want to be followers of Jesus and a church intent upon seeking the good of others rather than only ourselves (I Corinthians 10:24). 

 

We desire to be a faithful people dedicated to the vision given to us in the New Testament of caring for others; waiting upon/hoping in the Lord; feeding the hungry, giving water those who thirst, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, caring for the sick, visiting the imprisoned (Matthew 25:35-40); being the good news we are called to proclaim; overcoming evil with good; fixing our eyes on Jesus; living at peace with everyone and being holy (Romans 12:3-21); looking after orphans and widows in their distress (James 1:27); and gathering in Christ’s presence with increasing, not decreasing frequency(Hebrews 10:25).  We desire, seek and pray to be a healthy church focused on strong discipleship, community-changing outreach, deep relationships, and passionate, authentic worship. 

 

The committee continues to seek tangible ways to live out these aspects of the spiritual life listed in last year’s State of Society report:

·         Being intentional about lifting up Christ through verbal and authentic lived witness

·         Welcoming new Christians, being examples and teachers, and growing in Christ likeness

·         Carrying a deep concern for the ministry of our church to youth and families with young children

·         Being a church concerned about being like Jesus, and daily living out the Friends’ testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, stewardship, and service.

·         Being a faith community careful of our choices and behavior so as not to harm the witness or ministry of other Christians

·         Remaining open to the spirit’s leading regarding redemptive connection to the wider family of Friends

 

The Ministry and Oversight takes personally this vision of God’s desires for our church.  This vision requires purposeful living, purposeful searching, planning and prayer for it to be a reality. We again commit to being God’s people who will not grow weary in doing good, who will seek the graces of patience, persistence and faithfulness from Paul’s promise in Galatians 6:9 so that “at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Lord, keep us faithful.''

''Wellesley Friends Meeting, Mass, USA, New England Yearly Meeting celebrated FWCC World Quaker Day 2019 with a focus on the theme of Sustainability. We united with Friends world wide who have identified the environment as a cause we can all embrace from a faith based perspective. We prepared for WQD by seeing the FWCC video "Quakers and Climate Change around the World" and hearing about what Friends from different countries have done to protect the environment. We listed green actions we have taken as individuals and a monthly


meeting and those actions we aspire to. On World Quaker Day, after meeting for worship, we gathered for a group photo. Friends were encouraged to take actions to protect the environment. Reusable Produce bags were handed out as one way to reduce the use of plastic. Friends were given a demonstration of how to use worms for composting food scraps into soil and given assistance to set up their own worm compost bins. 

We had a display of the FWCC map of Quakers in the world and photos of Friends from different countries. We send our greetings and love to Friends around the world and to Puerto Padre Friends Meeting, Cuba, our sister meeting, through NEYM's Bridge of Love''