January 25–27, 2019 (with optional extension to Jan. 28)
This retreat offers an opportunity to reach more profound depths in the Silence of Quaker worship. The weekend is not a retreat inthe sense of turning away from life. It is a temporary intentional community where we seek communion with the Holy Spirit, the world around us, and each other. With God’s help, we may be led to new priorities and insight for ourlives. We may reach a deeper communionwith our authentic selves, our spiritual community, and with the Divine.
The weekend begins with a potluck supper Friday evening at 6:30. Visiting helps us unwind and begin to know each other. After supper, housekeeping details arearranged, questions are discussed, and our schedule completed and explained. We will begin Meeting for Worship and enter the living Silence that will last until the rise of Meeting on Sunday noon, no matter what the activity.
Cost should not be a barrier, but we need to average $100
per person to meet expenses.
A link to the registration form is below. Please register by 1/21/2019 – see the form for details. Contact Heather Saunders at hstarathome @ gmail.com (take out the spaces) or 360-252-0548 for more information. AND, I highly recommend the extra day: it was wonderful, and the drive home was easy!
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Update March 26, 2018:
The Hearthkeeper staff position for Olympia Friends Meeting has been filled. Thanks.
February 24, 2018
At our last Meeting for Business, the Meeting agreed to create a new part-time staff position called Hearthkeeper. A four-page description of the position and how to apply is linked below as a PDF document.
It is hoped to have the new Hearthkeeper begin work April 2nd. Initially, we are announcing this among f/Friends until March 11.
Deadline for in-house applications: received by noon, Sunday March 10. After that time, depending upon the response, the position may be advertised more broadly.
Olympia Friends Meeting is seeking a Children’s Program Support Specialist: a quarter-time (approximately) paid staff member to coordinate and support our programs for children and teens.
We are hoping for a person who has experience with working with children/youth, has a background in the Quaker faith and/or religious education of a compatible faith, and a willingness to become knowledgeable and qualified to support and teach about Quaker traditions and values.
The person in this position will assist our Children’s Committee in implementing our programs, by helping with curriculum, coordinating volunteers, obtaining supplies and helping support our events for children, youth and families.
We would like this person to be ready to start in early July.
Interested folks should read the job description carefully, then submit a resume and cover letter by June 19, 2017. We are hoping to interview in late June.
Oh God of mercy, justice and truth
You who have raised up nations in Your name
And have brought them low
Hear our prayer of atonement
We who in our arrogance and pride
have placed ourselves above your holy order
and have exalted ourselves above all nations, call your name
We have plundered the earth’s natural bounty
to preserve our comfort, wealth and safety
in a measure far greater than our share.
We who have abandoned you
to worship the idols of hatred and contempt, hear our prayer.
Our divisions increase in number as
we fuel the fires of resentment in our furnace of disparity
and with bellows of fear and distrust we heat to white hot
what holds us together in law and harmony.
Blue and red, rural and urban,
Muslim, christian, jew, white, black and brown
Immigrant or native, legal and illegal
Traitor – Patriot, Us – Them
Oh merciful one
Save us from our failing institutions and leaders
Who bend truth to serve their desires, not Yours
and who have made selfishness a virtue.
Protect us from those who have betrayed us,
as we have betrayed them, in our surrender
to the demons of distraction, indifference and despair
Open our eyes to what we have become
Let us not turn away in disgust and shame
Or strut away in affronted anger
Or run from our creation in fear
God of justice mercy and truth
Bring us back into unity with You and Your one law of love
Bring us back to your holy presence
Fill us with your mercy and love
Provide sweet balm for our callused callousness
and quench our heat with Your love
Direct our thoughts and actions to those that will mend our bonds
And return us to your divine center
New Testament Version
Jesus – we have really screwed this country up,
Help us with your love.
Olympia Friends Meetinghouse 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE Olympia, WA 98506-2800
Bayard Rustin was raised by his Quaker grandmother. In high school he protested segregation at a hometown restaurant and was arrested for sitting in the whites only section of a theater. Rustin’s belief in nonviolent action as a means for social change gave him a guiding vision for the civil rights movement. He helped A. Philip Randolph plan a March on Washington in June, 1941. Abraham Muste, executive secretary of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, who had also been involved in planning that march, then appointed Rustin as FOR’s secretary for student and general affairs. Rustin met Martin Luther King Jr. in 1956 after traveling to Montgomery, Alabama, to assist with the boycott of the city’s segregated bus system, and is credited with helping to mold the younger King into an international symbol of nonviolence.
Bayard Rustin was the primary organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.
Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened and fired from leadership positions – sometimes because of his uncompromising political beliefs, but more often because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. BROTHER OUTSIDER reveals the price that Rustin paid for this openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setbacks of his remarkable 60-year career.
This free event was sponsored by the Oympia Friends (Quakers) Meeting’s Peace and Social Justice Subcommittee on Institutional Racism.
Friends Committee on Washington (State) Public Policy* (FCWPP) is looking for a part-time Legislative Advocate and Policy Analyst (lobbyist) for the 2017 legislative session in Olympia. This position will require approximately 20 hours a week during session and 10 hours a month before and after session (starting November 1, 2016). Compensation is $20-30/hr., depending on experience.
Deadline for resume and letter of interest – September 15, 2016.
Download the full announcement with more details here in PDF format.
The Olympia Friends Meeting’s Peace and Social Justice Committee has joined Steven Aldrich, OFM, Doug Mackey, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and Kim Dobson, Fellowship of Reconciliation, to host Maiya Zwerling, the national field organizer for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).
Our shared effort is to support an FCNL project structured to help break the gridlock in Congress.
Maiya Zwerling, FCNL
With Maiya’s assistance we are launching an FCNL Advocacy Team in Thurston County. You can help us coordinate with similar FCNL supported Teams across the country.
Maiya is coming to Olympia on Wednesday, June 29th to tell us more at the Olympia Friends Meetinghouse, 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
It’s no secret that Congress isn’t making enough progress on the issues that matter most. But the Quaker lobby that works through FCNL has an amazing track record of fostering Congressional champions for peace and justice — they take strategic steps every day to move Congress in the right direction.
Please join us. RSVP with the form below to let us know you will attend.
Thurston County FCNL Advocacy Team
Steven Aldrich, OFM
Doug Mackey, OUU
Kim Dobson, FOR
Olympia Friends Meeting, Peace and Social Justice Committee
(Organizational names associated with individuals used for identification purposes only)
To RSVP to the invitation to participate in the FCNL Advocacy Team in Thurston County Training on Wednesday, June 29th, please fill out and submit this form:
Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Quaker Jewish activist and writer from Burnaby, B.C., Canada, will speak on nonviolence in Palestine and introduce her book, “Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation.”
“An interview-based study that presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations.”
May 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm / 3201 Boston Harbor Rd. SE; Olympia, WA
Copies of “Refusing to be Enemies” will be available for purchase and signing
This event is sponsored/endorsed by the Peace & Social Justice Committee of Olympia Friends Meeting, the Canadian Friends Service Committee, and Independent Jewish Voices (IJV-Vancouver and IJV-Canada).
For more information, contact: Jack Zeiger, (360) 943-0965.
In May 2016 Olympia Monthly Meeting hosted the annual meeting of Friends Peace Teams, a Spirit-led organization working around the world to develop long-term relationships with communities in conflict to create programs for peacebuilding, healing and reconciliation. FPT’s programs build on extensive Quaker experience combining practical and spiritual aspects of conflict resolution.
Each year on the Saturday of their annual meeting , FPT organizes PeaceQuest, a day long celebration in peacemaking techniques for folks in the area of the hosting meeting, members and others interested in joining them. We are lucky that in 2016 that was us! We were joined by FPT peace activists from all over the world and the USA for learning and celebrating peacemaking techniques for a day in peace-action training for service and opportunities.
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016 Place: Olympia Friends Meeting, 3201 Boston Harbor Rd. NE, Olympia, WA 98506 Time: 8 am to 4:30 pm
PeaceQuest2016 was proud to honor and support the work of Friends Peace Teams including African Great Lakes Initiative, FPT-Asia West Paciﬁc, and Peacebuilding en las Américas.
The agenda was:
8:00 to 9:00 AM–Registration, coﬀee and bagels.
9:00 to 9:30 AM–Meeting for worship
9:30 to 10:45 AM–Keynote Speaker, Nancy Irving
10:45 to 11:00 AM–Break
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM–First series of workshops
12:30 to 1:30 PM–Simple lunch included in registration fee
1:30 to 3:00 PM–Second series of workshops
3:00 to 3:15 PM–Break
3:15 to 4:30 PM–Peacemaking panel/Closing
Listen to the keynote address:“Letting our Lives Speak–Near and Far” by Nancy Irving, former General Secretary, Friends World Committee for Consultation–World Oﬃce:
Nancy has had three careers: with business trade associations, as a lawyer, and in management of Friends World Committee for Consultation. She is multi-lingual in Friends’ languages. Presently she lives in Lacey, Washington, is co-clerk of Olympia Monthly Meeting, a member of North Paciﬁc Yearly Meeting, and serves as clerk of the 11th Paciﬁc Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference .
Interactive workshops ran in four tracks: Personal, Local, Global and Parent/Child.
The workshops were oﬀered in two sessions – see the schedule below and much more information about each workshop attached to a flyer about this event here. (PDF format)
Workshop Schedule: Title. Facilitator(s)
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
1. Leadings/Ministry: Discerning, Supporting, Fulfilling and Laying Them Down When the Time Is Right–session I. Val Liveoak
2. Spiritual Hospitality and the Power of Visiting. Nadine Hoover
3. Water and Peacemaking: The Work of Friendly Water for the World. David Albert
4. Veterans For Peace–Exposing the True Costs of War and Militarism. Dennis Mills and Zahid Chaudhry
5. Harnessing the Power of Micro-Credit: Local and Global Connections. Lisa Smith
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
6. Leadings/Ministry: Discerning, Supporting, Fulfilling and Laying Them Down When the Time Is Right–session II. Val Liveoak
7. Power of Goodness. Nadine Hoover
8. Hands On–Building a BioSand Filter. David Albert and Wayne Medrud
9. Nonviolence and Jesus. David Bellefeuille-Rice
10. Listening–Prelude to Relationships, Negotiation, and Peace. Nancy Shippen
The registration fee was $20. No charge for children up to 16 years of age (and childcare was offered to those who per-register children). Scholarships for adults were available if needed.
Olympia Monthly Meeting found accommodations for visitors from out of town.