We are so pleased to announce that this design, created by our Friend Tia Bradley Green, was selected as the winner of FGC's "Why Quaker Spirituality is Essential Right Now" t-shirt contest. Congratulations, Tia!
First Hour Sessions for November
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Sunday, November 14: Friendly Conversation at 10:00am:Join Friends for an unstructured gathering of conversation and catching-up.
Sunday, November 21: Building our Budget for 2022 at 9:30am: This is a First Hour discussion about our stewardship and finance concerns for the coming year.
Sunday November 28: Meeting with a Concern for Racial Justice at 9:30am:This monthly gathering, occurring on the last Sunday of the month, includes worship sharing, reports on actions taken toward racial justice in the past month, and ideas for continuing action.
The next Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business will be on Sunday, December 5 at 9:00am.
Writing Table for Racial & Social Justice
Sunday, November 14 after Meeting for Worship
As part of honoring our testimonies of peace, community and equality, Friends have committed to gathering on the second Sunday of the month to write our state and local legislators. We'll start by using FCNL's letter writing project as a guide, and we look forward to seeing how this community-inspired activity might take shape over the coming months. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Support our Little Free Library's "Read in Color" Initiative
Bringing Diverse Books to Every Neighborhood
"Read in Color® is a new initiative bringing diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world. Read in Color distributes books that provide perspectives on racism and social justice; celebrate BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized voices; and incorporate experiences from all identities for all readers.
"Less than 25% of children's books depict non-white characters. We believe everyone should be able to see themselves in the pages of a book. We also know that books can be a window into experiences that are different from our own." (from the Little Free Library website)
* Stop by the local Books-A-Million on Mt. Zion Road in East York. They have a whole table of children's books that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. It's near the cafe.
* Purchase books from the Central York Banned Books list. Click here to see that list, and maybe buy books specifically from it to support those authors.
* Before you place the books in the Little Free Library, make sure to add the "Read in Color" stickers available inside the Meetinghouse, and stamp them with the Little Free Library stamp.
Virtual Gatherings of Interest
* Free virtual lecture by Isabel Wilkerson, the author of Caste: The Origin of our Discontents and The Warmth of Other Suns on December 1 at 5:00pm. President Kristina M. Johnson and Provost Melissa L. Gilliam invite you to attend the twenty-third annual, fall semester, Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series at The Ohio State University. This program offers the campus and the Columbus community opportunities to benefit from some of the most eminent scholars, artists, and professionals who discuss and exemplify inclusive excellence through diversity.
* Susy Cervantes, who is from La Jolla (CA) Monthly Meeting and was one of the interpreters at the FGC Gathering this year, has organized this online Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship book discussion group.
You are cordially invited to this reading group beginning on Monday, November 22, 2021, 8:00 - 10:00 P.M. EST. We will read the book “Fit For Freedom, Not For Friendship - Quakers, African Americans and the Myth of Racial Justice” by Donna McDaniel and Vanessa Julye, and we will gather on the third Monday of every month. Vanessa Julye will be joining the group on November 22nd, for the start of the reading of the book.