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Well and weary. Ruffled and stabilizing. Disconnected and connected. More settled and more scared. Strained and joyful. Grieving and expectant. When we asked Friends on our Tuesday night check-in how their local Meeting community was doing this week, their answers reflected the varied and sometimes contradictory experiences of this time. During this week, so many worldwide are finding ways to celebrate the promise and liberation of the ancient Easter and Passover stories, even in this unprecedented moment. Friends are striving to make room for new possibility amidst unfamiliar conditions and devastating loss.
In this season of not knowing, may we find ways to honor the emerging spring.
May we allow ourselves to be opened to a Love wide enough to respond to all that we experience—acknowledging that even in this time of isolation and woundedness, we are held in a sacred embrace. Read on below for more. We remain grateful for the rich sharing and relationship being fostered through our weekly calls with meeting leaders Manchester NH hill friends meeting via the New England Quakers discussion forum on Slack to.
Please reach out—just reply to this —if there are other ways we can be of help to you or your meeting in the coming week. In this tender, accessible, roughly minute talk, John offers suggestions for preparing ourselves and responding in service—with understanding, self-awareness, mercy, and reverence—to the work before us.
John also participated in a conversationfacilitated by New England Yearly Meeting, on how Friends meetings can prepare for pastoral care during the pandemic. Aware of other ways New England Friends can support those most vulnerable? Noah. By this Easter Sunday night, we invite you to take a photo of yourself living your faith right now.
This could be Manchester NH hill friends meeting photo of anything you are doing—or an artistic representation of it—to deepen and express your practice and leading as a Quaker: daily prayer, caring for someone else, doing necessary work, sheltering in place, etc.
To contribute to the project, please send your photo and a short caption including photo credit to us at LFsharing neym. Please note, these photos will be public, so share only images and words you are comfortable being public to anyone, and that you have permission to share from everyone pictured. In this way, we hope to lift up some of the many ways Friends are living—and acting on—our faith in this moment.
We hope that this shared effort strengthens our sense of connection during a time of physical separation, deepens our ability to witness to the power of the Spirit in our lives, and helps us to hold one another and this beloved world in the Light. This year, amid the new buds and birdsong, many Friends are seeking ways to slow down and stay open—and to be made tender—to new Life within and among us, even while meetinghouses and public gathering places are closed, even in the midst of turmoil, suffering, and grief.
For many of us, this is also a time of action and urgency, as plans are disrupted, lives are upended, and we do what we need to do to make it through today. This is both a foundational truth, and something we have to make real in this time with our choices and our care. Please read on below for more. As we listen for how we are called to serve in this season, we return to our vision for the spring Living Faith event, originally planned to take place today: Saturday, April 4. Living Faith gatherings have always been dynamic opportunities focused on supporting each other in living out a shared faith, both within our Quaker communities and in the wider world.
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While the next in-person Living Faith gathering is postponed until the fall, our commitment to lift up and support the ways we can live—and act on—our faith during this time continues. Today we write to invite you to participate in a New England-wide project, called A Week in the Lifeto celebrate and lift up the ways New England Quakers are living our faith in these times.
During this coming week—known in many churches as Holy Week—we are inviting you to take a photo of yourself living your faith right now. This could be a photo of anything you are doing to deepen and express your practice and leading as a Quaker—daily prayer, caring for someone else, doing necessary work, sheltering in place, etc.
You can be serious, you can be silly, you can do this in any way that is right for you. The week following Easter, we will share the collected content from A Week in the Life on our website, in this update, and via social media. As this blossoms in all our hearts, it enables us to meet each other with Light and unconditional Love. from Rachel here. There is also an online petition organized through MoveOn.
S to protect the vulnerable, especially those confined in detention centers, jails, and prisonswhere physical distancing is not possible and coronavirus outbreaks are spreading. Take action to contact your governor and relevant ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities with the message that we must care for all who are in danger—including those members of our communities who are detained or incarcerated, and their families.
Friends Committee on National Legislation FCNL has more information on the particular vulnerability for those incarcerated and in detention, and action steps you can take, here.
Looking for more legislative action updates? Continuing Connection and Support for Meetings We remain grateful for the rich sharing and relationship being fostered through our weekly calls with meeting leaders and via the New England Quakers discussion forum on Slack to.
Please reach out—just reply to this —if there are other ways we can be of help in the coming week. In tender openness, with profound care, and until we meet again.
Whenever we have feelings which shake up our world, we have to be willing to enter into them. When we have the courage to do so, instead of trying to find ways around them, not only are we accompanied by Spirit every step of the way, but we are able to move through those feelings to a new sense of peace and safety, a new sense and trust in that which is unchanging.
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Time predictions have been extended. In the midst of this, Friends across New England have responded to changing circumstances with swiftness, creativity, and tenderness. This Tuesday evening, on the first of our weekly check-in calls with local Meeting leaderswe were ed by Friends from 23 meetings. As our Meetings have dealt with the loss of our accustomed way of gathering, you have found new ways to foster and manifest the resilience within and among us.
Other meetings have worshiped in parking lots, established prayer partners, created phone treesobserved worship from their homes at a set hour, or used Zoom or phone to participate in small, mutually supportive Faithfulness Groups for shared spiritual nurture. In a time when much may feel frantic and reactive, we are grateful for the ways that Friends are learning to act boldly, responsively, discerningly, lovingly. This is a time which calls each of us to prayerfully consider how we are led to act.
We hope Manchester NH hill friends meeting of us will listen for the contribution that is ours to make. Regularly expanding the resources listed on our website that respond to the particular needs facing Meetings at this time. A virtual intervisation listing opportunities to worship virtually with other New England Friends.
If your Meeting or worship group is not listed and would like to be, please contact Sara at office neym. Heart-felt wisdom, fun and spiritually grounded activities, and resources for youth and families responding to new circumstances. A growing collection of resources for practical and pastoral care at this time, including links to daily spiritual practices suggested by New England Friends. Additional online opportunities for learning and connection, listed on our events calendar.
Hosting the first of ongoing Tuesday evening check-ins with meeting leaders. Each Tuesday from — p. This week, we were ed by almost 40 Friends from 23 meetings. for more information on how to participate, or reply to this for help. If you would like to our Slack channel, you can click on this link. All in-person events sponsored by NEYM events are now moved to online, postponed, or canceled through April. While we are still actively preparing for Sessions as planned in August, we have begun contingency planning should our traditional Sessions not be possible.
If you have questions about potential changes in the process of yearly meeting discernment coming to Sessions, or how your monthly meeting might participate, please contact Presiding Clerk Bruce Neumann at clerk neym. A more detailed update from Bruce will be sent to all local and quarterly meeting contacts in the coming days. May you know and trust the loving embrace of the Spirit surrounding you, everywhere you find yourself.
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Dear Friends, Stories have power—to shape us, to bind us, and to free us. They can carry us and guide us. And they can make us bearers of hope in the midst of the unbearable. In The Storytelling Animal, Jonathan Gottschall integrates insights from neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology to explore the science of narrative in human experience. So it matters what stories we allow to take root in our hearts.
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We also have a potent capacity to transmit stories. And when we share stories, they can spread like wildfire. But what kinds of stories? Stories about difficult things, it turns out.
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Studies and streaming video data show that humans demonstrate a tendency to gravitate toward those stories that include the greatest degree of—or potential for—conflict, pain, and danger. Hearing this, I recognize my own tendency to become captivated by experiences of strife, suffering, and risk. And I know this is not limited to the stories I watch or read; I have this tendency in my life and actions as well.
Focusing on the possibility for future harm keeps me wrapped in fear, and spre that fear. Despite my best intentions, I know how easily I can be drawn into a story—and so into actions—focused on conflict, intensity, and harm. We could almost say that something in us seems to need a story that includes pain, fear, despair, and death. And is this really so very strange? These qualities are inextricably part of the condition of the world. We need stories that speak to the whole of our lives and potentials, not just the more comfortable or sanitized sides of humanity. A story that does not address suffering and risk has no power to hold us.
Where the story takes us matters. Does it lead to liberation, or into deeper captivity? Does it open us to Love, or close us to relationship? The stories we tell matter, because the stories that make a home in us—that we tell and rehearse and tell again—become the stories we live. Within and through every story, a fundamental question is waiting to Manchester NH hill friends meeting answered: In the presence of pain, struggle, and loss, how shall we live?