Bayard Rustin: A Faithful Life

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by Dan Seeger. I am privileged to have been able to count Bayard Rustin among my friends. Bayard was a member of the AFSC’s New York Office Executive Committee for some of the years during which I served as regional director of that office.  In this essay, I will draw together two of the key spiritual threads in Bayard’s life: …

Beyond Appearances: Seeing That of God More Clearly

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Profile & Reflections of Terry Christensen, of Yardley Friends Meeting In early 1994, most people who knew Terry Christensen, knew him as Captain Terry. He was a professional mariner based in Astoria, Oregon. Today, after losing his sight as the result of a degenerative optic nerve disorder, Terry serves Yardley Friends as clerk of meeting. His spirited tenacity and determination …

Ideas for Retaining Physically Challenged Members of Meeting

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Assume that during your own life, you will almost certainly experience a time of physical impairment or limitation: severe back pain, joint replacement or other surgery, broken bones, a long debilitating illness, injuries from an accident.  This assumption becomes even more likely as increases in longevity advance with each passing decade. How can Meeting help each of us during our …

Dealing With Aging

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Those of us who are involved in pastoral care in Friends meetings and churches need to begin to talk about the process of growing older. Many Friends want their meeting to be a place where they can share their concerns about aging. It is important for Care & Oversight Committees to seek opportunities to initiate such conversations. Read the archived …

Disruption or Opening: How are We Led?

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Various kinds of disruption in meetings not only can dilute our ability to have access to the Spirit, but also can make it more difficult to create community among ourselves and to discover what it really means to be Friends. Read the archived newsletter, Disruption or Opening: How Are We Led?

PYM Conducts Webinar on Care of the Caregiver

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On Wednesday, January 30, 12:15 to 1:00 PYM conducted its first ever webinar on the Care of the Caregiver. Because even the most joyful caregiver can experience times of frustration and stress, our spiritual community can be a vital resource for Friends caring for a loved one or family member. For information about the future webinar on for more information on this …

Small Groups: Large Gains in Pastoral Care

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Isolation is one of the cruelest aspects of growing older. Activities may have to be curtailed because of chronic pain, the difficulty of night driving, limited mobility or responsibilities to family members. People may be reluctant to admit they miss the joy of companionship and mutual accomplishment. Not wanting to complain, they drop out of sight. One simple, effective means …