Providence Meeting is a diverse, active, spiritual, involved faith community. We have been working on issues of race for a few years and are currently discussing the book “White Fragility”. Our First Day school brought a minute of concern to the meeting for Business at our Twelfth Month Meeting. We have a monthly pot luck breakfast. Members are actively working on climate change and prison reform.
Quaker Self Portrait
These two pictures were taken at our Meeting Weekend in the Fall of 2019. They reflect two sides to our meeting, one serious and one funny.
In addition to the people in the group photo taken on January 26, 2020 by Doug Morrison, the right window shows part of a mural across Herr St. that depicts some famous guests who stayed in Jackson House, an African-American hotel there, when other hotels in the state capital were segregated.
Every September Birmingham Friends gather for Worship around the fire pit at Westtown School, followed by a picnic. The children worship with us for 15 minutes and then hike around Westtown School’s lake. After a summer of vacations and time away, worshiping in nature is a great way to bring us back together and strengthen our community spirit by reminding us of our interconnection with nature and each other.
Each year, we gather for a special breakfast and fellowship on the last Sunday before Christmas. This year, we memorialized it with a group photo as part of our annual Self-Portrait. (Additional children and several adults were engaged in another activity.)
Drawing us all together
Inner Lights shining.
Most Sundays Westtown Monthly Meeting invites those gathered to join in singing. Some human along from father away and some enjoy listening to this ministry.
Yardley Friends Meeting gathered recently for a pot luck dinner to welcome a dear friend officially joining our YFM community. Our Pot lucks are always warm and welcoming and a great way for our community to enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other on a deeper level. No one goes home hungry and every one is always glad they came.
Last spring I was asked to design a new “Welcome Business Card” for my meeting, Gwynedd Friends. This card was to have an inviting image on the front with a place on the back for the name and contact information of someone who was available for information and support. Upon reflection I realized that the most inviting image I could think of was of the people who make up our spiritual community.
On September 8, I took that picture with the instruction that everyone look at the camera as if it was a dear friend that they hadn’t seen for a while. The member and attenders of Gwynedd Friends Meeting had no problem with that instruction and the result is the photograph you see here.
These families gathered at Middletown Friends Meeting on a recent fall evening for Stone Soup, a beloved annual tradition at our meeting. Everyone brought vegetables to add to the soup. While some Friends were in the kitchen chopping veggies and stirring the soup pots, the young people were busy making pumpkin and apple pies. We shared fellowship and a simple meal and then posed for this picture, taken by David DiMicco.