Join us for this virtual gathering including meeting for business, community worship and our program with FCNL’s Amelia Kegan speaking on environmental stewardship. For more information and to register: http://concordquarter.org/nextqm-pastqm/2021/cqm-goshen-meeting-january-24
- Personal reflections on the spiritual journey through prison, by Mujedded Muhammad of Columbus, OH
- Centering Prayer, with Lynne Graham of Wellsboro
- Hidden Bias, by Becky Misangyi of State College
- And a presentation on political action and lobbying given by Christine Ashley, from FCNL.
For the second year in a row, the Upper Susquehanna Quarter joyfully supported the life of the Quarter with financial subsidies. The actual cost per person this year was $95. However, we asked for only $30 for each individual, and a small amount more for families. We’ve received many young families at Quarterly Meeting, which we find heartening. Many of the families in attendance have been coming to Quaker Meeting for less than five years! Though we cannot continue the financial subsidies forever, they have breathed new life into the Quarter.
Also new this year, we supported the teens with a coming-of-age ceremony on Saturday night. Adults from around the Quarter wrote blessings and affirmations for the teens. Representing the wider community of their Quaker Meeting, parents read these notes aloud and shared the love of the wider community. Families felt touched to receive this support and love from the Quarter. In our teens, we celebrated: their humor, their gentleness, their wonderful joy and talents. What beautiful people they are becoming.
The next Fall Family Gathering will be held on September 27-29, 2019 at Camp Crystal Lake. Jill Lashmett is our paid Coordinator for 2019, organizing logistics and scheduling. Johanna Jackson plans to continue as Youth Programs Coordinator, and Dorothy Habecker is interested in working again with our youngest group.
Members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) locally and around the world, will celebrate World Quaker Day on Sunday, October 1. This year’s theme set by the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is “Gathering in Worship Around the Globe.” This observance seeks to unite Friends from different traditions and different countries into one virtual worshipping community.
“There are more than 350,000 members of the Religious Society of Friends in 70-plus countries across the globe,” according to George Rubin of Medford. “As Friends around the world we seek to work together in many practical ways. We meet to share our experiences at the deepest level. We believe in connecting with Friends, crossing cultures and changing lives.”
In South Jersey, Haddonfield Quarterly Meeting connects Friends from Newton Meeting in Camden to the Atlantic City Area Meeting in Galloway, NJ. Other monthly meetings are located in Haddonfield, Medford, Moorestown, Cinnaminson (Westfield Meeting, and Marlton (Cropwell Meeting). Meetings welcome visitors of all faith traditions who are interested in experiencing Quaker worship, which is conducted without a minister or priest. Friends pray in silence, waiting for a message from God that is to be shared with others.
Special activities being held in Haddonfield Quarterly over the weekend of World Quaker Day include:
Tri-Quarter Gathering of Friends (Burlington, Haddonfield, Salem Quarters)
Imagine All the People Living in Peace
September 29-October 1, 2017
Camp Ockanickon, Medford
Full schedule of the weekend available on request. Info: email@example.com
We’re All in This Together, a film festival on Climate Change, co-sponsored by Medford Meeting and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Free
Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 9 AM-4:30 PM
17 Pemberton Road (Rt. 616W) Southampton, NJ
Atlantic City Area Meeting, 437-A S. Pitney Road, Galloway, NJ 08205. Call: 609-965-2196.
Meeting for Worship/Sundays: 10:00 AM Adult Religious Education, 9:00 AM
Cropwell Meeting, 802 South Cropwell Road, Marlton, NJ 08053. Call: 856-983-8188
Meeting for Worship/Sundays: 10:00 AM
Haddonfield Meeting, 45 Friends Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. Call: 856-428-6242;
Meeting for Worship/Sundays: 10:00 AM. See: www.haddonfieldfriendsmeeting.org
A tour of the graveyard will begin at 1 PM honoring some of the special Friends who were part of Haddonfield meeting.
Medford Meeting, 14 Union Street, Medford, NJ 08055. Call 609-953-8914;
Meeting for Worship/Sundays: 10:00 AM. See: www.medfordfriendsmeeting.org
Moorestown Meeting, 118 E. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057. Call: 856-235-1561
Meeting for Worship/Sundays: 10:00 AM
Bill Smith will give a talk about Quakers around the world, starting 9:00 AM.
Newton Meeting, 808 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ 08101. Call: 609-206-2540 Meeting for Worship/1st & 3rd Sundays: 10:30 AM
Westfield Meeting, 2201 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077. Call: 856829-7569
Meeting for Worship/Sundays: 11:00 AM
The regular pot luck will have an international theme. The meeting will post a world map focusing attention to Quaker activities in other countries.
John Woolman Memorial Association, 99 Branch St., Mt. Holly. Open House: 2 to 4 PM.
By Jared V
At the beginning of March, Salem Quarterly Meeting in South Jersey launched its first electronic bulletin. This monthly “email blast” will work alongside Salem Quarter News, a quarterly print publication, to bring news and information to members and attenders of meetings throughout our area. The genesis of our electronic bulletin was a workshop by Penny Colgan-Davis and Christie Duncan-Tessmer at our December Quarterly gathering. Quarter participants were divided into separate “meetings” and given topics to discuss. Some members of these ad hoc meetings visited others around the room and when it came time to share what we learned, it became obvious that the less communication there was between meetings, the less opportunity there was for sharing important insights and learning from each other. This was great a call-to-action for better communication and an electronic bulletin seemed like a low-cost but effective option.
By “low-cost,” I mean “no cost.” With MailChimp’s Free Forever plan, we are able to have up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. There is not much worry about exceeding those limits. Better yet, the design of the bulletin was a snap. MailChimp provides attractive looking templates that let you plug your information in and like magic you have something professional looking. Those receiving the bulletin can unsubscribe at any time right through their email which mitigates database maintenance. MailChimp also tracks who opens the email which helps you see whether or not you’re actually being heard.
While there is a small technical learning curve (think Facebook-level difficulty), the primary challenge of getting something like this started is acquiring the email lists from meetings in the Quarter. When I first mentioned this idea, the reaction from one Friend was basically, “Sounds like a great idea, but good luck getting meetings to pony up their email lists.” The truth was that this was less of a problem than I imagined. We have seven meetings in our Quarter and so far we have email lists from five of them. We started this process about two months ago, so at Quaker speed we’re doing pretty good! The Quarter gave assurances that the information would not be shared and that emails would only be occasional which helped sweeten the idea.
So, what is in a monthly email bulletin? Ours is under the care of our Steering Committee and the information is derived from what is brought forth from Steering Committee representatives. So, if any individual member or attender wanted something in the bulletin, they could direct that request to their representative. At the end of every Steering Committee meeting we also have an “Around the Quarter” discussion where each meeting shares new and interesting happenings. This could be something major like an upcoming event or as simple as something fun First Day school children have been doing. We now duplicate this information in the bulletin for everyone in the Quarter to benefit from.
If all goes well, the bulletin will evolve with the feedback from meetings and grow into an important vehicle for information sharing that answers the call for better communication between meetings. If you want to see what we’re up to, you can subscribe to our bulletin at: http://www.salemquarter.net/subscribe/