Schedule

Special Notice: Beginning Sunday, June 3rd, 2018, Meeting for Worship will permanently move to 11:00 AM. Everything except the time will remain the same.

LOWER COLUMBIA WORSHIP GROUP

Meeting Schedule

August 2018

Meeting for Worship gathers at 11:00 am each Sunday at the Ilwaco Community Center, 158 First Avenue North, Ilwaco, WA 98624

This month’s theme: Racism and the Blessed Community

Sunday Aug 5th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 am followed by:

        Presentation: Quaker speak video

Discussion: Racism video (Transcript below)

Sunday Aug 12th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 am followed by:

Discussion: White supremacy, followed by:

Social gathering for dinner

Sunday Aug 19th:

Meeting for worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 am followed by:

Quaker Conversation.

Sunday Aug 26th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 am

Meeting for Business Topics: TBD

Queries on Racism:

What we are doing as a Meeting:

Taking responsibility is not accepting blame. It is empowering. Do we accept the gift of our responsibility for positive change and racial justice?

How do we use our Spirit-given creativity to confront and heal the effects of oppression/racism?

 

Personal Query:

What has been my response to the call for spiritual growth that would be brought by inclusion?

Part of the narration of Vanessa Julye

for discussion purposes:

 

Transcript: In the blessed community, for me, it would include all the members of our human species. I see that as a goal for Quakerism. That is something that we strive for within the Religious Society of Friends. I’m Vanessa Julye. I live in West Mount Airy in Philadelphia and I work with Friends General Conference serving as the Ministry on Racism and Youth Programs Coordinator. The Blessed Community What is the blessed community? Well, for me, it’s a community where everyone has value and that we’re actually able to see that of God in each person and to be able to live in community, sharing the gifts that God has given us with each other. White supremacy is restricting our way of creating a blessed community because it is making it difficult for people of color to be a part of the community. What is White Supremacy Culture? What I mean when I say white supremacy is white dominance, essentially. In this culture, what is considered “American” is really European-American culture. If you are a part of that culture and fit into that culture, you don’t notice it and so things don’t seem different for you. A part of the white supremacy culture is its invisibility to European-Americans in this country, because if you don’t see a structure and feel that that is normal, then there’s no need to change it. The Revolutionary Aspect of Quakerism One of the things for me within Quakerism is it feels it’s alive and that its alive because it can be responsive. The revolutionary aspect for me of Quakerism where we have stood up against the status quo and there have been times that we haven’t, let me be clear. As the author of “Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans and the Myth of Racial Justice” I’m not putting Quakers up here on a pedestal and saying we did things perfectly. Quakers have had—and still have—issues around racism. It’s still very much a part of the Religious Society of Friends, but we were the first religious group to say, “No, we will no longer enslave people of African descent.” Eliminating Racism in the Religious Society of Friends The next step for me in the Religious Society of Friends in using our continuing revelation in addressing the issues of white supremacy and white privilege in the Religious Society of Friends is for us to be able as individuals, as Meetings, to admit that this does exist and that race is an issue in this country that needs to be addressed, and for us to educate ourselves about what white privilege and white supremacy is for us. Once you are able to see some of the systems, then it becomes astonishing, and it is going to be hard, and it is going to be challenging, and there are going to be moments where it’s going to feel like, “I just can’t do this. This is too hard. This is too overwhelming.” One of the benefits that the Religious Society of Friends has is the structure that we have support systems through support committees. If you are going to—either as a Meeting or as an individual—decide to start doing this work around identifying what white privilege and what white supremacy is… to have support as you’re doing that. If we’re able, as some of us are beginning to do around climate and looking at the issues of climate change, of saying, “Ok, this country, we do need to make a change” and that we do need to be aware of our white privilege and the white supremacy so that we can make changes to create more of the blessed community that we’re looking for.

 

July 2018

This month’s theme: Healing (Continued)

Sunday July 1st:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:

Presentation: Quaker speak videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyy1834uI-E

https://youtu.be/Tpe79tRRwb0

Discussion: Healing videos

Sunday June 8th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:

Discussion: Healing, followed by:

 Social gathering for dinner at Long Beach Thai Cuisine, 1003 Pacific Ave N. Long Beach, Wa.

Sunday June 15th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:

                                    Meeting for Business Topic: TBD.

Sunday June 22nd:

Meeting for worship at 3:00 to 3:45 pm followed by:

Quaker Conversation.

  Sunday June 29th:

Meeting for worship at 3:00 to 3:45 pm followed by:

Quaker Conversation.

Queries on Healing:

What we are doing as a Meeting:

Do we faithfully hold healing space in our Meeting for all who attend? Do we try to provide opportunities for people to be heard? Do we try to listen each other and others into wholeness?

Personal Query:

Do I live in such a way as to remove the occasion of violence from my life and the lives of those around me?

Part of the narration of Zachary Moon for discussion purposes.

Open Ears, Open Hearts

For Quakers, I think about how powerful our meetings for memorials are. You know, the kind of deep way that we are able to hear both grief and celebration in that space. Could we hold that kind of space, that kind of depth and intentionality for someone who is grieving all of what they’ve lost as a part of their military service? But also wants an opportunity to say, “You know, I learned some things that were important that I want to find a way to carry forward, because that’s in me too.” Could we find a way to celebrate that stuff too and not just – because we’re pacifists – see it all as being evil and ugly and grotesque?

There’s some real goodness that can happen in relationship with folks who are different than who I am or who our community is, but we’ve got to be willing to do a little bit of work – take a little stock on our beliefs and our values – and really be knowledgeable about who we are, not in a way to say, “Hey, we’ve got it all figured out. Let’s take it to you and try to get you to fit into us.” But more than that, to say, “Okay, here’s the stuff that I’m dragging behind with me, and some of it’s good and some of it’s probably not that helpful, but I’ve got to be responsible for it in this relationship.

But if you are talking about your military service and I’m thinking about how there weren’t weapons of mass destruction in Iraq like they said, I’m already failing you in this relationship, because I’m thinking about the wrong thing.

 What I need to be doing is turning both of my ears and my heart as open as it can be, I need to turn that to you and hear you.

June, 2018

Meeting for Worship gathers at 11:00 am each Sunday at the Ilwaco Community Center, 158 First Avenue North, Ilwaco, WA 98624

This month’s theme: Healing

Sunday June 3rd:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:

Presentation: Quaker speak videos

http://quakerspeak.com/undoing-the-damage-of-violence/

http://quakerspeak.com/dreaming-of-wholeness-quakers-and-the-future-of-racial-healing/

http://quakerspeak.com/listening-each-other-into-wholeness/

Discussion: Healing videos

Sunday June 10th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:

Discussion: Healing, followed by:

Social gathering for dinner at Long Beach Thai Cuisine, 1003 Pacific Ave N. Long Beach, Wa.

Sunday June 17th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:

Meeting for Business Topic: TBD.

Sunday June 24th:

Meeting for worship at 3:00 to 3:45 pm followed by:

Quaker Conversation.

Queries on Healing:

What we are doing as a Meeting:

Do we faithfully hold healing space in our Meeting for all who attend? Do we try to provide opportunities for people to be heard? Do we try to listen each other and others into wholeness?

Personal Query:Do I live in such a way as to remove the occasion of violence from my life and the lives of those around me?

LOWER COLUMBIA WORSHIP GROUP

Meeting for Worship gathers at 3:00 pm each Sunday at the Ilwaco Community Center, 158 First Avenue North, Ilwaco, WA 98624

Meeting Schedule

May, 2018

Special Notice: Beginning Sunday, June 3rd, Meeting for Worship will permanently move to 11:00 AM. Everything except the time will remain the same.

This month’s theme: Deepening Worship

Sunday May 6th:

Meeting for Worship at 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm followed by:

Quaker Conversation – Deepening Worship / Exercises

Sunday May 13th:

Meeting for Worship at 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm followed by:

Presentation: Quaker speak video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXeJUf6Zh74                                                                             Discussion: Deepening Worship.

Sunday May 20th:

Meeting for Worship at 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm followed by:

Meeting for Business Topic: TBD.

Sunday May 27th:

Meeting for worship at 3:00 to 3:45 pm followed by:

Discussion: Deepening Worship, followed by:

Social gathering for dinner at Long Beach Thai Cuisine, 1003 Pacific Ave N. Long Beach, Wa.
Queries on Worship:

What we are doing as a Meeting:

Do we faithfully attend meeting with hearts and minds prepared for worship, clear of any predetermination to speak or not to speak, expecting that worship will be a source of strength and guidance?

Personal Query: Does worship deepen my relationship with Spirit, increase my faithfulness and refresh and renew my daily life, both inwardly and in my relationships with other persons and with all of creation?

Meeting Schedule
April, 2018

This month’s theme: Quakers as Peace Makers

Sunday Apr 1st:

Meeting for Worship at 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm followed by:

Presentation: Quaker speak video

Discussion: Making Peace.

Sunday Apr 8th:

Meeting for worship at 3:00 to 3:45 pm followed by:

Discussion: Making Peace, followed by:

Social gathering for dinner at SALT restaurant, 147 Howerton Ave, Ilwaco, WA

Sunday Apr 15th:

Meeting for Worship at 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm followed by:

Quaker Conversation – Exploring Peace

Sunday Apr 22nd:

Meeting for Worship at 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm followed by:

Meeting for Business Topic: TBD.

Sunday Apr 29th:

Meeting for Worship at 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm followed by:

Open Conversation

Queries on Peace Making

What we are doing as a Meeting:

  1. Do we make opportunity to examine our attitudes towards others?
  2. Are we active in a community that supports peaceful coexistence?

Personal Queries

Do I act in loving and respectful ways towards those that disagree with the Quaker peace testimony?