Schedule

LOWER COLUMBIA WORSHIP GROUP

Meeting Schedule

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

December 2019

This month’s theme: (Carried over from November): Quakers and Pacifism

 Sunday Dec 1st: 

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

Sunday Dec 8th:

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

Discussion: Afterthoughts

Sunday Dec 15th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:
Worship with a concern for business. Agenda TBD

Sunday Dec 22nd:

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

Quaker Conversation: The Quaker Peace Testimony.

(See below)

Sunday Dec 29th:

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

Open Conversation Time. End of year.

Queries on Pacifism:

What we are doing as a Meeting: (F&P, Pg-17)

How do we avoid being drawn into violent reactions against those who are destructive of human dignity?

Do we reach out to violator as well as violated with courage and love?

Personal Queries:

In what ways do I honor all living things?

Pacificism

 

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November 2019

This month’s theme: Quakers and Pacifism

 Sunday Nov 3rd:

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm56GeaBazY 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1Pv54qQoB8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpe79tRRwb0

Sunday Nov 10th:

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

Worship with a concern for business.

Sunday Nov 17th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:
Spiritual Story Telling: Sheri

Sunday Nov 24th:

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

Informational panel discussion with visitors from the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington.

Queries on Pacifism:   

What we are doing as a Meeting: (F&P, Pg-17)

How do we avoid being drawn into violent reactions against those who are destructive of human dignity?

Do we reach out to violator as well as violated with courage and love?

Personal Queries:

In what ways do I honor all living things?

Transcripts: For Quakerspeak videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm56GeaBazY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1Pv54qQoB8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpe79tRRwb0

Transcript: Why Quakers are Pacifists.

Fox said that we do not war with outward weapons. Our understanding of Jesus is he will not ask us to do outward weapons. We don’t understand a holy Spirit that one minute says “be peaceful” and the next minute, “Go out and kill a lot of people.” We don’t understand that kind of Spirit. The Spirit we experience is one that is consistent and wants us to not war with outward weapons.

I’m George Lakey, Philadelphia Quaker.

A Paradigm Change

We’re going through a paradigm change right now. It’s something that I didn’t know if I would ever live to see because the paradigm that says, “when push comes to shove, you have to use violence,” is so tough and it’s been around for tens of thousands of years. It seems as obvious as the paradigm once was that the Earth was flat. Everybody knows the Earth is flat, right? Well, not any longer.

But that’s how toughly in-built the paradigm is that violence is what needs to be used when we’re going to really exert power and do humanitarian interventions or anything we want to do. “When it’s tough we have to use violence.” But that’s shifting now.

Quakers and Nonviolent Struggle
(“The Lamb’s War”)

Quakers understood it 350 years ago because it was what they felt naturally you do when the spirit is in you saying, “love people and do what’s right. Set up the conditions under which it is easier to do right and stop oppressing each other.” The practical dimension of Quakers was expressed through nonviolent struggle.

Struggle, mind you. Not everyone responds in that way. Some people say “spirituality means I should avoid struggle.” But for Early Quakers, the Spirit wanted us to go out and do struggle. And so Quakers would pick fights.
Quakers would go into churches for example, and after a preacher had preached something that they felt like was really wrong, they would stand up and contradict the preacher even though that meant that it was pretty likely that they would be grabbed by the parishioners nearby and dragged out of the church and beaten up just outside the church. But they would do that, that’s an example of nonviolent struggle.

It’s because, “yes we make war with inward weapons”, and they even called themselves people who were struggling for the Lamb’s war. They were fighting the Lamb’s war. So this was a warrior outfit, these 17th century Quakers, who were fighting with nonviolent means.

The End of Violence?

There’s a new scholarly book [“Why Civil Resistance Works” by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan] that the hardboiled political scientists who wrote it are getting enormous credit for. It describes in ways that political scientists and hardboiled realists, governance people, are taking deeply seriously because the book describes over 300 struggles in which regime change has been the issue: overthrowing governments or getting out from under an empire or stopping an occupation – big stuff. In this book, they prove that the movements that chose nonviolent means were twice as effective as the movements that chose violent means.

To anyone who is pragmatic of mind, this is news. This is extremely important. So it’s not only seeing the Egyptians overthrow Mubarak, or seeing the Tunisians overthrow their dictator or the other kinds of recent experiences that we’ve seen, but it’s also the scholarship—which is important in terms of idea formation—is beginning to catch up with this idea of nonviolent struggle.

It’s just believing that the Earth was flat. You can’t really hold it against people for believing that the Earth was flat. At a certain time in history, everybody knows that the Earth was flat. And at this time in history, most people just know that violence is the only way to do things when it’s tough. However, the excitement for me is there have been sufficient breakthroughs so that now an opening may exist. And maybe some adventurous person watching this will decide to open themselves to new possibilities.

Transcript: Why I’m not a Pacifist.

I think that pacifism is like a fruit, and I would like to have a word that somehow describes that fruit of reconciliation grows from roots that are tended in the soil of worship.

Why I’m Not a Pacifist

In what we call Friends peace testimony now [George] Fox talks about living in that light and power that takes away the occasion for all wars. And I think that life and power part is the soil that we need to nurture—all of us—to be in that life and power that takes away the occasion for all sorts of violence and helps us move out of the comfort of the institutions we’ve built and into some new space.

Revolutionary Peacemaking

When I think of “pacifist” I think that the word is too small to hold what I would like to mean and not sure what the word is so I’m going to try and work it out. “Pacifist” implies someone who denies or abores or negates the use of physical violence and war—which I do—but it doesn’t in my mind open up the truly revolutionary possibilities that are implied in peacemaking and especially in faithful peacemaking and more specifically, for me, in Christian peacemaking.

“There is enough”

There’s some word—maybe it’s reconciliation—to describe Jesus’s ministry which he ministers to the pain and suffering not just of those affected by violence but by poverty and greed, other forms of violence that aren’t the physical violence implied by war which then gets me to pacifism.

So maybe, I was thinking about this, maybe I’m a “Shalomist”: someone who believes in God’s shalom, God’s peace and abundance for all… that God wills that everyone has abundance and peace and is doing what they are supposed to be doing.

Or maybe I’m a “Jubilee-ist,” who believes that we can work to a time when we have dismantled human structures and institutions as we’re invited to by the description of the Jubilee year to lay down all contracts, to let the slaves go, to let the land lie fallow, to return all of the landholdings to their original owners, like a big cosmic reset button of possibility of an acknowledgment that there is provision. There is enough.

The views expressed in this video are of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Friends Journal 

Transcript: How can pacifists support our troops?

I’m trying to hold a space where somebody can open up and become and grow and struggle in the ways that they need to, right in that moment, believing deeply that they have strengths and resources in them, and also believing that all around them is this powerful holiness that is holding them and is lifting them up. It’s the part of me that feels so Quaker as I’m doing this work, even in a strange context like the United States Marine Corps. How Can Pacifists Supports Our Troops? My name is Zachary Moon. I live in Denver, Colorado, and I work as a commissioned chaplain with the United States Navy. One of the things that I’ve learned differently in this proximity to war, as a military chaplain, is that some of what needs healing after war – some of the expense that’s been paid in war, beyond all of the monetary resources – is the toll that it’s taken on thousands, really 2 million now, human bodies. A New Paradigm For Relating To Veterans I see us continuing to desire and seek after a programmatic solution to these costs, these traumas, these symptoms. The V.A. is this magnificent example of that, right? So, “Oh, we need this kind of therapy and all of these medications and we need these kinds of services,” and it’s all being done under this kind of hospital institution, and what’s missing there (and where I see the kind of human struggle to come back from war that the V.A. will never be able to heal or even really address) is the cost that is really in the deeper recesses of our human-ness, that can really only be processed and only be lovingly engaged through relationship. And when I think about, “What could a Quaker Meeting do?” Or, “What could another religious community do?” I think when we’re at our best, we’re doing relationship well. The kinds of relationships where we can listen deeply to one another. The kinds of relationships where we can listen across differences, so not just having relationships with people who can all agree about the same things, but maybe folks that maybe in lots of ways I disagree with — all of that can be best engaged through relationship. The kinds of relationship that allow for the space for lots of compassion and lots of patience and lots of mercy to just be shared back and forth. 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.”

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October 2019

This month’s theme: Quakers and the Still, Small Voice

Sunday Oct 6th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:
Quaker Speak Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFvWxx9taEE 

Sunday October 13th:

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

Sunday October 20th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:
Spiritual Story Telling: Robin

Sunday October 27th:

Meeting for worship at 11:00 to 11:45 pm followed by: Quaker Conversation using provided queries to guide us.

Queries on the Still, Small Voice:

What we are doing as a Meeting:

 “Most of us don’t frequently have these like, dynamic mystical experiences, although they happen.”

What does that mean?

Have you had something that you would call a “dynamic, mystical” experience?

Personal Queries:

How do I hear the voice of God?

 

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September 2019

This month’s theme: Becoming Convinced

Suggested reading: NPYM F & P, 3rd edition, Part 1, pages 59-61

 Sunday Sep 1st:

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

Quaker Speak Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n9RcO6QA-I 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdmnUQQzEsU

Sunday Sep 8th:

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

Sunday Sep 15th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:
Meeting for Business. Agenda TBD

Sunday Sep 22nd:

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

Spiritual Story Telling: Marian

Sunday Sep 29th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:
Quaker Conversation: Using queries below as our guide.

 Queries on Convincement:

What we are doing as a Meeting:

Do we look for opportunities to deepen our understanding of the history and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends? Do we inform ourselves about the diversity of Friends’ theology and practice?

Personal Queries:

Am I teachable?

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August, 2019

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: No theme this month to allow for summer schedule

 Sunday Aug 4th:

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

Sunday Aug 11th:

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

Sunday Aug 18th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am to 11:45 pm followed by:
Spiritual Story Telling:  MaryAnne

Sunday Aug 25th:

Meeting for worship at 11:00 to 11:45 pm followed by:
Quaker Conversation:

Queries on Discernment:

 Are love and unity cultivated in our meeting?

What we are doing as a Meeting:

If there is conflict, is there also patience, openness, and a search for ways to heal?

Personal Queries:

Do I celebrate others?

July, 2019

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: Quakers and Discernment
Suggested reading: NPYM F & P, 3rd Edition, Part 1, pages 39-45

Sunday July 7th:

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

Presentation: Quaker speak video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfIG2m7dAk8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjrBg1VvyZ8

Discussion: Discernment

Sunday July 14th:

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

Spiritual story telling: Julie Nelson

Sunday July 21st:

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

Afterthoughts

Sunday July 28th:

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

Quaker Discussion: Making spirit led decisions

Queries on Discernment:

What we are doing as a Meeting:

Do we patiently seek divine guidance to discern the right course of action?

Personal Queries:

When my own way is unclear, do i seek the counsel of others in my meeting?

Meeting Schedule

June, 2019

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: Listening for a Leading
Suggested reading: NPYM F & P, 3rd Edition, Part 2, pages 155-156.

 Sunday June 2nd:

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

Presentation: Quaker speak video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9D-RQ7Xr5Q 

Discussion: Leadings

Sunday June 9th:

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

Afterthoughts

Sunday June 16th:

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

Spiritual story telling: Eugene

Sunday June 23rd:

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

Quaker Discussion: Types of Leadings

Sunday June 30th:

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

Quaker Discussion: General Discussion

Queries on Leadings:

What we are doing as a Meeting:

Do we make a practice of turning to the Inner Light for guidance, remembering that living in the Spirit is a process of discernment?

Personal Queries:

Do your actions reflect your beliefs? What is your life saying to others?

May, 2019

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: Clearness Committees

Suggested reading: NPYM F & P, 3rd Edition, Part 2, pages 152-154.

Sunday May 5th:

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

Presentation: Quaker speak videos

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvNO4-leFOg

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTbdm3sLPYk

                Discussion: Clearness Committees

Sunday May 12th:

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

Quaker Conversation

Sunday May 19th:

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

Spiritual story telling: Dave C.

Sunday May 26th:

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

Quaker Discussion: Other Committees

Queries on Committees:

What we are doing as a Meeting:

Do we use the concept of “Committees” correctly, or do we function as one large committee?

Personal Query:

What are my expectations of committees within a meeting?

April 2019

Meeting at the Ilwaco Community Center, 158 First Avenue North, Ilwaco, Washington

Sunday, April 7th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am.

Sunday, April 14th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am.

Followed by:  Paul Christiansen (see below)

Sunday, April 21st:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am.

Followed by Spiritual Story Telling

Sunday, April 28th:

Meeting for Worship at 11:00 am.

Followed by Al Hendrix speaking about the Quaker Men’s Retreat and traveling in the ministry in Alaska earlier in this month.

Paul Christiansen

           Paul comes to us as part of the Yearly Meeting’s “Knitting Us Together” ministry.  His concern is finding a faithful way forward in the midst of climate chaos.  He provided a brief biography:  “Paul Christiansen is a lifelong (specifically 35 years long) Friend and member of Eastside Meeting in the Seattle area. He has served Eastside, NPYM, Young Adult Friends, and the Young Friends New Year’s Gathering in various roles. For the past several years he has been testing the leading which has grown into this ministry. In non-Quaker life he teaches high school history, tells stories, and is learning to play guitar.”

Julie Peyton, who has visited our worship group prior to this occasion, is the elder traveling with Paul to Ilwaco in support of his ministry.

March, 2019

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: Quakers and Nature

Suggested reading: “Stewardship,” North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM), Faith and Practice (F & P), 3rd edition, Pg 109-113,

Sunday Mar 3rd:

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

Presentation: Quaker speak video

Discussion: Quakers and Nature

Sunday Mar 10th:

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

Called Meeting for Business to discuss annual report.

(Suggested reading: NPYM F&P, Page 133)

Sunday Mar 17th:

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

Spiritual story telling

Sunday Mar 24th:

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

Afterthoughts

Sunday Mar 31st:

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

Quaker Conversation: Stewardship

Queries on Stewardship of Nature

What we are doing as a Meeting:

  • In what ways do we seek harmony with Creation? How does science help us live within It respectfully?

Personal Query:

How do my daily habits and choices reflect my respect for the web of life?

February, 2019

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: Membership

Suggested reading: NPYM Faith and Practice, 3rd edition, Part 2, Chapter 9, Pg 193-213.
Sunday Feb 3rd:

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

Presentation: Quaker speak video

Discussion: Membership

Sunday Feb 10th:

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

Called Meeting for Business to discuss annual report.

(Suggested reading: NPYM F&P, Page 133)

Sunday Feb 17th:

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

Spiritual story telling: Ann G.

Sunday Feb 24th:

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

Quaker Discussion: Membership

Queries on Membership

What we are doing as a Meeting:

What does the phrase, “There is that of God in everyone” mean to our worship group?

How does this find expression in our group and in our lives?

Personal Query:

What are your expectations of membership in a meeting?

January, 2019

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: Experiential Faith

Suggested reading: NPYM Faith and Practice, 3rd edition, Part 1, Chapter 2.

Sunday Jan 6th:

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

Presentation: Quaker speak video

Discussion: Experiential Faith

Sunday Jan 13th:

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

Discussion: Afterthoughts

Sunday Jan 20th:

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

Meeting for Business Topic: TBD.

Sunday Jan 27th:

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

Spiritual Story Telling: Al H

Queries on Faith:

        What we are doing as a Meeting:

  • Do we try to live in thankful awareness of the inner teacher’s constant presence in our lives?

Personal Query:

  • Do I nurture my spiritual life with prayer, silent waiting,  and with regular study of the Bible or other devotional literature?