Forum Exploring Vocal Ministry: Stop Quacking, Start Quaking Sunday, January 14, 202

Join the worship and ministry committee at the rise of meeting for worship in  exploring ways to nurture vocal ministry in our community. How do you know if you are moved by the spirit to speak or moved by ego? How do you know when a message is meant for the community or for you alone? Are you quacking or are you quaking? Come and explore the mysteries, the beauty and wisdom of vocal ministry.

Forum: The Tao Te Ching: A Friendly Contrast – Nov. 19th

Explore the wisdom, wit and spirit of the Tao Te Ching, an ancient and timeless guide to living in peace and channeling the natural “flow” – or “the Way.” We will base our overview on Stephen Mitchell’s accessible and well-received translation (free copies for lucky participants!), with time to discuss comparisons and contrasts with Quaker values and viewpoints. Amateur seeker Michael Homans will lead and guide this review, and welcomes contributions from others who have insights or experience with the Tao. Kind of like Quakerism, everyone has a right to their own opinion of what the Tao means and whether it is valid – this forum will be a no judgment zone! THis is scheduled after worship services, typically around 11:30AM by Zoom or in person.  See the Zoom link on the home page.

Forum: Confronting Climate Catastrophe October 29, 2023

Our Climate Action Committee will hold a forum/discussion about what Friends can do to respond to our developing Climate Catastrophe.  This will be an opportunity to discuss in groups how we feel about it, and what we are led to do as individuals, as part of the Meeting, and how we expect our country and state to respond.  In light of what we know of the many contributing causes of this growing existential problem, we will explore how to find the spirit to respond to this challenge.  This will be after worship service, approximately 11:30 AM.

FORUM: Drawing, A Contemplative Act, Sunday September 17th at 11:30AM

This forum invites all people to connect with nature, using drawing to kinetically engage with our surroundings, fostering meditation and creativity in surprising ways. No prior art experience is necessary.  We will be guided through an interactive experience to engage with natural forms outdoors, weather permitting, through sampling of flowers and plants, utilizing specific drawing prompts. Multi-sensory methods of mark-making will provide a vehicle for experiencing nature in new ways,  deepening our awareness of our surroundings while using all of the senses. We will come back together to reflect on what we have discovered,in the hybrid in-person and Zoom setting. If joining by Zoom, use the main link on the home webpage.

Materials will be provided. Zoom users will be prompted in advance with a list of simple materials easily found at home.

Pamela Lawton is a member of Radnor Meeting. She received a US Fulbright Scholar grant in Italy in 2019-2020 for developing tactile strategies in her own artmaking and in her teaching, working both with people with low and no vision and fully-sighted people in museums in Italy and Greece. She teaches at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Manhattanville College, and at the Siena Art Institute, where her class “Drawing As Seeing” in Siena, Italy, for people with. Any level of sight, will run April 29-May 13, 2024. For more information about this please check https://www.sienaart.org/Special-Programs/Drawing-as-Seeing/