Humanity Rising! On May 7, 2-4 pm at Lansdowne Friends Meeting

Humanity Rising! On May 7, 2-4 pm, our friend Andrea Swinton is presenting “Humanity Rising,” a human-centered approach to resolving cultural and racial conflict and celebrating differences. 

In this two-hour session, you will become aware of and engage in a new approach to initiating, cultivating/building, and having any professional or personal relationship work for humanity and in turn for you. You will elevate your current level of awareness regarding cultural and racial differences. You will expand your capacity to see yourself in others and as others. You will see new pathways to create your environment as a workable one that embraces all of humanity.

Event information:

Date: May 7, 2022

Location: Lansdowne Friends Meeting, 120 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050

Time: 2-4pm

Masks are required at this event.

Registration will close when it reaches 50 participants.

The registration fee is $49.00. Click here to register.

May 1st – The Intersections of Quaker and Buddhist Wisdom in the 21st Century

On Sunday May 1st at 11:15 AM there will be a presentation on the intersection between Quaker and Buddhist wisdom.  Attend on-site or use the link on the home page to attend via Zoom.

This unique interfaith forum will explore the intersections of Quakerism with Engaged Buddhism. The two traditions share key features, e.g. silent practice, respect for one’s own experience as well as that of others, equality of all, peace, social justice, community life and freedom of conscience. The natural environment is also hugely important with the emphasis on simple living to minimize the impact on the world.

Our presenters will delve deeply into how Quaker testimonies and Engaged Buddhism’s Mindfulness Trainings shape the lives of today’s Friends and Mindfulness Practitioners and the impacts they can have on the world at large.

Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) presentation on Vanguard’s Big Problem

EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team) presented on Wednesday, April 20th at Radnor Meeting on how Vanguard is driving the Climate Crisis.   They explained the links between large financial banks and the investments that drive Climate Change, with Vanguard being a major investor in fossil fuels. That same week, EQAT conducted their monumental week-long march from Chester PA to Vanguard Headquarters in Paoli to draw attention to this issue. 

EQAT has been an iconic Quaker Group that embodies our values through direct peaceful action.  Since their founding in 2010 by George Lakey and other committed Quakers they have focused on direct action campaigns that connect the changes we need to make in the world with those Corporations that can make those changes.  After a 5-year campaign, EQAT convinced PNC Bank to stop funding the environmentally devastating mountaintop removal mining practices in West Virginia.

Annual Spring Retreat held on March 26 on Deepening Worship

Worship and Ministry invited us for Radnor’s spring retreat on Saturday, March 26 to examine our need for deepened worship to open our hearts to the Spirit and to one another in love. We reflected together on what hinders or sustains our connection with the Spirit, and how we can best prepare to enter into the worship experience and open to the Spirit as we worship. Nancy Bieber led the session.  Nancy is a member of Lancaster MM, is a spiritual director, psychologist and retreat leader with a particular interest in Quaker unprogrammed worship. Nancy is the author of Decision Making & Spiritual Discernment (2010) and Fianna’s Story: a True Story of Love, Grief, and Faith (2020). She publishes a monthly spiritual reflection Garden of the Spirit on her website (nancybieber.com) She has also taught and led retreats widely among Quakers and other groups, focusing on spiritual discernment, prayer and worship. All enjoyed a very spiritually fulfilling experience.

Forum held on Worshiping God in Places Appropriated by Force from Indigenous People

Many members of the Society of Friends worship God in places that have been appropriated by force from indigenous peoples. What challenges arise when they try to do that, and how do Friends respond to these challenges? This forum was led by Cherice Bock and gave us a chance to reflect on these issues. Cherice Bock is a Friend who lives in Oregon on the traditional lands of Kalapuya (now part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). She is an adjunct professor of eco-theology at Portland Seminary and she leads Oregon Interfaith Power and Light at the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Cherice holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a doctoral candidate at Antioch University of New England. The forum was held on April 3rd.