Next Seekers Group Meeting is June 5, 2017 at 7 PM

Hello Friends,

The next meeting of the Seekers Group will be held on Monday, June 5, at 7 PM. All are welcome!

Questions? Contact Gretchen Baker-Smith. Or, 508-287-6441

Seekers Group Meeting, Monday, May 1 at 7 PM


Hello Friends,
 
Just a reminder that our next Seekers Group is this coming Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7pm in the Community House.  All are very welcome to join us!
 
love,
Gretchen

Westport Friends Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Working Group

The Westport Friends Meeting Peace and Social Concerns Working Group met recently on Feb 27. Gretchen Baker-Smith, convener, sent the following info and resources out to working group members:
 
As promised, here are things that Friends brought to the meeting today, followed by other links that we talked about!  LOTS to check out here.
  • Info on the Massachusetts Bail Fund, attached.  (Note:  I contacted Martha Yager this afternoon, and she put me in touch with Ben Evans, the staff person working on this in Southeastern Mass.  I will forward you updates.)
Here is the website for From the Otherside, the organization that matches people, one to one, who voted for ‘the other’ candidate in order to get to know “them” and understand “their” perspective and experience:  https://www.hifromtheotherside.com
 
Here is the list to New England Yearly Meeting’s Living Faith gathering on April 9 at Moses Brown.  Please let me know if you want to go — I can take up to 6 people in my car!  Also, we should think about checking in on what workshops we sign up for so that we get to as many different ones as possible.  PLEASE DO NOTE that the “pay as led” philosophy is very much for real — pay what you can….  NEYM is committed to Friends attending this regardless of whether or not they break even.  Do NOT let money stop you from going!  (Really)  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-faith-gathering-april-8-2017-registration-30265939239
 
Here is the transcript of the Ted Talk Gail spoke about regarding our failing refugee system and how to fix it:  https://www.ted.com/talks/alexander_betts_our_refugee_system_is_failing_here_s_how_we_can_fix_it/transcript?language=en
 
 
Here is a list of other Ted talks that Gail recommended:
 
 
 
 
 
Plus an article on practical ways to help refugees:
 
In addition, I came across this article tonight — and it so spoke to our last topic around understanding Trump’s supporters that I wanted to include it.  It’s a quick read, but pretty enlightening!  http://www.businessinsider.com/sam-altman-interview-trump-supporters-2017-2
 
​Oh, and a link to The New Jim Crow: http://newjimcrow.com/
(I am going to buy a copy of it pronto, and if it seems worth it, I’ll scan a copy of the first chapter to you.)​
​Do keep sending things on to me — I’ll send them around to everyone on the list.
 
And yes, our next meeting is 8:30 AM on April 9, 2017.
 
Deeply grateful,
Gretchen​

Next Seekers Group Meeting to be held Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7 PM.

Next Seekers Group Meeting to be held Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7 PM the Community House.

Seekers Group Upcoming Programs

The next regular gathering of the Seekers Group will be on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7pm in the Community House.

There will be a special Seekers Group conversation on Sunday, February 5, 2017 from 11:30 – 1:30 in the Community House on Friends’ Meeting for Business.   We’ll share lunch (bring your own or something to share).  It is suggested that Friends consider reading Pendle Hill Pamphlet #307, Beyond Consensus: Salvaging Sense of the Meeting by Barry Morley for that conversation.  Ministry & Counsel approved purchasing copies of it for those who would like one.  There are some available in the foyer of the Meeting House.  Be in touch if you need additional copies.  If child care is needed so you can join us, please let me know!

All are welcome to join us!

Gretchen Baker-Smith

 

 

Midweek Meeting for Worship, Wed, Dec 14, 7-8 PM

Greetings all, 

We are happy to announce that Westport Friends Meeting’s midweek meeting for worship will be held tonight, Wednesday, Dec 14, from 7-8 PM in the meetinghouse. All are welcome to join us.

Westport Friends Meeting
938 Main Road
Westport, MA 02790

508-636-4963

Midweek Meeting for worship, Dec 7, 7-8 PM

Just a brief notice that Westport Friends Meeting’s midweek meeting for worship will be held this coming Wednesday night, Dec 7, from 7-8 PM in the meetinghouse. All are welcome to join us.

Westport Friends Meeting
938 Main Road
Westport, MA 02790

508-636-4963

Midweek Meeting for Worship, Wed, Nov 30, 7-8 PM

Just a brief notice that Westport Friends Meeting’s midweek meeting for worship will be held this coming Wednesday night, Nov 30, from 7-8 PM in the meetinghouse. All are welcome to join us.
 
We discovered at last week’s midweek worship that two new folks had heard about our midweek worship because others had passed the word along to them. So please feel encouraged to do the same even if it may not be possible for you to join us. 
 
In Spirit, In Peace,
Kevin Lee, Westport Ministry and Counsel Committee

Seekers Group Meets next on Nov 28 at 7 PM

Hello Friends,

Our next Seekers Group meeting will be held on November 28, 2016 at 7 PM. All are welcome to join us.

Those who were at our last gathering had asked for a shorter reading before our next meeting.  We have chosen pages 43-47 from Parker Palmer’s book Healing the Heart of Democracy (Jossey-Bass, 2011) that outlines his idea of The 5 Habits of the Heart.  Although the book is about our political system, the 5 Habits apply to all sorts of groups, including this Seeker’s Group.  (Thank you, Randy for finding it.)  I will bring some printed copies to Westport Meeting on Sunday morning.

As always, this reading is a suggestion — if it’s useful, use it.  If not, don’t.  Either way, I hope that many of you will be able to join us on Monday, Nov. 28 at 7pm for our next gathering.  (Note we will not be meeting in December.)

I am holding all of you in much love and Light.  This circle is among the gifts in my life that I am especially grateful for.  Thank you for being part of it.  

Gretchen Baker-Smith

MEETING FOR WORSHIP TONIGHT (Nov 9) 7-8 PM IN MEETINGHOUSE

Hello Friends,

Gretchen Baker-Smith is feeling led to be host for unprogrammed worship tonight from 7-8 pm, in the Meetinghouse, to hold the country and world in the Light and in hope going forward.  All are welcome.

Kevin Lee

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