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Children's Religious Education
First Day School begins at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays with gathering singning. The children are divided into two age groups. The 3-7 age group will consist of Sparkling Still, Godly Play/Faith and Play, and the Obadiah book series. The programs for the 8 and older age group will consist of AFSC's “If I had a trillion dollars” curriculum, Godly Play/Faith & Play, Jr, Meeting, and visiting other churches. Childcare is provide for children too young to participate in the programs. Photos are of the new Elizabeth Fry and William Penn rooms being used of FDS.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration
The Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council will be hosting its annual interfaith Thanksgiving celebration at Rockefeller Chapel (5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago). The theme this year is “Gratitude and Generosity: The Synergy of Thanksgiving.” The address will be given by Taigen Dan Leighton, a Soto Zen priest and founder of Chicago’s Ancient Dragon Zen Gate. The Chicago Children’s Choir will offer a selection of songs from diverse traditions, in Hebrew, Xhosa, Spanish, and English. Because Thanksgiving Day is also the first day of Chanukah this year, soprano Marie Hunt will sing a traditional Chanukah song as part of a Thanksgiving medley. An offering is taken up which supports the work of the Hyde Park and Kenwood Hunger Programs. Additional information can be found at hpkifc.org.
That-Of-God in Nietzsche (Dec. Adult Ed.)
The search for That-Of-God in every person and the commitment to love it as sacred is one of the chief witnesses of Quaker faith. Friends often emphasize how crucial this witness is to our interpersonal relationships and the groups or communities they may constitute. Indeed, without the faith that each and every person is a locus of meaning and worth, we risk hearing their words more meanly, with hardness of heart, and without realizing: “here too, behind these words, there is a heart that loves and fears and, in its own way, seeks God.”
This witness teaches us that there is a heart not only behind every spoken word we may hear, but also behind every written word as well. And just as there are interpersonal situations where it is harder to hear That-Of-God behind words spoken, there are texts in which it is harder to decipher That-Of-God behind words written.
For Christians of many stripes, and also for those Quakers who do not identify as Christian, the several works of Friedrich Nietzsche may rank high on the list of texts that seem hostile or mean-spirited, or, at least, difficult to hear That-Of-God in or through. Nietzsche is, after all, well-known for his announcement of the “death of God,” for his incisive moral-psychological critique of Christian morals (as he understood them), and for titling a work, in which he began a “revaluation of all values,” The Antichrist
In December, the Adult Religious Education program will seek out That-Of-God in Nietzsche’s works through a close reading of the passages in which the reader starts to hear intimations of Nietzsche’s positive project. Short passages of the relevant texts and brief orienting comments will be provided, in addition to the usual lively discussion.
Dec 1: Reason, Doubt, and Nietzsche’s “God”: What really has died in the “death of God” passages?
Dec 8: Yes-Saying & Terrors of Conscience: Amor Fati and the Eternal Return of the Same
Dec 15: The Idea of a Gay Science [Fröhliche Wissenschaft]: objectivity as denial of self
Dec 22: Philosophy Expressed in a Life: Nietzsche’s confessional “Preface” to the second edition of The Gay Science
Let us enter into this interpretive work of love, so that, if nothing else, we might marvel at how much Nietzsche could see for one with a heart so blind.
"What Does George Fox Say?"
A weighty parody from Ben Guaraldi of Ylvis’ “What Does a Fox Say?” is making its rounds. This will join Jon Watt's "Dance Party Erupts Durning Quaker Meeting for Worship" as a classic Quaker music video.
The annual Quaker Men Groundhog Retreat will be held at Quaker Haven on Friday, January 31 to Saturday, February 1. The cost for this retreat is $60.00. This includes one night lodging and three meals-dinner, breakfast, and lunch. This year Randy Quate, superintendent of North Carolina Yearly Meeting, will be the speaker. This is a retreat of Quiaker Men of Western YM.
New QUNO website
The Quaker United Nations Office has updated its website. "We plan to use our website to post new publications, provide updates on our program work, and list job opportunities. You can browse our resources, learn about our history, sign up for our mailing list and donate to support our work." Check out the new QUNO website.
Philippines Disaster Impacts Quaker Community
The Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) World Office has launched an appeal for funds for long term support in the wake of the earthquake and typhoon that have struck the Philippines. The epicentre of the earthquake was on the island of Bohol where there is a small group of unprogrammed Quakers. The typhoon has made their recovery even more difficult. Many members of the Friends Evangelical Yearly Meeting, which is affiliated with Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region, live in the direct path of Typhoon Haiyan. Continue reading the message from FWCC's World Office here.
Quaker Men Tea Project
Quaker Men International (QMI) has begun a special project to support the Friends Theological College (FTC) in Kenya. All Quaker Men are members of Quaker Men International. The project referred to as the tea project is to help FTC gain a source of long-term ongoing funding by becoming a self-sustaining tea broker.
FTC has been granted a tea broker license. The way tea brokering works is that tea from a small local farm is taken to the tea factory. The tea factory, which will not pay for such small amounts of tea, will give the farmer a ticket for the tea, after they have tested the tea. The farmer then brings the ticket to Friends Theological College and gets paid immediately. Every 6 months the factory pays FTC for the total amount of tea. The profit margin on this tea is 30-40%.
If Friends Theological College had approximately $75,000 (US), they could buy tea for 6 months and this project would be self-sustaining. The goal of QMI is to raise $75,000 over the next 3 years to support this project. This amount will be raised 2 parts American and one part African. Therefore, the American goal is to raise $50,000 in the next 3 years. One way to help raising this amount would be to pay a supporting membership to QMI. It is not mandatory to be a paying member of QMI. Every man is automatically a member. The supporting amount is $10.00 per year or $100.00 for a lifetime amount. The international treasurer will withhold $3000 of this per year to go for triennial expenses of QMI, the rest will go toward the tea project.
Harnessing the Andean Wind for Water
Quaker Bolivia Link (QBL) has begun a project to install wind pumps and piping that will bring safe water to every house in the Bolivian village of Janko Saya. While hand pumps are commonly used for wells under 10 meters deep, the well being used is 60 meters (almost 200 ft). Electric pumps are good, but they increase the monthly cost of a water system from $0.15 to $1.65 per family. This has been too much of a burden in some communities. This is the first time QBL has used wind power to pump water. If this is successful they will expand it to other communities. Quaker Bolivia Link is an international, non-sectarian development organization guided by Quaker principles and dedicated to reducing poverty among the indigenous peoples of Bolivia. The QBL website has further information about their various programs.
Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council
HPKIFC has redesigned their website (hpkifc.org) and have added a monthly e-newsletter to share events sponsored by the interfaith council and among area faith communities. You can subscribe to the newsletter from the website.
The 2014 dates and locations for four Section consultations are now confirmed: February 21-23 in San Ignacio, El Salvador; March 14-16 in Sacramento, California, USA; March 28-30 in La Paz, Bolivia; and April 11-13 in High Point, North Carolina, USA. In a departure from the tradition of holding an annual meeting in March, the Section of the Americas will offer four open consultations between February and April 2014 to examine together some mutually shared issues as well as topics of interest to each region. Continuing with the theme "Let the Living Water Flow! Friends serving God's purposes", all four conferences will offer workshops for Friends to develop our intercultural communication skills for intra-Quaker dialogue and our everyday lives, and for supporting Quaker leadership in the 21st century. Other workshops, specific to different locations, will include topics such as Quaker history and identity, conflict resolution, the environment and service project opportunities. All four consultations are weekend-long, residential conferences that will include worship, plenary addresses and small group discussion in addition to the workshops. Each consultation will also aim for intervisitation by Friends from outside the general area or country. A study book will be ready by the end of 2013. All Friends are invited to participate. Online registration will open later this year. Keep checking the FWCC website for details.
Fall Among Friends
The most recent issue of ILYM Among Friends is available both in print in the dining room and on the ILYM website.
November Western Work
The latest issue of Western Yearly Meeting’s newsletter (399K PDF). It includes news about things happening around the yearly meeting as well in the wider Quaker world.
The web version of the 2012-2013 annual newsletter is now available. Find out about the activities and life of the meeting, as well as information on Quaker resources and programming.