Learning about community can happen in a multitude of ways. Recently two members went to the White Rose Community Television studio to tape an episode of Faith in Community. This TV program spotlights the activities of local churches and religious organizations on local cable television and on the web. To learn more, go to the Meeting’s newly updated Quaker Cloud website at: www.yorkfriendsmeeting.org.
Over several months Friends met on Third Day evenings to study Marcus Borg’s book, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time. This was an opportunity to hear about where various Friends stand in their relationship to the Bible and how that relationship may have changed during the course of each individual’s faith journey.
In addition to the community gardens in the backyard of the Meetinghouse, Stone Soup and Salad was an opening for Friends to share the bounty of their home gardens and learn about George Fox’s concern for nature. This was a delicious meal that replaced the usual simple meal on a First Day in July.
We are looking forward to hosting the group Cycle4Gaza on Saturday, Sept. 20 as they stop to rest on their bicycle ride from Philadelphia to Washington DC. Cycle4Gaza, founded by a group of concerned young people in the wake of the 2009 war on Gaza, seeks to raise awareness about the ongoing blockade on the Gaza Strip and to raise critical funds for carefully selected non-profit organizations that work to support education and healthcare for Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. Since 2009, they have organized cycles covering over 1800km across the UK and France, Italy, Jordan, Turkey and Germany and raised over 650,000 GBP (British Pounds) in support of healthcare and education projects in the Gaza Strip and in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. This year several BYM Young Adult Friends are participating in the ride.
York Meeting is living out Quaker testimonies in new and exciting ways. Simplicity: an experimental 8:15 am Meeting for Worship started in March. Peace: there is a monthly discussion based on the book, Taking the War out of our Words, which gives us suggestions on how to practice powerful non-defensive communication. This has been the best attended First Day 9:30 am series in recent history. Integrity: the Spiritual Formation group is studying the book, Deci- sion Making and Spiritual Discernment. They are learning about the components of willingness, attentiveness, and responsiveness that contribute to our sense of peace upon reaching a decision in response to the Light. Community: the Meeting welcomed over- night visitors from Arthur Morgan Friends School who were on a field trip, Material World. Ruth Fitz who has been gifted with a ministry of music led singing after the fellowship meal on Saturday evening. Equality: as part of her ministry with Indigenous People, Elizabeth Koopman shared her knowledge of the Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission which is an effort to heal the hurts against the Wabanaki tribe. Stewardship: out of concern for the death of bees due to colony collapse disorder, five people are taking beekeeping classes to tend the two hives that will be added in the backyard of the Meeting House’s Certified Pennsylvania Pollinator Friendly Garden.