Memphis Friends Meeting (Quaker)
Unprogrammed worship is silent worship. We enter the meeting room silently. Our first task when worship begins is to center down, to still the clamor of the world, to turn our attention to the inner voice.
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Monday February 17, 2020
Greetings SAYMA folks,
I hope this email finds you well. On behalf of the Ad Hoc Committee working to support the work of SAYMA-URJ, I invite you to join us as we work on understanding the work we need to do. Please share this widely with your Monthly Meeting and SAYMA networks. It is a message for all White-privileged Friends at SAYMA and we want to reach as many SAYMA Friends with this message as possible.
Digital Mindfulness By Melissa Dunn
My first memory of being in front of a screen was in 1969 at the age of three when I watched a new show called Sesame Street. I was raised, in part, by television. Becoming an adult at the dawn of the internet, I spent a lot of time online, which is why in 2007 when smart phones came out, I waited five years to get one. I was afraid it would be more like having a slot machine in my pocket than a convenient tool. Sure enough, despite all the positives I gained, I felt like I lost something in exchange.
Farewell to Glenn
Meeting for Worship on Sunday November 24th was agitated and upset; Glenn Althoff was in the hospital and things were not looking good. Messages were offered by Friends who had been to the hospital and knew just how dire the situation was. Glenn died that very afternoon. Moving in and out of the ICU were his sister Cheryl and a niece from New York state, a cousin from Southaven, several Friends from meeting, as well as from Adult Children of Alcoholics and Holy Trinity Church, and other friends who were close to Glenn.
Sixteen Friends and community members gathered at the meetinghouse on November 6 for a simple supper and to watch the film An Endless War? Getting Out of Afghanistan hosted by the five members of FCNL’s Memphis Advocacy Team. In addition to eye-opening history and analysis of the longest, most costly war in our history, the advocacy team shared the work they have been doing this year to lobby Congress to take back its constitutional authority to debate and decide about when and where to use military force.
Deadline for donations: November 9
To support the Thanksgivings of patrons of the St. Luke's food pantry, Friends are collecting donations as well as cake and frosting mixes.
The In-breaking of the Light
by Carol Ciscel
Quakers try to make decisions not simply by consensus but by something more mysterious and even mystical: discernment of the divine.
At a meeting for learning in October, Kelly Askins posed two queries for us. Do you recognize divinely inspired insight? Can you distinguish between divinely inspired leadings and your own needs and desires?