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Marjorie Reed died on May 1 after a long happy life.  Many of us at Lake Forest Friends Meeting remember her for her love of the writings of Rufus Jones.  For me, she was an important mentor in the development of my spiritual life and I am grateful to have been a part of the joy she spread in her lifetime.

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The 1st Day School’s middle school program is currently teaching students about other religions. They are studying the religion one week and visiting the place of worship for the religion the next week. The students have learned about Catholics, Episcopalians, and Buddhists. In February, the children went to an African American Baptist Church after learning about historically black churches. On March 11, the class will go to the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette. The younger children are welcomed and cared for by Jan and A.J. each Sunday.

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The  poem below, by Helen Morgan Brooks, is in a collection of African American writers called Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights.  The bookincludes a short biography of each writer.  Helen Morgan Brooks was a published poet and also a dietician who worked for many years at a boys’ school in Philadelphia.  She joined the Religious Society of Friends when she was 52 years old in 1956 and was very active in many Quaker activities in Philadelphia.  Anne Steere Nash describes being with her at Pendle Hill, “she always had a warm greeting and time to t

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For me the two most important aspects of being a Friend are meeting for worship and meeting for worship with attention to business.  We talk a lot about meeting for worship, but I think we often overlook the importance of our business as a communal religious experience and a center of our lives together.  I still remember Lloyd Lee Wilson’s talk to Illinois Yearly Meeting in 2001 about doing business.  He said, “…meeting for business is when community is made manifest…This is where community is forged—absent thyself at thy own risk.”

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Quaker Committees

 At our conveners meeting, we asked a query about the purpose of a Quaker committee.  Here are some of the reflections in the notes that I took.  Inspired by last Friday night’s poetry reading, I tried to write them as haikus. 

The manner of Friends.

Start with centering silence.

It is ministry.

 

Discerning Spirit.

Light Within from each of us.

Growing together.

 

Each is invited.

You are part of the body.

Thank you for service.

 

Things need to get done.

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