Updates from the First Week in November

Hello All,

I hope you are having a great week so far.

Things are going well here. I had a blast doing my presentation last night and we had a great turn out. I talked about some of my recent research and got lots of great questions and feedback for how to make this better. I know some of you asked about being able to read the full document (gluttons for punishment?) but you can download it here. There is also a hard copy at the book loaning table at the meetinghouse.

And I don’t know about all of you, but I had a blast this past Sunday with Ben visiting. And it was awesome to see a lot of new faces and visitors come as well. Hopefully you got to see the pink pumpkins that Ron made!

If you missed Ben’s talk you can listen to (and download) the audio of it on iTunes. Also, for the week before I included Seth Martin’s singing in the podcast in case you wanted to hear that as well (look under the podcast Build, Plant, Celebrate and Repurpose for that).

On Thursday I am flying out to Richmond Indiana for the weekend to co-clerk a gathering of young Quakers who are interested in creating a program around intervisitation. Basically think of some of the things we’ve been doing with Multnomah and Bridge City Friends, and the Quaker Pilgrims and imagine that on more of a national scale. That’s sort of what we’ll be working on this weekend. It’s something very close to my heart but can also be really hard work. Please hold our gathering in prayer this weekend.

Northwest Earth Institute is at Norma’s house tomorrow. If you need her address contact the office.

Finally, Mavis Hartman is going to be sharing on Sunday a message related to thankfulness. When talking to Mavis a little about this coming Sunday I learned that what she will be speaking on is very close and real to her heart. I trust you will be challenged and exhorted by what she shares. I look forward to hearing a recording of her message when I return.

The query she asked me to send is this:

  • Are we a thankful people?

And here’s a passage of scripture that comes to mind for reflection this week:

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Col 3:14–17 NRSV)

Grace and Peace,