September 4th – September 6th, 2020
with Marge Abbott & Julie Peyton
"For when I came into the silent assemblies of God's people, I felt a secret power among them which touched my heart; and as I gave way unto it I found the evil weakening in me and the good raised up." Robert Barclay, Apology
This time of worldwide disruption by a force too small to be seen by the naked eye has forced millions out of t heir normal patterns of being and generated much distress and fear. Our spiritual ancestors also encountered an unseen force and power that ripped through them, upending their lives. They recognized the fear which filled them was not something to run away from, but rather a transforming awe filled experience that opened them to a new birth and promised that they could live in the kingdom of God here and now.
During this weekend together, we will each have opportunity to explore the fears that bind us and the possibility (or reality) of a power that raises up the good in each of us. Paulet Meier in setting the words of early Friends to plain song, summarizes the Quaker way as centering, experiencing God’s love, being embedded in community and living an out ward witness to faith.
For those gathered this weekend, each may be at a different place in this continuum and together help one another move more deeply into kingdom living and becoming together a band of everyday prophets.
ABOUT THE LEADERS
Margery Post Abbott travels in the ministry and writes about Friends with the support of Multnomah monthly Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Her most recent book is Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly : Modern Quakers as Everyday Prophets . She has a lso served as clerk of Friends Committee
on National Legislation and this spring she and her husband Carl were “Friends (not) in Washington” helping FCNL prepare materials on Quaker lobbyists.
Julie Peyton is a “convinced Friend,” who began attending a Quaker meeting in Portland in the mid 1990s. Over the years she has found much Life in the overlap and in the gaps between the branches of our Society. For more than 30 years she taught basic science at the college level. Her community, West Hills Friends, is part of the new Sierra
Cascades Yearly Mee ting of Friends.