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Showing of Bidder 70 Film

Tim DeChristopher whose climate civil disobedience is the subject of this film is speaking at the Climate Stewardship Summit, so come see the film about his courageous action against natural gas and oil drilling. 
Bidder 70
Thursday, October 15
6:00 pm potluck (NOT 6:30 pm as originally posted)
7:00 pm screening
The Religious Society of Friends
144 South Quaker Lane, West Hartford
BIDDER 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.  Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side. Follow this link for more information about the film "Bidder 70"
Tim DeChristopher will be speaking at the Climate Stewardship Summit on November 5 - register for the summit to hear him in person!

The Journey Of Healing Workshop II on the Doctrine of Christian Discovery was held on May 3

Led by Jamie Bissonette Lewey, Chair, Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, and Coordinator, AFSC New England Healing Justice Program.

The “Doctrine of Discovery” is the worldview that a certain group of people, primarily Western Christendom, had moral sanction and the support of international law to invade and colonize the lands of non-Christian Peoples.  The doctrine has not disappeared or been revoked.  It affects us all today.

This workshop is part II in a three-part series organized by New England Yearly Meeting.  It creates a space for hearing the experiences of indigenous people in their own words, sharing information, and dispelling myths.  Please come!  There is no cost, but we are asking that Friends register in advance.  The presenters are traveling a long distance and request at least 12, but no more than 20, participants.  

Recommended reading:  In the Courts of the Conqueror: the Ten Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided by Walker R. Echo-Hawk

 More information is available at the NEYM website and in the recent Quaker Action article Beyond Right Relationships: A Journey of Healing

There was an 11th Hour on April 26 following Meeting for Worship entitled, "What Does Membership Mean?"

A Queer Quaker Response To Climate Change? What Would Walt Whitman Do? Sunday, April 12, 2015 7:00 PM

Enough with the gloom and doom! People are hungry for new ways of looking at climate change. Peterson Toscano, a quirky, queer Quaker provides a lively, insightful, and at times hilarious presentation that helps his audiences wrap their heads and hearts around global warming. This is NOT your normal climate change presentation. Filled with hope, honesty and humor, Peterson’s audiences open up as they consider their roles on a new planet.  Peterson helps us  look at our current climate crisis from multiple angles including as a human rights issue as well as a deeply spiritual one. No one gets mocked or guilted into action, instead audience members relax and walk away with fresh ideas and hope.

What exactly does Peterson Toscano do?? Listen to this recent short feature on public radio:

Peace & Social Concerns hosted a screening of two Episodes from the Emmy-award winning TV series on climate change “Years of Living Dangerously”, one in March and a second in May.


Following the first screening, there was a discussion facilitated by Teresa Eickel, Executive Director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, and John Humphries of the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs.

Episode 1: DRY SEASON

Globetrotting docu-series about the human impacts of climate change. Harrison Ford goes to Indonesia to investigate how the world's appetite for palm oil has inadvertently created one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Back in the U.S., Don Cheadle meets a climate scientist and Evangelical Christian, with a very different explanation for the Texas drought. And, Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas L. Friedman travels to Syria, examining how climate change can be a stress point in a volatile political situation. Series premiere.

On Friday, February 27th Religious Education hosted an evening of music, games, food and fun for all.  Come join us for pizza, salad and beverages at 6:00 p.m. and music, Karaoke, and/or board games starting at 7:00 p.m. The party will be held at the Meetinghouse and all are welcome.

Friends are invited to join a table at Fellowship Lunch on February 8 where those individuals in Meeting who are participating in the Meeting’s Carbon Tax Witness will share how we became involved, information about the what and how of how to participate and share where our collected carbon tax funds have gone this past year. Come learn more...

You can also find moe informationabout Voluntary Carbon Tax Witnesses at

Welcoming/Newcomers Potluck Dinner - Friday, February 6, 6:00 PM at the meetinghouse

Everyone from Hartford Meeting was invited to help welcome and get to know new members, new attenders, and new families at this potluck dinner.  After dinner members of Pastoral care and Ministry and Worship led us in fun and meaningful activities.

Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting is held in February, May and October when individuals from the eight Monthly Meetings in the CT Valley Quarter come together for fellowship, a program, and a Quarterly Meeting for Business to consider items of interest to multiple Meetings in the Quarter and to consider business to be forwarded to New England Yearly Meeting. This program of the upcoming meeting is on Friends' Responses to Climate Change.

Supporting the growing edges of Quaker ministry in New England Yearly Meeting held a Consultation on Young Adult Ministries on Saturday, January 24th at Moses Brown School in Providence, RI. This Consultation was a time to 1) gather reflections from Friends of all ages about the needs of young adults, 2) develop NEYM’s suggested priorities in serving young adults, 3) identify NEYM’s strengths and weaknesses in outreach to young adults and 4) engage in the on-going work of helping our ministries to, with and by young adults thrive.

Hartford Meeting's Christmas Eve Service is a "programmed" Meeting for Worship attended by families with music and readings by members and attenders (including children) of Hartford Meeting. It is about 60 minutes in length.
Childrens' Christmas Pageant and Potluck was December 21
Intergenerational Human Treasure Hunt and “Chalk Talk” exercise. Nominating Committee invites all Friends to join in following the rise of Meeting on December 7th for a “get to know one another” treasure hunt and an art activity that will help us share what most brings us joy and meaning in our Meeting

November 17, 2014 CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs

The CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs is an innovative partnership between the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network and the CT AFL-CIO that seeks to strengthen collaboration among Connecticut's labor, environmental, and religious groups in advocating for public policies that address urgent concerns about climate change while creating good-paying jobs right here in our state.

Join us for the next Roundtable gathering on November 17, 2014 features a discussion of possible actions to oppose the climate and jobs impact of CL&P's proposed increase in its monthly fixed charge for electric customers.

Books & Bagels on the Doctrine of Discovery - November 22 10 AM

The Peace & Social Concerns Committee invites you to a "Books & Bagels"   a monthly discussion group on the topic of the Doctrine of Discovery

 Our reading will be "In the Courts of the Conqueror: The Ten Worst Indian Law Cases Every Decided"  Chapters 1 - 4 by Walter Echo-Hawk.