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Live Oak Friends Meeting

 While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.  --   US Representatve John Lewis, 2020, opening a letter to the people of the United States that was read on the day of his funeral.

The unjustified police violence and homicides, most recently Mr George Floyd's senseless murder by four members of the Minneapolis Police, cry out for reform.  We strongly recommend that readers open the link below on this homepage from Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)  and that you seriously consider taking action by following their directions.

Solidarity with ending systematic oppression against People of Color in America....'Friend, deal plainly with yourselves, and let the eternal light search you, and try you, for the good of your souls; for this will deal plainly with you; it will rip you up, lay you open, and make all manifest that lodgeth in you; the secret subtlety of the enemy of your souls, this searcher and tryer will make manifest.'   --  Margaret Fell 1614-1702

I wish I knew how It would feel to be free   I wish I could break all the chains holding me

I wish I could say all the things that I should say Say them loud say them clear for the whole round world to hear   

I wish I could share all the love that's in my heart    Remove all the bars that keep us apart  

I wish you could know what it means to be me Then you'd see and agree that every man should be free   

I wish I could give All I'm longing to give I wish I could live Like I'm longing to live

I wish I could do all the things that I can do And though I'm way over due I'd be starting anew   

Well I wish I could be like a bird in the sky   how sweet it would be if I found I could fly

Oh I'd soar to the sun and look down at the sea  Then I'd sing 'cause I know, How it feels to be free

--Sung by Nina Simone   Dedicated on May 17, 2020 to Stephen Matchett, whom our Meeting holds tenderly in its midst at this time

Stephen died May 19, 2020.  He will be missed by so many whose lives he inspired.

PRAYER FOR A PANDEMIC:  May we who are simply inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.  May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.  May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.  May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.  May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no safe place to go.  May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those that have no margin at all.  May we who settle in for a shelter-in at home remember those who have no home.  As fear grips our country, let us choose love.  During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.  Amen.  (Author Unknown)

 The Sabbath is kept any time we enter into spiritual consciousness and rest from thoughts of temporal things. Then we let go of the external observance of days, because every day is a Sabbath on which we retire into Spirit and worship God.    I honor the Sabbath by ensuring that I set aside regular time in the flow of my life to rest in the Presence of the Divine.  It's an essential part of the creative process--I do the work that is mine to do, and then I rest in Faith, allowing the Lord of my being to complete the process within me.  ---  Charles Fillmore

"Peace cultures thrive on and are nourished by visions of how things might be, in a world where sharing and caring are part of the accepted lifeways for everyone..” – Elise Boulding

Religion isn't something to be added to over our other duties, and thus make our lives yet more complex.  The life with God is the center of life, and all else is remodeled and integrated by it.  It gives the singleness of the eye.  The most important thing is not to be pertetually passing cups of cold water to a thirsty world.  We can get so fearfully busy trying to carry out the second great commandment, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' that we are under-developed in our devoted love to God.  But we must love God as well as neighbor.      Thomas Kelly

True godliness does not turn men and women  out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.        William Penn

Oh! How sweet and pleasant is it to the truly spiritual eye, to see several sorts of believers, several forms of Christians in the school of Christ, every one learning their own lesson, performing their own peculiar service, and knowing, owning, and loving one another in their several places, and different performances to their Master, to whom they are to give an account, and not to quarrel one with another about their different practices!  This is the true ground of love and unity, not that such a person walks and does just as I do, but because I feel the same Spirit of life in them, and that they walk in their rank, in their own ordeer, in their proper way and place of subjection to that.                             Isaac Pennington

 

Meeting Times

DURING THE PERIOD OF SHELTER IN PLACE BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, LIVE OAK FRIENDS MEETING HAS SUSPENDED MEETING AT TEMPLE BETH EL.  WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE SHELTER IN PLACE WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MONTHS OF APRIL AND MAY 2020, AND PERHAPS LONGER.  WE ARE OFFERING ONLINE MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY UNTIL WE CAN SAFELY RETURN TO MEET IN PERSON AT TEMPLE BETH EL.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE "CONTACT US" BUTTON (ABOVE) TO FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN OUR SUNDAY ONLINE MEETING FOR WORSHIP.

Live Oak Meeting normally meets on the first and third Sunday of each month.  We meet for discussion at 9:45 am and for worship at 11:00 am.  We follow worship with a pot luck lunch to which all are welcome.  Meeting for Business follows the pot luck on First Sundays.

What's New

Mobilize, Organize, Register, and Educate People for a Movement That Votes!

People across California are coming together to organize our moral outrage against systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism into a powerful moral fusion movement that votes! 

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We will be celebrating World Quaker Day on October 4, 2020. The theme will be: ‘What does it mean to be a Quaker today? Living a Faithful Life in a Changing World’.

Every year across our churches, meetings, countries, and sections, we feel the power of God connecting us into a faithful family. We celebrate all expressions of Quaker worship!

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September 18, 2020  

Staff have moved back into their residences at Quaker Center.  Our Co-directors, Bob & Susan, are taking a much-needed and well-deserved break until Ocotber 1.

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PBS:  FRONTLINE
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I hope you are doing well in these challenging times. Thank you for your support in this tumultuous year.
 
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831 375 9646
Temple Beth El, Salinas, CA
1212 Riker Street
Salinas, CA 93901
United States
Meeting Times: 

DURING THE PERIOD OF SHELTER IN PLACE BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, LIVE OAK FRIENDS MEETING HAS SUSPENDED MEETING AT TEMPLE BETH EL.  WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE SHELTER IN PLACE WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE MONTHS OF APRIL AND MAY 2020, AND PERHAPS LONGER.  WE ARE OFFERING ONLINE MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP EVERY SUNDAY UNTIL WE CAN SAFELY RETURN TO MEET IN PERSON AT TEMPLE BETH EL.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE "CONTACT US" BUTTON (ABOVE) TO FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN OUR SUNDAY ONLINE MEETING FOR WORSHIP.

Live Oak Meeting normally meets on the first and third Sunday of each month.  We meet for discussion at 9:45 am and for worship at 11:00 am.  We follow worship with a pot luck lunch to which all are welcome.  Meeting for Business follows the pot luck on First Sundays.