Friends General Conference

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Sunday Discussion Hour (9:45 - 11:00, preceding Meeting for Worship)

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Early Friends' Letter to King Charles II of England, 1660's

Adult Schedule......

Adult Sunday School discussion begins at 9:45 -

January 20, 2019 --   "Celebrating the Natural World," facilitated by Joseph Cotham and Richard Smith

January 06, 2019 --  "Support for Undocumented College students in Salinas," facilitated by members of the Mi Casa Program at Hartnell College

December 18, 2018 -- "Quaker Reflections on the Season of Advent," facilitated by Jeff Richman

December 02, 2018 -- "Cross Cultural Myths of the Creation of the World," facilitated by Richard Smith

November 18, 2018 -- "The Immigration Task Force of Monterey County",  facilitated by Deb Clifford, Juliet Toomey,  and Service Learning Institute students from Cal State University Monterey Bay
November 04, 2018 -- "How Are We Led,  and How Do We Support Leadings Within Our Meeting", facilitated by Kathleen F. and Robin K., Co-Clerks of LOFM
October 21, 2018 -- Poetry to Honor Nature, facilitated by Joe Cotham and Amy Brewster.
October 07, 2018 -- "Observance of World Quaker Day", facilitated by Emelyn Buskirk

September 16, 2018:   Introduction to Stewardship of the Earth, facilitated by Joe Cotham.  Please bring your copy of PYM faith and Practice (2001).


Date          Theme                  Activities                    Materials                      Person Responsible

8/20/17     El Salvador         Ann and Adam/Dale      Laptop and projector        Ann, Adam, Dale

             Service Project       present slide show re/  their service project trip                                                                                                                                                                                                        

9/3/17         Safety             Children’s Committee     Laptop & projector            Linda, Ann, Kathleen

                                      present safety guidelines.

9/17/17      End of Life      Explore the pamphlet from                                          Thom McCue

                                       Philadelphia Meeting about

                                        end of life planning.


Date           Theme                    Activities                    Materials                     Person Responsible

10/1/17    Intergenerational       Cooperative games,                                    Children’s Committee/kids

                 connection               led by the kids

10/15/17  Radical Spirituality:     George Fox: Show week 1 video:               Amy and Bill, maybe Kathleen.

   The Birth of Quakerism, Fox        Intro to George Fox (3 min.)

                                                   Read week 1 article on Fox’s transformation and

                                                   listen to the audio of his statement (1 min.).

                                                   Reread, then discuss what people get from

                                                     the text as a group. (10 min.)

                                                    Watch week 1 video: George’s transformation (5 min.)

                                                 Break in to small groups and share important ideas from this info.


11/5/17  Radical Spirituality:        Wk 1 video: The Pendle Hill experience (7 min.).           Kathleen and ?

        The Birth of Quakerism        George’s vision and our own messages from God.

                                                  If time, look at George’s journal excerpt, week 1, Fox’s Journal Visit.


11/19/17    Connecting with           Connections between Quakers and Jews                      Margaret Bruner

                  Temple Cantor       .


 12/3/17    Intergenerational              Early Quakers: lively activities 

                    connection                      to explore our Quaker roots.


12/17/17       Christmas                     An intergenrational reading of the play:  "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"   Facilitated by Kathy and Jeff Richman



1/7/18      "Challenges and Benefits of Being a Small Monthly Meeting"  facilitated by Kathy Richman

Below --  postponed until further notice---

             Radical Spirituality:             Watch the week 2 intro video (2 min.)

           The Birth of Quakerism             Divide the journal into parts and assign parts

                                                          to small groups to read and discuss (10 min.),

                                                           then report back to larger group.

                                                     Week 2 video: Itinerance and George Fox (10 min.).


1/21/18    Radical Spirituality:              Videos: week 2”Fox’s arrival into Sedbergh” (11 min.);    Kathy and ?

            The Birth of Quakerism             Inward Spirituality (9 min.), Firbank Fell (5 min.)

                                                           Discuss salient points from each video.


2/4/18     Intergenerational



 2/18/18   Radical Spirituality:            Watch intro to week 3 video (2 min.).                                Kathleen and ?

            The Birth of Quakerism           Read week 3 Fox’s journal entry,

                                                        watch video: Swarthmore Hall and Margaret Fell (4 min.).

                                                        Read week 3 article and listen to the audio version:

                                                           M. Fell’s conversion, pt. 1. Discuss.


3/4/18      Radical Spirituality:            

             The Birth of Quakerism --  "Radical Spirituality --  Margaret Fell and her writing 'Women's Speaking Allowed, Proved and Justified by Scriptures' "                   facilitated by Kathy Richman                                                         

                                                             Discuss.  Divide M.Fell’s article “Women’s Speaking Justified”

                                                             in parts and assign to small groups/pairs.

                                                           Brief summary from each group to larger group; explore with the questions:

                                                           What are the consequences for church life in saying everyone is spiritually equal?

                                                            How does this differ from other Christian churches?



3/18/18     Discernment and                  Explore the example of what leadings,

                   Leadings                           even involuntary or undesirable,

                                                          and clarity through the eyes of an

                                                         early Quaker.    Elizabeth Ashbridge’s journal


4/1/18     Intergenerational connection


4/15/18    Leadings and Clearness Committees        Diego Navarro: leadings

5/6/18        Leadings                  Discernment amongst Live Oak Friends:

                                             How do we find clarity? Where/how are we led?

                                              Jim Pym book, F&P p.59-62, p.76.


5/20/18       Leadings in Response                                                                                                  Steve Leeds

                      to current events


 6/3/18          Intergenerational connection


 6/17/18           How do we respond?

                        How do we respond to

                         military-industrial buildup? And other topics.



 June 18, 2017 Facilitated by Amy Brewster, topic to be announced.

August 20, 2017:  Ann Baier, Adam Kerr and Dale Kerr will share highlights from their family's recent visit to El Salvador.
September 3, 2017:  Safety Training for Adults Working with Children's First Day School Program," facilitated by Children's First Day School Committee

September 17, 2017:   "End of Life Issues" -  Facilitated by Thom McCue

February 5, 2017 -  "The Unity and Community Testimony (Part 1)"  Adult discussion facilitated by Terrill Keeler                                                                                                          

February 19, 2017 -  "The Unity and Community Testimony (Part 2)"  Adult discussion facilitated by Thom McCue

March 5, 2017 -  "The Integrity Testimony (Part 1)"  Adult discussion facilitated by Robin Keeler and Jeff Richman

March 19, 2017 -  "The Integrity Testimony (Part 2)" Adult discussion  facilitated by  Jeff Richman

April 2, 2017 -  "The Peace Testimony - Using Non-violent Language"  Adult discussion facilitated by Terrill Keeler and Emelyn Buskirk

April 16, 2017 - "The Peace Testimony - Responding to Ordinary Situations Nonviolently" Adult discussion facilitated by Kathleen Fitzgerald

May 7, 2017   -  "THE PEACE TESTIMONY- Part Three"           Adult discussion  facilitated by Robin Keeler and Nathan Kleban

May 21, 2017 - "The Peace Testimony - Conscientious Objection to War"  Adult discussion facilitated by Kathy Richman

June 4, 2017 - "The Peace Testimony: How do we respond to Current Events/ Media, & how do we communicate the Peace Testimony to those around us" Adult discussion facilitated by Nathan Kleban and Robin Keeler

July 2, 2017:  Game, "Ask Me About Quakers" facilitated by Jeff Richman (find this exercise on our Live Oak website Home Page !)
July 16, 2017:   Facilitated by Kathleen Fitzgerald
August 6, 2017:  "Friends World Committee on Consultation" (FWCC) ,  Facilitated by Emelyn Buskirk


Date             Topic                    Game                    Song                                        Story/Activity                            Leader

6/18     Conscientious Objectors                                                                       Story of Desmond Doss                Richard Smith and Jeff Richman                                      ............ service during wartime


2/5          Community              Stand Up       We Won’t Leave Anyone Out;        Swimmy, It’s Mine!                    Kathy R.

                                                                      I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

2/19       Community    Animal Sounds        The Sharing Song (one by Raffi,      Ribbon Rescue                           Terrill K.

                                       /Human Pretzel       the other by Georgie S.)

3/5           Integrity    Two Truths and a Lie           Truth Song                         A Promise Is a Promise               Kathleen

3/19         Integrity     Who’s the Leader?               repeat                                    Terrill’s choice                           Mary B.

4/2  Non-violent language    Machine                   Use a Word


4/16  Responding non-violently   Aura               The Principle                Simon’s Hook  (Kathleen has copy.)        Amy                                                                                                                                                                                                 to everyday situations

5/7  Quaker Peace Testimony    Stand Off    Planting a Seed of Peace    Sadako & Thousand Paper Cranes?      Emelyn

                                                                          Let There Be Peace on Earth

5/21 Conscientious Objectors   Kids’ choice  'Neath the Vine & Fig Tree             Pink and Say?                        Thom & Francesca

6/4  Our Peace Testimony       Kids’ choice     Chickens for Peace                   Dona Nobis Pacem, Enemy Pie?            Amy