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Northfield Reads is a community sharing created by the Northfield Human Rights Commission to engage all of us in talking together about a book.  This winter the focus will be on The Revolution Where You Live; Stories from a 12,000-mile Journey Through a New America, by Sarah Van Gelder.  The following desription is copied from


What: "Saving Snow" Documentary Film

When: Monday, March 5, 2018 (7:00-8:30 pm)

Where: First UCC, 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN


This summer the Meeting hosted its first Vacation Peace School with great success. From August 7-11, we spent morning in the company of 10 energetic children, exploring peace through story, meditation, and song; pursuing creative projects; painting and erecting a peace pole; and enjoying one another’s company. The children participated in cooperative games both outside and inside, enjoyed dances from around the world, and brightened the sidewalks in front of the Meetinghouse with chalk drawings.



Being without a photo ID is unsettling.   Having one issued by the community you live, work and study in, extends a strong welcome and gives confidence.  Such IDs have been in place across the country since 2007 in cities like NYC, Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Phoenix.  They have also been adopted by smaller cities, like Northfield, and by counties.  They simply are a photo ID for people who are otherwise not able to have such an ID.


Please Note: The following emails are from Sharon Lane-Getaz, who is a member of CVFM and co-clerk of the Friends General Conference Institutional Assessment on Racism Working Group:

Email update from April 22, 2017:

Dear FGC 16 Petition Supporters,

We are pleased to offer an update regarding the institutional assessment on racism requested by petition last summer at Gathering. There are three goals of this assessment:


On Feb. 15, 2017, the Governor of North Dakota ordered an immediate evacuation of the Standing Rock Water Protectors, who have been living in a camp to make a stand against the construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.  The water protectors, along with their supporters around the world, have been protesting since last year to prevent the construction of the pipeline, which endangers sacred areas of tribal land and poses a threat to the purity of the main water source of the Standing Rock tribe, as well as the Missouri River itself.