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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.



"Perspectives on Palestine 2017," a conference presented by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel

Saturday, November 4th -- 8:45am-3:15pm - - St. John's Lutheran Church -- 500 Third Street West -- Northfield, MN

Co-sponsored by First United Church Of Christ, Northfield; the Mission and Justice Committee of Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield; and the MICAH group of the Northfield United Methodist Church.


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.


George Lakey, a Quaker social justice and climate activist, spoke on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Content Books about his new book, Viking Economics, which has been getting great press. An activist for over fifty years, George is one of the founders of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT).