May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Online Meeting for Worship

Buffalo Quakers will be joining together online for a mid-week Meeting for Worship on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm EDT. The meeting is held using the Zoom platform which allows access via computer, tablet, smart phone (video and audio), or by telephone (audio only).

The meeting begins with a few minutes of greetings and welcoming messages from the Outreach Committee followed by about 30 minutes of worship. Afterwards there will be a time for check in and follow up among the participants.

Connection information is included in our weekly email announcements. If you do not receive these announcements but would like to participate, contact us using the form below by May 21st and we will contact you with our meeting guidelines and the technical details needed to connect.

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Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Online Meeting for Worship

Buffalo Quakers will be joining together online for a mid-week Meeting for Worship on Wednesday, June 13th at 7:30 pm EDT. The meeting is held using the Zoom platform which allows access via computer, tablet, smart phone (video and audio), or by telephone (audio only).

The meeting begins with a few minutes of greetings and welcoming messages from the Outreach Committee followed by about 30 minutes of worship. Afterwards there will be a time for check in and follow up among the participants.

Connection information is included in our weekly email announcements. If you do not receive these announcements but would like to participate, contact us using the form below by June 11th and we will contact you with our meeting guidelines and the technical details needed to connect.

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Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Online Meeting for Worship

Buffalo Quakers will be joining together online for a mid-week Meeting for Worship on Wednesday, June 27th at 7:30 pm EDT. The meeting is held using the Zoom platform which allows access via computer, tablet, smart phone (video and audio), or by telephone (audio only).

The meeting begins with a few minutes of greetings and welcoming messages from the Outreach Committee followed by about 30 minutes of worship. Afterwards there will be a time for check in and follow up among the participants.

Connection information is included in our weekly email announcements. If you do not receive these announcements but would like to participate, contact us using the form below by June 25th and we will contact you with our meeting guidelines and the technical details needed to connect.

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Jul
9
to Jul 14

QIF Summer Research Seminar (Ithaca, NY)

Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF) will be holding their 2018 Summer Research Seminar in Ithaca, New York.

QIF’s Summer Research Seminar is held yearly to encourage spirit-led research using Quaker methods of discernment and reflection. The Seminar can be thought of as a “meeting for worship for the conduct of research.” As individuals share their research projects in a Quaker process of collective inquiry and collaborative discernment, the projects may arrive at a configuration of knowledge and understanding that would not have occurred had they remained individual efforts.

For additional information, see the QIF website.

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May
18
to May 20

Spring Gathering

The Farmington-Scipio Regional Meeting Spring Gathering will take place Friday May 18th through Sunday May 20th at Watson Homestead in Painted Post, New York. It will be a weekend of workshops, worship, fellowship and activities to strengthen faith and grow a sense of community in Friends of all ages.

Click for an online registration form.

Quality programs for children and youth will also be offered. On the Watson Homestead campus there is a rock wall tower, a swimming pool, a prayer labyrinth, a fire circle and many other amenities for a fun and enriching weekend.

THEME

Our Theme this year is Faithfulness, Discernment and Change. You might want to be mindful of the theme as you anticipate our Gathering or put forward requests for Interest Groups, Workshops, or displays. There is a line for display requests on the form.

FOOD CHOICE

You will notice a change this year in menu choices. This follows from discussion at FSRM Winter Gathering that was generated by a Minute from Perry City Monthly Meeting regarding concern over treatment of animals and environmental hazards associated with factory farming. The spirit of this Minute is reflected in having the vegetarian menu the default choice. Anyone who wants the meat option can check the box provided.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are many opportunities to volunteer. Please indicate your choice(s) on the registration form.

SPECIAL INVITATION FOR YOUTH

We have been busy listening and planning for a different, full, exciting program for youth and teens at Spring Gathering this year! Youth program opportunities begin with registration at 4 PM on Friday through the close of Meeting for Business at 1:15 PM on Sunday.

Besides the usual campfire/BONDfire, swimming, kite-flying and intergenerational activities, we will have drumming as a spiritual practice; Drumming the Journey with Cynthia Nado, open to youth through teens. Cynthia writes:

"Shamanism began thousands of years ago when humans communicated with everything around them, when they were fully connected to nature. We are light-filled beings who come from the light and when we shed this body we return to the light. Shamanism is not a religion, but a listening and understanding in a way that can bring healing and balance back into life. Around the world, in every culture, in every community there is a man or a woman who is a shaman who works to help everyone.
"There are two workshops on Saturday and the first workshop will teach you how to Journey. After some instruction, you will journey to  the lower world to find a power animal and then to the upper world to find a spiritual teacher in human form. The second workshop will show you how to read stones. Then on Sunday, if the weather is reasonable, we will do a Medicine Walk.
"Please bring a bandana or cloth to cover your eyes and a blanket to roll up in."

Jungle Jeff will lead Silent Nature Walks in the Woods at 6:15 AM (yes, AM--it's optional!) on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a campfire cooking/baking session or two. David will lead pre-dawn and early evening stargazings, exploring inner space and outer space (astronomy/cosmology) guided by the Inner Light. The Climbing Wall will be open for a session, and the late night (9 PM) movie returns.

We look forward to hearing from you, on the registration form. Feedback from youth and teens will help us plan and fill out our schedule.

We are striving to offer new activities in addition to our favorites at Watson, along with time to get to know one another, varied pace and activity levels, and a wide spectrum of activities. Of course, we need a space to gather and hang out in a place that is just ours, too.

We hope that you will consider coming to Spring Gathering this year. This year's Youth Program Committee looks forward to hearing your interests and ideas, and having fun together in May!

--Your Youth Program Committee for Spring Gathering 2018, comprised of Friends from Collins, Fredonia, Orchard Park, and the wider world of Friends

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May
11
to May 12

Decentering Whiteness/Building Multiracial Community - Ithaca, NY

The Friends Center for Racial Justice in Ithaca, NY on May 11-12, 2018 is hosting a conference on Decentering Whiteness/Building Multiracial Community in Ithaca, New York . The program begins Friday at 7 pm (preceded by dinner for those from out of town) and ends at 5 pm on Saturday.

For those of us who are white, it can be very difficult for us to see that society in the United States is built on the values of white people. For those of us who are not white, we are acutely aware that white culture is at the center. Whether it is the color of the walls in our Meetinghouses, the range of loudness with which we play our music in our homes, or having to ask ourselves the question of will my child come home safely from school today, we experience ourselves living in a white culture.

White culture controls access to societal power and resources. It is unfair that each group does not have equal access. We need to decenter white culture and replace the center with multiracial values.   

Sometimes white people focus on what they will have to give up. It is also important that they become aware of all that they have to gain.

We will learn important concepts for a multiracial perspective and what it means to center and decenter whiteness. We will explore the essence of a multiracial community and begin to build that community. This workshop is for white people and people of color who want to be their allies in learning to decenter whiteness.

Before the workshop please read this article on Decentering Whiteness,:http://www.euroamerican.org/public/DecenteringWhiteness.pdf.

For more information or to register, contact: registration@fcrj.org.

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May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Online Meeting for Worship

Buffalo Quakers will be joining together online for a mid-week Meeting for Worship on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:30 pm EDT. The meeting is held using the Zoom platform which allows access via computer, tablet, smart phone (video and audio), or by telephone (audio only).

The meeting begins with a few minutes of greetings and welcoming messages from the Outreach Committee followed by about 30 minutes of worship. Afterwards there will be a time for check in and follow up among the participants.

Connection information is included in our weekly email announcements. If you do not receive these announcements but would like to participate, contact us using the form below by May 7th and we will contact you with our meeting guidelines and the technical details needed to connect.

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May
9
4:30 PM16:30

FCNL live stream on Native Women and Girls

In observance of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) will host Senator Steve Daines (MT) at the Quaker Welcome Center in Washington, DC. The event will be live streamed via Zoom, and you are invited to tune in.

More than 4 in 5 Native Women will have experienced violence in their lifetime. The numerous cases of missing and murdered Native women and girls are alarming and yet this trend receives little recognition outside of Indian Country. Senator Daines has been a champion for this issue by introducing the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. Join FCNL in a discussion with Senator Daines as we bring awareness to this issue.

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Apr
29
1:00 PM13:00

AVP Basic Level I Workshop (Day 2)

The Alternatives to Violence (AVP) conflict transformation program Basic Level I workshop provides an introduction to the philosophy and practical use of techniques relevant to participants’ lives.

Orchard Park Friends Meeting is covering the tuition for all participants, as well as food and beverages. Each participant is asked to consider a minimum donation of $10.

Register before April 20; spaces are limited.

Click here for a flyer with more information. (pdf)

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Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

AVP Basic Level I Workshop (Day 1)

The Alternatives to Violence (AVP) conflict transformation program Basic Level I workshop provides an introduction to the philosophy and practical use of techniques relevant to participants’ lives.

Orchard Park Friends Meeting is covering the tuition for all participants, as well as food and beverages. Each participant is asked to consider a minimum donation of $10.

Register before April 20; spaces are limited.

Click here for a flyer with more information. (pdf)

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Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

Online Meeting for Worship

Buffalo Quakers will be joining together online for a mid-week Meeting for Worship on Wednesday, April 25th at 7:30 pm EST (UTC-05:00). The meeting is held using the Zoom platform which allows access via computer, tablet, smart phone (video and audio), or by telephone (audio only).

The meeting begins with a few minutes of greetings and welcoming messages from the Outreach Committee followed by about 30 minutes of worship. Afterwards there will be a time for check in and follow up among the participants.

Connection information is included in our weekly email announcements. If you do not receive these announcements but would like to participate, contact us using the form below by April 23rd and we will contact you with our meeting guidelines and the technical details needed to connect.

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Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

VOICE Buffalo Annual Banquet

Buffalo Meeting has been very generous with membership dues that support VOICE Buffalo’s social justice advocacy and leadership training work. VOICE Buffalo is a faith-based network of religious organizations and secular social justice organizations that gather collectively to pressure local and regional elected officials to address injustices in our community.

Each spring Buffalo Meeting sends a mighty Quaker gathering to the VOICE Buffalo Annual Awards Banquet. This year VOICE is holding the event at the Buffalo Convention Center, downtown on 153 Franklin Street on Friday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m., and Mike Tritto and Ginny Riordan are committing to cover the cost of one 10-person table for the banquet. We invite anyone to join us. You can contribute anything from $0 to $60 for a seat, so don’t let cost be an issue. If you can’t go but would like to support the organization, we will gratefully accept donations for the banquet and sponsorship showing Buffalo Meeting’s support for making WNY a more equitable and just place.

If you are interested in supporting VOICE, please see our representative to VOICE Buffalo, Michael Tritto. Checks should be made out to VOICE Buffalo.

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Apr
20
to Apr 22

Training on Restorative Justice Practice of Peacemaking Circles (Rochester)

A three-day training in the Restorative Justice Practice of Peacemaking Circles is upcoming in Rochester, NY, April 20th-22nd. This training will increase participants’ understanding of Restorative Justice and prepare them to keep/facilitate a peacemaking circle for a variety of circumstances.

Click here for a flyer with more information. (pdf)

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Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Online Meeting for Worship

Buffalo Quakers will be joining together online for a mid-week Meeting for Worship on Wednesday, April 11th at 7:30 pm EST (UTC-05:00). The meeting is held using the Zoom platform which allows access via computer, tablet, smart phone (video and audio), or by telephone (audio only).

The meeting begins with a few minutes of greetings and welcoming messages from the Outreach Committee followed by about 30 minutes of worship. Afterwards there will be a time for check in and follow up among the participants.

Connection information is included in our weekly email announcements. If you do not receive these announcements but would like to participate, contact us using the form below by April 9th and we will contact you with our meeting guidelines and the technical details needed to connect

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Apr
8
2:00 PM14:00

This Evil Thing

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Buffalo Quaker Meeting, in collaboration with the Center on Conscience & War and Conscience Studio, will be presenting a performance of "This Evil Thing," a one-man play about Britain's First World War conscientious objectors written and performed by acclaimed British actor Michael Mears on Sunday, April 8th beginning at 2:00 pm at the Buffalo History Museum.

In "This Evil Thing," Mears portrays a wide variety of characters ranging from philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell and Prime Minster H. H. Asquith, to soldiers and conscientious objectors. This highly original piece of storytelling uses verbatim testimonies, a multi-layered sound landscape and vivid visual imagery.

The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, and was longlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression award at the Festival, and was reviewed as "magnificent storytelling." 

Excerpts from a performance at the New Town Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2016

The show played a major UK tour in the autumn of 2017, in theater venues, churches, schools, a cathedral in Bristol and in several Quaker Meeting Houses. On the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I, the show is now touring in the US, and will be in Buffalo for one performance only.

Following the presentation, there will be a panel discussions featuring actor Michael Mears, Conscience and War Counselor Bill Galvin, Conscience Studio peace advocate Nadine Hoover, and local conscientious objector to war Rodney Pierce.

A $10 cash donation is suggested, with proceeds to benefit the Buffalo History Museum and actor Michael Mears.

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Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

Online Meeting for Worship

Buffalo Quakers will be joining together online for a mid-week Meeting for Worship on Wednesday, March 28th at 7:30 pm EST (UTC-05:00). The meeting is held using the Zoom platform which allows access via computer, tablet, smart phone (video and audio), or by telephone (audio only).

The meeting begins with a few minutes of greetings and welcoming messages from the Outreach Committee followed by about 30 minutes of worship. Afterwards there will be a time for check in and follow up among the participants.

Connection information is included in our weekly email announcements. If you do not receive these announcements but would like to participate, contact us using the form below by March 26th and we will contact you with our meeting guidelines and the technical details needed to connect

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Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Re-evaluation Counseling Workshop (Day 3)

Develop practices to exchange effective help with one another, drawing on our capacities for loving, learning and enjoying life. Learn how to emerge from your own limitations in order to act effectively against injustice. For more information on Re-evaluation Counseling visit https://www.rc.org/.

Facilitators Pamela Haines and Chuck Esser, members of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, have been active leaders in Re-evaluation Counseling since they were young adults. In addition to leading counseling communities in Philadelphia and New Jersey, they have supported an emerging community in Northern Uganda. Chuck leads play workshops for families around the world, and Pamela has led workshops on class issues and the environment.

Simple meals provided: Fri (5pm) & Sat supper, Sat & Sun (noon) lunch.

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