Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Adult Education provides regular opportunities to explore more about Quakerism: Who we are? What do we value? What do we do?
2nd & 4th Sundays from 9-10 AM
As part of our Adult Education focus on the Testimony of Equality in 2022,
AMM Adult Education Committee invites all interested Friends to our next sub-theme the challenges to and opportunities for women in the Religious Society of Friends and in the world.
October 23 An Overview, and Early Quakerism Opportunities and Challenges
November 13 Quaker Women and the Abolition and Women's Suffrage Movements
November 27 Quaker Women and Prison Work, Ministry, and Reform
December 11 Quaker Women in Government and Politics: A Visit with Dede Feldman
Note: No session on 4th Sunday in December, which is Christmas Day.
Resources for further reading: Pendle Hill Pamphlets
“Women and Quakerism,” no. 196, by Hope Elizabeth Luder
“Women of Power and Presence; The Spiritual Formation of Four Quaker Women
Ministers,” no 294, by Maureen Graham
Handouts and more detailed information will appear in Listserv the week prior to sessions.
Details will be announced on the AMM listserv as reminders and may have preparatory reading suggestions.
For details contact:
Zoom link sent via listserv Fridays.
Adult Ed. Information: Contact Don Sargent
"Worship Sharing focuses on a particular question and helps us to explore our own experience and share with each other more deeply than we would in normal conversation. It seeks to draw us into sacred space, where we can take down our usual defenses, and encounter each other in "that which is eternal."" (Friends General Conference)
We follow Worship Sharing guidelines developed by Friends General Conference. Click HERE to check out these guidelines!
Adult Education discussion frequently focuses on relevant books or with the viewing of a QuakerSpeak video. An online link to the video is sent to those on the AMM listserv during the preceding week. We suggest you take a peek at the video, if possible but not necessary, before you come. Information on books is provided below.
Meeting on Fridays at noon via Zoom, the Contemplative Reading Group is reading
A Guide to True Peace: A Method of Attaining to Inward and Spiritual Power
This is a practical and devotional resource that was compiled anonymously by Quakers William Backhouse and James Janson over 200 years ago from the writings of Continental Quietists Fenelon, Mme. Guyon, and Molinos. Originally published in America in 1813, it went through many iterations and was widely used, especially among Quakers.
Notes on the Pendle Hill 1979 edition read:
The sort of prayer to which we allude,” says the book, “is that of inward silence; wherein the soul, abstracted from all outward things, in holy stillness, humble reverence and lively faith waits patiently to feel the Divine Presence, and to receive the precious influences of the Holy Spirit.” “In this age when human activity is so often worshiped as the goal and the meaning of life,” Howard H. Brinton, who edited this re-issue, says “to seek and find in the silence of all flesh this living source of life and truth will result temporarily in inaction but ultimately in the most powerful and fruitful action.”
All are welcome to join the Contemplative Reading Group at any time; no prior experience with the current text is required.
We meet via Zoom every Friday, from noon-12:30 for fellowship “lunch time” (food optional). Fellowship is followed by reading and reflection in a Worship Sharing manner from 12:30-2:00 pm. We expect to be reading “The Guide” into the month of October before selecting a new text.
Please note: Our current contemplative reading process requires some preparation at home. Each week we read on our own a selected part of “The Guide” and bring at least one short excerpt from it for reflection when we meet as a group.
If you would like a pdf of this week’s reading, more information about contemplative reading, or Zoom and phone links to our virtual gathering, please contact Stephanie Penn at email@example.com, or by phone, 505-200-9954 (sorry, no texting capability
Fridays at noon.
This selection until end of October
ZOOM link sent via listserv on Fridays.
Contemplative Reading Format: Half-hour socializing followed by reading in the ancient Christian monastic tradition of In Lectio Divina style, merged with Quaker worship sharing practice.We recite a poem or text aloud three times out of the silence - to allow it to work on us. In worship sharing that follows, we share what rises for us out of our depths as a result of hearing and reading the text out of the silence. This is NOT a discussion group. We try not to talk *to* each other or *about* the text, but instead share what rises in us from our spiritual depths in response to the text.
Contact Stephanie Penn with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not on the AMM listserv, you may request to be added by sending an email with your name/email address to: email@example.com.