Greetings, Friends, and welcome back!
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Today’s Schedule (all times MDT)
|All Day||Hangout Lobby
Meeting ID: 950 9895 5604
|8:00–9:00 AM||Early Morning Worship
Meeting ID: 986 1924 0002
|9:00–10:00 AM||Worship Sharing
Meeting ID: 930 6965 7096
|10:00-10:30 AM||Zoom Help Desk
Meeting ID: 930 2028 5840
|10:30–12:00 AM||Conversation on Race and Faith with José Santos Woss
Meeting ID: 993 3956 2215
|12:30–2:00 PM||Land Acknowledgment Session 2
Meeting ID: 932 5399 6446
|2:00-2:30 PM||Zoom Help Desk
Meeting ID: 960 9076 4070
|2:30-4:00 PM||Voter Fraud vs. Election Security
Meeting ID: 938 2182 0159
|3:00-4:00PM||Walk In The Light (3:00 – 4:00)
Meeting ID: 936 2622 6424
|4:00–4:45 PM||Memorial Minutes
Meeting ID: 994 9742 6539
|4:30–5:30 PM||Friends of Bill
Meeting ID: 921 9753 6597
|5:00–6:00 PM||Social Hour – in the Hangout Lobby
Meeting ID: 950 9895 5604
|6:00–7:30 PM||Film: Hispanic Community Voices
Meeting ID: 962 2940 8002
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Worship Sharing Queries from José Santos Woss’ Keynote Address
- Can you think of a time you encountered a difficult conversation or situation dealing with race? How did you deal with it?
- We believe that there is that of God in everyone. How can we make this a reality by breaking down white supremacy?
- How do you think your faith can inform future situations?
- In the Standpoint Theory, an elephant can be perceived in many ways. How can you recognize someone’s standpoint is different than yours and what can you do to relate to it?
- Driving a car can be a death sentence for a person of color. Can you place yourself in an ordinary situation that would create that much fear? What creates fear for you?
- Jose spoke about the loss of faith because “I don’t want to go to a heaven that won’t allow the people I love and cherish the most to enter it”. Have your beliefs been altered by what you know of your faith?
- If our every act can be a prayer, then how do we make that real?
IMYM needs someone to organize Creativity Night this Saturday. We already have participants so all you need to do is introduce the night, tell everyone to raise their hands and then call on people for the event. If you can do this, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Update from Mountain Friends Camp
Good news, we have confirmed an experienced Registered Nurse to join us for the full season! This also means an additional staff expense, and is well worth it for our community health. Now that we’re fully staffed, the greatest need is financial support. Many thanks to IMYM and all who have given this year, and if you haven’t yet, thank you for considering a donation! Visit us on the web to donate, and see our report for a wishlist of in-kind donations.
Land Acknowledgment Interest Group Resources
A number of Friends asked our panel to share our Land Acknowledgements:
Fort Collins Friends Meeting acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgement are heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed. We recognize that the founding of the Fort Collins community, including the land our Meeting House is built upon, came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples including the cost of many lives, loss of ancestral homes, and separation from traditional sources of spiritual and physical nourishment and strength.
Boulder Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends acknowledges that we live and worship on land where Indigenous Peoples have lived for more than 13,000 years. Chief Nawath (Left Hand) and his band of Arapaho were living in the Boulder Valley under the terms of the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie when gold was discovered in 1858. The Arapaho were forced out of the area, contrary to the terms of the treaty, and a fort was built to protect the booming towns of Boulder and Valmont. In 1864, volunteer militiamen mustered at Boulder’s Fort Chambers and joined U.S. Colonel John Chivington’s forces in carrying out the Sand Creek Massacre. More than 200 Arapaho and Cheyenne people, including Chief Nawath, were killed. “We lament this history of land theft, betrayal, murder, and displacement, knowing that we have become its beneficiaries. We acknowledge Indigenous Peoples’ enduring love for this land and the valuable contributions they make to our community today. We seek ways to build relationships with them now based on truth, respect, justice, and our shared humanity.” Link for more resources: http://www.boulderfriendsmeeting.org/ipc
As we celebrate our virtual gathering, we acknowledge that Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated by many in our country. On Wednesday, June 16, Congress voted to approve a new federal holiday and President Biden signed it into law on 6/17. Two links for Friends edification:
There were no signups for the 2021 IMYM Quaker Mart, BUT … If you’d like to support the work of Quaker Crafters, consider visiting the online QMart organized by Friends General Conference. There you’ll find Books, Bead Art, Cards & Photography, Fiber Arts & Textiles, Handcrafts, Jewelry, and Personal Care Products – all crafted by Quakers, and including a special section featuring BIPOC Quakes.
Today’s “Walk in the Light” Theme: “I walk in faith and hope.”
I am not in control.
I am not in a hurry.
I walk in faith and hope.
I greet everyone with peace.
I bring home only what God gives me.
Pilgrimage is not a walk; it’s a way of walking. It’s a surprisingly hopeful way of living in the world. No matter where we go, there God is.
Don’t get me wrong. It can be a tough slog towards a destination still out of sight. Anyone here at IMYM committing this week to work for peace, equity, and social justice knows they are signing up for the long haul, the life of a pilgrim. Our faith is not a “stroll in the park.” Pilgrims are often hot, dirty, smelly, sore, and exhausted. Pilgrims, as most humans, are often troubled, lost, and traveling with grief or pain. But we’re not alone. We travel in community. We listen to each other’s deep concerns and we bandage each others wounds. Walking together, we find there is a Spirit that joins us. Faith and hope build with every step we take together.
Here is one communal practice that builds up faith and hope: Pilgrims carry prayers. This is often literal. We ask people to write down their joys and concerns on strips of paper, we string them together in bundles and hang them at our side. During the day, we read them and hold each life in the Light as we ourselves are walking in the Light.
As you “walk” today, will you hold this IMYM community in the Light? Will you ask your fellow pilgrims here at IMYM about their joys and concerns? What would they like you to hold in the Light? What would you like them to carry for you? Write it down and carry what you hear from others… and from yourself.
a poem inspired by the Walk in the Light Interest group:
I Am Not in Control
First lesson, India, 1957.
The train will come when the train comes.
And when it does, thundering and steaming,
these sari-shrouded sleepers will rise, grab
bag and baggage, rush to the doors of the train,
shouting a babble of languages. Whole families
struggle for room on crowded wooden benches.
The train will come when the train comes.
There is no point in wondering or worrying.
Time flows by in the heat of an Indian summer
rich with color and fragrance.
You can ask, “Where is the train?”
The answer, “It is not here”.
You can ask, “When will the train arrive?”
“The train will come when the train comes.”