PLEASE REGISTER by APRIL 7.
Friday evening Program: We will start at 6 pm with inter-generational introductions and a game or two. Feel free to have all or part of (potluck) dinner during the first hour. After a short break, at 7 pm we will read the State of the Meeting Reports. We ask that each Meeting choose a reader for their report. We will close with a short worship time after the readings.
Saturday morning 9 – 10:30 am. We will spend time with guest Friends Mica Estrada and Carl Maguder, of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, CA sharing their ministry on our theme.
10:30 – 11:30 – Nature Break with some direction from Carl and Mica
1:30 – 2:45 pm – The Albuquerque Contemplative Reading group will share a short experience of its practice – as we read together, out loud, out of the silence – a poem by Joy Harjo, the first native woman poet laureate from her book Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. We will listen for what rises up within us in response to the text from our own experience and our day’s theme.
4 – 5 pm – Worship Sharing, reflecting on our connections with nature.
Option #1: Zoom breakout rooms. Friends will choose a comfortable spot in nature—or with a view of nature–at home and join a Zoom breakout room.
Option #2: Go to a favorite nature site—away from wifi. Some Friends may choose this if they have the technology. We realized how for so many of us, such a site is near a life-giving river, but any site with cell phone coverage should work. Participants would use a smart phone, signing up in advance to join a group based on a specific app. It should work for groups of 4 – 5 on FaceTime (for iPhone people), on What’s App and on Facebook Messenger. (there are online instructions for each app on group video calls.) When you register – please indicate if you would like to try this and show which apps you can use, so we can form groups in advance. We will ask each group to hold a practice session from home during the lunch hour, with the hope that the worship sharing time won’t be taken up by technical difficulties.
10:30 – 11:30 am Meeting for Worship. During worship on Sunday, children are especially invited to join Albuquerque’s children for a program on the theme, offered by our Children’s Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Freyman. Participants need to register by April 7 to receive their activity box in time.
PLEASE REGISTER by APRIL 7.
Call to All Friends in the New Mexico Region
Come together on April 23-25 for New Mexico Spring Regional
Spirit, Nature, Connections: Growing from the Time of Quarantine
The New Mexico Regional Meeting will be offered by Zoom this year. Albuquerque Monthly Meeting will host the event and we encourage as many of you as possible to attend.
We look forward to an inter-generational evening on Friday, April 23. State of the Meeting Reports will also be given on Friday evening.
On Saturday morning, we will spend time with guest Friends Mica Estrada and Carl Maguder, of Strawberry Creek Meeting in Berkeley, CA sharing their ministry on our theme.
The Saturday afternoon offerings will be a contemplative reading session and worship sharing hosted by Albuquerque.
On Sunday morning American Friends Service Committee NM will give an update of the work they have been involved in this past year. Then we will gather in Meeting for Worship.
During worship on Sunday, children are invited to join Albuquerque’s children for a program on the theme, offered by our Children’s Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Freyman. Participants will receive an activity box in advance.
Meeting for Worship for Business will begin at 2:00.
Registration is required so please watch for information to follow. Detailed schedule information will come with registration materials.
About our guests:
Mica said of her workshop at Ben Lomond last year: we “will give space and time to shifting our paradigm from trying to solve a problem to listening to a wise earth.” She is also a researcher professor who studies diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.
We look forward to our time together.
Albuquerque Meeting Planning Team:
Nan Uhl, Clerk of NM Regional