News & Events
The next meeting of the Poetry and Worship Sharing Group will be on Wednesday, July 3, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the parlor. Bring a poem which speaks to you spiritually, and we will read aloud, worship, and share from our personal experience. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Tate.
Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual session is coming up, July 12-17. Online registration is now open. If you haven’t been, it’s a great experience, and also especially for young people. Feel free to ask any of us who have been, raise your hands. Financial assistance is available, but you need to get your requests in very soon, as there is an extremely short window to make those decisions. Please use the financial assistance form available on the registration page at the PYM website and get those requests to via email to Roy Allen or snail mail by Monday May 27 at the latest.
In order to help people become better acquainted with the interesting articles in Friends Journal, a national Quaker magazine, the Library Committee will have the latest issue available in the community room for people to look at during refreshment hour.
A list of oral histories from the Berkeley Meeting’s Oral History Project is now available for purchase on the Berkeley Meeting website, under Members and Attenders. The oral histories are available on flash drive, although some are still available on DVD, and they cost $10 each. Barb Atwell is the contact, and her email, as well as some background information about the Oral History Project, is also on the website at Oral Histories.
The library will be taking donations for the 2019 Quaker History Calendars that we have published to benefit the Friends Committee on Legislation of California. Please check them out in the library. At least three of the six Quakers who initiated the founding of this organization in 1952 were members of Berkeley Meeting. In honor of FCLCA, the two themes covered this year are Quakers and civil liberties, which was the reason for the founding, and Quakers and criminal justice reform, which is central to their work today. The calendars are informative and make inexpensive Christmas gifts.
The Berkeley Meeting has a Young Adult Friends group which usually meets at least twice a month. Young Adult Friends is a good way for people between the ages of about 18 to 40 to get to know one another better, and to meet Young Adults from other local Meetings. If you have any questions, please contact any of the members of the Young Adult Friends planning group: Jessie Mitchell, Amanda Schaerer, Anthony Graffagnino, and Meghan McAllister.
Ben Lomond Quaker Center has a calendar of events throughout the year. The Berkeley Society of Friends has a pass for each one, for one person. The Quaker Center programs for this year are posted on the bulletin board in the Community Room of our Meetinghouse and are listed here. If you are interested in using the Berkeley Meeting pass for a program, please see or email anyone on the Outreach and Nurture Committee.
The meeting invites you to consider attending the Circle of Concern, which is a twice weekly vigil near the west lawn of the UC campus, at Oxford and Center Streets, that meets to express opposition to nuclear weapons. The vigil takes place on Sunday from 2-3 and Thursday from 12-1, and for more information, you may contact Sandra Gey.
The Ministry and Care committee is putting together a new program called Spiritual Life Sharing groups. These are four-person groups, for which people would meet once per month for six months, in a worship sharing format, to share about their spiritual lives since their last meeting. If you are interested, please contact Judy Tate.
Meeting for Business, Every 2nd Sunday at 1 pm, Meetingroom
Work party: 4th Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
Singing each First Day between the 9 am and 11 am Meetings for Worship in the Community Room
Reading Group: Every Tuesday evening at 7:30, Meeting Library
Poetry & Worship Sharing Group: First Wednesday evening of every month at 7:30, Meeting Parlor
Social and Environmental Action Committee: First First Day of the month at 1 pm, Library
Circle of Concern, Every Sunday 1-2 pm and Thursday 12- 1 pm, west entrance to UC Berkeley