We are going to have discussion after the meeting this Sunday to discuss how to move forward with the meeting. I don’t think any of us want to lay it down, but if we don’t, then we need to discuss what changes we are going to make and what effort we are going to put forward to revitalize the meeting. If you can, please come with ideas. If you can’t come but have ideas, post them here.
Takoma Park Friends Meeting-Preparative gathered on 11/26/2017 at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland. We heard queries on activism. We heard of the difficulty of working with others and not forcing our values on them, hoping that they won’t force their values on us. We heard of how some people are put off by the outwardly inactive form of Quaker worship. We heard of how activism can be motivated by our own pain, creating an ability to empathize with others in pain. We heard of a choice to avoid working with non-Friends to avoid having to deal with resolving differences before acting jointly. We heard of how the lack of services for us can lead us to try to provide services for others. We heard of how anger can be a motivator in getting us started with work. We heard of how requests for work involving our skills can motivate us to activism. We heard of how activism can be seen as marching, speaking, and writing letters and may not be seen as writing checks. We heard of how seeing the illogic of events can motivate us to speak against them.