Announcements

Covid 19 Guidelines – Updated 7/22/2022

As of 7/15, In Hamilton County, Ohio, community level is High. (CDC Community Levels Website)

As per the CFM Covid Policy (below), if the level is High, masks and social distance are recommended throughout all meetinghouse events.

Sunday Hospitality Information for this Sunday – 8/7

On the first and third Sundays of each month we welcome all to join together in the Fireside Room for fellowship and a potluck lunch after meeting for worship. Feel free to bring any type of "potluck" food to share (prepared dishes you can readily set out). Please join us!
~ The Hospitality Committee

September Retreat Important Change

Due to some health issues, Michael Birkel will not be able to attend our retreat planned for September 10, 2022.  
 
J. Brent Bill has graciously accepted M&C's invitation to come on that day and share his new book, Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times, in a retreat setting.  Brent will also bring the message on Sunday, September 11.

Saturday, September 10:
8:30 Coffee and Bagels
9:00-12:00 Sessions
Catered Luncheon
1:00-4:00 Sessions
3:45-4:15 Closing Worship (Unprogrammed)

Please contact the office if you would like to attend this event.  
 
We are living in a time of upheaval. From racial equality to climate change, the clashes to chart a wiser and more caring path forward are stretching societies worldwide to their breaking points. Studies point to a mental health crisis. Democracies are stumbling. Change, it would seem, does not come without significant turmoil for those living through it. But is that inevitable? 
 
J. Brent Bill doesn’t think so. In his new book, “Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times,” Mr. Bill explores what is, to him, something of a paradox: “In the divides of today, it seems we either have to tend to our soul or to social activism,” he tells me in an interview. “But that doesn’t seem right to me. These things feed each other.” 
 
As a Quaker, Mr. Bill has spent his life at this nexus. For many Quakers, the witness of truth comes through the practical demonstration of divine goodness – in justice, peace, and love expressed. The Quaker tendency is to transform institutions, not convert people, Mr. Bill writes in his book. But, in a way, they are the same thing, he adds. “When we blend [spiritual health and activism], we bring a different flavor to the work,” he says. “It helps us focus on why we’re doing it. It helps us focus on the long haul.” Among his insights, love is not inconsistent with rabble-rousing. We can speak difficult words, “but is love my first motion in what I do?” he asks. And are we falling into the trap of today’s toxic politics – chronically being “against” things? He says “ ‘being for’ is important, so I don’t damage my own spiritual health.” 
 
Here is where prayer becomes more than “thoughts and prayers” but a way to drive change – starting with oneself, he argues. “Prayer is in many ways about changing ourselves and learning to listen.”  (The above is from J. Brent Bill's interview with the Christian Science Monitor.)

Introduction to the People Called Quakers

Facilitator: Jim Newby
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30PM-8:00PM - Date September 6, 13, 20, 27 & October 4, 11 - in person at the CFM.

This six-week class is for those who are interested in learning about the Quaker movement, are considering membership at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, or for those who would like a refresher course.We will study the beginnings of Quakerism in the mid-seventeenth century; the four periods of Quaker history; the genius of the American Quaker, John Woolman; how Quakers worship and the testimonies that they hold dear; the various Quaker educational institutions and umbrella organizations; and the history of Cincinnati Friends Meeting.

This class is free and open to the public. To register, call (513) 791-0788 or email office@cincinnatifriends.org.

Calling All Authors! 

This fall and winter, Cincinnati Meeting will be showcasing the authors in our midst. The plan is to have an author share about his or her work after worship and fellowship, in the library, on the first and third Sundays each month after fellowship. Many within our membership and many of our attendees have written, or are writing books, and CFM wants to celebrate their authorship, as well as learn about what they have written or are writing. Please let the CFM Office know if you would like to participate in this program. We want to hear about your work!

Kroger Community Rewards Program

Kroger pays up to $1,250,000 on a quarterly basis to participating organizations based on their percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Kroger Community Rewards Organizations.

To support Cincinnati Friends Meeting through your Kroger purchases, go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and choose Cinti Monthly Meeting/Religious Society of Friends, code: pi373.

Once a household member enrolls their card, all linked Kroger Plus Cards within that household begin earning rewards. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee disperses these funds to local organizations supported by the Meeting. Feel free to share our Kroger number with friends and family. Every time a member, attender, family, family friend, or neighbor of our Meeting shops at Kroger and uses their Kroger Plus Card, we earn rewards!

Amazon Smile

If you're looking for a simple, automatic way to support Cincinnati Friends Meeting, you can start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com. You shop as you normally would on the site, at no extra cost to you, and you don't need to make a separate account.

Through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to CFM. You can search for “Cincinnati Monthly Meeting of the” (This matches how we are registered as a non-proft. There was a limit to the number of characters.) or you can click enter this link smile.amazon.com/ch/31-6045408. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee disperses these funds to local organizations supported by the Meeting.