Information for this week and Sunday, October 20, 2019

Wednesday, October 16,

6:30 PM, Tao Study Group

Saturday, October 19,

6:00 PM, Voices for Valeria

Sunday, October 20:

10:00 AM, Centering Down, Library

11:00 AM, Worship

12:10 PM, Fellowship Meal - Bring a dish to share!

Voices for Valeria

With courage and with concern for others, Elizabeth Salinas Newby will step forward to recount and relive her difficult memories as an immigrant child as she shares her story of despair and hope during the Voices for Valeria candlelight vigil, coordinated by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Cincinnati Friends Meeting.

The vigil will be Saturday, October 19 at Cincinnati Friends Meeting, 8075 Keller Road, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Stand with Elizabeth and share your strength with her as together we remember the life of Valeria and other victims in the ongoing crisis on our U.S. border. Bring a sign with your own message in Spanish or English. Music will be provided by The Two Dollar Bills, Joe Henry, Alex Myers and Suzanne Johnson.


Voices for Valeria Flyer

“History of Quakerism in America” Seminar

Saturday, October 26, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Lunch will be provided (donations accepted)

Tom Hamm is among the world’s leading experts on Friends in the United States. He curates Earlham College’s extensive Quaker collection, teaches a variety of courses in American and British history, and appeared in the documentary produced by Cincinnati Friends, "Quakers: That of God in Everyone." Tom has also written several books, including "The Quakers in America," which is the subject of this seminar. A lifelong Friend, and a member of West Richmond Meeting, he is currently the recording clerk of the New Association of Friends.

“Quakers in America today are a small group, between 80,000 and 90,000 total, but embrace an extraordinary diversity. They range from chain-your-self-to-the-nuclear-missile activists to admirers to Jerry Falwell and Donald Trump. Some worship in silence; others embrace the most demonstrative forms of evangelicalism. In his presentations, Tom Hamm will show how all of these groups can claim part of the Quaker heritage, and how this extraordinary diversity developed.”

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history, faith, and practice of Quakers, and to ask any questions you might have.

Contact the CFM office to register for this seminar.

Pat Gaskin Honored by UC College of Medicine

On October 5, 2019 there was a memorial ceremony to honor those individuals who donated their bodies to the Body Donation Program of the University of Cincinnati College of medicine. As part of this program Pat Gaskin was honored as one of the donors. Pat donated her body over 2 years ago to the school after she died from cancer. It was a beautiful dedication with speakers from the medical school and staff of the school. Pat Gaskin was an attender here at Cincinnati Friends and a good friend of Dick Read’s. Thank you Dick for sharing this information with us. From UC: Annual Memorial Ceremony The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine annually hosts a memorial service to pay homage to those individuals who have donated their bodies to insure the excellence of medical education and the advancement of medical science at the university. This service is conducted by representatives of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and those of the Catholic, Jewish and Protestant faiths. The cremains of donors are to be buried in a plot at Spring Grove Cemetery, which is identified by a monument with the inscription, "Through Their Thoughtfulness Knowledge Grows." According to Bruce Giffin, PhD, director of the Body Donation Program, "The thoughtfulness of donors gives students an important educational experience that is critical in their training. It also provides physicians and the research scientists the opportunity to gain knowledge which may prolong or improve someone’s life."

Jim Newby’s New Book

Cincinnati Friends Meeting congratulates Jim Newby on the publication of his new book, Reflections from the Inner Light: A Journal of Quaker Spirituality. We have copies in the office for purchase at a discounted rate of $12.



Alice Paul and her Quaker witness

We are now approaching the 100th anniversary of American women being granted the right to vote by the 19th Amendment, which became law in 1920. Many people have heard of Alice Paul, the Quaker woman who was instrumental in getting that Amendment enacted, but few people today know exactly what she did, and fewer still know how her Quaker faith played a strong role in her actions.

A recently published essay titled "Alice Paul and her Quaker witness" provides an in-depth examination of Alice Paul's life and work from a Quaker perspective. Most Friends who have read the essay find it fascinating. The Bethesda Friends Meeting of Maryland has recently approved a minute recommending that all Friends read this essay.

The essay can be found at the following link:

Alice Paul and her Quaker witness 2019

The author has a wish that over time Alice Paul may permanently become as familiar to all Friends as is John Woolman and William Penn. He encourages all Friends to share this essay as broadly as possible with other Friends.