Information for this Week

Wednesday, February 19,
Tao Study Group, 6:30 PM

Saturday, February 22:
11:00 AM, Steve Smookler Memorial Service

Sunday, February 23:
10:00 AM, Centering Down, Library
11:00 AM, Worship
12:10 PM, Fellowship & Lunch, Fireside Room

Spiritual Nurture Groups & Retreat Planning

On Saturday, February 29, beginning with a homemade breakfast by Jim Newby, we will gather to discuss what spiritual nurture groups and retreat opportunities we would like to plan for the coming months. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room for breakfast, and then move to the Library for our planning session. We will conclude by 12:00. If you would like to be apart of this planning session, please reserve your place with the office by calling, 513-791-0788 or sending an email to All are welcome to come and share their ideas about  retreat themes and small group sharing.

Next “An Introduction to the People Called Quakers” Class

The next class for those interested in learning more about Quakerism will take place on six Tuesday nights from 7-8:30 PM on the following dates:

March 24 & 31, April 7, 14, 21, & 28  (note the change of dates from the original post)

Childcare will be provided.

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 Quakers today.

This class is free and open to the public. To register, see Jim Newby, call (513) 791-0788 or email

Rhonda Pfaltzgraff-Carlson to Speak

Sunday, March 1 at 12:30 PM in the CFM Library Rhonda Pfaltzgraff-Carlson will share about spirituality in the workplace with members of Cincinnati Friends Meeting. She will talk about its importance, recent trends (both local and research-based), and her ministry. In particular, Rhonda will discuss her calling and describe the ways she seeks to encourage the life of the Spirit in organizations. Rhonda Pfaltzgraff-Carlson is a member of Eastern Hills Friends Meeting and the founder of Light for Organizations ( She has a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, an MA in Theology, and a certificate of spiritual nurture from The School of the Spirit. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two sons, a cat, and a yard full of plants native to southwest Ohio.    

Next Daytime Spirituality Group – “The Kingdom & the Key Group”

Thursday, March 12, April 9, May 14, 10-11:30 AM "The Kingdom & the Key Group: A Companion to the Parables" led by Donne Hayden. The group will read some of the "authentic parables" of Jesus (as determined by the Jesus Seminar) and consider traditional interpretations of each parable along with a "new old key" that may change our perspective.  We start our time with food and fellowship in the Fireside Room from 10-10:30 AM and then gathers in the library until 11:30 AM. After most Thursdays, many in attendance continue our fellowship with lunch at a local restaurant. All are welcome for all or part of this special morning!

The Traveling Friend




Online Traveling Friend
For more than 50 years, the printed version of The Traveling Friend has been our Meeting’s main mechanism for sharing information about recent events, thought-provoking commentary related to Quakerism, profiles of our new members, and more. We will continue to print this valuable publication, but we are also making an online version available via our website:

The online version of The Traveling Friend lets you read articles almost as soon as they are written—you don’t have to wait until the next quarterly edition of the printed version comes out. When you subscribe to the online version, you’ll receive an email notification as soon as a new post is available. In addition, you can share comments about any article and engage in a dialog with the author and other readers.

We hope that both methods of communication will help foster community among all our members and attenders. If you would like to share your own articles, please send them to or put them in The Traveling Friend mailbox in the meetinghouse library.

Yard Sale

Wilmington Yearly Meeting is sponsoring a Yard Sale over the Memorial Day Weekend, in order to raise funds for the ongoing ministries of the Yearly Meeting. Please begin to collect what you would like to donate. There is only one restriction...They do not want any used clothing. We will be open for drop offs the week prior to the yard sale.  Stay tuned!