Western Friend Book Review of The Kendal Sparrow / June 2020

Western Friend,  May / June 2020 Review of The Kendal Sparrow by Barbara Schell Luetke Reviewed by David Tucker Bold voices emerge from a nation wracked by years of war, political division and generational change: The origin of Early Friends was always a colorful tale. Barbara Schell Luetke uses Early Friends as a canvas on which to paint a coming-of-age portrait of individual convincement, ministry, and faithful struggle in her historical novel The Kendal  Sparrow.  The …

NC Council of Churches to Host a Film Screening of “Braided Prayer”

NC Council of Churches will host a virtual screening of the film Braided Prayer, featuring former Council staff member, David LaMotte! The new short documentary from John Kennedy and David Saich tells the story of Abraham Jam, an interfaith folk/world music trio making the case that harmony can be even stronger than unity — that we don’t have to sing the same notes in order to create something beautiful together. Use the link below to…

A Poem Shared by Tim Lindeman / March 7, 2021

Here is the poem I read at the opening of Monthly Meeting this past Sunday. It is taken from “Healing Ashes,” a collection of sayings and poems sent to me by my Pastor brother in California. Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them. Fast from fear of illness; Feast on the healing power of God. Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude. Fast from anger; Feast on patience. Fast from negatives; Feast on…

Adult Forum; Considering the Artist’s Role in Society/ January 24, 2021

9:45 a.m. / Join Guilford Alumni, Alex Gingrow for a discussion about her work, her inspiration, and her thoughts on the artist’s role in society as a conduit of, and commentator on culture. This task of keen observation is powered by relentless personal awareness and a constant practice of empathy and critique. It is exhausting, exhilarating, lonely, and utterly fulfilling. Born in 1979 in Knoxville, TN, Alex Gingrow has lived and studied in cities as…

Support Friendship Community Partnership

A way to support Friendship Community Partnership and our friends of color Nicole Walker, of Persimmon Grove AME Church/Friendship Community Partnership, has invited New Gardeners to a virtual dance program called “The Christmas Shoes” in which her daughter Mala will perform. Choices for participants are a drive-in, live Zoom or On Demand Zoom event. Purchase tickets at www. tinyurl.com/reboxoffice. Contact: Kate Seel ([email protected]) 336-455-2591.

Readers Wanted / Share a Favorite Children’s Book

This past summer, for 2020 Summer Program, several New Gardeners recorded themselves reading children’s stories aloud for our Facebook page. These videos were popular with New Gardeners of all ages, and continued to receive “traffic” well after the dates they were posted. New Gardeners are missing one another! So why not continue connecting this way? Friends are invited to record themselves reading one of their favorite children’s books aloud, and send the recording to Karin…

Communities Without Borders: Creating Sacred Spaces Through Storytelling Project

Please join the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Guilford College to create sacred spaces for all. Communities without Borders: Creating Sacred Spaces through Storytelling Project is an art installation aimed to tell stories and honor the lives of over 400,000 children, women, men and all community members who are currently detained in over 200 immigrant detention centers in the USA. This project is a response to the historical atrocities committed against DACA recipients,…

“The Human Element” / Free Online Screening June 8 – 17

Interfaith Power & Light is excited to kick off our summer film series with a return of a free online screening of The Human Element, followed by a webinar with renowned filmmaker James Balog. Over 7,000 people viewed The Human Element during Faith Climate Action Week earlier this year, and to meet the continued requests from the IPL community, the filmmaker has generously offered the film again.  “What an incredible film. It is beautiful and…

Graveyard Tour Update / May 25

For many years, it has been a custom at New Garden to have an “alternative” Memorial Day graveyard tour to highlight the many different ways Quakers have served and sacrificed in the cause of peace and justice. This year, owing to the coronavirus restrictions, there won’t be a group tour, but from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 25, Gertrude Beal and Max Carter will be under the porch roof at the meetinghouse to…