In order to preserve the health and safety of Friends we are closing the buildings until further notice when they will have had a thorough disinfecting cleaning. Friends are still welcome to visit the grounds while keeping appropriate social distance. In the mean time, we invite you to try a virtual Meeting for Worship Sunday at 10 a.m and/or Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. You will be able to see and hear those present and share in our very important sense of community and meeting. We will offer these meetings in small groups using Zoom, a program some of us host online. Please email us for further instructions.
Dear Friends, 4/3/20
I continue my weekly missive to all of you as my way to stay in community. Please feel free to send me any bits of "Light" in the form of quotes, poetry, pictures, photos etc. I’ll pass these along to Friends as a way for us to feel connected.
This becomes our daily challenge: what does it mean to show up for the people we care about when the nature of the crisis requires us to be physically apart? Those of you unfamiliar with the work of Rebecca Solnit may find her writing inspiring now. Below is a quote that I find particularly meaningful.
‘When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers' keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss.'
If you feel like you are not doing much for others at the moment, consider these things:
1) Your staying at home is the best kindness you can show.
2) Explore the "old-fashioned" custom of actually writing a mailed letter, to cheer a neighbor or friend.
3) First Day School children (or adults), send your artwork to John Hawkinson so he can post it in our newsletter as your work always cheers up everybody.
4) Please consider trying the link here: https://discovereaston.com/product/local-business-gift-cards/ to support local businesses while they are closed.
Thanks to so many folks for joining our virtual worship. I visited Thailand years ago and they had this saying, "Same-same but different", which certainly applies to our First Days and Third Day meetings for worship now. I'm pleased that it works so well for so many of us and we are able to see people we haven't seen in some time. Thanks to all committee clerks and friends willing to host virtual meetings to keep committees going. As always, I appreciate any feedback on making these experiences better.
Thank you Dear Friends---Stay Safe.
Holding in the Light,
Molly Burgoyne Brian [clerk]
We, who have been called Seekers of the Truth, Quakers, and Friends, are members of the Religious Society of Friends. We are a close-knit religious community, but we do not separate ourselves from the world about us.
We believe God is present in every person and that peace is preferable to war. We gather in silent communal worship to wait on the Spirit of God.
We have no formal creed, no ritual, dogma, nor liturgy. Instead, to help us follow Divine guidance we pose, both individually and corporately, searching queries; we strive in love, rather than react to fear; we work towards peace because we believe it is the only way; we are led to implement our concerns for the equal rights of all. Many of us have been drawn to this religion—Quakerism—because of its dual commitment to Spiritual awareness and social action.
These beliefs are not always easy to hold nor honor with action, but our search has led us to commit ourselves to them.
Perhaps this approach of Friends could be helpful and meaningful to you. We invite you to accept our invitation to search with us at this and any other meeting house or place. If you wish, please come to join with us for worship 10:00 AM on Sundays and 5:30 PM on Wednesday evenings. Your children are also welcome either at Meeting for Worship or First Day School.
Meeting for Worship:
Quakers have worshiped in the silent or "un-programmed" manner for over 350 years. Third Haven, like many other Quaker meetings, worships in silence—waiting silently and expectantly for the leadings of the Spirit. The silence is used and valued as an opportunity for Spiritual reflection, discernment, insight and understanding. The meeting for worship has been called a "meeting for relationship with God." Friends honor the enormous continuity and the enduring tradition of silent worship. However, Third Haven Friends strive to make the meeting for worship and Quaker Faith and Practice contemporary and relevant.
We listen in silence to hear leadings of the Spirit inwardly. During the meeting for worship, individuals discern leadings from the Spirit and are sometimes led to offer these messages as vocal ministry. Some leadings are for the individual alone, some for the meeting for worship.
This spiritual discernment of vocal ministry in the meeting for worship is an essential Quaker practice. Listening for leadings collectively in worship is a powerful way to invite such leadings. Spirit has spoken in all times and ages, not just Biblical times, and continues to speak to us today—as continuing revelation. For more information about how we worship, please click here, or see Faith and Practice pp 17-21, 100-128.
Third Haven Monthly Meeting Burial Grounds and Memorial Wall:
Oversight of the burial grounds and memorial wall at Third Haven is provided by a joint committee composed of the Clerk of the Meeting, and the Clerks of the Property and Grounds and the Pastoral Care (Overseers) Committees. For information, please contact Molly Brian at 410/310-1827, Ben Tilghman at 443/822-3073, or Dona Sorce at 412/334-8185.