PORT TOWNSEND WORSHIP GROUP: STATE OF THE MEETING 2001

The Port Townsend Worship Group meets for worship every First Day at
10AM at the Port Townsend Community Center and holds a meeting for
worship for business once each month.  Over the past year the
group has grown from eight to ten each First Day to 18 to 20.  
The First Day School has grown from one youth to three youths and one
preschooler.   The third Friday of each month the group
meets in homes for a potluck supper and an adult education
discussion; most recently an FCNL board member presented the current
work of the FCNL and its building restoration project. Every fourth
First Day, there is an adult education forum after meeting for
worship; for example, the Friends Bulletin essay "No Creed Is
Not the Same As No Theology" by Robert Griswold was discussed;
and Friends, who recently retired to Port Townsend,  shared
their experiences of being directors of the Quaker Hospitality Center
in Kigali, Rwanda, from 1996-98.


With University Friends
Meeting, the Worship Group celebrated the Religious Society of
Friends membership of Lauren and David Erickson and junior membership
of Emma Erickson. The Worship Group participated in the
clearness process as well as the welcoming for the Erickson’s.

In
August, Worship Group members, who were AFSC relief workers in Gaza,
attended a special invitation consultation on the Middle East
convened by the AFSC They reported to the Worship Group. After
September 11, the Worship Group signed the AFSC "No More
Victims" full- page ad in The New York Times, and the
clerk had published the FCNL statement in the weekly newspaper The
Leader.


Worship Group members
participate in a weekly Tuesday peace vigil, holding the banner
"Islam is Not the Enemy/War is Not the Answer."

The
Worship Group worked with Bellingham Friends Meeting to plan jointly
the spring 2002 Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting.

The
Worship Group gave material and spiritual support to a member as she
mounted a campaign to save two young Kosovar students from
deportation so that they could continue their education at Peninsula
Junior College. She stepped forward to be the guardian of the
seventeen-year old student. They both now live with her.

The
primary focus of the Worship Group over the past twelve months has
been a careful discernment toward assuming the responsibility of
being a Monthly Meeting. The process began with group
discussions, which led to a threshing session and then a consensus to
apply to University Friends Meeting for further clearness and
support. At the request of University Friends Meeting, the
Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting appointed in September 2001 a
Visiting Committee to continue with Port Townsend Worship Group
the discernment process. The Worship Group on three
separate occasions hosted members of the Visiting Committee or the
entire Visiting Committee. Now in April 2002 the Worship Group is
looking forward to its recognition by Pacific Northwest Quarterly
Meeting as Port Townsend Monthly Meeting.

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