News

  • FCNL Priorities – MFM Input

    Every two years, FCNL, Friends Committee on National Legislation, gives us the opportunity to give input into their legislative priorities discernment for the next two-year session of Congress. It’s a Spirit-led process to help discern what our government should be working on during the current events of our day and how policies might affect our times.  We don’t try to pinpoint every issue because FCNL has resource constraints and expertise constraints. Rather we ask the question: Where is there possibility for...
  • February MFM News – A Sampling

    Is There a Quaker Personality?By Khyber I attended a workshop on using enneagrams for spiritual direction this January and it got me wondering about how personality interacts with belief and faith.The enneagram method is a scientifically tested but ancient way of looking at people through nine personality types. (Ennea is Greek for nine.)Although each type has its own characteristics, understanding the differences is a way of transcending types and becoming an expressed, developed person.Within each enneagram lies its own vice, sometimes...
  • Memphis Friends Retreat – April 27-28

    Memphis Friends Meeting will focus on community building during the upcoming weekend retreat April 27-28. The retreat will be hybrid and will be facilitated by Dr. Folami Prescott-Adams, a Friend traveling from Atlanta to be with us. Childcare will be available. Donations of $25 are encouraged, but all Friends are welcome with or without donations. We want to be in community with you! Here's the tentative schedule:   Saturday, April 27 Brunchfast - 9:45-10:45 Community Fun - 11:00-1:00 Session 1 - 1:30-3:30 Break Dinner - 5:00-7:00   Sunday, April 28 Session...
  • Online Only – 1/21/2024

    Memphis Friends Meeting will meet via Zoom only on 1/21/2024. For access information, please use the contact form or send an email to memphisfriendsmeeting@gmail.com. Wishing you warmth and safety during these cold days!
  • January MFM News – A Sampling

    Ron’s Christmas Concert, held in the First Day School room on his birthday December 14, was attended by about a dozen children. Ron writes, “We sang Christmas songs with some piano accompaniment from two of the older children, and Ron told the story of how the tradition of hanging colored lights on Christmas Trees began. When Ron sang “Mama don’t ‘low no singing (smiling, clapping, yelling 'Ya Who!') ‘round here,” they all sang: “We don’t care what Mama don’t ‘low,...
  • December MFM News – A Sampling

    Colorful SpicesBy Carol December is a festive month full of color. Even as the orange and yellow leaves of autumn are falling to the ground, we begin to think of Christmas reds and greens as we decorate our houses inside and out. The other day in worship I began to wonder about pairing our six testimonies with the six colors of the rainbow.If each one had its own color, what color would it be? Colors do have a kind of emotional quality; we think of them as warm or...
  • Thanksgiving Baskets

    Greetings, FriendsWe collected 21 Thanksgiving  baskets for the New Tyler AME Food Pantry this year.  This surpassed our goal of 20 baskets.  Thanks to all who participated.   The baskets were delivered to the Food Pantry yesterday  morning.  Aiding me in the delivery were Schleppers Extraordinaire Kali and Shahin. Each basket included a Thanksgiving card signed by many of our Meeting, and a $10 grocery card to either Aldi or Kroger.   The church was expecting 100 hams and turkeys from another source to accompany these baskets.  Unfortunately,...
  • November MFM News – A Sampling

    On My OwnBy David C.Since my illness last fall, I have relied on others to watch over me and make sure I don’t fall, but when Quaker Earthcare Witness scheduled their fall meetings at the Quaker retreat center at Pendle Hill, I felt ready to strike out on my own. All went well. I had a direct flight to Philadelphia and a taxi to Pendle Hill. The biggest challenge for me was walking up hill and down to the main...
  • Voyage of the Merry Ark

    A local friend known to many Memphis Friends, George Grider Jr., has a new book out, Voyage of the Merry Ark. The memoir tells the remarkable story of five crewmen caught in an ocean storm that nearly took their lives. The story of the at-sea rescue of the dog Sam, the ship’s mascot, was published nationwide, sparking a revolution in American animal rights, one that continues sixty years later.Such an extraordinary ending–nautical and political–required extraordinary players, including Memphis civil-rights lawyers Lucius Burch, Mike Cody,...
  • History Is Written in the Land

    Ted's Meeting for Learning on 10/15 was grounded in several queries: How can dwelling in “unsettling places” create conditions for the still small voice to surface?What are the things that haunt us? What forms do these hauntings take?What do our ghosts want from us?Who are the ghosts present in our midst who can support our journeys? In responding to these queries, Ted drew from his own experiences living in his family's home built by enslaved people in the 1830s. He and Ellie...