News

  • June MFM News – A Sampling

    Finding FriendsBy Kent One day when I was about 7, I asked my mother if she thought people who didn’t worship the way we did would really go to hell.She answered by asking, “What do you think,” and I simply said “No, they don’t.” It didn’t make sense that God would love some people and not others, no matter what was said in church or in my catechism classes.In my adult life, very much on the periphery of Christian faith, I had several powerful experiences that I simply...
  • Visit Our Garden June 16!

    Memphis Friends’ Meeting, 3387 Walnut Grove Road, (F/N), 1-5pmWith appreciation and respect for the Chickasaw people who were stewards of our area long before settlers arrived, the members of the Memphis Quaker Meeting have planted two raised beds in the “Three Sisters” tradition. Many native American groups, including the Chickasaw, used the companion planting of corn, beans and squash (the Three Sisters) to conserve water and enrich the soil while producing food. Our garden honors this tradition.More info: https://experiencememphisgardens.org/
  • Remembering Mark

    Recently, at the memorial service for Mark Gilley, Memphis Friends were able to share with Mark's friends from other parts of his life the news that over the years a few of Mark's poems had appeared in the MFM newsletter. We also brought smiles to the faces of old friends when we recalled how Mark had come to the meetinghouse during the pandemic to play the meeting's piano.
  • May MFM News – A Sampling

    Experiencing the EclipseMany Memphis Friends traveled over the Mississippi River to Arkansas to view the eclipse while others stayed in Memphis. Debbie writes, “My husband, one of my friends, and I went to Pocahontas, AR, northwest of Jonesboro. We had a scenic site on the Black River to sit, eat a picnic lunch and enjoy the wait. It was truly amazing. I was really surprised at how dark the whole sky was at totality.” Robert saw the eclipse at his cabin west...
  • April MFM News – A Sampling

    Friend Pat Stone JessupPatricia Stone Jessup passed away in the early hours of March 13. A lifelong Quaker, Pat had attended a Quaker Church in North Carolina as a child and was a faithful attender at our meeting for three decades. In her early days with us she led several seminars that met every Sunday evening for about six weeks on bible study or prayer. She was active with our food ministries, held us very intentionally in the Light, and...
  • Introducing Plain Drain

    Our meeting has officially "adopted" a Memphis storm water drain!In an effort to reduce the debris being dumped into our rivers, the City of Memphis Storm Water Program has asked individuals and organizations to adopt and name a storm drain.  We answered the call.   Our adopted drain is at the corner of Walnut Grove and Prescott (on the Prescott side of our property). It has been named and labeled "Plain Drain."The City of Memphis has 56,000 storm water drains.  What goes...
  • March MFM News – A Sampling

    Friend Marian Fuson – 1920 to 2024Marian Fuson passed away on February 7 at her home in the Quaker Kendal Retirement Community in Kennet Square PA. She was 103 years of age.Marian was born to Quaker parents in New Jersey where she attended Moorestown Friends School. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1942 and joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation when Bayard Rustin visited the campus. In 1945 she married Nelson Fuson and they moved to Nashville where Nelson taught physics...
  • 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...