Oshkosh Friends Meeting State of Society 2014

Oshkosh Friends Meeting

Elder’s Report 2014

The state of our Meeting is good. We are united in our stance against those elements in our society that cheapen the individual or put corporate affairs before individuals. We are also united in our determination to do all in our power to feed the hungry and help the poor find what they need to live. This involves many different activities: prison visitation, anti-war protesting, meals, giving rides to get food, shopping trips for others, trips to Doctor’s offices, help with computers, scrounging meals or the food with which to make meals, running errands for others, work at the warming shelter, small loans to tide people over, spiritual outreach, help with the intricacies of insurance or government, etc.

We have continued to have difficulties in our familial relationships for one reason or another. We cope with ailing or aging (or both) parents, aunts, uncles, etc. We also cope with the inexperience of youth and its sometimes awkward injuries to itself or others. We have had our share of disappointments and will continue to meet them as they come and not wallow in our failures. We have not let ourselves be overwhelmed by the current state of our government or policies. The hardest part for us is realizing that we cannot fix or even take on everything and not to let that frustrate us. There are just too many holes in that dike and not enough fingers: It is important for us to realize that we have to take care of ourselves first or we will have no energy to fight the ills around us. We are less forgiving of ourselves than our friends are. We have had to realize that sometimes WE need the help and accepting that is something we are working on. We have noted what we can and brought it to the attention of our government officials and we are getting better at laying it down until a new way to work on the ills that we see appears. .

We are not perfect but we are healthy and growing in spirit.


” … I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me. How great are His signs, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:2,3

We have had no requests for membership this past year. We have two members living out of state. We have three active members and three attenders or more who meet with us on a regular basis. We have financially supported both yearly meetings and participated with them where possible. There has been sporadic visitation from to our worship with children. We do not offer a first day school. We have not had visitation from IYM this year. Two members attended NYM in May. Members of Oversight and Ministry have visited us as well as the treasurer of NYM.

Politically we have been active by maintaining membership in Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. We ourselves have actively participated in peace demonstrations with the Unitarians on College Ave. in Appleton. We have also written letters to legislators. We have been very active with ESTHER seeking prison reform. We continue our prison visitation at Oshkosh Correctional Institution. We support and volunteer in Circles of Support for released prisoners in our community.

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