ROCHESTER FRIENDS MEETING STATE OF SOCIETY REPORT, 2015
Rochester Friends Meeting is blessed with new attenders and the joyful challenges that brings. We now have children ranging from toddlers to high school. We started a teen group but attendance has been sporadic, so having a regular meeting of teens has been difficult. We have some trouble finding first day school teachers every week.
If all the new and other attenders and members come on the same First Day our current space is crowded. We need to have more chairs set up and in more than one circle, a nice problem to have. We still sing and have a social time after First Day worship. We had one valued member resign from Meeting.
With the number of new attenders we plan Quakerism 101 talks on May 31 and June 7.
Our spiritual nurture program now has three small groups meting on a regular basis. We continue with a midweek meeting for discussion but are saddened that the longtime host of our midweek meeting has decided to lay that down. A newer member has volunteered to host the meeting in her home Finding a convenient time for everyone who wants to attend is one of our challenges. We had our usual intergenerational semi programmed First Day worship around Christmas and Easter. We continue to rent space. We have had one threshing session and likely will have more on the vision and direction for our meeting place and what to do with a substantial Meeting house fund we have built up over the years. We had one intergenerational social “pizza and pajama” party where even some adults wore pajamas. We had forums on nonviolent communication. We recently instituted a monthly potluck after worship.
We still volunteer one evening a month at he local food bank.
We are giving financial support to one of our high school students to attend the Migrant Trail walk this year from May 24-31. The walk is from the border of Mexico to Tucson, about 75-80 miles. The vision of the Migrant Trail walk:
The precarious reality of our borderlands calls us to walk. We are a spiritually diverse, multi-cultural group who walk together on a journey of peace to remember people, friends and family who have died, others who have crossed, and people who continue to come. We bear witness to the tragedy of death and of the inhumanity in our midst. Lastly, we make this sacred journey as a community, in defiance of the borders that attempt to divide us, committed to working together for the human dignity of all peoples.
Census: Adults: 28 Children: 10