Thursday, December 11, 2014

Local Lights and Quaker Quirks

This week Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center is in the midst of a perfect trifecta:
  • Being the locale for a gathering of the Friends Committee on Maine Public Policy on Saturday, 
  • having families for MFW (Meeting for Worship); a first day about various celebrations of light; and lighting our new (solar) light for Lima as part of a world-wide climate action vigil on Sunday.
  • a rental this coming Saturday featuring a local preschool's family holiday gathering.  
With these three events we address concerns common to Friends, outreach to families and have a rental which helps support us. It's a busy time for me, juggling everything from cooking latkas for the family program, booking rentals, decorating for winter, to shoveling the ramp before an event -- the usual sort of things for outreach.

But the best part this week has been the chance for reflection that conversations with new people bring. Meeting regulars have been asked, "Is Meeting for Christians?" and "Can I doodle in Meeting?" and "Can you be a Quaker and not be a member of a Meeting?"

Trying to give specific answers often leads to sharing what we don't have (creeds, confessionals, ornate rituals, for instance) instead of what we do have (such as the Inner Teacher, Testimonies).  We hope not to appear uncertain when we say that individual and group discernment often leads different Quakers to different conclusions at different places. It's the why behind the differences that makes a coherent whole, I think.

So, this week I've talked about some of my "quirks:"why I am comfortable with children using my first name rather than a title, why I try not to repeat their words "to be sure everyone heard" in circle, and why we work for consensus in committee meetings.  Since we all have that of God, or the Light, within us we are all equal in that regard. That means I'm careful not to use titles to set up false power hierarchies. I try not to speak for children instead of encouraging them to expect attention in their own right and repeat themselves when necessary. I school myself to be patient when we make group decisions, so that everyone is heard and able to believe in the way forward. These are all outward practices that I find consistent with my belief that we all have access to the Light.

Happy holidays, dear reader. May your days be filled with Light.




Friday, November 14, 2014

Un-Grounded, Un-Earthed, Un-Believable!

I'm pleased to announce our upcoming speakers are environmental activists Sarah Lachance (left), Lee Chisholm (center), and Hilary Clark (right).

Un-Grounded, Un-Earthed, Un-Believable!
Tar Sands Mining and its Effects on a People, a Place, a Planet
Sunday, November 23, at 12:30pm
Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse
77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta


Three Maine environmental activists will recount their experience of participating in last summer’s Healing Walk organized by Canadian First Nations peoples. Lee Chisholm, Hilary Clark and Sarah LaChance will share their photos and stories of a remote homeland sacred to dozens of Canadian First Nations tribes where  a vast and devastating industrial operation the size of Florida is underway.  They witnessed how the open-pit mining of the tar sands has created a wasteland that is sickening and robbing the culture and way of life of indigenous peoples. It is also destroying the boreal forest habitat for many wildlife species.  They’ll show how this story connects to us in Maine.

The program Un-Grounded, Un-Earthed, Un-Believable!  will take place on Sunday, November 23, at 12:30 pm at the Midcoast Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta.  It is presented by the Maine Outreach and Peace Center, all are welcome. For more information, please contact coordinator Sue Rockwood at 563-3757.

Chisolm, of Freeport, was a practicing attorney in Portland for 15 years before he became a Waldorf School class teacher. Since 2008 he has taught science, math, history, and geography at the Friends School of Portland. He is a nonviolence trainer for the Keystone Pipeline Pledge of Resistance and a committed member of 350 Maine.

Hilary, of York, is a lifelong environmental activist.  Currently she is coordinator for 350 Maine York Region, a member of the York Energy Steering Committee, President of the York Land Trust, Convener of the South Church Unitarian Universalist Green Sanctuary, and a member of Population Matters Maine.

Sarah, of Cape Porpoise, started Campaign Earth in 2000 to educate the public about climate change.  She currently volunteers as 350 Maine's Tar Sands Team Co-coordinator.  Her passion is educating everyone about the enormous environmental harm and social injustices that result from tar sands extraction. 

At the conclusion of the program we will have an opportunity for discussion and to share local initiatives that are addressing the injustices that our northern neighbors are experiencing.

We hope to see you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Supporting Families on Sundays

Update: The winter storm created a magical backdrop while the children created delicious applesauce! The storm thinned out our numbers a bit, but the Meetinghouse was warm and the day was a success--and I'll be better prepared with a "snow date" for our next session, just in case. 

 










What do families and children need for a successful Meeting for Worship experience?

We (some of the over-50 crowd in the Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center) have been asking parents. You would think, so many of us having been parents with young children in the past, we would have a pretty good idea already--and I think we do. 

But ... It's been a while since we've had to encourage a toddler to keep their shoes on, finish their breakfast and go to the potty before wrestling them into a car seat for the drive to Meeting. It's easy to forget how many demands parents face establishing a family and career and how little "quiet time" this generation gets! 

So, this is our recipe for providing a comfortable blend of a relaxed space for wiggly legs and high pitched voices and also offering a bit of silence and a chance to dwell in inner light for busy parents. Once a month, we'll have a special exploration with children while parents have Meeting for Worship followed by a "themed" family style lunch.  

November 2: Harvest Time & Stewardship Testimony

Children’s Activity: Making Applesauce (to share at lunch!). Read aloud: Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears by Cynthia Rylant. Exploration (good weather and indoor alternative): Find the Meeting’s apple trees OR find the apple. Perhaps introduce song “Simple Gifts.” Terms for talking about: recycling, “drop apples,” preserves/ing, sharing gifts.

     Testimony of Stewardship: Friends strive to use our gifts wisely, with gifts conceived of in 
     the broadest of terms... To Friends, good stewardship means taking care of what has 
     been given, not just for ourselves, but for the people around us and for future generations 
     as well. Friends strive to use their gifts in accordance with their beliefs.

Luncheon theme: Local harvest products featuring apples, pumpkins, etc. Main items: Harvest soup, mac & cheese casserole, bread & butter.





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bringing it Home ...

Many of us were involved in the People's Climate March on September 21, including Andy. She returned with stories, pictures, and enthusiasm for, as she says, "bringing it home." Andy's the impetus behind this program:

STORIES FROM THE CLIMATE MARCH AND LOCAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS

An estimated 400,000 people filled the streets of New York City two weeks ago, calling for world leaders to take bold action on global climate change. More than 1000 Mainers of all ages joined them, traveling by bus, bicycle, train, and carpool.

On Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7pm, several of those march participants from the midcoast will share their personal stories and reflections from the historic event, bringing the energy and inspiration back home. Joining them will be activists from the Damariscotta and Boothbay areas, who are working on exciting local energy solutions that will help area residents and businesses lower their energy use.

A short film narrated by Morgan Freeman that opened the UN Summit on Climate Change will be shown.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rachel’s New Elderwalk Program Begins

Rachel McGinness knows that staying mobile is very important, especially for the elderly. She understands that a chance to socialize and get a little movement can lift spirits as well as activity levels. Plus, she makes delicious soup! Rachel holds a free “Elderwalk” twice a month, here at the Meetinghouse.

Benches provide convenient rest stops.
Rachel provides a delicious home-made soup luncheon, some warm conversation, and a chance to walk the nature paths or, in inclement weather, step to music or engage in gentle body movement indoors. In preparation, we've mowed walking paths through our meadow and around the building. Some of the trails are easier than others, but we've put out some wooden rockers and benches for rest stops. We've done up a small flyer to give to area "Care" agencies, and are planning to begin advertising the program gradually to be sure not to take on too much work as it starts up.

The first Elderwalk took place September 4th. Rachel served a delicious soup, bread and butter, ice tea, and cookies. She describes a lively conversation full of introductions, stories and sharing about each other's lives. After the group cleaned up, they went  outside. "The weather was perfect and the nature was great no matter which trail was taken, we even saw a Monarch caterpillar looking to make a cocoon."

Elderwalk takes place on the first and third Thursday of the month from 12:00 to 2:00, at the Meetinghouse located at 77 Belvedere Road in Damariscotta. All are welcome, and those needing help with mobility issues should bring their caregivers, too. There is no charge, but reservations are appreciated. Call the Meetinghouse phone at 563-3757 and let us know how many to expect!  



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Service of Remembrance for Michael Brown on Sunday September 7th, 2pm

The Members of Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center, an initiative of the Midcoast Friends (Quaker) Meeting, are shocked and saddened by the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th.  We grieve for Michael as well as for his family and friends, but also for the larger context in which this shooting took place.

 American society still suffers from the long legacy of racism. African-American communities too often find themselves administrated by insensitive white officials and police departments. With alarming frequency young men of color are stopped, frisked, harassed, booked, and become victims of unjustified lethal force.  Michael Brown was one such victim among many—too many—young people of color to be abused in this manner or killed.

When the people in Ferguson protested this senseless killing, they were met initially by an overwhelming show of military-like force that deepened and exacerbated community tensions.  We deplore the militarization of local police, which is taking place through a U.S. government program that is providing “surplus” military equipment to communities around the country.  Too often, economic decisions are made by communities that result in reductions in the number of schoolteachers or in beneficial services, while—as we now know—dangerously high levels of weapons, combat gear and military equipment are being provided to local police departments.  In Ferguson, police dressed in full combat gear aimed their high-powered military carbines at unarmed citizens, with armored vehicles and additional militarized police with machine guns backing them.

 Instead of adopting proven “community policing” techniques, we have seen a trend toward insensitive displays of military procedures, warlike mindsets and excessively lethal equipment on the streets of our towns and cities. This, too, is part of the tragedy of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

 With heavy hearts and deep empathy for the suffering spirits in Ferguson and beyond, we invite all who share our concern: for the family of Michael Brown; for justice in the Brown case; about the need for constant awareness to counter the damaging effects of Racism; about the need for humane policing practices; and, who believe that civic authorities must show respect to all citizens to join us for:

A SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE FOR MICHAEL BROWN
on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER  7th at 2 P.M.
at the FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE at
77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta
(a short distance off Route One).
Please sit with us in silent prayer and reflection, with brief spoken
ministries as the Spirit moves.
For more information or questions, please contact: 
Sue Rockwood, Outreach Coordinator, at 207-563-3757.


Those who may wish to contribute to the work of justice and reconciliation in the St. Louis area are encouraged to send donations to the St. Louis office of the American Friends Service Committee. A.F.S.C.’s St. Louis staff members are working with youth in the city and surrounding towns to help them become agents of nonviolent social change. A.F.S.C. is also working now to help residents of Ferguson respond to the current emergency. Please write to: A.F.S.C., 462 North Tayler Avenue, Suite 103, St. Louis, MO 63108, phone: (314) 932-5994. Any one wishing to send a message of condolence to the Brown family may send it to this A.F.S.C. office where it will be delivered by staff directly to the family.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cynthia's Observations

I saw Cynthia stop still and bend down to pick something off the dirt drive at the meetinghouse. She straightened up with a smile and noticed me watching.  "Isn't this a fantastic rock?" she beamed as she held out a smooth, small white granite stone streaked with shining bits of black mica.

It was lovely, I agreed as I handed it back to her. Still smiling, she turned it over in her hand for a bit, marveling at the random distribution of the grains within it, before she pocketed the stone and continued on her way.

My head had been full of rushing thoughts, about almost being late and shopping to do on the way home and generally bracing for the week ahead. Now I was standing in the parking lot, looking at the pebbles on the ground, and smiling.  It was the first time that Cynthia's focus on the beauty around her caused me to share a mindful moment with her. She has a gift that way.

Sometime later, Cynthia learned that my family lived quite near her and asked if we'd mind giving her a ride to Meeting. She said that she did not want to become one of those people who needs to be told when it is time for them to stop driving, she wanted to do the "wise thing" and cut down now, especially in the winter. She also didn't want to be a bother. We were delighted, of course.  In our short drives to Meeting I've had a chance to get to know a little more about her and the things she's done.

She's a strong, sharp, mindful person. At one point, we stopped by my house and she admired a fern that is doing quite well by the driveway. When I confessed ignorance about most of the plantings which had come with our property, she explained that it was an "interrupted fern, see here where the spores are growing along the stalk and have interrupted the normal frond pattern? They have a very interesting, three-part reproductive process."  I told Cynthia I'd have to have her come over and walk me through my yard.

Just last week, Cynthia and I had another mindful walk. It was in the woods and along the shore by the Sheepscot River, a place I'd been going to for almost 30 years. Cynthia bent down and found treasures again. She appreciated the impossible number of organisms in just the area we walked in, she regretted that she'd not learned enough about the lichens, and she pulled the cap off a tiny plant fruit and tapped out the finest green powder.

The next day, my husband and I sat down in the afternoon and felt rather at loose ends. Then he looked at me and said, "That was a great afternoon with Cynthia." I agreed. He reminded me about the two magazines that Cynthia lent us. So, I sat down to read.

Cynthia had been a teacher, and then the Director of the Massachusetts Audubon's Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary. She was a "pesticide activist," described as a "formidable advocate for environmental causes and a mine of information" and even given an award from the EPA for her work in environmental education.  ("Taking a Stand at Stony Brook" in Sanctuary: the journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, vol. 26, no. 6, April 1987).  In the article "Baytex at Bay" of the Society's July 1977 Newsletter, "almost single-handedly, through sheer perseverance, Cynthia ... was able to halt at least temporarily an indiscriminate spraying program that had been in process for more than 20 years" (p.5).

Cynthia's life speaks.

Let Your Life Speak

"Let your life speak."   

I know many Quakers whose faith shapes the choices and decisions they make in their lives. Not just in their activism and engagement in the world but in the less obtrusive undertakings of everyday life.


“Letting” their lives speak sounds almost passive, and it is true that it's not the Quaker way to impose beliefs or proselytize.  But "lives that speak" are not passive. They are active and powerful, because they are pointing the way...  as they work for peace, understanding, equality, justice. They lead, by following their Inner Teacher. Quakers witness. 

Many of the people at Midcoast Meeting are inspired people whose lives are active and whose stories are awesome. We're hoping to have some of them share about their lives and work at the Meetinghouse. I'll try and share some of their stories here, too.  


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

From "Away"

There's a shorthand that the locals sometimes use, here in Maine.

If a local tells you someone is "from away" it might explain that stranger's sense of urgency, determination or downright despair (What do you mean, you've sold out of the lobster special? Can't you send someone out for more?).

For many years, I qualified for another local euphemism: I was a "summer person."  (I often quipped that I was only a real person in the summer!)  Coming here to recharge and regroup each year meant a lot of dealing with maintaining the summer camp, squirrel generations who felt as proprietary as we did, and having only summer glimpses of people we knew "since forever." Our sense of place and awareness of the briefness of our visit kept us mindful of our blessings here. Our annual migration north sustained us in many ways.

Now that I've settled in Midcoast, I know how our Meeting enjoys a summer influx of new visitors and old friends. Although this is a hectic time of year (we are often busy hosting those summer friends and family) we truly look forward to welcoming new and old friends. It delights us when others look forward to returning here in the warm days of summer, announcing themselves at the rise of Meeting and sharing where they are "from."  Welcome, Friends! Welcome back, old friends!

I've recently "been away" visiting family (so I haven't posted here lately).  But I returned just in time to help welcome two wonderful people to our Meeting family. We witnessed their marriage under the care of our Meeting!  Welcome to Liz and Petra! We all look forward to your returning again and again.



Monday, June 23, 2014

5267 Pounds of Carbon

The Meetinghouse was built in 1995.  Its rooms were designed to resonate with the older, simple structures of traditional meetinghouses. It is light, airy, and open.


But it is a modern structure The vaulted ceilings in the Worship room include a hearing amplification system microphone. The wide window has a projection screen ready to scroll down out of its upper recesses. The building alarm system will dial out for help in the event of power loss or other troubles. There is an electric car charging station in our parking area and WiFi throughout. The 21st century touches still don't overwhelm the sense of place.

It is also a structure built and maintained in concert with the Quaker testimony of Stewardship.* Those are compact flourescent or LED bulbs in the downlights. Solar fixtures light the walkway. Our windows are cleaned with cornstarch and water.  And, yes, that's a set of solar panels on our roof!

The three 175W solar panels are offsetting a significant portion of our electrical usage. If you rap sharply on the front of "Sunny Boy" (a red box on the wall of the social room closet) a display will light up and tell you about the present power production as well as the total kilowatt hours produced since installation.  It calculates we've saved 5267 pounds of carbon so far!

We're modern time Quakers, still practicing Simplicity and Stewardship!

*Testimonies are not prescribed behaviors or rules, they are the kind of outward activities that individual Friends find consonant with their spiritual experiences. When many individual Friends, in various ways over the generations, live in consonance with such a theme, they recognize it as a Testimony.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Minding the Meadow

The Meeting has been maintaining a field habitat for years.  It's an important ecosystem to protect. The number of wildflowers, grasses, insects and other creatures it supports is huge. We keep the ecosystem from converting to woodlands by mowing it down once a year.  That keeps woody plants from taking over this sunny grassland.

Garden plot before deconstruction, June 2, 2014
We regularly mow paths through and around the meadow to give visitors a chance to discover its beauty up close. Some of us actually cheer on the bees and hopefully watch for monarchs to come and eat the milkweed. We notice the "galls" created in stems of goldenrod that safely house developing insect larva. These insects at the bottom of the food chain will help feed young birds and other field critters. Highly nutritious seeds from the wildflowers will provide sustenance for fall and winter inhabitants. This field is home to many interdependent species of plants and animals.

Garden plot "before" June 2
This summer we are encouraging our meadow ecosystem to reclaim some space that used to be a garden. We will have a transitional meadow: a no longer gardened space where we encourage luxuriant growth and wildflowers and grasses that self-seed for next year. Guy Marsden of our Meetinghouse and Grounds Committee (and this Sustainable Living blog and this page on his arttec website) has been mentoring the meadow. Just this week, he made way for the reclamation by removing the remains of the old garden: plastic sheeting, stumps of non-native plants, and such. Talk about recycling! Here are some before and after pictures from week one.

Ready to transition to meadow!





Monday, May 26, 2014

Mixed Media Studio Art with Judith Imm

I am having a fantastic time getting to know Judith and her art!  She's another Midcoast Friends Meeting person (I previously posted about Carl, and I owe you a post about our newly blogging poet, George) and a delight to scheme with. Judith is fascinating, talented, and extremely encouraging. I'm pasting a flyer below with our first foray into summer art classes:

Visual artist Judith Imm comes to Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center on Tuesday mornings this summer.  Judith brings her mastery of many techniques and tools, a belief in the joy of art making, and in the power of an artist’s vision to communicate deeply felt emotions and ideas. As she says, “It’s simply freeing.”

Judith invites beginning and experienced artists to come share a still life exploration for a series of 3-hour studio experiences.  Since Judith is versed in so many media, she leaves your choice of media (i.e. watercolor, oil stick, pastel, acrylics) up to you!

Judith, educated at the Chelsea School of Art in London, traveled extensively in Europe before settling on the North Shore of Boston for 17 years, where her work has been shown extensively.  Judith is now a resident of Waldoboro and looking forward to sharing her talents here in Midcoast. 

The workshops will be held at the Midcoast Friends Meetinghouse, 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta (off Route One just north of town).   For more information, or to reserve your spot,  call  207.563.3757 or email midcoastcenter@gmail.com. Payment is due the first day of classes, credit cards are not accepted.

Participants are invited to sign on for a 3 week starter course ($60) or the entire 8 week summer session ($150).  
Classes begin Tuesday, June 17th, and continue through August 5th.  Each session runs from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NVC?

The calendar on the lobby wall at the meetinghouse lists "NVC" from 6:30 to 8:30 on the first and third Mondays each month. I puzzled about it, since I didn't recognize the handwriting. Before I had a chance to ask many people about it, though, I found a note on my desk from Carl. It said he'd like to talk to me about NVC.  How serendipitous!

It turns out that Carl has been facilitating a small group of people who gather at the Meetinghouse on the first and third Mondays of each month. They’ve been meeting for 10 years or more. They share a reading the first Monday, exploring a chapter of a book together, but they aren’t an ordinary “book group.”  On the third Monday of the month, they put into practice the techniques in the most recent reading—giving each other a chance to hone their skills in an "empathy circle."
 
Carl donated two copies of the book they are using and told me a little about the history of the group.  The book is Marshall B. Rosenberg’s Nonviolent communication: a language of life, 2d ed.

This book offers stories, conversation role-plays, and real-world examples meant to help the reader understand the basis of a simple four part communication technique. The focus is on language and communication skills as a way to connect through empathetic listening and responding “with honesty and clarity, while simultaneously paying others a respectful and empathic attention” (p.3).  

Carl invites you to come check it out (a copy is in the Peace Library, I’m reading the other one at present) and come check out the group!  June’s reading will be chapter 6, and if you call or email Carl (he’s in the Meeting’s directory) he’ll be happy to email you a synopsis of the month’s reading.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Reaching IN … for Outreach

One of the underlying theories of hiring an outreach coordinator is that having someone IN the building will encourage the surrounding community to come on in.  I’m a bit of a welcome mat, in that way.  

So, the space is set up: 
  • The building has internet and WiFi. 
  • I’ve figured out how to work the answering machine.
  • I’m in the building 8 hours a week. 
  • I’ve printed business cards and bookmarks.
  • I can program the heating system up to a week ahead of time.  
  • Enhancing children’s spaces, both inside and out. 
  • Setting up a welcoming work space for me.  Just yesterday, I found myself smiling when I noticed people stopping in the space for a conversation, or heading for my desk and finding that stack of scrap paper and pen I had left there on purpose.  
  • We are seeing about maybe getting our phone number put on a sign outside.  No more hiding under a bushel! 

Once people come inside, of course, we want an enriching connection for all of us, whether it is for a one-time rental, an art class, or a streamed program.  

The Program Committee is about to meet for the first time.  Individuals and meeting members are sharing their visions for programs and activities.  There’s a sense that we are starting something new.

One of my former students,
looking "in" at a rock
The amazing part, for me, has been looking IN on the Meeting.  People here have been sharing their ambitions for the Center, yes, and it is exciting.  People have also told me about their pasts, their delights and disappointments, and their spiritual stock-taking.  They are frank, they are loving, and they are not perfect.  But, they all desire to be true to their Inner Teacher.  They listen hard and try to live their truths.  By adding Outreach, we’re not really starting something new so much as letting our own Light shine.  For me, this time of finding each other is when the magic happens.  I continue to be impressed and astounded by  the gifts of others. 

We’ve made a great start by opening the building.  Now we are inviting people in.  To echo a Pogo comic strip: Some of them is us!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Open House

Come meet me, make a "May basket," see the facility, and enjoy a refreshing treat! May 4th, 1:30-3:00, 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta.

There's lots of activity planned for our beautiful spot. Additions to the play yard are being installed (a sandbox and a music-making station), some summer activities are scheduled, and I've started opening the Meetinghouse during the week. Meanwhile, early flowers are beginning to push their way through today's coating of snow!

Next steps are being envisioned, and our Center's Program Committee is ready to gear up.  Just wait until they hear some of the project ideas I've heard floating around!  I'll let you know, too, once they get underway.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ready, Set ... Staff!

Today I changed the answering machine message on the Midcoast Friends Meeting phone to include the Outreach and Peace Center details.  I'll be at the Center M/W from 10-2 for a start. Those hours will be supplemented with volunteers and special events, too.

There are:
Four monthly family Friendly activities already in the planning stages;
Three additions to the play yard being plotted out;
Two days a week when the building is staffed and open to the public (Monday/Wed 10-2);
One beautiful location with play yard, memorial garden, nature path, fields, and 24/7 WiFi

Upcoming blog posts will have more details about those events already in the planning stages!




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What Do You Get When You Give Quakers WiFi?

Cable Installation at the Junction Box
At least here at Midcoast Friends Meeting, you get an amazing number of people pulling out a handheld device and checking it out!  There were Friends taking snaps of each other and sharing them, talking about fair access in the digital age, and walking out into the parking lot to map the signal strength.

We installed cable internet and a wireless modem earlier this month, so we can now stream video and Skype presentations, too. I hope you'll stop by and check it out!  The Wifi is free and available 24/7 from the porch, the play yard, and the parking lot, as well as in the building.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center Hires Coordinator

A recent meeting of the Oversight Committee.
Members of the Midcoast Meeting of Friends' Oversight Committee on Outreach hire an Outreach Coordinator: ME!

I'll be setting up some space at Midcoast Meetinghouse (77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta) and getting ready to help their vision of a vibrant, supportive Outreach and Peace Center expand.  I know the meeting has already been very active presenting programming in area venues and expect there will be lots of help as we bring home some of our expertise. I start April 1st.  More details (like office hours) to come as we work them out!