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New Community Action Calendar

The Midcoast Community Action Calendar began as a cooperative effort to share news of important actions and events occurring in the Lincoln County, Maine area. 
The calendar is being set up so local organizations (including social justice groups, environmental action groups, and area churches) can inform the public about and invite them to join their actions.  We hope it will also help coordinate our efforts and avoid scheduling two events at once. Scroll down to learn how to post and subscribe.

Click on an event to get a more detailed description and a contact person for more information. 
Those wishing to post an event should email the details to  The calendar organizers reserve the right to screen postings for appropriateness. 

You can subscribe to this calendar in several ways:  If you already use a Google Calendar, view your calendar and look down the left column for the "Other calendars" button.  When that is clicked it offers you a search box where …

The Safety Pin Question

Jogging without a license: I don't have to worry about anyone questioning my immigration status, so when I jog around my neighborhood I don't always carry any form of identification. That's because I'm an old white lady and I live in a community that is mostly white older people.  No one is going to stop me and ask me to prove I belong, or jail me until I can. No matter where I lived, I've never had anyone challenge my right to be where I am. That's white privilege, also class privilege.  I was born into it and didn't even notice at first that it wasn't that way for everyone.

But Mr. Rogers said: I've always been told that if I have a problem I could flag down the nearest "authority figure" for help. The "helpers" are those in the positions of authority, wearing uniforms.  Heck, that's what Mr. Rogers said, isn't it?  "Find the helpers," he said, when talking about scary things happening. I told that to my stud…

World Quaker Day 2016

Sunday the 2nd of October was "World Quaker Day."  We celebrated with a picture, Meeting for Worship, and a Potluck.

During Meeting for Worship a theme arose around the joys and challenges of George Fox's quote "answering that of God in everyone" and a more recently quoted "answering that of God in all creation." 

Wednesday Morning Silences

I arrive at the meetinghouse for 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.  I often encounter a few people leaving from our newly instituted mid-week silent worship.

This brief 30 minutes of quietude was organized by a Friend who felt led to seek a chance to regroup in stillness and silence mid-week.  She invited in several people she knew, none of whom are Quakers, and all of whom gave it a trial. Local Friends have also joined her.

She arrives and unlocks the meetinghouse at 9:30 a.m.  She enters quietly and goes directly to the worship room and others do the same. After half an hour, they quietly disperse.  They may wish each other good day but they do not linger long; there is no expectation of a social time or coffee hour.

True silence is the rest of the mind; and is to the spirit, what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
~ William Penn, 1644-1718
Children’s Program/Potluck for June Once a month, a special exploration with children for first day followed by a family style lunch!
June 5:  Walking in beauty with Miss Rumphius
Since the Meetinghouse is surrounded by lupine in full show, we thought we’d continue our theme of “walking gently” on our earth by sharing the story of the lupine lady.  Some consider this the original “green” story. 
I’m guessing you all know Barbara Cooney’s story about Alice Rumphius and her desire to do three things: live by the sea, go to faraway places and make the world a more beautiful place.  It can prompt discussions on a wide variety of topics (environmentalism, aging, travel, family ties and the many positive aspects of feminism). We’ll try and center down on some concrete things the children can do right now to be “green” (help remember to turn off light switches, compost, garden, etc.).  We’ll add some more footprints to our “walking gently over the earth” display.  Here's the poster we star…

"Can you be a Quaker and a misanthrope?"

I agree with Albert Einstein’s great belief in the power of asking good questions! Questions that are thought-provoking, spark curiosity or start great conversations. 
The Society of Friends has had a long history of making use of queries. A query is a question or series of questions used for reflection.  Queries are can be read aloud at the start of a meeting for silent worship (we do that once or twice a month) and sometimes during business meetings. They were at the heart of a worship sharing session we recently held. 
Here are some of the ways our Meeting has asked questions.
A display on our board poses a set of questions for a Quakerism 101 discussion:   Can I wear polish on my toenails? Do you have to be a pacifist to be a Quaker? What is a “popcorn meeting”?
During Meeting for Worship, my friend Suzy shared a question that she received in the mail recently: You are a Quaker.  Can you tell me what that means in 60 seconds or less?
We've also had aworship sharingrecently, where we s…

A Program for Parents and Caregivers ...

Raising Children to Be More Adventuresome!
A workshop for parents on ways to help your children learn how to be risk-taking and creative! 
Presented by Nat Shed, Director ofthe Friends Camp in South China, Maine Friday, March 11th Mid-Coast Friends Meetinghouse 77 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta
4:30 PM  - Questions & Answers about the Friends Camp—Nat Shed 5:00 PM   - Please join us for a Family and Friends Pasta Dinner!!! 5:45 PM—A Discussion about Unstructured Playtime:  Why It’s Valuable and Hard to Achieve—Nat Shed
This workshop provides parents with an opportunity to explore the benefits and risks of unstructured playtime for children, in a world where caution and structured work dominate. Nat has worked with the Friends Camp for more than 30 years and is a member of Vassalboro Friends Meeting. He is the parent of two grown daughters and an uncle to 25 nieces and nephews.
         DINNER AND PRESENTATION FREE TO THE PUBLIC CHILDCARE PROVIDED “The most important time for children is when t…