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Durango Friend's Poetry Published
in Western Friend's Online Edition
Two poems by DFM's Ross Worley have been published in the online edition of Western Friend. The first verse of each appear below. Visit Western Friend for the complete texts.
A crisp September morning, a solo hike
The Colorado Trail, four miles to Gudy’s Rest* and back felt right.
I started out, sandwich in the pack, early
Ninety seven is a ripe old age.
Not ready yet to turn the page,
The body shakes and needs to rest,
But the mind's not set to disengage
Yearly Meeting: What Is It Good For?
By Tim Telep
Durango Friend Tim Telep reflects on the value of yearly gathering. This essay also appears in the September / October 2015 issue of Western Friend.
Matters of budget and finance during our annual Quaker gatherings can often lead us from questions about numbers into existential conversations about why we even have yearly meetings. During one such business meeting this summer, which considered the 2016 budget of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, I found myself thinking of Edwin Starr’s Motown classic, “War.” Except the lyrics I heard in my inner ear were: “Yearly Meeting! What is it good for? Absolutely everything!”
Something draws us together every year, something good. We overcome a daunting geography to be together. In the West, vast distances separate our local Quaker meetings... [Read More]
Visiting Friend Reports on the Friends Committee on National Legislation
by Jim Mills
Tom Vaughan of Gila, New Mexico's Monthly Meeting recently met with Durango Friends in his first appearance as a part of the new Friends Committee on National Legislation’s (FCNL) Visiting Friend program.
FCNL Visiting Friends will be traveling among monthly meetings to report on FCNL's recent work and receive guidance in return. These Visiting Friends are selected for their experience with FCNL and their willingness to tell how their FCNL work arises out of their own lives as Friends... [Read More]
What Came Back to Durango from
Intermountain Yearly Meeting?
A report on the 2015 Annual Gathering
Seventeen Durango Friends joined more than 300 other IMYM Friends the week of June 7-14 at Ghost Ranch for Quaker worship, study, business and fellowship. Under the theme of “Discernment: Where Does the Light Lead Us Now?" with experienced Santa Cruz (CA) Friend Diego Navarro, Friends provided many examples of being led by Spirit in areas of social concern, including immigrant detention, environment, youth programs, Quaker Indian schools, economic injustice and influence peddling, to name just a few.
Several Durango Friends met a few days later to reflect on what we each harvested from the gathering to nurture the spirit, strengthen our Quaker understandings, and help further the Quaker work of our Meeting...[Read More]