Peace & Social Concerns Updates

Voluntary Carbon Tax Witness

Check out this overview of Portland Friends Meeting’s Voluntary Carbon Tax Witness – and here is the committment form.  Please consider taking part in this individual and group witness for Earth and Creation.

A Guide to Staying Involved

Here’s the link to our updated Peace & Social Concerns Committee’s Guide to Staying Involved. Please note that this is a committee report on which the meeting has not acted.

Exciting Lobbying Training on Feb. 2 – National & State

Lobbying Training – Learn How to Make Your Voice Heard in Augusta and Washington!

February 2, 12:30-4:30pm, Portland Friends Meetinghouse

FCNL logoWant to get more involved with talking to your legislators but arenʼt sure how? Already experienced, but want some expert advice and practice to polish your skills?

Learn how to make your voice heard effectively in Augusta and in Washington, D.C.!

Youʼll receive training, sample materials for lobbying visits, and hands-on practice sessions to practice your new skills.

This exciting workshop features a great panel of speakers and trainers: Jim Cason of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL); Dick Wagner, a Quaker who has recently left the Maine state legislature, and Leslie Manning, a Quaker active in many circles, including the Friends Committee on Maine Public Policy and the Maine Council of Churches.

We will cover both federal and Maine legislative processes, with pointers on grassroots advocacy, in-person lobbying, and follow-up tips.

All are welcome, but space is limited, so sign up quickly!

RSVP to: or by phone to (813) 451 -7220.

If you know of any other organizations that might be interested in co-sponsoring and sending participants, please let me know. Friends and non-Quakers are equally welcome.

– Becky Steele, Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Portland Friends Meeting

Grab Your Coat: What to Bring to PFM Retreat

Grab your coat & get your hat. . . seriously, long range forecast predicts high of 63/low of 41 next weekend!


  • Bedding including sheets and warm blanket or sleeping bag & pillow
  • Towels & washcloth, soap etc.
  • Layers of clothing:  Be prepared for very cool evenings & mornings.
  • Socks & gloves to sleep in (cabins are not heated)
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Flashlight & replacement batteries essential
  • Mosquito and tick repellent

Watch weather reports to see if swimsuits and/or raincoats  & umbrellas will be needed.  Right now the prediction is for SUNNY both days!


  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Field Guide to Birds, Mushrooms, etc.
  • Fishing equipment-boats, lifejackets are available
  • Frisbee or Soccer Ball
  • Sketchbook or Journal
  • Costumes or Props for Talent Show
  • Musical instruments
  • Gratitude for this chance to be together!

Address of the Camp is 729 Lakeview Drive, South China, ME 04358.  Driving time is approximately 11/2 hours (from the Meeting House).  For questions, call Brad 756-5586.


Summer Opportunities for Our Young People

Friends Camp, China, MaineLooking for summer activities for your children?

Families are encouraged to consider Friends Camp in China, Maine, and the summer day camp program at Friends School of Portland. More information and applications are available at their web sites.

Please note that the Meeting has some scholarship money available for campers in need of financial aid. For more information please contact Anne Payson, YRE Coordinator at

Annual First Day School Easter Breakfast on April 8th!

Please come to the Easter Sunday Breakfast on April 8, from 9:00 – 10:20 AM, with delicious food presented by the First Day School.

At their annual First Day School Meeting for Business, Portland Friends youth decided they would like donations from this year’s Easter Breakfast to go to the Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization which supports grassroots income-generating projects in the developing world, and encourages economic disciplenship in the United States.

Also at the Easter Breakfast, the First Day School will be collecting items for the:

  • Coastal Humane Animal Shelter:  dog, cat, and kitten food (Friskies, Purina, Science Diet, Nutro, Pedigree, and dye-free puppy chow)
  • Preble Street Resource Center: socks, especially warm socks, in any adult sizes

Please come and donate if you can!

Salt & Light Program for October 29-30

Please see more below for background on the Salt & Light event going on here and around the world.  And please see here to register.

P R O G R A M for the WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 29-30 

Saturday October 29th

9:30 a.m. – Registration

10:00 – Opening worship

  • Welcome & Introductions – Andy Grannell, Portland Friends Meeting
  • FWCC and the Sixth World Conference – Louise Salinas, Associate Secretary FWCC Section of the Americas

10:20 – What does it mean to be Salt and Light? – Valerie Joy

10:40 – Discussion in small groups

11:10 – Small groups report back

11:30 – Break

11:45 – The broken world: Stories of Burundian Friends in Tanzanian refugee camps. – Abel Sibonio

  • Questions & reflection

12:30 p.m.1 – Lunch & fellowship

1:30 p.m – Re-gather & vocal prayer

  • Discussion in small groups, reflecting on the Broken World

2:00 – Activity: How do our lives and actions contribute to the brokenness of the world?

2:30 – Small groups report back

2:50 – Friends in Asia & the West Pacific  – Valerie Joy

3:10 – Living the kingdom – Valerie Joy and Abel Sibonio

  • Discussion in small groups: World Conference Study Guide

3:40 – Small groups report back

4:00 – Break

4:15 – Caring for each other: Salt & Light in Portland. How can we be agents of God’s healing power?  Facilitated discussion by Valerie &  Abel

4:45 – Closing remarks

  •  Singing & closing prayer

5:00 p.m. – African-themed dinner


Sunday Morning  October 30th

 8:00 a.m.  – Early unprogrammed worship

9:00 a.m. – Singing with International Song Book

9:30 a.m. – Intergenerational Unprogrammed worship:

  • Opening query
  • Scripture readings in Kirundi & English
  • Children’s message
  • Adult message, brought by guests from Australia

10:30 a.m. – Unprogrammed worship in the manner of Friends


Report from Released Friends Andy and Dorothy Grannell

October 2, 2011

World Conference of Friends logoThe question being asked by Friends World Conference for Consultation is: “What does it mean to BE salt and light and to live the kingdom in a broken world?” It is being asked as the foundation for having the 6th World Conference of Friends, the first World conference since 1991. The theme is taken from Matthew 5:13 – 16.  Salt flavors food, preserves food, cleans and heals wounds. Light allows us to see clearly, to be visible to others, and reflects back.

The world conference and the mini Salt & Light events occuring on October 29-30th are asking each Friend wherever he or she is located to discern what it means to BE Salt and Light in our meetings, in our faith lives, in our communities and in the world. What will it mean for Friends to take seriously being Salt and Light in dealing with issues of faith, poverty, justice, economics and the environment? What will each of us be called to do to Live the Kingdom and to Heal the Broken World? Can we do it together across the different forms of Quakerism? Will we gain more understanding of each other? Will the Society of Friends be changed and if so, how? We will as Friends internationally find effective ways to heal our broken world wherever we are located? The conference is a call to both discernment and action.

We will have opportunity to consider the questions on October 29 and 30. Abel Sibonio and Valerie Joy of Australia will be staying in local homes for 4 evenings and taking us through their experiences and drawing us in to consider these questions. We will listen, pray, sing, eat and share in much the same way that Andy and I will in Kenya. Our prayer is that as many members and attenders of this meeting as possible will set aside Oct 29th and the morning of Oct 30.

We need your help in making this event work. Overnight hospitality on Saturday for guests from afar, pre-program publicity, registrars, set up and clean up for meals, leaders for Sunday programmed worship and small group facilitators for Saturday will ensure the success of the event. Please either sign up online or take one of the paper forms that are hanging by the front door. Failing that, talk to, e-mail or phone Andy or I – we will have a task for you. A donation is requested to help defray the cost of the event and bringing the visitors from Australia. However, please do not let that keep you from attending.

The program is appropriate for those 10 and up, the tasks that need doing are also appropriate for those aged 10 and up. The online registration is open at or again, you can tell Andy or me that you are coming and whether it will be for Saturday or Sunday or both. Sunday morning is open to all because it will be a part of our regular extended worship for a Sunday that includes silent worship at 8, singing at 9, and programmed worship with our speakers at 9:30 and silent worship at 10:30.

This will be a rich experience for all of us. The motto of FWCC Section of the Americas is: “Connecting Friends, Crossing Cultures, Changing Lives”. At the event here on Oct.29 & 30 Portland, Friends will have the opportunity to live the motto. The meeting room holds up to 100 people. Our prayer is that it will be full. Please register and invite others you know who would like to participate from around New England.

Andy and I have just recently been blessed to have our applications to the Lyman fund approved. We have received a generous grant to support our travel as released Friends for the conference and to share what we learn after the conference. We still seek a portion of the travel funds and as well as support for the Salt & Light events here in New England so that all that want to may participate.

Andy and Dorothy Grannell

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