Two Special Events This Week
at the Quaker Meetinghouse
Wednesday, Feb 22nd
MULADHARA YOGA WORKSHOP
Instructor: Sara Ramey
The Muladhara Chakra is the root or base chakra, the seat of our energy and power. This class will be all about centering and grounding ourselves as a foundation for starting the new year strong. After an introductory reflection to help anchor us, we will move through a guided vinyasa sequence, wind down with a short Bhastrika breath work exercise (pranayama), and finish with an optional warming hand oil treatment.
Bring: mat, blanket
Friday, Feb 24th
A ZHIKR CEREMONY OF DIVINE REMEMBRANCE
The Life of Bayard Rustin
7pm, Saturday, January 14th
at the Quaker Meetinghouse
7052 Vandiver, San Antonio 78209
Join us for a screening of the film Brother, Outsider, the Life of Bayard Rustin. Rustin was a close adviser to Martin Luther King and the main organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. He was also a gay Quaker.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Bayard Rustin was an early and incalculably important force behind the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the Twentieth Century. Although his contributions to the movement remain largely unrecognized by the general public, he was of invaluable assistance to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many of the other well-known heroes of the era. Rustin was a behind-the-scenes power during the 1956 Montgomery, Alabama, Bus Boycotts, and the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which Dr. King delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech. Born to a West Chester, Pennsylvania, Quaker family, Rustin made a lifelong study of the principles of peace and social change through nonviolent resistance and was an important influence on Dr. King’s adoption of the precepts of Gandhi.
Join us for Christmas Eve Worship
and Simple Meal
Continuing our tradition, we will hold an in-person candlelight Meeting for Worship on Christmas Eve. We have had to cancel our traditional Simple Meal because of the extreme cold and the recent rise of COVID in San Antonio.
Saturday, December 24th
- 5:30-6:00 pm: set up the candles.
- 6:00-7:00 pm: Candlelight Meeting for Worship. In-person and masked; vaccinations highly recommended.
(There is not enough light to offer a Zoom option.)
FCNL Advocacy Team Workshop
Saturday, June 25 — 1-4pm
at the Quaker Meetinghouse
Friends are hoping to form a grassroots Advocacy Team in San Antonio, TX, supported by the Friends Committee on National Legislation, to advocate for federal policies on peace and justice. These teams work to influence Congressional action through persistent advocacy, media engagement, and public outreach as part of a national network of 125 teams in 44 states.
If you’re interested in learning more about the team, or just strengthening your grassroots advocacy skills, Please join us on Saturday, June 25 from 1:00-4:00 PM CDT for an interactive hybrid workshop with FCNL. You can register here: https://act.fcnl.org/event/advocacy-teams/2795 or learn more about the program at www.fcnl.org/advocacyteams.
Migrant Center for Human Rights Workshops:
Lunch Advocacy for Letter Writing
April 18-22 at noon CST on Zoom
We will start with a conversation on where we’re at after a year under the Biden Administration and identify issues together that we believe the Administration and/or Congress can work on. Then we will write letters together. Give yourself an hour to help make a difference!
2022 South Central Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions
LED BY FAITH TO WORK FOR JUSTICE
Online April 10-13
In person at Greene Family Camp and online April 14-17
The time for action is upon us! This was Spirit’s message for us as Cielo Grande Quarterly Meeting began to consider the theme for Yearly Meeting 2022. How then to act upon this message? Surely, our faith must lead us. That was the course of discernment that gave us the theme for this year’s Yearly Meeting: Led by Faith to Work for Justice. We envisioned our program as both hearing from Friends and others, young and old, near and far, about the relationship between their faith and activism and learning about and discussing the tools that we use to realize and support these leadings to work for justice.
In our week of events, we wanted to give preference, when possible, to young people, people of faith (not necessarily Quakers), people of color, and also, if possible, to those who are active in the area of South Central Yearly Meeting. To that end, we will hear from activists working to abolish the death penalty, activists for indigenous rights, and climate and environmental activists. We invite all Friends to tell us about the paths that they have traveled in their work for justice and to share what tools and support have worked for them.
Kallan Benson, will be with us online and in-person as our keynote panelist and giving two workshops. Kallan is 18 years old and has been an environmental activist since the age of 9. She has been involved in issues involving the local environment in her Chesapeake Bay home area, and she has been involved in climate change activism. She is the US national coordinator for Fridays for a Future, which was started by Greta Thunberg to organize school strikes to advocate for climate justice, and she founded Parachutes for the Planet, an international community art program (active now in over 70 countries) to raise awareness of climate change.
Her activism helped get fracking banned in Maryland and restrict fossil fuel dependence there and in the District of Columbia. She was co-recipient with Greta Thunberg of the UN’s Champions of the Earth Award, which she refused and offered back to the assembled world leaders to earn for themselves.
Kallan will participate in the keynote panel along with her mother as they discuss the influence of their Quaker faith and the role of their family life in their work for climate justice.
Friends Couple Enrichment: Caring for Your Relationship While Caring for Others
Mar 5, 6, and 12, 2022
An Online Couples Enrichment Retreat via Zoom.
How can couples care for themselves and each other while also caring for children, supporting aging parents, or tending to the needs of others? Read more and register
Feb 18-20, 2022
A virtual weekend workshop with Rev. Rhetta Morgan.
Out of the winter season, participants in this program will explore the darkness together. Then we will turn toward how we each define the dark and enter into a journey of reflection, mirroring insights, singing, movement, journaling, and communing in silence to deepen our relationship to the dark. Read more and register
Memorial Service for Mark Hickman
Saturday, February 5th, 10am (Central Time)
(at the Meetinghouse and on Zoom)
To join by Zoom: Click HERE
Zoom ID #976 0522 6497
Phone: +1 346 248 7799, then enter ID#
January 30th: Forum / Discussion on Vocal Ministry, led by Gary Whiting & Jim Spickard
We will be joined for this 5th Sunday event by Friends from the Cielo Grande Quarterly Meeting.
Unlike many religious groups, Quakers in the unprogrammed tradition do not give prepared sermons during our Meetings for Worship. Instead, we speak only when we are led by the Spirit to do so. How does this work? How do we know when we are called to speak? Gary and Jim will lead a discussion of these matters on January 30th, drawing on their and your experiences of being called to present vocal ministry in Meeting for Worship.
We will use a short QuakerSpeak video as a discussion starter. Here are two useful ones. (Click on the picture or the link to view.)
We encourage you share what kinds of vocal ministry work best for you, either giving or receiving.
Join us either in person or by Zoom.