Activities and Events
Bucks Quarterly Meeting - The Religious Society of Friends  
Activities & Events

Sunday - November 18 - Quarterly Meeting

9AM to 3PM

Yardley Friends Meetinghouse
65 N. Main Street
Yardley, PA 19067

Holly Olson
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Don’t forget your hand crafted items to donate to Friendly Crafters (and your money).
9:30: Registration and Refreshments 10:00: Worship
11:00: Adult Program - Ending Gun Violence: The Next Quaker Revolution: The Yardley Meeting Gun Violence Prevention Committee will provide the presentation.  They will share some of the knowledge they have gained in the past year about this very relevant topic.
The presentation will start with a short introduction to the committee’s initial focus and goals. They will discuss a few specific gun safety issues, which will then lead into sharing information about the many gun violence prevention organizations that exist.  The committee will also point out the best places to find useful information and ideas within these organizations for your further exploration.
The focus will also include thoughts on the ingredients of successful social advocacy campaigns and how they could be applied to gun advocacy efforts, touching on ways that Friends can adapt to their own Meetings. They will wrap up with a rousing and inspiring brainstorming session that will touch on ways that Friends can adapt these ideas in their Meetings, and to their own vocal ministry in their communities and with their elected leaders.
10:00 to Noon: Children’s Program - As the adult program focuses on the issue of gun violence and what we can do about eradicating it, the children’s program will explore the roots of conflict and non-violent conflict resolution. 
The program will begin with an introduction to the concept of conflict, with examples of conflicts in its many forms, explore Quaker testimonies and introduce the concepts of the conflict escalator and non-violent conflict resolution.
Examples of conflicts from Biblical times and Quaker history will be presented, providing ample discussion of the underlying roots of conflict and ideas on positive resolutions, and how love, kindness, and compassion play a vital role in resolving conflicts.
The children will then be challenged to come up with “modern day” stories of conflict from their own lives, and give examples of how their conflicts could be resolved using the principles of de-escalation and Quaker teachings talked about earlier in the program.
Lots of fun and games for business meeting time will be available – including outside games if the weather is nice!
Noon: Lunch provided by our Yardley Friends
1-3PM: Business Session: We will hear from our Newtown and Plumstead Friends also our Treasurer, Budget and Nominating, Coordinator, Friends Camp Assoc. (Onas) and Bucks Quarter Peace Fair.

Holly Olson, Coordinator
Box 4477 - George School
Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940

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