Agate Passage Friends
State of the Meeting
Report - 2006
If those of us who gather for Meeting for Worship each
Sunday at Agate Passage Meeting had to choose only one theme for our
“State” this year it might be COMMUNITY.
On Sunday mornings we have felt larger than usual if we
have had twenty people worshiping together, but the quality of that
worship has not only been rich in silence and ministry, but it has made
us feel that rather than friction, we are each part of a deep-running
community of persons who support, care about, listen to, and honor each
Last fall when we went to welcome a new member with a
potluck dinner almost all of our active persons gathered for the
potluck, and the dominant theme of the affair was how grateful we were
that we were a part of this community.
Because there are so few of us the tasks to be done to
keep a meeting vital and effective need to be divided up between us
rather heavily. Willingly we volunteer to keep our meeting affairs
going and effective.
Most of our activities in the community have centered
around making our opposition to the Iraq war known. As a meeting, we
have done several things in order to express our support for Lt. Ehren
Watada and the stand he has taken against returning to fight in Iraq.
We canceled a business meeting one March Sunday afternoon so that those
of us who wanted to could freely attend a demonstration in Seattle
against the war, and many of us took up that chance. Also many of us
have joined with other local groups to swell the ranks of those opposing
the war. We are now discussing all the things we can do and will to
support the troops in ways that will let them know we hope to support
U.S. troops by facilitating ways to meet their needs while in Iraq and
bring them home from Iraq as soon as possible.
Because many of us are becoming older, this year we have
done a good deal of thinking as a group about what we want our meeting
to do at the time of our deaths. Our Ministry and Counsel committee has
planned several events to help us think about what is important to us at
such a time in our lives. We also traveled to Westport Washington to
the Memorial Service of one of our active members who moved away from
us and died some two years after his departure.
We are, however, better organized this year to meet the
needs of our youngest members. The last Sunday of each month is a time
when we invite the children connected to the meeting to join us for a
special program geared to meet their religious education needs. There
are usually only about five children who join us, but we are confident
that when they are with us, they form an image of Quaker adults who
care about them and make sure they learn and are happy when they are
We have not been able to stretch ourselves into traveling
much to firm up our connections to the wider circle of The Religious
Society of Friends in this area, but we recognize you also care about us
as we try to stretch ourselves into being more mature as a Meeting both
in the faith and practice of our Quaker testimonies.
Judy Brown, Clerk.
(First draft -subject to revision)