Please join us for
Chesapeake Quarterly Meeting
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Remember to turn your clocks ahead!
3107 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Fracking & Cove Point: A Spiritual Concern?
Karie Firoozmand, Stony Run Friends Meeting
Anne Lusby Harrison, Patuxent Friends Meeting
About the Program
The proposed expansion of the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal in Lusby, Maryland has emerged as a major environmental concern for the State of Maryland. We will show a brief film which reviews the Cove Point project followed by a panel discussion. Karie Firoozmand has been raising up issues of environmental stewardship and justice among Friends, trying to discover where the seeds of injustice can be replaced with those of right relationship. Anne Lusby Harrison is clerk of the Peace and Social Concerns Committee for Patuxent Meeting which is located in Lusby near the Cove Point facility and will speak about the Calvert County responses to the project.
The speakers provided a variety of resources and handouts, including:
Information on the Cove Point Facility and Fracking:
- Short film by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network on Cove Point – 8 minutes – http://goo.gl/ez3NZV
- Longer Film by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network on Cove Point – 48 minutes – http://goo.gl/2hhEO8
- Informational Webpage on Cove Point by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network http://goo.gl/0EXSLE
- Montgomery County resolution urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to complete a full Environmental Impact Study (http://goo.gl/cFlRyf)
- “Reflections: Homage to Dunkard Creek” in Baltimore Yearly Meeting Interchange, Fall 2012. http://goo.gl/bvzR0M
- Petition to Governor O’Malley – http://goo.gl/L7ZcpC
- Comment Cards for Public Service Commission – http://goo.gl/vF7LmS
Information on Climate Change:
- Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone – http://www.activehope.info/ – Karie referred to this as “the kindest and most compassionate kick in the pants I could ever imagine”
- Eaarth by Bill McKibben – http://goo.gl/3zKQR3
Other Quaker organizations engaged in environmental concerns:
- 1. Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) http://www.quakerearthcare.org/
- 3. Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) http://eqat.org/
- The word hope has two different meanings. The first involves hopefulness, where our preferred outcome seems reasonably likely to happen….The second meaning is about desire….Passive hope is about waiting for external agencies to bring about what we desire. Active Hope is about becoming active participants in bringing about what we hope for….Since Active Hope doesn’t require our optimism, we can apply it even in areas where we feel hopeless….Rather than weighing our chances and proceeding only when we feel hopeful, we focus on our intention and let it be our guide.
— Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, Active Hope, p.3
- So many people squelch the expression of their gifts by thinking that they must do something big with them….it invalidates the small, beautiful strivings of the bulk of humanity; invalidates, paradoxically, the very things that we must start doing en masse to sustain a livable planet.
I am suggesting that we orient more toward where our choices come from rather than where they are going.
— Charles Eisenstein, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, p.59
- The Truth is one and the same always, though ages and generations pass away, and one generation goes and another comes, yet the word and power and spirit of the Living God endures forever, and is the same and never changes. [Eccl 1:4, 1 Pet 1:23, Heb 13:8].
— Margaret Fell, “Preface to Margaret Fell’s Epistles, Written by Herself” (1660?) in The Life of Margaret Fox, Wife of George Fox, Compiled from Her Own Narrative and Other Sources
- Experience shows us “Wealth unchaperoned by Virtue is never an innocuous neighbor.”
Quarterly Meeting Schedule
Remember to turn your clocks ahead!
8:45 Gathering and Light Refreshments
9:15 Program: Fracking & Cove Point: A Spiritual Concern?
10:30 Meeting for Worship
11:45 Lunch (provided)
12:45 Chesapeake Quarter Business Meeting
Questions? For questions about Quarterly Meeting at Homewood, use our contact form.
Children? Children are welcome! If you will be bringing children with you, please RSVP indicating the number and ages of children by Friday, February 28th so we can plan children’s activities accordingly.
Parking? Homewood is an urban meeting with only street parking available. Consider carpooling and allow time to find parking on the surrounding streets.
From the south:
Take 695 W to Exit 7B. Merge onto 295 N (Balto.-Wash. Pkwy). Turn RIGHT (East) onto (W) Pratt St. Turn LEFT (North) onto S. Calvert St. Continue (North) on N. Calvert St. Turn left onto 31st St. You are now just two blocks east of Homewood Friends Meetinghouse. Park on 31st St. or on adjacent streets.
From the north:
Take I-95 south to 695 west. From 695, take Perring Parkway south to E. 33rd St. (Get in right lane in advance). Turn right onto E. 33rd Street to St. Paul St. Turn left on St. Paul St. You are now just two blocks north and one block east of Homewood Friends Meetinghouse. Park on St. Paul St. or on adjacent streets.