11:40 Hour

The 11:40 Hour programs are held on Sunday after meeting for worship. These spiritually centered hours try to express the Spirit in our midst through sharing our faith and perspectives and through examining issues of our times. The programs are coordinated by the 11:40 Hour Committee. which tries to present a balanced mix of programs that build community, enhance our spiritual life, and raise social consciousness. Programs offered by Mount Toby committees, and programs devoted to the spiritual journeys of Friends, have priority; individuals also offer programs. The Committee occasionally develops programs around special concerns in the Meeting but does not take on tasks more appropriately dealt with in other committees. Quakers from other Meetings may offer programs, preferably when sponsored by a Mount Toby committee. Presenters are not paid, and donations may not be solicited. Programs are announced in the Newsletter, on the entry doors, and during announcements after meeting for worship. They are offered from early September through mid June, but not on days of meeting for business, fellowship lunch, Quarterly Meeting, or major holidays.

If you would like Mt Toby to consider your request for holding an 11:40 hour, please complete the following form and send it to one of the committee members indicated on this request form.

Schedule of 11:40 Hours in the current season:

Sept. 4: Members of the Alternatives to Violence in Prisons (AVP) group will discuss the work and guide participants through some of the experiential exercises used in AVP that are designed to build community and to open one to peaceful solutions to conflict.

Sept. 25: A preview and opportunity for questions about a proposed solar array and heat pump installation to reduce the carbon footprint of the meetinghouse. The plan is on the website at mounttobyfriends.org/public/cwcproposal.pdf The proposal will be on the Meeting for Business agenda in October.

Oct. 2: Young Friends Invasion, Quarterly Meeting Retreat, no 11:40 hour.

Oct. 23: AFSC – Keith Harvey

Oct. 30: No program – (Immigrant Worker Rights – Carlos & Geoff – postponed)

Nov. 6: The Food Bank – Food and Security in the Pioneer Valley – Andrew Morehouse

Nov. 27: …

Dec. 4: Growth Committee – Feedback

Dec. 25: Singing!

Jan. 1: Jane Johnson – Welcoming! Poetry to Welcome the New Year

Jan. 22: Climate Witness Committee – Mount Toby Solar Project

Jan. 29: State of Society – C&C / M&W

Feb. 5: Quarterly Meeting – No 11:40 Hour

Feb. 26:  Undocumented Immigrants

Mar. 5:  Alice Swift – Spiritual Journey

Mar. 26:  P&SC – Spiritual Ecology / The Rights of Nature

Apr. 2: Ministry and Worship – TBA (Hal White)

Apr. 23: Library Resources (Anne Hazzard)

Apr. 30:  End of Life Decision Making – Ben Tousley

May 7: C & C – What it Means to be Married Under the Care of the Meeting

May 28: Spiritual Groundedness in Turbulent Times

June 4: Frank Gatti – Spiritual Journey

June 25: TBA