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. 3: “What happened at Yearly Meeting about Sanctuary, Immigrants, and White Supremacy” We invite Friends who attended NEYM Sessions to share their experiences. Co-hosted by the Race and Class group and the Immigrant Solidarity group.
Sept. 24: The Changing Face of Gender
Oct. 1: Goodbye WM-AFSC. Hello Resistance Center – Jeff Napolitano
Oct. 22: Informal sharing about the nonviolent direct action last Monday in Springfield – in which four Mount Tobyites were arrested for sitting in at the ICE office in support of Lucio Perez. This will be an opportunity for others to share experiences with nonviolent direct action around Friends’ concerns in the past – and explore ways our meeting can support Lucio now that he has entered sanctuary at First Congregational Church in Amherst going forward. (Geoff Lobenstine & Peter Blood will facilitate.)
Oct. 29: Young Adult Friends
Nov. 5: Discussion of Religious Education and Children’s Meeting for Discovery
Nov. 26: Spiritual Confluence – our varied backgrounds as spiritual seekers – Kit Johnson, Annie Patterson, Ben Tousley
Dec. 3: Growth Committee – David Ahlfeld
Dec. 24: Singing!
Dec. 31: Jane Johnson – Welcoming! Poetry to Welcome the New Year
Jan. 7: Nominating Committee – Paul Spence
Jan. 28: State of Society – C&C / M&W
Feb. 4: Quarterly Meeting – No 11:40 Hour