11-11-17 Sangha Update

Beauty all around....as we go into winter in a blaze of glory!

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ― Anne Frank

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato

Dear Friends,

As the days shorten, I hope you are well and happy and are lighting candles and not cursing the darkness!

We can keep each others' lights glowing brightly tomorrow evening when we gather at the home of Cindy and John West (directions below) at 6PM. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, learning more of Thay's teachings from his book "Silence" and sharing the Dharma. I hope you will be able to join us.

A reminder that because the film "Walk with Me " was sold out at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, another showing has been scheduled for November 20 at 7:30. If you have not seen it, or have friends who have not seen it, please let them know to get their tickets ahead of time on line at http://janepickens.com I have heard from several folks who had traveled over to Newport, only to find out that there were no tickets.

PRAYER REQUEST from our friend Annie in CT regarding a dear friend and Order member, Judith Stevens....

Judith Stevens has been having such difficulty with her health, it seems one thing after another with barely any time in between. Kindly send her prayers for the healing of the inflammation inside her eyes and allergic reaction to a medication. And for her whole body, heart-mind. Please pass on to the larger community. Many thanks, Annie

Engaged Practice At our last meeting we learned about a wonderful project that Cindy's mother, along with Kate O'Kula are undertaking.. to help women. The information is below.

And to restore your faith in humans and amaze you....water some seeds of joy!


with much love and the deep peace of a silent night for you, Joanne

DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME We live about 2 miles from URI. From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd. (across the street from big sign ““Kingston Hill Store Books Used and Rare””. Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light). Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T. You will see our corner property from there. Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr. We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest). Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!


CHANGING THE WORLD ONE WOMAN, ONE GIRL, ONE DINNER AT A TIME DINING FOR WOMEN will hold a local informational meeting being held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, 27 North Rd., Peacedale, RI, Feb 7, Wed. evening 7 - 8:30 pm, free & open to the public. Gail Burchard, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, has volunteered to become a local chapter leader, with Val Follett and Kate OKula as co-leaders. Dining for Women is a global giving circle that funds grassroots projects working in developing countries to fight gender inequality. Dining for Women celebrates the power of the individual to see an injustice and act to change it; to see need and act to fill it. Dining for Women’s members are deeply involved in the grantees we support and the problems we seek to address. Our education component is equally as important as our fundraising.

Although we raised more than $5 million between 2003 and 2015, our members are generally not wealthy. Our average donation is $35 – just about the amount you might spend for a weeknight dinner out.

Our collective-giving model is proving that small contributions, aggregated together, can make a huge difference. This is especially true in the most impoverished areas of the world, where some subsist on less than $1.25 a day.

Vision We envision a world where the lives of women and girls have been transformed and extreme poverty has been reduced because Dining for Women connected people in creative, powerful ways that assure gender equality.

Mission Through collective giving, Dining for Women inspires, educates, and engages people to invest in grassroots programs that make a meaningful difference for women and girls living in extreme poverty in developing countries.

Culture In all we do, our actions convey our deep belief in collaboration, education, inspiration, and transformation.

"The efforts that Dining for Women have undertaken … all across the country over the past 13 years provide a powerful example of how individual acts of giving, when aggregated, can make a deep and transformational impact." — Hillary Clinton

Dining for Women chapters meet on a regular basis – most monthly – and share a meal together. It may be in someone’s home, in a college cafeteria, an office break room, a church hall, or a local watering hole. Members share camaraderie and learn about that month’s featured grantees through videos, educational documents and presentations, and free and open discussion. Funds raised each month go to fund the featured and sustained grantees, as well as support the entire mission of Dining for Women.

Learn of this well organized group. Get together with friends. Meet new people. Share good food and a sense of community. Be a global citizen and make a difference in the world. That’s what Dining for Women chapters offer you … it’s a chance to socialize with substance! For more information, go to: www.DiningForWomen.org, or contact Gail @ 401-294-6789, or GailBurchard@gmail.com