Coming Home to Hopewell
We’re Hopewell Centre now, but we weren’t always two meetings joined, and I suppose that’s part of the homecoming story (one you’ll have to visit us to find out about). It’s probably hard to imagine us as the wilderness, but in the settling time of our country, that’s exactly where we sat: on Apple Pie Ridge, the line between civilization and the great vast unknown. We were part of William Penn’s vision that there would be Meetinghouses spread out across these colonies about one every ten miles, and so there was, many years ago in the Shenandoah Valley.
Much has transpired in our Meeting during these past months. For Adult Religious Education, we were visited by Elizabeth Meyer who shared with us her knowledge of and passion for the Psalms. Clerk Linda Wilk and Jim Riley taught us the simple and powerful prayer process they learned at Daniel Snyder’s workshop at Annual Session.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Friends gathered in March of 2010 to review last year’s Spiritual State of the Meeting report and spend a period of worship over the queries presented for this year’s consideration: Several members said that hearing last year’s report, they felt as though it could also stand as this year’s report. The Meeting continues to go through many changes with the loss of elders, the entry of new families, and with illnesses and life changes of many. We have continued to pull together in order to serve each other as different members go through times of transition. We see over and over again how pain is a touchstone for growth, pulling us closer, but stressing the ties that bind us. Continue reading
As a new decade dawns and our 275th year draws to a close, Hopewell Centre thanks everyone in BYM who supported and joined us in our yearlong celebration of 275 years as a Quaker presence in the Shenandoah Valley. It was a busy year of challenging, nonstop projects and our small Meeting turned it into a joyful process. Now we’re enjoying the fruits of our labor: a revitalization of spiritual energy within the Meeting and a surge of new members as a result of our outreach efforts.