Simplicity and stewardship, oh my

So on November 7th I'm co-leading a workshop on the Quaker testimonies of simplicity and stewardship at the SF Friends School. I'm excited because we've never linked two testimonies together before, and these two go together well. The school has adopted stewardship across grade levels and subjects as a topic to be explored "an inch wide and a mile deep." Also, linking the two testimonies is a way to remind people that the testimonies are different manifestations from a single Source.

(I note with interest that Eric Moon and Stephen Matchett are leading a workshop at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in 2007 called something like, "Quaker Testimonies: Going Beyond SPICES.")

I have already asked Contemplative Scholar if I could hand out copies of her post, Report from Recent Travels, and she said yes. I have a feeling it will strike a chord!

So I've been thinking about how un-simple life has been for me these past nine weeks, when I:

  • organized a successful housing conference for 200 people
  • secured a major loan commitment from a bank for the housing trust fund I run
  • hired a new position, that of fundraising manager for the housing trust fund
  • hired a new organizer, when the previous one left over the summer
  • welcomed back the admin assistant, who had been on medical leave after knee replacement surgery
  • hosted my mom on a five-day visit
  • went to soccer games every Saturday for the last six weeks, except when we...
  • went to Quarterly Meeting
  • read two books by Karen Armstrong, A History of God and The Age of Transformation
  • played with my children, though less than I'm used to doing
  • did dishes and laundry, though less than I'm used to doing
  • stayed in the nursery one Sunday and taught Firstday School twice
  • went to the fall festival at one school and the harvest festival at the preschool
  • went to a smidgen of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
  • attended my first two board meetings for an organization I'm involved with
  • co-led a "Quakerism 101" discussion at the Friends School
  • co-led a short review of Quaker business process at the Friends School (where I used Liz Opp's stellar handout!)
  • oh, and staffed a program committee meeting, fund development committee meeting, a joint meeting of the two, and a legislative committee meeting all a week before the housing conference

Today we had a plethora of kids at Firstday School but still no childcare worker. Oops, I've been too busy to post the job description, but I finally did it tonight!

No wonder I went to bed at 9:15 last night and -- I hope!! -- will do the same tonight.

I think I need to reread Thomas Kelly's A Testament of Devotion again soon. I'll just add it to my "to-do" list! ;)


kathy said...

Reading your 'done' list makes me tired, Chris. The Quaker Testimonies workshop looks great. Will you go to it?

Chris M. said...

Yeah, it made me tired too to see it all spelled out. Ah, well, I'm grateful to have been given the capacity and the energy to do that much, for a season.

I hadn't considered actually attending the Quaker Center workshop. Hm! Now, there's an idea. Robin M. is on the board there now, and she likes to go there. I don't know how we'd work out the childcare, though.

-- Chris M.