September's highlights in the life of our meeting included participation in Arkansas Peace Week, the creation of our own tee shirts by Young Friends, and seeing Young Friend Imanu'elle read her essay at the Capitol rotunda after taking second place in her grade in the Arkansas Peace Week essay contest.
Our first-hour discussions ranged from beginning Jim Pym's Listening to the Light: How to Bring Quaker Simplicity and Integrity into Our Lives to a brief overview of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) by John Coffin, who has helped facilitate AVP workshops with inmates at Tucker Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections for about eight years. In partnership with the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, Little Rock Friends hope to expand AVP beyond the walls of Tucker and into our local community, including into schools.
We took Arkansas Peace Week as an opportunity to remind the public that our doors are always open; we welcome everyone to join us on any given Sunday for discussion hour (10:00), worship hour (11:00), or a bit of fellowship afterward (12:00-12:30ish). Colorful banners affixed to the meetinghouse's historic stone and wrought iron wall helped raise awareness of this yearly event.