Programs & Events

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Grass Valley Friends Meeting holds programs and events throughout the year.

On second Sundays we hold Meeting for Worship on the Occasion for Business, in which we conduct all the business of our monthly meeting.

Spiritual Life meets once a month on fourth Sundays after Meeting for Worship. Programs vary from month to month. We have a general focus of exploring our spiritual experiences both individually and corporately.

On fifth Sundays we hold a Family Meeting for Worship.   Children and adults gather and spend 20 minutes in story telling, 20 minutes in singing and 20 minutes in silent worship.

Please use the Contact Form under the CONNECT button to get a list of our current events and programs.  

Some recent highlights:

  • March 28, 2021:  Laying Down the Sword and Shield: Using NVC as a Spiritual Practice
  • February 28, 2021:  Eldering with the Pacific Yearly Meeting Eldering Subcommittee
  • January 24, 2021:  Faithfulness Groups

From the archives:

Last night’s workshop on “How We Win: Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigns for Climate Justice” with George Lakey was a big hit. Over 60 people attended. He gave great advice on how to effectively organize nonviolent direct action campaigns. Someone from the local Sunrise Movement was there. I was disappointed that George didn’t mention that a group of his students founded Sunrise. His experience in activism started in the late 1950’s with demonstrations against atmospheric nuclear testing and is still going strong. He was arrested just a few weeks ago in a demonstration in D.C. urging Congress to act responsibly in the climate crisis. He has accumulated a great deal of wisdom about effective nonviolent action in his 82 years.

After the three hour workshop, he lead a much smaller group of us in a sing along of Broadway show tunes. That was a lot of fun. I learned that Paul Robeson couldn’t stomach the original lyrics to “Ol’ Man River,” so he rewrote them so the character singing them had more dignity. For example, “Get a little drunk and land in jail” became “Show a little spunk and land in jail.” He showed them to Oscar Hammerstein who agreed that Robeson’s lyrics were better.

The event was sponsored by Grass Valley Friends Meeting, the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, and Woolman at Sierra Friends Center.