There has been a tradition of Friends and others to take time to remember the dropping of the first atomic bombs in 1945 on Hiroshima (August 6) and on Nagasaki Japan (August 9) with a silent vigil around the Peace Pole in front of the Friends Center for Racial Justice (FCRJ). This year marks the 75th anniversary of these bombings. This is a vigil of mindfulness and remembrance of the thousands of persons who were killed 75 years ago at the instant of the blasts, those who later died from their injuries, and those who suffered from their injuries.
We are proceeding with plans to vigil together in a blended manner. Some Friends will meet in person around the Peace Pole at the FCRJ and socially distance so that those in attendance can feel safe while being apart and wearing a mask. Some Friends will join via Zoom (link below). If you plan on attending this Vigil in person, please e-mail Elizabeth Schneider to reserve a seat.
We have room for 22 socially distanced people to worship in person at our Third Street Meetinghouse. We feel led to make sure that as a welcoming community we leave some seats for those who may just show up. We are making plans for 18 people who have signed up ahead of time.
If you would like to join us, here’s what you need to do:
Email Carol Clarke (email@example.com) and to let her know you’d like to come – we need to know in advance who is coming.
Agree to wear a mask the whole time you are in the Meetinghouse and enter through the kitchen (unless you need to use the ramp).
Agree to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and fill out a simple COVID screening form as you arrive (please bring your own pen or pencil to do this).
Agree to bring your own cushion if you want a cushion and disinfect the chair you sit in at the end of Worship (we’ll provide materials), or bring a sheet or towel to place on the chair you sit in. The upholstered chairs will not be available for the time being.
Agree to maintain social distance from others as you arrive and as you leave and not to approach anyone at any time in the building – please take conversations outside.
We will also ask everyone as they arrive if they will volunteer to help disinfect surfaces on common areas at the close of Worship (probably no more than 10 minutes of more disinfecting).