The News from Four Quarters

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Building, planting and planning. Sharing ceremony and good, home raised food.
Oddities in the weather and how the orchard did.
Observations on the Global Crisis.
Earth Spirit and Earth Living.
These are all parts of the News from Four Quarters.    Enjoy.  

April 25, 2018

The 2018 Pledge Drive: Operation Big Bottoms Bath House

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     Magic happens when a community comes together, and we have seen it manifest in many forms over the years, most notably through pledged donations that have helped secure the land on which Four Quarters rests.

     As we move into the 2018 season and the 24th year, we look back with gratitude on how far we've come and we know that we are here because of the direct support of the Membership and Community. It is from pledged funds that we have been able to push farther and increase our impact by providing safe space to walk and celebrate our spirituality, as well as our individuality within a larger collective.

Our goal for this Pledge Drive is $40,000, which would cover the material costs of constructing a Bath House in the Members camping area in the Big Bottoms.

      The dollar amount of individual Pledges to Give runs from $5 to $100 a month, reflecting the broad diversity of the Membership, and all are gratefully appreciated. You may choose to make your Pledge Annually, Quarterly or Monthly, as suits your preferences. We prefer monthly, as that best suits our accounting system, but any choice can be accommodated.

     Have you renewed your membership yet? Using our Vanco system you can combine your pledge and membership into one monthly withdrawal from your banking or credit card account. If you have any questions on how to set this up, give a call to the office and they'd be happy to talk you through the process.

     To set up a monthly or quarterly donation, please contact the Office: 814-784-3080, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 17, 2018

Easement Trial Postponement

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For General Release 
4/16/2018 

Four Quarters InterFaith is pleased to announced today that it has received a continuance (postponement) from the Bedford Court for its trial this Wednesday April 18th. We consider this to be very good news.

This continuance is at our request, to allow for preparation of developed evidence. We will announce the new trial date when it is scheduled. 

Much thanks to the many persons and witnesses who were to be in attendance this Wednesday. Thank you so much for your support... and we rely upon it into the future.

Board of Directors
Four Quarters InterFaith

 

April 2, 2018

Special Announcement:
Upcoming Trial Date April 18th, 2018 at 9am

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To Our Members and Friends

  Many of you know that we are in the midst of what has become a long court battle with two of our neighbors over our right to repair and use the access road to Four Quarters for which we have an easement, and that we had a trial in August of 2017 over these issues.

 At trial, our Attorney for the last 20 years experienced serious health issues and immediately withdrew from all legal practice. We are now represented by two new Attorneys (Passarello/Bucknum) in whom we have great confidence, and we have been granted another day at trial to present evidence.

 In his interim ruling the Judge did recognize our 1868 easement; however he preliminarily accepted our neighbors' arguments that:
 1: Our use of the easement is sudden and excessive;
 2: That we are not a "real" Church.
 Sadly, we believe that we may be once again encountering the kind of prejudice that we have previously experienced from Bedford County Government.

We hope to eliminate that possibility by extensively documenting the history of our church for the court.

Our trial date is April 18 at 9AM, all day in the Old Courtroom in Bedford.

We hope that you will consider joining us. It will be a long day at trial with many of your friends testifying, and we could really use your emotional support. We also believe your silent witness will be extremely important in helping to change the Judge's opinion of our church.

If you are planning to come, RSVP to the Church Office...and at the trial wear a yellow ribbon pinned to your lapel.

Please wish us luck and Gods speed!
We Shall Overcome!

The Board of Directors
Four Quarters InterFaith

March 28, 2018

Membership Renwal Reminder

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If you have not already renewed your 4QF membership, now is the time!
Help support The Land and obtain member benefits, including event registration discounts. 

Also, the new 2018 Wheel of the Year is now being mailed to all on the mailing list.
If you have a new mailing address or other contact changes, please contact the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

March 27, 2018

Moon Service on March 31, 2018: Wolf Altar Dedication and Misa Espiritual

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     A brand new Altar has been constructed in New Camp near the Creek! 
In a very special service, this Altar will be dedicated to Wolf Spirit. We invite you to witness this rare event.
     Then in the evening, we shall honor and communicate with our Ancestor Spirits in a prayer ceremony called the Misa Espiritual

  *   4:00pm: Wolf Altar Dedication ceremony
  *   Dinner to be served after the ceremony
  *   7:00pm: Misa Espiritual ceremony



March 27, 2018

Spring Labyrinth Dig!  April 14th, 2018 - 11am to 4pm

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Come continue the work to expand our Labyrinth a dozen (or so) more stones!
      For those new to Labyrinth digs:
- come prepared to work in the dirt, bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, rugged clothes you don't mind getting dirty
- come prepared for warm, cold, rain, snow, wind and/or shine (sunblock and shades good to have; dress in layers) as well as swings between these extremes in the same weekend
- personal water bottle is suggested
- by the dirt on your hands and sweat on your brow, be a part of a tradition that will leave sacred space for many years and hopefully many generations to come!

More Information Here

The moon will turn new on April 15, and there will be a moon service offered by 
The Universal Temple of Spirits

Feb 12, 2018

How to Host a Moon Service at Four Quarters

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Our Moon Service Circles are organized and led each month by invited guests or volunteers from our Membership. In taking responsibility for leading Circle they are able to grow in their own spirituality, and by inviting others to assist them, they make a place for those with less experience to grow as well.

We encourage you to consider bringing your spirituality to Four Quarters. All it takes is an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to call 814-784-3080 and claim an open Moon Service date. The Moon Service schedule is here:


Moon Services are on Saturday evenings after the Church Supper that is also prepared by volunteers; sharing this Saturday dinner together is a part of our ongoing tradition. Usually the Supper is at 5 or 6:00pm, and the Moon Service is held an hour or so thereafter.

Many Moon Services follow a Wiccan framework, but we have hosted Fire Circles, Bardic Circles, Druid ceremonies, Friends Meetings, Asatru Sumbels and Native American Pipe Ceremonies as well, (just to name a few).

Some things to think about when undertaking a Moon Service:


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