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The Scholarship Program is a joint project of Guatemala Friends Meeting and Redwood Forest Friends Meeting in Santa Rosa, California.

 

The Guatemala Friends Meeting is an un-programed meeting which is held in English.  When Spanish speakers join us, we are happy to provide translation as needed. The meeting is currently very small as several of our members are no longer living in Guatemala.  We generally meet in member’s homes on the first Sunday of the month at 11am.  At the rise of meeting we share a potluck lunch.  We welcome visitors.  In fact visiting Quakers play an important role in our sense of belonging to a larger fellowship.  The majority of meetings are held in Antigua although we occasionally meet in Guatemala City.  If you are going to be in Guatemala, please call or e-mail our clerk, Phyllis Bunker or contact Martha Dugan to find out when and where the next meeting will be held.  We need and welcome your support.

The Guatemala Friends Scholarship Program was founded by members of our meeting in 1973.  The scholarship program, now called PROGRESA (programa estudientil de los amigos) in Guatemala, began with one student and grew until we were supporting about 100 university and secondary school students in last several years. In 2013, the program celebrated its 40th anniversary and 1,116 graduates.  The program is now a joint project of our meeting and the Redwood Forest Friends Meeting in Santa Rosa, California.  Guatemala Friends serve as in-country administrators of the program while Redwood Forest Friends receive donations and supervise the program finances.   Both meetings belong to Pacific Yearly Meeting.

Please contact both of the members listed below to confirm dates, times and locations of our meetings.

Phyllis Bunker, Clerk
Guatemala City
E-mail: phyllis2009@hotmail.com
Telephone: currently not in Guate

Martha Dugan, Clerk of the ScholarshipProgram
New York and Guatemala
E-mail: marthadugan@gmail.com
Telephone: +(502) 7832.5653U.S. phone which also rings in Guatemala 845-887 4043

 

 

 

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Progresa's Office in Parramos, Chimaltenango

Progresa's Office in Parramos, Chimaltenango

Martha Dugan, Margaret Bean, Loren Lacelle (passed away October 2012), Saskia Schuitemaker and Pepper Goodrich

Martha Dugan, Margaret Bean, Loren Lacelle (passed away October 2012), Saskia Schuitemaker and Pepper Goodrich

Meeting at Loren's home in Parramos

Phyllis Bunker

Martha Dugan

The Guatemala Scholarship Committee of Redwood Forest Friends Meeting has been involved in the oversight of Progresa for over 20 years.  Besides receiving donations, the committee organizes fund-raisers and provides information about the program, its tours and Teaching English Experience to those in the United States.  The Committee works with those in Guatemala in planning and outreach for Progresa.  Harriet Lewis and Donna Smith currently serve as co-clerks of the scholarship committee.

Our Meeting for Worship takes place in silence, and is unprogrammed.  We gather, quiet our minds, open our hearts, and settle into a reverent and expectant silence to wait upon the Light.  We believe that in this opening of our hearts to the Spirit, we are contributing to the common worship of all present, as well as to our own renewal.  We have no minister, as we believe the Light is directly available to all, and all may minister.  This time may pass in silence, or individuals may be moved to speak briefly out of the silence.  Leaving a space of time between each person speaking allows the ministry of each to be respectfully heard.

Please click on the image to visit Redwood Forest Friends website

Please click on the image to visit Redwood Forest Friends website