Four Rivers Friends' Quaker Co-op Cafe

An Online Quaker Co-op Cafe for East-central Minnesota and Wisconsin Friends near the valleys of the Mississippi, Minnesota, St. Croix & Cannon Rivers.
A place we "go" to find out what's happening with Friends we know face-to-face, from worship and elsewhere.
A place to talk about shared concerns, especially global climate change, and to meet new Friends who share them. We see this online co-op cafe as one way to nourish face-to-face community among Friends in the area, strengthening connections among neighbors who attend different monthly meetings.

This is THE FRONT ROOM of our cafe, the start of your visit. I'm Richard Fuller, your proprietor. This cafe specializes in relationships and ideas. If you are a regular here, you might go straight to one of the menu items, like Climate Change, looking for already existing relationships you expect to find. After getting settled, you might come back here to the Front Room to see what other tasty offerings we have today.

If you are new here, let me point out your standard menu of beverages (info) and goodies (relationships):

Go right ahead and try something!

We hope that after you have sampled what we are already offering, you might want to add some information or an offer of relationship from your life. In a co-op, that's how it works. When you are ready to participate, send us a request to become a co-op cafe member (<--click on this link for specific instructions). We'll respond within a day.

Once you are a member you might want to try starting up a new discussion. More on this in the How This Site Works section. -- Richard Fuller

The Welcome Blog

Potential Co-op Members, Here

The Quaker "Meeting for Worship" is open to everyone.
And we do it for ourselves. We put effort into maintaining our Quaker meetings so that they may strengthen us in our spiritual journeys, and help us individually and collectively move…

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Welcome to Four Rivers Friends

An Online Quaker Co-op Cafe for Friends in East-central MN, near the valleys of the Mississippi, Minnesota, St. Croix & Cannon Rivers. A place we "go" to find out what's happening with Friends we know face-to-face, in worship and elsewhere. A…
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The "How This Site Works" blog

The "About Us" section

"Us" is ...

Four Rivers Friends is an association of Quaker meetings residing near the confluence of the Mississippi, Minnesota, Saint Croix and Cannon Rivers.

For __X__ years we have had a committee, representatives from several meetings who got…

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What's Happenin'

Richard Fuller posted a blog post
Four-Rivers-Area Friends Meet with a Concern for Climate Change
Saturday Oct 8, 2016, Noon to 5:30, TCFM meeting house
Here's a statement from NYM's newly-published Faith & Practice:

“We feel an urgency to change the way we live. We struggle with t…
Sep 14
Richard Fuller posted a blog post
Plant-Based Eating: Nourishing Healthy Spirits
 Sarah and Laura have been actively learning about how what we eat affects the not only earth’s climate and our health---but basically every aspect of our relationships with the rest of creation. In the…
Apr 18
Richard Fuller posted blog posts
Mar 22
Richard Fuller posted a blog post
In April of 2015 TCFM signed on to a Quaker Statement on Climate Change.
As clerk of meeting I sent notice of our decision to Lindsey Fielder Cook of QUNO, the Quaker United Nations Office, as she was the one collecting endorsements from Quaker bodi…
Mar 18
Richard Fuller posted blog posts
Feb 19
Richard Fuller posted blog posts
Jan 27
Richard Fuller posted blog posts
Jan 11
Richard Fuller posted blog posts
Jan 10
Richard Fuller posted a blog post
Twin Cities Friends Meeting's ad hoc committee, Climate Reflection & Action Group, has visited meeting committees, asking


What do I see that our committee and TCFM are already doing in response to climate change?


What do I see that our committee…
Jan 9
Richard Fuller posted a blog post
Notes from meeting on July 21, 2015 
Nancy Newman and Diane Peterson meet with Ministry & Council
to learn re: climate change as it relates TCFM
After a time of silent worship, Nancy invited M&C members to respond to the queries:


What do I see tha…
Jan 8
Richard Fuller posted a blog post
I was unprepared for the Paris Climate Change conference, COP21, to be a milestone for our planet.
However, five days after the 12/12/2015 signing of this "[another(!) historic] agreement," I was attending another(!) Enbridge hearing, trying to slow…
Dec 19, 2015
Richard Fuller posted a blog post
How do I Google search for something on this site?
Wherever you do your Google searches, in that box type

The word you are looking for 
a space
site:FourRiversFriends.org
Then choose "search"

An example:
faith site:FourRiversFriends.org
This will…
Dec 12, 2015
Richard Fuller posted blog posts
Dec 10, 2015
Richard Fuller posted a blog post
In January, 2016, following a report from Climate Reflection & Action Group, TCFM will be invited to think about "what's next?"
I would very much like one of the possible directions we offer to be carpooling / ridesharing. 
I need help devising the…
Dec 4, 2015
Richard Fuller posted a blog post
Carpooling to meeting for worship and to committee meetings was the original inspiration for this website.
The people I've talked to who have showed the most interest in the technical details are Jim and Elizabeth & Andy in the NW quadrant of the th…
Nov 26, 2015
Richard Fuller posted a blog post
Walt Bresette: A True Master of Ceremonies
Photo Source
Ralph Jacobson (Prospect Hill Meeting)
Two decades ago I witnessed an amazing impromptu ceremony which has stayed in my mind ever since, quietly influencing my thinking. The passage of time has…
Nov 24, 2015
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