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What does water mean to us? Quakers Engaging with World Water Day

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For World Water Day, UN-Water has asked people around the world to consider the question “What does water mean to you?” 

As Quakers, another question to hold should be “What does water mean to us?” In this event, we will offer a space for Quakers* (in New England and beyond) to enter into deep listening to the stirring of our hearts around these questions, and space to name openings that bring this stirring into our daily lives (moving into action). This will include time for faithful listening and response to the current New England Yearly Meeting invitations to Monthly Meetings to discern how we are called to respond to the multiple interconnected crises of “systemic problems of racism, social injustice, violence, greed, and failure to act on the climate crisis.” 

Format: This will be a participatory event, with time for worship-sharing with queries, discussion, and facilitated breakout groups. 

Accessibility: Closed Captioning provided. Please let us know on your registration form if there are other ways we can make this event accessible for you. 


Mey Hasbrook is inspired by ancestors and the Earth; spirituality, women and healing; sustainability and the arts-for-all. She deeply values community, creativity, and interactive process. Mey continues adapting to openings for service of community amid these changing times. At the pandemic’s onset in March 2020, she finished training among the Traveling Ministry Corps of Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas. She finds joy in nurturing Quaker community across geographies and practices. Toward such nurturing, she envisions “living” bridges that connect us between generations, cultural groups, and the transformative work of our age. Learn more about Mey.

Gail Melix is Manomet Wampanoag and Quaker. She is a board member of the Native Land Conservancy, co-clerk of New England Yearly Meeting (Quakers) Earthcare Ministry, and a member of the Faith Community Environmental Network (Cape Cod). Gail recently retired after 46 years of nursing, specializing in the following fields: hospice, detox and rehab- Addiction services, infectious disease.

Briana Halliwell (she/her), is a Young Adult Friend who grew up in Quakerism and seeks to defy the boundaries of our faith by connecting people to the root of the Spirit and helping them to reMember their place in the natural order of life. She has worn many hats in the past (zookeeper, editor, freelance writer) and is now stepping fully into the role of “traveling minister,” whatever that may entail.

Rev. Circe Moss MacDonald, ordained Interfaith Eco Chaplain and Water Priestess, provides environmentally based spiritual care to support citizens, activists and social movements working to preserve the environment. Circe conducts water ceremonies, weddings, and memorial services, holds seasonal celebrations, and teaches earth-wise strategies for living lightly on the planet. She has taught at Grinnell College, Dickinson College, and The University of Southern Maine. Circe lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, daughter, and two parakeets.


*Non-Quakers are absolutely welcome to attend this event. However, much of the language in this event will reflect Quaker faith and practice. If you have questions about this, please reach out to Jen Higgins-Newman, BHFH Program Manager, at