NORMAN — Quakers from across Oklahoma converged on Hominy to plant a tree Sunday in front of the Hominy Friends Meetinghouse, built in 1923.
The eight-foot shumard oak was donated by Norman Friends. The Norman Sunday school children had been studying stewardship, and adult members wanted to support the study. They decided to plant a tree.
John Fletcher of Norman Friends had been in touch with David Nagle of Hominy Friends, one of the oldest Friends meetings in Oklahoma. Hominy Friends needed a shade tree and, thus, the project was born.
A large contingent of Norman Friends were joined by Friends from Oklahoma City Friends Meeting, Green Country Friends (Tulsa) and a Friend from Bakersfield, Calif., to cooperate with Hominy Friends in planting the tree. Children from Hominy and Norman wielded shovels together to dig an 18-inch-deep large hole. A Friend from Norman members lowered the tree into the hole and the children filled in around it with compost, fertilizer and then dirt.
Afterward, everyone moved inside to worship together and sing.
For more information about Norman Friends Meeting and Quaker activities in Oklahoma, call Gail Fletcher, clerk of Norman Meeting, at 329-7152 or visit normanquakers.org.