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GPQM Called Meeting Wed. August 19

Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting is holding a special called meeting at 7:15 pm on Wednesday August 19, in the Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor.

The purpose of this meeting is to discern what action, if any, Green Pastures should take to ensure that the minute concerning the laying down of Friends School in Detroit, which we adopted at our May business meeting, is appropriately carried out.

Because one proposal is that we remove the current board of the school and name a board to serve in its place, the Nominating Committee is attempting to prepare a slate of names of possible board members for the meeting’s consideration.  If the meeting reaches unity that the board should be replaced, then we will have a resource to help in carrying out this decision.

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Green Pastures Fall Meeting Sept. 19

Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting
Fall Meeting September 19th
9ish to 4ish
Place TBA
Lunch provided
Youth activities
More information to follow
Geoff Brieger
248 – 547 – 3073
Ellerie Brownfain
415 – 378 – 6060

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Short-term board members for Friends School in Detroit needed

Dear Friends,

It has been approximately two weeks since Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting Friends met for an informal discussion with the Friends School in Detroit board about its five point plan to honor the Quarter’s Minute and lay down the school. Currently, as we discussed in the meeting, we are waiting for a new corporation to be formed and for those members of the current board who are so led, to resign from the board and join the new corporation. When this occurs we will immediately need to fill between eight and ten vacancies on the current board in order to comply with the by-laws that allow the board to conduct the corporation’s business. These appointments are expected to be short term, until the school’s debt is paid and the corporation is dissolved or merged with the new corporation. I would like to be prepared for this need by asking those of you who are interested in serving to let me know. I am recommending that to be considered for appointment, you should be a member of the Religious Society of Friends.

As we discussed at the joint meeting, we are also awaiting a letter securing the James Turrell donation. Once that is in place and the new corporation has formed, we will have a called meeting to address the way forward between the two entities. We may find that having an attorney (as has been recommended by some Friends) will be helpful in working through the legal considerations between the old and new organization. If you have a recommendation for legal counsel, please let me know.

Thank you for your help in working through this difficult and painful time.

Ellerie Brownfain
Clerk, Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting
415 378-6060

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GPQM Picnic Potluck August 9 in Quaker Park

Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting Picnic Potluck

In remembrance of Hiroshima

August 9, 11am – 3pm 2015

Quaker Park, Battle Creek, MI 49017, located at the intersection of Fremont and Groveland Streets

After meeting for worship and before the picnic we will hold a brief meeting for business. The Nominating Committee is bringing forth the name of Geoff Brieger, from Birmingham Friends Meeting, to be clerk of GPQM 2015 – 2016.

This annual picnic is a wonderful opportunity to meet and break bread with folks from various Friends Meetings in Michigan. Children and youth are encouraged to bring adults. There is a play area to run and have fun.

Carol Meyer – Niedzwiecki
269-694-2750 (phone)
cmeyerniedzwieki at yahoo dot com

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GPQM Spring Gathering May 16 at MFC

Join us for Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting’s spring gathering 5th Month, 16th Day, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Schedule & Business Agenda

Documents to Read Ahead

Where: Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118

Cost: $10 donation for lunch

Clerk: Ellerie Brownfain
Asst Clerk: Susan Hartman
Recording Clerk: Tom Blackwell
Treasurer: Inge Breiger

Children’s Program: Provided by Ann Arbor Friends

Lunch: Provided by Birmingham Friends Meeting

Walk around Friends Lake Property: Jason Tallant has confirmed that he will be happy to lead a walk around the 90 acre Friends Lake property. Jason is our environmental planning specialist; he’s a landscape ecologist at the University of Michigan and the father of a couple of the young kids in the Friends Lake community. He has prepared two new maps for us: the trails map and the map of the varied ecological niches on the property. After the walk, friends are encouraged to stay and enjoy the weather and friendships.


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GPQM Winter Gathering March 20 – 21

Invitation to GPQM Winter Gathering

Printable Brochure

Friends from across Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting will gather March 20 – 21, 2015, at the Red Cedar Friends Meeting House in Lansing, Michigan, for our Winter Gathering. On Friday evening from 7-9 pm, we will come together to make music; on Saturday from 9-4, Mike Green from Durham Friends Meeting will lead us in an experience of Sound Spirituality.

Come Friday evening, Saturday, or for both programs. Overnight hospitality is available if arranged in advance. Child care and activities for young Friends will be offered both days. The program is free; donations toward the cost of lunch are welcome.

The Red Cedar Friends Meeting House is at 1400 Turner St., Lansing, MI 48906. Register with April Allison by email,, or online at Please indicate how many adults and children will be attending; which days you can attend; and whether you will need overnight lodging.

 Saturday Program

Our retreat leader, Mike Green, says of Sound Spirituality:

“We are resonant beings, echo-chambers of the great “I am.” What might we learn about that mysterious relationship through the wind-tunnel of sound?

“Our language is infused with our sense of sight—window, looking, seeing, inner eye. What happens when we hear with our inner ear? Let’s explore the world of sound, and hear what it might reveal to us about our relationship to the divine mystery.

“Here are some places we might go:

“First, we might come to know that we are all musicians, just as we are each a beloved child of God. Let me hasten to say that you don’t have to think of yourself as a musician to attend this retreat. Also, please don’t let the use of the word ‘God’ deter you from coming.

“Second, by understanding certain sound phenomena and how we embody them, we might uncover a rich vocabulary for the spiritual journey. Words are pointers to felt experiences, and I hope we will connect with felt experiences both past and present.

“Last, We will share some stories. I’ll share some of mine, if you will share some of yours. Our stories­–and meditating on those stories with the help of others who have gone before–are the only Truths we need in order to understand anything important. Our stories are divine food for our souls.

“Bring your willing hearts and voices and, as Pooh said to Piglet, ‘let’s go on an explore.’”

Mike, a member of Durham (NC) Monthly Meeting, has been a core teacher at the School of the Spirit Ministry’s program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer. He has also taught music at several institutions of “higher” learning, including the Indiana School of Music and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His wife, Marsha, joins him as his elder and piano companion.

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