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Invitation to GPQM Winter Gathering
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, email@example.com, or online at gpqmgathering.wordpress.com. Please indicate how many adults and children will be attending; which days you can attend; and whether you will need overnight lodging.
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.