Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting

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Associated meetings: Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Pine River, and Red Cedar.

Associated Worship groups: Fremont, Manitou, and Tustin

  • Presiding Clerk: Marvin Barnes, 187 Glenshire Dr., Troy, MI 48085; 248 528-1321; marvinbarnes@earthlink.net
  • Recording Clerk: Tom Blackwell: 1640 Broadway, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; home: (734) 668-1008, tblackw at umich.edu
  • Treasurer: Debs Roush, (734) 663-0415, droush@umich.edu

Currently, GPQM conducts business the third Saturday in May at the Michigan Friends Center (9:00 AM start) and the third Saturday in September (9:00 AM start) at the Friends School in Detroit. A Mid-Winter Gathering (9:00 AM start) for fellowship and renewal is held, generally in February and a gathering for worship and pot-luck around the time of Hiroshima Day (the first Sunday of August) at Quaker Park in Battle Creek (11:00 AM start). Joe Mills of Kalamazoo MM, 269-375-4414 or millrae@juno.com is the contact person for this event for further information.

According to the Articles of Association, its official purpose is to:

  1. promote and support the activities of its members in worship, witness and social service, according to the beliefs of Friends;
  2. found , foster and support local meetings of Friends;
  3. harmonize, publish and propagate the beliefs and aspirations of Friends with respect to worship, witness, and social service.
  • It continues to help support the American Friends Service Committee Ann Arbor office.
  • It owns and is responsible for the administration of the Friends School in Detroit
  • It acts in conjunction with the Friends Lake Cooperative Community to administer the Michigan Friends Center under its Articles of Incorporation.

Abstract of the History of Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting

  1. Formed in 1957, consisting of Ann Arbor, Detroit and Kalamazoo Meetings, the East Lansing Preparative Meeting and the Toledo Friends Group
  2. Attendance in the late fifties and early sixties about 200.
  3. 1960 affiliated with FGC and accepted the 1955 PYM Faith and Practice.
  4. 1964 incorporated officially. Grand Rapids Preparative Meeting included.
  5. 1968 Birmingham Meeting became a constituent meeting.
  6. 1970 Pine River Meeting; 1971 Grand Rapids Meeting; 1973 Red Cedar Meeting formed. Holland Preparative Meeting formed ??? date.
  7. In 2006, worship groups function in Albion, Fremont, Manitou, Grand Traverse and Tustin.
  8. 1959 AFSC first active in Michigan; 1961 Friends Lake Cooperative Community established; 1963 Friends School in Detroit incorporated.

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