Sponsored by Lake Erie Yearly Meeting
Led by Merry Stanford and Peter Wood of Red Cedar Meeting (Lansing, MI)
7 pm Friday, February 27 – 12 pm Sunday, March 1, 2015
Couple Enrichment is a program of Friends General Conference
A weekend retreat at
in Barnesville, Ohio
Transformation and the New Birth
A weekend facilitated by Marcelle Martin
November 7-9, 2014
During this weekend workshop we will seek to understand the spiritual transformation early Friends experienced as they allowed Christ to be active within and among them. They changed from being conformed to their society and out of touch with God to being filled with the Spirit and whole-heartedly responsive to divine promptings.
In particular we will consider three elements of their spiritual rebirth: Openings, the Refiner’s Fire, and Being Gathered into Community. Through reading and discussing passages from their writings, we will learn from early Friends how to embrace these elements of transformation in our own lives and in our time. There will be opportunities to share our experiences and explore how we might be more faithful and obedient to the work of Christ within us. We will listen for how we are being guided today.
Sink Down to the Seed
A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends
Give over thine own willing . . . and sink down to the seed which God sows in the heart. (Issac Pennington)
Friends encourage us to take a time of retirement daily so as to settle and to listen for the voice of the Inward Teacher. Many of us sense the need for a more extended time apart – to regroup, to refresh, to listen, to remember the sacred ground under our feet.The School of the Spirit Ministry invites you to A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends, for such an opportunity at the St. Raphaela Retreat Center in Haverford, PA, November 6 – 9, 2014.
Go online for more details and to register. Our flexible fees make this retreat affordable for everyone.
The School of the Spirit Ministry is under the care of the Worship & Care Committee of
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
A project is currently underway to scan and create PDF files of the earliest copies of the Bulletin, our newsletter.
Click here to go the Bulletin Archives, which contain the earliest Bulletins, starting in the fall of 1961, two years before the yearly meeting was created. More will be added as the project progresses.
Families and friends are invited to bring their youth (K-8th grade) to the Pilgrim Hills Camp & Conference Center in mid-Ohio to explore our Quaker connections with each other and our environment. Older youth and single adults are also welcome to come and assist with activities.
The Associate Secretary for Development has full responsibility for FGC’s Development Program and serves a key leadership role with FGC’s partner donors, organizational volunteer leadership, and the Staff Administrative Team. FGC has a $2.5 M annual budget and raises approximately $1 M a year.
The ideal Associate Secretary candidate will:
- Have a minimum of five years professional development leadership experience, including comprehensive campaigns and the solicitation of major gifts.
- Be an active member of the Religious Society of Friends.
- Be committed to a journey of spiritual deepening, with a gift for encouraging others in their journey after the manner of Friends.
- Be able to do extensive travel, work weekends, and accept homestay hospitality.
This is a key leadership position within FGC and the Religious Society of Friends. A full job description is available at http://www.fgcquaker.org/serve/opportunities/associate-secretary-development.
Send cover letter, resume, and three references to Barry Crossno, General Secretary, Friends General Conference, 1216 Arch Street, 2B, Philadelphia, PA 19107, email@example.com, by October 31, 2014. Full-time. Full benefits. Based in the FGC Philadelphia office. Expected start date March 1, 2015. FGC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
LEYM members want, of course, to learn about activities of member Monthly Meetings. Other information about events (such as Representative Meeting 2015) will be solicited. But also we want to have a Bulletin that’s interesting to read, that helps us to know and understand each other better, that resonates with our own lives and helps us to understand more deeply.
So here are suggestions for those who want to write something along these lines:
1. Use “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges” to write or develop
– a poem,
– a short memoir (1 page or less, 350-500 words),
– a meditation.
DO NOT use any of the four words in quotes, above. Avoiding those words will help you go deeper into what the theme or slogan really means to you.
2. We have an insatiable desire to learn about Friends’ journeys. So write the details of
– a recent spiritual journey, or
– an actual literal journey that enabled you to learn about events, projects, and communities we’ve only heard about.
3. Write a profile of someone we should know more about:
– a speaker at LEYM,
– an interesting person in your meeting, or
– a visitor or guest of your meeting, your monthly meeting, or the yearly meeting.
4. Clarify an issue or concern you’re grappling with
– in living out Quaker testimony or tradition,
– in LEYM or your own meeting,
– in your community.
Note: This should not be the kind of essay that argues for a position or a “side”. Nor should it be a problem/resolution discussion with a neat ending. We suggest you burrow into one knot of a web of connected problems and difficulties. Show us the process of trying to understand and approaching clearness.
NOTE: We hope to have more submissions than we can use, and longer pieces than will fit. So we encourage you to write short, detailed, vivid accounts.
Submissions for the LEYM Bulletin’s next issue are due September 15, 2014.
If you’d like to run an idea by us, send a paragraph description to Susan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan S. Carpenter
Berch R. Carpenter
Co-Editors, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Bulletin
Lake Erie Yearly Meeting sponsors a program to help participants in their spiritual growth.