Are you a high school aged teen?
If so, it’s time for the Spring Retreat of the LEYM High School Teen Retreat Program!
Hosted by Pittsburgh Monthly Meeting
March 28-30, 2014 Pittsburgh, PA
Please contact Robb Yurisko at
MUSIC & POETRY
PEACE & JUSTICE
Tom “Ukele Man” Harker
Scioto Valley Coffee
216 West Main, Circleville, Ohio
22 March 7-9 PM
Martin Kelley of Friends Journal and QuakerQuaker.org will be speaking at Green Pasture Quarterly Meeting’s Mid-Winter Gathering at Kalamazoo Meeting on March 7 and 8.
A Weekend for Ministering Friends
Facilitated by Brian Drayton
March 28-30, 2014
Friends Center, Barnesville, Ohio (Ohio Yearly Meeting, Conservative)
From the beginning of our movement, Friends have felt it important to encourage those who carry a share in the Gospel ministry. Mutual fellowship and counsel among ministers has been an important source of refreshment and guidance for their faithful service. This weekend seeks to contribute to the nurture of ministering Friends, through worship and conversation.
Some themes which may be good to reflect upon together include:  What nourishes your prayer and your service?  How does your relationship with your meeting shape or uphold your service?  What questions, doubts, or opportunities are on your heart?  What are current or urgent needs in your meeting or community?  Is more called for from you in response? This will not be a workshop, but rather a gathering of fellow-workers seeking to grow in obedience and diligence under our Lord’s guidance. The actual content of the weekend will arise from the shared exercise. Friends who have a sustained call to vocal Gospel ministry, and who are under discipline to their meeting, are encouraged to attend.
Brian Drayton, of Weare (NH) Monthly Meeting, is a plant ecologist working in science education research. He has traveled extensively among Friends, carrying a concern to encourage those who contribute to their meeting’s ministry. He has given workshops, retreats, and addresses on topics in Quaker history and belief for many Friends meetings and Pendle Hill. In 2003 Brian was, with John Humphries, one of the originators of the Quaker Peacebuilders Camp, a program for teaching nonviolent action based on Quaker spirituality. His On Living With a Concern for Gospel Ministry has recently been among the best selling Quaker books. More recent writings include the Pendle Hill pamphlets Getting Rooted and James Nayler Speaking.
Save the Date.
A teen retreat has been set for the weekend of June 13-15. It will be hosted by North Columbus Friends Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
Representative Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 5, in 2014. Red Cedar Friends in Lansing, Michigan, are the hosts. The Executive Committee will meet Friday evening, April 4, at the meeting house starting at 7:00. Please send agenda items to the yearly meeting clerk at LEYMclerk at gmail.com.
For full information and registration materials, see the Winter 2014 Bulletin. Registrations are due by Tuesday, March 4.
The Winter 2014 edition of the LEYM Bulletin is available to read online and download for printing. Information and registration materials for Representative Meeting are included.
Upon the retirement of Core Teachers Patty Levering and Mike Green, the School of the Spirit Ministry is seeking two teachers to join Beckey Phipps (Fresh Pond, NEYM) as the Core Teaching Team for its program On Being a Spiritual Nurturer.
On Being a Spiritual Nurturer is an established two-year program which includes eight three- to five-day residencies. The 2015-2017 class will be the tenth, with residencies to be held at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA, near Philadelphia.
We ask that the new Core Teachers be members of the Religious Society of Friends and have an active prayer life and a deep grounding in our faith and practice. We expect that the Core Teachers have a call to teaching and to the nurture of the spiritual life of individuals, meetings, and the Religious Society of Friends.
For additional information, please visit http://schoolofthespirit.org/search/.
The review of applications will begin February 1, 2014. Our discernment process and follow-up interviews will take place during the spring. The start date for this position is July 1, 2014 and the minimal commitment is through June 30, 2017.
If you have questions, please call Linda Chidsey at (860) 567-4063 or email her. If you know of others who might be interested in or called to this type of ministry, please, with our gratitude, direct them to the teacher search webpage.
As many of you know, we are deep at work on a new songbook to be called Rise Again. This work is deeply rewarding. We’re blown away every day by the beauty & power of the songs going in.
The project however is mammoth — a 2 year full-time endeavor for both of us, even with the help of a bunch of great volunteers. (I, Peter, left my teaching position 18 months ago in part to be able to take this long-awaited venture on — the cupboard is growing rather bare …) So we’re launching a kind of informal kickstarter campaign for the new book and are wondering if you have loved ones that would love to get an advance order for the new book.
We hope you will consider going to our website Quakersong.org and either:
– Ordering advance copies of the new book - we’re glad to mail out gift cards!
– Buying some of the other great stuff we have for sale, including a CD version of Annie’s Deep Roots recording for the first time & some terrific new Seeger CDs.
– Making a donation to help us “survive” this.
In deep gratitude,
Annie & Peter
Upcoming LEYM Spiritual Formation retreats:
- The annual spring retreat will be hosted by Kalamazoo Meeting Saturday, May 3, 2014. Anyone who has ever attended an LEYM Spiritual Formation retreat is invited. The theme this year is Nurturing our Spiritual Life through the Practice of a Spiritual Discipline.
- The fall 2014 retreat will be held Sept. 5-7 at Colombiere Conference Center in Clarkston, MI. All Friends are invited.
For more information, please check the web page or contact Mathilda Navias, Clerk of the Planning Committee, at galaxy at woh.rr.com or (419) 448-0578.