AFSC Training in the “Good Neighbor Project” with incarcerated citizens

The Michigan AFSC office is offering training for their correspondence-based co-mentorship program with long-term incarcerated citizens. The training can be taken either in person in Ypsilanti, Michigan or via phone in September or October.

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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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Bulletin cut-off date is Sept. 15

The next cut-off date for submissions to the Bulletin is September 15, 2015.

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Prayer and Connection: A Practice Retreat for Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling Sept. 17-20

Friends are invited to attend the 25th annual Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling conference, which will be held in Richmond, Indiana, September 17-20. The leader will be Jennie Isbell.

Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling is made up of Friends who are involved in a wide variety of roles and aspects of pastoral care and counseling.

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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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Preliminary Schedule for Annual Sessions

LEYM 2015 Schedule

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FGC retreat for Friends of color in Michigan


The first registration deadline is approaching for the upcoming Friends General Conference Friends of Color Retreat November 6 – 8, 2015.

Friends of Color Gathering 2015 Flyer

I will be at our Yearly Meeting and available by email to answer any questions on the Retreat.




Marvin Barnes
Birmingham Friends Meeting

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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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Invitation to join LEYM’s Spiritual Formation Program

LEYM’s Spiritual Formation Program is for anyone who longs for a deeper spiritual life. The program provides a flexible structure for spiritual development. It balances the need for enough structure to guide with enough flexibility to be customized to individual needs.

Each year’s program begins with a retreat in the fall and ends with a retreat in the spring attended by Friends from across LEYM. In between the retreats, local groups are encouraged to meet on a regular basis, and participants practice a daily spiritual discipline of their choice.

Retreats for 2015-16:

Sept. 11-3, 2015 at Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI

May 14, 2016, place TBD

Theme: Experiment with Light

Leader: JoAnn Seaver

Complete information and a registration form

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