PARTICIPATE IN THE 2015 LEYM SERVICE PROJECT JULY 28-30
Friends are invited to work together with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio, as part of the yearly meeting’s service project, July 28-30. As in the past two years, our days of service will immediately precede LEYM annual sessions in Bluffton. This year we will be working with Habitat for Humanity in Findlay, Ohio (18 miles north of Bluffton) for two full days, midday Tuesday July 28 to Thursday July 30, while using Bluffton as our home base. Our work may include helping with a new build, repairing existing housing, or working in their ReStore, as most needed.
Spiritual Discernment: Listening to the Spirit, Finding Your Way
July 26-30, 2015
Are you feeling nudged by the Spirit but constrained by uncertainty and doubt? Challenged by a thorny question that won’t let you alone? Called to a new path—or just unsure of your next step? Whether perplexed by a burning issue or just wanting to follow the Spirit more faithfully day by day, you will find this retreat helpful in learning and practicing the skills of spiritual discernment. Learn about the Quaker clearness committee and discerning of spiritual gifts. This gently paced retreat provides abundant space and encouragement for individual participants. Expect to see yourself, your situation, your choices, and your calling more clearly.
Join us for Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting’s spring gathering 5th Month, 16th Day, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118
Cost: $10 donation for lunch
Clerk: Ellerie Brownfain
Asst Clerk: Susan Hartman
Recording Clerk: Tom Blackwell
Treasurer: Inge Breiger
Children’s Program: Provided by Ann Arbor Friends
Lunch: Provided by Birmingham Friends Meeting
Walk around Friends Lake Property: Jason Tallant has confirmed that he will be happy to lead a walk around the 90 acre Friends Lake property. Jason is our environmental planning specialist; he’s a landscape ecologist at the University of Michigan and the father of a couple of the young kids in the Friends Lake community. He has prepared two new maps for us: the trails map and the map of the varied ecological niches on the property. After the walk, friends are encouraged to stay and enjoy the weather and friendships.
photo: Subash Katel, Friends Peace Teams Asia-West Pacific
Friends Peace Teams – Asia West Pacific is providing relief in Nepal. With trusted Nepal team members on the ground, they are able to get relief to people who “fall through the cracks” of other relief efforts.
They need our help! Please send relief funds for Nepal to “Friends Peace Teams – AWP/Nepal”
Nadine Hoover, FPT-AWP coordinator writes:
“Please send relief funds for Nepal to Friends Peace Teams-AWP/Nepal…
“Our experience is that in times of disaster, Friends Peace Teams has solid relationships with people on location whose discernment we trust. We have such a relationship with Subhash….”
“Subhash will coordinate our relief support and will share the full story of how the funds get used and how decisions are made, as well as welcome your questions or feedback. The flexibility of our funds allows them to respond to blatant needs that are falling through the cracks of other organizations such as devastated communities that somehow do not receive assistance; particular essential materials or supports that do not get provided by others; or the ability to respond in a timely manner that makes a world of difference. Thank you for your support at this time!
“… We guarantee that 100% of your donation will go for use directly on site.”
In love and faith,
Wooster Meeting and a local Presbyterian church invite anyone in the area to a joint worship service on Sunday, May 17 focusing on the US/Mexico border crisis, family detention, and how people of faith can respond.
From Friends General Conference:
Does your meeting need help strengthening worship and vocal ministry, navigating conflict, or refocusing on the Spirit? FGC’s Traveling Ministries program can help. Traveling Ministries offers meetings guidance with deepening worship, building your faith community, and navigating conflict with love.
Sister Paulette Schroeder of Project Peace, a program of the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio, will lead their annual delegation to the West Bank and Israel to promote understanding, community, and friendship. Sister Paulette has served with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Palestine, and is well known to Friends in Broadmead Meeting.
The group of nine will:
- Meet with leaders of the nonviolent resistance at Bi’lin
- Learn about the Israeli Occupation from both sides of the Wall
- Meet with the Rabbis for Peace and a representative from the Knesset
- Stay at the Tent of Nations, Bethlehem, to witness settlements
- Meet with leaders from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths
- Work with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron
The deadline for sign-up is May. For full information, go to: Project Peace website
Attention Monthly Meetings! It is almost time for our Spring High School Teen Retreat in Columbus, OH April 24-26, 2015. Registration can be found at the following link or by emailing Robb Yurisko at email@example.com
A paper medical release will also need to be signed and brought with each teen. It can be found here:
Joyce Balderston, Co-clerk, LEYM Peace Committee
Kathy and I want to commend these AGLI workcamps for your consideration.
African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams
WORKCAMPS 2015 — AGLI is sponsoring intergenerational workcamps in Rwanda & Kenya, Saturday, June 20 to Saturday, July 25. Workcampers will build an enlarged children’s peace library in Rwanda and expand a peace center on Mt Elgon in Kenya. No specific skills needed. All ages welcome – including families. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy and I are currently in Kenya near the end of a 4-country 6-week trip doing research for a book about AGLI. This past Monday we visited the site of the new Mt. Elgon peace center and saw the start of building efforts on a beautiful 5-acre plot near the top of Mt. Elgon, an ancient shield volcano. The peace center is a dream that was born among Mt. Elgon residents 2 years ago when Joe and I interviewed 90 people there to assess the impact of AGLI programs. It was thrilling to see how far they have come since then. Much of the fund raising to buy the plot was done locally with many people contributing 50 or 100 Kenyan shillings ($1 = about 90 shillings) apiece.
The center will be used to host AGLI workshops such as Alternatives to Violence (AVP) and Healing and Rebuilding our Communities (HROC) for trauma healing. Some of the other needs that may be addressed in the future are a medical clinic and vocational training for unemployed youth.
We also visited a Peace Library in Kigali, Rwanda earlier in the trip. These libraries encourage a reading habit among children in an environment where books are rare. The one we saw had colorful murals on the walls, a room for primary students and another for secondary students, and a librarian who also teaches peer mediation skills to students.
During our interviews we have heard about the significant positive impacts of workcamps as participants experience another culture and produce something of value for people in need. If we still had kids at home we’d seriously consider making a workcamp our family summer vacation.