Invitation to participate in this year’s LEYM Service Project


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.

Complete information and registration form

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Spiritual Discernment Retreat, July 26-30 at Pendle Hill

Spiritual Discernment: Listening to the Spirit, Finding Your Way

July 26-30, 2015

Nancy Bieber

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.

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GPQM Spring Gathering May 16 at MFC

Join us for Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting’s spring gathering 5th Month, 16th Day, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Schedule & Business Agenda

Documents to Read Ahead

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.


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Donate for Nepal throuth Friends Peace Teams

NepalPhotophoto: 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:

Dear Friends,
“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,


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Wooster Meeting & Presbyterians to hold joint worship focusing on US/Mexico border crisis May 17

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.

Full information

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Help for meetings & worship groups

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.

Information on the program

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Join Peace Delegation to Israel/Palestine Sept. 14-24

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

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LEYM Teen Retreat April 24-26

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

A paper medical release will also need to be signed and brought with each teen. It can be found here:

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Ashland Center for Nonviolence has New Director

A.C.N. is something that several of Wooster Friends Meeting have been active in since its beginning.  John Stratton was the director since its beginning but retired last June.  We are so pleased that Craig Hovey has become the director and has exciting new ideas.

Joyce Balderston, Co-clerk, LEYM Peace Committee

Ashland Center for Nonviolence
April 2, 2015
Dear Joyce,
ACN Happenings
From the Executive Director,

What a success! On Saturday, April 28th, ACN held its first annual conference: “Considering the Challenges to Nonviolence: Practical and Theoretical.” In my opening remarks, I reflected on the purpose of the conference and the need to engage in some uncompromising self-criticism. A wonderfully diverse group of scholars presented an array of papers that raised questions for those of us committed to nonviolence to reflect on and discuss. Robert Brimlow unsettled us with the sheer range of difficulties at supposing nonviolence to be the answer to the problem of evil in the world by asking serious questions: What about Hitler? What about ISIS? Perhaps best of all, we made some new friends and connections from around our region.

We’re already making plans for next year’s conference on Sports and Violence. Watch for details.

Follow ACN on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for more news.

–Craig Hovey,

Brimlow KeynoteACNConference 2015
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Watch the ACN Conference

Keynote Presentation here

By Dr. Robert Brimlow
In the News
“How Community Violence Hurts Students”
From The Atlantic
Test scores at schools in close proximity to the 2002 D.C. sniper attacks suggest that mass shootings can take a heavy toll on academic performance.  Read more…
“Integrating Bullying Prevention and Restorative Practices in Schools”

…case study research suggests that Restorative Practices can lead to reductions in suspensions and expulsions in schools, fewer serious violent acts committed by students and improved relationships among members of the school community. One study documented reduced rates of bullying in schools with discipline practices that balanced structure and support for students. These principles are associated with whole school Restorative Practices models.  Read more…

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Executive DirectorGinny Telego, Assistant Director

Be the Change!

After you enter your donation amount, you’ll be prompted to choose where your donation is directed. Please choose “Other” and Type in ACN. If you’d like your donation to to be designated for the ACN Scholarship fund, please enter “ACN Scholarship.”    

About ACN

Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University began as an informal group of individuals who wanted to challenge the willingness of American society to resort to violence.

As an organization, the ACN strives to offer programs and speakers which challenge our willingness to resort to   violence, present alternatives to violence and inspire us to consider new perspectives and approaches.

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


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Ashland Center for Nonviolence | (419) 289-5313 | |
Ashland University
401 College Ave.
Bixler 116
Ashland, OH 44805

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African Peace Teams Workcamp Opportunities

Dear Friends,

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

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.

In peace,
Joe Ossmann
Kalamazoo Meeting

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