Quaker Voluntary Service is an 11-month experiment, living at the intersection of transformational spirituality and activism. Young adults work full-time in professional positions at community based organizations addressing a wide range of issues, while living in a cooperative house and worshiping with, and being mentored by, local Quakers. They receive housing, transportation, food, health insurance, and a small stipend, while engaging in regular self-led workshops and retreats that allow for continuing education in social justice, faith, and community building topics.
QVS is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 service year. Go to their website for full information.
On the eve of this year’s White Privilege Conference, to be held in Philadelphia, an ad hoc group of Friends is preparing a presentation called Honoring Those Known Only To God. (Information on the White Privilege Conference.)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Philadelphia, PA (specific location TBA)
This project is about bringing together Friends who carry a concern for honoring the African American men, women, and children who died while traveling to Freedom along the Underground Railroad.
If you have any questions, please call me at 612-567-8406.
Laughing Waters Friends Preparative Meeting
Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative)
Friends General Conference is hosting The White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia, PA, April 14-17.
The national conference, first held in 1999, brings together high school and college students, teachers, university faculty and higher education professionals, nonprofit staff, activists, social workers and counselors, healthcare workers, and members of the spiritual community and corporate arena.
Since 2011, FGC has sponsored a group discount for Friends. FGC and local Friends provide a space at the conference for Quaker worship and worship sharing daily. In addition, local Friends have provided overnight hospitality to out-of-state participants.
About the conference
Register for the White Privilege Conference
God calls us to the right sharing of world resources, from the burdens of materialism and poverty into the abundance of God’s love, to work for equity through partnership with our sisters and brothers throughout the world.
You can read the latest LEYM newsletter here or go to the Bulletin’s page on the website by clicking on “Bulletins” under the News, Events, & Archives tab. Printed copies have been mailed to meetings as well as to individuals who’ve requested them.
The Continuing Revolution conference series is an annual social justice
conference for young adult Quakers (18-35) every summer at Pendle Hill. You
can read more about the conference on our website, but to share briefly, the
conference is a six day, intensive training-oriented program designed around
one thematic issue that changes year to year. This year’s conference will be
centered around the theme of integrity as a radical act. We are working with
that in its most expansive capacity, with all sorts of workshops on
wholeness, identity, accountability, interconnectedness, truth telling,
letting our lives speak, moving from ideas to action and much much more.
So… save the dates: June 3-8, 2016!
More info: http://www.pendlehill.org/yafc
Inner Journey, Outer Journey: A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends
Join Friends April Allison and Roger Hansen for “Inner Journey, Outer Journey: A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends,” at The DeKoven Center, Racine, Wisconsin from April 21 – 24, 2016. DeKoven, on the Lake Michigan lakefront, will be beautiful as we move into the season of rebirth and growth.
April Allison of Red Cedar Friends Meeting (LEYM) in Lansing, Michigan, and Roger Hansen of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Meeting will lead the retreat, which is offered through Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s School of the Spirit.
Participants will experience the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing solitude in community. Along with individual silent times for prayer, reflection, time in nature, contemplative interaction with scripture, and meeting one-on-one with retreat leaders, there will also be group silence at meals; ‘active silence’ with participants gathered doing individual handwork, reading, journaling, artwork; and time for contemplative work.
At its heart, the retreat is a time when we can simply be with God, attend to the divine stirrings in our souls, and open to grace.
There is a flexible fee schedule; if the full fee seems challenging, you can pay a lower cost without asking for a scholarship while other attendees are invited to contribute more.
For details and to register online, see http://schoolofthespirit.org/programs/silent-retreats-2/dekoven-wi-2016. You can also reach April Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring a weekend retreat on “Hearing the Call, and Living in It: Travel in the Ministry” March 18-20, 2016. Brian Drayton and Noah Baker Merrill will be the facilitators.
Save the Date: March 4th-6th, 2016
What are we as Quakers called to do in our world? Come join with other young Friends from across the theological spectrum as we explore how to move beyond justifiably proud references to the past and into meaningful conversations about what we can be doing today.
Our keynote speaker will be Greg Woods.
When: March 4-6, 2016
Where: First Friends Meeting, Richmond, Indiana
For more information about this retreat and previous events, visit our website.