Friends General Conference
Spiritual Deepening Planning Coordinator
Friends General Conference is seeking a qualified Friend to work on a contract basis with FGC committees and staff to coordinate and develop a Quaker spiritual deepening program for use by individuals and meetings. The purpose of this work is to provide a clear plan on how FGC – in collaboration with other Quaker institutions, yearly meetings, and monthly meetings – can help seekers, Friends, and meetings enter fully and deeply into the Quaker way.
The inputs for this planning will include a careful review of existing spiritual deepening materials and activities that are currently available to meetings, seekers, and Friends, as well as extensive materials recently developed during an FGC Consultation on Spiritual Deepening attended by sixty-five Friends from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The planning coordinator will work with staff, committee members, and volunteers to create a detailed spiritual deepening program plan, including sample materials, activities, and experiential exercises.
The required end products are:
- A detailed program plan as mentioned above.
- A communications plan to help maximize interest and use of the spiritual deepening materials and methods. This part of the planning will involve working with a communications consultant (funded separately).
- A detailed draft budget, including staffing recommendations, for moving forward with this work.
For a more detailed description of the position, please visit the FGC website at http://www.fgcquaker.org/news/job-opening-spiritual-deepening-planning-coordinator.
The availability of this limited-term position is contingent upon approval of a grant request submitted recently for this project. We expect to be notified about the grant decision in late May or early June. In order to start this project as quickly as possible if funding is indeed available, letters of interest are due by April 30, 2014.
Please send your letter of interest stating clearly your experience in religious education and spiritual formation program development, your resume, and a statement of availability for what we believe is a seven to nine month full-time project beginning in June 2014. Send inquiries to Barry Crossno, FGC General Secretary. Please include “Spiritual Deepening Planning Coordinator” in the subject line.
As an alternative to the cafeteria dinner Thursday night, there will be a potluck dinner in Ramseyer Dorm featuring vegetarian, gluten-free, and other foods for those with dietary considerations.
Email Joel Ottenbreit to sign up
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If you sign up for the alternative dinner, do not sign up for the cafeteria dinner on Thurs. when you register for Annual Meeting.
Have you yearned to perform before a Friendly audience? Your opportunity has arrived! So polish up your act, whatever it may be: song, dance, yo-yo tricks, juggling, story-telling, you name it, for the 2014 Lake Erie Annual Sessions.
We ask that all performers/acts follow these guidelines:
1. Keep in mind that the Talent Show is enjoyable entertainment for all ages.
2. Make sure your act is no longer than 5 minutes.
3. Include the children/teens whenever, wherever possible.
4. As always, be respectful to all indivieduals and groups.
We look forward to singing, laughing, and enjoying the fun. Thank you for participating.
The Adult Program Committee
PS Please share this information with the members of your monthly meeting.
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.