Winter Solstice Sing — a reflection of the season in sound and silence
We sit quietly in a circle and teach each other rounds, songs, and chants of the season as they occur to us. The woods around us, our sheltered circle focused on inner light, and our voices are the only elements of this simple celebration of the longest night.
Anyone who enjoys singing and sitting quietly is welcome. You don’t need to be a singer–some just enjoy humming or listening. However most young children do not enjoy this event, and while we encourage family participation in most of our events, this is one for older children and adults.
The Elizabeth Ann Bogert Memorial Fund for the Study and Practice of Christian Mysticism, administered by Friends World Committee for Consultation, Section of the Americas, makes annual grants of up to $1,000.
A variety of proposals relating to Christian mysticism are given consideration by the Grants Committee. Recently funded projects have included a grant to the Monastic interreligious Dialogue for a Christian/Hindu/Buddhist dialogue to be held at Gethsemani Abbey celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, a grant for doctoral research on the mystical tradition and religious dissent in England between 1640 and 1730, and a grant to the Cistercian Sisters of Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey for a chair lift to make their meditation room more accessible for those who had difficulty walking.
Proposals should be no more than two pages and include the following: a full description of the project including an indication of how the project relates to the study and/or practice of Christian mysticism; the specific amount of money requested; the way the grant will be spent; other sources of funding; plans for communicating the results to others. Two or three people who are familiar with your project should mail letters of reference directly to the clerk, Kenneth Woodrow Henke, Princeton Theological Seminary LIbrary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton NJ 08542. E-mail inquiries may be sent to: email@example.com
Proposals and references for 2016 grants are due by March 1, 2016. Decisions are made by the Grants Committee in May and grants distributed in June. Recipients are asked to send a progress report within a year.
From Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
After seventy-nine years of sharing Quaker faith and fellowship around the globe, the program known as the Wider Quaker Fellowship is coming to an end.
You will still be able to access our library of pamphlets online at VoicesOfFriends.org. The Friends World Committee for Consultation will also continue to maintain the directory of Friends meetings and churches, as part of its continuing mission to bring together Friends of varying traditions and cultural experiences.
Dear Friends Music Camp community,
After lots of consideration, and input from all of you, our board has approved a move to Earlham College for Friends Music Camp 2016. Earlham offers a vibrant Quaker community, beautiful fields and wooded land, and a state-of-the-art performing arts facility, opened in 2014.
We’re deeply grateful to Olney Friends School for years of partnership, and we’re looking forward to opening this new chapter for FMC. More information about camp registration and logistics will follow in the new year.
We hope we’ll see you next summer!
Friends Music Camp 2016 will be held
July 10 through August 7
at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana
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A one-day retreat is a great opportunity to learn and/or practice deep meditation in a supportive environment. The day includes meditation instructions, sitting and walking meditation, a talk, and a time for questions. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners have morning break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in between can practice and have their questions answered.
Contact Carol Blotter at 734-475-0942 or cb.meditate at gmail.com to register (replace the “at” with “@”).
Suggested donation $30 or as able; pre-registration requested.
More information at Michigan Friends Center Programs
Deadline for submissions to the winter issue of LEYM’s newsletter, the Bulletin: January 15, 2016. We welcome your thoughts, reports, experiences, and plans. You can send material to BulletinLEYM at gmail.com. The theme will be Tending the Fire.
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.
Friends Center of Ohio Yearly Meeting in Barnesville, Ohio, is sponsoring a weekend retreat on faithfullness November 13-15, 2015. It will be facilitated by Marcelle Martin.
Join us for a special Food & Justice program with Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:00 pm. The evening will kick off with a guest speaker and include interactive discussion and specific calls to action for individuals and groups. At Michigan Friends Center in Chelsea, ICPJ will focus on why the food we waste (both personally and institutionally) is a climate problem and what we might be able to do to help solve the problem.