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Providing support to the Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (Religious Society of Friends).

Homepage: http://leym.org

Advance Registration for Representative Meeting (due March 13)

The 2020 LEYM Representative Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 4 at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting, 4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. For more information, contact emilyanderson257 at gmail.com

Schedule for Saturday, April 4:
Registration & simple breakfast …. 9:00 AM
Meeting for worship …………………. 9:30 AM
Greeting & announcements ………..10:00 AM
Committee meetings ………………….10:15 AM
Lunch ……………………………………….12:15 PM
Meeting for business ……………………1:15 PM
Adjournment by ………………………….4:30 PM

A light breakfast and lunch will be offered for those who register in advance. A donation of $10, more or less, for meals will be appreciated. For other attendees, there are restaurants in the neighborhood.

Childcare will be provided for those who request this by March 13 on the registration form.

A meeting of the Executive Committee (Yearly Meeting officers and committee clerks) will be held on Friday evening, April 3, at the same location, starting at 7:00. Supper will be provided for Executive Committee members and their traveling companions at 6:00; suggested offering $5.

Friends are invited to stay for worship with Pittsburgh Friends on First Day at 9:00 or 10:30.

ADVANCED REGISTRATION FORM

Please use this link to submit your advanced registration information.

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Upcoming Contemplative Retreat

LEYM Friends are invited to join in April 16-19, 2020, for All Shall Be Well: Contemplation in an Age of Crisis, a contemplative retreat in the manner of Friends at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin. During the retreat, participants will experience the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing soli­tude in community. There will be individual silent time for prayer, reflection, rest, walks, and contemplative interaction with scripture and other spiritual resources. April Allison (RCF) and Roger Hansen (Milwaukee) are offering their seventh retreat in Wisconsin through the School of the Spirit, and are delighted that Elizabeth Evans (Milwaukee) will join us as she enters the SotS mentoring program. Learn more and register.

Also Sharon Frame and April Allison will offer a Michigan-based a contemplative retreat in the manner of Friends from November 12-15, 2020, at the Weber Retreat & Conference Center in Adrian. More details will be forthcoming.

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Spiritual Resources for Connecting with and Restoring the Earth – talk by Gretel Van Wieren

The theme of the Feb 1, 2020 Winter Gathering of the Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting was “Finding Our Spiritual Foundation for Environmental Work.” The featured speaker was Associate Professor Gretel Van Wieren from the Religious Studies program at Michigan State University. Dr. Van Wieren teaches courses on religion, ethics, and the environment and is the author of Listening at Lookout Creek: Nature in Spiritual Practice (Oregon State University Press, 2019, forthcoming), Food, Farming and Religion: Emerging Ethical Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) and Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration (Georgetown University Press, 2013).

Dr. Van Wieren has graciously shared the text of her Feb 1, 2020 talk entitled Quaking Climate: Spiritual Resources for Connecting with and Restoring Earth.

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LEYM Winter Bulletin now available

The Winter 2020 LEYM Bulletin can be downloaded here. This issue includes:

  • A Clerk’s Message asking how Executive Committee can help our monthly meetings and worship groups
  • Information on Representative Meeting (at Pittsburgh Meeting on April 4)
  • A preview of the Annual Meeting theme and plenary speaker
  • News from the Executive Committee
  • Descriptions of LEYM scholarships and other financial assistance for youth and adults
  • A report on the FCNL Annual Meeting
  • News from monthly meetings, including the major renovation of the Pittsburgh Meeting House
  • And more, including color photos.

Back issues of the Bulletin are available online as well here.

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Request for Workshop Proposals – LEYM 2020 Annual Meeting

The Program Committee of LEYM is requesting proposals from Friends for workshop presentations at our 2020 Annual Meeting, to be held July 30August 2 at Bluffton University, in Bluffton, Ohio. The theme of this year’s meeting is Letting Go: Listening with Whole Hearts and Open Minds. If at all possible, we hope proposals can be submitted before Wednesday, February 5. However, the deadline for submission is Saturday, February 15th. We cannot guarantee that proposals submitted after that date will be considered. 

We expect to provide about ten workshops on Friday and Saturday afternoons, including one by our keynote speaker on Saturday. Each workshop will be an hour and 45 minutes, and should have some relationship to the theme. 

Please submit the following for each workshop proposal:

  • 1. Name and monthly meeting of leader(s)
  • 2. Committee or organization, if applicable
  • 3. Title of your workshop
  • 4. One or two paragraphs describing the content of the workshop, including its relationship to the theme of the annual meeting.

All proposals should be sent to Greg Mott at mott@findlay.edu, preferably by February 5, but no later than February 15th. We look forward to receiving proposals from individuals or committees and hope that Friends will have thoughtful and interesting ideas to share with all of us.

LEYM Program Committee:

Thomas Taylor (Ann Arbor), Clerk; Claire Cohen (Pittsburgh); Aran Reinhart (Broadmead); Susan Hartman (Ann Arbor); Steve Morehouse (Ann Arbor); Greg Mott (Broadmead)

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LEYM Harassment Discernment Committee Contact Information

LEYM now has a Harassment Discernment Committee. If a Friend ever feels she or he has been poorly or unfairly treated because of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor, he or she can reach out to this committee. Friends who witness harassment are also encouraged to reach out. Of course, if it is safe to do so, Friends are encouraged to seek direct, positive solutions first. The complete LEYM harassment discernment policy is attached.

LEYM Harassment Discernment Committee for 2020:

Lisa Klopfer
Email: lklopfer at gmail.com
Phone: 734-436-1031

Aran Reinhart
Email: aranreinhart at yahoo.com.
Phone: 419-619-6810

Pamela Moore
Phone: 215-593-6795

Peter Wood
Email: petrosh.wood at gmail.com
Phone: 517 881-6845.

Kate Enger
Email: psychdrkate at gmail.com
Phone: (740) 591-7255

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Registration for Midwinter Gathering of GPQM Now Open

Midwinter Gathering of Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting will be at Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm.  The theme is “Finding Our Spiritual Foundation for Environmental Work” and the featured speaker is Prof. Gretel Van Wieren, who teaches courses on religion, ethics, and the environment.  More information, a full schedule, and registration form are available here (docx file). Please share with other interested parties.

The GPQM Midwinter Gathering Registration Form is here (pdf).

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Deadline for Winter LEYM Bulletin is Jan 15

The deadline for the Winter issue of the LEYM Bulletin is January 15.  This Bulletin will have registration information for Representative Meeting in Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 4.  We welcome other news and contributions from committees, meetings, and individuals.
Send material to Co-Editors Jeff Cooper and Peggy Daub at Bulletinleym@gmail.com

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Policies and Procedures Manual Updated

An updated version of the LEYM Policies and Procedures reflecting current practice is now available as a pdf file. With the exception of a few minor changes in wording, all of the changes in text were approved by the Executive Committee at its November meeting. Please let Jeff Cooper know of any errors you may discover, especially in the index. He can be reached at cooperdaub@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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Save the Date: Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting Midwinter Gathering

SAVE THE DATE:  GREEN PASTURES QUARTERLY MEETING MIDWINTER GATHERING

Theme: “Finding Our Spiritual Foundation for Environmental Work”

Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Red Cedar Meeting, 1400 Turner Street, Lansing; 9:30 am

Featured Speaker:  Gretel Van Wieren, a professor at MSU who teaches courses on religion, ethics, and the environment

More information will be available soon.

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