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Annual Sessions Registration Now Open

LEYM’s 2020 Annual Sessions will be HELD ONLINE July 30-August 2.

REGISTRATION is now open herehttps://leym.conflictstudies.org

Please register ASAP, deadline is July 24th.

Note: People wishing to order T-shirts need to register by July 9.

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GPQM Spring Meeting is May 16 at 9 AM

Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting is holding their Spring Meeting virtually on Saturday, May 16th starting at 9 AM. In preparation for the event, a number of new documents have been made available on the GPQM Documents page, including:

  • Notes from September GPQM meeting
  • GPQM_Website_Communication_Coordinator_Proposal_2020-05-09.pdf
  • GPQM_Proposed_ByLaws_2020-05-09.pdf
  • GPQM_proposed_policy_manual_2020-05-10.pdf

The Zoom meeting connection information has been sent out to Monthly Meeting Clerks via the GPQM listserv. If you have not received it, you may contact Deborah Wickering the GPQM Clerk at wickedeb@aquinas.edu to get connected.

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Bored in Quarantine? Consider This Cooperative Quaker Card Game

Many of us are now spending a lot more time at home and we may be seeking new forms of entertainment to pass the time. Friends may be interested in trying out a cooperative card game developed in 2006 by John Gastil, a Seattle Friend who also happens to be an expert on deliberative group processes. The game, which requires only the use of a regular deck of playing cards and the attached instructions, is full of Quaker culture references. It is called “Friendlier than Thou.” Here’s the description:

The setting is 19th century America, and the 2-4 players in this card game represent a newly formed Monthly Meeting. Your Meeting’s goal is to lead a proper Quaker life and impress your skeptical peers in the larger Yearly Meeting. The members of a sound Monthly Meeting seek a balance among four virtues: community (represented by clubs), clearness (represented by diamonds), love (represented by hearts), and good works (represented by spades). Also, because a Monthly Meeting is only as strong as its weakest links, your new Meeting will be judged based upon the performance of its most dubious member.

You can get the instructions here.

Perhaps some bold modern friends might even figure out how to play the game remotely using an online card deck such as Deck of Cards.

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Meetings for Worship Go Online for Many in LEYM

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many Monthly Meetings within Lake Erie Yearly Meeting are moving their worship online.

Here’s some of the meetings we’ve heard from who will be holding online worship on Sundays:

For an even wider scope, check out this list of online meeting opportunities gathered by Friends World Committee for Consultation. Also of interest:

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Worship with LEYM Online

Worship online with LEYM

Update: Now that many local meetings have established their own online Meetings for Worship, LEYM will no longer be hosting our Sunday online worship. You can find other online worship opportunities here.

For the health and protection of our LEYM Meeting community and to support the public health of the wider community in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, LEYM is experimenting with providing online worship, using the Zoom conferencing service.

Many have participated in meetings of various kinds on Zoom; few have participated in a meeting for worship on Zoom. To help establish and sustain the quality of worship, we have prepared some advices below.

Advices for Participating in Online Worship

  • Enter the meeting in silence as you would for an in-person meeting for worship. Do not introduce yourself when you enter.
  • Keep your device on mute unless you are speaking. Everyone will be muted by default upon entering, and the “host” has the ability to mute and unmute any participant. Background noise such as dogs barking or cell phones ringing can be very disruptive to the spirit of worship and make it hard to hear.

If you are led to speak:

  • As always, allow some silence after any preceding message to allow it to settle in our hearts.
  • Unmute your device.
  • Introduce yourself, simply saying “This is <your name.> (Some may participate by phone, so it especially helps them.)
    • Pause briefly in case someone else has also started to speak. If so, wait for the clerk to recognize you. Otherwise, start speaking.
  • Mute your device when you are done. (The host may do so if you forget.)
  • Continuing in worship, the clerk will invite afterthoughts and joys and concerns as usual. Continue to follow the same advices for speaking.
  • If you need to get the attention of the host or clerk for any reason, use the chat feature and choose to whom to address your message or use the raise hand feature. If you are using only a phone to connect, consider texting the host first; unmute and speak to the group, if necessary.

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April Representative Meeting will be held online

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s executive committee has discerned that we will hold our Representative Meeting that had been scheduled 4/3 & 4/4 in Pittsburgh via Zoom, the online meeting platform, to reduce #COVID19 exposure. We will now meet on Zoom Saturday morning (April 4) with the Executive Committee convening at 9:00 AM, followed by the full body at 10:00 AM. See tips below for getting started with ZOOM. Our expectation is that we will wrap up by noon. Zoom connection information has been sent out via email. You can contact the LEYM worker (leymworker@gmail.com) if you need the information to be resent.  Here’s the draft agenda, also available on our Trello planning board (access information was sent via email).

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SESSION (9 AM Start)
— Welcome and Orientation
— Update from Adult Program re Bluffton Meeting
— Review/Create List of Action Items to Bring Forward
— Short Break?

REPRESENTATIVES MEETING AGENDA (working draft) 10 AM Start
— Welcome and Review of Procedures for Virtual Session (Using Zoom and Trello)
— Opening Worship
— Roll Call
— Discussion of Annual Meeting Status Given Coronavirus Issues
— Review of COVID-19 Impact on Committees
— Finance Committee Report
— M&N Discussion of LEYM Virtual Worship service
— Nominating Committee Status Report & Ideas for Moving Forward
— Referral to Available Online Committee Reports
— Roundtable of Reps on Emerging Issues at Meeting Level (5 min each)
— Announcements After the Close of Business
— Closing Worship

TIPS ON USING ZOOM

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For those new to the tool, Zoom is a video meeting platform that is designed to work across many different types of devices (phone, smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer).

Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Zoom Download Center at https://zoom.us/download . If you haven’t already installed it, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link shared via email. While it is quick to install, it is best to set up your system in advance of a meeting.

Here’s a link to a quick video and a detailed walk-through on how to join an online meeting on different available platforms: How Do I Join a Zoom Meeting

You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom and try out your set-up here: Zoom Test –  https://zoom.us/test

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Advance Registration for Representative Meeting (due March 13)

UPDATE: Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s executive committee has discerned that we will hold our Rep. Meeting that had been scheduled 4/3 & 4/4 in #Pittsburgh via @zoom_us to reduce #COVID19 exposure. More details to follow in coming days.

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.

 

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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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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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World Quaker Day is October 6, 2019!

World Quaker Day, supported by Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), is happening this Sunday, October 6 across the globe. You can find out more at the worldquakerday.org website. Here’s a message from FWCC regarding the day:

This year’s theme is Sustainability: Planting Seeds of Renewal for the World We Love

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world for the 6th annual World Quaker Day.

Across our churches, meetings, countries and sections, we feel the power of God connecting us in to a faithful family. We celebrate all expressions of Quaker worship!

Visit the resources page for ideas on how to get involved.

Please send us your photos and reports from the day by emailing submit@worldquakerday.org. If you have a video to share, please send it to submit@worldquakerday.org via WeTransfer.

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