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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.
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.
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).
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.
Quick Reminder: The Fall 2019 Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting (GPQM) is next Saturday:
September 21 2019
Michigan Friends Center
GPQM Associated meetings: Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, and Red Cedar. Associated Worship groups: Manitou, Pine River, and Tustin.
The Meeting for Business will discern proposed new by-laws.
Following lunch there will be an informal program focused on communication and future of GPQM. Peace!
Co- Clerk Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting
Professor Emerita of Anthropology
There are few things more fulfilling in life than being deeply understood by the one who loves you, and deeply understanding the one you love. The Couple Enrichment Dialogue, in which we listen tenderly and speak authentically, is a spiritual practice that helps us gain this kind of deep understanding. If you would like to learn how to use the Couple Enrichment Dialogue to give and receive the gift of understanding with your beloved, and to introduce this spiritual practice to your partnership, please join us for this residential retreat. It will be a special time! (get Friends Couple Enrichment Retreat flyer)
When: We begin on Friday, November 15 at 6 pm and end with lunch on Sunday at 1 pm. We will finish each evening at 9 pm.
Where: Weber Retreat Center, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221-1793. The center is close to Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Toledo, and is a one-hour drive from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). http://www.webercenter.org.
Cost: $350 per couple covers rooms, food, and retreat costs. Please note: In order to keep costs as low as possible, Merry and Peter are donating their time to this event and are not able to offer a discounted rate. However, more couples participating means that costs can be shared. Invite your friends so that the cost can be reduced for everyone! Limited to 10 couples.
Who: Open to any committed couple, regardless of marital status, religious affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation.
Retreat Leaders: We are Merry Stanford and Peter Wood, of Red Cedar Friends Meeting in Lansing, Michigan, and have been leading Couple Enrichment events since 1995. Peter is a psychotherapist in full-time private practice, working with individuals and couples. Merry is a psychotherapist, spiritual director, and energy medicine practitioner. We have been married for 29 years, following previously failed marriages. We credit the Couple Enrichment dialogue process with helping us grow a healthy relationship through difficult as well as joyful times, while also growing individually. We have used the principles of Couple Enrichment to raise two children, now grown, and to help faith communities speak together about sensitive and divisive issues.
To pre-register or to ask questions, please contact us at https://www.merrystanford.com/email-us.html . To find out more about Couple Enrichment, and to see a sample of dialogue in action, view our Quaker Speak video! Go to https://friendscoupleenrichment.wordpress.com/ .
Friends Journal is devoting a whole issue to Quaker kids later this year. Everything from activity pages to mini-graphic novels to memes to serious articles on growing up Quaker or teaching religious education are fair game. Submissions are due Sept 16.
More information here
Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting (GPQM) Spring Gathering will be held at the Michigan Friends Center on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This gathering will include a meeting for worship for the conduct of business in which we’ll consider a proposal for a new structure for GPQM and a new slate of officers.
The program after lunch, which will be around 12:30, will be a talk on the 25-year history of the Center, followed by a spring wildflowers walk around the Friends Lake property led by a naturalist. We’re hoping for a day in which we’ll discern the future of our Quarter and spend time in strengthening our spiritual bonds as Quakers, surrounded by the beauty of Friends Lake.
Morning snacks and a catered lunch will be provided. Please e-mail Raelyn Joyce at raejoyce10 at gmail.com if you’re planning to come, so the right amount of food can be prepared (with heartfelt thanks to Richard Tucker and Ann Arbor Friends).
Kalamazoo Friends Meeting (KFM) is hosting a series of programs on Justice, Environment, & the Arts. Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Friends are invited to join us for two upcoming events with presentations and an art exhibit on May 9-11 and June 8.
The following presentations may be of special interest to Friends. Overnight hospitality is offered for them with notice. Contact meymdh at gmail.com, 313.389.6866.
* On Fri. May 10th at 7pm, Mey presents “A Quaker View on Connecting Concerns: Right Relationship, Justice, and the Environment,” where she will share from her experiences traveling in the ministry.
* On Sat. June 8th, special guest Panoka Walker – an indigenous woman and plenary presenter at the 2018 FGC Gathering in Toledo – will join us for “Water and the Grandmothers” to benefit an indigenous grandmother-led campaign, the Women and Water Coming Together Symposium.
The Justice, Environment, & the Arts series brings together community partners and Friends to intersect our concerns in creative ways. The series is organized by Mey Hasbrook, whose ministry is under KFM’s care. The series is also part of the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts’ annual campaign, “Peace and Justice.”
Mindful Mark-Making: Abstract Drawing as Meditation
When: April 26 – 28, 2019
Where: Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086, USA (map)
A weekend of quiet creativity with pen and ink facilitated by Sadelle Wiltshire and Ann Coakley. Explore meditative drawing methods using a variety of techniques in pen and ink that encourage and nurture creative flow: continuous line drawing, free form patterns, Zentangle and more contemplative mark-making.
For more information visit Mindful Mark-Making