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School of the Spirit Job Opening

The School of the Spirit is seeking a new administrator, and we want to reach out to as many Quakers as we can to search for interested candidates.

The position is part time, with $27,000 annual recompense.

We have no geographical requirement for this person. Our last administrator lived in Durham, NC, and our current one lives in Lancaster, PA. So, we’re hoping that through your contacts in your yearly meeting we might find our next one.

As indicated in the advertisement, much more information on the position is available on our website www.schoolofthespirit.org/administrator.

Kind regards,

Jim Herr
Administrator for School of the Spirit Ministry
360 Blossom Hill Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717)203-1642

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2020 Retreat: Spiritual Companions within an Ecology of Quaker Practice

Each year LEYM hosts a Spiritual Formation Retreat. This year, the theme is Spiritual Companions within an Ecology of Quaker Practice, with leadership from Cassie Cammann, Nadine Hoover and Mark Hoover. Given the continued restrictions of the pandemic, the Fall 2020 retreat will be virtual, with recognition of the limitations of online connection and sensitivity for everyone’s physical and mental health. The dates for the event are as follows:

  • Friday, Sept. 11: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 12: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 13: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The format will blend writing, drawing, talking, moving, viewing short videos, and more. We will work individually, in small groups, and as a whole.

In our time together, we will develop key practices for spiritual companion groups and consider their role in living our faith. We will engage in activities to help us open ourselves, work together, and experiment with Spirit in our lives. We will reflect on how the recording of spiritual insights bridges the still small voice within to the faith and practice of community. Drawing on both historical and present-day writings, we will explore how an ecology of Quaker practice is the essence of collective spiritual life.

More information and a registration form is available here:
https://leym.org/spiritual-formation/

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FWCC hosts Young Friends Online Workshop Series

FROM FWCC
To Young Friends around the world:

We invite you to join Young Friends around the world, and across the Quaker branches, for a series of 5 online workshops over 10 weeks. Join us for one or all five.
These sessions will be run by young Quakers for young Quakers through Friends World Committee for Consultation’s World Office on 5 Saturdays between August 29 and October 24, 2020 for Friends aged 16-35.
Share this information with other young Quakers, join our conversation, and be part of our community!
We look forward to listening and thinking about Young Friends’ experiences from around the world. Tag Friends, share this invitation.
Read the full invitation on our website: http://ow.ly/hJud50AKeDh
Find out more about the workshops, and how to register on our website: http://ow.ly/o9Xs50AKeDi


Heather Gosse
Operations Manager, FWCC
215-241-7250
heatherg@fwccamericas.org

Young Friend Invitation (pdf)

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North Columbus Friends Meeting Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, 1920-2020

North Columbus Friends Meeting Celebrates
100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, 1920-2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

North Columbus Friends Meeting invites you to join them via Zoom in commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment as we explore the story of several Quaker suffragists, the suffrage movement and commit ourselves today to helping every citizen have the right to vote without barriers, without difficulty, without fear. The format will be a mixture of PowerPoint presentations & video clips, discussion, a call to action, and a sharing of additional resources for further learning and engagement to eliminate voting disenfranchisement today. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the centennial of this historical event, and to honor the multigenerational efforts and work of those involved in bringing about this expansion to our democracy. We hope you can join us!

For any questions, contact Barbara LeSage – barbaralesage@hotmail.com or 617-869-2211.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82090411995

Meeting ID: 820 9041 1995 Find local phone number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kmKeDoSCp

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Broadmead MM Friends Fall Retreat Oct 2-4

Broadmead Monthly Meeting Friends
Fall Retreat Oct. 2nd – 4th 2020

Retreat Theme:  Transformative Worship

Presenter:  Christopher Sammond

Biography of Christopher Sammond

Christopher Sammond is a member of Poplar Ridge Monthly Meeting, New York YM. He has facilitated workshops and retreats for over thirty years in a wide variety of Friends’ contexts, including Powell House, Woolman Hill, ESR, the FGC Gathering, the FUM Triennial, the FWCC World Gathering, and at scores of monthly meetings. He is trained in spiritual direction and the spiritual formation of whole congregations and has served as a chaplain in hospice, hospital, and drug and alcohol treatment center settings. He is passionate about helping Friends to deepen in our practice of worship, and has traveled extensively in the ministry. He served New York Yearly Meeting as their General Secretary for many years, and currently divides his time between offering retreats on worship, serving as a core teacher in the School of the Spirit program, Participating in God’s Power, and offering spiritual direction. Christopher lives in central New York with his wife Barbara and cats Harriet and Lil.

Oct. 2th – 4th 2020 EVENT DETAILS

The Virtual Retreat Program: The Virtual Retreat will be a full weekend retreat. It is put forth with the idea that participants will be truly engaged in the event, even though it will be a virtual weekend long event. Participant are encouraged to block out the time and hold the event as they would for any other retreat. It is anticipated that we will have one session starting on Friday evening for 2 hours. Saturday will consist of three sessions 2 hours in the am, 2 hours mid afternoon, a virtual shared meal, and a hour and a half Sat. evening. An hour session before Sunday worship and a hour and a half session after meeting for worship.

We want everyone to attend the retreat, Friends are encouraged to, but not required to consider contributing to support future Retreats by sending a contribution, if so led in lieu of any cost for the retreat for this year. This contribution would help to support future participation by those who might have difficulty paying registration fees when we are able to meet in person in the future.

Needed Participant Information:
Name: _______________________________
Telephone #: _______________________
e-mail: _____________________________

Registration Info Sent to:
Kathleen Helbling
T606 St. Rt. 109
Liberty Center, OH 43532 or
email: kathleenhelbling@yahoo.com

Donations Sent to:
Shelley Kotz
2951 Emmick
Toledo, OH 43606

Zoom Information will be sent out prior to the Retreat. Please indicate your level of comfort of using a virtual meeting platform.
I am:
____ a) Very comfortable using a virtual platform such as Zoom.
____ b) Somewhat comfortable using a virtual platform such as Zoom.
____ c) Not very comfortable and may need some support using a virtual platform such as Zoom.

_____ I will be using a computer for the retreat
_____ I will be using a phone for the retreat
_____ I will be using a computer & a phone for the retreat

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GPQM at Annual Worship and Picnic, August 9, in Battle Creek

On August 9, 2020, the 75th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, Green Pastures Quarterly met at Quaker Park in Battle Creek for its annual worship with attention to peace in remembrance of that devastating event. Two giant trees sheltered 22 Friends under their arbor. Worship gathered and Spirit spoke gratitude for the breeze and shade and wonder at what these leafy beings have witnessed in this historic place. At rise of Meeting, brown bags replaced potluck, and six-foot distancing was no barrier to the joy of fellowship.

Friends meeting under oak trees

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A Full Schedule and Special Events You’ll Love – LEYM 2020

Greetings Friends,

Planning for Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s annual sessions is well under way, with a full schedule of events now viewable in a colorful calendar layout here. We’ll be meeting July 30 – August 2 online.

Registration for our special events is filling up fast, with a July 24th deadline.

Consider joining us for one or more of these exciting and informative sessions.

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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.

Logo for 2020 Annual Sessions: Letting Go - Listening with Whole Hearts and Open Minds

Click on logo to go to registration site

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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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