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White Privilege Conference March 20-23, 2019

This year’s White Privilege Conference (WPC) will be March 20-23, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As usual, FGC is offering discounts to all Friends. This conference has been attended by a large contingent of Quakers for a number of years. There will be a Quaker Hospitality room at the conference. FGC is working on ways to support Friends with less expensive overnight housing.

Find out more and register with FGC to receive a discount

You will still need to register with the White Privilege Conference

What is the White Privilege Conference?

1. WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world.

2. It is not a conference designed to attack, degrade or beat up on white folks.

3. It is not a conference designed to rally white supremacist groups.

4. WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc. — the ways we all experience some form of privilege, and how we’re all affected by that privilege.

5. WPC attracts students, professionals, activists, parents, and community leaders/members from diverse perspectives. WPC welcomes folks with varying levels of experience addressing issues of diversity, cultural competency, and multiculturalism.

6. WPC is committed to a philosophy of “understanding, respecting and connecting.”

Who attends the WPC?

The conference is unique in its ability to bring together high school and college students, teachers, university faculty and higher education professionals, nonprofit staff, activists, social workers and counselors, healthcare workers, and members of the spiritual community and corporate arena. Annually, more than 1,500 attend from more than 35 states, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, and Germany.

Friends General Conference pre-registration for the White Privilege Conference is open. You must complete the Friends General Conference pre-registration form in order to receive the FGC group discount. Instructions for how to complete the whole registration process are provided on our pre-registration form. Additionally, folks requesting home hospitality will have the opportunity to sign up on this form.

Find out more and pre-register with FGC to receive a discount

You will still need to register with the White Privilege Conference

We encourage you to complete the registration form on the White Privilege Conference website as soon as possible because completing the FGC pre-registration does not reserve you a spot at the Conference. Your spot at the WPC will only be confirmed after you complete registration on their website.

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Contemplation & Joy: A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends, April 11-14, 2019

Please join us for “Contemplation and Joy: A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends,” April 11-14, 2019, at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin. This retreat will be led by April Allison and Sharon Frame of LEYM’s Red Cedar Meeting and Roger Hansen.

The Siena Center (, on the Lake Michigan lakefront, will be beautiful as we move into the season of rebirth and growth. During this retreat, participants will experience the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing solitude in community.

We offer individual silent time for prayer, reflection, rest, walks, and contemplative interaction with scripture and other spiritual resources. There will also be opportunities for speaking out of the silence in groups, as well as an invitation to meet one-on-one with a retreat leader. Meals will be taken in silence, and an evening spent in “active silence,” where we will gather comfortably to read, journal, do handwork or artwork, or engage in similar quiet activity. The center is barrier free.

This retreat is offered through The School of the Spirit ( April (Red Cedar Friends Meeting) is a School of the Spirit board member, retreat leader, and spiritual director. Roger (Milwaukee Friends Meeting) has helped to lead retreats in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania, and formed spiritual nurture groups in several monthly meetings. Sharon Frame (Red Cedar Friends Meeting), is a graduate of the School of the Spirit’s “On Being a Spiritual Nurturer” program, and has served as director, Beacon Hill Friends House (Boston) and as resident friend at Friends Meeting at Cambridge.

Registration is open; learn more and register at:

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Annie Patterson, Quaker activist folk singer, in concert

Annie Patterson, who co-authored the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again song books, is touring the Midwest with Charlie King. Join them for an evening of powerful singing with two of North America’s best activist folk singers. Charlie’s witty political satire and his uncanny ability to find endearing songs about struggle and the human experience are a natural fit with Annie’s own performing and sing-along work.

They’re giving concerts in the following cities within Lake Erie Yearly Meeting in March:

Click on a city to find out more.

Annie Patterson and Peter Blood’s website

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Participating in God’s Power: A new Quaker program

Do you yearn to open more deeply to a greater sense of God’s presence, power, and guidance? Do you ache to live from the Divine Center? To live a life both deeply grounded and on fire with the Spirit?

The School of the Spirit board joyfully announces the launching of a new program, Participating in God’s Power.  After more than a year and a half of shepherding its beginnings, we celebrate the launch of the website and registration.

Living in solid connection with the Divine is transformational.  But when that Inner Teacher points us to places that aren’t easy to go, what keeps us from following God’s leadings fully and courageously?  The School of the Spirit’s newest program – Participating in God’s Power — models a resilient and thoughtful set of tools for exploring how we let our own brokenness get in the way of a robust trust in God’s guidance.

Participating focuses on ways in which we unconsciously resist being with God’s love, how unhealed or unrecognized aspects of ourselves inhibit our being fully present and alive, and how we can release what obscures our Inner Light. The program also explores ways of repatterning our lives to support living in ongoing transformation.

Through engagement in four residencies and three webinars led by core teachers Angela York Crane and Christopher Sammond, this program will build self-awareness and capacity for wise, brave, Spirit-led risk-taking. Through Quaker worship, structured exercises, and small group practices you will be invited to open more deeply and honestly to God’s presence, guidance, healing, and power.

This year-long program is particularly geared for Friends (and others) who have already participated in a spiritual formation program or the like and who want to go deeper yet, or who seek some renewal in their spiritual lives.

We will begin with an opening retreat in New Hampshire in August 2019; our closing retreat will be in the Philadelphia area in September 2020. Come and be a part of this movement of the Spirit. And please share this widely with those who you think might be seeking  just this opportunity.

The School of the Spirit is a ministry of prayer and learning from a Quaker perspective. For more information, visit their website. A number of LEYM Friends have gone through their year and a half “On Being a Spiritual Nurturer” program.

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FGC announces discounts for families, teens, and young adults for the 2019 Gathering

Is this a year for you and your loved ones to go to the Gathering?

Thanks to a very generous donation to support family and youth attendance, FGC’s Gathering team has announced that the cost for attending the 2019 Gathering for families and teens has been substantially lowered. The Gathering, FGC’s highly-anticipated week of workshops, worship, and community for all ages and from all over North America, will be held at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa from June 30-July 6, 2019.

There will be substantial discounts on program fees as well as the availability of more scholarships for families, teens, and young adults, including:

  • Children and teen program fees are WAIVED
  • 50% of children and teen meal costs are COVERED
  • More scholarships are available to families and teens
  • Young adult Friends (age 18-35) receive a $55 discount on their program fee

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Young Adult Spiritual Nurture Series

This new six-part series of retreats for Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35-ish) provides opportunities to connect with each other in faith and community, build skills related to Quaker process and practice, and enrich their faith and understanding as Friends.

Offered by New York Yearly Meeting (NYYM), Friends outside of NYYM and virtual participants are enthusiastically encouraged to take part!

Visit the Young Adult Spiritual Nurture Series website to learn more and register for upcoming events.

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Develop your ability to follow leadings with the School of the Spirit

For several years, the School of the Spirit board has wrestled with our emerging sense of additional call – that God has more work for us, in addition to our baseline programs of On Being a Spiritual Nurturer and our growing calendar of Contemplative Retreats. We are now excited to announce Participating in God’s Power, a one-year program under the leadership of Angi York Crane and Christopher Sammond as its core teaching team.

Angi and Christopher will invite us even deeper into the question of what keeps us from following God’s leadings fully and courageously in ways that challenge and transform our lives. They model a resilient and thoughtful set of tools for exploring the places in which we let our own brokenness get in the way of a robust trust in the Inner Teacher.

Students and teachers will gather in weekend residencies over a twelve-month period. The new program is designed to take place primarily on holiday weekends, to enable working people to participate with a minimum of time-off. And it will alternate between Pennsylvania and New Hampshire locations in hopes of being more accessible to Friends from New England, Philadelphia, and Baltimore YMs, and beyond.

Many grads of the Spiritual Nurturer program who have settled into the contemplative rhythms of living (and nurturing others to live) as God’s beloved, may find this opportunity a compelling next step. If you are intrigued, please send your contact information to

The School of the Spirit is a ministry of prayer and learning from a Quaker perspective.

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Apply to Quaker UN Office summer school for young adults

The Quaker United Nations Summer School provides the opportunity for a group of 25 young adults, ages 20-26, to come together to learn more about Quaker work at the international level and to witness the United Nations in action, as part of a dynamic 12-day residential program. The program is grounded in QUNO Geneva’s work, with a focus on Peace, Disarmament, Human Rights, Migration, and Climate Change. Participants will be able to observe sessions within the United Nations, meet and hear from Civil Society leaders, and engage in facilitated dialogue with like-minded peers about the issues that are most pertinent for our global community today.

Would you or someone you know be interested? Applications are open until January 2, 2019. More information available here!

QUNO, the Quaker United Nations Office, is affiliated with the Friends World Committee for Consultation.


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2019 Representative Meeting scheduled

LEYM’s annual Representative Meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Ann Arbor Meeting. Meeting representatives to LEYM and members of LEYM committees should plan to attend.

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Online course on clerking available

Woodbrooke, the Quaker adult education school in England, is offering an online course on clerking that begins in November. You can check it out here:

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