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GPQM 2017 Spring Gathering – Schedule & Agenda

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2017 GPQM Spring Gathering Schedule & Business Agenda

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Green Pastures Spring Gathering May 20, 2017

The Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting (GPQM) Spring Gathering will be held at Friends Lake, in Chelsea, Michigan, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Friends, you’re are all invited to this spring gathering at beautiful Friends Lake! Let’s enjoy this opportunity to meet and get better acquainted with other Friends in Michigan.

In the morning, we’re planning a program that will allow us to continue our exploration of the topic and the question posed at the midwinter gathering held last February at Red Cedar Meeting, hosted by Detroit and Birmingham Meetings, and led by Pam Melick and Marvin Barnes.

The topic was racism in our Quaker meetings and the question was “Why can’t we be F/friends?”  On May 20, we plan to hold a panel discussion among Friends who attended the February gathering, who will briefly reflect on their experience and share their thoughts on “Now, what?”

(Those who would like to be members of this panel — we’re looking for no more than 5 Friends–should  let me know.)

In the afternoon. we’ll have our meeting for worship for the conduct of business (after lunch provided by Ann Arbor Friends), from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  An important report from the transitional Friends School Board will be on the agenda.  (Please send other agenda items to me.)

RSVP is not required but if you can let me know that you’re planning to come, that would definitely help with  food preparations.

I’ll send out the schedule and agenda a week before the spring gathering.

In the Light,

Raelyn Joyce
Clerk of GPQM
Kalamazoo Friends Meeting
269 345-0489
raejoyce10 [at] gmail.com
(the e-mail has the number 10)

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GPQM Business Meeting Agenda for Sept 17, 2016

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Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting,  September 17,  2016
Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business

Our search is for unity, not unanimity.  We consider ourselves to be in unity when our search for Truth is shared; when our listening for God is faithful; …when our love for one another is constant.  A united meeting is not  necessarily all of one mind, but it is all of one heart.

We believe that this unity, transcending apparent differences, springs from God’s empowering love, and that a Meeting, trusting in the leadership of that love and gathered in its spirit, will enjoy unity in its search for truth.                          

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting , Faith and Practice, p. 22

AGENDA  (11:30-12:30)

Roll call
Approval of Minutes of May 2016 meeting
Treasurer’s report
Friends School of Detroit Trustees report/proposal
Questions and clarification period

Break for lunch (12:30-1:30)

(1:30-2:30)

Decision on Friends School report/proposal
Expiring terms of FSD trustees:  Patrick Patchett, Peter Dale, and Joe Mills

Reports from:
Michigan Friends Center
Friends Lake Cooperative Community
Michigan Quakers for Environmental Action (MQEA)

New business:
Clerking workshop  — Geoff Brieger
Mid-winter Quarterly Meeting–February 26-27, 2017 (Birmingham MM will lead the program.  Where will it be held?  Who will do youth program?)

End of Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business

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GPQM Revised Schedule for Sept 17, 2016

Slightly revised schedule

Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting
Fall 2016 Meeting
September 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Michigan Friends  Center

9:00 – 9:30  Registration and refreshments

9:30-10:00 Singing led by Thomas Taylor (Ann Arbor)

10:00-10:30  Worship

10:30-11:30 Presentation by Natalie Holbrook,  Director of Michigan AFSC – Criminal Justice

11:30-12:30 Roll Call;  Minutes;  Friends School of Detroit Trustees  report and  question  period

12:30-1:30  Lunch arranged by Birmingham Friends  (suggested donation: $7.50 per person)

1:30-2:30 Business Meeting resumes

Decision on Friends School;  Reports from Treasurer,  Michigan Friends Center,  Friends Lake Cooperative Community, and Michigan  Quakers for Environmental Action (MQEA).

New business:  clerking workshop;  mid-winter GPQM–Feb. 26-27, 2016

2:30 – 3:15  Sessions (choose one):

  1. Walking the trails of Friends Lake led by Richard Tucker (Friends Lake Cooperative Community)
  2. Discussion on Michigan environmental legislation and how to be more engaged

3:15-3:30 Singing led by Thomas Taylor

3:30 – 4:00 Closing worship

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Agenda for GPQM Meeting 9/17/16

Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting
Fall 2016 Meeting
September 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Michigan Friends  Center

Agenda

9:00 – 9:30  Registration and refreshments

9:30-10:00 Singing led by Thomas Taylor (Ann Arbor)

10:00-10:30  Worship

10:30-11:30 Presentation by Natalie Holbrook,  Director of Michigan AFSC – Criminal Justice

11:30-12:30 Roll Call;  Minutes;  Friends School of Detroit Trustees  report and  question  period

12:30-1:30  Lunch arranged by Birmingham Friends  (suggested donation: $7.50 per person)

1:30-2:30 Business Meeting  resumes

Decision on Friends School;  Reports from Treasurer,  Michigan Friends Center,   Friends Lake Cooperative Community, and Michigan  Quakers for Environmental Action (MQEA).

New business:  clerking workshop;   mid-winter GPQM–Feb. 26-27, 2016

2:30 – 3:15  Sessions (choose one):

  1. Walking the trails of Friends Lake led by Richard Tucker (Friends Lake Cooperative Community)
  2. Discussion on Michigan environmental legislation and how to be more engaged

3:15-3:30 Singing led by Thomas Taylor

3:30 – 4:00 Closing worship

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Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting – Fall Gathering Sept. 17, 2016

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Michigan Friends Center (7748 Clark Lake Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118)

Program includes:

o   Natalie Holbrook , American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Michigan Director to talk about the Michigan Criminal Justice Program, including The Good Neighbor Project

o   Singing led by Thomas Taylor (Ann Arbor)

o   Walking the trails of Friends Lake

o   Updates on the upcoming clerking workshop led by Art Larrabee; on Michigan Quakers for Environmental Action (MQEA), and on Friends School

o   Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business

o   Lunch arranged by Birmingham Friends ($7.50 suggested donation)

o   Youth program by Red Cedar Meeting

o   Time to get to know and to form bonds with fellow Quakers and with the natural world.

Questions? Please contact Raelyn Joyce, GPQM incoming clerk, at raejoyce10 at gmail.com or 269 345-0489.

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