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Deadline for LEYM Fall Bulletin is Oct 1

The deadline for submissions to the fall issue of the LEYM Bulletin is Thursday, October 1, 2020.

All are invited to submit articles, meditations, poems, or artwork to this issue.  We especially encourage submissions that reflect how Friends have experienced the current pandemic and resulting quarantines.  News from monthly meetings or accounts and photographs of a meeting’s activities, such as active witness in the world, are also welcome.

Please send submissions or questions to .

Peggy Daub & Jeff Cooper, co-editors, LEYM Bulletin

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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:

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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 – or 617-869-2211.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 820 9041 1995 Find local phone number:

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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

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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LEYM 2020 Business Sessions – Documents in Advance

Documents in Advance for our LEYM 2020 Business sessions are now available here.

Business Session Documents:

We’re trying out a new color-coded communication system in this year’s business sessions which invites participants to hold up various colored items to indicate the type of question or comment they have. See attached document for details: LEYM2020ColorCommSystem

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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 here

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 Annual Worship and Picnic, August 9 in Battle Creek

Every year in early August Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting remembers the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and celebrates peace in the historic Quaker Park in Battle Creek, Michigan. With the park now open, GPQM is able to continue this tradition with in-person worship planned for 11 a.m., Sunday, August 9, outdoors at Quaker Park. Worship will be followed by a picnic, with Friends asked to bring their own chair, food, beverage, and mask. Of course, we will remain attentive to public health advice from the State of Michigan and adjust our plans as necessary.
All are welcome.

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Sharing Minutes on Anti-Racism

LEYM Friends Meetings have been holding their monthly Meetings for Worship with Attention to Business and a number of them have been sharing special Minutes that have been written in response to rising concerns about racism and violence by police. We will be posting these statements on the Resources for Peace and Justice page of the LEYM website.

If your meeting would like to have a minute added to the collection, please send it to

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Articles Invited for LEYM Spring Bulletin

The new deadline for submissions to the spring issue of the LEYM Bulletin is Monday, June 8, 2020.  The deadline was pushed back as the Adult and Children Program Committees adjust for an online gathering of Friends on the dates previously established for Annual Sessions, ThursdaySunday, July 30August 2, 2020.

The editors of the Bulletin especially encourage submissions that reflect how Friends have experienced the current pandemic and resulting quarantines.  Essays, poetry, meditations, and artwork from Friends of all ages are all welcome.

Please send submissions by June 8, 2020 to .

Peggy Daub & Jeff Cooper, co-editors, LEYM Bulletin

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