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LEYM’s 2020 Annual Sessions will be HELD ONLINE July 30-August 2.
Please register ASAP, deadline is July 24th.
Note: People wishing to order T-shirts need to register by July 9.
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.
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 email@example.com
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, Thursday – Sunday, July 30 – August 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Peggy Daub & Jeff Cooper, co-editors, LEYM Bulletin
During our virtual Representatives Meeting on April 4th Friends discerned that we will not meet in person for Annual Sessions in July 2020. Stay tuned for details on how we intend to connect and conduct Quaker business virtually.
The Pendle Hill Board of Directors have announced that Francisco Burgos will become Executive Director of Pendle Hill, effective September 1. Traci Hjelt Sullivan will continue as Interim Executive Director until that date.
Burgos is currently Director of Education at Pendle Hill, a position he took up in 2017. “Francisco has done a splendid job of giving new energy and depth to Pendle Hill’s offerings,” noted Maurice Eldridge, Associate Clerk of the Pendle Hill Board and Clerk of the search committee that recommended Burgos’s appointment.
Burgos came to Pendle Hill from the Center for Community Initiatives at the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica. From 2012 to 2015 he was Head of School at Monteverde Friends School in Costa Rica. He has also served with the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. and the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore, Maryland. Burgos has a B.S. in Clinical Psychology from the National University Pedro Henriquez Ureña in the Dominican Republic, an M.A. in Sustainable Development from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, and a Doctor of Education from Universidad de La Salle in Costa Rica. A Quaker, he attends Providence Monthly Meeting in Media.
In recommending his appointment members of the search committee praised his collaborative approach to leadership, his spiritual gifts, his commitment to social justice and his passion for Pendle Hill. “We have found the right person to lead Pendle Hill in the future,” said Arthur Larrabee, Clerk of the Pendle Hill Board. Larrabee also thanked the members of the search committee and especially its clerk, Maurice Eldridge, for their good work.
While the beautiful campus is currently closed to visitors because of the COVID-19 crisis, the ministry of Pendle Hill continues. Daily worship with a 90-year tradition is joyfully attended electronically by Pendle Hill friends from around the country and the world. Educational programs are being adapted to online formats. Burgos commented, “I am looking forward to providing spirit-led support and leadership within an organization for which I feel passion and inspiration.”
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many Monthly Meetings within Lake Erie Yearly Meeting are moving their worship online.
Here’s some of the meetings we’ve heard from who will be holding online worship on Sundays:
- Ann Arbor Friends Meeting – 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
- Red Cedar Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m. Sunday & 7:00 pm Wednesday
- Detroit Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
- Grand Rapids Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
- North Columbus Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
- Athens Friends Meeting – 10:00 a.m.
- Pittsburgh Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
- Broadmead Friends Meeting – 10:00 a.m.
- Birmingham Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
For an even wider scope, check out this list of online meeting opportunities gathered by Friends World Committee for Consultation. Also of interest:
- You can worship with the folks at Pendle Hill every morning: https://pendlehill.org/explore/worship/join-us-online-for-worship-in-the-barn/
- Western Friend: (be careful with time zones – some are Pacific Time and some are Mountain Time): https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online
- Woodbrooke (UK or GMT time) https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/about/online-mfw/
Worship online with LEYM
Update: Now that many local meetings have established their own online Meetings for Worship, LEYM will no longer be hosting our Sunday online worship. You can find other online worship opportunities here.
For the health and protection of our LEYM Meeting community and to support the public health of the wider community in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, LEYM is experimenting with providing online worship, using the Zoom conferencing service.
Many have participated in meetings of various kinds on Zoom; few have participated in a meeting for worship on Zoom. To help establish and sustain the quality of worship, we have prepared some advices below.
Advices for Participating in Online Worship
- Enter the meeting in silence as you would for an in-person meeting for worship. Do not introduce yourself when you enter.
- Keep your device on mute unless you are speaking. Everyone will be muted by default upon entering, and the “host” has the ability to mute and unmute any participant. Background noise such as dogs barking or cell phones ringing can be very disruptive to the spirit of worship and make it hard to hear.
If you are led to speak:
- As always, allow some silence after any preceding message to allow it to settle in our hearts.
- Unmute your device.
- Introduce yourself, simply saying “This is <your name.> (Some may participate by phone, so it especially helps them.)
- Pause briefly in case someone else has also started to speak. If so, wait for the clerk to recognize you. Otherwise, start speaking.
- Mute your device when you are done. (The host may do so if you forget.)
- Continuing in worship, the clerk will invite afterthoughts and joys and concerns as usual. Continue to follow the same advices for speaking.
- If you need to get the attention of the host or clerk for any reason, use the chat feature and choose to whom to address your message or use the raise hand feature. If you are using only a phone to connect, consider texting the host first; unmute and speak to the group, if necessary.
Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s executive committee has discerned that we will hold our Representative Meeting that had been scheduled 4/3 & 4/4 in Pittsburgh via Zoom, the online meeting platform, to reduce #COVID19 exposure. We will now meet on Zoom Saturday morning (April 4) with the Executive Committee convening at 9:00 AM, followed by the full body at 10:00 AM. See tips below for getting started with ZOOM. Our expectation is that we will wrap up by noon. Zoom connection information has been sent out via email. You can contact the LEYM worker (email@example.com) if you need the information to be resent. Here’s the draft agenda, also available on our Trello planning board (access information was sent via email).
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SESSION (9 AM Start)
— Welcome and Orientation
— Update from Adult Program re Bluffton Meeting
— Review/Create List of Action Items to Bring Forward
— Short Break?
REPRESENTATIVES MEETING AGENDA (working draft) 10 AM Start
— Welcome and Review of Procedures for Virtual Session (Using Zoom and Trello)
— Opening Worship
— Roll Call
— Discussion of Annual Meeting Status Given Coronavirus Issues
— Review of COVID-19 Impact on Committees
— Finance Committee Report
— M&N Discussion of LEYM Virtual Worship service
— Nominating Committee Status Report & Ideas for Moving Forward
— Referral to Available Online Committee Reports
— Roundtable of Reps on Emerging Issues at Meeting Level (5 min each)
— Announcements After the Close of Business
— Closing Worship
TIPS ON USING ZOOM
For those new to the tool, Zoom is a video meeting platform that is designed to work across many different types of devices (phone, smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer).
Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Zoom Download Center at https://zoom.us/download . If you haven’t already installed it, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link shared via email. While it is quick to install, it is best to set up your system in advance of a meeting.
Here’s a link to a quick video and a detailed walk-through on how to join an online meeting on different available platforms: How Do I Join a Zoom Meeting
UPDATE: Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s executive committee has discerned that we will hold our Rep. Meeting that had been scheduled 4/3 & 4/4 in #Pittsburgh via @zoom_us to reduce #COVID19 exposure. More details to follow in coming days.
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.