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

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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 leymworker@gmail.com

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Seeking a Database Manager

Lake Erie Yearly Meeting is seeking a database manager, to commence work at rise of Annual Sessions (August 2). The pay is $20 per hour. A job description follows.

The database manager is named by the Nominating Committee to serve a three-year term, renewable indefinitely, usually one year at a time. The database manager works under the oversight of the Publications & Archives Committee, but is not necessarily a member of that committee. Below is a summary of the tasks; find more specific details in Policies and Procedures.

  • Maintains and updates the LEYM database, currently in Microsoft Access. (A working knowledge of Access is required.)
  • Provides current contact information for LEYM Friends to LEYM officers and committee clerks, as needed.
  • Provides a directory for the Annual Records from Annual Meeting reports, monthly meetings, and worship groups.
  • Provides to Friends General Conference a list of addresses for members and active attenders annually, on request.
  • Prepares annual statistical report forms to be completed by quarterly, monthly, and preparative meetings and worship groups. The database manager updates the database with the new information and provides current information for the “Find a Meeting” section on LEYM’s website.

Interested? Please communicate with Jo Posti, clerk (jo.posti@gmail.com).

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Spring Bulletin Now Available

The Spring LEYM Bulletin is now available here. Like recent Spring issues, it looks ahead to our Annual Meeting, on July 30 – August 2. This year, however, the Annual Meeting is virtual, which has led to many changes in the program and how we will share the experience. The Bulletin explains how meeting via Zoom will work, describes the program for children and youth, provides the full schedule, and previews the four workshops. Unlike in past years, there is no registration form in the Bulletin itself, as registration will happen entirely online.

Other contents of this Bulletin include a message from our clerk, reports from our representatives to Friends organizations, LEYM Friends’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic expressed through poetry and art, and much more. Please note that fewer printed copies are being sent to monthly meetings, on the assumption that Friends are not gathering there for the time being; downloading the Bulletin (as a pdf file) gives Friends an alternative way to enjoy it.

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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 bulletinleym@gmail.com .

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

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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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LEYM Annual Sessions will not be held at Bluffton this year

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.

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Francisco Burgos Named Executive Director of Pendle Hill

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.”

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