Vacancy in Ann Arbor’s Quaker House Residential Community

Friends are invited to apply to join Ann Arbor Meeting’s Quaker House Residential Community (QHRC), which has a vacancy opening sometime in August. Quaker House adjoins the Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse on a lot near the edge of the University of Michigan main campus. The QHRC typically has 5–6 members of various ages, some of whom are Friends. Learn more here. Persons interested in applying should email the Resident Host at qhrc.contact@gmail.com.

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You Who Are Weary, Come Home: A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends

You Who Are Weary, Come Home: A Contemplative Retreat in the Manner of Friends

November 7-10, 2019, at the Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian, Michigan.

More than ever, in these days of fast-paced living, multi-tasking, and continual connectiv­ity, we need times apart – times of “retirement” as early Friends used to say. We need time for com­munion with God and the refreshment of the soul.

Come and simply be with God. Attend to the divine stirrings of the soul, opening to grace. All are welcome; it is not necessary that you be a Quaker to participate.

Offered through The School of the Spirit, this retreat will be led by April Allison and Sharon Frame of the Red Cedar Friends Meeting in Lansing, Michigan. Jim Herr and Cindy Herr will participate in leadership as part of the mentorship program.

REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN: For more information, or to register.

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Registering for Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting Registration Form, instructions for the form, and the Parent or Guardian Consent and Permission Form are available here as separate files. The registration deadline for children and for the early bird discount is July 8.

Please note the various discounts / scholarships available:

  • LEYM subsidizes the cost for children and youth (ages 18 and under). Registration and Lodging are free, and meals are discounted by 2/3.
  • Young Adult Friends (ages 19–35) have their registration fee waived (though lodging and meal costs still apply).
  • First-time attenders receive a 1/3 discount on all costs.
  • Clerks who are not taking the first-time attender discount receive a 25% discount on all costs.
  • All adults who work fulltime with the youth do not incur charges.

Please note that vegetarian meals are the default option at this year’s annual sessions. More information about this decision is available here; please note any requests for a meat alternate on your registration.

Online Registration is Available: Registration for Annual Meeting can be completed either online at leym.quaker.org/reg/registration.htm  or by mailing the paper forms and a check to:

Sally Weaver Sommer
118 S. Spring St.
Bluffton, OH 45817

2019 Annual Meeting, registration form

2019 Annual Meeting, Schedule

2019 Annual Meeting, Parent Consent Form

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Draft Revisions to Policies and Procedures

At the fall Executive Committee meeting, Mathilda Navias and Jeff Cooper agreed to consider needed updates to our Policies and Procedures manual. They have compiled a six-page document that groups suggested changes in four categories: A) those requiring discernment by the Meeting; B) those recognizing changes in current practice; C) policies and procedures already approved but not yet included; and D) minor changes in wording or arrangement; new text is shown in red font. This document can be viewed here.

Friends may wish to consider the proposed changes before Annual Sessions. To provide context, these changes are also shown – again in red font – within the full text of Policies and Procedures here. Please note that in the full text file, the table of contents, header guides, page breaks, and index have not yet been updated, as these will inevitably change, depending on what new text is adopted. Communications about these suggestions are welcome; contact Jeff at cooperdaub@hotmail.com.

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The Spiritual Practice of Letting Go – Pendle Hill Retreat July 26-28 2019

How many times in your life have you realized it was better to let go of something–a job, a habit, or a person–rather than keeping it in your life? Release what no longer serves you. Make room for Spirit to work more freely and deeply in your life. Whether you pull your hands off the controls or take out the trash, you arrive lighter and freer for it. Experience various practices, including guided meditation, prayer/personal reflection time, and group discussions.

For more information visit The Spiritual Practice of Letting Go

Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086, USA (map)

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Silence, Contemplation, and Scripture – Pendle Hill Retreat July 11-14 2019

Kairos: Silence, Contemplation, and Scripture

A spiritual retreat based on the monastic practice of worshiping, working, and studying while experiencing the dynamic of solitude and community living.

July 11-14, 2019
Thursday evening through Sunday noon

Register by May 1 for early-bird discount.

Facilitated by Francisco Burgos

For more information, visit Kairos

Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086, USA (map)

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Funds Available for Travel to Conferences Reflecting Quaker Values

At the LEYM Annual Sessions in 2018, $1,000 was designated in the budget to assist Friends to attend conferences that reflect Quaker values. Conferences reflecting Quaker values can be conferences developed by or sponsored by Quaker groups or conferences whose purposes are closely aligned with Quaker testimonies, such as peace, equality, integrity, and simplicity. These funds are not meant to support travel to regularly occurring Quaker meetings such as the FGC Gathering or Yearly Meeting sessions, since other scholarships are available for those events. They should be used for one-time or rarely occurring events, workshops, or conferences.

To request funding submit this form to the Clerk of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting at least six weeks before an answer is needed. The form should be accompanied by a statement of support from the Clerk of the Friend’s monthly meeting, the Convener of their Worship Group, or the designee of either. Funding decisions will be made together by the following officers of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting or their designees: the Presiding Clerk, the Treasurer, and the Clerk of the Ministry & Nurture Committee.

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Deadline for submissions to Bulletin May 15, 2019

The deadline for submissions to the Spring Bulletin of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting is Wednesday, May 15th.

Warmly welcomed:  articles describing activities of monthly meetings, essays, poetry or artwork related to spiritual journeys.

Especially needed:  anything that people need to see prior to our summer sessions in Bluffton.

Send to the Bulletin editors.

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GPQM Spring Gathering May 11, 2019

Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting (GPQM) Spring Gathering will be held at the Michigan Friends Center on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This gathering will include a meeting for worship for the conduct of business in which we’ll consider a proposal for a new structure for GPQM and a new slate of officers.

The program after lunch, which will be around 12:30, will be a talk on the 25-year history of the Center, followed by a spring wildflowers walk around the Friends Lake property led by a naturalist. We’re hoping for a day in which we’ll discern the future of our Quarter and spend time in strengthening our spiritual bonds as Quakers, surrounded by the beauty of Friends Lake.

Morning snacks and a catered lunch will be provided. Please e-mail Raelyn Joyce at raejoyce10 at gmail.com if you’re planning to come, so the right amount of food can be prepared (with heartfelt thanks to Richard Tucker and Ann Arbor Friends).

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Justice, Environment & the Arts events May 9-11, June 8, 2019

Kalamazoo Friends Meeting (KFM) is hosting a series of programs on Justice, Environment, & the Arts. Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Friends are invited to join us for two upcoming events with presentations and an art exhibit on May 9-11 and June 8.

The following presentations may be of special interest to Friends. Overnight hospitality is offered for them with notice. Contact meymdh at gmail.com, 313.389.6866.

* On Fri. May 10th at 7pm, Mey presents “A Quaker View on Connecting Concerns: Right Relationship, Justice, and the Environment,” where she will share from her experiences traveling in the ministry.

* On Sat. June 8th, special guest Panoka Walker – an indigenous woman and plenary presenter at the 2018 FGC Gathering in Toledo – will join us for “Water and the Grandmothers” to benefit an indigenous grandmother-led campaign, the Women and Water Coming Together Symposium.

The Justice, Environment, & the Arts series brings together community partners and Friends to intersect our concerns in creative ways. The series is organized by Mey Hasbrook, whose ministry is under KFM’s care. The series is also part of the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts’ annual campaign, “Peace and Justice.”

More information is available on this Facebook event listing and Mey’s web site (for those who don’t have a Facebook account).

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