The Program Committee of LEYM is requesting proposals from Friends for workshop presentations at our 2020 Annual Meeting, to be held July 30 – August 2 at Bluffton University, in Bluffton, Ohio. The theme of this year’s meeting is Letting Go: Listening with Whole Hearts and Open Minds. If at all possible, we hope proposals can be submitted before Wednesday, February 5. However, the deadline for submission is Saturday, February 15th. We cannot guarantee that proposals submitted after that date will be considered.
We expect to provide about ten workshops on Friday and Saturday afternoons, including one by our keynote speaker on Saturday. Each workshop will be an hour and 45 minutes, and should have some relationship to the theme.
Please submit the following for each workshop proposal:
- 1. Name and monthly meeting of leader(s)
- 2. Committee or organization, if applicable
- 3. Title of your workshop
- 4. One or two paragraphs describing the content of the workshop, including its relationship to the theme of the annual meeting.
All proposals should be sent to Greg Mott at firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably by February 5, but no later than February 15th. We look forward to receiving proposals from individuals or committees and hope that Friends will have thoughtful and interesting ideas to share with all of us.
LEYM Program Committee:
Thomas Taylor (Ann Arbor); Claire Cohen (Pittsburgh), Clerk; Aran Reinhart (Broadmead); Susan Hartman (Ann Arbor); Steve Morehouse (Ann Arbor); Greg Mott (Broadmead)
LEYM now has a Harassment Discernment Committee. If a Friend ever feels she or he has been poorly or unfairly treated because of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor, he or she can reach out to this committee. Friends who witness harassment are also encouraged to reach out. Of course, if it is safe to do so, Friends are encouraged to seek direct, positive solutions first. The complete LEYM harassment discernment policy is attached.
LEYM Harassment Discernment Committee for 2020:
Email: lklopfer at gmail.com
Email: aranreinhart at yahoo.com.
Email: petrosh.wood at gmail.com
Phone: 517 881-6845.
Email: psychdrkate at gmail.com
Phone: (740) 591-7255
Midwinter Gathering of Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting will be at Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. The theme is “Finding Our Spiritual Foundation for Environmental Work” and the featured speaker is Prof. Gretel Van Wieren, who teaches courses on religion, ethics, and the environment. More information, a full schedule, and registration form are available here (docx file). Please share with other interested parties.
The GPQM Midwinter Gathering Registration Form is here (pdf).
An updated version of the LEYM Policies and Procedures reflecting current practice is now available as a pdf file. With the exception of a few minor changes in wording, all of the changes in text were approved by the Executive Committee at its November meeting. Please let Jeff Cooper know of any errors you may discover, especially in the index. He can be reached at email@example.com. Thank you.
SAVE THE DATE: GREEN PASTURES QUARTERLY MEETING MIDWINTER GATHERING
Theme: “Finding Our Spiritual Foundation for Environmental Work”
Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Red Cedar Meeting, 1400 Turner Street, Lansing; 9:30 am
Featured Speaker: Gretel Van Wieren, a professor at MSU who teaches courses on religion, ethics, and the environment
More information will be available soon.
A FRIENDLY REMINDER
Items to be published in the Fall Bulletin of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting should be received by the Bulletin editors by Tuesday, October 15.
Examples of items to send:
- news items from yearly meeting committees
- photographs from Annual Sessions or monthly meeting activities
- articles or photographs from local monthly meetings or worship groups
- news of regional conference/retreats
- news of individual Friends
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Peggy Daub & Jeff Cooper Co-Editors, LEYM Bulletin
World Quaker Day, supported by Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), is happening this Sunday, October 6 across the globe. You can find out more at the worldquakerday.org website. Here’s a message from FWCC regarding the day:
This year’s theme is Sustainability: Planting Seeds of Renewal for the World We Love
FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world for the 6th annual World Quaker Day.
Across our churches, meetings, countries and sections, we feel the power of God connecting us in to a faithful family. We celebrate all expressions of Quaker worship!
Visit the resources page for ideas on how to get involved.
Quick Reminder: The Fall 2019 Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting (GPQM) is next Saturday:
September 21 2019
Michigan Friends Center
GPQM Associated meetings: Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, and Red Cedar. Associated Worship groups: Manitou, Pine River, and Tustin.
The Meeting for Business will discern proposed new by-laws.
Following lunch there will be an informal program focused on communication and future of GPQM. Peace!
Co- Clerk Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting
Professor Emerita of Anthropology
There are few things more fulfilling in life than being deeply understood by the one who loves you, and deeply understanding the one you love. The Couple Enrichment Dialogue, in which we listen tenderly and speak authentically, is a spiritual practice that helps us gain this kind of deep understanding. If you would like to learn how to use the Couple Enrichment Dialogue to give and receive the gift of understanding with your beloved, and to introduce this spiritual practice to your partnership, please join us for this residential retreat. It will be a special time! (get Friends Couple Enrichment Retreat flyer)
When: We begin on Friday, November 15 at 6 pm and end with lunch on Sunday at 1 pm. We will finish each evening at 9 pm.
Where: Weber Retreat Center, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221-1793. The center is close to Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Toledo, and is a one-hour drive from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). http://www.webercenter.org.
Cost: $350 per couple covers rooms, food, and retreat costs. Please note: In order to keep costs as low as possible, Merry and Peter are donating their time to this event and are not able to offer a discounted rate. However, more couples participating means that costs can be shared. Invite your friends so that the cost can be reduced for everyone! Limited to 10 couples.
Who: Open to any committed couple, regardless of marital status, religious affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation.
Retreat Leaders: We are Merry Stanford and Peter Wood, of Red Cedar Friends Meeting in Lansing, Michigan, and have been leading Couple Enrichment events since 1995. Peter is a psychotherapist in full-time private practice, working with individuals and couples. Merry is a psychotherapist, spiritual director, and energy medicine practitioner. We have been married for 29 years, following previously failed marriages. We credit the Couple Enrichment dialogue process with helping us grow a healthy relationship through difficult as well as joyful times, while also growing individually. We have used the principles of Couple Enrichment to raise two children, now grown, and to help faith communities speak together about sensitive and divisive issues.
To pre-register or to ask questions, please contact us at https://www.merrystanford.com/email-us.html . To find out more about Couple Enrichment, and to see a sample of dialogue in action, view our Quaker Speak video! Go to https://friendscoupleenrichment.wordpress.com/ .