Earlham College looking for a new president

The search has begun for Earlham’s 18th president. Earlham is a Quaker liberal arts college in Richmond, Indiana.

If you wish to provide information and input, please email the presidential search committee.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (including a cover letter and resume) should be submitted to EarlhamPresident@haleyassociates.net. Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Dr. Katherine Haley at khaley@haleyassociates.net or 603-748-4399.

For best consideration, candidates should submit applications by October 14, 2016.

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AFSC looking for new general secretary

The American Friends Service Committee, a 99-year-old organization working on five continents, seeks a General Secretary to lead this diverse organization into the next phase of its work. The General Secretary leads the American Friends Service Committee in advancing its vision of a world in which lasting peace with justice is achieved through active nonviolence and the transforming power of love. If you know someone who would be an appropriate candidate, please invite them to apply.

The position requires active membership in the Religious Society of Friends. A successful candidate will be able to articulate a compelling vision of how the AFSC can most effectively promote testimonies of Friends as implemented in the world. Ten years’ experience in leadership (or senior-level administrative position) at least 5 years of which was in a not-forprofit setting with a substantial annual budget; financial fluency; direct experience developing and supervising programs and able to articulate a theory of change; a track record of working successfully with people from a wide range of religious, racial, ethnic, cultural, economic and other backgrounds.as well as the ability to lead using an anti-oppression framework; international experience (professional and/or personal) required. Strong interpersonal skills, experience in consultative decision making processes, ability to work under pressure; non-profit sector experience is preferred.

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and personal or professional international experience. An advanced degree is preferred. Please see the AFSC website (www.afsc.org/jobs) for full details and the job description. Resumes and letters of interest should be sent to Wstreater@afsc.org and must be received by September 6, 2016. Electronic submissions are preferred.

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Journey Toward Wholeness: A Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series

Pendle Hill Conference Center

Nov 18, 2016 – Jul 23, 2017 (four weekends)

Developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal®, this retreat series explores issues of transition, vocation, passion, life purpose, meaning, direction, and underlying life patterns to help us live in greater alignment with our values, reconnecting who we are with what we do (click here to view the flyer).

In a safe and nurturing environment, we let the noise around us subside and listen for our own inner voice. Using the rhythms of the seasons to guide us, we explore the wholeness of our lives, engaging poetry and prose, nature, small and large group discussion, personal reflection, journaling, and mindfulness practices to foster renewal, courage, and trust. At each retreat, we offer clearness committees, a Quaker communal process for individual discernment.

Journey Toward Wholeness is designed as an integrated four-part Courage & Renewal Retreat Series, in which participants build a community of trust that encourages everyone to explore life issues deeply. Commitment to participate in all four of the following weekend retreats is required:

November 18-20, 2016 – Seeds of the True Self
February 3-5, 2017 – Dwelling in Darkness
April 7-9, 2017 – Embracing the Power of Paradox
July 21-23, 2017 – Living with Abundance & Gratitude

Facilitated by Valerie Brown and Carol Kortsch

$2385/ private room; $2245/shared room; $1725/ commuter for series (register by August 31, 2016 for $100 off fees).

Registrants must commit to participating in all four retreats and to completing a pre-series questionnaire.

Payment in full is expected at registration.

No registrations accepted after November 10, 2016.

The series is limited to 23 participants.

Call Us For More Information!

610-566-4507, ext. 137

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Job openings at Pendle Hill Conference Center August 2016

Pendle Hill Conference Center, a Quaker center outside Philadelphia, is currently seeking applicants for the following jobs:

Dining Services Manager
Conference Sales Coordinator
Cook/Gardener

Full information

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Sustainability course on-line, Sept. 5-Nov. 20, 2016, Pendle Hill

Quaker Studies Online

A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation

September 5-November 20, 2016

Core faculty: Doug Gwyn

This online course offers an opportunity to reframe Quaker faith and practice within the horizon of the global concern for sustainability. This reframing allows us to reclaim the Quaker tradition with fresh understanding and renewed purpose.

The course is built around Doug Gwyn’s book A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation and several relevant Pendle Hill pamphlets, and will involve webinar conversations with thoughtful Quakers engaged in sustainability work, including Steve Chase, Marcelle Martin, Brian Drayton, Pamela Boyce Simms, Eileen Flanagan, and Ruah Swennerfelt.

More details here.

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LEYM Annual Fall Youth Retreat Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016

You are invited to the annual Lake Erie Yearly Meeting fall K-8 youth retreat

Friday, September 30, 7:00 pm – Sunday, October 2, 2016

Pilgrim Hills UCC Camp, 33833 Township Rd 20, Brinkhaven, OH 43006

Families and friends are invited to bring their youth (K-8th grade) to the Pilgrim Hills Camp & Conference Center in mid-Ohio to explore our Quaker connections with each other and our environment. Older youths and single adults are also welcome to come and assist with activities.

Complete information and registration form

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LEYM Minutes available

The minutes from last year’s Annual Sessions in 2015 as well as the minutes from this spring’s Representative Meeting are available here. Those planning to attend Annual Sessions are encouraged to look them over.

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Radical Faithfulness Program at Pendle Hill Conference Center

Are you feeling called to spiritual activism and faith-based organizing around peace, social justice, and sustainability issues? Do you sometimes feel that you want to get unstuck from denial, despair, or distraction? Would you like to work more effectively with others for positive change? Are you interested in learning more about nonviolent action and grassroots organizing? Do you want to view this work as part of your spiritual journey and practice? If your answers are yes, please consider Pendle Hill’s third annual Radical Faithfulness Program in spiritual activism and faith-based organizing.

Every year, from September to early May, Pendle Hill brings together an interfaith community of learners committed to deepening their capacity for effective nonviolent action and grassroots organizing to heal and repair the world. If you join this nine-month community of learners, you will take part in five four-day on-campus training residencies, engage in extensive online discussion of readings, take part in online webinars with guest faculty between residencies, and implement a self-designed activist project in your own community.

More information

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Final Schedule for Annual Sessions posted

A Final Schedule for LEYM’s Annual Sessions is now available on the website. It can be viewed and/or printed.

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LEYM Meetings in Northern Ohio to get together Sept. 10, 2016

For the second year in a row, Kent Monthly Meeting is hosting a gathering of northern Ohio LEYM Friends for socializing and worship at Kendal in Oberlin, a Quaker retirement community. The day starts at 9:00 am with breakfast provided by Kent Friends, followed by meeting for worship and introductions. After a potluck lunch, visiting will continue until 2:00, when cleanup will commence. There will be no refrigeration or oven available for the potluck lunch, and Friends need to bring serving utensils.

The organizers write: We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible! Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Barb Warrington bjwarrington@windstream.net H: 330-342-3503

or Margy Liske mgliske330@windstream.net H: 330-655-2277

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