Michigan Friends Center: A Day of Solitude and Meditation Practice, Dec 9, 2017

Led by Carol Blotter

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9

Suggested donation $30 or as able. Pre-registration requested; contact Carol Blotter at 475-0942.

Spirituality – Meditation

Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.

Michigan Friends Center is a retreat center in Chelsea, Michigan.

Contact Carol at 734-475-0942 or cb.meditate@gmail.com to register.

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Pendle Hill: Anti-racism retreat Feb 17-19, 2018

Tribe of the H.E.A.R.T. Retreat for Nurture, Reflection, and Joy

Feb 17-19, 2018

Leader: Dr. Amanda Kemp

Rooted in the principles of the H.E.A.R.T.,* this Saturday to Monday retreat is for those deeply engaged in anti-racism work, have read Amanda Kemp’s book, Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community, and/or have participated in one or more of Amanda’s classes or programs.

*Hold space for transformation; Express yourself: Act with intention (driven by vision); Reflect on yourself. Trust the process.

This retreat is a time for you to take a step back from the work you have been doing — whether it’s in your community, your religious group, school or family. Get grounded in your vision of transformation. Reconnect with the love that is at the center of all justice work. Nurture your body with mindful movement, healing sound, and liberatory touch. Re-experience the joy of passionate creative community. Emerge replenished and even more capable to hold the ground of both Love and Justice.


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Citizens’ Climate Radio – Broadcast from Quaker radio

How Corporations are Remaking America

One hour broadcast 5/21/2017 from Northern Spirit Radio: Quaker radio programs available on the web at www.northernspiritradio.org.

Description: One of the most informative & persuasive writers ever, Gordon Lafer is author of The One Percent Solution: How Corporations are Remaking America One State At A Time. Both empowering & maddening, the piercing exposé of the destruction of labor & the middle class by moneyed interests is essential to mounting an effective reply. Gordon Lafer is a political economist and Associate Professor at the Labor Education and Research Center of the University of Oregon in Eugene.

This broadcast is the latest of Northern Spirit Radio’s Spirit in Action programs. Each week, Spirit In Action brings you stories of people living lives of fruitful service, of peace, community, compassion, creative action and progressive efforts. We will trace the spiritual roots that support and nourish them in their service. Above all, we will seek out Light, Love and Helping Hands, being shared between our many neighbors on this planet, hoping to inspire and encourage you to sink deep roots and produce sacred fruit in your own life.

Northern Spirit Radio

Illuminating the connections between the roots and fruits of the Spirit

NSR promotes world healing by broadcasting inspirational and educational voices of peace and social justice using the language of personal story, music, and spirituality.

Other programs include: Song of the Soul (music performance & interviews), Citizens’ Climate Radio, and History and Our Best Future.

Quaker radio broadcasting on 32 radio stations in the U.S. All programs are available on the web at www.northernspiritradio.org.

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Invitation to march locally for Peace & Justice April 29, 2018

The Interfaith March for Peace & Justice is a national event that will be held on April 29, 2018, and begin simultaneously in cities and towns across the country. This event has already garnered interest both inside and outside the state of Ohio. Early planning has already begun in 18 cities across the country.

The march is sponsored by an organization called the Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders, which is based in Columbus. It is being co-sponsored by the North Columbus Friends Meeting, as it was last year. The Alliance is inviting Friends who are interested to consider bringing this event to their communities.


The purpose of this peaceful, non-partisan event is to share the following unifying message: we affirm equal justice and religious liberty for all and we condemn all acts of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or violence against people based on their religion, race, or place of origin. If you’d like to learn more, please see the flyer (linked above), visit the website at interfaithmarch.com, or email Greg Davis at gdavis853@gmail.com. It only takes one person to get the ball rolling to organize a march in any given location. (We don’t care how large or small it may be.)

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Fall 2017 Bulletin Available

New editors Peggy Daub & Jeff Cooper, of Ann Arbor Meeting, have put out their first joint issue of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s newsletter, the Bulletin. You can access it here.

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Beyond Diversity 101 Workshop Jan 14-18, 2018

Pendle Hill
Beyond Diversity 101: A 5-day intensive with Niyonu Spann & Lisa Graustein
Jan 14-18, 2018

Beyond Diversity 101 intends the healing transformation of personal relationships, community living, and organizations based in power-over dynamics and systematic discrimination. Participants are offered ways to move beyond assigning blame and increasing guilt so they can take responsibility, shift mindsets, and build useful skills. Participants will:

  • Rigorously examine the dynamics of difference and power;
  • Move beyond the oppressor/victim framework toward a new model for transformation — real change within, real change without;
  • Develop applications for continuing work at home;
  • Become more honest about this work and see where we get stuck; and
  • Recognize how our spiritual lives relate to our work toward social justice.

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Invite a traveling Quaker minister

Each year, Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) puts together a Traveling Ministry Corps made up of Friends who express concerns that are deeply rooted in the Spirit and who can transcend differences and division to seek broader unity in the Light. FWCC provides training, support, and accountability for those Friends who are chosen to travel in this ministry.

If your meeting is interested in having a Traveling Minister visit, please go to FWCC’s website for information. You can find the application for your meeting to fill out as well as information about each member of the 2017 Traveling Ministry Corps.

FWCC is also taking applications for 2018 corps members through Oct. 20.

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Alternatives to Violence Project Basic Workshop Dec 8-10, 2017

Pendle Hill
Dec. 8-10, 2017
With .O, John Meyer, and Laurent Hahn

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) enables participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Workshops are facilitated by certified facilitators and are fully experiential. All AVP workshops draw on the shared experience of participants, using interactive exercises, discussions, games, and role-plays to examine the ways we respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration, and anger can lead to violent behavior. The Basic Workshop explores the five pillars of AVP: affirmation, communication, cooperation, community building, and transforming power.

An AVP workshop can help you to:

  • manage strong feelings such as anger and fear
  • deal more effectively with risk and threatening situations
  • build good relationships with other people
  • communicate constructively in difficult situations
  • recognize the conflict management skills you already have
  • be true to yourself while respecting other people
  • understand why conflict happens
  • approach conflict in a more creative and less reactive manner
  • consider your own relationship to systems of violence.

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Workshop: Community Rights vs. Corporate Rights Dec 1-2, 2017

Right to Refuse: When Community Rights and Corporate Rights Conflict and What to Do Next

Pendle Hill
Dec 1-2, 2017

Leaders: Chad Nicholson, Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck, and Dianne Herrin

Whether it is a pipeline, a fracked gas well, or an incinerator, there are countless examples of corporations moving projects forward despite community resistance and environmental impact. Why? How has law evolved to protect corporate interests and what are a community’s options? What is a Home Rule campaign and why is it necessary? Explore these questions and more with a weekend with front-line organizers from across Pennsylvania. This is a workshop for those engaged in protecting their community from environmental threats for education and strategic planning.

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Clerking Workshop with Arthur Larrabee Nov 17-19, 2017

This weekend workshop at Pendle Hill is an opportunity for both new and experienced clerks of Friends’ meetings and committees to meet and think together about the role of presiding clerk. It is expected that each person will leave the weekend with new energy and enthusiasm for being a clerk, feeling well grounded in both the theoretical and the practical. There will be handouts, exercises, and opportunities to share experiences, with most work being done in a whole group setting.

Arthur Larrabee is a lifelong Friend and member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. He has led many workshops on clerking, including annually at Pendle Hill. He has served as clerk of his meeting, the Committee in Charge of Westtown School, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, which he also served as General Secretary for seven years.

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