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.

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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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Early registration for LEYM Annual Sessions ending July 9

Early registration for LEYM Annual Sessions ends July 9. Children who participate in any of the youth programs must be registered by July 9. Adults who register after that date pay an extra $10.

This year, registration can be done either on-line or through mailing the paper form printed in the Spring LEYM Bulletin.

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Gathering for Quaker Women in Public Ministry Oct. 21-23, 2016

A Quaker Women in Public Ministry gathering is scheduled for October 21-23, 2016 in North Andover, Massachusetts. The event’s primary purpose is encouragement and building connections between Quaker women ministers.

Space for participants is limited to around 40 people so we encourage early registration. Members of the planning committee hope we will have representation from many yearly meetings from across the branches of the Religious Society of Friends.

Thanks to financial support from the New England Yearly Meeting Futures Fund and the Obadiah Brown Benevolent Fund, registration is on a sliding scale and some travel assistance funds are available to broaden our base of participants.

Detailed information and registration.

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Craft opportunity at LEYM Annual Sessions 2016

Friends attending LEYM this year are invited to share their art/craft for display or to sell at LEYM’s Saturday evening main event to be held in the cafeteria. There is still space available.

The art/craft can include: photography, pottery, quilting, knitting, writing, baked goods, wood work, jewelry and many other items.

Anyone interested should contact: sharonottenbreit at gmail.com (replace the “at” with “@”) or call Sharon at 313.274.6999.

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On-line Registration for Annual Sessions

You now have the option to register on line for LEYM’s Annual Sessions. Each person attending the Annual Sessions needs a separate registration form. The form calculates all charges. This year, the only payment option is a check.

Go to on-line registration.

See paper registration in Bulletin.

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Friends Meeting House Fund news

The Friends Meeting House Fund, a service of FGC which provides loans to meetings for renovating, constructing, or purchasing a meeting house, has published the results of a survey they conducted last year. Those from across the country who voluntarily answered the survey (it is not necessarily representative) detailed their needs.

Survey Results

Friends Meeting House Fund Brochure

Friends Meeting House Fund Home Page with toolbox

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Fellowship of Friends of African Descent – 2016 Gathering


August 12-14, 2016

Recharge, Renew, and Rejoice! This year’s theme invites us to take time for ourselves and Recharge; calls us to Renew our commitment to social justice; and offers the opportunity to Rejoice in the Fellowship of Friends.
Registration is now open! Please click on the below link:
Fellowship of Friends of African Descent was formed out of a desire that Black Quakers know each other. The Fellowship mission statement was adopted by the organization in 1991:
  • To publish and respond to the concerns of Friends of African descent within the Religious Society of Friends.
  • To provide for the nurture of Friends of African descent,their families and friends.
  • To address and respond to issues affecting people of African descent in their communities worldwide.

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