Submit items for the Fall Bulletin by Oct. 1, 2018

Submissions for the Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Fall Bulletin are requested by Monday, October 1.  We would love to see news and photos from monthly meetings, as well as committee reports, articles on personal spiritual paths, poems, and artwork.  Contact us if you have any questions.

Send material to

Peggy Daub and Jeff Cooper, LEYM Bulletin Editors

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2019 Representative Meeting scheduled

LEYM’s annual Representative Meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Ann Arbor Meeting. Meeting representatives to LEYM and members of LEYM committees should plan to attend.

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Online course on clerking available

Woodbrooke, the Quaker adult education school in England, is offering an online course on clerking that begins in November. You can check it out here:

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Apply to be a traveling minister with FWCC

If it interests you to be a traveling minister, FWCC is accepting applications until September 30, 2018. As well, FWCC welcomes requests for a visit from a member of the Traveling Ministry Corps.

Information on the Traveling Ministry Corps.

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Understanding & Healing White Supremacy eRetreat Oct 14-Nov 9, 2018

This eRetreat from Friends General Conference offers participants the opportunity to develop their understanding of what racism, white supremacy, and white privilege are, and how they are embedded in our society, Quaker meetings, and lives.

You will gain knowledge of historical and current realities of racial oppression in the United States while exploring Quaker faith and practice. The materials will provide grounding, tools, and fire for our work against racial injustice. You will explore how Spirit is calling you to action for racial justice while gaining tools for identifying and disrupting racism, white privilege, and white supremacy.

Offered October 14 – November 9, 2018 (four weeks, $35 pay-as-led participation fee).

More information and registration

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Meetings & Friends being recruited by FGC Welcoming Friend Project

Friends General Conference’s Welcoming Friend Project is actively recruiting meetings and individuals to participate in a project to identify, practice, and evaluate different ways of welcoming newcomers and bringing them into the life of a meeting. This project is in response to a widespread concern about helping newcomers feel welcome at Quaker meetings, particularly seekers of color, families, and folks who identify as LGBTQ.

We are recruiting meetings to experiment with different ways of welcoming and engaging newcomers, to reflect on their experiences, and to report back to our working group. Learn more about joining the Welcoming Friend Project as a participating meeting.

As an individual Friend with a concern for welcoming and engaging newcomers, you can be involved in a number of ways. Find out more.

Just curious and want to learn more about welcoming newcomers? Stay tuned in the spring and summer of 2019 as we will share our learnings with you. We’ll share what we’re learning on our social media, we’ll offer workshops based on what we learn, as an eRetreat and at the Gathering. Sign up for the Welcoming Friend email list to receive project updates and resources.

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Silence & Light for Young Adult Friends eRetreat starts Sept. 16

The Silence & Light for Young Adult Friends eRetreat invites you to explore and practice the experience of Quaker worship and silent waiting, for an inward encounter with the Inner Teacher who leads, guides, and transforms us every day. This eRetreat is held under the care of the Adult Young Friends Program of the Friends General Conference Gathering. It is offered as an opportunity to bring together Quakers and seekers in the age range of 18-35ish for spiritual community and mutual support.

The content of the online materials and the weekly video calls reflect Quaker faith and practice, and all who self-identify as young adults and “Quaker-oriented” are welcome to participate, regardless of affiliation with a Quaker meeting or community.  All participants are encouraged to commit to the process of building an experimental spiritual community online.

The eRetreat runs from September 16 – November 9, 2018 (eight weeks, $35 pay-as-led participation fee)

For more information and to register, click here.

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2018 LEYM Nominations Posted

The 2018 LEYM Nominations are now on LEYM’s website.

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Join Facebook discussion of Quaker Process for Friends on the Benches by Mathilda Navias

Emily Provance, a young Friend, hosts Quaker Open Book, a collection of book groups facilitated through Facebook, designed as a way to support reading as a personal spiritual practice and to build connections between Friends who otherwise might never meet.

For each book group, she posts a query every two days, and participating Friends are also encouraged to ask one another questions about the readings.  We read veeery slowwwly, about a chapter every two weeks.

Emily writes, “Mathilda Navias created something remarkable in writing Quaker Process for Friends on the Benches.  What I love most about it is the way in which Navias approaches Quaker process – not by saying “this is THE way to do such-and-such” but by saying “look at all the ways Quakers do such-and-such.” For me, that shifts the focus from right/wrong to the spiritual principles beneath.”

First day: August 23rd, 2018

Join the Quaker Process for Friends on the Benches group here.

More information on Quaker Open Book can be found here.

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Building culturally inclusive communities of faith

Emily Provance, a young Friend, has recently launched a new four-year ministry called Holy Experiments. She explains: “Holy Experiments is designed to support Friends with an aim toward following Spirit adventurously and building culturally inclusive communities of faith. This will happen in a variety of ways. One piece will be skill-building – looking at culture and structure methodically, with a lens to understanding and learning to perceive unintended effects. The second piece will be what I’m calling ‘along the way’ – affirming the spiritual conditions necessary in a faith community that’s doing hard things. A third element will be weekly queries, and a fourth will be concrete, specific experiments – things that Friends are encouraged to try, to see what happens, and then to keep or release, as led.

Friends are welcome to engage as able. You can step in, drop out, participate fully, be an observer…and that level of participation can change over time, day to day, week to week, whatever you can do. You can receive weekly emails and you can receive a weekly query by text message. Sign up for emails by clicking here or by texting HOLYEXPERIMENTS (all one word) to 84576.

There’s also a Facebook group for regular interaction with other Friends.

I want to come and speak with Friends in your area about this work; please invite me. This ministry is under the tender care of my support committee, which is itself under the care of my local meeting, which is Fifteenth Street Monthly Meeting in New York City.”

More information on Holy Experiments can be found here. You can also email Emily and request to receive occasional e-mails in which she shares her reflections and recent experiences traveling in the ministry.

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