How often do we get swallowed up in the busyness of the world and the details of daily existence — losing touch with our truer selves and becoming less available even to those we love most deeply? We invite you to come away from the hectic and the fraught, and get in touch. A weekend with John Calvi.
For more information visit Getting in Touch
A Day of Silence and Meditation Practice
Led by Carol Blotter
Each retreat is a separate 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.
Saturday, May 18
Saturday, September 14
Saturday, November 16
Suggested donation $30 or as able.
Pre-registration requested; contact Carol Blotter at 475-0942 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
For more information, go to MFC’s Programs page
Michigan Friends Center is in Chelsea, Michigan. It is run by a volunteer Board of Directors, most of whom are currently members of meetings in Lake Erie Yearly Meeting.
Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting (GPQM) Spring Gathering will be held at the Michigan Friends Center on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This gathering will include a meeting for worship for the conduct of business in which we hope to approve a simpler and more meaningful new structure for GPQM and a new slate of officers.
The afternoon program (2–3 o’clock) will be a talk on the 25-year history of the Center, followed by a spring wildflowers walk around the Friends Lake property.
Morning snacks and a catered lunch will be provided.
To register, e-mail Raelyn Joyce, GPQM’s clerk, at email@example.com.
Are you already engaged in organizing for social justice? Do you value the importance of interconnection, community, and spiritual practices to sustain you in your work? Radical Faithfulness in Action may be for you.
Join experienced organizer-facilitators and committed people of different faiths to strengthen your capacity for effective community action for peace and justice.
To learn more visit Radical Faithfulness.
Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086, USA (map)
Mindful Mark-Making: Abstract Drawing as Meditation
When: April 26 – 28, 2019
Where: Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA 19086, USA (map)
A weekend of quiet creativity with pen and ink facilitated by Sadelle Wiltshire and Ann Coakley. Explore meditative drawing methods using a variety of techniques in pen and ink that encourage and nurture creative flow: continuous line drawing, free form patterns, Zentangle and more contemplative mark-making.
For more information visit Mindful Mark-Making
Could you or someone you know be the next Yearly Meeting Worker?
A paid part-time position working from home – currently 120 hours a year
If you know someone who might be interested in the position,
please bring this job opening to their attention.
The Lake Erie Yearly Meeting worker’s primary task is serving as webmaster, which includes an annual update of the website following LEYM’s Annual Meeting in late July – early August. The Yearly Meeting worker manages listservs (email lists) and gmail accounts for LEYM clerks and others as needed. Other tasks are ongoing or done on an annual basis, such as collecting annual statistical reports from each meeting and worship group. Additional projects are assigned at the discretion of the presiding clerk, who oversees the Yearly Meeting worker. The position requires a self-starter who can work independently and keep track of when particular tasks need to be done. Reports on work done and issues that have arisen are made to Executive Committee and Annual Sessions.
This is a collaborative position which involves working with others, particularly the database manager. Familiarity with Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Friends and business is needed, so attending most Representative Meetings and Annual Sessions is a good idea, especially in order to track when changes need to be made to LEYM’s Policies and Procedures manual. While some tasks need to be done in a timely fashion, particularly the work following Annual Sessions, others can be done at the worker’s discretion.
Hours and Pay. Currently, the position is for 120 hours a year at a rate of $20 per hour. The position is that of an independent contractor rather than an employee. The worker provides the computer and common software, and works from home. Reimbursement is available with receipts for out-of-pocket expenses such as copies provided for a meeting.
Applying for the Position of LEYM Meeting Worker
Applicants should write a letter describing their interest in the position to the clerks of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting and send it by March 8, 2019. The following information should be included:
- An explanation of the applicant’s expertise and experience relevant to the tasks described in the position description.
- A description of the candidate’s connections to Lake Erie Yearly Meeting or any of its constituent meetings and worship groups.
- Names and contact information for two references.
Applications are invited by MARCH 8, 2019.
Nancy Reeves, clerk (LEYMclerk@gmail.com)
Jo Posti, assistant clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Peter Wood, recording clerk (email@example.com)
LEYM minutes in both Word and PDF formats from 2016, 2017, and 2018 are now available on the LEYM Minutes page under the Resources tab.
A new searchable file with all of the minutes from 2001 through 2018 is also available at the bottom of the page.
Do you yearn to open more deeply to a greater sense of God’s presence, power, and guidance? Do you ache to live from the Divine Center? To live a life both deeply grounded and on fire with the Spirit?
The School of the Spirit board joyfully announces the launching of a new program, Participating in God’s Power. After more than a year and a half of shepherding its beginnings, we celebrate the launch of the website and registration.
Living in solid connection with the Divine is transformational. But when that Inner Teacher points us to places that aren’t easy to go, what keeps us from following God’s leadings fully and courageously? The School of the Spirit’s newest program – Participating in God’s Power — models a resilient and thoughtful set of tools for exploring how we let our own brokenness get in the way of a robust trust in God’s guidance.
Participating focuses on ways in which we unconsciously resist being with God’s love, how unhealed or unrecognized aspects of ourselves inhibit our being fully present and alive, and how we can release what obscures our Inner Light. The program also explores ways of repatterning our lives to support living in ongoing transformation.
Through engagement in four residencies and three webinars led by core teachers Angela York Crane and Christopher Sammond, this program will build self-awareness and capacity for wise, brave, Spirit-led risk-taking. Through Quaker worship, structured exercises, and small group practices you will be invited to open more deeply and honestly to God’s presence, guidance, healing, and power.
This year-long program is particularly geared for Friends (and others) who have already participated in a spiritual formation program or the like and who want to go deeper yet, or who seek some renewal in their spiritual lives.
We will begin with an opening retreat in New Hampshire in August 2019; our closing retreat will be in the Philadelphia area in September 2020. Come and be a part of this movement of the Spirit. And please share this widely with those who you think might be seeking just this opportunity.
The School of the Spirit is a ministry of prayer and learning from a Quaker perspective. For more information, visit their website. A number of LEYM Friends have gone through their year and a half “On Being a Spiritual Nurturer” program.
How are people in Friends General Conference (FGC) creating community that is accessible, equitable, and transformational? FGC’s task force on our “Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within FGC” offered this summary of the ongoing work as of November of 2018:
“Two years after Friends General Conference’s governing body approved the initiation of an institutional assessment on systemic racism within FGC, a summary with recommendations and a full report are now available.
Based on these, FGC’s governing body, Central Committee, has approved a minute to commit FGC to becoming an anti-racist organization in a multi-year process. There was strong unity in the body, which gives hope to many.”
The full report notes that “This will be a multi-year process to uproot from within ourselves the on-going reality of white supremacy that spiritually harms us all.”
Last weekend, FGC’s Executive Committee approved the names for a task force charged with implementing the recommendations and moving the work forward within FGC and with FGC Friends. Stay tuned for further developments.
You can read an interview with the co‐clerks of the original Task Force from the January 2019 issue of Friends Journal.
Marvin Barnes (Birmingham) and Caroline Lejuste (Red Cedar), Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Friends, served on the Task Force. LEYM and individual LEYM meetings have contributed generously toward FGC’s Institutional Assessment. A number of LEYM Friends serve on FGC working groups, committees, Central Committee (the governing body), and Executive Committee.
We are so grateful for your words of support as well as your prayers for our community and our nation. It makes a significant difference in these moments to be reminded of the connections we have with each other.
Recognizing the unique role of guns in this violence, we approved the attached minute at our November Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business.
Like you, we want this and all similar events to translate into Spirit-led action. Right now there are immediate needs – if you’re led to make financial contributions, THIS link supports families of the victims. The roots of this violence are deep, however, and we pray that the tragedy also renews our vigor, dedication, and perseverance in addressing those. A sampling of ideas that have surfaced for us so far include:
- Reassuring immigrants in our communities that they are welcome and have our support – they know their presence in this country was a motivation for the violence.
- Establishing relationships, or deeper relationships, with any group that feels outside of our normal circle (potentially the Orthodox community, people of other political persuasions, or any number of other groups)
- Increased pressure on technology companies and elected officials to take responsibility for the social effects of their platforms
There are many other potential actions on individual, group, and institutional levels. Hillel the Elder’s words sound the clarion call more than ever – “If not now, when?” We pray that all of us will find ways to let our lives speak powerfully to these times.
In the Light,
Kathie Hollingshead, Susan Loucks, and Richard Shaw
Clerks, Pittsburgh Friends Meeting
Pittsburgh Meeting: Minute Responding to Gun Violence in our Society