In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many Monthly Meetings within Lake Erie Yearly Meeting are moving their worship online.
Here’s some of the meetings we’ve heard from who will be holding online worship on Sundays:
- Ann Arbor Friends Meeting – 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
- Red Cedar Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m. Sunday & 7:00 pm Wednesday
- Detroit Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
- Grand Rapids Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
- North Columbus Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
- Athens Friends Meeting – 10:00 a.m.
- Pittsburgh Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
- Broadmead Friends Meeting – 10:00 a.m.
- Birmingham Friends Meeting – 10:30 a.m.
For an even wider scope, check out this list of online meeting opportunities gathered by Friends World Committee for Consultation. Also of interest:
- You can worship with the folks at Pendle Hill every morning: https://pendlehill.org/explore/worship/join-us-online-for-worship-in-the-barn/
- Western Friend: (be careful with time zones – some are Pacific Time and some are Mountain Time): https://westernfriend.org/quaker-worship-and-fellowship-online
- Woodbrooke (UK or GMT time) https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/about/online-mfw/
Worship online with LEYM
Update: Now that many local meetings have established their own online Meetings for Worship, LEYM will no longer be hosting our Sunday online worship. You can find other online worship opportunities here.
For the health and protection of our LEYM Meeting community and to support the public health of the wider community in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic, LEYM is experimenting with providing online worship, using the Zoom conferencing service.
Many have participated in meetings of various kinds on Zoom; few have participated in a meeting for worship on Zoom. To help establish and sustain the quality of worship, we have prepared some advices below.
Advices for Participating in Online Worship
- Enter the meeting in silence as you would for an in-person meeting for worship. Do not introduce yourself when you enter.
- Keep your device on mute unless you are speaking. Everyone will be muted by default upon entering, and the “host” has the ability to mute and unmute any participant. Background noise such as dogs barking or cell phones ringing can be very disruptive to the spirit of worship and make it hard to hear.
If you are led to speak:
- As always, allow some silence after any preceding message to allow it to settle in our hearts.
- Unmute your device.
- Introduce yourself, simply saying “This is <your name.> (Some may participate by phone, so it especially helps them.)
- Pause briefly in case someone else has also started to speak. If so, wait for the clerk to recognize you. Otherwise, start speaking.
- Mute your device when you are done. (The host may do so if you forget.)
- Continuing in worship, the clerk will invite afterthoughts and joys and concerns as usual. Continue to follow the same advices for speaking.
- If you need to get the attention of the host or clerk for any reason, use the chat feature and choose to whom to address your message or use the raise hand feature. If you are using only a phone to connect, consider texting the host first; unmute and speak to the group, if necessary.
Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s executive committee has discerned that we will hold our Representative Meeting that had been scheduled 4/3 & 4/4 in Pittsburgh via Zoom, the online meeting platform, to reduce #COVID19 exposure. We will now meet on Zoom Saturday morning (April 4) with the Executive Committee convening at 9:00 AM, followed by the full body at 10:00 AM. See tips below for getting started with ZOOM. Our expectation is that we will wrap up by noon. Zoom connection information has been sent out via email. You can contact the LEYM worker (email@example.com) if you need the information to be resent. Here’s the draft agenda, also available on our Trello planning board (access information was sent via email).
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SESSION (9 AM Start)
— Welcome and Orientation
— Update from Adult Program re Bluffton Meeting
— Review/Create List of Action Items to Bring Forward
— Short Break?
REPRESENTATIVES MEETING AGENDA (working draft) 10 AM Start
— Welcome and Review of Procedures for Virtual Session (Using Zoom and Trello)
— Opening Worship
— Roll Call
— Discussion of Annual Meeting Status Given Coronavirus Issues
— Review of COVID-19 Impact on Committees
— Finance Committee Report
— M&N Discussion of LEYM Virtual Worship service
— Nominating Committee Status Report & Ideas for Moving Forward
— Referral to Available Online Committee Reports
— Roundtable of Reps on Emerging Issues at Meeting Level (5 min each)
— Announcements After the Close of Business
— Closing Worship
TIPS ON USING ZOOM
For those new to the tool, Zoom is a video meeting platform that is designed to work across many different types of devices (phone, smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer).
Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from the Zoom Download Center at https://zoom.us/download . If you haven’t already installed it, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link shared via email. While it is quick to install, it is best to set up your system in advance of a meeting.
Here’s a link to a quick video and a detailed walk-through on how to join an online meeting on different available platforms: How Do I Join a Zoom Meeting
UPDATE: Lake Erie Yearly Meeting’s executive committee has discerned that we will hold our Rep. Meeting that had been scheduled 4/3 & 4/4 in #Pittsburgh via @zoom_us to reduce #COVID19 exposure. More details to follow in coming days.
The 2020 LEYM Representative Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 4 at Pittsburgh Friends Meeting, 4836 Ellsworth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. For more information, contact emilyanderson257 at gmail.com
Schedule for Saturday, April 4:
Registration & simple breakfast …. 9:00 AM
Meeting for worship …………………. 9:30 AM
Greeting & announcements ………..10:00 AM
Committee meetings ………………….10:15 AM
Lunch ……………………………………….12:15 PM
Meeting for business ……………………1:15 PM
Adjournment by ………………………….4:30 PM
A light breakfast and lunch will be offered for those who register in advance. A donation of $10, more or less, for meals will be appreciated. For other attendees, there are restaurants in the neighborhood.
Childcare will be provided for those who request this by March 13 on the registration form.
A meeting of the Executive Committee (Yearly Meeting officers and committee clerks) will be held on Friday evening, April 3, at the same location, starting at 7:00. Supper will be provided for Executive Committee members and their traveling companions at 6:00; suggested offering $5.
Friends are invited to stay for worship with Pittsburgh Friends on First Day at 9:00 or 10:30.
LEYM Friends are invited to join in April 16-19, 2020, for All Shall Be Well: Contemplation in an Age of Crisis, a contemplative retreat in the manner of Friends at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin. During the retreat, participants will experience the distinctly Quaker manner of knowing solitude in community. There will be individual silent time for prayer, reflection, rest, walks, and contemplative interaction with scripture and other spiritual resources. April Allison (RCF) and Roger Hansen (Milwaukee) are offering their seventh retreat in Wisconsin through the School of the Spirit, and are delighted that Elizabeth Evans (Milwaukee) will join us as she enters the SotS mentoring program. Learn more and register.
Also Sharon Frame and April Allison will offer a Michigan-based a contemplative retreat in the manner of Friends from November 12-15, 2020, at the Weber Retreat & Conference Center in Adrian. More details will be forthcoming.
The theme of the Feb 1, 2020 Winter Gathering of the Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting was “Finding Our Spiritual Foundation for Environmental Work.” The featured speaker was Associate Professor Gretel Van Wieren from the Religious Studies program at Michigan State University. Dr. Van Wieren teaches courses on religion, ethics, and the environment and is the author of Listening at Lookout Creek: Nature in Spiritual Practice (Oregon State University Press, 2019, forthcoming), Food, Farming and Religion: Emerging Ethical Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) and Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration (Georgetown University Press, 2013).
Dr. Van Wieren has graciously shared the text of her Feb 1, 2020 talk entitled Quaking Climate: Spiritual Resources for Connecting with and Restoring Earth.
The Winter 2020 LEYM Bulletin can be downloaded here. This issue includes:
- A Clerk’s Message asking how Executive Committee can help our monthly meetings and worship groups
- Information on Representative Meeting (at Pittsburgh Meeting on April 4)
- A preview of the Annual Meeting theme and plenary speaker
- News from the Executive Committee
- Descriptions of LEYM scholarships and other financial assistance for youth and adults
- A report on the FCNL Annual Meeting
- News from monthly meetings, including the major renovation of the Pittsburgh Meeting House
- And more, including color photos.
Back issues of the Bulletin are available online as well here.
The Program Committee of LEYM is requesting proposals from Friends for workshop presentations at our 2020 Annual Meeting, to be held July 30 – August 2 at Bluffton University, in Bluffton, Ohio. The theme of this year’s meeting is Letting Go: Listening with Whole Hearts and Open Minds. If at all possible, we hope proposals can be submitted before Wednesday, February 5. However, the deadline for submission is Saturday, February 15th. We cannot guarantee that proposals submitted after that date will be considered.
We expect to provide about ten workshops on Friday and Saturday afternoons, including one by our keynote speaker on Saturday. Each workshop will be an hour and 45 minutes, and should have some relationship to the theme.
Please submit the following for each workshop proposal:
- 1. Name and monthly meeting of leader(s)
- 2. Committee or organization, if applicable
- 3. Title of your workshop
- 4. One or two paragraphs describing the content of the workshop, including its relationship to the theme of the annual meeting.
All proposals should be sent to Greg Mott at firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably by February 5, but no later than February 15th. We look forward to receiving proposals from individuals or committees and hope that Friends will have thoughtful and interesting ideas to share with all of us.
LEYM Program Committee:
Thomas Taylor (Ann Arbor), Clerk; Claire Cohen (Pittsburgh); Aran Reinhart (Broadmead); Susan Hartman (Ann Arbor); Steve Morehouse (Ann Arbor); Greg Mott (Broadmead)
LEYM now has a Harassment Discernment Committee. If a Friend ever feels she or he has been poorly or unfairly treated because of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor, he or she can reach out to this committee. Friends who witness harassment are also encouraged to reach out. Of course, if it is safe to do so, Friends are encouraged to seek direct, positive solutions first. The complete LEYM harassment discernment policy is attached.
LEYM Harassment Discernment Committee for 2020:
Email: lklopfer at gmail.com
Email: aranreinhart at yahoo.com.
Email: petrosh.wood at gmail.com
Phone: 517 881-6845.
Email: psychdrkate at gmail.com
Phone: (740) 591-7255
Midwinter Gathering of Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting will be at Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. The theme is “Finding Our Spiritual Foundation for Environmental Work” and the featured speaker is Prof. Gretel Van Wieren, who teaches courses on religion, ethics, and the environment. More information, a full schedule, and registration form are available here (docx file). Please share with other interested parties.
The GPQM Midwinter Gathering Registration Form is here (pdf).