PJ&E Interest Groups

Next Session: May 1, 2021 3:30-5:00 pm

Interest Group Discussions on Peace & Justice and Earthcare

The LEYM Interest Group will provide a Zoom discussion for Friends of monthly meetings. There will be four virtual meetings in the months of December (2020), February (2021), May (2021) and July (2021). Come and share your thoughts relating to Peace & Justice along with Earthcare with Friends from your region. Topic selections and registration link are provided below.

Introduction to New Interest Groups Project

Topics from Feb 6, 2021 Sessions

Session TopicsDiscussion Leader(s)Meeting
1) Quaker Values in Business
How Quaker business owners integrate their faith into their work growing and maintaining business.
Susan LoucksPittsburgh MM
2) Bridging Divisions
The division in our country runs deep. How can we bridge the divide, and help move our country (and the world) towards peace?
Karen TibbalsRahway-Plainfield MM
3) Decolonizing & Angelic Troublemakers
Quakers seeking to learn and act upon the truth of Quaker history with Indigenous Peoples.
Handouts: Session Slides and Social Impact Assessment Principles guide
Beverly WardTampa MM & Deland WG
4) Abolition as a Quaker practice
In this breakout session we will talk about prison abolition, how it connects to the Quaker Peace Testimony, and how to work towards abolition in our Meetings and lives.
Megan Mueller Johnson & Megan WilsonAnn Arbor MM
Feb 6 Session Topics

Topics from December 2020 Session

December 5th Session TopicsDiscussion LeaderMeeting
1) Anti-racism
Red Cedar Friends Meeting is finding the act of minuting our collective intention to become an anti-racist faith community to be deeply helpful in stimulating our exploration of next steps, and nudging us into new discernment about what exactly that means to us all. Lee and Carolyn will discuss what steps were helpful in getting to this point, and what questions are being raised. Other meetings are invited to share their process and learnings as well.
Carolyn Lejuste and Lee SaylesRed Cedar
2) Prison Abolition, Defunding the Police and Related Issues
Note: Topic POSTPONED TO A LATER SESSION
3) Letter Writing as a Witness
In September, Red Cedar undertook a “letter writing witness” patterned after Amnesty International’s letter-writing campaigns. In fulfillment of our minuted intention to “notice, mark, mourn and protest” acts of racial injustice when we see them, we are now supporting individual Friends to write letters in response to news reports of unarmed Black people being murdered by police across the country. Come hear what we’ve learned and consider whether/how others in LEYM might want to join us.
Joann NeurothRed Cedar
4) Climate Change and Social Inequality
(DEC 5 SESSION IS FULL) We will examine how low-income communities, people of color, indigenous people, people with disabilities, older or young people, and women can be more susceptible to risks posed by climate impacts. A discussion will also focus on the fact that victims of climate change have disproportionately low responsibility for causing the emissions responsible for climate change.
Joel OttenbreitDetroit
5) Open Youth Discussion
Youth will provide their individual perspectives on politics, the environment, and other issues of concern
Jonah & Ellerie BrownfainBirmingham
6) Foundations for Many Generations
Inspired by Isaiah 58:6-12 as we endeavor to be/come “repairers of the breach”, this circle invites listening to Spirit’s leadings, naming how our concerns are linked to one another, and bridging generations.
Mey HasbrookKalamazoo
Topics and Discussion Leaders for December 5th Interest Groups

Questions can be directed to Joel Ottenbreit at joelottenbreit at gmail.com

LEYM on Social Media

Next week I'm pleased to be joined by professor Max Carter (whose storytelling inspired the project) to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the album, which I'll perform from start to finish in a virtual concert. Hope you'll join us: http://jonwatts.com/2021/a-few-songs-occasioned-anniversary-concert

FGC is hosting an interesting online event April 17 entitled FGC Consultation: Spirit and Community Online. Details here: https://www.fgcquaker.org/events/fgc-consultation-spirit-and-community-online

Pendle Hill’s Quaker retreat center has a number of job openings at the moment. Details at https://pendlehill.org/explore/employment/

Earlham is seeking a new Dean for their School of Religion https://earlham.edu/job/earlham-school-of-religion-richmond-indiana-full-time-dean-of-the-earlham-school-of-religion/

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  • American Friends Service Committee - afsc.org
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation - fcnl.org
  • Friends General Conference - fgcquaker.org
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation: Section of the Americas - fwccamericas.org
  • Right Sharing of World Resources - rswr.org