Regional Quaker Events From February Through April

Dear Friend,

We’re writing to share news of some exciting Quaker events in the next few months. We hope you to see you there!

February 29 – March 1 Thinking about Climate Change with John Woolman – Michael Birkel (Beacon Hill Friends House, Boston MA)

Quaker Studies is pleased to have Michael Birkel leading a Friday evening, Saturday program on John Woolman and Climate Change. We’ll meet 7-9PM on Friday 2/28 and 9:30 – 3:00 on Saturday.

As we are faced with the challenges of climate change what can John Woolman teach us?
We know John Woolman for his witness against slaveholding. But what can he say to us today? About our relationship with material goods; about living simply and in tune with creation; about rightly valuing labor; about working to bring our own community and the world to a new understanding of what is right by appealing to the pure witness in others. We will touch on as many of these themes in Woolman’s life and writings as possible by reading passages and considering implications for today. Sponsored by Quaker Studies Program

Click here to register, and for more information: http://www.bhfh.org/qsp/QSPregistrationBirkel.html

March 7-9 Climate Spring (Woolman Hill Retreat Center, Deerfield MA)

We invite you to join with Friends who are actively following the concerns that climate change raises, to hold those concerns in worship, and talk about what rises in our hearts. The reality of climate change opens us to the work of the Spirit.

We envision this gathering as a spacious weekend with time to seek a deep and shared experience of our Source. We will share insights into how prophetic climate work flows from faithfulness to that Source. We will meet each other and the holy spirit in worship. We will open ourselves to being led in new directions that show God’s transforming love for the world. We will gather in small groups, share stories, resources and our own leadings through engaging conversation. We will wait together to see how we may be led to make our concern more visible.

The Spirit’s work is evident where people move through grief and past fear, and act out of a compassion that drives ingenuity, builds solidarity and gives people persistence in their own faithfulness. We imagine a gathering that cultivates this movement, from which we leave connected, refreshed and alive.

Flyer:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B38v3TQ7Amz0LVJQX0NyaktuZkk/edit
Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PIro9zDJt0nrTL1jIETgxes4fzy-LJDXYYPGEnvxoGU/viewform

March 15 Gathering for Extended Worship (Winthrop Center, ME)

Winthrop Center Friends is hosting a day of extended worship on Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This day arose out of a sense that many are hungering for opportunities to worship together in larger gatherings.  Winthrop Center will provide morning snacks and beverages.  We are asking that participants bring food for a potluck lunch.  Because space is limited, please register with Ann Dodd-Collins at doddco@gmail.com.  There is no registration fee, although we may ask for donations on the day to help defray expenses.  If you have more questions, please email Ann or call her at 207-832-6103.

March 28-30 Noticing God’s Nudges in Our Lives: The Sacred Act of Spiritual Discernment with Nancy Bieber (Woolman Hill Retreat Center, Deerfield, MA)

Our lives are full of decisions and we all want to choose wisely. Spiritual discernment is the practice of attending to God’s nudges as we navigate our lives. Using material from her book, Nancy will introduce a three-fold approach to help us listen and respond to the Spirit whose wisdom and light exceeds our own. Bring a decision-making challenge if you have one (not necessary) and learn discernment practices for finding your way.

Flyer: http://woolmanhill.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Cracked-Open-Individual-Discernment-Mar-2013.pdf
Registration/more info: http://woolmanhill.org

April 11-14 FWCC Consultation (High Point, NC)

Participate in a series of consultations with Friends from across the branches of the Quaker tradition. The North Carolina workshop features workshops led by Debbie Humphries and Lisa Graustein of NEYM
Flyer: http://tinyurl.com/odl7f8k
Registration: http://fwccamericas.org/events/2014-consultations.shtml

April 19 United Society of Friends Women (USFW) Gathering (Smithfield Meeting, RI)

Theme:  Take Courage: Do Everything in Love
Contact Marian Baker, quakerbonnet@gmail.com

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