Healing Mind Body and Spirit: Care for the Caregivers

New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (Quakers)

Healing Mind Body and Spirit: Care for the Caregivers

Are you someone who takes the time to call people, or to hold them in your prayers when you know they are having a hard time? Do you help organize rides for older Friends who wouldn’t otherwise be able to make it to worship? Do people often confide in you? Do you feel at ease just being with people when they are struggling, suffering or in pain? Do others describe you as having a “healing”, “soothing” or “calming” presence? Perhaps you serve on your meeting’s Pastoral Care Committee, Ministry and Counsel Committee, or Care and Community Committee, or Friends in the meeting just naturally turn to you when things get “sticky”. You are doing the work of pastoral care. If any of the above seems like it describes you – and you are looking for fellowship with others and an opportunity for connection with the Divine Love that grounds this work- this might be the event for you.


“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou

New England Yearly Meeting Ministry and Counsel is hosting a one-day retreat and workshop of rest and healing for Friends who do the work of pastoral care in their meetings. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by demands on your time and energy? Come and be recharged in the fellowship of other caregivers. Working in pairs, we will give and receive comfort and healing while honing our skills in providing care for others. We hope that together we might experience the healing that comes from connection with the Spirit and with others who share in similar work, and that we will leave with practices and skills that will help us in the day to day work of healing and support that is so needed in each of our contexts, and in the world. There will be opportunities for fellowship and connection, worship, and sharing about the joys and struggles of our work. We will have the gift of being joined by several Friends with particular gifts to offer, including John Calvi (Putney, VT) who will be leading a portion of the day on energy healing practices.

Saturday April 21, 2018

Westport Meeting (MA)

Registration will be open soon! Please contact Cornelia Parkes (cornelia.parkes@comcast.net) or the Clerk of Ministry and Counsel (mc-clerk@neym.org) with any questions.

We hope to see you there!

Nonviolent Action and the New Story

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Dear Friends,
I will be moderating this interesting webinar on “Nonviolent Action and the New Story” with Michael Nagler for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict on June 22. This should appeal to my nonviolent activist friends, my environmentalist friends, my Quaker friends, and my Pachamama Alliance friends and anyone who has ever attended an Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. WOULD YOU PLEASE SHARE ON YOUR FB PAGES AND MESSAGE ANY INTERESTED FRIENDS!
Thank you, Steve Chase

This is an Uprising

Toward the end of This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century, coauthors Mark and Paul Engler argue that Quakers have often acted powerfully as a “prophetic minority” in U.S. history—sometimes to great practical effect. According to the Englers, “Quakers served as the backbone of the movement against slavery in both the United States and Great Britain.” They also note that, “Later on, Quakers would play important roles in the women’s suffrage, civil rights, antiwar, and antinuclear movements.”   …

Book review by Steve Chase

To read more click here:

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First CenturyBy Mark Engler and Paul Engler. Nation Books, 2016. 368 pages. $26.99/hardcover; $15.99/eBook. Toward the end of This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revoltfriendsjournal.org

Labyrinth Election Peace Walk

Circle of peace labyrinth
Circle of peace labyrinth

Sunday evening, November 6th at 7pm

Putney Friends Meetinghouse

Rt 5 just north of the village, Putney Vermont

Sadelle Wiltshire will be hosting a peace labyrinth walk prior to the election.

Friends are invited to come walk the labyrinth and hold a the country in a healing light that evening.
Sadelle will be offering some inspirational  readings as well.

You are welcome to join us as you are.

“We believe that every person is loved by the Divine Spirit. There are
Quakers of all ages, religious backgrounds, races, education, sexual orientations, gender identities, pfm-drawingabilities, classes and experience. You are welcome to join us as you are.”


These words were approved by the Monthly Meeting today as an update to our welcoming language to the world. Our thanks to the Committee on Nurturing Ministries of Friends General Conference in allowing us to use some of their language.