Our mission is to foster spiritual growth after the manner of Friends (Quaker) and to strengthen the application of Friends’ testimonies in the world.
We offer programs for all ages. We rent this quiet space for your family reunions, school retreats, church groups, and small conferences.
JOIN US FOR OUR LOCAL CELEBRATION, OCTOBER 7, 2018
Worship with us at: Old Chatham Quaker Meeting, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham, NY
Listen in our silent service for the "still small voice," check out our meetinghouse, learn about our faith tradition. Worship begins at 11:00am.
Visit with us at: Elsie K. Powell House Conference Center, 524 Pitt Hall Rd., Old Chatham, NY
Open House: 12:30-3:00 pm. Enjoy refreshments, tour the facilities, go on a scavenger hung, listen to our speaker, Sara Niccoli, at 2:00 pm.
Sara Niccoli of Brooklyn Quaker Meeting will share about her life as a Quaker peace and social justice activist. Sara is well known in the capital region for her work with the Labor-Religion Coalition, her 2016 run for the office in the 46th state Senate district, as well as her work as an active Quaker and lobbyist.
Sara's talk with take place in the Ballroom in Pitt Hall at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Tours of Powell House and snacks will be available preceding and after her presentation.
Children are welcome at this event! For more information call 518-794-8811.
You do not need to register for this event! Just join us for all or part of the day.
ARCH Re-Up, September 28-30, 2018
"Are you an older person? Do you care for an older family member or friend? Do you care about someone who is older in your meeting? Do you want to help dismantle ageism in our culture?" This is an opportunity for ARCH Visitors, other members of the extended ARCH network, members (or emeritus members) of the Committee on Aging Concerns, and ARCH staff to get together for a weekend of renewal, re-invigoration, and resources. We will deepen connections with each other and our shared ministry of care and compassion, vulnerability and trust, stewardship and healthy boundaries.
We are all aging - it is what we do! But we don't have to do it alone.
Substantial scholarship funds are available, please ask for them.
Facilitated by: Callie Janoff. Callie serves as the Director of the ARCH (Aging Resources Consultation and Help) program of New York Yearly Meeting. She regularly facilitates aging related retreats and gatherings for groups, in addition to offering individual aging consultations, pastoral care visits, and managing the operations of the ARCH program.She is a member of Brooklyn Monthly Meeting where she serves on the Ministry and Counsel Committee, and as clerk of the New York Quarterly Meeting Working Group with a Concern for Quaker Life. Callie lives in brownstone Brooklyn where she also helps to organize a neighborhood Community Supported Agriculture program, and her local block association.
Register by September 18: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuter
After September 18: $260/$145/$90/$195
Childcare with 3 weeks' notice.
September 21-23, 2018
A Couple Enrichment Workshop is an opportunity for a couple to focus on their relationship, enhance communication skills, and deepen their appreciation of each other. Couple enrichment workshops help couples celebrate their relationship's joys and strengths, and develop skills to deepen and improve them. A Couple Enrichment program is not therapy; it is a way to make good relationships even better.
Couple Enrichment workshops are open to all couples in a committed relationship, regardless of sexual orientation, marital status, or religious affiliation. Virtually any couple that gives a good faith effort to a Couple Enrichment program can benefit. Even if you've participated in a couple enrichment program in the past, many couples find that episodically participating in a Couple Enrichment program enhances their relationship skills and reaffirms their commitment to their partner.
Will we have to share everything with the group? The workshop emphasizes creating a safe and comfortable community, learning concepts and skills, and giving couples the time and space to focus on each other. Some sharing is expected, but no one has to share on any particular topic. Much of the couples' work is done in private. The program is not confrontational, and the ground rules assure safety and comfort for all participants.
Is there any leisure time during the weekend? In addition to our time together in large and small groups there will be ample time to relax with your partner, walk the Powell House grounds, explore the nearby trails and enjoy the fellowship of other couples. We will share excellent food and have the chance to socialize, sing and worship together. Having fun together is a way to nurture ourselves and our relationships, and it will be an important part of the program.
About the leaders: This couples weekend will be facilitated by Debbie & John Humphries of Hartford Friends Meeting. Debbie and John were married in 1990 and began attending Quaker meeting shortly after. They moved to Connecticut in 1998 and have served the New England Yearly Meeting in a variety of roles since then. They have been leading workshops since 2016. Debbie and John are both active in their monthly meeting and in New England Yearly Meeting. Debbie is part-time faculty in nutrition and public health; John is a community organizer working on climate change. They live in Hartford and have two sons, one currently in college and the other recently graduated.
Register by September 11: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters
After September 11: $260/$145/$90/$195
Childcare with three weeks notice.