April 21-23, 2017
a weekend jam-packed with useful materials, proven practices, conversations, fun and worship.
Especially designed for adults and teens working with children and youth in our Meetings, it is open to everyone interested in exploring our faith together. The time will include plenaries, experiential learning, small group and whole group discussions, all grounded in joyful worship and fellowship together.
Meetings are encouraged to send a team of Friends, including those serving on First Day, Religious Ed or Ministry and Counsel committees.
Together, we will explore: What does it mean to be a Quaker and how do we share this with others?
Our intention is that participants will come away from the weekend affirmed and refreshed, ready to move forward whether you're newly stepping into this work or a seasoned practitioner.
Hosted by Melinda Wenner Bradley - NYYM Children and Youth Field Secretary
and Chris DeRoller and Mike Clark - Powell House Youth Program Directors
Childcare will be provided with 3 weeks notice.
How about you relax so very deeply that you come to that calm inner place when you can see your best and respond easily from your most peaceful self?
We'll learn massage and energy work to lay down the noise of the world and the weapons round your heart and get really truly clear. I'll teach easy clothes-on massage and simple laying-on-of-hands energy work. I'll offer a clearing meditation to cleanse the accumulation of other people's stuff. And we'll do all this with some laughter just to be sure.
John Calvi is a Certified Massage Therapist specializing in trauma and a Quaker healer with a spiritual gift for the release of pain following trauma. He has 35 years of experience working with trauma survivors, inmates, tortured refugees, veterans, and overworked Friends. More info about John at www.johncalvi.com
April 14 -16
This weekend has become a favorite of many F/friends and families. Whether you come to work, work and sing, work and play an instrument, or work and provide the audience for the choir - there's a place for you. We'll have childcare for the young ones while we work.
The music: We will do Part I of Handel's Messiah on Friday evening; Part II & III on Saturday evening, ending with the "Hallelujah Chorus," and the "Hallelujah chorus" AGAIN on Easter morning. To make it happen, you need to bring your own instrument. If you have a score, bring that, too. We've had people playing violins, violas, cello, flute, bassoon, oboe, clarinet, trombone, trumpet, and piano plus soprano, alto, tenor and bass.
The work: There are always logs of things to do inside and out to get Powell House ready for spring and summer. Let us know you are coming, and we will elt you know if you can bring any specific tools with you.
Register by April 5th: $75/adults; $10/children & youth
Childcare will be provided for children 9 and under.
Have a big family? Add each person's name and age in the comment box on the registration page and settle up when you get here!
Exploring Membership in the Religious Society of Friends
June 17-18, 2017
The Alternate Membership Pathways Working Group invites you to a weekend of exploration around the concept and process of membership within New York Yearly Meeting and the Religious Society of Friends. Together we will learn about the history of membership, share our experiences, joys, and concerns therein, and work to envision additional, alternative pathways and approaches. Centered in the spirit of worship, this weekend will give participants the chance to discuss the real-life results of current processes and brainstorm together about where we might want to be and what our souls are hungry for. You are welcome no matter the length or depth of your experience, whether you are a young Friend, an older Friend, or a person who is still deciding whether you are a Friend at all. Your perspective and stories matter to us and will be used to inform the Working Group's efforts moving forward.
Our Facilitators: Jeffrey Aaron, Marissa Badgley, Jillian Smith, Jennifer H. Swann.