The Power of Enough, February 22-24, 2019

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.     2 Corinthians 9:8, New International Version.

Are you seeking to simplify your life and take personal steps to create right order in our world? Together, we will consider some of the following questions and reflect on the implications of our personal choices and their ripple effects.

Do you:

  • have faith that God has given us an abundance of all we need (time, energy, skills) to do the work we are called to?
  • struggle to keep balanced and centered because you take on more than you are called to do?
  • faithfully make space for God to act in the work you've been given?
  • have too many things cluttering your life?

Using queries, we will reflect and listen in small and large groups to how we approach these aspects of our lives. There will be very little lecture. We will experience perspectives through storytelling, games and singing. We'll seek to experience God's abundant love in worship and worship-sharing.

Participants are asked to bring a journal and writing instrument and maybe a song to share. We will leave with a deeper sense of self, connection and how our personal choices ripple forward to everyone.

About the facilitator: Jacqueline Stillwell is a lifelong Friend and a graduate of Friends World College. She served as Head of The Meeting School (an experiment in education and simple living in Quaker community), and clerked New England Yearly Meeting. Jackie currently serves as General Secretary of Right Sharing of World Resources. Living with integrity and empowering others through affirmation and education is a constant in Jackie's life. She has traveled widely among Friends with FWCC, FGC, and FUM, serving as an elder and workshop facilitator (Friends decision-making, clerking, Friends organizational governance) at monthly, quarterly, yearly meetings and Friends schools. She strives to understand how our faith, social, cultural, and class experiences influence our perspective on need and want.

Register by February 12: $280-200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters

After February 12: $260/$145/$90/$195



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.


Annual Winter Wonderland, February 15-17, 2019

Come for an unprogrammed weekend! Bring yourself, your family, and your friends to an open weekend this winter. You'll be sojourning at Pitt Hall. We'll feed you at regular intervals and be here to answer questions . . . but otherwise your time is your own.

Who knows what the weather will be? Sometimes there's snow, other times spring flowers are popping! Here are some possible activities for you. Bring your own equipment though:

Cross Country Skiing,  Reading,  Sledding,  Sitting in Front of a Fire,  Walking to the Bird Sanctuary,  Puzzles and Games,  nearby Downhill Skiing - 

This retreat begins with hearty snacks set out from 8:00 - 9:00 pm on Friday evening.

Register by February 4: $360/family; $260/2 people; $160/individual

Creativity & Spirituality, March 22-24, 2019

If art leads you to a deeper spiritual journey or your spiritual journey leads you to be more creative or if you just want to explore the relationship between creativity and spirituality, this retreat is for you. Through all forms of creativity we find opportunities for deepening our spiritual journey. In a creative community we will delve into the interrelationship between creativity and spirituality through a variety of art forms - possibilities include: quilting, weaving, sculpting with clay, painting with watercolors, knitting, crochet, cooking/baking, origami. Each area will be led by a specialist, and the time will be rich with worship and creating. The weekend culminates with a whole group sharing of our creative process and our creations. This multigenerational weekend has become one of our most popular, so we're in two houses. Register early if you have a favorite room or a specific building.

Register by March 8: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters

After March 8: $260/$145/$90/$195

Friends Decision-making and Clerking: Participating in Meetings for Business with Joy and Confidence

with Arthur M. Larrabee and Steve Mohlke, February 1-3, 2019

This is a workshop for everyone who wants to deepen their understanding of Quaker decision-making: it's for clerks, but not just for clerks. For clerks, it will be an opportunity to learn and sharpen skills. For others, it will be an opportunity to get better grounded in what Quaker decision-making is all about. It is expected that each person will leave the weekend with new energy and enthusiasm for participating in meetings for business, well-grounded in both the theoretical and the practical. There will be handouts, exercises and opportunities for experience sharing.

Among other topics, we will consider:

  • The fundamentals of a Quaker meeting for business
  • What is a "sense of the meeting," and how is it different from consensus?
  • What is the meaning of "unity?"
  • Why "standing in the way" is not longer a useful concept
  • Techniques of "good" clerking
  • Dealing with difficult situations

Arthur M. Larrabee - Arthur is a lifelong Friend and a former clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Currently, he serves as clerk of the Pendle Hill Board. In addition to presiding at meetings of numerous committees and boards, he has led many workshops on clerking.

Steve Mohlk - Steve is a longtime Friend and former clerk of Ithaca Monthly Meeting. He served as co-clerk for the 2017 Friends General Conference Gathering. He currently serves as General Secretary of New York Yearly Meeting.

Register by January 15: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters

After January 15: $260/$145/$90/$195

Childcare with 3 weeks notice.

Powell House is the conference and retreat center of the 

New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Powell House
524 Pitt Hall Rd
Old Chatham,  NY
phone  518-794-8811
fax     518-794-8815
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