Quaker Organization Events

March 2017 Events

March 23-26 – Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling Annual Conference
Quaker Hill Conference Center (Richmond, IN)

The annual Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling (QPCC) conference has been rescheduled for March 23-26, 2017 at Quaker Hill Conference Center in Richmond, Indiana. The conference program, Centered in Wholeness: Body & Spirit, will be led by Stephanie Ford, known to many as a longtime Associate Professor of Spirituality at Earlham School of Religion. Stephanie is now Minister of Christian Formation at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, NC. She also teaches with the Friends of Christ School (a local ecumenical group), and the Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation. The retreat schedule will include discussion and exercises led by Stephanie, small group sharing, and ample time for recharging/reconnecting with F/friends, nature, Spirit, and yourself. Massage, yoga, centering prayer, aromatherapy, and other self-care opportunities are on the menu as well. For more information about the conference, speaker, and QPCC itself, go to our website (www.qpcc.us). To register, go to https://www.regonline.com/register/login.aspx?eventID=1837205&MethodId=0&Events.

March 31 – Early Registration for FUM Triennial Ends

The early-bird registration deadline for the 31st Friends United Meeting Triennial is coming soon! Make plans now to gather with Quakers from all over the world in Wichita, Kansas—July 12- 16, 2017. We will be meeting on the campus of Friends University five days of worship, fellowship, learning and service. Register before March 31st and save $30! Full information and registration is at https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1877598

April 2017 Events

April 8 – Saturday – Spring Work Day
Friends Wilderness Center (Harpers Ferry, WV)

Come for food, fun, and fellowship and help out with spring maintenance chores that range from cleaning windows, to cutting limbs, grass and weeds, to painting, and light carpentry. If you have a chain saw to cut some logs that are just a bit too long to fit into the stove and some that will need to be split. Many hands make light work and working beneath a lovely Blue Ridge sky makes it a real joy. Please come and join us in this timeless rite of spring. Please RSVP to Sheila Bach (snbach@earthlink.net) to aid her in determining how many will be having lunch (home-cooked and FREE for participants).

April 12 – Discover Sandy Spring Friends School
Sandy Spring Friends School (Sandy Spring, MD)

Still looking for a terrific school for your child? Don’t have any plans for Spring Break? Bring your child (ages 7 and older) to enjoy a climbing session with certified rock wall staff and students. While your child is scaling new heights, you’ll be taken on a campus tour to learn more about what makes Sandy Spring Friends School such an amazing place for personal and academic development. Check-in and refreshments from 8:15 to 8:45am. Climbing and tours begin at 9a;m. Spaces are limited so be sure to pre-register (info.ssfs.org/rsvp-april-information-session-0-0) by April 7. Questions? Call 301-774-7455 or email admission@ssfs.org.

April 20 – 23 – Waging Peace – AFSC Centennial Summit
Sheraton Hotel (Philadelphia, PA)

As part of AFSC’s 100th anniversary celebration, we will host a summit articulating a vision forward for peace and justice by joining movements that are reaching out to make the connection between militarism, racism, and materialism. The summit will capitalize on AFSC’s historical role as a convener of the peace movement, and reignite a global commitment to sow the seeds of lasting peace with justice. Please join us the weekend of April 20-23 at the Sheraton Hotel (201 N. 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103) by registering at www.afsc.org/summit.

May 2017 Events

May 11 – 14 – Expanding Democracy in an Age of Polarization and Resistance
Pendle Hill (Wallingford, PA)

Friends, in light of the dramatically shifting political landscape, we are led to expand the scope of our original May conference theme to embrace a larger vision than we originally held. Greater militarization of police and documented instances of systematic abuse of the marginalized communities they “police,” are definitely very prominent aspects of how “law and order” manifests itself. But as visible, robust, and sustained opposition to these abuses grows, the state’s display and use of its ultimate weapon – violence – will escalate. As many movements in our nation’s history show, greater repression exposes some of the most vulnerable among us to much greater risks than others. At the same time, greater repression sharpens political, economic, and social issues and dramatizes their intersectionality. It creates an environment where a mass movement for positive social change can grow. We accept the challenges and embrace the opportunities that this historical moment offers us, and we invite you to join us in “Expanding Democracy in an Age of Polarization and Resistance.” For full information, including online registration, go to https://pendlehill.org/learn/expanding-democracy-conference/?bblinkid=39651476&bbemailid=3280044&bbejrid=232698178#.WLHCbvIayXB.

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