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The BYM Educational Grants Committee is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year from members or regular attenders of Monthly Meetings associated with BYM (or from their children). Grants may be applied to expenses associated with undergraduate attendance at accredited post-secondary educational institutions. Attendance may be either full- or parttime. Grants will be awarded based on multiple criteria, including financial need and the Committee’s assessment of an applicant’s statement of purpose and its consistency with Friends’ testimonies. Grant limits are up to $2,000 per grantee per year, for a cumulative total of $8,000. Applications will be accepted between January 1, 2021 and April 23, 2021. Award decisions will be made in May and notifications sent by early June. For further information or if you have questions, please contact the Yearly Meeting Office at 301-774-7663
On behalf of the steering committee for Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling, I would like to share information with you about our upcoming virtual retreat, hosted on Zoom, April 17, 2021, "Healing Ritual: Quaker Perspectives."
We are sharing it widely across the North American Yearly Meetings and have scheduled it for times that make participation from all time zones possible. Can you direct me to the best place to share this within your yearly meeting? If you have an email and a person who would be best to receive this for wider distribution, please email a reply and I will share it.
The conference is for all Friends and will have broad appeal for those who are especially interested in how to mark and honor times and transitions--an especially relevant topic for this year.
The most relevant information is here at the end of the email, including registration information.
Thank you again for your care of our collective ministry to Friends!
member and webmaster, QPCC Steering Committee
"Healing Ritual: Quaker Perspectives"-- Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling Retreat
Dawn Ottoni-Wilhem, PhD, Plenary Speaker
Saturday, April 17, 2021 by Zoom
9:00 AM-1:30 PM PDT/12:00 PM-4:30 PM EDT
What is ritual today for Friends? We will reflect how it is embedded in human life, encourages healing, and calls forth personal and social transformation. How might we employ ritual to heal from the traumas of our era? How can we use ritual in our own spiritual lives, and how can we share ritual in our spiritual caregiving?
Registration online at qpcc.us Cost: $50-full fee, $10 students
SCHEDULE (times listed in Pacific Daylight Time)
Friday, April 16
5:00 pm... -Social time, gathering (1 hour)
Saturday, April 17
8:30 am… -Optional opening worship (30 min)
9:00 am… -Welcome and Plenary 1: “Ritual and Reflection”
(45-minute presentation with 15-minute Q&A)
10:00 am… -Small group break out session (45 min)
10:45 am… -Meal Break
11:45 am… -Plenary 2: “Ritual Care and Faith”
12:45 pm… -Small group break out session (30 min)
1:15 pm… -Closing--large group
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