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The Calendar Page has our scheduled events (many with a linked map) and the Events Page provides a general description of our recurring events. You can get to the Events Calendar Page by clicking on the calendar image on the left.
23-26: Thu-Sun. 2017 Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling (QPCC) Annual Conference: Centered in Wholeness: Body and Spirit at Quaker Hill Conference Center, 10 Quaker Hill Dr, Richmond, IN 47374. (765) 962-5741. Please read the QPCC Conference Document for all of the details and links to the Registration and QPCC Websites.
01: Saturday: 12n. Executive Committee Meeting in room 150 of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Earlham College Richmond, IN.
15: Sunday: Whitewater Quarterly Meeting.
20-23: AFSC's Centennial Summit. As part of their 100th anniversary celebration, AFSC is sponsoring a summit from April 20-23, 2017 in Philadelphia. With the summit, they will articulate a vision forward for peace and justice by joining movements that are making the connection between militarism, racism, and materialism. The summit consists of an academic symposium and a variety of workshops, culminating in a day of action to "let our lives speak." Everyone is welcome to participate in the summit, but pre-registration is required to attend the workshops. If you would like to stay or eat at the hotel during the summit, there will be a cost for registering. If you choose to eat on your own and stay elsewhere, the registration is free. For full details, please visit the AFSC Centennial Website.
22: 9:30am-5pm. OVYM Spring Retreat, Nourishment from Quaker Roots for Witness in these Times, with Brian Drayton of New England YM. Location: the Benedict Inn Retreat Center, 1402 Southern Ave, Beech Grove, IN 46107, (317) 788-7581. Read the Retreat Flier for more information. Contact to register. This event is Sponsored by the Religious Nurture and Education Committee.
15: Monday: Submissions for the June Quaker Quill are due to the .
21: Sunday: Miami Quarterly Meeting at Miami with Oxford (State of the Society Reports).
01: Thursday: OYYM Directory Corrections due to the .
03: Saturday: 12n. Executive Committee Meeting at North Meadow.
14-18: Wed-Sun. OVYM Annual Sessions (early for 2017) at Earlham College, Richmond, IN. The Annual Sessions Page will be updated as decisions are made and information becomes available.
15: Friday: Submissions for the October Quaker Quill are due to the .
07: Saturday: 12n. Executive Committee Meeting at Community Friends.
Statistical Reports are Due this month to the .
15: Sunday: Submissions for the February Quaker Quill are due to the .
Do you have news about an event or achievement by your meeting that you want to share? Just send an Email to the . You can get to the Latest News Page by clicking on the newspaper image on the left.
PLEASE NOTE: To go to the full news article or other associated page, simply click on the news HEADLINE TITLE.
A PUBLIC STATEMENT BY RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON REFUGEES AND IMMIGRATION
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In recent days, Friends across New England have joined demonstrations and reached out with our neighbors to oppose President Trump's Executive Order on refugees and immigration. We continue to hold all affected in the Light. May a deep well of prayer continue to ground our work and our witness in these times.
To offer a common religious witness opposing the Executive Order, the Massachusetts Council of Churches has issued a letter opposing the ban.
Demonstrating New England Friends' partnership with our wider family of faith, and recognizing that it is especially important for Christian voices to speak clearly and strongly now, NEYM Presiding Clerk Fritz Weiss and I have signed the letter on behalf of Quakers in New England.
We encourage Friends and Friends Meetings in states other than Massachusetts to continue our shared witness on this issue, to share news about what actions you are led to take, and to let us know if there are ways your wider spiritual community can be supportive. In faith and service, Noah Merrill, Secretary, New England Yearly Meeting of Friends.
FRIENDS JOURNAL ANNUAL STUDENT VOICES PROJECT
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Friends Journal Annual Student Voices Project is underway. This year the project asks students to write a letter to the next president of the United States. It's open to all middle school and high school students (Quaker and non-Quaker). The Theme is Dear Mr. President. Write a letter to President-elect Trump suggesting what you think he should focus on during his first year. The deadline is February 15. Visit the Friends Journal Student Voices Project Website for complete details including suggested questions to consider when you write.
2016 YEARLY MEETING REPORT FROM FCNL
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The 2016 Yearly Meeting Report from Friends Committee on National Legislation has been received. Please read the FCNL Report.
SESSIONS WILL BE AT EARLHAM COLLEGE
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The 2016 Annual Sessions will again be at Earlham College, July 27- 31. See the Annual Sessions Page for the latest information as it becomes available.
VALLEY YEARLY MEETING COMMITS TO DIVESTMENT
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Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) commits to divesting our yearly meeting's financial resources from all fossil fuel extraction companies. OVYM will publicize this act of divestment from all corporations involved with extracting coal, petroleum, and natural gas as one way to raise awareness of the critical global challenge of climate change. We will make these financial changes to reflect right relationship with Earth, as well as other Quaker values, including equality and integrity. We will do so as soon as reasonably possible. We encourage our members and other Quaker bodies to take similar action. (Minuted August, 2015)
OVYM STILL NEEDS AN ASSISTANT TREASURER
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The important positions of Youth Secretary and Assistant Treasurer remain open and need to be filled. Please prayerfully consider this opening on the Quaker Job Openings Page and use the Contact Us Page to let us know of you, or someone you know, would consider serving in this capacity.
DO YOU HAVE AN EVENT, NEWS ARTICLE, PAGE UPDATE, OR OTHER DOCUMENT FOR THE WEBSITE?
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Your OVYM Website needs your input. If you have anything you want to submit for any of the pages of the website, please let us know.
The February Quaker Quill has been published and is available for download from the Quaker Quill Page, which you can go to by clicking on THIS LINK.