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Friends General Conference 2014, "Let Love be the First Motion"
Posted 04/05/2014 by the

The 2014 FGC Gathering of Friends will be held June 29 to July 5 at California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA (just south of Pittsburgh. Visit the FGC Gathering Website for full details including the schedule of events, a list of worshops, and registration details. Registration is already open.

OLNEY FRIENDS PROTECTS PASTURES FOR POSTERITY - A PLEA FOR PARTNERS
Posted 01/01/2014 by the

Olney Friends School in Barnesville, Ohio decided not to lease rights to potentially rich oil and gas reserves under its land for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In so doing, the school aligned itself with a tradition of environmental stewardship echoed in many Friends organizations. It also declined hundreds of thousands of dollars in guaranteed compensation. Still, the school's mission will flourish with financial support from Friends.
Quaker testimonies of community, simplicity, service and stewardship - all intimately connected - shone vibrantly in this process (of discerning how to advance the school's mission while balancing Quaker principles with financial health). In making the decision to forego the riches of fracking and to attempt to save the riches of the earth literally beneath the school and community, Olney Friends School positioned itself as a leader in environmental stewardship.
John Woolman could not foresee the scale and complexity of the world's economies or ecologies, but he set the stage for a tradition of stewardship more than two centuries ago. The school reaches out to Friends now to help it move forward in the Light, and to transform its convictions into opportunities to strengthen the school's future (from Protecting Pastures for Posterity pamphlet) - Check out Olney's Website for more information.
You can also read the pamphlets from Olney: Protecting Pastures for Posterity and Olney's Stance on Stewardship.

2014 YEARLY SESSIONS AT EARLHAM COLLEGE: Live Up to Our Light
Updated 01/01/2014 by

We’re moving back to Earlham College for the 2014 Annual Sessions, which are scheduled for July 30-August 3. See the Annual Sessions Page, which has been updated with the Theme and plenary speaker information.

QUAKER QUIILL NEEDS A NEW EDITOR (VOLUNTEER)
Posted 10/25/2013 by the

We need a new editor for the Quaker Quill Newsletter. If you are interested, please use the Contact Us Page to send a note about your interest.

A BOLD PEACE--A NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT QUAKERS AND NONVIOLENCE
Posted 10/01/2013 by the

I am requesting your help in completing a unique and powerful documentary film about Quakers, peace and nonviolent soul force. Our film has a mission – to use the example of Costa Rica’s demilitarization to generate conversations about reducing military spending in the U.S. and redirecting government funds towards investments in human needs. Our film features completed interviews with, among many others, Costa Rican Quakers, Oscar Arias (the former President of Costa Rica and Nobel peace-prize winner), who offers pointed critiques of U.S. militarism, and Arun Gandhi (Gandhi’s grandson, who lived with and was mentored by Gandhi as a teenager), who praises Costa Rica’s experiment in nonviolence.
The film covers Costa Rica’s decision to abolish their army in 1948 and to invest in universal health care and education, as well as the impressive and hopeful consequences of these decisions over the past 65 years. Our film also features interviews with three of the original Quakers who left Alabama, objecting to the permanent war economy of the U.S., and who settled in Costa Rica in 1951, where they still live. In this film, they tell their story and make a powerful peace witness.
Michael Dreiling (Sociology professor, University of Oregon) and I (Matthew Eddy, Sociology professor, Minot State University) are the co-producers and co-directors of this film. Although Michael and I have donated all of our labor, our film project is faced with an urgent need to raise more funds to complete the film. Aside from a small grant from the Jubitz Family Foundation and the War Prevention Initiative, our strongest supporters have been Quakers. The Fifteenth Street Friends Meeting in New York City and the Eugene Friends Meeting in Eugene, Oregon have donated significant funds. This Kickstarter Campaign actually grew out of a Clearness Committee meeting with the Friends in Eugene.
I hope you will be able to set aside 3 ½ minutes to watch our film trailer on our Bold Peace website, or our Kickstarter page, and to begin to discern whether your Yearly Meeting might be able to support us with a financial gift. A gift of $1,000 will help a great deal. We would be so proud to be able to list the names of several Quaker Yearly Meetings in the U.S. as supporters in our film credits. The campaign ends on November 17.

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