Announcements for January 2018
Friends are invited to Midweek Meeting for Worship on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., in the Corner Room. For more information, contact Lisa Klopfer (lklopfer at gmail.com).
The 2018 AAFM Directories will be available in the lobby for the next few Sundays. Friends are welcome to take a copy, or you may request a copy by mail by calling or sending an email to the Meeting office (761-7435 or aafmoffice at sbcglobal.net). Many thanks to Pat Micks for producing these Directories.
Meeting Announcements Have Gone Paperless
As we are currently seeking a new Communications Coordinator, we no longer have weekly handouts and monthly newsletters. On a temporary basis, Lisa Klopfer and Jeff Cooper try to keep Friends informed of Meeting events. Lisa sends out a weekly email with a Meeting calendar and brief descriptions of events, while Jeff continues to update this website, presenting content that has traditionally appeared on the first several pages of the Meeting newsletter.
Please send all announcements relating to Meeting activities and scheduling of events to email@example.com, which reaches both Lisa and Jeff.
Please note: If you wish to receive the weekly email and have not previously received the weekly handout via email, ask to subscribe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements about community events (i.e., in Washtenaw County) can be posted on the bulletin board at the East end of the lobby. We expect to move to a new website system soon.
Reading and Discussion meets on the second and fourth Sundays in the Corner Room from 10:05 to 10:55. All are welcome. Look for readings on the lobby table the preceding Sunday.
January 14: Thomas Taylor will lead discussion around “Tying Up the Cat,” Donne Hayden’s article in the December 2017 Friends Journal about discerning meaning from empty forms.
January 28: Cassie Cammann will lead discussion of local peace and justice advocate La’Ron Willams’ written reflections on the unfinished struggle in our country toward the creation of a society based on the principle of “one single, global human family.”
The Carbon Footprint Interest Group will meet on Sunday, January 14, from 12:40 to 2:00 in the Corner Room to update one another on our efforts, read the Canadian “Leap Manifesto,” and – for those participating in the Voluntary Carbon Tax – to decide on a recommendation on how this year’s funds will be used.
Volunteer Training for Sanctuary Providers on January 20
Join Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary for a WCS Volunteer Training Session on Saturday, January 20, from 9:00 to noon at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd, Ann Arbor. All who want to be involved in any part of doing sanctuary are encouraged to attend. The program will include an update on the state of congregational sanctuary in Washtenaw County, legal/safety information and logistics, and ally and cultural competency training. As we prepare for the potential of hosting, it is essential that our community is poised and as ready as possible. Special thanks to the Church of the Good Shepherd, for hosting the coalition training.
Please RSVP: https://wcsvolunteertraining.eventbrite.com
FAMILY AND SPIRITUALITY NIGHT
Anyone who is or has ever been in a family is welcome to join us Saturday, January 20, from 4:00 to 7:00, as we explore queries about families and spirituality. We will also share a meal together. Children and babies, of course, are welcome! Arranged by the Committee for Children and Families.
Save the date! Friends will consider the annual Lake Erie Yearly Meeting query on Friday, February 9, at the Meetinghouse. Pizza supper at 5:30, followed by worship sharing on the query at 6:15. Childcare will be available.
The queries are:
· How might we support each other as we find peaceful and persistent responses to actions that exclude and judge?
· In what ways do we, as Quakers, hold ourselves and the Other in the Light when our disagreements seem insurmountable?
· How do we find common ground as we listen to those with whom we disagree?
A pdf file with the queries and supporting quotations can be seen by clicking here.
Watch for more details and a sign-up sheet on the lobby table.
Claybourne (Clay) Mitchell, a former attender, died peacefully on December 8 in Reston, Virginia at the age of 94. A long professional career ended in 1988 when he retired as Vice President, Planning, Research, and Environmental Protection, for Detroit Edison (now DTE Energy). Other activities included membership on the Board of Trustees for the Detroit Science Center and the Michigan Energy and Resource Research Association. At AAFM, he served on the Care and Visitation Committee and participated for many years in the Scribblers Group, writing about science, travel, and personal history as well as pieces intended for children. A memorial service for family and close friends will be held on January 13 in northern Virginia. His obituary can be read here.
Dan Suits, a longtime member of AAFM who moved to East Lansing many years ago, died on December 21 at the age of 99. A memorial service will take place in the spring in Michigan.
Art Wolfe, a longtime member of AAFM, died at the age of 87, after a long battle with cancer and two months of hospice care, on December 28 at the Wolfe family complex on Crystal Lake in Beulah, Michigan. Art’s association with the Meeting goes back to at least 1953, when he came to Ann Arbor and met with Arthur Dunham. The memorial meeting has not yet been scheduled. Contact information for Shirley and all of their children is provided in the Meeting Directory.
Paul Reagan, who attended AAFM with his family many years ago, died on December 13 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 88. A physician in education, management, public health, pulmonary medicine, geriatrics, and family practice, he was a leader in modernizing the treatment of tuberculosis, and a strong proponent of cultural awareness, patient centered care, and serving underserved populations.
Joe York is directing a PTD’s production of Disgraced, by Ayad Akhtar, at the Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron, Ypsilanti, on February 22–25 and February 28 to March 3. This mesmerizing drama/comedy about questions of identity and reinvention in the contemporary world won the 2013 Pulitzer prize for drama. Matinées on Sunday, February 25, and Wednesday, February 28, at 2:00, all other performances at 8:00. Tickets cost $18, $12 for students and seniors; Thursday performances are pay-what-you-can. To learn more, visit https://www.ptdproductions.com/disgraced.
Dwight Wilson, a member of AAFM, writes:
"We are living in an era in which anger and confusion have many of us down-spirited. I am excited to announce that my book Modern Psalms In Search of Peace and Justice has been published by FUM Press. Unlike the self-published book, this one is illustrated by professional artist Quaker, Nancy Marstaller. It can be ordered here: http://ycfb2.5acto.servertrust.com/product_p/978-0-944350-31-7.htm. Feed your inner peace while simultaneously resisting attempts to dismantle our world."
News from the Committee for Children and Families (CCF), December 2017
WHAT DOES YOUR CONSCIENCE SAY ABOUT WAR?
This is a query we all need to explore, not just draft-age males. Quakers have a history of checking in with their consciences to discover what is true and how that affects their actions. We don’t expect a draft at this time, although the unexpected has been happening a lot lately. What we do expect is that unless there are changes, there will continue to be wars.
CCF will be offering an opportunity to explore your conscience and for young people and draft-age professionals to build a file as a conscientious objector. We have not yet worked out the date and times because we are working around the high schoolers' schedules. It will take place in late February or early March, either late morning or early afternoon on a Saturday or on a Sunday afternoon. We will let you know the details as they become clear. For now we just wanted to give Friends a heads-up.
The reason for doing this at this time is twofold. First, one of our high schoolers requested it for himself and interested friends, which shows concern. Second, Nadine Hoover (of the Conscience Studio) and allies are starting a registry for conscientious objectors to war. In her travels both here and abroad, she is finding strong support for declaring war illegal. She is collecting statements of conscience to support that effort. You do not need to know if you are a conscientious objector to war right now, you just need to be willing to spend a short time listening to the still small voice within with attention to war.
For further information or to volunteer with CCF, please contact Sheila Johnson (sheila at johnson-mcloyd.com) or Su Hansen (suhan722 at gmail.com).
Palestine-Israel Action Group (PIAG) News
PIAG will next meet on Wednesday, January 24, at 9:45. All are welcome. Contact the convener, Helen Fox (hfox at umich.edu) for more information, including the location.
In January 2009, AAFM established a Travel Fund for Witness in the Middle East for F/friends wishing to learn firsthand about the conflict in Israel/Palestine. Originally inspired by a Friend whose own travel experiences led to a deeper understanding of Palestinian life in the West Bank and Gaza, the fund provides a unique opportunity to experience the joys and sorrows that affect all who are involved in the conflict.
Many wonderful guided trips are available through various recommended organizations. To explore them, check out www.quakerpi.org/QActivism/TRIPS.htm. If you wish to apply to AAFM for partial funding, click here to read the AAFM Minute that details the application procedures.
Peace & Social Concerns Committee says "Let Them Hear From YOU!"
Here’s Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators
Activists of all political stripes recommend calling legislators, not just emailing — and certainly not just venting on social media. Several lawmakers, along with those who work for them, said so in interviews, according to Daniel Victor in the New York Times last November. A phone call from a constituent can, indeed, hold more weight than an email, and far outweighs a Facebook post or a tweet. To understand why, it helps to know what happens when someone answers the phone at a legislator’s office. Even if you don’t speak directly to the lawmaker, staff members often pass the message along in one form or another.
Emily Ellsworth, whose jobs have included answering phones in the district offices of two Republican representatives, said the way your points reach a lawmaker depends on how many calls the office is getting at the time and how you present your story. In some cases, it’s a simple process. When a caller offered an opinion, staff members would write the comments down in a spreadsheet, compile them each month and present reports to top officials, she said. But a large volume of calls on an issue could bring an office to a halt, sometimes spurring the legislator to put out a statement on his or her position, Ms. Ellsworth said. She recommended the tactic of a series of tweets shared thousands of times. “It brings a legislative issue right to the top of the mind of a member,” she said. “It makes it impossible to ignore for the whole staff. You don’t get a whole lot else done.”
While scripts found on the internet can be useful for people uncomfortable talking on the phone, she suggested making the phone calls as personal as possible. In some cases, if she was moved by a call, she would pass on the comments to her district director, she said. “What representatives and staffers want to hear is the individual impact of your individual story,” she said. “I couldn’t listen to people’s stories for six to eight hours a day and not be profoundly impacted by them.”
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Want to Keep Up with MQEA? The Environmental and Social Concerns Committee has begun a group called Michigan Quakers for Environmental Action, which is intended to promote better environmental policy and legislation in the state. If you would like to join MQEA and receive occasional updates, please contact Peggy Daub (peggydaub at hotmail.com).
LARGER CIRCLES OF FRIENDS
Quaker Teen Retreat: The Quake that Rocks the Midwest!
January 12-15 at the Evanston (Illinois) Friends Meeting
It is once again time for the Quake that Rocks the Midwest! This high school teen retreat is hosted by Illinois Yearly Meeting and has historically been a joint retreat with Lake Erie Yearly Meeting, Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting, and others. The weekend will include fun and games with Friends, exploration of our Faith through Worship Sharing, a LGBTQA+ related service project, and much, much more! Click here to see the flier, and here to download the permission form. For help with transportation from the LEYM area, please contact Robert Yurisko at rlyurisko at gmail.com.
Invitation to Contribute to LEYM Bulletin Winter Issue
Friends are invited to contribute articles, poems, or artwork to the Winter issue of the Lake Erie Yearly Meeting Bulletin. Accounts of activities your Meeting, such as celebrations or active witness in the world, are especially welcome.
This is also an opportunity for committees to distribute items they want to get to Friends before Representative Meeting on April 14, 2018.
DEADLINE: MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018
Questions and submissions can be sent to email@example.com.
Peggy Daub & Jeff Cooper, Co-editors
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Workshop
Joe and Kathy Ossmann, of Kalamazoo Friends Meeting, are pleased to announce that a full Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Workshop will be held in Warren, Michigan, on January 12–14, 2018.
The workshop will take place at Renaissance Unity Church, 11200 East Eleven Mile Road, Warren, Michigan 48089 at the following times:
Friday, January 12, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. A light supper will be served at 6:00.
Saturday, January 13, 8:30 am – 8:30 pm. A continental breakfast will be available at 8:00 and a supper will be provided. Please bring a brown-bag lunch.
Sunday, January 14, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm. A light lunch will be available for purchase in the church’s snack bar.
Cost: There is no required payment. For those who are able, a “love offering” of $100 is suggested. Any amount will be accepted with gratitude. Funds will help to defray the direct costs of the workshop. Anything over and above the costs will help to support the work of AVP in prison. Checks may be made payable to AVP-Michigan.
Given sufficient participation, the Ossmanns will also conduct an AVP Advanced Workshop on February 9–11 and a Training for Facilitators on March 9–11. They are excited about the prospects for rejuvenating AVP in southeast Michigan!
AVP has been providing experiential workshops to help participants discover the power we all have to resolve conflicts constructively. AVP-Michigan was organized several years ago and has been conducting monthly workshops in the Muskegon Correctional Facility for almost two years. For more information about AVP, please see www.avpusa.org.
Please let the Ossmanns know by return email (Kathy.Ossmann at comcast.net or joe.ossmann at comcast.net) if you plan to attend. If you have questions, please call them at 269-913-4250.
Friends Lake Cooperative Community Programs
FLCC is presenting a three-part program on Pathway to Intimacy: Intimacy with One’s Higher Power through Intimacy with One’s Self and with Others, a benefit for FLCC and Michigan Friends Center, on Saturdays January 13, February 3, and March 3. The program facilitator is Susan Flinders. For more information, click here.
The annual discussion of Writings on Nature and Spirit takes place on Friday, January 19, at 7:30pm at Michigan Friends Center. Friends are invited to attend and contribute favorite poems or brief prose selections to the stock of literature that expresses a core experience of our community life at Friends Lake. Amanda Klain, FLCC Caretaker/Coordinator, and Richard Tucker will host the conversation.
Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting Mid-Winter Gathering
Kalamazoo Meeting House, Saturday, February 24
The Mid-Winter Gathering of Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting will be hosted by Kalamazoo Friends Meeting (508 Denner, Kalamazoo, MI 49006) on Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 to 4:00.
The program will be led by three Friends from the Red Cedar Friends Meeting who recently graduated from the School of the Spirit’s On Being a Spiritual Nurturer and found the experience transformational. They will offer a one-day retreat: “A Taste Test—Come Sample the Spiritual Nurturer Program.” During our day together, we will be invited into interactive exercises that use reflection, reading, listening, sharing, and movement to sink down to the Center, where the Inward Teacher opens each of us to the “school” of the Holy Spirit. The day will serve us all with an experience of reflection, connection, and deep listening—and some of us may find ourselves called to consider joining the longer Spiritual Nurturer program (an 18-month program of coming to “know experimentally” what it is to live in a contemplative rhythm of study and prayer, starting in September, with occasional residential retreats).
Lunch and refreshments will be served (donations welcomed). As soon as possible, please tell Raelyn Joyce, clerk of the Quarter (raejoyce10 at gmail.com), if you plan to attend, so that the right amount of food can be planned.
Families with children are welcome; please tell Raelyn Joyce (raejoyce10 at gmail.com) by January 31 how many children are likely to come and how old they are.
Kalamazoo Friends are offering overnight hospitality to Friends who wish to drive to Kalamazoo on Friday, February 23. If you wish to spend Friday night at one of our homes, please call George Hebben (269 806-2918).
Questions? Contact Raelyn Joyce, clerk of the Quarter (raejoyce10 at gmail.com).
Click here to see a pdf file with a full description.
LEYM Program Committee Seeking Annual Meeting Workshop Proposals
The Program Committee of Lake Erie Yearly Meeting is requesting proposals from Friends for workshop presentations at our 2018 Annual Meeting, to be held July 26-29 at Bluffton University, in Bluffton, Ohio. The theme of this year's meeting is Building the Beloved Community: Who is My Neighbor?
The deadline for submission is Sunday, February 11. We cannot guarantee that proposals submitted after that date will be considered. We expect to provide about ten workshops, each of which will last an hour and 45 minutes and should have some relationship to the theme.
Please submit the following for each workshop proposal:
1. Name and monthly meeting of leader(s)
2. Title of your workshop
3. One or two paragraphs describing the content of the workshop, including its relationship to the theme of the annual meeting.
All proposals should be sent to Susan Hartman (susandhartman at gmail.com) no later than February 11. We look forward to receiving proposals from individuals or committees and hope that Friends will have thoughtful and interesting ideas to share with all of us.
FLGBTQC Midwinter Gathering
Friends are invited to the Midwinter Gathering of Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC) at Camp Young Judaea, near Austin, Texas, on February 16–19 (Presidents' Day Weekend). The theme is “‘Tis a Gift to be Simple.” FLGBTQC is a North American Quaker faith community that affirms that of God in all people. The registration deadline is January 19, but earlier registration is encouraged for planning purposes. Visit http://bit.ly/2BjStDq for more information and a link to the registration page.
National and Global White Privilege Conferences
This year’s White Privilege Conference (WPC19) will be held on April 4–7, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The theme is “Super People & Super Powers: Prepare to be the Future of Social Justice Work.”
The White Privilege Conference was established and is organized by Eddie Moore, an African American Professor, who wanted to provide a challenging, collaborative, and comprehensive experience to empower individuals to work for equity and justice. WPC serves as an opportunity to examine difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy, and systemic oppression. At WPC, attendees will be able to participate in forums and critical discussions about diversity, multicultural education, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender, and other systems of privilege/oppression.
This year, Friends General Conference is also excited to be a part of the first global White Privilege Conference! WPCGlobal is coming to Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada on May 9–12. The theme is “Are Canadians too Polite? Exploring Global Perspectives on White Privilege and Oppression in Canada (and Beyond).”
FGC pre-registration for both White Privilege Conferences opens on Monday, January 15. The FGC-discounted registration fee for WPC19 is $340 ($200 for college students, with various discounts available for others). FGC is also working on ways to support Friends with less expensive overnight housing.
In addition, Lake Erie Yearly Meeting has set aside funds for scholarships to help LEYM Friends who register through FGC attend WPC19. If you are interested in obtaining a scholarship, please send a letter with the requested amount and reasons for attending the conference to Shelley Kotz, co-clerk of LEYM Peace & Justice Committee, at 2951 Emmick Dr, Toledo, OH 43606.
To receive information about ride sharing, lodging options, next steps for WPC, and, most importantly, to receive FGC discount codes for WPC19 and WPCGlobal, pre-register on January 15 by clicking here.
To learn more, visit https://www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/. For any further information, please contact Amirah Fadhlina at firstname.lastname@example.org or Vanessa Julye at email@example.com.
Friends can make donations to the Meeting online. Clicking here will link you to a page that enables donations through PayPal (which takes 1.9% plus 30¢ per transaction). Contributions to the Meeting are tax deductible. You can also contribute by leaving cash or a check in the contributions basket on the lobby table or sending a donation c/o Treasurer, Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Copies of the Meeting Handbook are available in the lobby. A contribution of $4 to cover printing costs is requested.
The Meeting’s wheelchair is stored in the outer lobby for the lift. Friends may borrow it for use between the parking lot and the lift or inside the Meetinghouse and Quaker House.
For information about programs at Michigan Friends Center, click here.