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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.
04: Saturday: 4pm. Mount Gilead Friends Retreat Winter Gathering, 3512 Wellington Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401. Mt Gilead Friends Retreat Winter Gathering. Gather with past, present, and new Mt. Gilead community members. Join us for good food, conversation, and enjoying community. Bring a dish to share with others. Grab a friend and forward this on to others. Kids are welcome. Please RSVP to by 3/1 if you can but feel most welcome if you can make it at the last minute!
16-17: Saturday-Sunday. Middle Youth Retreat (recommended for ages 10-13). Join other Middle Youth for outdoor adventures, art, fun games and more! Hosted by Lexington Friends Meeting, 649 Price Avenue, Lexington KY 40508. Contact , the Youth Secretary, to learn more.
06: Saturday. Executive Committee Meeting at North Meadow Circle of Friends
10: Wednesday: State of the Meeting Reports for Whitewater Quarterly are due to and the .
01: Wednesday: Submissions for the June Quaker Quill are due to the .
01: Wednesday: OYYM Reports in Advance due to and the . Please read the Request for Reports for all of the information.
15: Wednesday: OYYM Directory Corrections due to the .
15: Wednesday. State of the Meeting Reports for Miami Quarterly are due to and the .
11-16: Tuesday-Saturday, Teens Service Trip (high schoolers). Join other Teens for bonding and relationship-building with one another, and connection across differences while serving with a community to be determined. Contact , the Youth Secretary, to learn more.
19-23: Wed-Sun: OVYM Annual Sessions at Earlham College. The theme for the 199th Session is Navitating the Depths of our Sacred Connections.
30-July 6: Sun-Sat. 2019 FGC Gathering at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. The brochure has already been mailed to Friends but if you didn't get one, full information on the FGC 2019 Gathering Website.
14: Sunday: 10am. Annual Fort Ancient Worship and Picnic, hosted by Miami. Members and friends of OVYM are invited to attend. We'll gather at 10am for worship and the picnic will follow in the pavilion - rain will not cancel the event. Please enter via the driveway to the caretaker's house and follow the signs to the paviliion. Those wishing to tour the grounds of this historic Native American site are welcome to do so following the picnic.
15: Thursday: Submissions for the October Quaker Quill are due to the .
30: Saturday: 12-4pm. OVYM Executive Committee will meet at Community Friends Meeting, 3960 Winding Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.
02: Tuesday. 2019 Westheimer Peace Symposium: The Opioid Crisis: Addressing Addiction Through a Social Justice Lens. Join us at Wilmington College for the Westheimer Peace Symposium on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. For all of the information, please see the Westheimer Peace Symposium Website.
06: Sunday: World Quaker Day. FWCC invites people to join Quakers around the world for the 5th annual World Quaker Day. Celebrating all expressions of Quaker Worship. For more information, see the World Quaker Day Website.
02/03: Time Change Weekend: Fall Back so you get an extra hour of sleep.
Statistical Reports are Due this month 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.
LAFAYETTE MINUTE: UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S NUCLEAR WEAPON BAN TREATY
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Lafayette Monthly Meeting approved a minute on the United Nations General Assembly's Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Read the Full Story....
WENDY WATERS-CONNELL HAS RESIGNED FROM QUAKER HEIGHTS
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Wendy Waters-Connell has resigned her position as Executive Director of Quaker Heights.
INDIANA FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION RECEIVES INGLEHARD AWARD
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The Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation recently received an award from the Indiana High School Press Association (IHSPA) for their lobbying efforts on a First Amendment bill for student journalists.
OVYM PROGRAM ON INTERVISITATION
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A new document on the OVYM Intervisitation Program has been added to the Publications and Minutes Page. It contains information on the program and several requested actions for individual Friends, Monthly Meetings, Quarterly Meetings, and Committees. Click the link above to read the full document.
INDIANA FRIENDS COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATION (IFCL) NEWS UPDATE
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IFCL has provided a report to Friends on the legislative accomplishments of their bi-partisan Quakerly lobbying. You may read the full article on the News Page or visit the IFCL Website.
WORLD RELIGIONS THROUGH THEIR SCRIPTURES
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Learn about the history and social impact of world religions through their scriptures with experts representing several of the world’s religious traditions through a free online series on World Religions open to everyone. Read the detailed World Religions Article for more information and a link to the class site.
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)
DO YOU HAVE AN EVENT, NEWS ARTICLE, PAGE UPDATE, OR OTHER DOCUMENT FOR THE WEBSITE?
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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.
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