Come All Ye Who are Heavily Cumbered: Simplicity as the Radical Path to Peace, Justice, Community and Care of the Earth.
The testimony to simplicity was one of the foundations of early Quaker praxis. Today, popular culture portrays simple living as quaint, utopian, nostalgic, eccentric, marginal, or naive. Contemporary Friends cannot help but be influenced by these stereotypes. But such portrayals tell us as much about consumer culture’s discomfort with radical critiques of its values as it does about simple living itself. The voluntary cultivation of a simple way of life is one of the most powerful skillful means for uprooting all occasions for war. Simplicity invites us back into communities of equality, sharing, humility and love. Our sessions will open the treasures of simplicity, rooted in our biblical heritage, nourished from the inner springs of worship, that blossom in a radical, lived testimony to care for the Earth and care for each other that is very much needed today.
Email Katharine, the Youth Program Coordinator, for more information
We have particular need of people who have, or can get, clearance to do program work with youth.
Representative Meeting concludes in Toronto: consult with your Meeting’s representative; Minutes coming soon.
Friends General Conference is seeking a qualified Friend to work on a contract basis with FGC committees and staff to coordinate and develop a Quaker spiritual deepening program for use by individuals and meetings. The purpose of this work is to provide a clear plan on how FGC – in collaboration with other Quaker institutions, yearly meetings, and monthly meetings – can help seekers, Friends, and meetings enter fully and deeply into the Quaker way.
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The availability of this limited-term position is contingent upon approval of a grant request submitted recently for this project. We expect to be notified about the grant decision in late May or early June. In order to start this project as quickly as possible if funding is indeed available, letters of interest are due by April 30, 2014. Inquiries should be sent to Barry Crossno, FGC General Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org; please include “Spiritual Deepening Planning Coordinator” in the subject line.
Yearly Meeting 2014 at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, August 8-16
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