The Education & Outreach Committee of CYM (E&O) offered a workshop by Arthur Larrabee on clerking Quaker meetings for worship for business.
Arthur Larrabee is a life long Friend and member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. He has led many workshops on clerking. He has served as clerk of his monthly meeting and has served 7 years as General Secretary of PHLYM. He comes with enthusiasm, experience, wit and humour to the task of providing servant leadership for Friends.
The course was titled: “Serving the Community with Joy and Confidence.” and was well-attended.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is looking for a Friends Relations Associate!
The AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. This job will be located in Philadelphia, PA (USA). AFSC invites interested candidates to apply by September 21, 2014 (5 PM EST).
For more information visit the AFSC Career Center.
World Quaker Day
Friend World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) invites every Quaker meeting and church from around the world to celebrate WORLD QUAKER DAY on October 5,2014. As the sun rises in each area of the world, we want to remember that Quakers are worshiping through every time zone, celebrating our deep connections across cultures and Quaker traditions.
Find links to many resources on the WORLDQUAKER DAY website. You may want to incorporate the Kabarak Call for Ecojustice into worship, for example, or use it as the basis for sharing or discussion surrounding worship.
In planning for WORLD QUAKER DAY, consider options that work in your church or meeting, bringing the theme into your planning for the day. You may want to incorporate the Kabarak Call into worship or use it as the basis for sharing or discussion surrounding worship. Perhaps it prompts a person or persons to speak on how they “let their lives speak” in daily life. Perhaps there is opportunity for children to lead the meeting or church in an activity or conduct a multi-generational activity about God’s creation. The theme may open us to consider how we are part of a world family of Friends and the encouragement this gives us.
Whatever you do as a worshiping community, we hope you will share this with others through FWCC. It can be very simple — a description, a poem, a short video from a mobile phone, a few photos — we will post them on the WQD web site so that you can see what other churches and meetings were doing on the same day. Email items to us or post them to the FWCC World Office Facebook page, or Twitter, hashtag #wqd.
For more information visit FWCC World Office.
Susan Stevenson, Mentoring Clerk of Canadian Yearly Meeting and a member of Vernon Monthly Meeting, died early Friday morning, August 29th, in hospital in Nelson, British Columbia, where she had been admitted early Tuesday morning. She had been living with a return of cancer over the past 8 months but continued to actively fulfill her roles as Presiding Clerk until the rise of Yearly meeting two weeks ago, then Mentoring Clerk.
Both Susan and David, her husband, have felt greatly blessed in the many ways they have been supported through this journey, by messages from Friends across the country, by their local community, by the health care system, and by the thoughtful care given. David asked that Friends be informed as soon as possible of Susan’s passing, and of their gratitude for this support.
Those of us who have worked closely with Susan over the years will greatly miss her – her groundedness, her thoughtful engagement in our Quaker community, and her deep love of life and the beauty of the biodiversity around her.
Please hold the Stevenson family in the Light at this time.
Carol Dixon (former clerk of CYM)
As part of the global effort to mobilize action on climate changed, the World Council of Churches and Religions for Peace is organizing an Interfaith Summit on Climate change, to be held in New York, 21-22 September 2014. This is just ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit on 23 September in New York. The program of the Interfaith Summit will be open to the public. Registration information is at Inter Faith Summit on Climate Change. Faith leaders will contribute to creating a coordinated long term interfaith mobilization for climate justice. If you are going to be in New York and want to march with Quakers go to Quaker Earthcare Witness – and register.
This entry was originally published at Anne Mitchell’s Blog.