InfoShare, December 2012

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Volume 11 December 2012 Number 6
Editor: Steven Davison





Time for Lindley Murray Fund Applications

The Lindley Murray Funds board will meet in January. Any person or group looking for funding should email Todd Tilton at so he can distribute the request to the board. Established in 1835, the Lindley Murray Fund works, in the original words of the will, . . .

  • "to liberate Black people from slavery and give them, their descendents, and other Black persons suitable education;
  • to promote the civilization and instruction of the Indians of North America;
  • to purchase and distribute books tending to promote piety and virtue and the truth of Christianity;
  • to assist and relieve the poor in any description and in any manner that may be judged proper."

When applying for funds, clearly state how the current year's award was used (if awarded) and how the new request fits with the Lindley Murray Misstion Statement. For information about the Fund, please see the Yearbook entry, page 75 in the book, page 70 in the Advanced Reports online. Requests must be received by 12-31-2012.

PoHo on the Road:
Adult Quaker Continuing Education

Powell House Youth Directors, Chris DeRoller and Mike Clark, are splitting youth conference facilitation with Young Adult Co-Facilitators thereby opening a few extra weekends a year when we can go on the road to regional meetings and monthly meetings. Out of our 12 years of experience working with children and adults in Quaker settings, we’re offering half- to one-day workshops. These are true “work”-shops, hands-on experiences with some instruction but lots of roll your sleeves up and get the job done (or at least started). We’re asking meetings to provide space, childcare, travel expenses, hospitality and publicity. We’ll need a minimum of 12 participants for optimal results, the more the merrier, though, and we’ll require registration ahead of time. We ask for a $20 donation to Powell House per person at registration so that people commit to come.

For more information or to look at possible dates you can give us a call at 518-794-8811 Wednesday-Friday or email us at We are offering the following workshop topics:


Community Building Games and Activities
Designed to explore the art of community building and broaden your repertoire of group activities. It will be tailored to meet the needs of those who come. It’s a “play as you go” workshop where you’ll learn a variety of games and other activities suitable for wherever you need them: work, monthly meeting, church, committees, even family events. We’ll evaluate how and why the activities work and look at ways to modify them for specific situations. Discussions will center on what you’re trying to accomplish in the groups you are a part of and obstacles that you have or may encounter along the way.

First Day School Fundamentals
How do you design a first day school program that addresses the needs of your children, your meeting and the wider body of Friends? You’ll dig down to the roots of what you want out of a first day school program and what you (kids, parents, meeting members) truly need. You’ll also look at what constraints you face. Then we’ll begin to work with you through the necessary steps to designing a custom first day school program for your monthly meeting.

Jumpstarting our Jalopies: Structuring Committees that Work
Often where our faith meets the road is through the work of committees. Frequently potholes, traffic jams and no gas in the tank slow us down or stop us completely. We’ll look at committees as vehicles to get us where we’re going and find practical and doable ways to increase our miles to the gallon.

So When You Say God, You Mean . . .
Quakers tend to be a diverse lot especially on the theological front. Our experience of trying to live honestly with the natural tensions created by our differences is both a source of friction and a catalyst for transformation. Opening ourselves to others, especially on matters of the spirit, may seem like risky business. But when it works, it is exhilarating. Come share your experience of Meeting for Worship, God, not-God and other things that can’t be contained.

Breaking Down Boxes—A multigenerational exercise in . . .
What boxes do you inhabit? Join us for a session on unlabeling. Opening to others. Opening to self. Opening.

Roller Coaster Ride: Parents and Kids Gatherings
Parenting. Growing up. Sometimes terrifying. Often exhilarating. Impossible to get off once you’ve started. Is it easier or harder as a Quaker Parent or a Quaker Kid? This is an opportunity to share about the ride so far, to celebrate each other and to buckle up for what may come next. Lots of games, small group discussions, affirmations. Time together and time apart.


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Powell House Youth Conference Schedule

“The purpose of the Powell House Youth Center is to be a gathering point for young people. The basis for all that goes on here is spiritual. From this basis, growth is fostered – growth of love, leadership, acceptance, honesty, sensitivity to the needs of others, and self-knowledge.
“These elements become a way of life. We translate spiritual light into the realities of day-to-day living.
“There is risk involved in living honestly and openly. The purpose of the Powell House Youth Center is to be a place where it is safe to be vulnerable.”
    ~ November 1974 Planning Conference

After more than forty years the above minute from the 1974 Youth Program Planning Conference at Powell House still rings true. Come join us as we continue to experience light, love and life together.

For 4th & 5th Graders:

January 25-27: Fantastical
Dragons. Magic. Mythical beings. Hero quests. Let your imagination loose as we explore a fantasy realm of our own making. What kind of spells would Quaker wizards cast? How does a peace-loving ogre survive an onslaught of armored knights?

March 1-3: Ark-itecture
Lots of living beings make homes for themselves. Some from twigs, some from rocks, some from silky saliva. If you built your house would it look like a nest or more like a cave? Would it be high up in a tree or dug down into the ground? What would you make it out of? We’ll look at some of the ways animals keep themselves safe and warm. We’ll create our own spaces and fill them with the things we need to grow and thrive.

For 6th to 8th Graders:

February 1-3: If it Were up to Me
If it were up to you what would cities look like? What would you study in school? Where would animals live? What could boys do? What could girls do? Would it make a difference? How would you make the world whole? Won’t be long until you’re in charge. Here’s your opportunity to explore what that might look like, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at it.

March 22-24: Mythically Speaking
Myths are traditional stories that explain things about the world and its peoples. Some myths that seem very strange to us today were once religious or scientific beliefs of the people of that day. What are your favorite myths? Do those ancient stories still hold valid truths for today? Which of our scientific, spiritual and religious beliefs will be retold as myths by future cultures? We will play with the idea that we are just actors in someone else’s myth.

For 9th to 12th Graders

February 8-10: Really Now?
Dreams that seem real. Dream world images that you experience later in the awake world. Memories that change and fade. Science that explains things that are too large, too small or too different for humans to perceive. Things you think you see, but your brain created images to fill in the gaps. What is reality? Is there just one? Is reality an illusion? How do you sort through your own experiences and beliefs to know what is real? Join us. It will be real fun. Really.

April 19-21: Tuning In, Opening Up, Drawing Together
We are energetic beings in a world abuzz with conflicting information and too much to do. We get blocked up, burnt out and withdraw into ourselves. Sometimes we just need a good tune up to get us humming again. We’ll try our hand at yoga, massage, energetic work, meditation and other forms of relaxation and renewal. And we’ll spend some time sharing about all the pieces that make us whole and connected.

For High School Age and Young Adults

March 8-10 Shhh . . . Do You Feel That?
In a world full of human made sounds and words, words, words, we’ll take time to just go silent. Being silent offers us a chance to open up to a whole other experience of the world. Extended silence gives us the opportunity to unwrap ourselves from the layers that stick in our brains and clog our receptors: songs, commercials, movie dialogues and old arguments. As the silence unfolds we become sensitive to the More that binds us. Come play, eat, work, move and connect in the silence.

Family Friendly Conferences

Feb 15-17: Winter Wonderland
Come for an unprogrammed weekend with your family. You’ll be fed at regular intervals and staff will be around to answer questions but otherwise…you’re on your own. Sled, hike, skate if the ice is thick, read in front of the fire, go skiing or snowboarding in the area. Meet new folks.

Feb 22-24: Creativity & Spirituality
This event has become so popular for youth and the young in heart & spirit that in 2013 we’re offering a 2-house weekend. Through all forms of creativity we find opportunities for deepening our spiritual journey, enjoying each other and ourselves. In community we will delve into the relationship between spirituality & creativity through quilting, weaving, sculpting with clay, painting with watercolors; knitting, photography, music, and more.

March 29-31: Work Weekend & Messiah Sing
This Powell House tradition really has something for everyone. Work projects abound as we clean up from winter, get ready for spring and tackle major projects inside and out. There is always light work as well as the muscle building stuff and projects for the younger set. During and in-between work there are generous doses of conversation and snacks. Evenings include our own production of Handel’s Messiah as workers put down their tools and pick up their instruments and songbooks.

Youth Conferences are under the direction of Chris DeRoller and Mike Clark, members of Old Chatham Monthly Meeting. Cost is $110. There is a $30 discount for first time attendees. There is now an additional fee of $30 for registrations received less than one week before the start of a conference. For more information or to register please contact us at 518-794-8811 or or visit us at

Family Friendly conferences are under the direction of Ann Davidson, member of Farmington Monthly Meeting. Prices vary. For more information or to register for these conferences please contact Sharon Koomler at 518-794-8811 or visit the Powell House web site.

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Travel Schedule for Christopher Sammond, NYYM General Secretary
12/1/12 – 1/31/13

7-8 Priorities Working Group, New Brunswick meetinghouse, New Brunswick, NJ
8-9 Visit Manasquan MM, Manasquan, NJ
11 NYYM Staff retreat, Denville, NJ
21 Visit Cayuga Worship Group, Moravia, NY

4-5 Traveling Friends retreat, Powell House, Old Chatham, NY
12 Visit Auburn Prison Preparative Meeting, Auburn, NY
18–19 FGC Consultation of starting new meetings, Pendle Hill
25–26 Attend Coordinating Weekend, Powell House, Old Chatham, NY

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Summary of NYYM peace and social witness activities for 2012

The Yearly Meeting's Witness Coordinating Committee has conducted an informal survey of peace and social concerns activities throughout the Yearly Meeting. Click to download a pdf file of their Summary of Peace and Social Witness Acitivities. This document is also available from the Yearly Meeting website in the Social Witness tab in the Actions We Have Taken section.

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Chatham-Summit Meeting hosts a screening of the film Brother Outsider
on the life and civil rights work of Bayard Rustin

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Place: Chatham-Summit Meeting, 158 Southern Blvd., Chatham, NJ 07928
Cost: Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Friends, please join us for a light meal followed by a screening of the award-winning documentary Brother Outsider.

This film presents the life and work of Bayard Rustin, the black Quaker activist who planned the historic 1963 civil-rights march on Washington, DC. Rustin played a key role in persuading Martin Luther King and his advisors that Ghandian nonviolent protest was essential to the success of the civil rights movement. Yet, despite his eloquence and strategic brilliance, Rustin was denied public leadership roles, largely because he lived openly as a gay man during an extremely homophobic time. The historian John D’Emelio has called Rustin the “lost prophet” of the civil-rights movement.

We are especially happy to celebrate Bayard Rustin’s important contributions to racial equality because 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the march on Washington.

After the film, we are planning to have a panel of informed guests to lead a lively discussion of Bayard Rustin’s contributions and the relevance of his civil and human rights legacy to current political and social events.

Please join us! Invite your family and friends, and begin the new year by learning more about one of America’s most significant events—the March on Washington—and its chief architect, Bayard Rustin.

At Chatham-Summit Meeting: Robin Whitely,
On the web:

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Pendle Hill Seeks a Guest Services Manager

GENERAL SUMMARY:The Guest Services Manager has the responsibility of efficient hands-on management of the hospitality services and staff in order to meet guests’ needs while on campus. This position also supervises cleaning personnel and housekeeping functions. Responsibilities will include daily supervision of staff, assignment of tasks and schedules in order to ensure prompt provision of a welcoming, clean, healthy and safe environment for all students and guests in all areas. Purchasing, within budget and according to the “triple bottom line” philosophy is also a part of this work.

This position works strategically with the Events Planning Team to define, quantify and maintain standards as well as to improve procedures and systems for the delivery of excellent customer service in dining rooms, guest rooms and meeting rooms. Responding to customer complaints and to their recommendations and compliments will be an important factor ensuring continuous improvement in this department.

Submit a current resume, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing your qualifications (including how you heard about the position) to Sandy Horne at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086 or

Pendle Hill is also looking for people to fill positions as Accounting Specialist–Receivables and Accounting Specialist–Payables. For complete job descriptions of these positions, visit the Pendle Hill website employment section.

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West Branch Friends seek pastor

West Branch Friends is seeking a three-quarter time pastor. Pastoral duties include planning 10:30 am Sunday meetings for worship; leading small discussion groups; administrative office duties and preparation of monthly pastor’s report; attending Ministry and Counsel, Christian Education, Nominating Committee, and Monthly Meetings for business; participating in West Branch Area Religious Council community events; providing pastoral care including hospital visits, funeral services, weddings and dedications; and an ability to represent West Branch Friends specifically as well as the Quaker faith more generally in a positive fashion, outside of regular duties.

West Branch Friends is located in West Branch, Iowa and has an average Sunday morning attendance of 40 people. Its congregation is regarded as hospitable and warm, and hosts annual community events like the Christmas Past breakfast and Hoover Days hymn-sing and pie and ice cream social. The individuals attending West Branch Friends represent a variety of theological beliefs and find in it an environment that encourages discussion and theological exploration among the congregation. Sunday school at 9:30 am is offered for youth and adults alike. The Sunday worship format is programmed: that is, a pastor leads the Meeting for Worship, accompanied by another individual (on facing bench) who reads scripture and assists with the meeting format. West Branch Friends has an active music ministry with a choir, bell-ringers, and occasional special pieces brought by attenders. Hymns are sung at every meeting for worship with enthusiastic participation. The meetinghouse itself is well cared for by a committee of trustees and recent additions have added improvements that are symbolic of Friends’ values: a rain garden for treating stormwater and fostering stewardship of the earth; a peace pole for reminding us of our shared humanity and desire for peace; an engraved stone that proudly identifies our historic brick building as a place to gather for worship.

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Friends United Meeting seeks Global Ministries Director

Friends United Meeting seeks a full-time Global Minsitries Director who will "provide direction and strategic management in establishing new and sustaining, effective global ministries across FUM. Through the development of a high-functioning and committed group of field staff, well-developed partnerships and effective programming, the Global Ministries Director helps FUM expand the reach and deepen the impact of FUM in the world through holistic evangelism, global partnerships, leadership development and communication." Click for a full description of the position.

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FLGBTQC Midwinter Gathering: February 15–18, 2013

Calling Friends (Quakers) and Fellow Spiritual Travelers of all descriptions who hold lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people close to your hearts! You are enthusiastically invited to gather at the Bryn Mawr Mountain Retreat and Conference Center in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, February 15-18, 2013. Together we will seek spiritual growth and renewal through unprogrammed worship, learning, fellowship, and play under the care of Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC). We will be blessed by the ministry of Friend Niyonu Spann, founder of Beyond Diversity 101 workshops. For more information and to register, go to and click on Midwinter Gathering and/or contact us by email: or phone: 267-713-8694.

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Scarsdale "Candlelight" Christmas Eve service

Scarsdale Meeting will hold a traditional "candlelight" Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24, starting at 6:00 p.m. There will be readings from the Christmas narratives in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, interspersed with carols, and followed by refreshments of cookies and apple cider. Friends who are in the area are invited to join us on that evening. It is advisable to bring a flashlight unless one either does not wish to sing or knows all the carols by heart.

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United Society of Friends Women International Triennial

Take courage . . .

Date: July 4–7, 2013
Place: Radisson Hotel, Indianapolis Airport, Indianapolis, IN
Theme: Take courage, be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be strong, and do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

The 44th USFWI/QMI Triennial will be hosted by Western Yearly Meeting United Society of Friends Women and Quaker Men. They invite you to come to Indianapolis, the capitol of Indiana and the home of Hoosier hospitality, to see old freinds and meet new ones.

You will be challenged by speakers including Eden Grace, Sylvia Graves, and Linda Garrison, and workshops which explore the theme of "Take courage, be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be strong, and do everything in love." (1 Corinthians 16:13–14) There will be special programming for Young Friends of all ages. Registration forms will be available by January 1, 2013 on the USFWI website.

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