Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to come together at the Lancaster Friends Meeting and spend five days learning about community building, nature exploration, Quaker ideas, service work, games, crafts, and much, much more. The day camp will run from 9:00 am until 2:00pm Monday July 22, 2019 through through Friday July 26, 2019, and will be held at the Meetinghouse. We will take at least two “field trips,” including one at the County Park, which will include swimming. The theme this year is the Testimony of Peace. Forms will be available soon. For now, please save the date. Contact Andrea Carty or Beth Hernon-Reeves with any questions.
Reserve the weekend of June 14-16, 2019 for LMM’s annual Retreat for Renewal at Mariawald outside Reading PA. The theme for this lightly scheduled, mostly silent retreat is Living Awake to the Sacred in the Natural World.
Mariawald Renewal Center provides private rooms with bath, and cozy spaces for reading and writing. The surrounding wooded property has trails for walking and benches for sitting in the quiet. Meals are provided, and there are kitchenettes available if you prefer to bring your own food.
We begin with dinner on Friday and close on Sunday morning in time to return to Lancaster for 10:00 worship. The cost is $150/person; scholarships are available since this is an event of Worship and Ministry Committee. Nancy Bieber will be guiding us.
Registration forms are at the meetinghouse (gathering room round table) or contact Jane Cadwallader by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please consider joining us for this peaceful time away.
We will meet on Saturday, March 23, at Reading Meeting at 9 a.m.. We will continue to hold the query from fall sessions: How do we, as Friends, center ourselves toward trust and love? In carrying this messages, Friends are invited to participate in Seeking Faithfulness, a multi-generational action outside Berks Detention Center in the morning, and Meeting for Business at the Miller Center for the Arts in the afternoon. Youth Programs will be welcome to join in the action, and they will have their own programming at Reading Meeting.
The action at Berks will take the form of extended, multi-generational, semi-programmed worship, beginning at 10 a.m. Contributions from Young Adult Friends and our partners at the Shut Down Berks Interfaith Witness, as well as music, will ground and structure our time together. Much of the action will be devoted to deep, centered silence, out of which all are invited to bring messages of prayer, protest, and other energetic movements of the Spirit that rise among us.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
will be held at the Miller Center for the Arts on the Reading Area Community College (4 North 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19601) from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
The Youth Programs: Action and Reflection
Following participation in the action at Berks County Residential Center (with an alternative peaceful, multigenerational action and child care available at Reading Meeting that morning), lunch and afternoon programs will be held at Reading Monthly Meeting in the afternoon. (108 North 6th Street, Reading, PA 19601)
Worship and Ministry’s annual fall retreat will be on Saturday October 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Community Room at the Meetinghouse. Our facilitator will be Brian Drayton of New England Yearly Meeting, author of A Language for the Inward Landscape and On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry. He will be addressing the topic "Becoming again a witnessing people: Stewarding the gifts among us.” We will gather at 9:00 for light refreshments and coffee, and the program will start at 9:30. Lunch will be brown bag, with beverages provided.
Brian will also be speaking at Adult First Day School on First Day (9:00-9:45) on “Gathered, Baptized, Reached: What Happens in Worship.” He will also give forum after meeting on the topic of "Climate change as a spiritual challenge.”
Lancaster Meeting is offering Quakerism 101, based on a curriculum developed some years ago by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. From the PYM description: "Quakerism 101 is designed to familiarize new members and attenders with the faith and practice of Friends, and also to deepen the understanding of long-time members. It is meant both as an opportunity for spiritual growth as as an intellectually stimulating course in which specific information about Quakerism is shared.” Quakerism 101 gives us a shared foundation on which to build; part of the value in doing this as a meeting is to have a mix of new and seasoned members participate. So whether you have never taken Quakerism 101, or perhaps taken it several times, please consider participating.
The course consists of six monthly sessions, and will begin on Oct. 21 after Community Meal, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will meet in October and November, then in January through April. Childcare will be provided, but to assist in planning, please e-mail Anna Kennedy (email@example.com) if you anticipate attending and needing childcare. Our leader will be Joan Broadfield, from Chester Meeting. Please join us for any or all sessions!
The tentative agenda of topics is as follows:
--Seeking: those who are coming - expectations & review of sessions
--Seeking: the original Friends - and the context of the times (and the Bible)
--Finding: worship- how it began, how it has changed
--"Sufferings": the actions out of worship; action and witness
--Discernment: in community and inward life
--'And from here to the world': what is happening today, including in Quaker organizations.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and health exercise based on Taoist philosophy that emphasizes deep relaxation of mind and body. The form practice helps one to achieve this by developing greater awareness of 'here and now'.
Tai Chi encourages a deep pattern of breathing with the flow of movements, which are relaxed but precise.
Tai Chi promotes core strength, improves balance and helps in the prevention of falls.
Tai Chi moves are choreographed and carried out in a set sequence.
Regular practice brings about a sense of wellbeing, boosts blood circulation, and increases the mobility of joints. It stretches and tones muscles, ligaments and tendons and improves posture.
The addition of Mindfulness Practices incorporated during the beginners instruction allow participants to begin to feel some of the deeper benefits of Tai Chi that are not often realized until years into the practice.
Friends are once again invited to enjoy the peace and beauty of a weekend retreat at Mariawald Renewal Center just outside of Reading, PA, from June 15 to 17 this year. Private rooms include private baths, balconies overlooking the property, and comfy accommodations for reading and writing. The surrounding property and woods with trails provide plenty of space for walking or just enjoying nature. The retreat will again be led by Nancy Bieber, who will invite and guide us into the silence and space for spiritual renewal. The retreat is mostly held in silence.
We will begin with dinner on Friday evening and close in time to return to Lancaster MM for meeting for worship. Meals are provided by the Center, but there are kitchenettes available if you prefer to bring your own food. The cost is $150 per person. Because this is a project of Worship and Ministry, scholarships are available.
Registration forms are available on the table in the gathering room of the Meetinghouse or you can contact Jane Keller by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Mustafa ElHawi, retired professor of the Al Aqsa University in Gaza City and coordinator of the Alternatives to Violence Project Palestine program, will make a special presentation. Dr. ElHawai will speak about his witnessing the recent mass demonstration at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, protesting the military occupation and siege of Gaza. He will provide first-hand experience of the demonstrations and inform you of his observations of the general situation in the Gaza Strip. Please plan on attending. There will be a free-will offering to help support the Alternatives to Violence Project Palestine.
HEALING NEEN FILM SCREENINGS: This inspiring and hopeful film examines the intersections of trauma, addiction, mental health, and criminal justice system involvement, and most importantly, the power and possibilities for resilience and healing. After surviving a childhood of abuse and neglect, followed by 19 years of homelessness and 66 criminal convictions, Tonier “Neen” Cain finally received treatment for her lifetime of trauma, which offered her a way out... and up.
HEALING COMMUNITIES TRAININGS: Healing Communities is a proven, national model, created by the Annie E Casey Foundation and faith leaders from across the theological spectrum, to engage clergy and congregations in the restoration and healing of their own members who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system.- $40 per participant or $100 for 3 people from the same congregation.
TRAUMA 101 TRAININGS: Trauma 101: Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma-Informed Care for anyone in the community who interacts with individuals and families who may have experienced trauma, including human services and healthcare professionals, educators, the faith community, government agencies and others. - $30 per participant
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When our abilities are enthused with Divine energy and seem to accomplish works beyond our strength, we call our abilities "spiritual gifts." These seem to flow out of us and bring life to others and to the group. We ALL have gifts!
Identifying our gifts and the gifts of others, learning how to share them--even in our stumbling way--is the focus of our Saturday workshop on March 3.
Our facilitator is Thomas Swain, who has travelled in ministry among British and American Friends for the last 12 years teaching about Spirit-given gifts.
We will begin at 9:a.m. with refreshments and worship. We will close at 3 p.m. Please bring a bag lunch.
On Sunday, March 4, Thomas will address Corinthians 12 during Adult First Day School (9-9:50 a.m.). Then, he will present a Forum: "How the Shakers Influenced My Call to Ministry in Spiritual Gifts."
Please join us!
Our very own Will Horst has written a one-act play which will be performed at the New Works Festival presented by HACC Theatre.
The play depicts a heated dialog between two young men, one African-American, one Caucasian, about racial bias, interracial friendship, and interracial sex. It was chosen as a winner in a competition, along with two other short plays. Please note, this play contains frank and raw language and probably wouldn't be appropriate for children.
Friday, February 23rd: The performance begins at 7:30, to be followed by a reception hosted by HACC Theatre faculty. Audience members, actors, the production team, and the playwrights are invited to mingle at this informal event.
Saturday, February 24th: The performance begins at 7:30, to be followed by a "Talk-Back" with the directors, actors and playwrights. Please join us as this is an opportunity for everyone to gain insight into the creative process!
Do you wonder why there is so much asthma in the Lancaster County region and why the Lancaster region has such a poor air quality ranking? Kevin Stewart, Director of Environmental Health, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic will present a Forum on “the American Lung Association State of the Air Report” and will give an update on air quality issues for the Lancaster City/Harrisburg region.
Kevin will give a 30 minute presentation and will then respond to questions on regional, state, and national air quality issues.
The presentation is sponsored by the Environmental Concerns Committee.
Solitary confinement is the practice of isolating a prisoner in a closed cell for 22 to 24 hours a day – often for weeks or months, and sometimes for years or decades at a time. At Trinity Lutheran, members will have the opportunity to see and experience a solitary confinement cell. Lancaster Friends Meeting (Quakers) built a replica of an isolation/confinement cell or Special Housing Unit AKA "SHU". In addition to replicating its isolating physical dimensions, this display includes the noises - endless shattering day and night noises - of a solitary confinement prison cell. Adults are invited to briefly enter this 6’ x 8' solitary cell and experience the exposure to an environment devoid of dignity and meaningful human interaction.
**Persons with anxiety conditions should carefully consider whether participation is appropriate. **