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 (email@example.com).
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. **
You are invited to come together with children ages 5 to 12 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. We will take at least two "field trips," including the Lancaster County Park (which will involve swimming). The theme of this year's camp is the Testimony of Community.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or registration information.