Building the Blessed Community

November 18-20, 2019

with Ben Pink Dandelion

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“… the kingdom of heaven did gather us and catch us all, as in a net; and his heavenly power at one time drew many
hundreds to land [from the sea of the world’s nations], that we came to know a place to stand in, and in what to wait in, …”

Edward Burrough, 1634-1663

How do we make our Meetings vibrant and Spirit-led when we are all so busy, and beset by the worries of the world? How do we realize our gifts in a secular world? Quakerism is facing many challenges, not least the increasing secularisation of wider society, individualism and the growing disinclination to join organisations, and our own internal hesitations about how to present the Quaker tradition to newcomers and enquirers. The world seems to be heading away from our values and the demands of daily life combined with Quaker commitments can feel overwhelming. This course will try and put our collective spiritual quest in perspective and offer some suggestions for lightening our load and nurturing the spiritual life within our Quaker communities.

Both courses will be centered around talks but with some small group sharing. Worship will frame our time together. No prior knowledge or experience is required and participants need only to bring their curiosity.

About the Workshop Facilitator

Ben Pink Dandelion is a member of Pendle Hill Area Meeting, part of Britain Yearly Meeting. He has worked at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre since 1992 and currently directs their postgraduate program. He has written and edited a number of devotional and academic books on the Quaker way and the history, theology and sociology of Quakerism. He gave the 2014 Swarthmore Lecture Open for Transformation: being Quaker and also wrote the
companion volumes celebrating the Quaker Way and Living the Quaker Way. This is his first visit to Ben Lomond.

Accompaniment in Dying

with Margaret Sorrel and Dinah Bachrach

October 27-29, 2017

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“We need to understand the worship that is more in our everyday life that is manifested more by efforts of love and of devotion to truth and righteousness. We need to consecrate ourselves more to God and to humanity and less to forms and ceremonies and to ritual faith. It is time that Christians were judged more by their likeness to Christ than their notions of Christ.
~ Lucretia Mott, 1849

Please join us to explore the theology, spirituality, and activism of two Quaker human rights radicals, nearly
contemporaneous in their long lives, and consider their contributions both to America and to Quakers. We
will examine the lives of Quaker Abolitionists such as Coffin and Mott, and the theological ideas that
inspired them (and that they in turn used to inspire others).

As we look at the history in which these Quaker mentors were ensconced, we will consider their relevance
to our present situation in the latter part of the second decade of the twenty-first century. Discussions
about mid-19th century history and theology, relevant to the life and witness of Mott and Coffin, will be
encouraged. In addition to spending time in large group discussions, we’ll also break into smaller groups
for discussion and integration.

Stephen Angell and Carole Spencer wrote articles relevant to this workshop that we hope you’ll read before
you come. You can access them (and a number of other articles on Quakers) with this link:
https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/issue/quakers/

About the program leader

Stephen W. Angell is the Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies at the Earlham School of Religion. He is also the author and editor of many books and articles on Quaker studies and African-American religious history, including Black Fire: African American Quakers on Spirituality and Human Rights (with Hal Weaver and Paul Kriese; Quaker Press of FGC) and the Oxford Handbook of Quaker Studies (with Ben Pink Dandelion; Oxford University Press). Making his home in Richmond, Indiana, he lives in the same county (Wayne) that was home to Levi Coffin during many years of abolitionist activism. Lucretia Mott is a weighty presence in many courses that he teaches, including “Quakers and the Bible.” And he loves to sing the Lucretia Mott song!

February 2012 News from Quaker Center

Winter is still a time for the growth and the warmth of community at Quaker Center despite the colder temperatures.  We brought in the new year with 27 companions for the Year End Retreat and we just hosted 26 people last weekend for an enriching look at the radical Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent approach to social transformation.  One of the leaders, Be Scofield, has an incredibly resource rich website, www.godblessthewholeworld.org with awesome video clips of King, some of which are recently released.  Please check out the website and enjoy!

We are looking forward to more nonviolence training as we host Dorothy Henderson, Head of School at the Woolman Semester, who will facilitate our learning of Nonviolent Communication and how we can answer to that of God in others during everyday interactions, and also in our meeting communities where conversations can sometimes be quite challenging.

November News

We have had a busy fall with two wonderful programs that filled our weekends with fellowship and understanding.  Both workshops left participants feeling rejuvenated and inspired.  We have another delightful program coming up with John Calvi, The Goodness Workshop, Nov. 4-6th.  We’ll review our lives engaging in hope, and wonder, seeking where trust lives in relationship as we map the crossroads of our spiritual paths.  We are offering a $100 “bring a friend” discount for those who register together between now and November 1st.

Our plans for the Music and Dance Retreat are coming together nicely.  We have a professional caller for the dance on Saturday night and numerous opportunities for singing, playing and dancing together throughout the weekend.  We have all of Quaker Center set aside for this less formal, family-friendly, and inexpensive retreat so be sure to join us December 2nd – 4th!

Finally, we are making plans for the Year End Retreat from December 29th – January 1st.  We will focus on the themes of letting go, transformation, forgiveness, renewal, taking hold and looking ahead as Friends. We will seek peace with the spiritual work of living as people of God in a broken world. Join co-leaders: Bob Runyan, Janet Leslie, Jim Anderson, and Kathy Runyan to welcome 2012 with this time together.

October News from Quaker Center

October 2011 News from Ben Lomond Quaker Center

Quaker Center’s website has a new look and feel.  We now have online registration and a new blog! Check out the new photos and get all the information you need and register online for all our upcoming programs: To Be Broken and Tender with Margery Post Abbott and Kathy Hyzy from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2nd., John Calvi’s, The Goodness Workshop from November 4th-6th, and our two December programs, the Music and Dance Weekend from December 2nd-4th and the Year-end Retreat, from December 29- January 1, co-led by the Runyans, Janet Leslie and Jim Anderson.

Quaker Center in the early fall is blessed with delightful weather and glorious blue skies all day long.  We recently enjoyed the youthful energy from a brief visit with the Woolman Semester students who stayed here during their food intensive.  We are grateful to San Jose Friends who expressed their enthusiasm for supporting youth by offering two scholarships for young people to attend a Quaker Center workshop. Please remember that Quaker Center will not turn away anyone who cannot pay even the most subsidized rate on our sliding scale, so please don’t let cost be an obstacle if you want to attend a program.  And we hope that all monthly meetings will support members and attenders, young and old, partnering with Quaker Center in our efforts to nurture the spiritual lives of all regardless of  their financial means.

We’re hoping to see lots of Friends at these at these enriching workshops.  To that end, we are offering a $100 bring a Friend discount if you bring a newcomer to a Quaker Center program.  See you soon!

Quaker Center Survey

QUAKER CENTER NEWS:
Quaker Center announces our new Friend in Residence program. Experienced Friends are invited to live, study, worship, and work at Quaker Center for periods of six weeks to six months.

Quaker Center offers Quaker meeting for worship Monday through Saturday from 7:30 until 8:00 AM. Extended meeting for worship is offered on Thursday, continuing until 9 AM.

View our 2011 program schedule and register for our upcoming programs: our three youth camps, Community Work Camp, “Savvy Activism and Spirit-led Witness” with Shan Cretin and Joe Morris, and “To Be Broken and Tender” with Margery Post Abbott.

The Ben Lomond Quaker Center Association is pleased to announce that Bob and Kathy Runyan of Chico (CA) Meeting are our new Quaker Center Directors. They began their employment here in mid-March. Click here to learn more about them.

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