with Joe Snyder and Julie Peyton
March 22-24, 2024 – in-person
Come explore stories from the Bible among friends over a weekend at Quaker Center, and let Spirit speak to us through our experience. This will be a fun and open weekend of readings, art, collaging, discussion, journaling and worship. All are welcome – no biblical knowledge or experience necessary.
Childcare will be offered at this program during the program sessions.
Early arrivals. There will be an option to arrive on Thursday, March 21, for those who wish.
Over the weekend, participants will read several key stories of Bible characters together, then take different roles from the stories and engage with the narrative by reading or acting the story. We’ll explore some of Early Friends’ approaches to the Bible. We’ll also be doing some simple and fun art projects that even (us) artistically-challenged people can enjoy. (check out zentangles.com), and experiment with non-dominant-hand journaling. Walking Worship Sharing (in small groups or solo) will also be part of our time together. And of course, we’ll enjoy worship, fellowship and delicious food together at Quaker Center.
About the presenters
Joe Snyder grew up on a multi-crop farm (livestock, seed and grain) near Molalla, Oregon. Joe and his wife Jane have been Quakers for over 50 years and are both actively engaged in the Society of Friends, including the Progresa Scholarship Program and the Friends World Committee for Consultation. They currently live in the Johns Landing neighborhood of Portland in a small condominium, close to their three daughters and four grandchildren. Joe has a long-time commitment to working with children and young people.
Julie Peyton is a member of West Hills Friends in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband David came to Quakers in the mid-1990s, and quickly found a spiritual home among Friends. Julie’s professional life was spent mostly teaching basic chemistry at the college level. Her favorite Quaker is Isaac Penington, whom she reads daily. Well, almost daily. Close enough, anyway. Penington is a great help to her as a “recovering Evangelical.” Also helpful has been distance running, and she will tell you that she can draw a direct line between becoming a runner and becoming a Quaker; feel free to ask her about that.