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LISTINGS BY DATE- (Click on program names for more details)
|Second Sunday every month||Meeting for Worship|
|Fridays from September 27 through November 15||
Technology Perspectives Film Series
|Wednesday, October 16||Greening the Military with Richard Tucker|
|Thursday, October 24||DIY Root Cellaring with Emily Springfield and Arika Lycan
co-sponsored with Chelsea Community Kitchen
|Wednesday, November 6||Sucessful Strategies of Non-violence with Stewart Gordon|
|Sunday, November 10||One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter|
|Wednesday, November 13||Returning to Wholeness with Marcus Koch|
|Saturday, December 21||Winter Solstice Sing|
For More Information
A one-day retreat is a great opportunity to learn and/or practice deep meditation in a supportive environment. The day includes meditation instructions, sitting and walking meditation, a talk, and a time for questions. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners have morning break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center and Deep Spring Center, both non-profit organizations, led by Carol Blotter. Contact Carol at 734-475-0942 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Under the auspices of Ann Arbor Friends meeting, a Quaker worship group has been meeting in one form or another since the early days of the Friends Lake Community and Michigan Friends Center. In the past it was corrdinated by Isabel Bliss, then Bill Bliss, and John Deikis currently carries on the tradition as coordinator. If you would like to become part of this group, email us.
Winter Solstice Sing—a reflection of the season in sound and silence
Saturday, December 21, 7 – 9 pm
We sit quietly in a circle and teach each other rounds, songs, and chants of the season as they occur to us. The woods around us, our sheltered circle focused on inner light, and our voices are the only elements of this simple celebration of the longest night. Anyone who enjoys singing and sitting quietly is welcome. You don’t need to be a singer, or even able to sing--some just enjoy humming or listening. However most young children do not enjoy this event, and while we encourage family participation in most of our events, this is one for older children and adults.
Autumnal Equinox Celebration—a multi-generational celebration of balance and letting go
Sunday, September 22, potluck 6 – 7 pm; bonfire 7 – 9 ; join us for any part
We will celebrate the balance of day and night with a potluck dinner followed by a bonfire around which to share thoughts, poems, stories, songs, knowledge. All ages welcome. Bring food to share. We will provide water, tea, plates and silverware.
Bring something to share for after dinner as well-- a verse, story or song you like, seasonal lore, a readiness to partake in what others have brought. What does this season mean to you?
Bring flashlights, and long sleeves, and dress for the weather.
Summer Solstice—a multi-generational celebration of the light
Friday, June 21, potluck 6:00-7:00 pm; bonfire 7:00-9:00 — at the Friends Lake beach; join us for any part
We will celebrate the longest day with a potluck dinner followed by a bonfire around which to share thoughts, stories, and songs. All ages welcome. Bring food to share. We will provide iced tea and plates and silverware.
Bring something to share for after dinner as well--a favorite outdoor game, a story or song for the bonfire, some Solstice lore, or just your readiness to partake in what others have brought. Does your family have any Solstice traditions? Do you know the traditions of the culture(s) your family comes from? This will be a time to explore various ways of celebrating the light.
We welcome your spark. Bring flashlights, and long sleeves for after dark.
Vernal Equinox Celebration—a multi-generational celebration of balance and rebirth
Wednesday, March 20, potluck 5:30 p.m. at MFC; circle of celebration 6:30-8:30 pm (bonfire if possible)
We will celebrate the balance of light and dark and the birth of spring by sharing thoughts, poems, stories, songs, and knowledge. All ages welcome. Bring something to share -- a verse, story or song, seasonal lore, or a readiness to partake in what others have brought. What does this season mean to you? Dress for the weather.
7:00 pm Wednesday, October 16
Greening the Military with Richard Tucker
The environmental damage caused by military operations in recent wars including Iraq and Afghanistan is not understood well. Neither the peace movement nor the environmental movement has adequately discussed it. Moreover, even in peacetime, the American and other military establishments have enormous built-in costs, but they are taking innovative steps to make their operations more environmentally efficient.
7:00 pm Wednesday, November 6
Successful Strategies of Non-violence with Stewart Gordon
Non-violent strategies and tactics are now a universally understood “toolkit” for inducing political and economic change. The techniques and outlook are now generally divorced of from the moral explorations of Gandhi, the Christianity of Martin Luther King or even an absolute commitment to non-violent action. Gordon will discuss what in this “toolkit” that has proven effective, such as analysis of various audiences for actions, goal setting and methods for sustaining the movement.
Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 pm
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Julie Boyd
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be an issue for military veterans in our community. Julie Boyd, a therapist who leads support groups for persons involved with the military, will be speaking about it at the Michigan Friends Center
May 15, 7:00 pm
Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow
A discussion of the book The New Jim Crow with Terry Madden. The book looks at the disproportionate incarceration of blacks and other minority populations in the United States through the lens of racial analysis.
March 6 2013, 7:00 pm
Restorative Justice, Janelle Nystrom and Margaret Rohr
Restorative justice is a process that tries to heal the harm done by a crime by involving the offender, the victim and the community, emphasizing restitution rather than punishment, and involving the whole community rather than an isolated criminal justice system. Janelle Nystrom of Washtenaw Prisoner Reentry and Margaret Rohr of The Dispute Resolution Center will talk about how restorative justice is being used to keep conflicts from entering the legal system and to help citizens returning from the criminal justice system reintegrate in the community.
February 7 2013, 7:00 pm
Michigan's Criminal Justice and Corrections System, Natalie Holbrook
Michigan incarcerates roughly seven times the number of people per capita as does Ontario right across the Detroit River, and Michigan spends more money on incarceration than it does on higher education. Who are these people in prison? Is holding them behind bars making us safer? Natalie Holbrook, the Director of the American Friends Service Committee Criminal Justice Program will discuss these and other issues of criminal justice in Michigan.
January 23 2013, 7:00 pm
Immigration Rights and Racial Profiling, Laura Sanders
Many people are unaware that immigration law enforcement is having profound and unexpected consequences, not just in southwestern border states, but throughout the country, including Chelsea and other communities in Washtenaw County. Laura Sanders will speak about the activities of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights in Washtenaw County and the need for immigration law reform.
Sanders is one of the four co-founders of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights. WICIR is an all-volunteer, grass-roots organization, created in March of 2008 in response to an immigration raid of a local mobile home community where numerous people were deported and families were separated. WICIR responds to increased immigration enforcement in the Washtenaw area by providing for the immediate needs of affected families, community education, political action toward local policy and national immigration reform, and community organizing that brings the targeted, immigrant community into the center of the organization to guide our projects. WICIR volunteers make up a diverse group including people from various faiths, academic and social justice groups. Laura is also a clinical social worker, instructor at the U of M School of Social Work, and provides therapy to families in the area.
A film series with discussions that examine how Technology has impacted and shaped our view of the world, our minds, our health, our social relationships, our society, and the natural world. A wide variety of topics and accompanying films are utilized in our tour of the various issues. The public is invited to attend one or more weeks, or all of them.
October 18 – The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts. Need we say more? The film says a lot about how a mechanistic view of reality has penetrated into the deepest reaches of how we think about ourselves and the world around us, including so-called eco “systems”. Director Adam Curtis brings forth historical details to pack in the maximum ideas-per-second. Hang on, it is a whirlwind.
October 25 – Trigger Effect, in fine retro style, details the world's present dependence on complex technological networks through a narrative of New York City and the power blackout of 1965. Are we becoming more or less resilient? This film also explores non-linear effects of introducing new technologies into societies, from the ancient invention of the plow to the discovery of oil in Kuwait.
November 1 – Digital Nation assesses some of the effects of the digital revolution on our minds: information overload and multitasking, transformation of education and learning, and the schism between virtual reality and real reality. “Digital natives” and “digital immigrants” often view the issues differently.
November 8 – Clones and Drones week! Clone dives into the miraculous potential and frighteningpossibilities behind genetic cloning, including impact on the natural concept of a family. Drone On shows the peaceful/beneficial uses of drones in addition to the destructive uses we have heard about.
November 15 – Towards a Sustainable Future (Auroville 36 Years of Research) Demonstrates that technology can follow a path that is integrated with nature. This uplifting film chronicles the deliberate attempt to build a “city of dawn” in the coastal region of India with people from all around the world developing and experimenting with technologies to support the project.
September 27 – Us Now showcases many examples in which digital technology and networks are
enabling creative new social structures that were formerly impossible. Brave New World jolts us into
the fast-arriving world where nothing is private and life goes on.
October 4 – Surviving Progress asks us to consider whether our relentless drive forward
technologically and economically has outstripped our human ability to manage the consequences and
the Earth's ability to absorb it all. Instinctively we may think that we want progress. But have we
evolved to be too “smart” for our own good?
October 11 – Genetic Roulette presents the controversial views of Jeffrey Smith and other researchers
about what genetically modified organisms may be doing to our bodies silently and unseen, tying
GMOs in our food to the mysterious upsurge in several categories of human health problems.
Koch will talk about his NFL (Nation Football League) experience and the transition through mental and physical struggles to a return to wholeness to becoming a health care practitioner. His studies have been both scholastic and experiential, in going through the process of transforming his own issues resulting from a six year career in the NFL.
7:00 Thursday, October 24
DIY Root Cellaring - How to Build and Use a Root Cellar
$20 per person. Please visit www.chelseacommunitykitchen.org to register
Join esteemed experts Emily Springfield and Arika Lycan as they explore the time-honored tradition of root cellaring. The natural cold storage technique is as old as dirt, literally. This hands on learning experience will answer all your questions and you will even get to take home a mini-root cellar of your own.
This class is co-sponsored by Chelsea Community Kitchen and Michigan Friends. For questions about this class or other CCK programming contact Jane Pacheco at 734-330-4497.