Michigan Friends Center (MFC) in Chelsea, Michigan

Current Program Schedule

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LISTINGS BY DATE- (Click on program names for more details)

DATE

PROGRAM

Second Sunday every month Meeting for Worship
Sunday, September 21 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Monday, September 22 Autumnal Equinox Celebration
Saturday, October 4, October 18, November 1 (3-session series) Active Hope Workshop with Claire Maitre
Wednesday, October 8 Better Angels of Our Nature Book Discussion, Part 1
Thursday, October 23 Better Angels of Our Nature Book Discussion, Part 2
Saturday, December 6 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Saturday, December 21 Winter Solstice Sing

 


Three-session series: 9:30-4:00 October 4, October 18, November 1. Please plan to attend all three sessions.
Active Hope Workshop
Donations of $60-120 for the series support this offering. If money is an issue, register and pay what you can.

Based on the book, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy by Dr. Joanna Macy and Dr. Chris Johnstone. The workshop is a facilitated book discussion group that includes Ritual and Group Exercises from the extensive work of the authors, as well as reading assignements and creative expression. Better than merely reading the book, Claire Maitre's facilitation allows you to experience it. Claire's insights and teachings expand on the reading and group sharing invites community, fosters an understanding of our 'radical interconnectedness,' and invites exploration of each person's understanding of how they may participate in the most important social [r]evolution of our time. A printable flyer is available for posting.

Pre-registration requested: Contact the Center at (734)475-1892 or email Carolyn at manager@mfcenter.org.

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Part 1: 7-9 pm Wednesday, October 8;
Part 2: 7-9 pm Thursday, October 23
The Better Angels of Our Nature
Book Discussion

Has violence declined over the course of human history? Whether you believe it has or not, please join one or both of two independent discussions of Steven Pinker's provocative book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. There will be no expectation that you've read the book, but if you have read it that would be great; you'll be able to participate and contribute in either case. The October 8 discussion will be about Pinker's “six trends” toward less violence, a discussion driven by history and statistics. The October 23 discussion will be on Pinker's “inner demons” and “better angels”, a more psychological discussion about innate human drives toward aggression and cooperation.

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Sunday, January 26; Saturday, March 22; Saturday, June 28; Sunday, September 21; and Saturday, December 6
One-Day Meditation Retreats 2014
Suggested donation $30 or as able; pre-registration requested.

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 cb.meditate@gmail.com to register.

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Second Sunday of every month / 10am
Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends
no cost

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.

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Seasonal Celebrations 2014
Donations appreciated, please register in advance if possible

Autumnal Equinox Celebration — a multi-generational celebration of balance and letting go
Monday, September 22, potluck 6 – 7 pm; bonfire 7 – 9 — at the Friends Lake beach ; 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.

Winter Solstice Sing — a reflection of the season in sound and silence
Saturday, December 21, 7 – 9 pm at MFC

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.

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Past Celebrations

Vernal Equinox Celebration—a multi-generational celebration of balance and rebirth
Thursday, March 20, potluck 5:30 p.m.; circle of celebration (bonfire if possible) 6:30-8:30 pm at MFC

We 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 and bring a flashlight.

Summer Solstice — a multi-generational celebration of the light
Saturday, 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.

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