Michigan Friends Center (MFC) in Chelsea, Michigan

Current Program Schedule

To register for any of our events, go to our Registration Page

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

DATE

PROGRAM

Second Sunday every month Meeting for Worship
Fridays from April 25 through June 20 (no film June 6) Together: The Search for Community Film Series
co-sponsored with Transition Town Chelsea
Saturday, April 26 Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, Mary 10, May 24, and June 7 (3-session series) Active Hope Workshop with Claire Maitre
Thursday, May 29 Vibrational Intimacy with Laurel Emrys
Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice Celebration
Sunday, June 28 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Saturday, September 13 Visioning our Future
a planning retreat for Friends Lake and Michigan Friends Center

 

Fridays from April 25 through June 20 (no film June 6) / 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Together: The Search for Community a film series co-sponsored by Transition Town Chelsea
All films are FREE [donations welcomed]

Transition Town Chelsea’s spring film series on Community examines a variety of both intentional and traditional communities, covering the internal dynamics of the communities, governance, how communities strive to preserve themselves, and how communities interact with the wider world. Join us in expanding horizons of what community can be. Participate in lively discussion following each thought-provoking film. See flyer for film titles.

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2:00 Saturday, April 26
Earth Day Celebration

Commemorate Earth Day at the Michigan Friends Center with live music from Tom Girard and friends, a nature walk with Linda Diane Feldt, and a one-hour nature-writing workshop with Deborah Bayer.

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Three-session series: 9:30-4:00 May 10, May 24, June 7. 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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7:00 Thursday, May 29
Vibrational Intimacy Event

Laurel Emrys will be presenting about Vibrational Intimacy, an evolutionary system of brainwave-shifting sound healing that provides listeners with a heartfelt and deeply enjoyable growth experience. A printable flyer is available for posting.

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9 am Saturday, September 13
Visioning Our Future -- a planning retreat for Friends Lake and the Michigan Friends Center

A day-long retreat to consider together how we want our community to evolve in the years ahead. What sort of community s Friends Lake now, after fifty years? What are the central values that have defined the community? Looking to both the near and the more distant future, what do we want this community to be for ourselves, for our children, and for those who come after us? How can we work together most effectively to achieve our vision, spreading initiative and responsibility widely? We encourage all community members and friends to participate on September 13 and beyond. Let's generate and share fresh ideas about how we as a community move into the climate-challenged future. Updates will be posted to www.friendslake.org/events.htm.

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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

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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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.

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