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
Sunday, March 8 Winterfest! with Gemini
Friday, March 20 Vernal Equinox Celebration
Sunday, April 11 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Saturday, April 18 Earth Day Celebration
Fridays from April 24 through June 12 Search for Meaning and Happiness Film Series
Wednesday, April 29 Book Conversations (at Chelsea District Library):
Myths of Happiness
Saturday, May 9 Wild Plants Walk with Linda Diane Feldt
Wednesday, May 13 Science and Buddhism: A Discussion
Saturday, June 6 Bird Walk with Juliet Berger
Sunday, June 21 Summer Solstice Celebration

 


Winterfest! with Gemini
1-5 pm Sunday, March 8
Benefit tickets $10 for individuals, $25 for families

Winterfest is
. . . our annual Benefit Concert with the award-winning Family Music duo, Gemini
. . . a celebration of community
. . . winter play for children of all ages
so bring a friend of any age and join us!

Family activities begin at 1:00 pm, the concert is at 3:00.

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Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18
Donations welcome

Program being planned - check back after March 12 for times and other details.

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Search for Meaning and Happiness in Our World
a film servies co-sponsored by Transition Town Chelsea
Fridays from April 24 through June 12
7-9 pm
All films are FREE [donations welcomed]

Printable flyer for film series "Search for Meaning and Happiness in Our World"

Come out to our Spring 2015 film series! Moving through a world in transition, we take this opportunity to step back (or step deeper inside) to examine one of the fundamentals of human existence. We hope this eclectic set of films will spark fruitful group discussions. Where does happiness come from and where are we going with it?

April 24 – We are showing a very special surprise film about the interplay between global economic forces
versus localism and human-scale happiness. Do not miss this one

May 1 – Happy combines real life stories of people from around the world together with interviews with
leading scientists in happiness research

May 8 – Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness shows how one small traditional Buddhist country
has made happiness into a national priority, while balancing the influx of Western materialistic elements

May 15 – The Happiness Machine is a darker view about how consumer marketing systematically defeats
happiness by conjuring false needs within people... and further, manipulates us into a society of consent

May 22 – Captivated argues from a Christian perspective that our lifeless technological gadgets draw us away
from God and each other

May 29 – Family, Friends, and Lovers explores how interpersonal relationships are so critical to our wellbeing,
highlighted by lessons gleaned from several case studies

June 5 – A multi-pack of happiness... One of the Last, cultivating it through the eyes of a traditional farmer,
The Communal Heart pulsing in voices signing together, and Living Lightly which finds it in a scythe.

June 12 – Project Happiness wraps up wtih a group of young people on an international quest to discover
the secrets to happiness, culminating in a meeting with the Dalai Lama.

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Myths of Happiness Book Conversation
at Chelsea District Library
7:00-8:30 pm Wednesday, April 29

What is the true secret to happiness? Are the things our society tells us we should have for personal satisfaction and success really the gateway to being happy? Join us to explore these questions and more as we discuss the book The Myths of Happiness. Copies of this book will be available for checkout at our circulation desk starting Wednesday, April 1st. In partnership with Chelsea District Library.

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Wild Plants Walk with Linda Diane Feldt
2-4 pm Saturday, May 9

Join Holistic Health Practitioner and herbalist Linda Diane Feldt for a slow stroll to identify and talk about local medicinal and edible wild plants. Handouts provided. Children are welcome. Linda Diane has written two cookbooks on dark green leafy vegetables and wild food. Since 1994, she has given a free class monthly on herbal wisdom through The People's Food Co-op. She also twitters on wild local food @wildcrafting For more information on Linda Diane's books, classes, and more www.lindadinefeldt.com

The class will be held rain or shine.

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Science & Buddhism: A Discussion
7-9 pm Sednesday, May 13
Donations welcome

Join us for a lively discussion about the convergence of ideas between Western science and Eastern thought. We begin from the viewpoint that we are all “blind men” trying to understand the elephant of Reality. Since we are inside the elephant, no one can truly see the whole shape, but each may bring another valid perspective. We will examine the perspectives of science and Buddhism.

Discussion leader is Steve Daut, author of the soon-to-be-published book Buddha Science. You can find Mr. Daut’s blog and social media sites through www.stevedaut.com

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Bird Walk with Juliet Berger
8-10 am Saturday, June 6
Donations welcome

Join Washtenaw Audubon Society President, Juliet Berger, for this family friendly event, a bird hike around the lake and trails.

Children who are interested in nature and birds are welcome. Not suitable for very small children.

Bring binoculars if you have them.  No pets!

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One-Day Meditation Retreats
on the following Saturdays in 2015: February 21, April 11, September 12, December 5
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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Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends
Second Sunday of every month / 10am
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 2015
Donations appreciated, please register in advance if possible

Vernal Equinox Celebration—a multi-generational celebration of balance and rebirth
Friday, March 20, potluck 6-7 pm; bonfire/circle 7-9 pm — at MFC or the Friends Lake beach, depending on the weather;
join us for any part (the food will be put away at 7)

We will celebrate the balance of light and dark and the birth of spring with a potluck dinner followed by a circle in which to share thoughts, poems, stories, songs, knowledge. All ages welcome.

Bring food to share and your own place settings. We will provide water and herbal tea. 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 is this season saying to you?

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

Summer Solstice — a multi-generational celebration of the light
Sunday, June 21,  potluck 6-7 pm; bonfire 7-9 — at the Friends Lake beach;
join us for any part (the food will be put away at 7)

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 and your own place settings. We will provide herbal iced tea.

Bring something to share for after dinner as well-- a story, poem, song, some Solstice lore, or just your readiness to partake in what others have brought. This will be a time to explore various ways of celebrating the light. We welcome your spark.

Bring long sleeves in case there are mosquitoes.

Autumnal Equinox Celebration — a multi-generational celebration of balance and letting go
Wednesday, September 23, potluck 6-7 pm; bonfire 7-9 — at the Friends Lake beach;
join us for any part (the food will be put away at 7)

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 and your own place settings. We will provide water. 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
Monday, December 21, 2015

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--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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