Sunday, January 8, 2017

Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering 2107 - and some extra opportunities

Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG) 2017 - and two pre-gathering options:


(1) London, the Lake District, 1652 Country and Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering
16 nights, July 21-August 6, 2017         

THIS IS NOW FULL.  A FEW PLACES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE LONDON SELF-GUIDED TOUR WITH YEARLY MEETING GATHERING, BELOW

An opportunity to visit some of the places that shaped early Quakerism and to spend a week with 21st century Friends.

Saturday July 22
Arrive in the early morning at London Heathrow after an overnight flight. I will meet you at the airport and go with you to the hotel, where you can leave your bags while we set off to explore London.

Sunday July 23 and Monday July 24
Sunday Meeting for worship at one of many Friends meetings, and then out for more exploration.

The itinerary will include the City, the East End, and the West End. It will have a Quaker flavor, but you will see the usual sights too, traveling by bus and tube. If there is a particular museum, gallery or attraction that you want to see, you will be free to do that. These are some of our destinations:

·    Bunhill, where George Fox and hundreds of early Friends are buried - and a location of 19th century Quaker evangelism.
·    Bunhill Fields dissenters' burial ground. Those buried there include writers John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe and Thomas Hardy, and hymn composer Isaac Watts.
·    Spitalfields, home of immigrant communities for centuries. Homes of Huguenot refugees who settled here from France after the Edict of Nantes (1685.) In the mid-19th century it was settled by Irish people fleeing the Great Hunger, and then east European Jews, escaping the pogroms in Poland. The 17th century Wheeler Street Meetinghouse was on the corner of Wheeler Street and Quaker Street.
·    The Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court) the site of Newgate Prison where Richard Hubberthorne and others died, and hundreds of early Quakers were locked up. . In the 19th century Quaker Elizabeth Fry ministered to the women prisoners who were awaiting transportation to Australia.
·    Gracechurch Street, Where William Penn and William Mead were arrested after holding meeting for worship
·    Friends House
·    The British Library

Tuesday July 25
We will drive north to the Lake District past Pendle Hill, where George Fox remembered:
The Lord let me see a-top of the hill in what places he had a great people to be gathered.

Wednesday July 26, Thursday July 27 and Friday July 28.
We will visit some of the sites of the momentous summer of 1652 when George Fox visited the northwest of England to meet the dissenters called the Westmoreland Seekers, and the Quaker movement was born. Suggested sites:

·    Sedbergh, where George Fox climbed a yew tree in the churchyard to preach more effectively, and met Francis Howgill, the 'separate preacher' who became an important early Friend.
·    Firbank Fell, where Fox preached the same weekend to a crowd of 1,000.
·    Brigflatts the flax weavers' village that became a sizable Quaker community. Meetinghouse (1675) Member Samuel Bownas wrote A Description of the Qualifications Necessary to a Gospel Minister (1750.)
·    Swarthmoor Hall, home of Judge Fell, Margaret Fell, and the center of the early Quaker movement. Swarthmoor Meetinghouse (1688.)
·    Colthouse, the field in which early Friends worshiped, and buried their dead, and the old meetinghouse (1688.)
·    Preston Patrick, a center of the Westmoreland Seekers.       
·    Yealand Conyers, historic meetinghouse (1692.)
·    Lancaster, where many Friends were imprisoned, including George Fox (1660 & 1664) and Margaret Fell.
·    Kendal, lively market town and now home of the Quaker Tapestry.

Saturday July 29
Drive to the University of Warwick in Coventry, for Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG.)

Saturday July 29-Saturday August 5
We will be participating in Yearly Meeting Gathering, attending worship, business sessions and workshops. There are activities for all tastes and levels of energy.

At the university we will be self-catering. We will plan our own meals, shop, cook and eat together. Our menu planning will take account of special dietary needs.

Accommodation will be in halls of residence (dorms) in single rooms with en suite (private) bathrooms. 

Saturday August 5
We will leave the University of Warwick in the morning and visit Woodbrooke. Overnight at Woodbrooke or a local hotel.

Sunday August 6
Meeting for worship with local Friends, then return to London for a final night in anticipation of an early transatlantic flight on Monday morning.

TRAVEL
Travel in London will be on public transportation, using an Oyster Card issued by Transport for London (provided.) This is a pass for buses, tubes and the Docklands Light Railway. Travel outside of London will be in a rental car.

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation, other than during YMG at the University of Warwick, will be in hotels or guesthouses with private bath. Rooms will be single, unless you prefer a roommate. Breakfast will usually be in the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be in cafés or restaurants.

COST $3,725 each, based on 3 travelers,  $4,195 each for 2
This includes all food and accommodation, transportation, entrance fees and tips. It includes the registration and program at Yearly Meeting Gathering, accommodation and meals.

REGISTRATION
The University of Warwick requires full payment when a booking is made. To guarantee your booking with our group, in the accommodation of our choice, please send a non-refundable deposit of $500 immediately to Margaret Fraser, PO Box 1904, Richmond IN 47375. This will be used to secure your booking at Yearly Meeting gathering. (The check should be payable to Margaret Fraser, with 'YMG' in the memo line.)




This is a shorter alternative that excludes the 1652 country:

(2) London and Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering
12 nights, July 26-August 6, 2017                                      GROUP SELF-GUIDED TOUR

An opportunity to join a group to visit some of the areas of London that shaped early Quakerism, and to spend a week with 21st century Friends.

Wednesday July 26
Arrive in the early morning at London Heathrow after an overnight flight. Leave your bags at the hotel and set off to explore London.

Thursday July 27 and Friday July 28
More exploration. The suggested itinerary includes the City, the East End, and the West End. It will have a Quaker flavor, but you will see the usual sights too, traveling by bus and tube. If there is a particular museum, gallery or attraction that you want to see, you will be free to do that. These are some of our destinations:

·    Bunhill, where George Fox and hundreds of early Friends are buried - and a location of 19th century Quaker evangelism.
·    Bunhill Fields dissenters' burial ground. Those buried there include writers John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe and Thomas Hardy, and hymn composer Isaac Watts.
·    Spitalfields, home of immigrant communities for centuries, from the French Huguenot refugees who settled here after the Edict of Nantes (1685) to the  Irish people fleeing the Great Hunger in the mid-1800s, and then Jews, escaping the pogroms in Poland. The 17th century Wheeler Street Meetinghouse was on the corner of Wheeler Street and Quaker Street.
·    The Old Bailey (Central Criminal Court) the site of Newgate Prison where Richard Hubberthorne and others died, and hundreds of early Quakers were locked up.  In the 19th century Quaker Elizabeth Fry ministered to the women prisoners who were awaiting transportation to Australia.
·    Gracechurch Street, Where William Penn and William Mead were arrested after holding meeting for worship
·    Friends House (1927)
·    The British Library


Saturday July 29
Take the train to the University of Warwick in Coventry, for Britain Yearly Meeting Gathering (YMG.)

Saturday July 29-Saturday August 5
We will be participating in Yearly Meeting Gathering, attending worship, business sessions and workshops. There are activities for all tastes and levels of energy.

At the university we will be self-catering: we will plan our own meals, shop, cook and eat together. Our menu-planning will take account of special dietary needs.

Accommodation will be in halls of residence (dorms) in single rooms with en suite (private) bathrooms. 

Saturday August 5
We will leave the University of Warwick in the morning and visit Woodbrooke. Overnight at Woodbrooke or a local hotel.

Sunday August 6
Meeting for worship with local Friends, then return to London for a final night in anticipation of an early transatlantic flight on Monday morning.

TRAVEL
Travel in London will be on public transportation, using a pass for buses, tubes and the Docklands Light Railway. Travel outside of London will be by car and train.

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation, other than during YMG at the University of Warwick, will be in hotels or guesthouses with private bath. Rooms will be single, unless you prefer a roommate. Breakfast will usually be in the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be in cafés or restaurants.

COST $2,189 each, based on 4 travelers, subject to adjustment up or down depending on numbers who register. This includes all food and accommodation, transportation, entrance fees and tips. It includes the registration and program at Yearly Meeting Gathering, accommodation and meals.

REGISTRATION
The University of Warwick requires full payment when a booking is made. To guarantee your booking with our group, in the accommodation of our choice, please send a non-refundable deposit of $500 immediately to Margaret Fraser, PO Box 1904, Richmond IN 47375. This will be used to secure your booking at Yearly Meeting gathering. (The check should be payable to Margaret Fraser, with 'YMG' in the memo line.)

Questions? Please send me a message on FaceBook, or email margaret@goodnewsassoc.org




Monday, September 12, 2016

New Association of Friends gathering at Friends of the Light, Traverse City, Michigan



The garden at Friends of the Light


Some of us arrived on our 400 mile journey from different parts of Indiana a day early, in time to do sightseeing, so I led a small group to Empire (National Park Office and Sleeping Bear Dunes the easy way, by car up Pierce Stocking Drive. We ended the journey in Glen Arbor (Cherry Republic.)

On the Saturday morning I repeated the expedition, starting this time in Leland and Fishtown, and then south to Glen Haven. Members of Friends of the Light took others to a wonderful restored Victorian mansion and garden on 6th Street, via a coffee shop.


Glen Lake, from Pierce Stocking Drive, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Clinch Marina, Traverse City






















On Saturday afternoon we - Friends from Bluff Point, New Castle, Friends of the Light, Muncie, Raysville, Richmond First Friends and West Richmond, gathered at Friends of the Light for a Bible study by Janet Scott on Mark's Gospel. 

Those who were not part of the Steering Committee meeting that followed went for a walk or joined me on a tour of the early history of Friends in the area: Round Top Cemetery in Maple City, the former Pleasant Grove/Maple City meetinghouse (now St. Rita's Catholic church), Long Lake Church (sadly they have dropped 'Friends' from their name) and the site of Lone Tree schoolhouse (the first Friends meeting in Traverse City) and the site of the home of evangelists Phebe and Amos Kenworthy.

Friends of the Light served a pizza and salad dinner and we went into the second session of bible study with Janet Scott.  

On Sunday we attended worship at Friends of the Light, where there were hymns accompanied on the psalter, concertina and a wooden base instrument from the Afro-Cuban tradition. Many of us went out to Minerva's for brunch at the historic Park Place Hotel, and then said goodbye, with hopes to repeat the experience within the next eighteen months.


The original Long Lake meetinghouse on Cedar Run Road


Quakers moved from Indiana into northern Michigan after the Homestead Act. From dates on gravestones there is evidence of Friends being in the Maple City area from 1868. The first recorded meeting for worship was a decade later.

Long Lake Monthly Meeting was set up under the care of Winchester (Indiana) Quarterly Meeting in 1880. Evangelists set out from this farming settlement to  railroad and logging communities, and meetings were established at Lone Tree (later Traverse City, 1894) and Pleasant Grove (Maple City, 1895.)  Five other meetings did not survive, partly because logging communities were transient.  Maple City Friends Church lasted until 1918, and Traverse City Friends Church until 1987.



Friends of the Light's history is of two worship groups that came together:

In 1986 Joe Kelly heard a call to be a minister. He and others from Long Lake Friends Church began meeting on Sunday afternoons in St. Rita's Catholic Church, the former Maple City Friends meetinghouse. They took the name Pleasant Grove Worship Group, which was the historic name of Maple City Friends Meeting. The worship group was under the care of Long Lake Friends.

Joe also started a worship group at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City for people in recovery and/or with mental health challenges. After learning about the history of early Friends, the group named itself Friends of the Light.

In 1990, at the invitation of Indiana Yearly Meeting, Friends of the Light relocated into the empty Traverse City Friends meetinghouse and began caring for it. Recovery groups started using the property and other community groups and churches followed.

In 1994 the Pleasant Grove Worship Group relocated from Maple City to the Traverse City Friends meetinghouse. Later that year, Friends of the Light and Pleasant Grove Worship Group merged as one monthly meeting under the name Friends of the Light. 

Friends of the Light is now part of The New Association of Friends.



The presiding clerk climbs the dune