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									        THE NEW ENGLAND FRIEND
Volume 62                                                      Winter 2007                                                          Number 1

       Laboring with the FUM Personnel Policy
        HE QUESTION OF FULL ACCEPTANCE OF GAY AND LESBIAN                Party on the FUM Personnel Policy to facilitate further

   T    persons has been creating tensions in U.S. society, and
        in the Quaker world as well. New England Yearly
   Meeting is a member of Friends United Meeting (FUM), an
                                                                         threshing of the concern within the Monthly Meetings dur-
                                                                         ing the following year. Sessions 2005 approved a minute
                                                                         stating its intention to work with the FUM General Board
   association of Yearly Meetings in North America and Africa.           and other yearly meetings to change the policy. At Sessions
   In 1991, the General Board of FUM (which includes repre-              2006, the concern arose again, and 20 or so Friends chose
   sentatives from NEYM) approved a policy for its 15 or so              to stand aside from approval of the budget because of the
   employees that requires celibacy outside of marriage, with            concern. This issue of the New England Friend offers sev-
   marriage explicitly defined as one man and one woman.                 eral articles describing several ways Friends are acting on
      Concern about this policy rose in NEYM Sessions in 2004.           the concern.
   A minute of exercise was approved stating NEYM’s concern                 The articles and reflections in this issue of the New England
   with policy, but also its desire to remain fully engaged with         Friend were written prior to the Friends United Meeting General
   FUM because of its long ties with FUM and the good work               Board meeting held in Kenya in February. News from the General
   of FUM. Ministry and Counsel was asked to form a Working              Board meeting will be relayed to Friends at a later date.

   More information is available at For more information on
   NEYM Ministry and Counsel’s Working Party on the FUM Personnel Policy Concern, contact Phil Fitz at
   413-587-3906 or e-mail the Working Party at

   Intervisitation: A New Englander travels amongst FUM Friends
                                         Suzy Klein-Berndt, Northampton (MA) Monthly Meeting

      N 1996, I WAS ONE OF 20                                                                                many gay and lesbian Quaker

   I  New England Friends who
      visited Friends in Cuba
   through Puente de Amigos. We
                                                                                                             friends. I also shared my con-
                                                                                                             cern with them about how
                                                                                                             FUM’s personnel policy effec-
   met Johann Mauer and Ben                                                                                  tively excludes gay and lesbian
   Richmond of Friends United                                                                                Friends from their ministries.
   Meeting (FUM) at Cuba Yearly                                                                                  From June 26–July 8, 2006,
   Meeting sessions. I had the                                                                               with Ann Armstrong accompa-
   opportunity to speak with them                                                                            nying me as an elder, I visited
   about my concern that the FUM                                                                             among Friends in several of
   personnel policy prohibits the                                                                            the Monthly Meetings of
   hiring of gays and lesbians.                                                                              Wilmington Yearly Meeting in
      They told me that, while                                                                               southwestern Ohio.
   the policy disallows the hiring                                                                               While in Ohio, we met with
   of all people who are sexually                                                                            Friends with a wide range of
   active outside of marriage                                                                                reactions to the FUM person-
   (which they define as being                                                                               nel policy. Many had never
                                                   of Chester Friends Meeting—Wilmington (Ohio)
   between one man and one Jim HackneyKlein-Berndt of New England YM after worship at YM speaks
                                         with Suzy                                              Chester.
                                                                                                            heard of the FUM personnel pol-
   woman), it also states a will-                                                                           icy. Some Friends felt strongly
   ingness to hire celibate gays and lesbians and also expresses             that the policy is good and should be unchanged. Several
   support for secular equality for all people, regardless of sex-           Friends feared that if the policy were changed, FUM would
   ual orientation. They explained that agreeing to this policy              lose its major financial supporters—Iowa, Indiana and Western
   had been a real stretch for Friends from countries like Jamaica           Yearly Meetings, along with the Yearly Meetings of Africa.
   and Kenya, where homosexuality is punished by jail time.                  Several people were very troubled to learn of this policy as
      In 2006, I was moved to travel in the ministry to the Midwest          they considered it to be discriminatory. One Midwestern
   to share my love for both my brothers and sisters in Christ               General Board member said that they are aware that they are
   who are Midwestern members of FUM and my love for my                                                            Continued on next page…
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…Continued from page 1
                                              Afraid of Friends?
losing some very good ministry as a result           By Ann Armstrong, Acton (MA) Monthly Meeting & FUM Committee Clerk
of this personnel policy.
   In nearly every group that we met with,        N 1968, AT THE AGE OF 18, I was          once my position was known I would be
there were parents who had gay or les-
bian children for whom they wanted equal
treatment. There were a couple of
                                              I  accepted into membership by Xenia
                                                 Monthly Meeting of Wilmington Yearly
                                              Meeting (FUM). By 1973, I was married,
                                                                                           open for confrontation every time I
                                                                                           showed up in Ohio? Didn’t I trust these
                                                                                           Friends, many of whom I knew as
Friends who felt strongly that the con-       living in Maine, and had transferred my      teenagers at summer camp or in Sunday
cern that I was carrying has taken up so      membership to New England Yearly             School? Did I think the loving reception
much time at FUM’s general board meet-        Meeting (FUM & FGC).                         I have always been given in Ohio would
ing that they are unable to get on with           During those intervening five years I    change?
their other business. One Friend felt that    had become closely acquainted with sev-         I asked my Acton Meeting clearness
visitation should be just for the purpose     eral gay and lesbian Friends, several of     committee to sit with me on these ques-
of getting to know other Friends.             whom visited me in my parents’ home in       tions. After that, I was calmer about the
Generally, Friends welcomed our visit and     Ohio and became close to my mother,          trip but still full of trepidations.
support the idea of intervisitation between   Erma Perisho Wilson, one of Wilmington          One memory sustained me through-
Yearly Meetings.                              YM’s recorded ministers.                     out Suzy’s visit: my mother’s memorial
   FUM has many outreach programs that            My mother died in 1998, just one year    service which had filled Xenia’s meeting
are very close to my heart like Ramallah      after Wilmington YM reached a “compro-       house with over 300 Friends and acquain-
Friends School, the Kenyan hospitals and      mise” on same gender marriage. Mother        tances. All those Friends, including those
Samburu and Turkana Missions in Africa,       had shared much of her frustration and       who believed sex between same gender
as well as orphanages and schools in          concern over how the issue had been dis-     couples was “contrary to the Bible and a
Jamaica and Belize which provide desper-      cussed. She told me of the hurtful com-      sin in the eyes of God,” had loved and
ately needed help. Our own Eden and James     ments expressed on all sides of the issue.   respected my mother and had known of
Grace of Beacon Hill Meeting in Boston are        Since Mother’s death, I have spent at    her deep support for gays and lesbians
working for FUM in Kenya. If we were to       least four weeks a year on the family farm   and same gender marriage. When
cut off funds to FUM, those are some of the   in Ohio, worshiping with Xenia Friends       discussions with Suzy became slightly
programs we would be affecting.               and other meetings, attending Wilmington     heated, I would remember the more pas-
   I hope that Friends in New England         YM sessions, and various gatherings in       sionate Friends sharing their memories
will carefully think about just whom we       the area. Until last summer I kept my        of my mother.
would be hurting before talking about         mouth shut about how I felt about same          Those memories and daily worship
cutting off funds to FUM. FUM does so         gender marriage.                             with Suzy sustained me through the gath-
much good work that many of us in NEYM            When Suzy Klein-Berndt asked if she      erings with Friends in Wilmington Yearly
are unaware of. I feel strongly that the      could join me in Ohio, help me on the        Meeting. The visit did go well. I found
only way to affect real change is through     farm, and have me serve as her elder while   that the loving reception I have always
open dialogue. While the personnel pol-       she traveled under concern among             been given in Ohio did not change.
icy probably won’t change right away, my      Wilmington Friends, I found myself unable    Sharing was deep and thoughtful. God’s
hope is that with time these changes can      to say no but very inwardly frightened.      Spirit was very present. I pray that I will
come about through building open and              Why was I so frightened? Was it just     be able to access God’s Spirit whenever
loving relationships among Friends with       that I dislike conflict and I knew that      my fears around confrontation rise up.
different points of view.

                   Help host members of the FUM General Board as they meet in New England
   IN 2004, New England Yearly Meeting decided to invite the           If you would be interested in helping with hosting before,
FUM General Board to meet in New England. The invitation was         during, or after the meeting please contact Ann Dodd-Collins
accepted for October 12–14, 2007. The FUM committee of NEYM          207-832-6103, PO Box 1225 Waldoboro ME 04572,
is planning several pre-board meeting trips to help         or Ann Armstrong
acquaint the visiting board members with some of New England         978-425-4620, PO Box 1401 Shirley MA
before they gather at Woolman Hill.                                  01464,
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Coming Together and Moving Apart: the Rhythm of Friends’ History
      By Phil Fitz, Northampton (MA) Monthly Meeting & convener of the Working Party on the FUM Personnel Policy Concern

A S NEYM ADDRESSES DISAGREEMENTS over the sexual ethics por-           the division within Rhode Island split New England Yearly
tion of Friends United Meeting’s personnel policy, it’s useful to      Meeting, and soon divided many yearly meetings in the United
consider Quaker history with a very broad brushstroke, full of         States into Gurneyite and Wilburite halves.
generalizations and over-simplifications, but seeking common               Over the next 50 years, the splinters themselves divided, with
themes. The point of this article is not to give details, but to see   some eventually dying out. Through the rest of the century, the
common themes. What can we learn from our history?                     various branches continued to diverge in isolation: the
   Early Friends, in the late 1600s during George Fox’s time,          Gurneyites/Orthodox became primarily pastoral with a strong
were outwardly focused and very evangelical. There was a great         emphasis on evangelism and scriptural authority; the Hicksites
people to be gathered, and the first generation                                            were unprogrammed, non-evangelical and
Friends, including the Valiant Sixty, were out                                            strongly committed to revelation outside of the
to gather them, but all was not harmonious                                                Christian tradition; the Wilburites were unpro-
within Friends. Many Friends today know of                                                grammed and strongly Christian with little affil-
the clashes between James Nayler and other                                                iation even with other Wilburite yearly meet-
Quaker leaders including Fox. The John Perrot                                             ings.
controversy is less well-known. Fox and other                                                 After the painful separations and isolation
Quaker leaders insisted that men should remove                                            of the 19th century, Friends came together in
their hats during meeting for worship; Perrot                                             many ways in the 20th century. First, yearly
and his supporters insisted on not removing                                               meetings from the same branches formed asso-
their hats. The differences were so great that                                            ciations to work together more closely: the
Isaac Penington was nearly disowned by the                                                Hicksites in Friends General Conference (FGC),
leadership because of his association with Perrot                                         Gurneyite/Orthodox Friends, including one of
sympathizers. A second schism was led by John                                             the New England Yearly Meetings, in FiveYears
Story and John Wilkinson. The major issues                                                Meeting (later renamed Friends United Meeting
leading to this schism were the centralization                                            or FUM), and the most theologically conser-
of Quaker authority in London, and                                                       vative Friends in Evangelical Friends
opposition to the increased role of women in                                            International (EFI).
authority. Both controversies continued for some                                            With the crises of two world wars, Friends
time, but eventually faded after the death of the                                      from across the branches joined together for ser-
leaders.                                                                              vice in the American Friends Service Committee
   The political tumult and persecution of Friends                                   (AFSC) and for change in U.S. policy in Friends
in the last half of the 1600s led to a broad swing                                   Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Friends
inward in the 1700s. This is the Quietist period,                                    World Committee for Consultation was created
with no major schisms. Some Friends were active                                      specifically to create dialog among all branches of
in industry and commerce, and others were prominent in gov-            Friends. Finally, once divided yearly meetings re-united. The
ernance of several colonies. Friends including John Woolman            two yearly meetings and five independent meetings came togeth-
were active in social change, including prison reform, relations       er to form New England Yearly Meeting in 1945, and later
with native Americans and slavery. Friends in this period turned       Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Canada. NEYM was part
away from evangelism—“gathering the great people”—to focus             of FUM from its inception, and joined FGC in 1959. It was less
on internal order within the Society.                                  that our differences disappeared than that Friends were willing
   The 1800s saw a return to major dissension, disagreement            to live with our differences.
and separation. In 1827, the Orthodox/Hicksite separation divid-          Now we are the start of the 21st century. Disagreement over
ed first Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and then four other year-         the sexual ethics portion of the Friends United Meeting person-
ly meetings. The major theological issue was the role of scrip-        nel policy threatens to divide us within NEYM as well as divide
ture. But there were also clear divisions along urban/rural lines,     NEYM from the other YMs in FUM. Looking more deeply, we see
with resistance from the rural meetings to the urban meetings          the roots in increased tensions in many of the same old familiar
with their new ideas, education and attempts at centralization         ways: disagreement about the authority of scripture, cultural
of authority. New England Yearly Meeting remained united, and          and political differences between Friends in the northeast and
in unity with the Orthodox yearly meetings.                            Friends from the Midwest, emphases in the nature of God’s work
   However, in the 1840s a split began in New England. John            for us in evangelism, work in Africa and Latin America, and social
Joseph Gurney, a British Friend, traveled extensively in the United    change within the U.S.
States, advocating for a stronger role of scripture, creation of          Is there more that divides us than unites us? Can we do God’s
First Day schools in meetings and involvement with other Christian     work better if we move apart or remain together? How is God
denominations. John Wilbur, a Rhode Island Friend, opposed             calling us to move forward today?
Gurney vigorously. After some very nasty political maneuvers,
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 Laboring in Truth: two Friends’ experience with approving the 2006 budget
Friends Equality Testimony and FUM Policies                          port FUM’s personnel policy regarding the requirement that those
     RIENDS EQUALITY TESTIMONY WAS VERY MUCH ON MY MIND              not in a legal marriage be celibate. By extension, this meant not

F     that day during 2004 Yearly Meeting Sessions when the
      FUM personnel policy was brought to the attention of those
present, a policy which excludes non-celibate gays, lesbians and
                                                                     supporting FUM with NEYM’s money.
                                                                         I sat there, thinking about the parallels between my decision
                                                                     to live in such a way so as not to pay for the current war, and
other unmarried couples from leadership roles in FUM.                by extension, not owe federal income taxes. I also am opposed
   At 2005 Sessions the working party formed the previous year       to the current form of the FUM personnel policy, and not theo-
brought a revised minute and the sense of this minute (04-74)        logically aligned with the majority of FUM. So why did I not ask
was affirmed. I united with this affirmation.                          to be minuted as standing aside?
   However, during the budget presentation in 2006 Sessions,             Following Yearly Meeting Sessions, I spent quite a lot of my
while we were looking at the large amount budgeted to FUM,           personal worship time in discernment on this question. Against
no questions or concerns were expressed by Friends. I could not      the impulse to stand aside, there were several factors. First,
be silent and was moved to stand and express my concerns, since      NEYM had already minuted the intention to stay in dialogue
the money was connected to a FUM personnel policy—a policy           with FUM and its yearly meetings on this topic, while continu-
antithetical to the Testimony on Equality—that causes pain to        ing support for the work of FUM. Second, my leading over the
those excluded.                                                      years has been to participate in, and support, intervisitation. This
   After standing in opposition during the budget discussion,        has brought me into the work of Puente de Amigos, and the
why did I stand aside? The monetary decision was not my main         opportunity to personally meet many Cubans and hear how FUM
concern, rather I was alarmed at the FUM policy which violates       is at work in Cuba.
a centuries-old basic testimony of Quakerism—equality—and                This puts a personal face on the positive actions of FUM—as
seemingly was not a concern.                                         does knowing Eden and Jim Grace, and hearing of their work in
   I pray this perception is incorrect and that an in-depth report   Africa with FUM. Lastly, I realized that I might make more of a
of FUM’s response to the 2005 Minute of Exercise on FUM’s per-       difference by doing intervisitation to listen and hear where Quakers
sonnel policy will be brought to 2007 Sessions.                      are on this question, and try to facilitate communication.
—Marcia L. Mason, Burlington (VT) Monthly Meeting                        It has taken some time, but I am now clear about why I wasn’t
                                                                     clear then. I have taken the necessary steps to be available to
Why I did not feel clear to stand aside:                             travel, both within and beyond NEYM, if called to do so. It has
       URING YEARLY MEETING SESSIONS, when the budget came           always been my conviction that the better we know each other,

D      up for the final reading, many Friends wished to be record-
       ed as standing aside because they did not wish to sup-
                                                                     the stronger we are as a Society of Friends.
                                                                     —Beth Gorton, Quaker City Unity (NH) Friends Meeting

How do we encourage change amongst Friends?
                                           By Betsy Cazden, Concord (NH) Monthly Meeting

       OW DO WE FOSTER CHANGE IN OUR MEETINGS , OUR                  FUM to reexamine that policy. They also, as is clear elsewhere

H       families, in Quaker organizations in which we partici-
        pate? In particular, is withholding financial support an
appropriate and effective means of encouraging change?
                                                                     in this issue, recognize the issue’s complexity, as it implicates
                                                                     shared decision-making between North American and African
                                                                     Friends (a value that New England Friends also encourage) and
         Friends have sometimes supported economic boycotts,         the need for people who work cross-culturally to understand and
most notably the divestiture campaign pressuring the South           respect the values of those among whom they serve.
African government’s apartheid policy. But our Yearly Meeting           Quaker decision-making takes time, patience, careful listen-
has formally opposed the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Some             ing, and seeking together for God’s will for this particular orga-
Friends have argued that economic boycotts and embargoes are         nization. Instead, what seemed to happen on the floor of our
a form of coercion that is inappropriate for Friends. That con-      Yearly Meeting was a shrill demand: do it our way, now, or else.
versation will undoubtedly continue.                                 And the “or else” was also clear: or else New England will with-
   But the question here is how we encourage change in a Quaker      hold all funding from FUM; or else I and my meeting will refuse
organization of which we are an integral part. Our representa-       to contribute to the NEYM budget. I was frankly appalled.
tives to FUM helped formulate the policy, which they felt was           Let me try an analogy. Suppose that one of our monthly meet-
an improvement over what preceded it. Our current represen-          ings, which had regularly sent in its fair share of the NEYM bud-
tatives have, at our request, engaged in a conversation urging                                               Continued on next page…
Winter/Spring 2007                                  The New England Friend                                                     Page 5

get, one year said, “Unless the Yearly Meeting disavows the peace     policy were to change as New England would prefer, FUM could
testimony—now—we won’t contribute any more.” Assume this              lose at least financial support, and probably affiliation, of one or
happened when the Yearly Meeting was in severe financial dis-          more other Yearly Meetings. It would also deeply wound the
tress, within a few years of exhausting its operating reserves. I     growing partnership between African and North American Friends.
trust that the Yearly Meeting’s response would be, “No way. Our            Discerning God’s will in this situation is not easy. After twen-
birthright is not for sale.”                                          ty-some years of laboring, NEYM still has a range of opinions.
    I have talked with a number of Friends from FUM-affiliated         The General Board and the Triennial are aware of our concern,
meetings in North America, Africa, and Cuba. For many, a per-         and are engaged in a discernment process on this with many
sonal sexual morality of chastity outside of traditional marriage     other issues. I cannot imagine that a threat to withdraw fund-
and fidelity within it, matching their understanding of God’s will,    ing from FUM would be at all helpful in changing the policy or
is as central a value as the peace testimony. They are deeply trou-   in fostering mutual understanding and respect among those with
bled by the assaults on that standard, in the mass media as well      differing opinions.
as by liberal Friends. They do not understand how people like             I would suggest that those who feel strongly that the policy
us, with the name and mantle of Friends, can claim to follow          must change, and change quickly, try harder to listen to and
God’s will while actively attacking a core principle. (Another        understand Friends (including those here in New England) who
analogy might be our head-shaking at Christians who are adamant-      consider traditional sexual morality an essential part of their reli-
ly anti-abortion, but support war and capital punishment.)            gious commitment. You don’t have to agree. Just understand
    This attempt to coerce change through financial threats comes      that reconsidering that position can be gut-wrenching, and that
while FUM struggles financially. Repeated operating deficits have       all of us still have much to learn.
eaten badly into reserves. The overseas programs strain to find            Our Yearly Meeting’s 1992 minute seems relevant here:
enough funding to continue. The fund raiser who was at our                [Some] monthly meetings in New England. . . have found unity
Yearly Meeting sessions resigned shortly after that. There is real    to support same-gender marriages. This Yearly Meeting has not
worry and grief that the programs that Friends have supported         found unity on this matter and Friends have differing perceptions
for 150 years may have to be cut back. At least one Yearly Meeting    of what God’s will is for us. We stand in need of further testing,
contributes little, precisely because they oppose the dilution of     dialogue and discernment.
FUM’s values represented by New England and the other more                FUM too stands in need of further testing, dialogue and dis-
liberal (and dually-affiliated) Yearly Meetings. If the personnel      cernment. Let us proceed with care and tenderness.

FUM General Board: wrestling with Quaker identity
                 By Will Taber, Fresh Pond (MA) Monthly Meeting & NEYM Representative to the FUM General Board

   ATTENDED MY FIRST FUM GENERAL BOARD MEETING in                     commits itself to energize and equip Friends through the power

I  October. What was perhaps more significant was the day and
   a half spent on strategic planning before the actual board meet-
ing, in which we were instructed to not discuss the issues facing
                                                                      of the Holy Spirit to gather people into fellowships where Jesus
                                                                      Christ is known, loved and obeyed as Teacher and Lord.” We
                                                                      also recommended that the General Board reaffirm the four pri-
FUM. Our goal was to create concrete plans for addressing the         orities of our strategic planning process. We recommended a
issues facing FUM. This was at times a difficult discipline and one    strong commitment to allowing the work of FUM to continue to
we did not adhere to completely but it was very helpful. We divid-    flourish even as we struggle to clarify FUM’s identity. These were
ed up into four groups, focusing on Identity, Administration,         all approved. We asked that the General Board approve the pam-
Communications or Evangelism. I participated in the Identity          phlet, The Christian Faith of Friends, by Ben Richmond, as an
group. Here, we explored foundational questions, like: What is        expression of the Christian faith among Friends. This was approved
the purpose of FUM? What is the source of authority—the Bible,        by the Board with Margaret Hawthorne of NEYM and Signy
the Spirit, or something else? The group was made of Friends          Fridriksson of Canadian YM standing aside because they did not
from nine yearly meetings. I was impressed by how tender group        feel they had the authority to speak on such matters for their
members were with each other. We recognized how volatile the          entire yearly meeting. We also affirmed that while FUM is a
issues before us could be. One of the things we recognized was        Christian body, there is considerable range of belief within it.
that the personnel policy, at one point referred to as the “ele-          The General Board expressed an intent to send a letter to the
phant in the room,” was a highly charged issue by itself. It also     monthly meetings assuring them that the Board is working to keep
brought up other highly charged issues like the authority of          FUM viable and strong. The tone is to be pastoral and affirming.
Scripture, the importance of diversity, and what a Christian wit-     It should recognize the concerns that have been raised about the
ness entails. We decided it best to address some of these foun-       personnel policy and acknowledge that this issue has caused pain
dational issues before addressing the personnel policy directly.      among many, whatever their views are on the policy.
   As a starting point, we recommended that the General Board             We recognize that we cannot resolve these issues without God
reaffirm the FUM mission statement: “Friends United Meeting            working with and through us. We ask for the prayers of Friends.
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A new General Secretary position for NEYM??

N        the promptings of the Holy Spirit. NEYM relies on vol-
         unteers and employs a number of staff to support its
ongoing work. Over the past ten years the type of work done by
both staff and volunteers has evolved and become more com-
plex. The amount of work has increased, as have our expecta-
tions; the people who do the work have adjusted, learning new
skills and taking on new responsibilities.
   Following a two-year discernment process by the YM,
Permanent Board appointed an ad-hoc committee to make a rec-
ommendation to the Board. They have reviewed the suggestions
and proposals and recommends the new position of General
Secretary, with responsibility for the executive functions of the
YM. This person would be charged with working with our cur-
rent staff and committees to examine and invigorate the vital
workings of NEYM. All other staff and coordinators would report
to this General Secretary.
    Permanent Board seeks input and feed back on this recom-
mendation. Contact the office (508/754-6760 •
or Nancy Haines, PB Clerk (508/435-9660 •                        Worcester Meetinghouse, home of the NEYM Office.

The heart of a stranger?
                                          By Mary Hopkins, Cambridge (MA) Monthly Meeting

         NOTHER NEIGHBOR DISAPPEARED, suddenly not on the             harass, threaten, and injure people. Immigrants tend to be grate-

A        evening bus. The news hasn’t mentioned any immigra-
         tion sweep, but they often don’t. Was he jailed? Deported?
Just gone home? We’ll hear eventually.
                                                                      ful for any job where they get paid.
                                                                         Having any group of workers unprotected by the wage and
                                                                                              hour laws degrades pay and treatment of
This is routine in Boston.                                                                    all workers. Caught between employers
   I met Boston’s immigrant community               You shall not oppress a stranger;         and the law, immigrants are also scape-
on visits to an Evangelical Friends’ Church     you know the heart of a stranger,             goated for this and for a wide range of
in Somerville. I worshiped with them for        for you were strangers in the land            our own society’s ills.
years, eventually marrying into the com-                                                          Our economy is pervaded by unfree
munity. Over time I heard a lot of sto-
                                                of Egypt. —Exodus 23:9                        labor. It’s not just rich folks’ gardeners;
ries, and came to an unsettling conclu-                                                       immigrants construct and rehab buildings,
sion: Immigrant workers in the U.S. are not free people. Many         staff bakeries and sausage factories, deliver newspapers, sort recy-
came illegally, having no other options. They live in fear of “La     cling, stock grocery shelves, clean offices. Most of us profit from
Migra,” which is arbitrary, secretive, and unaccountable. It serves   their work on a daily basis.
nobody well, except employers who prefer malleable workers.              Friends, this is not in accord with our testimonies. How are
   Many employers abuse immigrants. They underpay, don’t pay,         we called to respond?

Steps Friends can take:
   • Ask your monthly meeting to consider signing the American Friends Service Committee’s call to end immigration raids. Details are avail-
able at
   • Mary Hopkins (author of the above article) and Diego Low have a minute from Cambridge MM for traveling in the ministry under a con-
cern for immigration justice. Consider inviting them to speak with Friends in your meeting or church.
   • Join FcwIJ, an e-mail group for Friends with a concern for Immigration Justice. You can join by visiting
Winter/Spring 2007                                    The New England Friend                                                        Page 7

Friends Camp: New programs,
new schedule bring more campers
                                                     Nat Shed, Friends Camp Director

     HE NEW PROGRAMS and session sched-          Visitors: Richard Frechette talked about        New Programs

T     ule changes that were instituted last
      summer at Friends Camp were very
successful. Three new programs were
                                                 restorative justice; Andy Burt and friends
                                                 came to share their thoughts on environ-
                                                 mental concerns; and Minga Claggett-Borne
                                                                                                     We have added new Outdoor Experience
                                                                                                 sessions that are for young people who wish
                                                                                                 to connect with nature on a practical and
added to the summer schedule: Mott Family        joined us to tell a few stories about coura-    spiritual level. Both of these new sessions
Camp, Leadership & Service Camp, and a           geous Quakers. The campers decided to have      will be modeled on Maine’s Junior Maine
Drama Camp. In the summer of 2006,               three simple meals and to donate the money      Guide program. Campers will learn all the
Friends Camp saw a growth of 97 campers          saved from the meals to three internation-      necessary skills to live in the woods: iden-
over the previous summer; about half of          al organizations; The Heifer Project, Doctors   tifying trees, respect for the environment,
these campers attended one of the new            Without Borders, and The Water Project.         canoeing, fire building, building shelters,
specialty camps. In the 2007 season we               This year about fifteen percent of all      cooking for a small group, in-depth orien-
plan to build on the achievement, of last        youth campers, received campership sup-         teering, and wilderness first aid. These camps
summer’s programs and to continue to be          port from our Campership Fund. The              offer a wonderful opportunity for youth
creative in our approach to marketing.           Campership Fund gave out over $15,500 to        already interested in the out-of-doors and
    Friends Camp has a 53 year history of        deserving families, so we hope that indi-       for those with little or no experience in camp-
practicing the Friends values of communi-        vidual Friends and Monthly Meetings will        ing. Campers will have time to gaze at stars
ty, equality, integrity, peace, and simplici-    continue to offer generous donation to this     and to have time be by themselves in nature.
ty. Last summer was a wonderful example          special Campership Fund for low and mid-            In 2007 we are pleased to expand our suc-
of this rich history. We had three Quaker        dle income families.                            cessful Drama Camp from one session to two
                                                                                                 sessions, and our Leadership and Service Camp
                                                                                                 will grow from one week to two weeks. Mott
                                                                                                 Family Camp will offer interesting programs
                                                                                                 each morning for each age group of young
                 FRIENDS CAMP SESSION SCHEDULE 2007                                              people from 3 to 13 years old. For the adults
                                                                                                 we will have a special program on Enneagram
                                            DATES                 FEES                           personality types that will be offered by Karen
Work Weekend at Friends Camp                May 18–20             Donation for food costs        Gillman. Karen is poet, writer, and therapist
2nd Annual Mount Monadnock Hike             June 2 (10:30 a.m.)   Bring your own lunch           from Winslow, Maine. Theresa Oleksiw, the
Dyer Camp (Ages 11–13)                      June 24–July 7        $680                           Youth Pastor at Durham Monthly Meeting,
Drama Camp I (Ages 11–13)                   June 24–July 7        $720                           has agreed to be the Program Coordinator for
Outdoor Camping I (Ages 11–17)              June 24–July 7        $720                           this year’s Family Camp.
Fox Camp (Ages 13–17)                       July 8–21             $680                               The interconnection between the Youth
Outdoor Camping II (Ages 11–17)             July 8–21             $720                           Retreats, Monthly Meetings, Quarterly
Fell Camp (Ages 13–17)                      July 22–August 4      $680                           Meetings and other Quaker organizations,
Jones Camp (Ages 7–11)                      August 5–18           $680                           and Friends Camp continues to grow. I feel
Week 1: Jones Camp (Ages 7–11)              August 5–11           $400                           that this synergy is working well to support
Week 2: Jones Camp (Ages 7–11)              August 12–18          $400                           the young people within the Yearly Meeting.
Drama Camp II (Ages 13–17)                  August 5–18           $720                           For more information about summer camp
Leadership & Service Camp (Ages 15–18)      August 12–25          $720                           sessions or spring and fall weekend programs,
Mott Family Camp                            August 19–25          $850                           please view the Friends Camp web page—
                                                                  (Sample for family of 4)—or call or e-mail the
Work weekend                                October 5–8           Donation for food costs        camp’s director Nat Shed at 207-873-3499
                                                                                                 / Nat Shed,
                                                                                                 Friends Camp - Winter Address 25 Burleigh
                                                                                                 Street, Waterville, ME 04901 Phone/Fax
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Beacon Hill Friends House turns 50
                       By Holly Baldwin, Midcoast (ME) Monthly Meeting & Beacon Hill Friends House Director

                                                                                               reopened its doors as the Beacon Hill
                                                                                               Friends House in 1957. Quaker directors
                                                                                               came to oversee the Beacon Hill Friends
                                                                                               House and its programming, and 20 res-
                                                                                               idents soon moved in, living by Friends’
                                                                                               traditional values of community, simplic-
                                                                                               ity, and equality.
                                                                                                   Whether familiar with Quakerism or
                                                                                               new to it, they learned what a good Quaker
                                                                                               life is—by the examples of their house-
                                                                                               mates and directors, as well as by expo-
                                                                                               sure to Quaker thought through lectures
                                                                                               and events.
                                                                                                   The very large house was now filled
                                                                                               with activity and love. A Friends Meeting
                                                                                               also took root—Beacon Hill Friends
                                                                                               Meeting. Many guests came for meetings,
                                                                                               parties, and events, or to stay in some of
                                                                                               the house’s spare rooms, and they too
                                                                                               experienced what a Quaker community
                                                                                               has to offer.
                                                                                                   This year marks 50 years of the Beacon
                        The meeting room at Beacon Hill Friends House.                         Hill Friends House! The very large house
                                                                                               is still filled with 20 residents. We share
         NCE UPON A TIME, there lived a             John decided to give the house to a        meals and chores, host Quaker events and

O         small family in a very large house
          in a pretty neighborhood in
Boston. As time passed, the family grew
                                                 religious organization to establish a resi-
                                                 dential community based on shared val-
                                                 ues. John thought the Quakers would be
                                                                                               parties, and share our life with the many
                                                                                               guests who come by. Hundreds have lived
                                                                                               in the Beacon Hill Friends House, and thou-
smaller—until only one son, John Greene,         a good fit for the new mission of the very     sands have enjoyed its warm welcome.
was left.                                        large house. Several Friends in New
   John thought, “What should become             England liked this idea. They assembled          Won’t you join us? Contact the directors
of my very large house?”                         a new organization to accept the gift of      about joining us for dinner, meeting in our
   And then he remembered fascinating            the very large house and set to work cre-     space, staying in a guest room, or becom-
houses he had visited—religious com-             ating a community that would embody           ing a resident member of our community.
munities where people lived, worked, and         the vision that John had set forth.           Beacon Hill Friends House, 6 Chestnut St.,
studied together. He thought about the              After a year of planning and cleaning      Boston, MA 02108, 617-227-9118,
students his mother had invited to live in       (the house’s rooms were overflowing with
the very large house.                            hidden treasures), the very large house

                                Beacon Hill Friends House 50th Anniversary Year Events

  New Voices Lecture Series                                              Other events held this year at BHFH
  A spring lecture series is underway at Beacon Hill Friends             • 3/10 Bill Harley concert to benefit BHFH
  House with young adults sharing on the Call to Ministry: an            • 3/18 Weed Lecture: Tom Gates (Philadelphia YM), You Must
  opportunity for today’s young adult Friends to share where they          Live a Dying Life: Reflections on Human Mortality and the
  are being called. Save these dates:                                      Spiritual Life
     • 2/25 Kristna Evans (NEYM)
     • 3/25 Raul Perez Chacon (El Salvador YM),                          More details on these and future events can be found at
     • 4/28 Kody Hersh (Southeast YM),                         
     • 5/20 Cherice Bock (Northwest YM).
Winter/Spring 2007                                  The New England Friend                                                    Page 9

         The Meeting School: Celebrating 50 Years of Friends Education
                           Jackie Stillwell, Monadnock (NH) Monthly Meeting & Meeting School Head of School

         Members of the
         Meeting School
   community choose to
 take a weekly five-mile
journey to the recycling
 station without the use
of gas-powered vehicles.

     ROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS as an experiment, the                      do about it? A living example happens each week as part of our

F    Meeting School has progressed to a place of leadership in
     Friends education. Since the beginning, students have
learned to know the current reality, to envision the world as it
                                                                      community work when three students and a faculty member col-
                                                                      lect recycling from campus houses. Filling backpacks, a Garden
                                                                      Way cart and bike trailer, they travel the five-mile round-trip to
should be, and to learn the skills to create that vision. Come cel-   the transfer station on foot or bicycle. The choice not to use a
ebrate our journey with us in the barn on August 18, 2007!            gas-powered vehicle has helped all community members be more
    The Meeting School, founded in 1957, is a small, co-educa-        aware and responsible.
tional Quaker boarding and day school for grades 9–12 on a                The New England Schools and Colleges accreditation report
working organic farm in southern New Hampshire. In this small         states: “It is no exaggeration to say that the School community,
community there is an opportunity to live into the ideals of sus-     corporately and individually, strives to live out the mission of
tainable use of the Earth’s resources and sustainable relation-       the School… in a fashion that is rarely seen in other schools. ....
ships. Sustainable resources require imagining how our choices        Basic Quaker principles affect all aspects of the School, be it the
impact generations to come, and recognizing that we can learn         frugality of the physical plant and the “make-do” approach to
to use less knowing we have already used more than our share.         living, or the prominence of simplicity of lifestyle and of hon-
Sustainable relationships require knowing yourself and respond-       esty of relationships exhibited in Clearness Committees.”
ing peacefully to conflict both inwardly and outwardly.                    To our founding families—George and Helen Bliss, Bob and
   Big questions are asked in classes such as The Long Emergency,     Thera Hindmarsh, Joel and Ruth Hayden—and the multitude of
taught by Frederick Martin fall term 2006. What happens when          F/friends who have supported us, we extend a heartfelt thank
the oil runs out? How much does our culture depend on cheap           you. Thank you for daring to dream, for listening faithfully, hav-
energy, what would a future without it be like, and what can we       ing the courage to step into the unknown.

                                            GET AWAY TO THE MEETING SCHOOL July 11–29
THE MEETING SCHOOL INVITES YOU, your family and friends, to              One mother said this about her two summer experiences at
visit the campus in Rindge, NH for a day, a week, or as long as       The Meeting School : “The girls and I look forward to returning
you can stay during this time period. We invite you to share the      for the open house. Our time at The Meeting School stands out
joy of summer on our 130 acres of fields and forest, experience        like an oasis of calm and healing in an increasingly frenzied
the community spirit that guides us in our academic and com-          world. At TMS, children learn their connection to the world, and
mon life, and have your personal retreat.                             their own abilities and power in a thousand small ways. It is
We invite you to work along with us in the garden, maintain and       much better than a prior trip to Disney World where children
improve our physical plant, care for animals, pick berries, or        learn to be passive consumers”.
make hay. We encourage you to explore the Monadnock region               For more information and directions, contact Zane at
of which we are a part by hiking, swimming, canoeing and enjoy- , by phone at 603-669-0449 or mail to Zane
ing the many cultural offerings of Peterborough and Keene. Your       Knoy, PO Box 248, Manchester, NH, 03105-0248. For more
activities on campus will be determined by you in consultation        information on The Meeting School, visit our web site at
with our visitation/retreat coordinator, Zane Knoy.          or
Page 10                                                  The New England Friend                                        Winter/Spring 2007

Around the Yearly Meeting
           Compiled from monthly meeting newsletters and correspondence by Holly Lapp, Cambridge (MA ) Monthly Meeting

    • Durham (ME) Monthly Meeting                   age everyone in the meeting to consider how       feedback intended to help each of these com-
(MM) welcomed Philip Raines as their new            they would like to be treated if seriously ill.   mittees better focus their future work.
pastor in January. He has worked as a hos-          All are encouraged to document these wish-            • New Haven (CT) MM has agreed to
pital chaplain and senior minister at two           es using the Five Wishes form. They also cre-     offer overnight emergency shelter at the
churches. He obtained his MDiv degree from          ated a form for recording emergency con-          Meetinghouse for up to 15 people during
Earlham in 2001 and has completed course            tact information, location of important           the winter if the number of people needing
work in religious studies at Boston University.     documents and wishes for burial/cremation.        shelter exceeds the safe capacity of local
    • Southern Maine Friends Meeting                    • Wellesley (MA) MM held State of             shelters on a particular night.
(FM) is the new name chosen by Waterboro            Society brunches in February for the Young            • Putney (VT) MM completed the sale
Friends Meeting at their summer 2006 busi-          Friends and Middle School classes. At these       of their Daycare Building in November and
ness meeting. This new name is intended to          annual brunches Ministry & Counsel checks         will rent space on the southern end of the
“encompass a wider area and also reflect the         in with their older First Day School classes      building from the new owner for awhile.
location of its present membership.”                on the same issues covered in the adult State         • Northampton (MA) MM conduct-
    • Upper Valley Worship Group                    of Society gatherings.                            ed a fire drill and printed “In Case of Fire”
(WG) under the care of Mt Toby (MA)                     • West Falmouth (MA) PM conduct-              information in their newsletter. The article
MM began meeting in Greenfield, MA in               ed a mock “Quaker wedding” and had wed-           detailed what to do in case of a fire and told
October 2006 at 158 Main Street with wor-           ding certificates on display during the tour       where the fire alarms and extinguishers are
ship at 10 a.m. on Sundays followed by fel-         of the Meetinghouse that was part of the          located. The Property Committee also post-
lowship. Childcare is being offered. Typical        West Falmouth Library open house tour in          ed maps in each room with info about locat-
attendance has been nine to 12 adults and           December.                                         ing the devices and suggesting possible exit
four to five children.                                   • Sandwich (MA) MM sent a letter to           routes.
    • Yarmouth (MA) PM observed a Sunday            the Department of the Interior supporting             •Middlebury (VT) MM sent a letter
of Remembrance to affirm its solidarity with         federal recognition of the Mashpee Tribe of       of support to the Amish Community where
Native Peoples on Cape Cod and throughout           the Wampanoag Nation. Final federal gov-          students were murdered last fall and a dona-
the country on November 19, 2006. After wor-        ernment recognition was granted in                tion from their contingency fund to help
ship there was a silent walk to the Indian Burial   February.                                         with medical expenses for injured students.
Ground to commemorate the lives of all Native           • Smith Neck (MA) MM sponsored its                •Vassalboro (ME) Monthly Meeting
Peoples whose cultures have been adversely          second annual Living Nativity on December         invites all to help celebrate the completion
affected by disease and by the European col-        17. Costumed children were joined by farm         of their major renovation on March 25 . It
onization. The walk was followed by light           animals. Many visitors enjoyed the outdoor        begins with Meeting for Worship at 10 a.m.,
refreshments.                                       nativity scenes followed by indoor refresh-       followed by social hour, a light lunch, a short
    • Cambridge (MA) MM held a Witness              ments and music. The Kakamega, Kenya              program of recognition for folks who worked
Fair in December sponsored by its Peace &           Friends Orphanage Care Center received the        on the project and then a general open house.
Social Concerns Committee. The event was            evening’s donations.                              Festivities are scheduled to wrap up by 2 p.m.
an opportunity for individuals and groups               • Framingham (MA) MM sponsored                Contact Richard Kelly
to present leadings and to share ways that          an intergenerational bike trip to Nantucket       • 207/622-8792
they are witnessing for peace, social justice       in the fall. Bikers visited many historical
and spiritual growth. Over 30 leadings were         Quaker sites and stayed overnight at the
represented. Also, a weekly meal and shar-          Nantucket Youth Hostel.
ing circle for formerly-incarcerated people,            • Westport (MA) MM is considering
their families and friends, people recover-         how to revitalize their Peace & Social
ing from addictions and others interested in        Concerns (P&SC) Committee. Many ideas
being part of a very supportive community           are being explored including joining with
has been initiated on a trial basis with at         Allen’s Neck (MA) MM P&SC Committee
least two Quakers present each week.                on projects, naming a contact person and
    • Northampton (MA) MM is consid-                having the monthly meeting act on P&SC
ering the process to use in deciding when           items and including interested non-Friends
to sponsor events. In November there was            when organizing activities and events.
a threshing session to consider a set of queries        • Vassalboro (ME) MM has circulat-
developed by the ad-hoc committee work-             ed both a Social Concerns and a Ministry &
ing on this issue. Also, the Pastoral Care          Counsel questionnaire to those receiving the
Committee continues their project to encour-        newsletter in order to receive thoughtful
Winter/Spring 2007                                    The New England Friend                                                    Page 11

                                                                          In other Quaker news
Please Help NEYM Nominating                      NEYM Women’s Retreat                             FGC Advancement & Outreach
Committee                                           Set aside April 27–29 for this year’s annu-   Coordinator
   The NEYM Nominating Committee                 al weekend of worship and renewal. The              Friends General Conference is looking
needs help from Friends who will help            topic is “Explore our Spirituality” and will     for a new Advancement & Outreach (A&O)
discern who should serve on YM com-              be held at Geneva Point Center in Center         Coordinator to assists the A&O Committee
mittees. Permanent Board appoints at-            Harbor, NH. Send a $25 non-refundable            and support the Ministry & Nurture
large members of the YM Nominating               registration deposit payable to NEYM and         Committee. The Coordinator is expected
Committee. Meetings are urged to send            mail it to Patsy Shotwell, 416 Conant Road,      to work out of the FGC office in
representatives to the YM Nominating             Weston, MA 02493. Contacts: Patsy                Philadelphia, PA. The application dead-
Committee to get Friends in every corner         Shotwell 781/899-5367 • pshotwell@com-           line is March 9. Contact: FGC at 215/561-
of the YM serving on committees! Please or Marcia L. Mason, 802/863-5784        1700 or look on
consider serving the YM. Contact Nancy           •
Haines 508/435-9660 •                                                             Quaker Initiative to End Torture
                                                 New England USFW Spring Gathering                   A second Quaker Initiative to End
NEYM Logo Challenge                                 On Sunday, May 6, USFW (United Society        Torture conference has been scheduled
    The Publications and Communications          of Friends Women) of NEYM will meet in           for June 1–6 at Guilford College in
is looking for a LOGO to adopt as part of        Durham, ME. Our speaker will be Margaret         Greensboro, NC to continue to plan for
our "public face". We will use it on the         Stoltzfus, Clerk of the USFW International       long-term work to end, treat and prevent
NEYM Web site, our print publications,           and former Presiding Clerk of Iowa Yearly        torture. Watch for more details at quit-
etc. If your submission is in color, it should   Meeting (FUM). In July the Triennial of
easily convert to black and white. Please        USFW International and Quaker Men
submit your designs email to pub-                International will be held in Indianapolis,      New Quaker Universalist pamphlet or by mail it to the office          IN. We are likely to have visitors traveling         The Quaker Universalist Fellowship has
by May 15, 2007.                                 in ministry around YM following the              a new pamphlet on the web: “Radiant in
                                                 Triennial. Contact Ann Armstrong 978/425-        Joy” by Paul Gilk. It focuses on the widen-
Increasing Quarterly Meeting                     4620 •                             ing gulf between fundamentalism and
Participation                                                                                     gospel order. You can find this new pub-
   To increase participation at Quarterly        USFW International Triennial                     lication at:
Meeting, several meetings have begun                USFW of NEYM is looking for women   
appointing representatives to each               who would like to attend the USFW
Quarterly Meeting session who then report        International Triennial to be held in            New edition of Healing Ourselves and
back to their meeting. Some meetings             Indianapolis, IN July 19–22. Five inspir-        the Earth
include Quarterly Meeting highlights in          ing Quaker women speakers from all over              Quaker Earthcare Witness has pub-
their newsletters while others include the       the world will share on the topics of prayer,    lished an updated and revised version of
minutes. Contact your MM or QM clerk!            encouragement, unity, understanding &            Elizabeth G. Watson’s book Healing
                                                 peace. Contact Marian Baker 603/478-             Ourselves and the Earth. To order visit
Inform Students about Military                   5650 • or come to    or call 802/658-0308
Recruitment                                      the spring gathering of New England
    American Friends Service Committee           USFW to learn more.
is seeking additional volunteers willing to
help insure that every student in New            1st Annual Int’l Quaker Scout-Guide
England has access to balanced and accu-         Gathering
rate information about military recruit-            On April 13–15 Friends involved with
ment and participation in war. Did you           scouting/guiding internationally will meet
know parents and students have a right to        at the Western YM Meetinghouse &
“opt out” of the requirement to provide          Conference Center in Plainfield, IN. Enjoy
student info to the military database? There     campfire, patch trading, and more.
are many ways to help in your local com-         Sponsored by Friends Committee on
munity. Training and materials are avail-        Scouting, an affiliate of FWCC. Contact:
able. Contact Bill Sweet 617/661-6130 • or            visit                        
Presiding Clerk, Christopher McCandless, I Treasurer, Nancy Isaacs, I NEYM OFFICE: 901 Pleasant St., Worcester, MA 01602-1908
• 508/754-6760 • FAX: 508/754-9401 • • • OFFICE HOURS: Tu–Fri, 9am–5pm I Accounts Manager, Alison Hersey, I
Administrative Secretary, Katharine Clark, I Christian Education Coordinator, Beth Collea, I Field Secretary, Jonathan Vogel-
Borne I Interim Field Secretary (Oct-Apr), Deana Chase, I Young Friends–Young Adult Friends Coordinator, Kimberly Allen,
I The New England Friend: Editor, Jonathan Vogel-Borne I Archivist, Marnie Miller-Gutsell, 121 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906 • 401/273-8107 • I FRIENDS CAMP,
Nat Shed, Director, 25 Burleigh St., Waterville, ME 04901 • 207/873-3499 • • I MOSES BROWN SCHOOL, Joanne Hoffman, Head,
250 Lloyd Ave., Providence, RI 02906 • 401/831-7359 • I NEW ENGLAND FRIENDS HOME–THAYER HOUSE, Gretchen Condon, Director, 86 Turkey Hill
Lane, Hingham, MA 02043 •781/749-3556 • I YOUTH RETREATS: Grades 2-5, Kevin Lee 508/994-1638; Grades 6-8: Gretchen Baker-Smith 508/997-
0940 •; Grades 9-12: Kimberly Allen 207/754-9353 •

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  April 2007                                                                                   15    RI–Smithfield QM—Smithfield FM (RI)
    20–22      YF’s Retreat—Mt Toby FM (MA)                                                    28    Falmouth QM—DurhamMM (ME)
       22      Salem QM—Framingham FM (MA)                                                      2    Sandwich QM—Allen’s Neck MM (MA)
       28      YAF Day of Service—Boston (MA) Area (TBA)                                       29    Dover QM—Location, TBA
       28      Falmouth QM—Location TBA                                                  August 2007
       28      Sandwich QM—E Sandwich Prep                                                      4 Permanent Board meeting at Sessions
       28      Sessions Committee—Location TBA                                                4–9 YM Sessions—Bryant University, Smithfield RI
       28      All Maine Gathering—Friends Camp, S China (ME)                                   9 Permanent Board meeting at Sessions
       29      Dover QM—Location TBA                                                     September 2007
                                                                                              7–9 Northwest QM—Farm & Wilderness (VT)
  May 2007                                                                                    8–9 Vassalboro QM retreat Friends Camp, South China
      4–6      Jr. High Retreat—Portland FM (ME)                                                   ME
      4–6      Seniors’ Retreat—Monadnock FM (NH)                                              15 Ministry & Counsel—Location, TBA
        6      NE USFW—Durham MM (ME)                                                          22 Sessions Committee—Location, TBA
        6      CT Valley QM—So. Berkshire MM (MA)                                              29 Committee Day—W Falmouth Prep (MA)
       12      Clerking/leadership workshop—Location, TBA                                      30 Dover QM—Location, TBA
       14      Coordinating & Advisory—Worcester FM (MA)
    18–20      Elementary retreat—Woolman Hill (MA)
       19      Ministry & Counsel—Location TBA

  June 2007                                                                                   2007 Sessions, Sat. August 4 – Thurs. August 9
       2–3     Northwest QM—Farm & Wilderness (VT)                                            —Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island—
         9     Committee Day—Midcoast FM (ME)
        16     Permanent Board—Location TBA                                                   Theme: “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary”
        24     Coordinating & Advisory—Lawrence                                               Keynote:
                                                                                              Bible Half Hour:
  July 2007                                                                                   Tuesday Night:

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