Spiritual Deepening and Spiritual Formation

The Spiritual Deepening Program from FGC

The Spiritual Deepening Program seeks to deepen the life, worship, and witness of Quaker meetings, individual Friends, and newcomers. The program serves those who are new to the Quaker way by presenting resources important to the personal and communal spiritual journey. It serves Friends who are no longer new by providing additional depth and encouragement to continue their travel on the Quaker journey.

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Spiritual Formation Program from BYM

Do You Seek a Deeper Spiritual Experience?
Does Your Meeting Seek a Deeper Spiritual Community?
The Baltimore Yearly Meeting Spiritual Formation Program invites its participants into a deeper experience of God’s presence through retreats, devotional readings, spiritual community and individual spiritual practices. Spiritual Formation provides a practical way for people in our busy culture to turn to God with their hearts through daily spiritual practices, with their minds through spiritual reading, and with their human relationships through local friendship groups.

The Spiritual Formation Program has three elements:

(1) Retreat weekends in the spring and the fall engage participants in exploring their individual spiritual lives and sharing their discoveries within small groups or with other individual participants. (It is strongly recommended but not mandatory to attend the retreats.)

(2) At home, each participant is encouraged to devote at least 15 minutes per day to a spiritual practice. Resources for exploring a wide range of spiritual practices are available.

(3) Also at home, participants attend two meetings per month: a meeting of the entire local group to share hospitality and reflections on a spiritual reading that all have agreed to read; and a gathering with a friendship group, a subset of 3-5 people from the local group. Friendship groups meet at times and places of their own choosing to share personal spiritual journeys and to support one another in spiritual practices.

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May Book Discussion Group

A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman

The book discussion group is reading reading A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman.

The discussion group will meet at 7 pm at the Stanton’s home on Wednesday, May 31.

An inspiring affirmation of love for life and acceptance of people for their essence and individual quirks. A Man Called Ove is a perfect selection for book clubs. It’s well written and replete with universal concerns. It lacks violence and profanity, is life-affirming and relationship-driven. The book is bittersweet, tender, often wickedly humorous and almost certain to elicit tears. I contentedly wept my way through a box of tissues when I first read the novel and again when I savored it for a second time.
– BookBrowse.com

Charlie Zahm – An Evening of Broadway Music

Friday, May 12, 2017 | 7:30 PM | $15

Charlie ZahmJoin Charlie Zahm for an Evening of Broadway Music. With a baritone voice some have described as “coming along once in a generation,” Charlie is perfect to perform for us a great variety of Broadway Tunes. Charlie is also one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime, and American Traditional music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings-and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs! Charlie will be accompanied by guitarist Steve Hobson.
Charlie has always been taken by the senses of time, place and social consciousness preserved in traditional music, and through years of dedication and a wide variety of studies and travels he has earned a reputation of truly being committed to his craft.

Tickets are $15, and will be available at the door. Doors will open at 7:00 PM, and concert will start at 7:30 PM. For more information call: 610-869-8076.

Email: friendsfolkclub@aol.com or www.charliezahm.com. Facebook

The Friends Folk Club is an all volunteer-community run concert series.

Hillbilly Elegy – book discussion

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

The book discussion group is reading Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance.

The discussion group will meet at 7 pm at the Stanton’s home on Wednesday, April 26.

 From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

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LanChester Chorus to present Spring Concert

The LanChester Chorus will present a Spring Concert at Oxford Friends Meeting on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

The Chorus consists of 25-30 mixed voices from communities within Lancaster and Chester Counties and has been meeting in Christiana, PA for the past 60+ years.

Music performed at spring concerts is a combination of traditional, patriotic, show tunes, and fun numbers.

The current Director is Kimberly Kusnersyk and Accompanist is Christine Keiffer.

Doors open at 7:00 pm and starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults, Children 12 and under are free. Refreshments are available at a reasonable price.

The Oxford Friends Meeting, at 260 S. 5th Street, Oxford, PA, is a century old Quaker Meetinghouse with great acoustics. For more information: Call 717-575-2435 or email info@oxfordfriends.org.

Climate Change and Your Health



PRESENTER: Alan Peterson, MD
WHERE: Society of Friends (Quaker) Meetinghouse
110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, PA 17603
WHEN: 12:00 noon on Sunday March 26, 2017

Dr. Peterson points out that over 97% of peer reviewed climatologists state that the climate is changing due to human activities at a rate that has never been seen on earth before. Climate change is the cause of a broad range of adverse health effects including, among others- chronic lung diseases, heart disease, cancer, and stroke.  He has tremendous concerns for his children and grandchildren, as well as those in the rest of the world.  Dr. Peterson will present the scientific data and those of others on what we can do to try to prevent climate change from ending life on earth as we have lived it and enjoyed it.

“Between 2011 and 2014, Greenland lost a trillion tons of ice.”

“The World Health Organization says climate change is the most significant medical issue of our century.”

Dr. Peterson is Emeritus Director of Environmental and Community Medicine of Lancaster General Health, having started in 1979.  He helped to educate each of the Family Medicine Residents who graduated from Lancaster General Health. Dr. Peterson has received numerous awards and recognition including the Henry Wentz Award in Medical Education and the American Lung Association 2013 National Volunteer Excellence Award.  He has spoken to the public on a wide range of health issues and has offered testimony to many public government groups including members of the Pennsylvania legislature and most recently the Pennsylvania Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee in Harrisburg.