March 17, 2018 Violence and Nonviolence in the Age of Guns
A Pastoral Care Thread Gathering
Friends met Saturday, March 17, to learn about ways in which community building can be a nonviolent response to conflict, mental health first aid, and relational violence/intimate partner violence. You can find materials shared from the workshops here:
- Beth Popelka Empowerment Workshops Flyer
- George Schaefer Mental Health First Aid PowerPoint
- Lutheran Settlement House Materials:
This Thread Gathering will take up the question: What issues face us when it comes to maintaining our historic properties and burial grounds? How do we honor their history by making them available for the future? How can we use them as tools for outreach? How do we fundraise for them?
About Thread Gatherings
Thread Gatherings began in January of 2013 to draw meetings into closer fellowship, to nurture our collective wisdom and corporate ministry, and to share resources so work can be joined and strengthened. The image of the “thread” was and remains a useful metaphor, representing aspects of Quaker Faith and Practice that weave us together, as it were. From 2013 to 2015, six Thread Gatherings were held annually. Then in 2016, we engaged in some experimentation and added a few additional goals to Thread Gatherings: to provide the conditions for sustainable community and for shared work to be coordinated and continued. The addition of these goals means that each Thread Gathering needs custom designing and expectations that are more specific to the topic at hand. Therefore, beginning in 2017, we reduced the number of Thread Gatherings to three per year.
Thread Gatherings are Different from Friends in Fellowship
Read more about the upcoming Friends in Fellowship opportunities.
As with Thread Gatherings, Friends in Fellowship is a series of events that bring Friends—and friends of Friends—together for fellowship, wine & refreshments, and networking. There will be a short talk on a topic of interest and an opportunity to connect with like-minded people of all ages.
Unlike Thread Gatherings, these events focus on bringing together people with various particular professions or major interests who also happen to be Quaker.
Together, Thread Gatherings and Friends and Fellowship opportunities make it easy for Quakers to find each other in the ways most suitable to their leadings and interests. Consult the PYM Calendar for even more ways to get involved!