Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting - Fall 2016

posted Sep 7, 2016, 7:24 AM by Site Administrator

When:  Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Michigan Friends Center (7748 Clark Lake Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118)

Program includes: 

o   Natalie Holbrook , American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Michigan Director to talk about the Michigan Criminal Justice Program, including The Good Neighbor Project

o   Singing  led by Thomas Taylor (Ann Arbor)

o   Walking the trails of Friends Lake

o   Updates on the upcoming clerking workshop led by Art Larrabee; on Michigan Quakers for Environmental Action (MQEA),  and on Friends School.

o   Meeting for Worship for the Conduct of Business

o   Lunch arranged by Birmingham Friends ($7.50 suggested donation)

o   Youth program by Red Cedar Meeting

o   Time to get to know and to form bonds with fellow Quakers  and with the natural world.  

2016 Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting

posted Jan 18, 2016, 1:20 PM by Site Administrator

Mid-Winter Gathering 2016

Hosted by Grand Rapids Friends Meeting

Saturday, February 27
9:00am – 4:00pm

Genesis United Methodist Church 
1601 Galbraith Avenue SE 
(2 miles east of I-96, off Cascade Road SE)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Annual Muste Lecture to Consider the Power of Nonviolence

posted Nov 5, 2013, 10:27 AM by Site Administrator

Dr. David Cortright will present the address “The power of nonviolence: Why peaceful methods are more effective than the use of force” on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music through the A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series at Hope College.

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We Have Faith Exhibit on Display at Hope Church

posted Nov 5, 2013, 10:26 AM by Site Administrator

A photo exhibit entitled, We Have Faith, will be on display in the Gathering Area at Hope Church, November 3–17, 2013. We Have Faith is a museum-quality traveling photo-text exhibit featuring well-known LGBT and allied clergy and people of many faiths and denominations, including Christians, Jews and Muslims. A public open house will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2-4 p.m. with comments at 3 p.m. All are invited to experience this exceptional and inspiring resource that will open minds and hearts. This exhibit is sponsored by Hope Church’s Reconciliation Ministry. Hope Church is located at 77 W. 11th Street in Holland. For more information, please go to

Expanded Meeting Schedule

posted Feb 26, 2013, 9:08 AM by Site Administrator

The meeting has been given approval from Western Theological Seminary for us to meet there on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of every month, rather than just the second Sunday as we've been doing for the last couple of years.

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream workshop at Michigan Friends Center, Saturday, October 6, 2012

posted Sep 25, 2012, 2:15 PM by Site Administrator

All are invited to participate in a day-long (9:30 – 3:30) workshop at Michigan Friends Center on Saturday, October 6, entitled “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream.” 

The workshop has been designed to help “bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth.”  The day will include presentations, videos, discussions and meditation periods.  The workshop has been developed by the international Pachamama Alliance, with participation from many leading figures and organizations, including Voices for Earth Justice.

Lunch will be provided.  The event is free; a contribution toward the cost of lunch will be accepted.

Please register by Thursday, October 4.  Online registration is available at or

Or send an email message to or

Beal Memorial Lecture: "Peacemaking in a Violent World: A Christian Perspective

posted Sep 24, 2012, 4:18 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 24, 2012, 4:20 AM ]

Thurs, Sept. 27, 7pm

by Dr. Steve Bouma-Prediger, professor of religion at Hope College. Q&A and fellowship time follow.  Open to all. Hosted by Peace with Justice group of First United Methodist Church, with the collaboration of 28 diverse congregations and groups, including ACEH (Aliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony).  Event named for the late Dr. Philip Beal, peace activist, teacher, ACEH member.  At First United Methodist Church, 57 West 10th St, Holland.

Friends General Conference Gathering

posted Jan 10, 2011, 12:59 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Jan 10, 2011, 1:01 PM ]

The Friends General Conference Gathering will be at Grinnell College in Iowa from 3-9 July (see

Winter Gathering (Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting)

posted Jan 10, 2011, 12:53 PM by Site Administrator

Winter Gathering (Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting) will be on January 29 at Red Cedar MM in Lansing, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Some folks from the Grand Rapids meeting may also be going, and anyone from here could possibly carpool with them.  From the announcement:

Brian Edmiston, a long-time Friend and educator from Ohio will be leading an exploration of intergenerational worship and ways to better integrate adults and children in the life of our Meetings.  The day will include opportunities for young Friends to participate and contribute, so children are not only welcome, but needed!  (Childcare will be provided as well, as we expect the children will also want some free play time with each other.)

Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty to Speak at Hope Collete

posted Jan 7, 2011, 8:56 AM by Site Administrator

Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, will be visiting Hope College on Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) and will give a talk at 4:00 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium (in the Martha Miller Center, corner of Columbia Ave. and 10th St.) on the moral, legal and social issues surrounding the death penalty.  Her talk is sponsored by the the Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology and Social Work, and Women's Studies at Hope College, but the public is welcome. 

Diann Rust-Tierney comes to NCADP from the Capital Punishment Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, which she has directed since 1991. As ACLU’s lead strategist and spokeswoman on the death penalty, she helped develop and coordinate national strategy on capital punishment. Her efforts included expanding efforts to educate the public about the problems associated with the death penalty and building broad coalitions with new partners to help spread the abolitionist message.

A former NCADP board member, Diann received her undergraduate degree in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio and her law degree from the University of Maryland.

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