The Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology Announces its Annual Memorial Day Weekend Conference [on Zoom]
The 79th annual—and second virtual—Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology will meet on Zoom over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30 to explore The Alchemy of an Extraordinary Year and Its Potential for Personal Transformation
FCRP is a nonprofit Quaker organization that explores spiritual growth and the journey to wholeness through in-depth psychology, specifically Jungian psychology, and other spiritual practices and body-soul integration work. The past year has been one in which we all lost something, including a sense of safety. This conference will focus on sorting through the inner experiences of what the challenging months we’ve all endured in an effort to discern light in the darkness.
Our plenary speakers are Marian Dunlea, M.Sc., IAAP, ICP, a Jungian analyst, author, and head of the Marion Woodman Foundation’s Body Soul Training in Europe. Marion calls her somatically focused therapeutic techniques “BodyDreaming. She will explain how neuroscience, analytical psychology, attachment theory, and trauma therapy figure in the work she does—and show us techniques to transform engrained patterns of thought and behavior.
Monika Wikman, Ph.D., is also a Jungian analyst and author, as well as an astrologer and dream researcher. Monika will explain how delving into the dark corners of the unconscious can help us connect to a broader universe of who we are. She will enlist our active imaginations to lead us on an “alchemical journey through the Underworld to discern the soul’s true aim in chaos.”
You can learn more about our speakers here: https://www.fcrp-quaker.org/fcrp-speakers-2021
There are four plenary talks and three sessions of the interest group you choose from among these options: deep meditation/relaxation techniques; body-soul movement; discussion of the plenaries; visioning with art materials and movement; personal exploration of a myth; reflective writing; and a deeper look at routine habits of thought that keep us from flourishing. (You stay with the same group throughout the weekend.) For the schedule of events, please click here: https://www.fcrp-quaker.org/fcrp-2021-schedule
The cost of our conference is $85, but we also have a sliding scale for those who are facing financial challenges. Additionally, we have a scholarship option which eliminates fees almost entirely.
Sally Campbell invites our community to attend “Calling All The Children Home: Songs of the Spirit, Faith, and Inclusion”, a livestreamed concert by John McCutcheon, on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at 7:30pm EDT.
John McCutcheon, the renowned folksinger and one-time seminarian, has never shied away from spiritual and religious imagery in his music. One critic described him as “someone who can talk about God without creeping you out.” His songs of dignity, courage, and compassion are rooted in a generations-deep faith. He’ll tell stories and sing about what he thinks is his most subtle and important work.
Sponsored and co-produced by NYQM Ministry and Counsel Committee.
Tickets range from $5 to $50, and can be purchased online.
To learn more about John as a delightful and dedicated Quaker, here’s a link to a radio interview with Mark Helpsmeet at Friends General Conference in 2019.
At our next 2nd Saturday Bible study we’ll look at Psalm 8, a song of praise.
Come and join us as we meet to worship outdoors every Thursday evening from the beginning of May to the end of September, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, near the Labyrinth of Contemplation in the northwest corner of Battery Park.
You can look for the colorful flower flags over the benches.
We will be wearing masks and socially distancing but as the sign we put up on the gate says, ‘ALL ARE WELCOME’.
For more information contact Sally Campbell or go to the Downtown Manhattan Quaker Meeting Facebook page.
Sally Campbell shares:
Kia Heath is a Morningsider from a long time ago whom I see often at Pendle Hill worship. She asked if I might find someone to give her a hand since she is in the process of moving from an elevator building on 106th Street and Broadway to a two-flight walk up nearby. She needs help carrying a 6’ aluminum ladder back and forth and help painting or spotting her as she paints the walls.
If you can help any day from Wednesday April 21st through Sunday April 25th please contact email@example.com for Kia’s contact information.
We’re thrilled to be opening our Quaker Cemetery in Prospect Park for a Spring Work Day. Join us for a day of restoration, wandering, contemplation, and simply enjoying the beauty of the cemetery.
To ensure everyone’s safety we’re breaking the day into two sessions, with each session limited to 30 people. We also ask that Friends bring their own food, drink and whatever work utensils you can.
First session: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m Sign Up Here https://www.nycquakers.org/event/spring-work-day-in-the-quaker-cemetery-prospect-park-morning-session/
Second Session: 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Sign Up Here https://www.nycquakers.org/event/spring-work-day-in-the-quaker-cemetery-prospect-park-afternoon-session/
Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 15th.
A rain date to come.
Charlene Ray shares the following announcement:
We’re all aging, it’s what we do! And sometimes that is wonderful, and sometimes it is scary, but we need not do it alone.
The ARCH Foundations Workshop (formerly the ARCH Visitor Training) is an introduction to the ARCH network: over 150 Friends in NYYM who form a community of practice. It is open to anyone in NYYM who would like to connect with a network of resources and support for a ministry of caring for each other and ourselves as we grow older or are differently-abled.
Our four weeks together (Saturdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8) will be engaging, reflective, nourishing, informative, and fun. Please sign up today to participate by going to the New York Yearly Meeting website (www.nyym.org)m click on ARCH on the right column, go to Joining the ARCH Network and click on the ‘sign up today’ link in the last sentence. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SY Bowland shares that there will be a meeting of the Jig is Up! Movement on Monday, April 5th at 7pm on Zoom. All are invited to attend.
Details of the meeting, including login information, are included in this document. The meeting organizers also make the following request: “As we prepare for our time together on Monday, please Read/View Video that Spirit brings us to the Moment and the Mission!”
Joyce Richardson shares:
The online publication, The City, has a clever way for you to compare your opinions with the policy positions of the candidates: education, policing, charter schools, taxation, open streets and more. It’s called Meet Your Mayor.
The next Racial Justice Study Group will be held Sunday March 28, 1pm. The same Zoom link used for meeting for worship sent out by Ministry & Counsel will be used. We hope you can join us for a discussion on “Othering” Blackness.
Prior to the RJSG meeting please view this 14 minute interview with noted author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on a Bill Moyers program. https://billmoyers.com/2014/12/16/nigerian-author-chimananda-ngozi-adichie-identity/
We will also discuss the first 11 pages of Chapter 12 of Isabel Wilkerson’s book, Caste.
Feel free to take notes on the taped interview and the reading for our discussion.