[saymaListserv] Asheville Meeting Retreat on John Woolman

Evdavwes at aol.com Evdavwes at aol.com
Sun Sep 8 16:04:33 JEST 2002

Dear Friends,

Asheville (NC) Friends Meeting announces a retreat October 4 and 5:  "John 
Woolman: Mysticism and Activism," led by Michael Birkel of the Earlham 
College Religion Department.  This is open to anyone, whether Friends or not. 
 Please let your Meetings know of this event.  Those from out of town are 
invited to request housing from Asheville Meeting friends.  A flyer in 
Microsoft Word Format is available on request from David Clements 
(evdavwes at aol.com).  Payment of $25 or a request for a scholarship is 
required to hold a place.  A registration form is below.  Note that Michael 
will be leading a forum on the reading of Scripture on First Day following 
the retreat (October 6).  The forum will be without charge and open to all.


John Woolman: Mysticism and Activism

John Woolman is attractive to both contemplatives and activists.  He holds 
together what often gets divided among Friends. We will look at him as a 
model for the integrated spiritual life, and explore both the depths of his 
mystical experience and the commitments he made to a more just and peaceful 

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Schedule for the Retreat:
October 4, 6-8:30 pm: Potluck and introductory session at the Meeting House
October 5, 9:30 to 12 and 2 to 5: retreat location to be announced on October 
   Optional dinner with Michael Birkel at a local restaurant after the 
October 6: Michael will lead an after-Meeting forum on the worshipful reading 
of Scripture.

*    Attendance is limited to 40.  We must receive your payment or a request 
for a scholarship in order to hold your place.
*    The fee for the retreat is $25, with scholarship assistance available.
* Scholarships are also available for dinner with Michael Birkel on October 
*    Childcare will be provided if requested by September 20.
*    For childcare requests or other questions, call David Clements at (828) 

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Michael Birkel has taught in the Religion Department at Earlham College for 
the last sixteen years.  His interests range from Biblical studies to 
Quakerism to comparative mysticism.  He has just completed a book on John 
Woolman.  He has been a speaker and retreat leader among Friends for over 
twenty years, ministering at various Yearly Meetings as well as Pendle Hill, 
the School of the Spirit, and Friends General Conference.  He is an active 
member of Clear Creek Monthly Meeting of Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting.  He and 
his wife, Gwen Halsted, a physician, enjoy music, hiking, and cooking 
together.  They have two children.  Anna Margaret, 15, loves fiction and 
playing the piano and the violin.  Jonathan, 8, loves maps and dinosaurs.

         Reply form below: Please print out and return with payment


Registration for the Asheville Friends Meeting retreat on October 4-5, 2002.
Mail to David Clements, 79 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC  28801
Call David Clements at (828) 285-0601 by September 20 with requests for 
Fees paid are not refundable unless cancellation is received by September 20.


Address: ______________________________________________________________

Tel: __________________________  Email: _____________________________


               Number attending ___________ times $25 fee equals……. 

              Plus contribution for future programs and scholarships……    

                               Less scholarship requested……….                

   Total enclosed (checks payable to Asheville Friends Meeting)……

Please check ____ I/we would like scholarship assistance for dinner with 
Michael Birkel on October 5

Blessings and Peace,

David Clements, for the Spiritual Enrichment Committee:

Norma Buckingham, norma724 at charter.net, 296-0980
Margaret Farmer, farmers1066 at charter.net and sporos27 at yahoo.com, 298-5961
Margaret Normile, margaretnormile at peoplepc.com, 658-3307
Virginia Redfield (away until late September),  vredfield at charter.net, 
David Clements, evdavwes at aol.com, 285-0601

Please let David Clements know if you desire not to receive emails regarding 
Asheville Friends Meeting events.
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