In 2015 Quaker Spring will return to the Northeast and will be held at Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie NY from June 26-July 1. For more information on next summer's gathering, go to:
Friends of various ages and background have come together & spent time listening to ways the winds of the Spirit are blowing through their lives. We've found it a little hard to explain concretely what a gathering such as this one is actually like. Deborah Haines wrote a piece attempting to describe this called:
Micah Bales blog entry Quaker Spring: A New Creation
The Closing Minute from the 2011 gathering
The Epistle from QuakerCamp in Stillwater (on the original 2007 gathering) and
A Friends Journal article on that gathering called Blessed by the Witness of God.
75 Friends from 8 different YMs attended the 2013 gathering in Deerfield MA. About 60 Friends gathered in 2014 in Barnesville OH including Friends from England, Ireland, and California.
You can find links to lots of material from earlier gatherings including epistles, queries, minutes of exercise and talks by Susan Smith, Fran Taber, and others, on the right side bar.
costs are deliberately kept very low (around $30-35/day per adult). Fees are on a
"freewill offering/pay what you feel led" basis, so no one need stay away for reasons of limited funds. There are children's
programs in the morning and childcare available in the evening.
We especially welcome Young Adult Friends! One of the most exciting things about these gatherings has been the powerful sharing across generational lines between Young Adult and older Friends. Many in both groups have spoken of how powerful and unusual this experience has been. To see more about this, go to YAFs at Quaker Spring.
Our planning/discerning group currently includes: Deborah Haines (Baltimore YM), Micah Bales (Friends of Jesus Fellowship), Susan Smith
(Ohio YM), Peter Blood-Patterson, Janet Hough, Frederick Martin & Jonathan Vogel-Borne (New England YM), Kristin Olson-Kennedy (NC YM - Conservative), Dorothy Henderson (Pacific & Lake Erie YMs), and Ellen
Deacon (Philadelphia YM).
You can email the Quaker Spring planning group if you have questions or ideas about this summer's gathering or to be added to our mailing list. If you prefer, you may also write Deborah Haines, 2794 Fort Scott Dr, Arlington VA 22202 or call her at 703-706-8176.
We welcome contributions to support these gatherings. For more information on how this can be helpful, please go to: Contributions to Quaker Spring