Pittsburgh Friends Meeting supports nonviolence

Letter from Jim Humphries–
Dear Pittsburgh Friends,
I’m writing to tell you about a weekend workshop at Friends Center in Barnesville, OH, scheduled for April 26-28, 2013. The workshop, titled “Rediscovering the Quaker Way of Gospel Nonviolence,” will be co-led by Noah Baker-Merrill and myself, both of New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM) – see description below. We are seeking participation and possible support from Pittsburgh Friends.
We are intentionally reaching out to young adults and Friends from distant parts of the country in an effort to ensure a lively, intergenerational discussion, drawing upon diverse experiences. Recognizing that Barnesville is not the easiest or cheapest place to get to, we are hoping to offer low-cost shuttle transportation for those who choose to travel by air or train to Pittsburgh.
It would be wonderful if there were Pittsburgh F/friends who want to participate and provide transportation for other participants. We would also be pleased to borrow a van for the weekend if that were a possibility and arrange for one of us or another participant to drive it, picking people up at the train station and/or airport.
Thank you for your consideration. You may contact me directly for more information and to discuss possible arrangements: jhumphries@igc.org or 860-216-7972.
In the Light,
John Humphries
Hartford Monthly Meeting
More information about the workshop, including registration, is available here: Rediscovering the Quaker Way of Gospel Nonviolence
April 26-28, 2013
On the Friends Center website:
http://www.ohioyearlymeeting.org/programs/friends-center/
Or find and share the workshop on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/142814195877006/?fref=ts
Here’s a brief description of the workshop:
The Occupy movement has evoked comparisons with previous nonviolent movements for social and economic reform, including those led by Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mohandas Gandhi. King and Gandhi – like the early Quakers – drew inspiration for nonviolent witness from the provocative words and deeds of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels. During this weekend we will explore the integration of Quaker spirituality and nonviolent witness.

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