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2019 Brochure for Caln Quarter Annual Gathering of Friends

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Dear Friends,

Go here to register online:

Camp Swatara takes place this year on May 3 - May 5, 2019, at Camp Swatara, Bethel, PA
Please register online or by mail through April 19, 2019.

For complete information, click on the PDF file link at the bottom of the announcement page to download the 2019 Brochure for Caln Quarter Annual Gathering of Friends. 

This year’s theme is "Love is the way: Where will it lead?" Marcelle Martin, our 2019  plenary speaker and workshop leader, will guide our learning about supporting each other on our spiritual journey through a variety of means including storytelling, discussion, and guided experience. Marcelle is the author of Our Life Is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey which explores the transformational spiritual journey of the first Quakers, who turned to the Light of Christ within and allowed it to be their guide.”  

The weekend offers workshops and activities designed for all ages, please see the activity schedule for more details. The weekend will include yoga, hiking, art, music, dance and Worship- and of course the annual Intergenerational Talent show on Saturday evening. New this year we invite all to bring a poster display of programs or activities that your meeting or committees are working on. Our hope is to foster communication and collaboration between Meetings on projects that are of interest to many. This is planned for Saturday afternoon.

Beyond these offerings, there are a variety of programs for children and young adults. Middle School and Young Friends’ programs are coordinated by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff and open to all PYM youth. Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35ish) who wish to share a cabin can indicate their preference on the registration form.

Friends will gather for Meeting for Worship followed by the Caln Quarter’s Meeting for Worship with attention to Business on Saturday and will also have the opportunity to worship as a gathered community on First Day.

Lodging is available in cabins, heated lodges, and a hotel-type lodge. Four bunk-style lodges have bathroom and shower facilities; we will offer same-sex cabins, if requested. Meals are buffet style with a vegetarian option at each meal. Please join us for this delightful weekend with our Quaker community. Relax, learn, play, and chat with Friends of all ages; take home new ideas, friendships and lots of memories.

In order to remove economic barriers to participation at the Caln Quarter Spring Meeting at Swatara, we are adopting a Pay As Led registration this year. Registrants will be asked to discern what their budget will allow them to spend to attend the weekend gathering. Some Friends will pay a portion of the actual costs and other Friends may feel led to pay more than the actual costs if they are able.