Our mission is to foster spiritual growth after the manner of Friends (Quaker) and to strengthen the application of Friends’ testimonies in the world.
We offer programs for all ages. We rent this quiet space for your family reunions, school retreats, church groups, and small conferences.
April 19-21, 2019
This weekend has become a favorite of many F/friends and families. Whether you come to work and sing, work and play, or work - this weekend is for you! We'll have childcare for the young ones while we work.
The work: Build. Design. Chop. Split and stack. Dig. Paint. Sew. Plant. Wash. Make the snacks. Eat the snacks. Our executive directors and maintenance manager will be on hand to direct the tasks. There are always lots of things to do inside and out to get Powell House ready for spring and summer. Let us know you are coming, and we will let you know if you can bring any specific tools with you.
The music: We will rehearse selected parts of the Messiah on Friday after supper. If you sing or play and instrument, come prepared to participate. The computer recording will support our best efforts. Of course, we will be singing the Hallelujah Chorus through at least once on Sunday morning!
The scavenger hunt: This event will occupy us on Saturday evening as we roam throughout the Powell House grounds to gather all the items on the list! Families can participate together or split up into different groups. A special prize will await all those who participate in the challenge of the hunt.
Register by April 5: $85/adults; $15/children & youth
After April 5: $105/adults; $35/children & youth
Childcare will be provided for children 9 and under.
March 22-24, 2019
If art leads you to a deeper spiritual journey or your spiritual journey leads you to be more creative or if you just want to explore the relationship between creativity and spirituality, this retreat is for you. Through all forms of creativity we find opportunities for deepening our spiritual journey. In a creative community we will delve into the interrelationship between creativity and spirituality through a variety of art forms - possibilities include: quilting, weaving, sculpting with clay, painting with watercolors, knitting, crochet, cooking/baking, origami. Each area will be led by a specialist, and the time will be rich with worship and creating. The weekend culminates with a whole group sharing of our creative process and our creations. This multigenerational weekend has become one of our most popular, so we're in two houses. Register early if you have a favorite room or a specific building.
Register by March 8: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters
After March 8: $260/$145/$90/$195
March 29-31, 2019
In each of our Friends Meetings—regardless of the form of our worship—there are Friends to whom God has given a heart for this particular people; this particular community.
Such Friends feel called to walk lovingly alongside individuals and encourage them in their spiritual development. They also hold a concern for the wellbeing of the Meeting as a body. Each Friend brings gifts to the ecosystem of the Meeting. Those with specifically pastoral gifts find laid upon their hearts the health of the whole, and they express this calling in a variety of ways which may include vocal ministry, spiritual accompaniment and encouragement, pastoral care, teaching, conflict resolution and facilitating the ongoing connectedness of the Meeting community. They hold “the big picture”.
Pastoral ministry is alive among Friends, whether or not we recognize it by that name.
For the past several years New England and New York Yearly Meetings have been working to find new ways to support Friends called to pastoral ministry. Last year, we expanded our definition of “pastoral ministry” to include all those Friends who are alive in this work.
“They Gathered Around” will be a weekend retreat for—and of—such Friends, called into pastoral ministry (by whatever name), for mutual encouragement and growth. The title—“They Gathered Around”—is a reference to the first followers of Jesus of Nazareth, who gathered, quite literally, around him and then discovered that their work was to engage in beloved community with one another.
Who might your meeting send to join this retreat?
They Gathered Around: A weekend to encourage Friends called to pastoral ministry
Powell House Retreat and Conference Center, Old Chatham, NY, March 29-31
Register: $280-200/adults www.powellhouse.org
About the workshop facilitators:
Emily Provance a member of Fifteenth Street Monthly Meeting in New York Yearly Meeting, is called to a ministry of hearth building–that is, she feels called to the work of creating a home for Friends, a community rich with opportunities that are so nourishing that each of us can then turn around and minister in the world, fully fed.
Nia Thomas is a member of Northampton Friends Meeting (Massachusetts). She has served on staff of New England Yearly Meeting since 2010 leading retreats for youth & adults. She is passionate about creating peer circles for critical conversations which deepen the life of local meetings.
Hilary Burgin values creating opportunities for people to know one another more deeply. She formerly worked as the Young Adult Engagement Coordinator for NEYM, supporting young adults in community-building and monthly meetings in practicing welcoming and outreach to young(er) folks. She is the current Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service.
When you consider the ecosystem of your Meeting (and regardless of formal role):
- Who in your meeting holds a continual concern for the well-being of the Meeting as a body? In other words, to whom has God “given a heart” for your people?
- Who walks alongside individuals and/or Meetings and encourages them in their spiritual development?
- Who in your meeting do Friends turn to when there are difficulties to untangle? Who do people confide in, trusting their guidance and care?
We hope these Friends will be able to participate in this weekend-long gathering. So that we may host the Friends you may recommend, and to help us understand their experience and gifts, please send their names, a brief description of their gifts as you see them, and their contact information to either:
Please feel free to contact us at the emails above if you have questions, or if we can offer further support with your discernment.
In faith and hope, the planning committee for “They Gathered Around”:
Honor Woodrow (Clerk, NEYM Ministry and Counsel, Framingham Meeting, MA)
Regina Baird Haag (Co-Executive Director of Powell House, Old Chatham Meeting, NY)
Steve Mohlke (General Secretary, NYYM, Ithaca Meeting, NY)
Noah Merrill (Secretary, NEYM, Putney Meeting, VT)