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.
June 14-16, 2019
Life brings to each of us, experiences of anger, fear, hurt, and pain. What we do with these is up to each individual. Choosing to practice forgiveness can bring healing and inner peace. Forgiveness work helps us reconnect with ourselves and others in more loving ways. Research shows that it’s great for our physical health, too!
Come, join with others who are willing to take some steps along this spiritual path. Focus is on tools and techniques, not on therapy. Workshop will include presentations, quiet worship, guided meditation, practicing techniques, and group and individual time.
Sue Regen, a member of Rochester Friends Meeting (Quaker), has been working in the area of forgiveness since 2002. It is part of her personal journey. She has led forgiveness workshops at Attica Prison, Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology, Friends General Conference Gatherings 2004 to 2018, Rochester Friends Meeting, and at retreat centers in Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, and Old Chatham, New York.
Register by June 1: $280-$200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/infants-12; $175/commuters
After June 1: $260/$145/$90/$195
Childcare with 3 weeks notice.
Providing Pastoral Care in All Kinds of Weather
with Bruce Heckman
May 17-19, 2019
Prepare to better serve your meeting community as a pastoral caregiver.
We will consider how to care for Friends who are homebound, hospitalized, terminally ill, and newly bereaved or grieving. We’ll also explore approaches to helping troubled or disruptive members and attenders and those with mental health problems. Gain skill and confidence to serve your Meeting Community in the area of Pastoral Care.
Bruce E. Heckman, M.Div., PhD., is a retired Hospice Chaplain who continues providing counseling and psychotherapy in part-time private practice. Before attending seminary late in his career, he worked in college counseling centers at Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan, and the University of Texas at Austin and served as the clinical director of an addictions treatment center. He is a long-time member of Pastoral Care and Ministry committees in the Yellow Springs (Ohio) Friends Meeting and has led workshops at FGC Gatherings and small conferences. He is a long-time member of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling and currently serves on its steering committee.
Register by May 1: $280-200/adults; $125/ages 13-22; $70/ infants-12; 175/commuters
After May 1: $260/$145/$90/$195
Childcare with 3 weeks notice.
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.