White Privilege Conference: March 26-29, 2014. Madison, Wisconsin. This highly regarded conference examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. FGC (Friends General Conference) has arranged a group discount for any Quakers interested in attending. Registration must be made through FGC. Details available here. Deadline for the reduced early registration fee is February 24.
Midyear Meeting: Fourth Month, 12 and 13, 2014. Bear Creek Meeting in Earlham, Iowa. Topic is "Our Faith, Our Practice" with Penny Majors. Download the program and registration here. Advance registration will help with planning.
The 2014 annual Sessions of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) will be held Seventh Month, 22-27, 2014.
News and Announcements
Climate Conference and Earth Walk.
Jeff Kisling, our P & SC co-clerk has created a video from photos of last Fall's Climate Conference at Scattergood School and the the Earth Walk to Iowa City, including interviews with some of the participants.
Climate Conference/Earth Walk Video
Jeff's pictures can be seen here.
Thinking about the future. Jeff Kisling, clerk of the Earthcare Subcommittee, has written a thought provoking essay envisioning some changes we might see in the near future. Read it here.
Scattergood School Farm Manager Mark Quee gave a terrific closing speech at the February 8, 2013 Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Cooperators Meeting. You can read the speech on the PFI website or download a pdf.
IYM(C) Quakers on the radio! Rob Dillard of Iowa Public Radio featured segments on different religious groups on "Being in Iowa" the week of October 22-26. If you missed the original broadcast, you can listen online here to interviews with members of our yearly meeting as well as Iowa Yearly Meeting (FUM): iowapublicradio.org/
Read an AFSC blog post about the Scattergood School peace walk held on September 8: Moved and Shaken for Peace.
Here is a YouTube video of the barn razing at the Scattergood Farm during IYMC yearly meeting sessions last summer: Barn razing at Scattergood.
Read Deborah Fink's article on Iran in the Ames Tribune from 10-6-2012: "Maybe war-mongers need a waiting period"
The Iowan Sept-Oct. 2012, published a superb article highlighting 4 farms, and one of those farms was Scattergood's! Read it here.
News from Scattergood School and Farm! Some recent bequests have been received by Scattergood's endowment, which now stands at over $4 million, which puts it among the top 15% of US boarding schools with a student population under 120. More details in this letter.
Learn about the Possibility Alliance, the intentional community associated with Silver River Worship Group in Missouri. From a local TV news story. http://www.heartlandconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=793985#.UELANUKLOJ1
From the Earthcare Subcommittee, August 2012: Please read this letter from Jose Aguto, FCNL Legislative Secretary for Sustainable Energy and Environment, with many action suggestions and information sources on climate change.