Northside Friends 2014 Fall Retreat is Sept. 13

The Northside Friends Fall Retreat will be Saturday Sept 13 at The Admiral at the Lake, 929 W Foster Ave in Chicago.

Join us for a day of worship and workshops, fellowship and fun, as we explore who we are, where we want to go and how we can help each other get there.
We will share our visions for the future of Northside Friends, examine how our meeting space can support those visions and learn more about resources available from the wider Quaker world.
Friends can also enjoy chanting, walking meditation, activities with our young Friends, and time to simply be together in community. All attenders and members, Friends new and seasoned, and everyone in between are welcome to attend! The annual retreat for Northside Chicago Friends Meeting establishes a period of reflection and charting direction - both personally, and for the Monthly Quaker Meeting as a whole.

This year's event is particularly important, as Friends will examine the purpose and direction of Meeting, and their own commitment to it, in the course of determining the future of its worship space.

For the past few years, Northside Chicago Friends have been meeting in space leased from the Japanses American Service Committee at 4427 N. Clark St. That location was selected in a similar process. We held a worship-sharing around hopes and fears for the future of Northside.

In preparation for the meeting, several planning sessions have taken place this summer, most recently in July.

Among ideas gathered from those planning sessions, coordinated by Ministry & Advancement and the House & Space Committees, are the need for Northside to connect with the outside world, a desire for greater breadth of commitment to doing the work of the MeetingĀ  and a strong desire for people to feel positive about our Meeting space.

Other goals that the planning committee hopes Meeting will incorporate into its plans around its worship space are efforts by Northside to continue to provide a Quaker presence in itsĀ  geographic area.

The Northside Friends Fall Retreat will be Saturday Sept 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at The Admiral at the Lake, 929 W Foster Ave in Chicago. For more information contact Northside Friends.

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