Michigan Friends Center (MFC) in Chelsea, Michigan

Programs at Michigan Friends Center

Michigan Friends Center hosts a number of programs every year designed to engage the community in meaningful and enriching experiences. Programs are generally extensions of the Center’s mission, and are designed to offer something for everyone. If you would like to host a public workshop or event at the center, please contact us.

Current Programs

Previous Seasons

Do you have an idea for a program that you would like to see hosted at MFC? Are you interested in teaching something and think that MFC would be the perfect site for your event? Please email us with your ideas. We would love to hear them.

Current Program Schedule

To register for any of our events, go to our Registration Page

LISTINGS BY DATE- (Click on program names for more details)

DATE

PROGRAM

Second Sunday every month Meeting for Worship
Thursdays: 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 Climate Change: Issues and Responses film series
Friday, September 22 Autumnal Equinox Celebration
Saturday, September 23 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Saturday, October 14 Fall Nature Walk
Thursdays: 10/19, 10/26, 11/3, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World course
Tuesday, November 14 Botany of FLCC with Amanda Klain
Thursday, December 7 "Drawdown" book conversation
Saturday, December 9 One-Day Meditation Retreat led by Carol Blotter
Thursday, December 21 Winter Solstice Sing

 


Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends
Second Sunday of every month / 10am
no cost

Under the auspices of Ann Arbor Friends meeting, a Quaker worship group has been meeting in one form or another since the early days of the Friends Lake Community and Michigan Friends Center. In the past it was coordinated by Isabel Bliss, then Bill Bliss, and John Deikis currently carries on the tradition as coordinator. If you would like to become part of this group, email us.

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Film Series: Climate Change: Issues and Responses
7:00-9:00 Thursday evenings: September 7 , September 14, September 21, September 28, October 5, October 12
Donations welcome
Sustainability – Film

This six-week film series highlights some of the major contributing factors to global warming and examines actual ways that people may address them as challenges to be overcome.  Interspersed with the weekly film selections, we will lead short presentations and/or group discussions about our responses here in the Chelsea area and beyond.  Series hosted at Michigan Friends Center and co-sponsored by Transition Town Chelsea.  Six Thursdays from September 7 through October 12.

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Fall Nature Walk
2:00-3:30 Saturday, October 14
Donations welcome.
Sustainability – Wilderness Awareness

Come join us for a wonderful fall walk around the woodlands of Friends Lake Community. There is never a dull moment while exploring nature. There will most likely be goldenrods and asters still flowering, trees and plants in seed and fruit, and a lot of green still making the transition to fall. Bring your curiosity, binoculars and a hand lens if you can. The walk will be mild to moderately challenging, depending on individual needs of participants.

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A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World
7:00-8:30 Thursday evenings: October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16, [no meeting Thanksgiving week], November 30
There will be a sliding-scale fee of $30, $45, or $60 (as able) to cover course costs; pre-registration required.
Sustainability

In this six-session course we will:

Each session is based on a set of readings from the NWEI course book, with rotating facilitation by course participants.  This course is hosted by Michigan Friends Center and offered in partnership with Transition Town Chelsea. Registration required.

For further course information (including cost) contact Michigan Friends Center at manager@mfcenter.org, 734-475-1892.

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Botany of FLCC with Amanda Klain
7:00-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 14
Donations welcome.
Spirituality – Wilderness Awareness

Join us for a slide presentation of pretty photos showcasing the diversity of plants found at Friends Lake Cooperative Community. Botanical survey results for the past year will also be shared. The focus will be on the native plant species’ and not just the showy beloved trilliums and irises, but also the vastly overlooked and under-estimated beauties of the woodlands and wetlands. This presentation is a gift of voice to the plants as communities and essential contributors to the vital web of life that we are a part of.

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Book Conversation: “Drawdown” edited by Paul Hawken
7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday, December 7
Donations welcome.
Sustainability – Book Discussion Groups

What do we do about climate change besides worry or argue about it?  Michigan Friends Center is sponsoring a discussion of a timely new book which describes dozens of proposed ways to reduce, halt, or reverse the effects of human activities that contribute to the warming of our planet.  Each proposal is given a two- or three-page chapter of the book and rated according to its expected effectiveness.  Join us, gain insights, and contribute your thoughts and opinions.  A limited number of copies of "Drawdown" will be available through the Chelsea District Library in advance for participants.  Co-sponsored with Transition Town Chelsea.

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A Day of Silence and Meditation Practice, led by Carol Blotter
9:00-4:00 on Saturday, February 25; Saturday, June 10; Saturday, September 23; and Saturday, December 9.
Suggested donation $30 or as able; pre-registration requested.

Daylong silent meditation retreats are a great opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in between can practice and have their questions answered.

Contact Carol at 734-475-0942 or cb.meditate@gmail.com to register.

This day is a fundraiser for Michigan Friends Center.

Carol Blotter's meditation practice draws from dual roots in the Quaker and Buddhist traditions. She has been teaching since 1999 and has led more than 40 retreats across the United States and has taught over 50 classes in meditation to spiritual seekers, schools, universities and medical groups. She is a teacher for The Forest Way which is an organization dedicated to providing retreat opportunities conducive to spiritual growth that is both balanced and integrated.

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Seasonal Celebrations
Donations appreciated, please register in advance if possible

Autumnal Equinox Celebration — a multi-generational celebration of balance and letting go
Friday, September 22, potluck 6-7 pm; bonfire 7-9 — at the Friends Lake beach; 
join us for any part (the food will be put away at 7
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We will celebrate the balance of day and night with a potluck dinner followed by a bonfire around which to share thoughts, poems, stories, songs, knowledge. All ages welcome.

Bring food to share and your own place settings. We will provide water and herbal iced tea. Bring something to share for after dinner as well-- a verse, story or song you like, seasonal lore, a readiness to partake in what others have brought. What does this season mean to you?

Bring flashlights, and long sleeves, and dress for the weather.

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2017 Winter Solstice Sing — a reflection of the season in sound and silence
Thursday, December 21, 7-9 pm

We sit quietly in a circle and teach each other rounds, songs, and chants of the season as they occur to us. The woods around us, our sheltered circle focused on inner light, and our voices are the only elements of this simple celebration of the longest night.

Anyone who enjoys singing and sitting quietly is welcome. You don’t need to be a singer--some just enjoy humming or listening. However most young children do not enjoy this event, since it does not involve any activity other than sitting and singing.

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Vernal Equinox Celebration—a multi-generational celebration of balance and rebirth
Monday, March 20 ( no pot luck this year) bonfire/circle 7-9 pm — at the Friends Lake beach fire ring or in the beach house (end of the road, park, last building before the lake) depending on the weather

We will celebrate the balance of light and dark and the birth of spring with a circle in which to share thoughts, poems, stories, songs, knowledge. All ages welcome.

Bring something to share -- a verse, a story, a song you like, seasonal lore, or a readiness to partake in what others have brought. What is this season saying to you?

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight.

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Summer Solstice — a multi-generational celebration of the light and growth
Wednesday, June 21,  potluck 6-7 pm; bonfire 7-9 — at the Friends Lake beach; 
join us for any part (the food will be put away at 7)

We will celebrate the longest day with a potluck dinner followed by a bonfire around which to share thoughts, stories, and songs. All ages welcome. Bring food to share and your own place settings. We will provide water and herbal iced tea.

Bring something to share for after dinner as well-- a story, poem, song, some Solstice lore, or just your readiness to partake in what others have brought. This will be a time to explore various ways of celebrating the light. We welcome your spark.

Bring long sleeves in case there are mosquitoes.

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