Atlantic Friends Gathering 2022

Camp Geddie: a Presbyterian Church camp near Merigomish, NS about 18 kms from exit 27 of Hwy 104.
Victoria Day Weekend, May 20 to 23, 2022 Friday Evening – Monday at Noon
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See photos from 2016, 2018, 2019 AFG’s

Atlantic Friends Gathering is an annual event linking members and attenders of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from across Atlantic Canada.

2022 Theme: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE

Exploring how Quakers can support the hopes and dreams of younger Friends

GENERAL INFORMATION

We gather at Camp Geddie on Nova Scotia’s North Shore. Camp Geddie is owned and operated by The Presbyterian Church in Canada and is accredited by the Camping Association of Nova Scotia. Click here for directions.

Please note: Camp Geddie is a smoke-free, alcohol-free, and recreational drug-free zone, and does not allow pets on any part of the premises.

The spacious grounds, with nature trails and a spectacular beach on the Northumberland Strait (adjacent to a piping plover protected area), provide a natural setting for a weekend of spiritual nurture and for strengthening the bonds of fellowship in our faith community.

As with previous AFGs, there are no compulsory activities. The healing atmosphere of being in a welcome nature retreat offers an opportunity to open ourselves up to whatever we feel leads us, and to make this a weekend of renewal of our individual and our group spirit, enriched with fun and enjoyment for all ages.

We hope to welcome members and attenders from our Atlantic Friends Monthly Meetings, Allowed Meetings, and Worship Groups, as well as guests. Those who are interested in learning more about Quakers are also welcome to attend. Please feel free to enjoy the weekend in your own way!

Additionally, AFG 2022 is offering a “hybrid” experience! The option of joining the Gathering on Zoom will enable Friends who live too far away or who, due to COVID, prefer not to attend in person, to still be a part of AFG. See further information below.

AFG 2022 Planning Committee

  • Jessica Tellez (Clerk)
  • Brenda Bratton Blom
  • Daphne Davey
  • Helen Lofgren
  • Mary Petrie
  • in partnership with
    Gray Cox, Clerk, Quaker Institute for the Future

A lot of information is given below. Please read it through carefully!

COVID

The Planning Committee believes that if we operate consistently with Nova Scotia government and Camp Geddie guidelines, we will be safe. However, we know that individuals have a variety of feelings and practices regarding COVID and gathering. We ask all Friends to be mindful and thoughtful about both their own and others’ feelings regarding COVID.  You are welcome to wear a mask, even if it is not mandated. If you wish for others to maintain a greater distance, please let us know in the Comments box of the registration form so that we might prepare your nametag appropriately. There will be space markers available to signify your desire for further distancing during the event. And, if you prefer greater distance for meals, please let us know in the Comments box.

 AFG ZOOM OPTION

We are offering a “hybrid” AFG! Those Friends unable to attend in person have the opportunity of joining the formal parts of the programming on Zoom. Those who register for the Zoom option will receive advance eBulletins containing technical and other information, and help will be available to smooth the way for them to join in. The weekend fee for Zoom attendees is lower, since their registration fee does not include costs for food and accommodations.

“Zoom” Friends will have access to those sessions marked with a double asterisk (**) in the Program, below.

A Weekend of Enjoyment and Spiritual Renewal for All Ages!
Enquirers are Welcome to Attend!

We have arranged a weekend strongly favouring lots of free time for rest, relaxation, recreation, and reconnecting with each other after three years. The program includes a variety of elements, including four formal presentations (see below), a time slot for Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and a Children/Youth Program. Atlantic Half-Yearly Meeting for Business will also be held. On Saturday evening, there is Meeting for Readings, when Friends can share passages of writing that have inspired them. There will also be an informal sing-along later that evening. Sunday evening features Family Night, a cheerful talent show of music and other performing gifts by young and old.

The AFG 2022 theme, through the three main presentations, invites us to look to the future through the eyes of two Young Adult Friends and their mentor, providing the opportunity for us to discern ways we can support them and others of their generation in their spiritual journeys as they pursue their life paths. These sessions are titled “Sharing for Clearness.”

Note: Members of Atlantic Half-Yearly Meeting Ministry & Counsel will be available over the weekend as listeners for any Friends wishing to use this service. Names of Friends acting in this capacity will be posted.

** indicates these program elements will be available on Zoom.

Before 5:00 pm
Friends who arrive before 5 pm may have to wait until 5 pm to register and locate their room, although they will have access to the Lodge. Please be patient as there is much work to be done to set everything up during the afternoon.

5:00 – 8:00 pm: Welcome and soup is on!
Registration and room assignments.
8:00 – 9:00 pm: Welcome, introductions, orientation – Jessica Tellez, Clerk, AFG Planning Committee **
Sign up for meal tasks, housekeeping, and activities.
11:00 pm: Lights out

6:30 am: Early-bird worship, meditation, walks
7:30 – 8:30 am: Breakfast  & clean-up
9:00 – 10:00 am: Introduction of Friends – Barbara Aikman **
10:00 – 10:15 pm: Comfort break
10:15 – 11:30 am: Introduction to the Envisioning the Future project – Gray Cox, Clerk, Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF)  **
30 minutes worship / Introduction to QIF and processes / Introduction of two “Sharing for Clearness” presenters / Sharing
12:00 – 1:30 pm: Free time, lunch, clean-up, more free time
1:30 – 2:45 pm: SHARING FOR CLEARNESS –Jordon Daniels  **
2:45 – 3:00 pm: Comfort break
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Art activities (offered or do-it-yourself)
4:15 – 5:15 pm: Special Interest Groups (SIGs) (concurrent)
5:30 – 7:00 pm: Supper, clean-up, free time
7:00 – 8:00 pm:  Meeting for Reading **
8:30 – 10:00 pm: Sing-along, snack and social time
11:00 pm: Lights out

6:30 am: Early-bird worship, meditation, walks
7:30 – 8:30 am: Breakfast & Clean-up
9:00 – 10:00 am: Meeting for Worship ** Clerk: Barbara Aikman (AHYM M&C)
A traditional unprogrammed meeting. Friends sit in a circle in silence, listening for the voice of the Spirit. When moved by the Spirit, participants share the message with the group. Between each spoken ministry, a silent time gives space for individuals to absorb the message and discern how it speaks to Friends’ condition.
10:00 – 10:30 am: Free time
10:30 – 11:45 am: SHARING FOR CLEARNESS Saskia Blagaj-Berger (via Zoom) **
12:00 – 1:30 pm: Free time, lunch & clean-up
1:45– 3:00 pm: Atlantic Half-Yearly Meeting for Business **
3:00 – 5:30 pm: Free time
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Supper & clean-up
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Family & Friends Night **
9:00 – 10:00 pm: Snack and social time
11:00 pm: Lights out

6:30 am: Early-bird worship, meditation, walks
7:30 – 8:30 am: Breakfast & clean-up
9:00 – 10:00 am: Evaluation, plans for the future – Barbara Aikman **
10:15 am on: Group clean-up, packing and departure
Farewell until next AFG!

Sharing for Clearness presenters

Saskia grew up in Toronto. She attended small alternative schools throughout her education. Religion and spirituality have been a large part of her self-discovery growing up and continually. When she was a kid, her family attended Unitarian Congregation. When she was sixteen she started attending Quaker Meeting with her stepmom and also pursued a year of studying Judaism to have her Bat Mitzvah. After completing high school, Sakia moved to Dawson City in the Yukon where she attended a foundation year program at Yukon School of Visual Arts. The following summer she worked with a local artist on a short animation that was funded by CBC and sorted recycling. Since the Yukon, she has travelled across Canada, worked on an organic goat farm in Quebec, and picked cherries in British Columbia before settling in Halifax. Currently, she is applying to university to pursue a bachelor’s in Media & Culture.

Jordon (he/him) is a Quaker in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) and a member of Halifax Monthly Meeting. To complete his Bachelor of Community Design honours thesis in Environmental Planning he interviewed managers and executives of non-profits on Gottingen street to explore their perspectives and experiences of gentrification. Quaker community has been involved in his planning practice before, including interviewing an attender who had lived in Letchworth Garden City for an urban design class project. He hopes that his future planning practice may continue to be informed by Quaker principles like SPICES.

Gray Cox is a professor of philosophy, peace studies and language learning at College of the Atlantic, a school for human ecology. Works include articles on artificial intelligence, Gandhi, ethics and three books: The Ways of Peace: A Philosophy of Peace as Action; The Will at the Crossroads: A Reconstruction of Kant’s Moral Philosophy; and A Quaker Approach to Research: Collaborative Practice and Communal Discernment. He is revising a fourth book: From a “Smarter Planet” to a Wiser Earth: the Roles of Dialogue in Transforming Ethics, Economics, Politics and Technology. Gray is a member of Acadia Friends Meeting and a founding member and current Clerk of the Quaker Institute for the Future. He is a singer/songwriter with albums in English, Spanish and French. He and his wife live at the edge of Acadia National Park where they garden and go adventuring with their grandchildren.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

A one-hour time slot is available on Saturday afternoon for SIGs. Friends wishing to take advantage of this time to present information or carry out an activity on their “pet subject” should include details in the Comments box of the registration form. Note that the SIGs will run concurrently. A last-minute application on arrival at AFG for a SIG spot will be accommodated only if break-out space allows. Spaces for SIGs will be negotiated at AFG.

Display tables

Some tables will be available for Friends to set up displays. Please indicate your interest in the Comments box of the registration form. Note that room space is limited, so please be prepared to squish into half a table if necessary. Tables will be assigned on site.

Other highlights

  • * Meeting for Readings
  • * Family Night
  • * Sing-along

The Youth Program will have something for children of all ages, offering fun, age-appropriate activities that will include learning about Quakers. Parents, let us know your children’s ages and the choices of activities they might like, so that we can plan for them. Possible activities: Nature walks, crafts, outdoor games, drama – and much more. Would you like to be added to the list of volunteers, especially for younger children? We welcome your assistance for an hour or two during the weekend with the Youth Program. Please indicate your willingness to volunteer in the Comment section of the registration form.  Children and Youth are of course welcome to attend any other parts of the weekend program.

If you are bringing children to Camp Geddie, please let us know as soon as possible, as we need to know what ages to plan for and what materials to prepare.  Click here to register.

IMPORTANT! Children under 18 years who are attending without a parent or guardian must be accompanied by an adult sponsor and bring the signed consent form.

Let us know as soon as possible if you are coming! This is particularly important if you are bringing children as we need to know what ages to plan for and what materials to prepare. Click here to register online. Please use this registration form so we have everyone’s needs recorded properly. If you cannot use the form, you can phone, mail or email the Registrar, including all the information required on the online form

In-person registration

  • Early Bird   MAY 1
  • Regular  MAY 15
  • Registrations received after May 15 will be charged a late fee of $10.

Zoom registration

  • Friends attending on Zoom will be sent advance eBulletins with important technical and other information, including the opportunity for Zoom training. For this reason, it would be helpful for those Friends to register by the Early Bird deadline.

IMPORTANT!

  • Children under 18 years who are attending without a parent or guardian must come with an adult sponsor and bring the signed consent form. (Click link to download.)
  • Friends who register after May 15 and who want overnight accommodation in the Main Lodge will be placed on a waiting list in case of a cancellation, or can optionally be assigned to a cabin.
  • Friends planning to attend for the day(s) only, with no overnight requirements, should still register. The Registrar, Food Coordinator, and possibly Youth Coordinator need to know!

REGISTRAR: Daphne Davey, PO Box 36, Crapaud, PEI, C0A 1J0, 902-730-2052 or

Full weekend (2 or 3 nights, program costs, all meals)
Early-bird: $125 Adults.

  • Regular: $135 Adults.
  • Teens  $65 for the weekend
  • Children 12 years and under  No charge
  • (Anyone under 18 who is attending without a parent or guardian must come with an adult sponsor and bring the signed consent form.)
  • One overnight (with two days of programming and meals)  $90
  • Day rate (no overnights)  $50/day

Zoom registration

  • One fee of $25 per household for any or all of the weekend. The link provided will permit access (unrestricted in and out) throughout the weekend.

Payment options

  • E-transfers: Transmit in advance using the email address treasurer@atlantic.quaker.ca
  • Cheques: Mail in advance, payable to Atlantic Half-Yearly Meeting, to Dick Cotterill, Atlantic HYM Treasurer, 17 Eastmoor Drive, Bible Hill, NS, B2N 2X2.
  • Cash: Payable at Camp Geddie. Exact change will be appreciated.

Financial assistance

  • Those who cannot afford the registration fee may pay less or nothing
  • Those who can pay more are invited to donate towards costs for those who cannot pay.
  • If you need financial assistance for registration fees or travel expenses, please approach your local Meeting first. Contact them early so there is enough time to process your request before the deadline.
  • If you still need financial assistance, please do ask! Send us a short paragraph about your circumstances, which the committee will review in confidence. We will reply to your request promptly. Please know that we desire there to be no barriers to your participation, and will work hard to make sure everyone who wishes to attend may be able to do so with the full support and blessing of Friends.

If you need assistance, please give details on your registration form, or as soon as possible after registration:

* Airport pickup: date/flight number/arrival time

* Car pooling: pickup location

Driving time from Moncton to Camp Geddie is approx. three and a half hours, including a comfort break (260 km).

Driving time from Halifax to Camp Geddie is approx. three hours, including a comfort break (190 km).

Friends are encouraged to bring any of

  • – pre-cooked casseroles which only need heating
  • – cooked side dishes
  • – breads, rolls
  • – sandwich makings
  • – cereals
  • – butter, nut butters
  • – yoghurt
  • – salads
  • – desserts

We will need hot meals from Saturday morning breakfast through Sunday evening supper. Staples such as teas, coffees, milk and orange juice will be provided by the organizers.

Please note: We will endeavour as much as possible – and ask you also – to provide local, sustainably sourced, fair trade organic produce and products.

The Food Coordinator will have cards available for Friends to fill out, naming their food contribution, whether containing meat or meatless, and if gluten-free. If you have serious dietary concerns, please arrange to bring your own needed materials. The kitchen, storage, refrigeration, and clean-up areas at Camp Geddie are spacious.

The Food Coordinator will coordinate menus for breakfasts, lunches, and suppers. Friends are expected to volunteer for food preparation, dining room set-up and clean-up. Sign-up sheets will be posted.

MAIN BUILDING (Irwin Lodge) is a heated two-storey building. This heated building has an upstairs sleeping capacity for 30-35 in double and single beds, and shared bathrooms. NOTE: Rooms with more than one bed will not be assigned to one person only, unless there is plenty of room for all. The main floor of the building includes a kitchen, dining area, comfy central lounge/meeting area with fireplace, library, laundry room, and two single washrooms.

A-FRAME (Margaret MacDougall Lodge) is a small, heated single-storey building. It has a kitchenette and bathroom and is wheelchair-accessible. This lodge is reserved for Friends whose health needs preclude them using stairs. NOTE: If more than five Friends need sleeping accommodations for accessibility, the committee has reserved two off-site, accessible overflow cottages, 13 km from Camp Geddie (see details below).

Cabins and camping

For the more hardy Quakers, there are also a number of unheated cabins (no electricity) at Camp Geddie, and plenty of room for tent camping on the grounds, including RV parking (but no hook-ups). A separate washroom/shower building with hot water is available near the cabins. Extra blankets available.

Off-site cottages

If you and your pod would prefer to stay in a cottage (with capacity for six persons per cottage) instead of on site at Camp Geddie, the Registrar must know your intention by May 1. The cost of these cottages is significantly greater than the costs of Camp Geddie. If you and your pod wish to sleep in a cottage, we will expect you to be able to bear the cost per cottage of $250.00 per night plus tax (= $862.50 for three nights) in addition to the Day Rate for registration.

IMPORTANT!

Friends wishing to stay extra nights during the weekend (additional to those they registered for in advance) may do so. However, they will have to move to a cabin if a bed cannot be found for them in the Main Lodge without inconveniencing other Friends.

BEDDING

In all types of accommodation, participants must provide their own bedding and other personal needs. No linen is provided, but spare blankets are available. See checklist under What to Bring, below.

Camp Geddie has a wide-open field, spectacular beach, a place for a campfire at night, and many hiking trails, with an amazing view of show-stopping sunsets. No pets are allowed on the site, so the field should be free of at least domestic doggy-doo. This area is an ideal place to let off youthful steam flying kites, playing soccer, etc.

ALERT! LYME DISEASE

Friends, especially parents, should be aware that ticks found at Camp Geddie may be carriers of Lyme Disease. If anyone finds a tick on themselves or another person, they should report to a member of the AFG Planning Committee (listed at top). There is a safe way of removing ticks. Tick-collection kits will be available with the first-aid kit so that affected Friends can choose to send off the tick for identification. An information sheet about Lyme Disease and how to safely remove ticks will be posted in the Main Lodge. Refer also to

* Health Canada at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/lyme-disease.html

* Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) at www.canlyme.com.

sunset-Geddie

  • Sleeping stuff: Sleeping bag, blankets, pillow. Remember that while the rooms in the two lodges are heated, the cabins can get really cold at night, and you have to bring all of the items necessary to keep yourself warm. Mattresses only are provided in the lodges and cabins.
  • Let there be light! Bring a flashlight and spare batteries for walking between buildings in the dark, and for the cabins.
  • Toiletries: Soap, towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Scent-free items: Please do your utmost to make this a scent-free event. Avoid wearing or bringing scented products such as soaps, shampoos, lotions, creams or gels, as well as other personal-care products or perfumes. Use scent-free laundry soap and softeners. We will provide Down East hand soap (contains no dyes, scents or fragrances) made by Bebbington, Dartmouth, NS (downeastclean.com).
  • Clothing: The Camp is located on the shore of the Northumberland Strait. During the daytime it can be quite warm, but the evenings are still brisk. Bring a range of clothing options, from T-shirts to mittens/sweaters, rubber boots and rainwear. We suggest that you think about this carefully, as we will probably have open windows for INDOOR events as well, giving extra circulation for COVID protection.
  • Readings: Consider bringing a short reading (story, poem, inspired reading) that you enjoy or that reflects a deeply held belief or concern of yours. You will have an opportunity at “Meeting for Readings” for people to get together in worship-sharing about the readings and ideas that Friends bring.
  • Nature craft activities: Friends are invited to bring small natural items: shells, stones, moss, driftwood, etc. These can be left in a basket at the Registration Desk so they can be used by everyone.
  • Other items: Fly repellant (natural alternatives such as lemon eucalyptus or citronella are an option), sunscreen, musical instruments, canoes, kayaks, and swimsuits for the extremely brave. Also humour and your ability to have fun!
  • Smoking, alcohol, and recreational drugs (not!): The Camp is a Smoke-Free and Alcohol-Free zone.
  • Pets (not!): The Camp does not permit pets on any part of the premises.


Registrar: Daphne 902-730-2052


Info last updated: 2022-03-30 9:28 PM ADT

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