Connecticut Valley Quarterly Meeting at Woolman Hill

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The program on Saturday morning will be on Islamophobia, featuring Imam Sami Aziz
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:00pm to Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 1:30pm
Woolman Hill Retreat and Conference Center
107 Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
United States

Everyone from the Connecticut Valley Quarter of Quaker meetings (CT and Western Massachusetts) is warmly invited to attend the CT Valley Quarterly Meeting at Woolman Hill. Events start with a potluck and gathering of Ministry and Counsel Committees on Friday evening, an Adult Program on Saturday morning about Islamophobia with the featured speaker Imam Sami Aziz, Quarterly Meeting for Business on Saturday afternoon, gatherings of: clerks of monthly meetings, Religious Education Committees and teachers, and Peace and Social Outreach Committees and activists on Sunday morning, followed by Meeting for Worship. Child care and delicious food will be provided throughout the weekend, and you will have time to appreciate the beautiful environment of Woolman Hill in the fall. The form for registration will be posted separately on the website and has been sent to all meetings in the Quarter. 

The full schedule is:

 Friday, Oct. 6    Arrive and settle in prior to:

  6:00 – 7:30 Pot luck supper.

  7:00 Gathering of Ministry and Counsel and Pastoral Care Committees

  7:30 on For those not in committee meetings: Self-organizing games, music, etc.

Saturday, Oct. 7 

  7:30-8:30 Breakfast 

  9:00-noon   Adult Program - Worship to consider a query on Islamophobia, followed by a presentation by Imam Sami A. Aziz

"Islamophobia and How to be an ally to the oppressed"

Highlights of the topics that will be covered:

1. What is Islamophobia?

2. Rates of Islamophobia and racism including Bullying of Muslim students in public schools

3. How to be an ally to oppressed groups

4. How to pass a resolution in your town to protect the oppressed

Imam/Chaplain Sami A. Aziz is a public educator and spiritual peacemaker.  Imam Aziz has been on an educational campaign to fight against ignorance, hate and fear of Muslims.  He has visited institutions across New England to spread the message of peace, the core of Islam.  Information on his campaign can be found at Common Ground, a non-profit which he co-founded with his wife Vjosa Qerimi and which is dedicated to educating the public on Islam and collaborating for peace.  He also serves at the Chaplain for Wesleyan University and as an Assistant Imam for the Bloomfield Muslim Community Center.  He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at Hartford Seminary.


  12:15-1:30     Lunch

  2:00-4:00 Meeting for Business  

  4:00-6:00 Free time and supper preparation 

  6:00-7:30 Supper

  7:30 Evening entertainment 


Sunday, Oct. 8 

  7:30-8:30 Breakfast

  9:00-10:30 Gatherings of Monthly Meeting Clerks, Religious Education Committees and Teachers, and Peace and Social Outreach activists and committee members

  11:00-noon Meeting for Worship

  12:30 Luncheon of Leftovers