Where Have You Come From And Where Are You Going?

Genesis 16:8

32nd Annual Quaker Lesbian Conference Building Bridges Across Differences in Age, Race, and Class
Friday, August 15, 2008 to Sunday, August 17, 2008 Burlington Conference Center, Burlington, NJ

The Quaker Lesbian Conference exists to be a loving time and space in which self-defined women (including those who are transgendered) who are Quaker or familiar with Quakerism, and who are lesbian, bisexual, or moving towards those identities, can connect with Spirit and with each other. We envision a community in which each woman shares worship, spiritual exploration and loving relationships in an environment that embraces diversity, individual leadings, struggle, and play.

Our program this year will be facilitated by O, who has expressed her ministry in a variety of ways. At this time her ministry is to provide hospitality as a staff member at Pendle Hill, a Quaker Retreat Center located in Wallingford, PA. O was certified in 1979 as a massage therapist and has made health and well-being her personal commitment and life's purpose. She is a group facilitator with many years of experience in body wisdom, stress modification, and the healing powers of love. She has worked in the medical field as a standardized patient testing medical students’ bedside skills. She has also expressed her ministry by participating in theater, promoting social change, and addressing issues involving domestic violence, alcoholism, drug abuse, economic injustice, and the breakdown of the medical health system. O has provided presentations and workshops for various organizations such as Women for Sobriety and Interim House, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and she has appeared on radio and TV talk shows.

SETTING The Burlington Conference Center is located in the middle of downtown Burlington, an urban setting with a small-town feel. We have exclusive use of this accessible facility. Rooms have bunk beds; it is necessary to bring your own linens. For more information about the site, go to http://www.pym.org/burlingtonconference

ACTIVITIES Besides the wonderful program planned for this year, we will have, as usual, time for catching up with one another and making new friends. There may be walks to the waterfront or to the ice cream shop and other impromptu outings. Each adult participant is also expected to help as she is able with meal preparation, set-up, and clean-up after meals and/or at the end of the conference.

COST The charge for adults and children over 10 is $130. The charge for children under 10 is $50. There will be no fee for children under 2 if not using childcare. Full payment is important but not meant to exclude anyone from attending. Please use resources of aid, such as your meeting, to pay as much as possible. Please note that scholarships are available for QLC directly.

CHILDCARE We will provide childcare during workshops, worship and evening programs. Parents will be responsible for their children at all other times. So that an appropriate program can be planned for the children attending, the registration deadline for children is August 1st (by postmark). If you have any questions about whether or not to bring your child(ren) please contact us by e-mail at QLConf@aol.com.

FOOD Provisions will be made for meals from Friday supper through Sunday lunch. Meals provided on site will be simple, but we will have options available for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. We will also plan to have one meal out together at a local restaurant; the cost of this meal, like the on-site meals, is included in your registration fee. Please let us know on the registration form which will be your first and last meals at the conference and if you have any special food needs or dietary restrictions. If you have any questions about food, please contact Rachel Johnson at 410-916-6649 .

REGISTRATION The registration deadline for children is August 1st (by postmark) so that we can plan appropriately. The registration deadline for adults is also August 1st (by postmark).

MORE INFORMATION If you have questions or seek more information about the conference, e-mail QLConf@aol.com or call Rachel Johnson at 410-916-6649 (Scroll down -- there is more below.)

SCHEDULE * indicates plenary session Friday 4:00 - 7:00 7:00 - 7:30 7:30 - 9:00 Saturday: 7:00- 8:45 9:00 - 10:00 10:15 - 11:45 11:45 - 1:00 1:00 - 2:00 2:00 - 3:30 4:00 - 5:30 6:00 - 8:00 8- 9:30 Sunday: 7:30 - 8:45 9:00 - 10:30 11:00 -12:00 12:30 - 1:30 1:30 - 2:30 Registration and Dinner Welcome and Announcements Planned programming. Breakfast & Breakfast clean up. Meeting for Worship/ Worship Sharing. Morning programming. Lunch Free time Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business Worship Sharing Dinner out on the town. Free time, game time. Breakfast Free time. Meeting for Worship Lunch Pack and Clean Up

QLC ’08 REGISTRATION

Name _____________________________Name of Companion_________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________

City ___________________________________State _____________Zip __________________

Phone ______________________ E-mail address __________________________________

Name(s) of children _____________________________Age(s) of children ________________
Registrations for children are due by August 1sth to allow time for planning childcare. Parent or legal guardian must complete and sign a permission slip for each child (under age 18).

Special needs (Food, mobility, etc.) ________________________________________

Housing: There are dormitory bunk beds and it is necessary to bring your own linens.

Travel: ___ I can offer a ride to _______ (number) others coming from my area. ___ I need a ride from _____________________(location). I expect to arrive at ______ o’clock on ________________ (day). My first meal will be __________ (day) ___________ (meal). My last meal will be __________ (day) ____________ (meal).

___ I understand I will sign a release of liability when I arrive at the center.

The conference fee is $130 for adults and children over 10 whether you sleep at the conference center or not. The fee for children under 10 is $50. If these fees would present a hardship or prevent you from attending, please contact Rachel Johnson at 410-916-6649 or email us at QLConf@aol.com

Enclosed: $ ______ registration fee x ______ people $ ______________ $10.00 late registration fee (after August 9th) $ ______________ My donation to help others attend $ ______________ TOTAL (please pay the whole amount) $ ______________

Please make checks out to Anna Kehoe Troilo with QLC in memo area and mail to: QLC, P.O. Box 5002, Somerset , NJ 08875

You will receive an acknowledgment of your registration that will include a map, directions, a list of what to bring, and conference center regulations.

___ We usually prepare an address list of conference participants. Please check here if you DO NOT want to be included in the participant list. ___ Check here if you are not coming and would like to be kept on the mailing list. ___ Check here if you would like to be removed from the mailing list (or send an e-mail to QLConf@aol.com). ___ I can’t attend this year, but here’s a donation of $_____ to help support QLC.

PLEASE INCLUDE A SELF ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPE for confirmation.

Permission/Pre-registration for QLC ‘08 Children’s Program Please fill out one form for each child under age 18. Make photocopies as necessary.

Name ______________________________________ Age ______ Grade _________

Home Address _______________________________________ Phone (___)_______

City ________________________________ State _________ Zip code __________ I give permission for the above named child to participate in the Children’s Program at the 2008 Quaker Lesbian Conference. I am fully aware of and appreciate the risks, including catastrophic and permanent injury that may possibly attend certain activities. I hereby release QLC, its planning committee, attenders and children’s program staff from liability for any illness, accident or injury that my child may sustain during these activities. In the event of an emergency, I hereby authorize an adult leader, as agent for me, to consent to any Xray examination, medical, dental or surgical diagnosis; treatment; and hospital care advised and supervised by a physician, surgeon, or dentist (as appropriate), either at a doctor’s office or in any hospital. If treatment is rendered to my child, I expect to be contacted as soon as possible. I will not hold QLC responsible for the payment of any bills incurred because of illness, accidents or injuries to my child. I agree to indemnify and hold QLC harmless for any loss or expense occasioned by the treatment of my child or myself. I represent that I am authorized to execute this waiver/release on behalf of the child.

Signature of Parent or Legal Guardian ______________________________ Date ________ ****************************************************************************** If parent or legal guardian is not attending QLC, please complete this section.

I designate _____________________ to act “in loco parentis” for my child during QLC.

Signature of Parent or Legal Guardian __________________________ Date ________ Name of person to contact if unable to reach you during QLC sessions:

______________________________(relationship) Phone (___)________________

****************************************************************************** Children will be in the care of their parents, guardian or person designated in paragraph above when there is no Children’s Program. This means that all children will be under the care of their parents, guardian or parental designee during meals, unscheduled time and overnight. ****************************************************************************** Medical information: Allergies _______________________ Date of last tetanus shot ________________ Medications being taken ________________________________________________ Family Doctor ___________________________ Phone (___)___________________ Medical Insurance Company ______________________________________________ Policy # ______________ Is this an HMO? ____ Member’s name _________________

Helpful information: Please note any other medical, dietary or physical needs, or behavioral or emotional concerns your children might bring so that we can be fully prepared to meet their needs.