Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting Winter Gathering, Feb. 2, 2019

aafm2This year’s Green Pastures Quarterly Meeting Winter Gathering will be hosted by Ann Arbor Friends Meeting on February 2, 2019. The topic for the day’s program will be Political and Environmental Threats to Human Rights in Palestine: How Should Quakers Respond? The two speakers will be Rabbi Brant Rosen, Executive Secretary of AFSC’s Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, speaking on the regional struggle centering on Palestine and Israel, and Lauren Brownlee of Bethesda, MD, Monthly Meeting, giving personal perspectives from her recent several months in Palestine. We also plan to include a recent documentary film on the troubles the Palestinians face, and a review of Quaker efforts in the region. There will be a catered luncheon of Middle Eastern food, and AAFM members will provide overnight hospitality for Friends coming from a distance. Questions can be emailed to Richard Tucker, coordinator at




  • 8:30. Breakfast snacks
  • 9:15. Meeting for Worship
  • 10:00. Speaker: Lauren Brownlee, Bethesda Friends Monthly Meeting: “Windows and Mirrors from a Friend’s First Visit to Israel/Palestine”
  • Catered Middle Eastern lunch, from Jerusalem Garden.  Donation: $10
  • 2:00. Speaker: Rabbi Brant Rosen, Midwest Regional Secretary, AFSC: “Gaza Unlocked: AFSC’s Work in Gaza from the Nakba to the Great Return March.” Followed by discussion, led by Ann Arbor Friends Meeting PIAG group.
  • 6:00. Supper, provided by AAFM members
  • 7:30 Documentary films on Palestine and Israel


Overnight accommodations (Friday and/or Saturday) and childcare will be provided, if requested ahead.

Please send requests to Richard Tucker: or 734-277-5274. Advance registration requested.

Speakers’ Biodata

Lauren Brownlee is a member of Bethesda Friends Meeting and serves on the Peace and Social Concerns Committee and the Growing Diverse Leadership Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM).  She is also a BYM appointee to the Sandy Spring Friends School Board of Trustees.  Lauren is an alumna at Sidwell Friends School and worked at Sidwell for seven years as Assistant Director of Auxiliary Programs and a history teaching, during which time she served as clerk of the Upper School Quaker Life Committee.  She completed the Friends Council on Education’s Institute on Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools and had an article, “Recognizing Teacher Activism,” published in the Friends Council book Leading in the Light: Celebrating 325 Years of Quaker Education.  She is a member of the Friends Journal book review team, the DC Peace Team and the Steering Committee of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network.  Last summer she spent a month in Bethlehem, which she wrote about in the Friends Journal article “The Continuing Revelation of My Christianity.”  She is currently the Director of Social Action at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.

Brant Rosen is the Midwest Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee.  He also serves as the rabbi of the congregation Tzedek Chicago and is the co-founder of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council.  His book, Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity was published in 2012 by Just World Books.