Powell House 

Elsie K. Powell House, located in Old Chatham, N.Y., continues to move slowly toward a more regular in-person event calendar. Both youth and adult programs are offering retreats at a reduced capacity, with COVID-19 protocols in place. The schedule, protocols, and registration portals are accessible on the website.

Programs this year have included a work weekend; retreats for all the youth age/grade cohorts, including EarthSong (the annual graduation/launching celebration); with several online events, including a discussion about how to help the people of Ukraine, a workshop on vocal ministry, and a two-part workshop on mediating trauma through creative expression.

Since March, many traditional rental groups have been hosted: the Dharma Group, Oakwood Friends School, Alliance of Families for Justice, family reunions, and sojourner groups. A new “Testimonies to Mercy” seven-part traveling series that blends in-person and online events runs from this September to June 2023 under the leadership of Quaker practical theologian and public minister Windy Cooler.

The capital campaign also continues, focusing on improving the physical plant with green energy and accessible accommodations, as well as establishing an endowment to support excellent programming.


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