Committees & Working Groups
Bylaws and Faith & Practice
This committee has three teams working on 1. Articles of Incorporation, 2. Bylaws, and 3. Faith and Practice documents for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. The committee plans to present draft Articles of Incorporation at our next large-group gathering in Eugene on October 7, 2017. Our collective direction to the Bylaws and Faith & Practice Committee is that we would like to be a yearly meeting with a Faith & Practice as a living document, which is descriptive, aspirational, and procedural, leading us toward wholeness and reconciliation.
This committee works closely with yearly meeting clerks to coordinate the efforts of all our committees and working groups. If your meeting is interested in joining Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, please contact Joann Boswell.
Equity & Inclusion
This committee, empowered to act for equity and inclusion, encourages Friends across Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting to prayerfully reflect on the following queries:
- Are our meetings places of safety and welcome for people of color?
- How are the structures within our monthly meetings, quarterly meetings, and yearly meeting addressing systemic racism?
- What are ways your meeting can actively promote racial justice in your local community? Are there other local organizations or activists already doing the work with whom your meeting could partner with and support?
- Am I living a life that testifies to the evil of white supremacy? Am I willing to learn from past mistakes, omissions, and ways I’ve noticed racism within myself?
This committee commissions regular financial reports from the treasurer, receives budget requests from committees and working groups, and makes recommendations to the larger yearly meeting.
This committee will accept nominations to committees, working groups, and for yearly meeting officers – presiding clerk, assistant presiding clerk, recording clerk, and treasurer. Efforts are made to have representation from every church. A list of nominees is presented to the larger yearly meeting at annual sessions. Nominations are for one-year terms. Contact Rachel Hampton to make a nomination.
This committee is focused on
- Reaching people interested in being part of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends but who are unaffiliated or in churches that are splitting;
- Focus both outward and inward work – outward to people who are not part of one of the churches leaving Northwest Yearly Meeting, and inward to people who may feel alienated or unconnected;
- To learn how people need support and to help connect them to the right resources as possible.
If you as an individual are interested in joining Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, please contact Norma Silliman.
This committee facilitates logistics and planning for our large group gatherings, so that the Coordinating Committee doesn’t have to handle the details. As time permits, each gathering could have several elements: worship, community-building, business, spiritual development / education, creativity, and play. Our early gatherings may have a lot of decisions to deal with, so the business component may be more prominent. Since we are early in the process of learning who we are and want to be as a body, the community-building and envisioning piece is also essential. As we get more organized, there may be more educational content around Quaker process and values, as well as some experiential spiritual development activities, creative exploration, and fun.
This committee expects to do a lot of listening and some teaching, to foster healthy connections between individuals and meetings, to help people process the events and emotions, to encourage story telling, to provide resources online and in person (these might be articles, books, workshops, retreats, facilitated groups, one on one, art therapy). Self care is important. Events like the quarterly gatherings are good places to provide resources and workshops.
This working group is made up of individuals dedicated to walking alongside youth and helping them to coordinate events and gatherings throughout the year. This group also provides advocacy as needed in order to ensure representation of youth and young adults on all our committees and working groups.