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Faith & Practice Survey #1

The Faith & Practice Committee has prepared an online survey in order to gather information to help them in their work. Click here to find and complete the survey. Thanks for your help (and your patience!). Please note we are calling this survey #1. The last question asks you to suggest more questions. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS ANONYMOUS!

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Silent Auction

Friends: If you have something you want to bring for the silent auction, please send an email to Eli Craig, listing what you wish to bring. Eli's email address is colorfulspikes@gmail.com. The silent action will begin at 3 PM Friday (although late entries are fine) and will end on Saturday at dinner time so that people who are only coming for Saturday can bid. Please be prepared to take home anything that doesn't sell. The silent auction benefits the scholarship fund for Yearly Meeting Sessions.

Rachel Hampton, Registrar
 


Reminders

Friends: I’m trying to remember all of the other things I need  you all to bring to Yearly Meeting. So here goes. Please bring a coffee mug and/or water bottle so that we will use fewer paper cups. If you have a copy of Rise Up Singing, please bring it for Saturday night’s sing-a-long around the campfire. Also, if you have a stringed or percussion instrument, bring that as well. 

We will have access to a pool from 4-5:30 PM on Saturday and 1-2 PM on Sunday. There is no life guard and people must use it at their own risk. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent with them at all times while using the pool. If we receive permission from the camp, the teens will use the pool under the supervision of the youth workers with parents’ permission during those times as well. The younger children will not be using it without their parents being present. 
Everyone who is staying in a cabin needs to bring bedding and towels. If you are staying in a cottage or the lodge, these are provided. 

Don’t forget your silent auction items, snacks to share and board games for Friday evening.

Registration is in the lodge lobby beginning around 1:30 PM Friday. You’re free to arrive any time after 1 PM Friday. Please look for the registrar if you come at another time besides Friday afternoon. We will have a packet for you, a name tag, and your room key. 

This should be fun!
Rachel Hampton, Registrar
 


Awakening Across the Branches of Friends

Friends from across the branches of the Religious Society of Friends came together to express our love for the land and our dedication to environmental justice, with each of us grounded in spirit along our own path.

Three of us were invited to be part of a panel on Earthcare that explored our individual spiritual paths and where we are led: Adrian Halverstadt is an Evangelical Friend who is Chancellor of Barclay College in Kansas and the Director of Evangelical Friends Church of North America, Cherice Bock is a Professor of Environmental Science and Co-clerk of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting (Evangelical), and me, Shelley Tanenbaum, General Secretary of Quaker Earthcare Witness and a member of Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting (unprogrammed, liberal/universalist).

Click here to find the pdf newsletter including the full article from Quaker Earthcare Witness

2019 Annual Sessions Schedule

Friday

1-3:30 Registration and free time

3:30-5 Workshops

5:30-6:30 Dinner

6:30-7:30 Music and Worship

7:30 Board Games

Saturday

8-9 Breakfast

9-10 Worship and Music

10-12 Business

12-1 Lunch

1-3:30 Committee Meetings

4-5:30 Workshops and Free time

5:30-6:30 Dinner

7-8 Sing-a-long around the campfire with s'mores

Sunday

8-9 Breakfast

9-9:45 Worship and Music

9:45-10:30 Guest Speaker Benigno Sanchez-Eppler

10:30-12 Business

12-1 Lunch

1-4 Business and epistle reading

4 Pack up and be out by 5 PM


Announcements

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is eager to welcome students entering 5th–9th grades for Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22–29, 2019. Find out more: http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

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From the Clerks

An important note that we as clerks feel the need to share is that we as a yearly meeting have articulated one of our core values as welcoming and affirming the equality of all persons in all areas of life and ministry. As such we have included Friends United Meeting (FUM) in the list of groups we could possibly affiliate with for the purpose of information, since they are one of the umbrella organizations of Friends who would be open to us joining them. We as clerks want to clarify that FUM's policy about who can serve in ministry at the organizational level goes against our value of full inclusion. We want to reassure our LGBTQ+ members that we stand with you.

The list of Friends umbrella organizations that we COULD consider joining is provided so we know what Quaker groups are out there, and to see if any of them are a good fit for us. We will not join an organization whose values go against our core value of equity and inclusivity for all SCYMF members. Our process of looking at this list can help us to articulate who we feel called to be and which groups can help us live into our calling more fully.

An additional note of clarification: The description of FUM we sent out in Friday’s newsletter did not clearly state FUM’s policy about volunteers. We apologize! Here is a (hopefully) clearer explanation. Any Friend who is part of an FUM yearly meeting can be appointed as a representative of their yearly meeting, and can volunteer internally on committees and so forth. Friends who are LGBTQ+ and in a relationship are not able to serve as ministers in an employee or volunteer capacity, including missions work and peacemaking work, and other work of the organization. While some LGBTQ+ Friends in other yearly meetings have expressed the view that they would rather work from within the organization to change this policy, SCYMF has made the commitment to equity at all levels of our life together.

Since FUM’s policy goes against our value of full equity, we (clerks) are assuming that SCYMF will not join FUM at this time. However, we may want to do something such as send FUM a letter expressing how we feel about the policy, or do some other action to make it known that we would like to partner with Christ centered Friends but do not feel clear to do so, due to their policy that excludes.

The clarification above applies to a note from the clerks in Friday’s newsletter. Click here to read that newsletter.

  

Silent Auction

Friends: If you have something you want to bring for the silent auction, please send an email to Eli Craig, listing what you wish to bring. Eli's email address is colorfulspikes@gmail.com. The silent action will begin at 3 PM Friday (although late entries are fine) and will end on Saturday at dinner time so that people who are only coming for Saturday can bid. Please be prepared to take home anything that doesn't sell. The silent auction benefits the scholarship fund for Yearly Meeting Sessions.

Rachel Hampton, Registrar
 


Annual Sessions Reminders

Friends: I’m trying to remember all of the other things I need  you all to bring to Yearly Meeting. So here goes. Please bring a coffee mug and/or water bottle so that we will use fewer paper cups. If you have a copy of Rise Up Singing, please bring it for Saturday night’s sing-a-long around the campfire. Also, if you have a stringed or percussion instrument, bring that as well. 

We will have access to a pool from 4-5:30 PM on Saturday and 1-2 PM on Sunday. There is no life guard and people must use it at their own risk. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent with them at all times while using the pool. If we receive permission from the camp, the teens will use the pool under the supervision of the youth workers with parents’ permission during those times as well. The younger children will not be using it without their parents being present. 
Everyone who is staying in a cabin needs to bring bedding and towels. If you are staying in a cottage or the lodge, these are provided. 

Don’t forget your silent auction items, snacks to share and board games for Friday evening.

Registration is in the lodge lobby beginning around 1:30 PM Friday. You’re free to arrive any time after 1 PM Friday. Please look for the registrar if you come at another time besides Friday afternoon. We will have a packet for you, a name tag, and your room key. 

This should be fun!

Rachel Hampton, Registrar
 


Candidates for Recording

The Committee for Nurture of Ministry has approved the following candidates for Recording and will bring their names forward during annual sessions 2019. All five candidates have completed all requirements for Recording. In addition, they positively completed the 60-day feedback period. During the Saturday morning business session, the committee will present their names for Recording.

Click here to read more about each candidate.
 


Correction to the Minutes

The minutes we linked to in Friday’s newsletter inadvertently credited the wrong meeting with providing help with the abuse prevention policy. Credit should have been given to North Valley Friends Church.


Announcements

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove.

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is eager to welcome students entering 5th–9th grades for Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22–29, 2019. Find out more: http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

If you have an announcement you’d like to have included in the next Bulletin, please send it to newsletter@scymf.org.
 
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From the Clerks

We have a SCYMF Travel Fund application from the People Care committee. We want people to read over and send comments to the clerk of the People Care committee or reply to this newsletter email if you want anything revised before we get to annual sessions.

Also, at annual sessions this year, we will be talking about some specific Quaker organizations and groups we are considering partnering with. We have encouraged meetings and individuals to think about and discern whether SCYMF should join these groups.

We are providing a list of the organizations we’ll be considering at annual sessions this year with brief information about each one and a link to their website (embedded in the document linked below). Please look at it beforehand and send questions and comments to the clerks, or by replying to this newsletter email. If you have a question, please send it in before Wednesday, May 22, so we have a little bit of time to find answers to any questions you may have and be well prepared to answer them at annual sessions.  
Registration Ends Tomorrow

Registration for Annual Session has been extended. The new deadline is tomorrow, Saturday, May 18. Registration materials and conference information are now available online. If you are planning to come just one day and haven't registered yet, please do so. The cost is $26 for the weekend no matter how many days you come. Of course, meals and housing are extra. This is going to be really fun!
 


Yearly Meeting Reminders

Friends: It is almost time for Annual Sessions! This email is to remind you of a few things. Please bring snacks to share with others, board games to play Friday evening, and items for the silent auction. If you will be staying in a cabin, remember your bed linens and towels. We could still use a couple more volunteers to help our wonderful childcare staff with the children. If this is something you can do, please let me know immediately as we must get background checks completed beforehand. I've pasted the schedule below so you will have it if needed. Looking forward to seeing you all in two weeks.

Rachel Hampton, Registrar
 


Updated Nominations List for Annual Sessions

This is the updated list of those who will be presented at Yearly Meeting for approval for the committees and yearly meeting officers. If you have any feedback, please send it to nominating@scymf.org. All of the committees except Faith and Practice could use more members. We especially need people for Coordinating, Nominating, Finance, Quarterly Gathering committee and Abuse Prevention Task Force. Fill out a nomination form if you are interested.

Go to this link to get more information about each committee or working group: https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups.

If you would like to apply to be a member of a committee, please fill out the form at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form.

Click here to see the updated list of nominees.
 


Minutes from Quarterly Gathering

From our gathering at West Hills in February: Today we have met to ask ourselves, and the Holy Spirit, “What does God want us to do?” What we heard in our time of Conversation Café was that we care a lot about how we do what we do, about being lovingly genuine and transparent even as we lovingly listen to those who differ or who don’t know us yet. We do not want to repeat or create structures that will inhibit Friends’ callings or dreams, instead using a metaphor from Jesus, we have some new wine that requires new wine skins.

Click here to read the rest of the minutes.
 


In March of last year, three young Hispanic men – Luis. Josue and Eddie – were arrested and charged with the murder of my stepson, Matthew, and his buddy, Noel – a murder that had taken place nearly ten years earlier on September 4, 2008, while Matt and his friends, Noel and December, were walking down a San Francisco street. The arrest was made by the Department of Homeland Security under the federal racketeering act which allows the federal government to seek the death penalty.

This event prompted me to think deeply about the meaning of justice. 

My meditation has now been published by Fernwood Press in Newberg, Oregon. The writing of this small, little book was a labor of love that I could not avoid once I heard the news of these three young men's arrest. My desire is that folks will read my meditation, which I call What Is Justice?: A Personal Exploration and use it as a catalyst for their own personal journey, their own examination of their beliefs about the meaning of justice and then to reach out to their family, friends and colleagues to engage in a similar group exploration.

Thank you and blessings,
Bill Denham

Announcements

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online. Please register by tomorrow, Saturday, May 18. Musicians are welcome to join with Ruthie, Ruba, and Derek in leading worship at Annual Sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Please contact Ruthie Tippin at ruthietippin@gmail.com if you’re interested.  Bring your heart, your voice, your instruments!

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is eager to welcome students entering 5th–9th grades for Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22–29, 2019. Find out more: http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Newberg Emerging Friends Church Music Ministries Coordinator Position Open: We would like to announce that the process for hiring our permanent Music Ministry Coordinator is open. This position begins July 1, and applicants are invited to apply by May 20. Below is the link to the job description and the application. Please be praying for wisdom as we engage in this process. NEFC Music Ministries Coordinator Info and Application

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

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Bulletin 05.10.2019

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Quakerism for Youth

Youth is a time of intense inquiry into identity, gifts and one’s place in the world. Yet all too often, just as young Friends become truly ready for critical thinking and engagement in society, their participation in Quaker community wanes. 

Join one (or both) of these online conversations (information at the link below) to explore how Quaker religious educators can support faith formation in youth ages 12-18, how to offer vibrant, relevant opportunities to young Friends, and how to welcome them into the meeting community as full and valued members. We will explore Quaker youth ministry; what is working well now, what has worked well in the past, and growing edges in light of emerging trends.

Click here for more information.
 


Registration Extended to May 18

Registration for Annual Session has been extended. The new deadline is May 18. Registration materials and conference information are now available online. If you are planning to come just one day and haven't registered yet, please do so. The cost is $26 for the weekend no matter how many days you come. Of course, meals and housing are extra. This is going to be really fun!
 


Nominations List for Annual Sessions

This is the current list of those who will be presented at Yearly Meeting for approval for the committees and yearly meeting officers. This is a preliminary list, and we will hopefully be adding more names. If you have any feedback, please send it to nominating@scymf.org. All of the committees except Faith and Practice could use more members. We especially need people for Coordinating, Nominating, Finance, Quarterly Gathering committee and Abuse Prevention Task Force. Fill out a nomination form if you are interested.

Go to this link to get more information about each committee or working group: https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups.

If you would like to apply to be a member of a committee, please fill out the form at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form.

Click here to see the complete list of nominees.
 


Yearly Meeting Representatives Wanted

Do you feel called to visit another yearly meeting during their annual sessions this year to form relationships with other Friends? If you would like to be a representative of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, please email the clerks at clerks@scymf.org. We are specifically looking for representatives to North Pacific Yearly Meeting in McMinnville, Oregon, July 17-21, and Northwest Yearly Meeting in Newberg, Oregon, July 21-24. If you feel called to visit other Quaker Yearly Meetings, we would welcome those as well.

If you know of someone who will be visiting our annual sessions, please let the clerks know at clerks@scymf.org.
 


Affirmations +/or Concerns

Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.
 

 

2019 Annual Sessions Schedule

Registration extended to Saturday, May 18, 2019

Friday

1-3:30 Registration and free time

3:30-5 Workshops

5:30-6:30 Dinner

6:30-7:30 Music and Worship

7:30 Board Games

Saturday

8-9 Breakfast

9-10 Worship and Music

10-12 Business

12-1 Lunch

1-3:30 Committee Meetings

4-5:30 Workshops and Free time

5:30-6:30 Dinner

7-8 Sing-a-long around the campfire with s'mores

Sunday

8-9 Breakfast

9-9:45 Worship and Music

9:45-10:30 Guest Speaker Benigno Sanchez-Eppler

10:30-12 Business

12-1 Lunch

1-4 Business and epistle reading

4 Pack up and be out by 5 PM

 


Announcements

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online. Please register by May 18. Musicians are welcome to join with Ruthie, Ruba, and Derek in leading worship at Annual Sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Please contact Ruthie Tippin at ruthietippin@gmail.com if you’re interested.  Bring your heart, your voice, your instruments!

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is eager to welcome students entering 5th–9th grades for Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22–29, 2019. Find out more: http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Newberg Emerging Friends Church Music Ministries Coordinator Position Open: We would like to announce that the process for hiring our permanent Music Ministry Coordinator is open. This position begins July 1, and applicants are invited to apply by May 20. Below is the link to the job description and the application. Please be praying for wisdom as we engage in this process. NEFC Music Ministries Coordinator Info and Application

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

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Registration Extended to May 18

Registration for Annual Session has been extended. The new deadline is May 18. Registration materials and conference information are now available online. If you are planning to come just one day and haven't registered yet, please do so. The cost is $26 for the weekend no matter how many days you come. Of course, meals and housing are extra. This is going to be really fun!
 


Nominations List for Annual Sessions

This is the current list of those who will be presented at Yearly Meeting for approval for the committees and yearly meeting officers. This is a preliminary list, and we will hopefully be adding more names. If you have any feedback, please send it to nominating@scymf.org. All of the committees except Faith and Practice could use more members. We especially need people for Coordinating, Nominating, Finance, Quarterly Gathering committee and Abuse Prevention Task Force. Fill out a nomination form if you are interested.

Go to this link to get more information about each committee or working group: https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups.

If you would like to apply to be a member of a committee, please fill out the form at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form.

Click here to see the complete list of nominees.
 


Yearly Meeting Representatives Wanted

Do you feel called to visit another yearly meeting during their annual sessions this year to form relationships with other Friends? If you would like to be a representative of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, please email the clerks at clerks@scymf.org. We are specifically looking for representatives to North Pacific Yearly Meeting in McMinnville, Oregon, July 17-21, and Northwest Yearly Meeting in Newberg, Oregon, July 21-24. If you feel called to visit other Quaker Yearly Meetings, we would welcome those as well.

If you know of someone who will be visiting our annual sessions, please let the clerks know at clerks@scymf.org.
 


Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle, and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email registrar@scymf.org, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
 
Affirmations +/or Concerns

Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.

 

Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

2019 Annual Sessions Schedule

Registration extended to Saturday, May 18, 2019

Friday

1-3:30 Registration and free time

3:30-5 Workshops

5:30-6:30 Dinner

6:30-7:30 Music and Worship

7:30 Board Games

Saturday

8-9 Breakfast

9-10 Worship and Music

10-12 Business

12-1 Lunch

1-3:30 Committee Meetings

4-5:30 Workshops and Free time

5:30-6:30 Dinner

7-8 Sing-a-long around the campfire with s'mores

Sunday

8-9 Breakfast

9-9:45 Worship and Music

9:45-10:30 Guest Speaker Benigno Sanchez-Eppler

10:30-12 Business

12-1 Lunch

1-4 Business and epistle reading

4 Pack up and be out by 5 PM

 


Announcements

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online. Please register by May 18. Musicians are welcome to join with Ruthie, Ruba, and Derek in leading worship at Annual Sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Please contact Ruthie Tippin at ruthietippin@gmail.com if you’re interested.  Bring your heart, your voice, your instruments!

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is eager to welcome students entering 5th–9th grades for Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22–29, 2019. Find out more: http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

If you have an announcement you’d like to have included in the next Bulletin, please send it to newsletter@scymf.org.
 
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Nominations List for Annual Sessions

This is the current list of those who will be presented at Yearly Meeting for approval for the committees and yearly meeting officers. This is a preliminary list, and we will hopefully be adding more names. If you have any feedback, please send it to nominating@scymf.org. All of the committees except Faith and Practice could use more members. We especially need people for Coordinating, Nominating, Finance, Quarterly Gathering committee and Abuse Prevention Task Force. Fill out a nomination form if you are interested.

Go to this link to get more information about each committee or working group: https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups.

If you would like to apply to be a member of a committee, please fill out the form at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form.

Click here to see the complete list of nominees.
 


Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee met on April 15, via Zoom, and worked on the following agenda items:

  • Transfer powers of treasurer
  • Worship groups and membership
  • Nominating Committee nominations process
  • Committee reports

Click here to read the minutes.
 


Yearly Meeting Representatives Wanted

Do you feel called to visit another yearly meeting during their annual sessions this year to form relationships with other Friends? If you would like to be a representative of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, please email the clerks at clerks@scymf.org. We are specifically looking for representatives to North Pacific Yearly Meeting in McMinnville, Oregon, July 17-21, and Northwest Yearly Meeting in Newberg, Oregon, July 21-24. If you feel called to visit other Quaker Yearly Meetings, we would welcome those as well.

If you know of someone who will be visiting our annual sessions, please let the clerks know at clerks@scymf.org.
 


Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle, and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email registrar@scymf.org, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
 
Affirmations +/or Concerns

Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.

 

Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

2019 Annual Sessions Schedule

Please register by Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Friday

1-3:30 Registration and free time

3:30-5 Workshops

5:30-6:30 Dinner

6:30-7:30 Music and Worship

7:30 Board Games

Saturday

8-9 Breakfast

9-10 Worship and Music

10-12 Business

12-1 Lunch

1-3:30 Committee Meetings

4-5:30 Workshops and Free time

5:30-6:30 Dinner

7-8 Sing-a-long around the campfire with s'mores

Sunday

8-9 Breakfast

9-9:45 Worship and Music

9:45-10:30 Guest Speaker Benigno Sanchez-Eppler

10:30-12 Business

12-1 Lunch

1-4 Business and epistle reading

4 Pack up and be out by 5 PM

 


Announcements

Registration for Annual Session is due by Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online. Musicians are welcome to join with Ruthie, Ruba, and Derek in leading worship at Annual Sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Please contact Ruthie Tippin at ruthietippin@gmail.com if you’re interested.  Bring your heart, your voice, your instruments!

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is eager to welcome students entering 5th–9th grades for Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22–29, 2019. Find out more: http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

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Looking for Committee Members

The Nominating Committee is looking for members for the following committees: Coordinating, Quarterly Gathering Planning (which is also the committee that plans Yearly Meeting Sessions), Finance, and the Abuse Prevention Task Force. Go to this link to get more information about each committee or working group: https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups. If you would like to apply to be a member of a committee, please fill out the form at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. The committee terms begin at Yearly Meeting and run for three years. If you have questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 


Yearly Meeting Representatives Wanted

Do you feel called to visit another yearly meeting during their annual sessions this year to form relationships with other Friends? If you would like to be a representative of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, please email the clerks at clerks@scymf.org. We are specifically looking for representatives to North Pacific Yearly Meeting in McMinnville, Oregon, July 17-21, and Northwest Yearly Meeting in Newberg, Oregon, July 21-24. If you feel called to visit other Quaker Yearly Meetings, we would welcome those as well.

If you know of someone who will be visiting our annual sessions, please let the clerks know at clerks@scymf.org.
 


Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle, and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email registrar@scymf.org, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
 
Affirmations +/or Concerns

Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.

 

Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Cherice Bock through April 23, 2019. Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

51

Our life emerges
from Mysterious Source.
Alive, we
are nurtured by goodness.
When we join with this Way,
we nurture others.

We offer shelter
and protection
for the weak.
We offer support
without possessing.
We help
without controlling.
We give,
expecting nothing in return.

This is love—
virtue in action.

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online. Musicians are welcome to join with Ruthie, Ruba, and Derek in leading worship at Annual Sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Please contact Ruthie Tippin at ruthietippin@gmail.com if you’re interested.  Bring your heart, your voice, your instruments!

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is eager to welcome students entering 5th–9th grades for Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22–29, 2019. Find out more: http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

If you have an announcement you’d like to have included in the next Bulletin, please send it to newsletter@scymf.org.
 
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Yearly Meeting Representatives Wanted

Do you feel called to visit another yearly meeting during their annual sessions this year to form relationships with other Friends? If you would like to be a representative of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, please email the clerks at clerks@scymf.org. We are specifically looking for representatives to North Pacific Yearly Meeting in McMinnville, Oregon, July 17-21, and Northwest Yearly Meeting in Newberg, Oregon, July 21-24. If you feel called to visit other Quaker Yearly Meetings, we would welcome those as well.

If you know of someone who will be visiting our annual sessions, please let the clerks know at clerks@scymf.org.
 


Music for Annual Sessions

Musicians are welcome to join with Ruthie, Ruba, and Derek in leading worship at Annual Sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Please contact Ruthie Tippin at ruthietippin@gmail.com if you’re interested.  Bring your heart, your voice, your instruments!
 


Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle, and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email registrar@scymf.org, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
 
Affirmations +/or Concerns

Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.
 

Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Cherice Bock through April 23, 2019. Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

Speaker at Annual Sessions

From Judy Maurer: Benigno Sanchez-Eppler will be our speaker at SCYMF annual sessions! He will speak on “Courage in Crisis: Gifts from Early Friends.”

Here’s what he said in an interview with me:

“The founding generation of Friends lived in a world that is as confusing as ours. I’m comforted by how radical they were and how orthodox they were, in terms of the patterns of the early Christian church. So when Penn says Quakerism is early Christianity revived, he’s not kidding! I think for me it is exciting to go and try them out – as if they walked through the door of the meeting and they sat in worship and then they try to tell us ….”

Benigno has just finished up his four-year service as clerk for Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), Section of the Americas. A native of Cuba, he currently teaches at Amherst College in Massachusetts. In collaboration with Susan Furry, who is also a New England Friend, Benigno just finished translating Barclay’s Apology into modern English and Spanish. Their extensive translations of the writings of early Friends can be read at http://www.raicescuaqueras.org.

To register for annual sessions, go to https://www.scymfriends.org/annual-conference. See you there!


Announcements

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Western Yearly Meeting is in a leadership transition. During this transition period the Yearly Meeting seeks to engage an individual to lead the Yearly Meeting in strategic visioning and restructuring to enable the Yearly Meeting to move forward with renewed hope and vision. This person will have prior education and experience in providing similar services for other Friends organizations. Please submit letter of interest, qualifications and resume to Western Yearly Meeting by April 30, 2019. c/o John Heshelman, Clerk of Search Committee, 1070 West State Road 42, Mooresville, IN 46158; jr.heshelman@gmail.com, 1-317-908-8595

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Affirmations +/or Concerns

Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.
 
Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help at the registration table beginning Friday afternoon, May 24th. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email registrar@scymf.org, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
 

Childcare for Annual Sessions

The Quarterly Gathering Committee is looking for someone to coordinate childcare volunteers for Annual Sessions (Memorial Day Weekend). The individual would be responsible for scheduling the volunteers who will fill in with the paid staff for childcare. The childcare coordinator needs to pass an SCYMF background check. Scholarships are available to help with room and board if this is needed. Please contact Terri Beardsley terrib at me.com or Rachel Hampton hamptonrachel2002 at outlook.com.
 
Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Cherice Bock through April 23, 2019. Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

2019 Annual Sessions Schedule (updated)

Friday
1-3:30 Registration and free time
3:30-5 Workshops
5:30-6:30 Dinner
6:30-7:30 Music and Worship
7:30 Board Games

Saturday
8-9 Breakfast
9-10 Worship and Music
10-12 Business
12-1 Lunch
1-3:30 Committee Meetings
4-5:30 Workshops and Free time
5:30-6:30 Dinner
7-8 Sing-a-long around the campfire with s'mores

Sunday
8-9 Breakfast
9-9:45 Worship and Music
9:45-10:30 Guest Speaker Benigno Sanchez-Eppler
10:30-12 Business
12-1 Lunch
1-4 Business and epistle reading
4 Pack up and be out by 5 PM


Announcements

Have you ever been present when someone was being bullied, harassed or even attacked and you wanted to help but you didn't know what to do, and perhaps you did nothing? You're invited to attend a Bystander Intervention Training, this Sunday, April 7, from 12:15-4:15 PM, at Multnomah Friends Meeting. Click here for more information.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Western Yearly Meeting is in a leadership transition. During this transition period the Yearly Meeting seeks to engage an individual to lead the Yearly Meeting in strategic visioning and restructuring to enable the Yearly Meeting to move forward with renewed hope and vision. This person will have prior education and experience in providing similar services for other Friends organizations. Please submit letter of interest, qualifications and resume to Western Yearly Meeting by April 30, 2019. c/o John Heshelman, Clerk of Search Committee, 1070 West State Road 42, Mooresville, IN 46158; jr.heshelman@gmail.com, 1-317-908-8595

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

If you have an announcement you’d like to have included in the next Bulletin, please send it to newsletter@scymf.org.
 
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Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating met via Zoom on March 18 and discussed the following agenda items:

  • Temporary approval of a new treasurer until annual sessions
  • Details for annual sessions
  • Other means of connecting people outside of formal gatherings
Click here to read more of the minutes.
 
Affirmations +/or Concerns

Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.
 
Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help at the registration table beginning Friday afternoon, May 24th. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email registrar@scymf.org, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
 

Childcare for Annual Sessions

The Quarterly Gathering Committee is looking for someone to coordinate childcare volunteers for Annual Sessions (Memorial Day Weekend). The individual would be responsible for scheduling the volunteers who will fill in with the paid staff for childcare. The childcare coordinator needs to pass an SCYMF background check. Scholarships are available to help with room and board if this is needed. Please contact Terri Beardsley terrib at me.com or Rachel Hampton hamptonrachel2002 at outlook.com.
 
Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Cherice Bock through April 23, 2019. Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

2019 Annual Sessions Schedule

Friday
1-3:30 Registration and free time
3:30-5 Workshops
5:30-6:30 Dinner
6:30-7:30 Music and Worship
7:30 Board Games

Saturday
8-9 Breakfast
9-10 Worship and Music
10-12 Business
12-1 Lunch
1-2:30 Workshops and Free time
3-5:30 Committee Meetings
5:30-6:30 Dinner
7-8 Sing-a-long around the campfire with s'mores

Sunday
8-9 Breakfast
9-9:45 Worship and Music
9:45-10:30 Guest Speaker Benigno Sanchez-Eppler
10:30-12 Business
12-1 Lunch
1-4 Business and epistle reading
4 Pack up and be out by 5 PM


Announcements

Have you ever been present when someone was being bullied, harassed or even attacked and you wanted to help but you didn't know what to do, and perhaps you did nothing? You're invited to attend a Bystander Intervention Training, Sunday, April 7, from 12:15-4:15 PM, at Multnomah Friends Meeting. Click here for more information.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Western Yearly Meeting is in a leadership transition. During this transition period the Yearly Meeting seeks to engage an individual to lead the Yearly Meeting in strategic visioning and restructuring to enable the Yearly Meeting to move forward with renewed hope and vision. This person will have prior education and experience in providing similar services for other Friends organizations. Please submit letter of interest, qualifications and resume to Western Yearly Meeting by April 30, 2019. c/o John Heshelman, Clerk of Search Committee, 1070 West State Road 42, Mooresville, IN 46158; jr.heshelman@gmail.com, 1-317-908-8595

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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New Treasurer Nominated

A note from Beth Oppenlander, clerk of the Finance Committee:

As most of you heard during our February gathering, Roger Watson gave notice of his resignation effective immediately following  Annual Sessions in May. Roger felt a strong call to provide transitional leadership as we embarked on becoming a new yearly meeting; which has been completed! He was involved with the effort to obtain our 501c3 status, he advocated on our behalf to receive seed funding from NWYM, and he also established our accounting systems and processes to ensure the ministries of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) would continue to thrive. On behalf of SCYMF, I would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of these efforts. Thank you for not only helping us find our footing, but also for paving way forward for miraculous good works to come.

In response for SCYMF’s need for a new treasurer, Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for SCYMF. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.
 
Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help at the registration table beginning Friday afternoon, May 24th. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email registrar@scymf.org, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
 

Childcare for Annual Sessions

The Quarterly Gathering Committee is looking for someone to coordinate childcare volunteers for Annual Sessions (Memorial Day Weekend). The individual would be responsible for scheduling the volunteers who will fill in with the paid staff for childcare. The childcare coordinator needs to pass an SCYMF background check. Scholarships are available to help with room and board if this is needed. Please contact Terri Beardsley terrib at me.com or Rachel Hampton hamptonrachel2002 at outlook.com.
 
Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Cherice Bock through April 23, 2019. Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

"O God, you are my God, I seek you,
    my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
    as in a dry and weary land where there is no water...

    My soul clings to you..." (Psalm 63:1, 8a)

The Psalmist speaks from deep down. Among many other possible objects of devotion, other causes, other "solutions" and quick fixes, other gods, other things to which our world invites us to give allegiance, the Psalmist seeks and clings to God above all else.

More vividly, the Psalmist thirsts for God, drawing on imagery that may to an extent be lost on many of us who can conveniently turn on the faucet or open a plastic bottle when we need a drink of water. 

How do these words give language to your own spiritual experience, if they do? Do you seek God? Do you thirst for God? Do you cling to God? How is your experience of seeking, clinging to, or thirsting for God lived out in a way others can observe and experience?

Matt Boswell
Camas Friends

Announcements

Quaker men from churches and meetings throughout the Northwest will gather at beautiful Camp Tilikum, March 29-31. Their 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information, or you can click here for a registration form.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Western Yearly Meeting is in a leadership transition. During this transition period the Yearly Meeting seeks to engage an individual to lead the Yearly Meeting in strategic visioning and restructuring to enable the Yearly Meeting to move forward with renewed hope and vision. This person will have prior education and experience in providing similar services for other Friends organizations. Please submit letter of interest, qualifications and resume to Western Yearly Meeting by April 30, 2019. c/o John Heshelman, Clerk of Search Committee, 1070 West State Road 42, Mooresville, IN 46158; jr.heshelman@gmail.com, 1-317-908-8595

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help at the registration table beginning Friday afternoon, May 24th. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email registrar@scymf.org, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
 

Childcare for Annual Sessions

The Quarterly Gathering Committee is looking for someone to coordinate childcare volunteers for Annual Sessions (Memorial Day Weekend). The individual would be responsible for scheduling the volunteers who will fill in with the paid staff for childcare. The childcare coordinator needs to pass an SCYMF background check. Scholarships are available to help with room and board if this is needed. Please contact Terri Beardsley terrib at me.com or Rachel Hampton hamptonrachel2002 at outlook.com.
 
Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Cherice Bock through April 23, 2019. Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

Inclusion in Quaker religious education: Embracing children with learning differences and their families


Detection of learning needs such as ADHD, autism and learning disabilities has advanced in recent years along with classroom accommodation methods. Join this conversation to discuss how to welcome children with special needs and their families into Quaker religious education programs, while also serving the class as a whole.  

Join one of these online conversation circles to explore how to create a sense of beloved community and divine connection for children with learning needs and their families. 
Tuesday, March 19, 1:00 pm ET
Thursday, March 21, 8:00 pm ET
 
Registration is required. See below!

March Facilitator: Beth Collea, Wellesley MM, NEYM

Queries for the Conversation: 
  • How can Quaker RE programs prepare to serve children with learning needs? 
  • How does Quaker faith and practice speak to classroom inclusion?
  • How can we welcome children with special needs while also serving the class as a whole? 
  • What inclusion methods are effective for small RE programs?

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, March 19
1:00 PM Eastern Time
(12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT)
Register HERE

Thursday, March 21
8:00 PM Eastern Time
(7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT)
Register HERE

Announcements

Paul Buckley will lead a retreat at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, March 19–24, on Quaker Revival: We will consider how Friends today are called to model a covenant community. We'll look at which outward behaviors speak to today’s conditions and what Quaker practices might need to be scraped away and discarded. Find out more and register early.

Quaker men from churches and meetings throughout the Northwest will gather at beautiful Camp Tilikum, March 29-31. Their 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information, or you can click here for a registration form.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Western Yearly Meeting is in a leadership transition. During this transition period the Yearly Meeting seeks to engage an individual to lead the Yearly Meeting in strategic visioning and restructuring to enable the Yearly Meeting to move forward with renewed hope and vision. This person will have prior education and experience in providing similar services for other Friends organizations. Please submit letter of interest, qualifications and resume to Western Yearly Meeting by April 30, 2019. c/o John Heshelman, Clerk of Search Committee, 1070 West State Road 42, Mooresville, IN 46158; jr.heshelman@gmail.com, 1-317-908-8595

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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Quaker Poets Read

Some folks at West Hills have started a new, weekly micro-podcast called “Quaker Poets Read.” We are hoping to feature one poem every week! Interested? Click here to see the instructions!
 
Quaker Heritage Day

Berkeley Friends Church hosts Quaker Heritage Day each year, inviting a scholar to share about a topic of interest to Friends. Programmed and unprogrammed Friends from around the Bay Area attend the event. Every other year, this event occurs in concert with the Western Association for the Religious Society of Friends (WARSF) annual gathering of members, so Cherice was able to attend both events.

Click here to read Cherice’s full report.
 
Childcare for Annual Sessions

The Quarterly Gathering Committee is looking for someone to coordinate childcare volunteers for Annual Sessions. The individual would be responsible for scheduling the volunteers who will fill in with the paid staff for childcare. The childcare coordinator needs to pass an SCYMF background check. Scholarships are available to help with room and board if this is needed. Please contact Terri Beardsley terrib at me.com or Rachel Hampton hamptonrachel2002 at outlook.com.
 
Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Cherice Bock through April 23, 2019. Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.
 

 

After being gone about three weeks, I stopped to see my two godchildren. Three-year-old Timothy came to the door and excitedly exclaimed, “Dorty! Dorty!” He gave me some big bear hugs then ran off to play. A few minutes later he came running to where I was sitting, threw his arms around my neck and repeated, “Dorty, Dorty!” He did this three or four times. Each time it was as though he had just discovered me. Of course, this warmed the cockles of my heart.

As I drove home, it occurred to me that our God would be pleased if we also would come with such spontaneity and delight. We would simply exclaim, “Lord, Lord, I’m so glad you’re here,” and we would revel in God’s presence. We wouldn’t come with the usual list of requests. It would be a natural, unsophisticated communion with our God, just saying, “Lord, I love You.” We would be practicing the presence – not planned, not organized, just spontaneous outbursts of praise and delight because God is there.

The psalmist said, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long” (89:15–16).

On my drive home I had some time at the table – a very informal time to acknowledge God’s wonderful presence.

Dorothy E. Barratt, adapted from Fruit of the Vine

Announcements

Brian Drayton will lead a retreat, “Dwelling in Watchfulness: a Weekend for People with a Concern for Ministry” the weekend of March 15–17, at Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio. Email Ken Jacobsen (kenkatharine@earthlink.com) for more information.

Paul Buckley will lead a retreat at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, March 19–24, on Quaker Revival: We will consider how Friends today are called to model a covenant community. We'll look at which outward behaviors speak to today’s conditions and what Quaker practices might need to be scraped away and discarded. Find out more and register early.

Quaker men from churches and meetings throughout the Northwest will gather at beautiful Camp Tilikum, March 29-31. Their 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information, or you can click here for a registration form.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019, at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Western Yearly Meeting is in a leadership transition. During this transition period the Yearly Meeting seeks to engage an individual to lead the Yearly Meeting in strategic visioning and restructuring to enable the Yearly Meeting to move forward with renewed hope and vision. This person will have prior education and experience in providing similar services for other Friends organizations. Please submit letter of interest, qualifications and resume to Western Yearly Meeting by April 30, 2019. c/o John Heshelman, Clerk of Search Committee, 1070 West State Road 42, Mooresville, IN 46158; jr.heshelman@gmail.com, 1-317-908-8595

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

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Coordinating Committee Minutes

The Coordinating Committee met on Saturday, February 16, addressing some of the following agenda items:
  • Our purpose as a committee
  • Addressing institutional trauma
  • Affiliation of worship groups
  • Committee reports
Click here for the full minutes.
 
Childcare for Annual Sessions

The Quarterly Gathering Committee is looking for someone to coordinate childcare volunteers for Annual Sessions. The individual would be responsible for scheduling the volunteers who will fill in with the paid staff for childcare. The childcare coordinator needs to pass an SCYMF background check. Scholarships are available to help with room and board if this is needed. Please contact Terri Beardsley terrib at me.com or Rachel Hampton hamptonrachel2002 at outlook.com.
 
Discussion Task Force Survey

Did you attend quarterly meeting at West Hills? The task force for the discussion would like your feedback. Click here for a very brief survey. Thank you!
 
 

 

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns. The author of the feedback must identify themselves and give contact information to the committee in case further conversation is warranted. However, upon request, any identifying details in the content of the messages and the identity of the person providing feedback will be held in strict confidentiality by the committee to be shared with none other than emergency response professionals in the case of imminent danger or a reportable offense.

Cherice Bock is our first candidate. Click here for more information. Commenting is open through April 23, 2019.

Announcements

Brian Drayton will lead a retreat, “Dwelling in Watchfulness: a Weekend for People with a Concern for Ministry” the weekend of March 15–17, at Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio. Email Ken Jacobsen (kenkatharine@earthlink.com) for more information.

Paul Buckley will lead a retreat at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, March 19–24, on Quaker Revival: We will consider how Friends today are called to model a covenant community. We'll look at which outward behaviors speak to today’s conditions and what Quaker practices might need to be scraped away and discarded. Find out more and register early.

Quaker men from churches and meetings throughout the Northwest will gather at beautiful Camp Tilikum, March 29-31. Their 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information, or you can click here for a registration form.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019, at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019). “Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019).

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

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Plans for Annual Sessions Coming Together

The Quarterly Gathering Committee met on Saturday, February 16, prioritizing work on the upcoming Annual Sessions, scheduled for May 24–26, at Canby Grove. Click here to read the full minutes.

Registration materials are now available online.
 
Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee met on Saturday, February 16, to work through the names of all committee and task force members whose terms are ending, to discuss possible renewals, and to consider new nominees. Click here to read the full minutes.
 
Youth Summer Camp 2019

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. One of their primary purposes will be to create and foster a safe, trusting, and caring (aka: Christlike) community that brings to life the fruit of Jesus’ Spirit. Every camper, counselor, teacher, and director will be affirmed as a child of God regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
 
Summer Camp 2019: Registration Open
June 30-July 4, 2019 @ Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, OR
“The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019)
“Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019)

Picture yourself in the foothills of the Three Sisters, overlooking Suttle Lake. Your schedule includes a hike in the surrounding forest, team bonding at the “Spider’s Web”, Slip N’ Slide Quidich, and a Lip Sync Battle. Each night, you lay in your bunk with the smell of campfire and Smore’s in the air, settled in a peace that comes from an evening gathered in community, attending to the Presence of Jesus and learning to listen for the Voice of Love. How does that sound? 

Both camps (“Fireside” and “The Woods”) will be taking place at Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, OR during the same week. If you’re interested in volunteering at camp, please give Josh a call [503.537.6894].
 

 
Did you attend quarterly meeting at West Hills? The task force for the discussion would like your feedback. Click here for a very brief survey. Thank you!

 

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns. The author of the feedback must identify themselves and give contact information to the committee in case further conversation is warranted. However, upon request, any identifying details in the content of the messages and the identity of the person providing feedback will be held in strict confidentiality by the committee to be shared with none other than emergency response professionals in the case of imminent danger or a reportable offense.

Cherice Bock is our first candidate. Click here for more information. Commenting is open through April 23, 2019.

Announcements

Brian Drayton will lead a retreat, “Dwelling in Watchfulness: a Weekend for People with a Concern for Ministry” the weekend of March 15–17, at Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio. Email Ken Jacobsen (kenkatharine@earthlink.com) for more information.

Paul Buckley will lead a retreat at the Ben Lomond Quaker Center, March 19–24, on Quaker Revival: We will consider how Friends today are called to model a covenant community. We'll look at which outward behaviors speak to today’s conditions and what Quaker practices might need to be scraped away and discarded. Find out more and register early.

Quaker men from churches and meetings throughout the Northwest will gather at beautiful Camp Tilikum, March 29-31. Their 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information, or you can click here for a registration form.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019, at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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Bulletin 02.15.2019
 
Youth Summer Camp 2019

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. One of their primary purposes will be to create and foster a safe, trusting, and caring (aka: Christlike) community that brings to life the fruit of Jesus’ Spirit. Every camper, counselor, teacher, and director will be affirmed as a child of God regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
 
Summer Camp 2019: Registration Open
June 30-July 4, 2019 @ Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, OR
“The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019)
“Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019)

Picture yourself in the foothills of the Three Sisters, overlooking Suttle Lake. Your schedule includes a hike in the surrounding forest, team bonding at the “Spider’s Web”, Slip N’ Slide Quidich, and a Lip Sync Battle. Each night, you lay in your bunk with the smell of campfire and Smore’s in the air, settled in a peace that comes from an evening gathered in community, attending to the Presence of Jesus and learning to listen for the Voice of Love. How does that sound? 

Both camps (“Fireside” and “The Woods”) will be taking place at Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, OR during the same week. If you’re interested in volunteering at camp, please give Josh a call [503.537.6894].
 
Draft Abuse Prevention Policy

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) recognizes the incredible responsibility we have to protect the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of young people and vulnerable adults in our community. 

We recognize that having a policy is just the first step in protecting young people and vulnerable adults from harm. It is our hope that this policy will be the springboard toward creating a culture at SCYMF of safety and vigilance toward preventing abuse of everyone in our community.

Click here to read the full draft policy.
 
Recording Process Revision

Proposed revision for the confidentiality portion of the recording process: “The committee then initiates a 60-day period in which folks can give feedback to the committee. These may include positive affirmations and testimonials, cautions and concerns, or reports of problematic behavior. 

“The author of the feedback must identify themselves and give contact information to the committee in case further conversation were needed. However, upon request, any identifying details in the content of the messages and the identity of the reporter will be held in strict confidentiality by the committee to be shared with none other than with emergency response professionals in the case of imminent danger or a reportable offense.

Click here to see the full recording process.
 


 

Lessons for the Sacred Spring: Lent, Easter, Passover


Drawing on the ancient themes of death, rebirth and resurrection, how can we, as religious educators lift up a Quaker understanding of Lent, Easter and Passover?  The mystery of this season, while not easy to enter, can lead to personal and social transformation if the way is prepared.

Join one of these online conversation circles to discuss the challenges posed by the sacred stories of this season; to learn from others and to share successes and promising practices in your meeting.
 
Tuesday, February 19, 1:00 pm ET
Thursday, February 21, 8:00 pm ET

Registration is required. See below!

February Facilitator: Beth Collea, Wellesley MM, NEYM

Queries for the Conversation: 
  • How do we come as contemporary Friends to the ancient themes of death, rebirth and resurrection? 
  • How can we, as religious educators open the way to a Quaker understanding of Lent, Easter and Passover? 
  • How do we prepare ourselves to enter the mystery and carry something of Easter beyond the holiday in a way that feels authentic and faithful?
  • How can we care for families holding multiple faith traditions only one of which is Quaker?
Click here for more information.
 

Tuesday, February 19
1:00 PM
 Eastern Time
(12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT)

Register HERE

Thursday, February 21
8:00 PM
 Eastern Time
(7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT)

Register HERE


Announcements

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church tomorrow, February 16, 2019. West Hills Friends is located at  7425 SW 52ndAve, Portland, OR 97219. Click here for the full schedule.

Quaker Heritage Day 2019 at Berkeley Friends Church, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00am to 3:30pm. “The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman” presented by Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D. Click here for more details.

Brian Drayton will lead a retreat, “Dwelling in Watchfulness: a Weekend for People with a Concern for Ministry” the weekend of March 15–17, at Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio. Brian shares the following words of invitation: “This weekend offers a rare opportunity to gather with Friends from several yearly meetings to explore our experience, our challenges, our joys, and our growing edges in the service of gospel mnistry. If you cannot come, please encourage others to consider it — especially younger ministers.” Email Ken Jacobsen (kenkatharine@earthlink.com) for more information.

Quaker men from churches and meetings throughout the Northwest will gather at beautiful Camp Tilikum, March 29-31. Their 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information, or you can click here for a registration form.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). We intend to create a space for ministers to continue building supportive relationships with each other, to verbally reflect on our respective ministries and receive encouragement, and to listen to how the Spirit is working in our congregations and in SCYMF as a whole. All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019, at Canby Grove.

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Reedwood is an urban, Christ-centered, multi-cultural church that welcomes all seekers of truth.  Until recently Reedwood was part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but it is now an independent Friends Church of approximately 70 affiliated persons. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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If you have an announcement you’d like to have included in the next Bulletin, please send it to newsletter@scymf.org.
 
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Bulletin 02.08.2019

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Draft Abuse Prevention Policy

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) recognizes the incredible responsibility we have to protect the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of young people and vulnerable adults in our community. 

We recognize that having a policy is just the first step in protecting young people and vulnerable adults from harm. It is our hope that this policy will be the springboard toward creating a culture at SCYMF of safety and vigilance toward preventing abuse of everyone in our community.

Click here to read the full draft policy.
 
Recording Process Revision

Proposed revision for the confidentiality portion of the recording process: “The committee then initiates a 60-day period in which folks can give feedback to the committee. These may include positive affirmations and testimonials, cautions and concerns, or reports of problematic behavior. 

“The author of the feedback must identify themselves and give contact information to the committee in case further conversation were needed. However, upon request, any identifying details in the content of the messages and the identity of the reporter will be held in strict confidentiality by the committee to be shared with none other than with emergency response professionals in the case of imminent danger or a reportable offense.

Click here to see the full recording process.

 
From Camas Friends

To prepare for the discussion at our quarterly gathering on Feb. 16th on “What is God Calling Us to Do?” Camas Friends held a threshing meeting after meeting for worship on Feb. 3rd. Some highlights follow:
  • Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting has operated with a good order of Quaker business.
  • Participation is a core value.
  • We also prioritize giving voice to those that have have been overlooked or excluded in the past.
  • From our baggage, there are things we need to learn and things we need to unlearn.
Read the rest of the notes here.
 
From the Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Saturday, October 20, 2018, with the following agenda:
  • Accepting online contributions
  • Travel reimbursement policy
  • Year-to-date financial report
  • Budget and investments
Click here to read minutes from the meeting.
 
From the Quarterly Gathering

Minutes from our Quarterly Gathering at Eugene Friends Church in October 2018 are now available online. Click here to read those minutes.

You can also find them online.
  • Visit scymf.org
  • Hover over the <Records> menu item and select <Minutes>
  • Select <Narrative Records>
  • Select <10.20.2018 Quarterly Gathering>
 

Jesus invites a handful of fish-catchers to become people-catchers. These folks then “left everything and followed him.”

Except, they didn't

leave

everything.

They may have literally left their nets. They may have “left” some ultimate goals in exchange for participation in Jesus’ ultimate goals.

But they brought their wounds. Their self doubts. Their overconfidence. Their tempers. Their skepticism. Their fears. Their noble and/or misguided ambitions. Their limited knowledge. Their lack of experience. Their biases. Their shame and mechanisms for hiding that shame.

And Jesus made space for all they brought. He welcomed it and them. He had no illusions about the limitations and growth areas of the people he called. And he called them nonetheless.

Matt Boswell
Camas Friends

Announcements

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Preregister by sending your name, email address and church/meeting affiliation to registrar@scymf.org. If you are bringing children under 18, please send their names and ages. Please let us know if you need transportation or housing before or after the Quarterly Gathering. West Hills Friends is located at  7425 SW 52ndAve, Portland, OR 97219. Click here for the full schedule.

Quaker Heritage Day 2019 at Berkeley Friends Church, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00am to 3:30pm. “The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman” presented by Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D. Click here for more details.

Brian Drayton will lead a retreat, “Dwelling in Watchfulness: a Weekend for People with a Concern for Ministry” the weekend of March 15–17, at Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio. Brian shares the following words of invitation: “This weekend offers a rare opportunity to gather with Friends from several yearly meetings to explore our experience, our challenges, our joys, and our growing edges in the service of gospel mnistry. If you cannot come, please encourage others to consider it — especially younger ministers.” Email Ken Jacobsen (kenkatharine@earthlink.com) for more information.

Quaker men from churches and meetings throughout the Northwest will gather at beautiful Camp Tilikum, March 29-31. Their 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information, or you can click here for a registration form.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). We intend to create a space for ministers to continue building supportive relationships with each other, to verbally reflect on our respective ministries and receive encouragement, and to listen to how the Spirit is working in our congregations and in SCYMF as a whole. All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry. Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019, at Canby Grove.

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Reedwood is an urban, Christ-centered, multi-cultural church that welcomes all seekers of truth.  Until recently Reedwood was part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but it is now an independent Friends Church of approximately 70 affiliated persons. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

Are members of your local church receiving this newsletter? Use the email forward button below to share this issue, or encourage anyone interested in subscribing to do so by completing the form on our Contact page. You can also find our newsletter online.

If you have an announcement you’d like to have included in the next Bulletin, please send it to newsletter@scymf.org.
 
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Bulletin 02.01.2019

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Bulletin 02.01.2019
 
QREC in East Africa

As we learned about the Faith & Play stories, we realized the sad fact that Quaker history in Africa is not properly documented. We want to collaborate with the FTC Kaimosi, Marian Baker, and the Earlham College Archives to document the histories of Quakers in Africa so that we can write the stories of important African Quakers, to share with our children and the rest of the world.

Click here to read the rest of the epistle from the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative gathering in Kaimosi, Kenya.
 
Second Annual Pastors Conference

When: Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon)

Where: McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060)

Last April, a small group of ministers gathered for rest, play, and mutual support. This group included current and former pastors of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) congregations, pastors of congregations who are not members of SCYMF but are engaged in the ongoing formation of SCYMF, recorded ministers not currently pastoring but engaged in the ongoing emergence of SCYMF, as well as partners/spouses of the above.

We will once again meet for two days at McMenamins Edgefield, following a structured but spacious schedule that includes professional massages, soaking pool, fireside chats, porch discussions, open worship, and solitude. We intend to create a space for ministers to continue building supportive relationships with each other, to verbally reflect on our respective ministries and receive encouragement, and to listen to how the Spirit is working in our congregations and in SCYMF as a whole. All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry.

Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect. 
 
Join the Sierra-Cascades Book Club!

Want to connect with other folks in SCYMF? Want to read and discuss stimulating topics pertinent to our faith, community, and calling? Join the Sierra-Cascades Book Club!

First reading – Remixing Faith: Seeds of Renewal in the Quaker Tradition by Wess Daniels

Wess’s recently released e-book is 40 pages, a digest of his full-length book that came out in 2015. The format is engaging with queries, images, etc. I’ve been reading it and it’s stirring up lots of questions and possibilities and a desire to connect with others and see what they think. You can download a free e-book or pdf version here.

Dates – 7 to 8:30 pm via Zoom Video Conference
  • Tuesday, February 5 — Ch 2: A Convergent Model of Renewal, pp 14-25
  • Wednesday, February 20 — Ch 3: Four Features of Convergent Renewal, pp 26-39
  • Monday, March 4 — Ch 4: Conclusion: Building a Community That Does Not Yet Exist, pp 40-41
I’m scheduling the discussions so that we have the opportunity to go deep with the ideas and what they bring up for us. Though there are few pages to read, you’ll find lots to think about! You do not need to attend all of the sessions. Please come to whichever you are able, having read and considered the text through that chapter.

Format – We will start with open worship, then introduce ourselves and check in, so that we are welcoming the Spirit and building relationships. We’ll go over some guidelines for our time together, establishing ground rules so that everyone can participate fully. I’ll facilitate using worship sharing, in which everyone has the opportunity to share in response to queries, and worshipful discussion when we respond to one another. If there are over 10 people, we may utilize “break out rooms” to talk in smaller groups.

Sign up — Please email Promise Partner (