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Bulletin 09.20.2019

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Bulletin 09.20.2019
 
Quaker Religious Education Collaborative

Last June, the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) approached SCYMF to listen to our joys and challenges around Quaker Religious Education in our yearly meeting. They shared with us they were awarded a Shoemaker Grant for ongoing work with two unstaffed yearly meetings (no paid positions) and wanted to discuss if SCYMF was interested in being one of these yearly meetings they could help and support. Coordinating Committee discussed the offer and discerned this would be a good resource for us as we are a small yearly meeting and it would benefit us greatly to have access to these Quaker religious education resources.

Part of the grant was funding two representatives to be a part of their conference in Old Chatham, New York from August 9-11, 2019 and Leann Williams and Sarah Katreen Hoggatt both felt called to go.

Click here to read their report, find out what QREC is offering us, and the ways we will benefit from the grant.
 
Business Items for Quarterly Gathering

Action items for Quarterly Gathering, September 28, 2019, in Eugene:

Suggested simple statement of who we are for website and elsewhere: “a Christ-centered, inclusive Quaker community.”  – “The Coordinating Committee would like to suggest that Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends formally approves a simple statement defining who we are to be added to our website and other fitting places. This simple statement was gleaned out of the discussions held last year during Fall and Winter Quarterly Gatherings. We recommend the following statement, and also a simple statement defining what is meant by each of the following three phrases: ‘a Christ-centered, inclusive Quaker community.’”

Recording process: change from 60-day response period to 30-day for prospective recorded ministers.

New individual members and congregations: Roy Gathercoal, Kathleen Gathercoal, Silverton Friends Church, Hillsboro Friends Church.

New members nominated to committees:
  • Nominating Committee: Matt Boswell (Camas) and Eric Muhr (Silverton) – 2022
  • Coordinating: Roy Gathercoal (North Valley) – 2022
  • Equity & Inclusion: Anna Scott-Hinkle (Eugene) – 2022
  • Quarterly Gathering: Lynette Cortez (Silverton) – 2022
 
Learning & Action for Equity & Inclusion

The second Monday in October is the federal holiday of Columbus Day, which some U.S. cities and states recognize as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Native people have long protested Columbus Day, pointing to the genocide and forced assimilation of the colonial project in the Americas. The movement for Indigenous Peoples’ Day “recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the United States of America, and urges Americans to rethink history.” Read more here: Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Rethinking American History (Smithsonian Magazine).

What are the stories you've learned about Columbus and the “discovery” of America? What are you learning that complicates this dominant narrative? Does your city or state recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day? If not, what local groups are working toward it? Is there an Indigenous Peoples' Day celebration near you? Who are your local tribes or native-led organizations? Are they hosting any events? 

From the Equity and Inclusion Committee

 

 

Come join us on September 28th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities - worship, music, learning experiences, meals, and even fun.

9:00 – 10:00 am Committee meetings
10:00 – 11:00 am  Worship (facilitated by Nate Macy and friends)
11:00 – 12:00 pm  Worship through Business
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm  Activity 
2:00 – 3:45 pm Worship through Business
4:00 – 5:00 pm Workshops

  • Creating Right Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
  • Water, Climate Change, and Public Health: Our Work with the Maasai
  • Sharing Stories that Change Lives: A Short History of Quaker Publishing and a Vision for the Future of Friends

5:00 pm Dinner

Child care will be provided beginning at 8:55 am and throughout the day except at meals and during the activity. 

Vegan and gluten-free food will be available.

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org 

Please state in your email:

Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you. Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they? Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where? Will you need place to stay the night?
 

Eugene Friends Church: 3495 W. 18TH Ave, Eugene, OR


Announcements

Announcing the birth of a new Friend, Wren Francesco Andronicus Carosaari, to Che and Jed Carosaari, of North Seattle Friends. Born on the 15th America Time, 1121 on the 16th Manila Time, in Binan, Philippines, 2.95 kg, and born at a young age.

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this fall will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 – on Saturday, September 28. Click here for more information. Pre-register by emailing registrar@scymf.org.

Carolyn Myers of Camas Friends Church passed away on August 27, 2019. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 (potluck to follow).

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) invites you to join Quakers around the world to celebrate the 6th annual World Quaker Day on Sunday 6 October. 

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

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Bulletin 09.13.2019

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People Care Committee

Members of the People Care Committee met by Zoom video conference call on August 30, 2019, and discussed the following agenda items.
  • Travel fund
  • Listening meetings
  • Contact from Klamath Falls
  • Trauma-informed care
Click here to read the committee minutes.
 
Livestreaming

We are looking for someone with the skills, availability, and equipment to make at least some of the Quarterly Meeting in Eugene available live via video for those who are unable to be there in person. Reply to this email if you are interested or if you know someone who might be.
 
World Quaker Day

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) invites you to join Quakers around the world to celebrate the 6th annual World Quaker Day on Sunday 6 October. 

The theme, Sustainability: Planting Seeds of Renewal for the World We Love draws us into our shared experience of earth care and the spiritual imperative to sustain life on earth. It is a chance to celebrate our wonderful diversity of expression, whilst at the same time offering an important opportunity to learn about Friends’ experiences of climate breakdown in other parts of the world. You might consider sharing a sustainability story from your meeting or church with another group of Friends elsewhere in the world and beginning a dialogue.

Please visit our website www.worldquakerday.org for resources, ideas on how to get involved and to share your story.
 

 

Come join us on September 28th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities - worship, music, learning experiences, meals, and even fun.

9:00 – 10:00 am Committee meetings
10:00 – 11:00 am  Worship (facilitated by Nate Macy and friends)
11:00 – 12:00 pm  Worship through Business
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm  Activity 
2:00 – 3:45 pm Worship through Business
4:00 – 5:00 pm Workshops

  • Creating Right Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
  • Water, Climate Change, and Public Health: Our Work with the Maasai
  • Sharing Stories that Change Lives: A Short History of Quaker Publishing and a Vision for the Future of Friends

5:00 pm Dinner

Child care will be provided beginning at 8:55 am and throughout the day except at meals and during the activity. 

Vegan and gluten-free food will be available.

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org 

Please state in your email:

Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you. Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they? Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where? Will you need place to stay the night?
 

Eugene Friends Church: 3495 W. 18TH Ave, Eugene, OR


Announcements

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this fall will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 – on Saturday, September 28. Click here for more information. Pre-register by emailing registrar@scymf.org.

Carolyn Myers of Camas Friends Church passed away on August 27, 2019. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 (potluck to follow).

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

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Bulletin 09.06.2019

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World Quaker Day

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) invites you to join Quakers around the world to celebrate the 6th annual World Quaker Day on Sunday 6 October. 

The theme, Sustainability: Planting Seeds of Renewal for the World We Love draws us into our shared experience of earth care and the spiritual imperative to sustain life on earth. It is a chance to celebrate our wonderful diversity of expression, whilst at the same time offering an important opportunity to learn about Friends’ experiences of climate breakdown in other parts of the world. You might consider sharing a sustainability story from your meeting or church with another group of Friends elsewhere in the world and beginning a dialogue.

Please visit our website www.worldquakerday.org for resources, ideas on how to get involved and to share your story.
 

 

Robert Rader represented Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends this summer with visits to both Alaska Yearly Meeting (AYM) and Alaska Friends Conference (AFC). Some excerpts below:

I attended the AYM summer conference from 10 July 2019 through 14 July 2019 in Kotzebue. I stayed in the parsonage of the Kotzebue Friends Church.... Ninety-five percent of the current meeting members are Inupiaq.... The members LOVE singing hymns! Each village would sing at least one hymn as an offering to God and to the meeting. Then individuals or small groups would offer a hymn. They have four different hymn books in the pews as well as printed hymn sheets. No one was self-conscious about their singing abilities or lack thereof. It was truly a joy to me to see and to hear the voices and feel the Spirit moving. The song of the yearly meeting was God is So Good. Recently they completed translation of the new testament into Inupiaq and several of the hymns as well. The text for the meeting was Matt 19:26. Click here for the rest of Bob’s AYM report.

My main takeaway from this body was their inclusion of the youth! The youth were seeking information about quiet time. What is the process? In answer to this the session decided to have a Spirit week for the youth where they could walk through the process and search for answers to their many questions. This Spirit week had been done in the past with a representative from one of the eastern meetings. Click here for the rest of Bob’s AFC report.

Alaska Friends met in our rustic Dickerson Friends Center in Wasilla, Alaska, located on land long occupied and cared for by Denaʼina. We celebrated the strength of new Meeting House foundations that withstood a 7.1 earthquake the past winter with epicenter just 10 miles away.  We were joined by Friends Robert Rader from Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting and Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation. Click here to read the rest of the epistle from Alaska Friends Conference.

We labored over a call from Indigenous Alaskans to address the great harm resulting from actions, overt and unintended, which displaced the Indigenous spiritual and cultural traditions.  Bob reported on his recent visit to the Alaska Yearly Meeting Annual Session in Kotzebue, Alaska.  His conversations there confirmed that our Friends in the larger Alaska Quaker community also labor with this harm, while recognizing the value of having brought Christ into their lives. Click here to read the rest of the letter from Jan Bronson, clerk of Alaska Friends Conference.


Announcements

Dave Green of Tigard Community Friends Church passed away on July 31. Dave’s pro bono legal work was instrumental securing SCYMF’s 501c3 status. The memorial service for Dave Green is on Saturday, September 7, at 1:00 p.m., at the Tigard Community Friends Church, 15800 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, Oregon. 

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this fall will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 – on Saturday, September 28. Click here for more information.

Carolyn Myers of Camas Friends Church passed away on August 27, 2019. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 (potluck to follow).

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

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Bulletin 08.30.2019

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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Saturday, May 25, to consider agenda items including the following:
  • Communication Funding Structure
  • Request for Scholarship Funding
  • Expression of Gratitude for Karla and Roger
  • Financial Advisor for Everence
  • Approval of Spending Plan
  • Reimbursement Process
  • Treasurer’s Report and Discussion
Click here to read the full minutes.
 
Nominating Committee

The following Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends committees could use more members. For more information about the committees and working groups, please see the SCYMF web page https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups or contact a member of the nominating committee.
  • Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Nurture of Ministry
  • People Care
  • Quarterly Gathering
  • Youth
 

19

The leader who relies on Inner Light
need not resort to force.
Force creates resistance.
Aims aren’t achieved.
Trying to control people,
fighting and fury
only bring destruction
and despair.

The wise leader
seeks peace, not strife;
trusts deepest knowing, not pride;
depends on inner truth, not outward approval.
Worldly power offers security,
but this wall collapses.

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

Dave Green of Tigard Community Friends Church passed away on July 31. Dave’s pro bono legal work was instrumental securing SCYMF’s 501c3 status. The memorial service for Dave Green is on Saturday, September 7, at 1:00 p.m., at the Tigard Community Friends Church, 15800 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, Oregon. 

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this fall will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 – on Saturday, September 28. Click here for more information.

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

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 08.23.2019

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Resource List

“Toward Right Relationship with Native People” Resource List from the Equality and Inclusion Committee:  
Nominating Committee

The following Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends committees could use more members. For more information about the committees and working groups, please see the SCYMF web page https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups or contact a member of the nominating committee.
  • Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Nurture of Ministry
  • People Care
  • Quarterly Gathering
  • Youth
 

 

Come join us on September 28th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities - worship, music, learning experiences, meals, and even fun.

9:00 – 10:00 am Committee meetings
10:00 – 11:00 am  Worship (facilitated by Nate Macy and friends)
11:00 – 12:00 pm  Worship through Business
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm  Activity 
2:00 – 3:45 pm Worship through Business
4:00 – 5:00 pm Workshops

  • Creating Right Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
  • Water, Climate Change, and Public Health: Our Work with the Maasai
  • Sharing Stories that Change Lives: A Short History of Quaker Publishing and a Vision for the Future of Friends

5:00 pm Dinner

Child care will be provided beginning at 8:55 am and throughout the day except at meals and during the activity. 

Vegan and gluten-free food will be available.

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org 

Please state in your email:

Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you. Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they? Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where? Will you need place to stay the night?
 

Eugene Friends Church: 3495 W. 18TH Ave, Eugene, OR

 


Announcements

Dave Green of Tigard Community Friends Church passed away on July 31. Dave’s pro bono legal work was instrumental securing SCYMF’s 501c3 status. The memorial service for Dave Green is on Saturday, September 7, at 1:00 p.m., at the Tigard Community Friends Church, 15800 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, Oregon. 

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this fall will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 – on Saturday, September 28. Click here for more information.

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

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 08.16.2019

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Earth Care

On Monday 29 July Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) hosted a webinar to help Friends learn more about the work of a group of mostly North American Friends who have been working together across the Quaker theological spectrum to develop a shared Quaker voice on earth care.

As Quakers:
  • we share a deep love of God
  • we have a great imagination for what can be
  • we have optimism based on our strong faith
  • we have a commitment to respect and love all of life
  • we appreciate and are fed spiritually by nature and all of creation
  • we are stronger and better together
  • and we enjoy a dogged determination to work for change
We will continue to amplify our Quaker voice and to bring a deeper understanding of love to the world.

Click here to read more.
 
Resource List

“Toward Right Relationship with Native People” Resource List from the Equality and Inclusion Committee:  
Nominating Committee

The following Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends committees could use more members. For more information about the committees and working groups, please see the SCYMF web page https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups or contact a member of the nominating committee.
  • Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Nurture of Ministry
  • People Care
  • Quarterly Gathering
  • Youth
 

 

Paul prayed “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and established in love” (Ephesians 3:17). As Christ makes his home in our hearts, we will be established in love because that is his nature. What a delight!

The same is true for his body, the church. In Christ our Head, the body builds itself up in love as each part works properly. Each member of the body matters. Each of us, and all of us, are to be both doing and being for the wellness of the body. What we do matters, and Paul gives us some detail in Ephesians 4 regarding particulars of behavior. Meanwhile, the theme he maintains throughout is that whatever we do must be rooted and established in love.

Exercising the grace God gives us will always be a function of bringing grace to others. We build each other up in the body of Christ. That is the nature of a healthy body. That is the nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. Where do we begin? Paul’s frequent counsel in this letter, and elsewhere, is that we begin with what and how we speak. Whether proclaiming the gospel or chatting, our words are an ever-present opportunity to give grace, or something less – to build up or to tear down (Ephesians 4:29).

We are called together to grow into Christ’s nature. That is so good. If what I am doing and what we are doing today looks like the love of God, we’ll be OK. If it doesn’t, we know which way to turn.

Chuck Orwiler, adapted from Fruit of the Vine


Announcements

Christian Peacemaker Teams sent out an urgent call for reservists and interns to go to Hebron, Palestine and support their work there. They’re looking for people with training and also interns who are interested but haven’t yet been trained. Quick turnaround: leaving Aug. 25 for a three-month commitment. The airfare and expenses are paid, but this is not a vacation! They do accompaniment for local peacemakers and monitor/document the situation as outside human rights watchers. If you’re feeling called to this work so they can continue their longstanding relationship with peacemakers in Hebron, contact monazuhairi at cpt dot org http://cpt.org/

Dave Green of Tigard Community Friends Church passed away on July 31. Dave’s pro bono legal work was instrumental securing SCYMF’s 501c3 status. The memorial service for Dave Green is on Saturday, September 7, at 1:00 p.m., at the Tigard Community Friends Church, 15800 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, Oregon. 

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this fall will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 – on Saturday, September 28. Click here for more information.

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

Newberg Emerging Friends Church is seeking to fill three part-time positions. 
  1. Youth Pastor
  2. Children's Ministries Coordinator
  3. College and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator
Please review links for job descriptions and application information. For additional questions, please contact Steve Fawver at sfawver@gmail.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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Resource List

“Toward Right Relationship with Native People” Resource List from the Equality and Inclusion Committee:  
Nominating Committee

The following Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends committees could use more members. For more information about the committees and working groups, please see the SCYMF web page https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups or contact a member of the nominating committee.
  • Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Nurture of Ministry
  • People Care
  • Quarterly Gathering
  • Youth
 
Writing Opportunity – Young Adult Friends’ Spirituality

Greg Woods is guest editing the next issue of the newsletter "What Canst Thou Say" on Young Adult Friends' Spirituality.

The queries are:
  • What role has your faith/spirituality played as you traverse young adulthood? What has most surprised you about your journey?
  • What are you seeking in a spiritual community? What have been the challenges in your search? Have you found what you seek?
  • What gifts do you bring to a spiritual community?
  • Who or what has inspired you spiritually as a young adult? How has that inspiration affected your spiritual journey?
Deadline August 15, 2019

We welcome submissions of articles of 350-1500 words and artwork – line drawings or artwork suitable for black and white reproduction – that illustrate the theme of an issue, or that we might retain for use in future issues. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format and artwork in high resolution JPEG files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted.

Email submissions to Mike Resman, wctsgathering@gmail.com

For more information: http://www.whatcanstthousay.org/
 

Traveling Ministers

The Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas has organized a volunteer corps of Spanish- and English-speaking Friends, to send as traveling ministers throughout the Section, crossing Yearly Meeting lines and other divisions among Friends.

These traveling Friends share their own spiritual experience and sense of unity that is possible across the branches of Friends. They encourage Friends to learn from one another, and, following consultation and discernment with the local communities, proceed to minister through prayer, pastoral counseling and encouragement, religious education, or peace, justice and environmental concerns. Friends meet "face-to-face and heart-to-heart" to share both that which unites and that which divides them in the life of the Spirit. Open exchange builds understanding, respect, trust and love, and, with God's help, renews awareness of the worldwide family of Friends.

Becoming a Traveling Minister

Are you strongly led to offer the service of Ministry, healing, challenging and nurturing the diverse Society of Friends?

Are you willing to follow this leading further, being of service in Meetings and Churches or regional gatherings of Friends throughout the Americas?

The Traveling Ministry Corps offers the opportunity to serve in this work. Members of the Traveling Ministry Corps are chosen for their ability and commitment to work with diverse participants, their demonstrated ability to connect traditional practices with contemporary concerns, and their availability to travel across the Americas to meet with local communities.

Are you interested in applying to be a member of our Traveling Ministry Corps? Traveling Ministry Corps Applications Due September 30, 2019. Download the application form. [pdf]

Click here to read more.


Announcements

Christian Peacemaker Teams sent out an urgent call for reservists and interns to go to Hebron, Palestine and support their work there. They’re looking for people with training and also interns who are interested but haven’t yet been trained. Quick turnaround: leaving Aug. 25 for a three-month commitment. The airfare and expenses are paid, but this is not a vacation! They do accompaniment for local peacemakers and monitor/document the situation as outside human rights watchers. If you’re feeling called to this work so they can continue their longstanding relationship with peacemakers in Hebron, contact monazuhairi at cpt dot org http://cpt.org/

Dave Green of Tigard Community Friends Church passed away on July 31. Dave’s pro bono legal work was instrumental securing SCYMF’s 501c3 status. The memorial service for Dave Green is on Saturday, September 7, at 1:00 p.m., at the Tigard Community Friends Church, 15800 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, Oregon. 

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this fall will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 – on Saturday, September 28. Click here for more information.

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

Newberg Emerging Friends Church is seeking to fill three part-time positions. 
  1. Youth Pastor
  2. Children's Ministries Coordinator
  3. College and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator
Please review links for job descriptions and application information. For additional questions, please contact Steve Fawver at sfawver@gmail.com.

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Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee met by Zoom video conference call on July 14, 2019, to discuss the following agenda items:
  • Committee Reports
  • Increasing Transparency to Nominations for Nominating Committee
  • Silverton Friends Decision to Join SCYMF

Quarterly Gathering Committee

The Quarterly Gathering Committee met by Zoom video conference call on July 21, 2019, to set dates for upcoming gatherings and plan an agenda for the fall gathering in Eugene, which will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 28.

Click here for the complete minutes.
 
Nominating Committee

The following Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends committees could use more members. For more information about the committees and working groups, please see the SCYMF web page https://www.scymfriends.org/committees-working-groups or contact a member of the nominating committee.
  • Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Nurture of Ministry
  • People Care
  • Quarterly Gathering
  • Youth
 
Writing Opportunity – Young Adult Friends’ Spirituality

Greg Woods is guest editing the next issue of the newsletter "What Canst Thou Say" on Young Adult Friends' Spirituality.

The queries are:
  • What role has your faith/spirituality played as you traverse young adulthood? What has most surprised you about your journey?
  • What are you seeking in a spiritual community? What have been the challenges in your search? Have you found what you seek?
  • What gifts do you bring to a spiritual community?
  • Who or what has inspired you spiritually as a young adult? How has that inspiration affected your spiritual journey?
Deadline August 15, 2019

We welcome submissions of articles of 350-1500 words and artwork – line drawings or artwork suitable for black and white reproduction – that illustrate the theme of an issue, or that we might retain for use in future issues. Please send your text submissions in Word or generic text format and artwork in high resolution JPEG files. Photocopied art and typed submissions are also accepted.

Email submissions to Mike Resman, wctsgathering@gmail.com

For more information: http://www.whatcanstthousay.org/
 

 

Come join us on September 28th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities - worship, music, learning experiences, meals, and even fun.

9:00 – 10:00 am Committee meetings
10:00 – 11:00 am  Worship
11:00 – 12:00 pm  Worship through Business
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm  Activity 
2:00 – 3:45 pm Worship through Business
4:00 – 5:00 pm Workshops

  • Creating Right Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
  • Water, Climate Change, and Public Health: Our Work with the Maasai
  • Sharing Stories that Change Lives: A Short History of Quaker Publishing and a Vision for the Future of Friends

5:00 pm Dinner

Child care will be provided beginning at 8:55 am and throughout the day except at meals and during the activity. 

Vegan and gluten-free food will be available.

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org 

Please state in your email:

Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you. Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they? Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where? Will you need place to stay the night?
 

Eugene Friends Church: 3495 W. 18TH Ave, Eugene, OR


Announcements

On the 20th and 27th of September millions will take part in global climate strikes. 350PDX will host a Climate Strike General Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, August 6, in Portland. Click here for more information.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial 2019: "The Unequal Impacts of Nuclear Weapons" – Tuesday, August 6, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Japanese-American Historical Plaza, on the Portland waterfront at NW Naito Parkway and Couch Street, Portland. Multnomah Monthly Meeting is a co-sponsor of this event, which will focus this year on an exploration of the impacts of nuclear weapons and their manufacture on women, children, indigenous communities, and communities of color. Come hear from a Hiroshima survivor and a Hanford downwinder, and learn about action you can take. For more info: Mary Priem, mkpriem@yahoo.com

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this fall will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 – on Saturday, September 28. Click here for more information.

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

Newberg Emerging Friends Church is seeking to fill three part-time positions. 
  1. Youth Pastor
  2. Children's Ministries Coordinator
  3. College and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator
Please review links for job descriptions and application information. For additional questions, please contact Steve Fawver at sfawver@gmail.com.

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Webinar Invitation

Throughout 2018 several public Friends came together via video conference calls and one face-to-face meeting to discuss what we as Quakers are called to do about the interlocking ecological issues affecting all of creation. Participants of this group include Friends across the Quaker spectrum including those affiliated with Evangelical Friends of North America, Friends United Meeting, Friends General Conference, and other unaffiliated Friends. The group worked with FWCC to produce a short video Quakers Coming Together to Care for the Earth, which showcases Friends from across Quaker theological traditions in North America sharing their personal testimonies on environmental justice, earthcare and stewardship.

We invite you to join us for a webinar on Monday July 29, 2019 to learn more about the work of this group of Friends and to find out how you can use this new video resource to support conversations about environmental justice, earthcare and stewardship in your own meeting or church. 

Click here for more information.

 


 

 

As many of you know, peace is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. It is also something that, honestly, I struggle with a great deal. My struggle is mainly with my sense of being caught in a lifestyle that feels generally peaceful, while I know that lurking underneath my “peaceful,” relatively easy existence is a great deal of pain, violence and evil. My personal life and relationships are fairly peaceable, but the system in which I live and must participate is not peaceful by any means. Violence occurs against individuals, other nations and the Earth in the way things are grown, harvested and transported to our stores. Injustices abound in the factories that produce our clothing, shoes and electronics. Wars are fought over resources from oil to rubber to diamonds.

Let’s strive for interpersonal peace, but let's not stop there. Let’s work together to refuse to cooperate with the principalities and powers of this world. Christ has already overcome them; let’s join him.

Cherice Bock, adapted from the 2012 Daily Reader


Announcements

On the 20th and 27th of September millions will take part in global climate strikes. 350PDX will host a Climate Strike General Meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, August 6, in Portland. Click here for more information.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

Newberg Emerging Friends Church is seeking to fill three part-time positions. 
  1. Youth Pastor
  2. Children's Ministries Coordinator
  3. College and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator
Please review links for job descriptions and application information. For additional questions, please contact Steve Fawver at sfawver@gmail.com.

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Journey Toward Right Relationship

From Anna Knierim, Equity and Inclusion: Dear Friends, Thank you for being part of this journey toward right relationship with the Nations whose land we are living on. One way that we can continue in the right direction is to learn about, support and honor Native American cultures. Summer is Powwow season, and a Powwow is a celebration often including food, dancing, singing and other ceremonies. Powwows are often open to the public and non-native people are encouraged to come and learn about various Native American cultures, especially, the Nation(s) that are hosting. Many Powwows are free of charge, but please donate what you can to show your support!

Here are a few general rules to remember should you choose to attend a Powwow (please do also check the website for the Powwow you’ll be attending to see their specific rules). Please use the word Regalia when referring to a special dress, mask, etc. Please do not take pictures (unless explicit permission is given). Please do not bring pets. No alcohol or drugs. Please use the back or middle seats/spaces, as the front row seats are generally reserved for the Elders, Dancers, and other honored guests. This list of local Powwows provided is by no means comprehensive; there are many, many Powwows and other events this summer that are open to the public and are great opportunities for us to honor local Nations.

Wiconi Living Waters Pow Wow - July 25- 28, 2019 - Aldersgate Conference Grounds, 7790 Marion Road SE Turner, OR 97392. All are welcome at the 15th Annual Wiconi Living Waters Pow Wow, also known as the Richard Twiss Memorial Powwow, on July 25-28, 2019 at the Aldersgate Conference Grounds in Turner, Oregon. The Wiconi Living Waters Pow Wow is a relaxed family and community oriented non-competition powwow held each year to honor and celebrate the best of native people and culture. All dancers and drums are welcome. The Wiconi Living Waters Pow Wow is a public celebration and all are welcome. Bring your lawn chairs and all ages are welcome. There is no cost for the event and the community meal is free. https://www.nativeknot.com/events/PowWows/2019-07-25

Chief Seattle Days - August 15th - 18th, 2019 - Chief Seattle Days is a 3-day public festival established in 1911 to honor chief Seattle, a famous leader of the Suquamish People for whom the City of Seattle is named. The first event was started on the current Celebration Grounds in Downtown Suquamish by local Tribal Members, community residents and civic leaders from the City of Seattle. At the time, the new town of Suquamish was linked to Seattle by foot passenger ferries which allowed city residents to travel across Puget Sound and enjoy the celebration. Many of the same activities from the 1911 celebration are still featured today including the traditional salmon bake, canoe races, baseball tournaments, drumming and dancing, and a memorial service for Chief Seattle at his gravesite in Suquamish. Throughout the years other events have been added to the celebration. These include a Coastal Jam, Powwow, Fun Run, craft and food vendors and the Chief Seattle Days Youth Royalty Pageant. https://suquamish.nsn.us/home/about-us/chief-seattle-days-2/

The Confederated Tribe of Grand Ronde Contest Powwow - When: August 16-18, 2019 - Where: Uyxat Powwow Grounds (next to Ft. Yamhill State Park) Grand Ronde, Oregon. The event is open to the public. More information will be posted as it becomes available. https://www.facebook.com/events/449529949136139/

Gathering at the Falls Powwow - Date: August 23 - 25, 2019 - Location: Riverfront Park. Address: 507 N. Howard Street Spokane, WA 99201. All are welcome at the 28th Annual Gathering at the Falls Powwow on August 23-25, 2019 at the Lilac Bowl in beautiful Riverfront Park in Downtown Spokane, Washington. The Gathering at the Falls Powwow committee is comprised of volunteers and is dedicated to coordinating and sustaining this free and spectacular cultural event for Spokane and our neighboring communities. The history of the Gathering at the Falls Powwow and the significance of the gathering at the Spokane River, goes back generations. It has been a sacred tradition for many tribes around the northwest to gather at the river because it gives life, love, hope and a sense of revitalization. https://www.nativeknot.com/event/2019-gathering-at-the-falls-powwow/178679
 


 

 

There is a short story in Luke’s gospel about two sisters, Martha and Mary. One way people have often found meaning in this story is to see Martha and Mary as representative of two “ways” of spirituality – the contemplative way (Mary) and the active way (Martha). The idea being not that one is more important than the other but that they are both essential, each “way” to be held in balance, enriching the other.

Whether or not that’s the best way to make meaning of the text, I think this may be one good way to characterize Quaker spirituality.

It is fundamental to Quakers to be active – to live out God’s love in concrete ways, not identifying ourselves primarily by our values or beliefs or what we are “for” but by the way our faithfulness to Christ takes form in actions and patterns of actions.

It is also fundamental to Quakers to be contemplative. To listen. To understand our own motives, hopes, and needs. To recognize our gifts and limitations. To draw on the wisdom of others. To take the time to see beyond the immediate, the obvious, the superficial. To turn off the noise. To slow down. To simplify. To learn. To be still.

Action may be weakened without contemplation. Contemplation may be incomplete without action. The two strengthen each other.

So Martha’s fine. Mary’s fine. They’re both fine. Don’t let the way the story is told tempt you to pick one. Let’s celebrate them both! That is the Quaker way, I believe.

Matt Boswell
Camas Friends


Announcements

On Sunday, July 21 at 7pm in the Meetinghouse, West Hills Friends will be hosting a Poetry Night featuring Portland poets Peg Edera, Juniper Klatt, and Bethany Lee. Join us for an inspirational evening of reading and music from the poets themselves. There will be a book table with Fernwood Press books available to purchase if you’d like to take the inspiration home.

Bill Denham will be reading from What Is Justice? A Personal Exploration on Thursday, July 25, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave, Portland OR 97227. Click here for more information.

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Conference and Retreat, Claiming the Living Roots of our Faith. August 9-11, 2019, at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY. Click here for more information.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

Newberg Emerging Friends Church is seeking to fill three part-time positions. 
  1. Youth Pastor
  2. Children's Ministries Coordinator
  3. College and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator
Please review links for job descriptions and application information. For additional questions, please contact Steve Fawver at sfawver@gmail.com.

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Coordinating Committee Minutes

Members of the Coordinating Committee met by Zoom conference call on June 20, and discussed some of the following agenda items:

  • Support for Equity and Inclusion
  • Addressing trauma
  • Committee reports
  • Plans for gatherings this next year

Click here to read the minutes.
 


McConaugheys Report on Work with FUM

Shawn and Katrina McConaughey are sharing about their work in Africa on both Sunday evening the 14th at 7:00 and Monday evening the 22nd at 7:00. The two presentations will be identical, and both are being hosted at North Valley Friends Church, 4020 N College, Newberg OR 97132. RSVP by emailing Shawn - shawnmccon@gmail.com - and list the date you hope to attend, so they can plan accordingly.

Click here for more information about Shawn and Katrina.
 


Common Table Survey

From Joe Snyder, Multnomah Monthly Meeting: I am writing to you all as representatives of various Quaker meetings, churches and worship groups in Oregon.  

There is a nascent group formed in Oregon called the Common Table, operating through EMO, but not exactly part of it.  It is a collection of religious leaders from many, many faith traditions dedicated to building on our commonalities which are far greater than our differences. We are Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Christians (Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, Mormon and more) Buddhists, Native Americans and more. This is a hopeful antidote to the polarization and division that afflicts us. We also hope to make a difference in the public sphere. As a beginning, we are trying to build a picture of the work faith communities of all kinds are doing for those marginalized in our society. This begins with a survey on work being done feeding the hungry and housing the houseless. Please go to the following survey and indicate what your community is doing to address these issues, not matter how small or insignificant it may seem. It will take only a little over 5 minutes to complete and will be a great blessing going forward. You can also find a little more about the Common Table.

https://www.commontableoregon.org/survey

Also, please share this with other churches or faith communities with whom you are in contact. This is going out through many denominational channels, but certainly will not get everywhere, so the more awareness raised, the better.
 


 

Adoration

Adoration is a bone and gut event;
It clutches you, so the knee
     is forced to bend.
It grabs you by the throat; you cannot speak.
All that is left to you is worship.

Carol Bialock in Coral Castles


Announcements

North Pacific Yearly Meeting is July 17–21, at Linfield College in McMinnville. The theme is Abyss: Faith, Hope, Kinship; and their clerk offers a video welcome. Click here for more details.

On Sunday, July 21 at 7pm in the Meetinghouse, West Hills Friends will be hosting a Poetry Night featuring Portland poets Peg Edera, Juniper Klatt, and Bethany Lee. Join us for an inspirational evening of reading and music from the poets themselves. There will be a book table with Fernwood Press books available to purchase if you’d like to take the inspiration home.

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Conference and Retreat, Claiming the Living Roots of our Faith. August 9-11, 2019, at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY. Click here for more information.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

Newberg Emerging Friends Church is seeking to fill three part-time positions. 
  1. Youth Pastor
  2. Children's Ministries Coordinator
  3. College and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator
Please review links for job descriptions and application information. For additional questions, please contact Steve Fawver at sfawver@gmail.com.

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Silverton to join Sierra-Cascades

At a meeting for worship through business last Sunday, Silverton Friends Church approved joining Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. The recording clerk, Erin Wilson, offered the following for context:

“After a threshing meeting regarding affiliation with SCYMF, several SFC members attending SCYMF annual sessions, and other discussions that have taken place, SLC recommends that we affiliate with SCYMF.... Silverton Friends Church approves joining SCYMF. Approved.”
 


AFSC Clerk position

The American Friends Service Committee is seeking a new presiding clerk of the Corporation and the Board of Directors to be appointed in October of 2019 by the Board, and to begin service in April of 2020. We are asking all of you in the Quaker and AFSC communities to help identify potential nominees who can help lead the AFSC in the coming years.

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61

A central truth
in the Kingdom—
the greatest is the one
who serves.

Like a sea,
the streams pour into it.
Its greatness
comes from its low position.

When we bow,
offer friendship,
nurture the little ones,
welcome the stranger—
when we serve others,
we become great
in the Kingdom.

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

North Pacific Yearly Meeting is July 17–21, at Linfield College in McMinnville. The theme is Abyss: Faith, Hope, Kinship; and their clerk offers a video welcome. Click here for more details.

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Conference and Retreat, Claiming the Living Roots of our Faith. August 9-11, 2019, at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY. Click here for more information.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

Newberg Emerging Friends Church is seeking to fill three part-time positions. 
  1. Youth Pastor
  2. Children's Ministries Coordinator
  3. College and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator
Please review links for job descriptions and application information. For additional questions, please contact Steve Fawver at sfawver@gmail.com.

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For LGBTQ+ Friends

I’ve had it on my heart to create a safe place where we as people who are LGBTQ+ can share together our stories and our feelings around what happened at Northwest Yearly Meeting. The best way to do this would be over a Zoom call so to coordinate schedules, if you are LGBTQ+ and interested in being a part of this, please send me your name, preferred pronouns, and email to Sarah@SCYMF.org and I will send out a survey to find a good time.

We so love and appreciate all the allies who would want to share in this. Thank you. The best way you can support us in this, though, is through prayer. We need a time to share with each other and so this phone call will only be for those who identify as LGBTQ+.

Know that all names and content will be kept strictly private. You are free to share whatever you want. If you haven’t come out yet and want to take part, we understand, you are joyously welcomed, and we support your privacy.

Love to you all.

Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
 


Nominating Committee

Do you notice people? Do you like observing others and noticing what they are gifted at, sometimes when they don’t even recognize it themselves? If you said “yes!” to those questions, then perhaps you would consider joining the Nominating Committee.

We are in search of a few people to join in this good work. If you think, “that sounds like fun! But I’m not sure I’m qualified...”, then please send Joann Boswell (joannrenee@gmail.com), representing the Coordinating Committee, an email and she will be happy to discuss this with you.

If you would like to nominate yourself, also email Joann. The Coordinating Committee functions as the Naming Committee for the Nominating Committee. Thank you!
 


 

 

Disruptions can feel pretty safe until they begin to disturb our prejudices. Prejudice can take many forms. We can be prejudiced against people of another religion or ethnicity. We can be prejudiced against folks of another race or gender. Sometimes, prejudice shows up in the form of ageism or fear of refugees. Whatever form prejudice may take, it often keeps other people and groups at a distance, and the person holding the prejudice in power. Holding prejudice is often our way of playing favorites, and we assume God holds the same view we do.

When God disrupts our prejudices, it often feels like a wake-up call. This is, in essence, what happened to Peter in the book of Acts. Through a vision, God invited Peter to eat animals that Scripture declared to be unclean. Peter could not understand the vision until he was called to visit the home of a gentile who had recently begun to experience a softening of his heart and soul toward God. God led this gentile, Cornelius, to summon Peter to his house. Cornelius wanted to know more about God and God’s love.

When Peter arrived at the home of Cornelius, he came to the realization that God does not show favoritism but accepts everyone. The grace of God disrupted the prejudice of Peter and opened his eyes to the work of God in a group of people Peter had rejected. Peter could not do this on his own, it was the work of God.

It’s not easy to admit we may have prejudices. How can we open our hearts to God’s healing work in this area?

Scott Wagoner, adapted from Fruit of the Vine


Announcements

North Pacific Yearly Meeting is July 17–21, at Linfield College in McMinnville. The theme is Abyss: Faith, Hope, Kinship; and their clerk offers a video welcome. Click here for more details.

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Conference and Retreat, Claiming the Living Roots of our Faith. August 9-11, 2019, at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY. Click here for more information.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

Newberg Emerging Friends Church is seeking to fill three part-time positions. 
  1. Youth Pastor
  2. Children's Ministries Coordinator
  3. College and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator
Please review links for job descriptions and application information. For additional questions, please contact Steve Fawver at sfawver@gmail.com.

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Nominating Committee

Do you notice people? Do you like observing others and noticing what they are gifted at, sometimes when they don’t even recognize it themselves? If you said “yes!” to those questions, then perhaps you would consider joining the Nominating Committee.

We are in search of a few people to join in this good work. If you think, “that sounds like fun! But I’m not sure I’m qualified...”, then please send Joann Boswell (joannrenee@gmail.com), representing the Coordinating Committee, an email and she will be happy to discuss this with you.

If you would like to nominate yourself, also email Joann. The Coordinating Committee functions as the Naming Committee for the Nominating Committee. Thank you!
 


 

 

I love the word “stuff.” Its cocky irreverence encourages me to hold my possessions more lightly. Not that that’s easy to do. I have boxes of precious stuff in the attic and garage that challenge me – someday, maybe soon – to take another step in the simplification of my life.

To the question of the psalmist, “Who or what do we possess in heaven or on earth that compares to our relationship with God,” I like to add Paul’s rhetorical question, “What do we have that we did not receive?” In various of his letters Paul presents an interesting paradox in regards to our “possessions.” He tells us that in Christ, we possess nothing of our own, yet “all things” belong to us. In his list of hardships as a missionary, he includes “having nothing, yet possessing everything” (2 Cor. 6:10).

How can this be? And, harder yet to answer, how can I make this real in my life? The ideal of open-handed living clashes with the cultural values of consumerism, ownership, and doing all we can to insure security and some measure of the “good life” in our retirement years. I struggle with this on a daily basis.

In his book, The Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster points to a New Testament response to this dilemma in what he calls “unconditional generosity.” He writes that Jesus and others in the Bible “point to us a way of living in which everything we have we receive as a gift, and everything we have is cared for by God, and everything we have is available to others when it is right and good. This reality frames the heart of Christian simplicity.”

Today, think of one concrete way you can live out unconditional generosity.

Nancy Thomas, adapted from the 2012 Daily Reader


Announcements

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).

North Pacific Yearly Meeting is July 17–24, at Linfield College in McMinnville. The theme is Abyss: Faith, Hope, Kinship; and their clerk offers a video welcome. Click here for more details.

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Conference and Retreat, Claiming the Living Roots of our Faith. August 9-11, 2019, at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY. Click here for more information.

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Faith & Practice

The Faith and Practice Committee met on May 30, discussing some of the following items of business:

  • What do you want F&P to be?
  • Issues of timing and sequence
  • Data collection
  • What is the water that YOU have found in our Christian Quaker tradition?
Click here to read the meeting minutes.
 
Nominating Committee

Do you notice people? Do you like observing others and noticing what they are gifted at, sometimes when they don’t even recognize it themselves? If you said “yes!” to those questions, then perhaps you would consider joining the Nominating Committee.

We are in search of a few people to join in this good work. If you think, “that sounds like fun! But I’m not sure I’m qualified...”, then please send Joann Boswell (joannrenee@gmail.com), representing the Coordinating Committee, an email and she will be happy to discuss this with you.

If you would like to nominate yourself, also email Joann. The Coordinating Committee functions as the Naming Committee for the Nominating Committee. Thank you!
 


 

 

The Equity and Inclusion Committee invites Sierra-Cascades Friends to join together and work toward right relationship with indigenous people. We will educate ourselves, build relationships, and take steps toward apology, justice, and reconciliation. Please commit personally and as local meetings to this topic.

At Annual Sessions in May, the Committee distributed a letter of apology to the tribes developed by Dove John. Consider this letter as local meetings and individuals over the next months. Seek resources, educational opportunities, and experiences to inform you. If you have a relationship with someone from one of your local tribes, ask them if they would be willing to offer suggestions. Help Sierra-Cascades determine how to move forward.

Over the course of the year, we will learn together, discuss this document as a group, and consider what language we want to use and what actions we want to take as a Yearly Meeting. These activities will support us in our local meetings and in our relationships with our local tribes.

The Equity & Inclusion Committee will facilitate this process by:

  • Providing a list of resources (let us know as you find others to add!)
  • Contributing regularly to the weekly bulletin with relevant links for learning
  • Hosting book groups via Zoom to study/discuss the topic
  • Traveling to local meetings to facilitate and support discussion
  • Providing an online form to submit feedback about the letter
  • Organizing a workshop by an indigenous facilitator in tandem with Fall Quarterly Meeting weekend (TBD)
  • Providing opportunities to worship, discuss, and brainstorm about this at Quarterly Meetings

We would like a contact with each meeting so that we can stay in touch with you, hear how your conversations and learning are going, and provide support. If you have a Peace and Social Concerns Committee, it could be the Clerk or a representative of that committee. Please email Promise (pbpartner@gmail.com) with your name and your local meeting. Those who are individual members are also welcome.

We ask God to guide us and give us humility as we face our history, seek right relationship with indigenous people, and move forward with more wholeness.

Eli Craig (colorfulspikes@gmail.com)
Dove John (missdove45@hotmail.com)
Promise Partner (pbpartner@gmail.com)
Representatives of the Equity & Inclusion Committee

Click here to read the full letter.


Announcements

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).

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Conference and Retreat, Claiming the Living Roots of our Faith. August 9-11, 2019, at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY. Click here for more information.

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Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee met on Sunday, May 26, 2019, to work through some of the following agenda items:

  • Coordinating Committee member changes
  • Nominating Committee names
  • Pastor/Minister Education Fund
  • Equity and Inclusion workshops

Click here to read minutes from the meeting.
 


 

 

To All Friends Near and Far:

Greetings from the second annual sessions of the Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. We met in Canby, Oregon near the overlap of the Molalla and Atfalati Kalapuya native lands. Thank you to all who have been holding our ongoing formation in the Light of Love. We deeply appreciate the encouragement and visitors you have sent our way.

Our times of worship preparation were facilitated by Matt Boswell of Camas Friends and focused on three times of sitting with queries and scripture. In our opening night we sat with the queries “To whom do I need to pay attention?” And “To whom do we need to pay attention?” This we heard in conjunction with Mark 10:46-52. On our second day we prepared for our first business session with the queries “Who is our responsibility? What is our responsibility to them?” and the scripture (Matthew 15:21-28).  On our last day we sat with the queries “What do I need to learn to more faithfully and effectively care for others? What do we need to learn to more faithfully and effectively care for others?” and the scripture (Luke 4:38-40) These queries and scriptures helped focus us on our call as we looked at the possibilities of connecting to other Friends organizations.

In our business and committees, we are working on establishing our organizational DNA and on holding space for healing from the traumas of the past. Our speaker for the weekend, Benigno Sanchez-Eppler, under the care of New England Yearly Meeting, shared with us in a way that spoke to our condition of bravely facing into the work of healing. His words were a balm to our souls, reminding us of the ways in which we can draw upon our experiences of wounding to better carry the healing light to others among us.

Benigno shared the image of quilts he had seen, made by North Seattle Friends Church from scraps and rejects to show how beauty can come from a place of feeling or being cast-off. We are indeed experiencing the pains of our birth. At times, we feel fear and pain when we long for hope and joy. We are like a collection of tattered remnants, and we cannot imagine how we could be made into a beautiful whole. Some worry that essential pieces will be thrown out and beloved individuals fear they won’t fit our new shape knowing  personally the deep pain of exclusion. We sometimes fear the loss of connections to our past traditions that have given life. Benigno reminded us that our crisis is not over, because crises are a part of life that will continue into our future. Yet as we choose to trust in the master quilter, we find hope. We are indeed being made into a beautiful whole. Our rough edges are being knit together and nothing is wasted. We lift up our hearts and trust, knowing that the destination is not yet clear, and are learning that trust is all the Lord requires of us. We pray that this alone will be a witness in this broken world.

We are also doing the difficult work of considering how to be affiliated with Friends organizations in the wider world. Our ministries have been grown and nurtured through life-giving relationships with other Friends’ bodies and this is a source of joy and love for our Friends globally. Yet we are clear in our commitment to be fully Christ-centered, fully Quaker, and fully inclusive (of all people including LGBTQ+), and any organizational affiliation must not hinder our call. In our times of listening about whom we may be called to affiliate with we are trying to be attentive to the voice of the Spirit without allowing that voice of the Light of Love to be filtered through the distorting effects of our birthing pain. During our time of listening we found clarity to join with the work of Friends World Committee for Consultation and Friends Committee for National Legislation. 

As Benigno shared about the ragged scraps, we consider that maybe the best church is a quilt.
 
Wishing you Light and Love on Your Journey
Cherice Bock Co-clerk
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt Co-clerk
Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends

Epistle Committee:
Gil George (Clerk)
Jade Souza
James Hibbs

Ministers Recorded:

We are overjoyed to record our witness of the giftings of the following ministers:

Cherice Bock: Call to prophetic ministry of education and activism for social justice.

Matt Boswell: Call to both pastoral and academic ministries that create communities who are growing in their expressions of love for God and neighbor.
 
Ruba Byrd: Call to pastoral care—counseling, chaplaincy, spiritual direction-- with a heart for peace  and justice.  
 
Patty Federigi: Call to quilting ministries of healing and mercy both in the Pacific Northwest and
internationally in Burundi and Congo.
  
Leann Williams: Calling to pastoral care and healing body work through massage therapy.


Announcements

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).

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Affiliation Updates

The clerks are working on refining the minutes and will have them available shortly. Here is the news on the actions we felt called to take regarding affiliations:

FCNL – We are very enthusiastic about partnering with the Friends Committee on National Legislation in their ongoing work and want to formally partner with them. The organization is excited we are going to be working with them in this way and the clerks are preparing the formal request letter.

FWCC – Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is clearly called to partner with Friends World Committee for Consultation, and they received the news with great joy that we want to begin the clearness process with them. FWCC, in their enthusiasm to work with us, had already appointed a committee of two and they have added our request to the agenda of their executive committee, which met on May 30th. As our section of FWCC meets every two years, if they feel clear about us affiliating, we would officially join in 2021 but could be involved long before then.

AFSC – We have a lot of questions about the American Friends Service Committee. Many also don't have experience or knowledge of this group so we are going to ask more questions, attend events, and get to know them better.

FGC – Many of our group aren't familiar with Friends General Conference or only have knowledge from the past, not knowing what the organization is like today. We are looking to send representatives to their gathering this summer, June 30 – July 6, 2019, in Grinnell, Iowa, where their theme will be “Peace in Our Hearts, Justice in the World.” If you feel called to go, please send an email to the clerks – clerks@scymf.org.

FUM – We felt clear to not partner with Friends United Meeting at this time, as they do not fully include LGBTQ+ Friends. We appreciate the work they do but cannot stand with them. If their personnel policy changes, we could reconsider. If you feel called to write them a letter about this, please draft a letter and work with the clerks on it. Our email is clerks@scymf.org.

For all these organizations, SCYMF members are involved in various ways as individuals, and we will continue to honor and celebrate their work. The clerks deeply appreciate the listening hearts of the meeting and the love we shared while listening to the next steps to which God is calling us. 
 


Letter from Freedom Friends

Freedom Friends would like to thank you for your long and difficult laboring over the split of yearly meetings, and the taking up of beginning anew.  We deeply appreciate all the work you have done, and we know that you still have much to do. Please know that we pray for you, and the fact of your existence and work makes our hearts lighter.

We challenge you to continue to be forward thinking, to continue stretching on the issue of inclusivity, and of course, to be diligent listeners.

Click here to read the entire letter.
 

Evaluations of Annual Sessions

If you forgot to turn in your evaluation of Yearly Meeting that was found in your packet, please scan it or type it into an email and send it to registrar@scymf.org. If you need another copy, send an email to us, and we will send you one.

—Rachel Hampton, Registrar
 


 

The World We Seek

Many of us attended the Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) Annual Sessions this past weekend in Canby, OR. One of the highlights for me was the obvious enthusiasm for and sense of call toward partnering with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). 

I probably consider this a highlight because I recognize the value in having some kind of practical structure into which I can direct my values-based energy. For example, I know peace is important, and I'm excited about peace, but how do I funnel my energy around peacemaking into something concrete, visible, and truly transformative and helpful? I have talked with many of you about this same thing and have heard a similar desire expressed. We want to be, but we also want, in our being, to do. So what do we do?

FCNL is one answer to that question. Here is FCNL’s mission statement:

We seek a world
free of war and the threat of war. 
We seek a society
with equity and justice for all.
We seek a community
where every person's potential may be fulfilled. 
We seek an earth restored. 


I think we can get behind that, can’t we? :)

I encourage you to visit FCNL’s website HERE, and peruse a bit. In particular, you might visit their Issue List HERE and read about some of their focus concerns, including but not limited to: mass incarceration, income inequality, environment, gun violence, immigration, Native American advocacy, and military spending.

I look forward to discerning with you in the coming months and years how we feel called to participate in the work of FCNL and in whose lives we feel called to participate in a nurturing and liberating way.

—Matt Boswell, Camas Friends


Announcements

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).

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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).

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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).

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