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Bulletin 09.14.2018

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Together
 
 
Quarterly Gathering Discussion

Here’s the central question for discussion at SCYMF’s quarterly meeting Oct. 20th: 

Who does God want us to be? 

When we come together – to pray, to encourage each other, to make promises to God and to each other, and to count and deploy our resources – who in fact are we? More to the point, who does God want us to be? 

What language, scripture, or disciplines can we draw on to describe ourselves and make ourselves accessible to the world? 

Some of us already come with labels – evangelical, progressive, radical, conservative – and some of those labels carry great personal meaning. But the meaning can be positive for one person and quite negative for another. Some of us are skeptical about all labels but still want to communicate what God is doing with us and invite others into the adventure. 

Label or no, discerning what God wants us to become will help point the way to our next steps as a yearly meeting. The discussion will be facilitated by a task force of Sarah Katreen Hoggatt, Sue Scott, and Judy Maurer. 

Come join the conversation at the next SCYMF quarterly meeting, October 20, 2018 at Eugene Friends Church. 
 
 
Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee met by conference call on August 27 and discussed items on the following agenda:
  • Conference calling and database software
  • Quarterly Gathering discussion
  • Bank account and P.O. Box
  • Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Committee reports
  • Tri-annual gatherings - October, February, and May
  • Nonprofit status and the disbursement from Northwest Yearly Meeting
Click here to read the edited minutes.
 

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 

Program & Registration Information for Quarterly Meeting:
 
Come join us on October 20th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities – worship, music, a learning experience, meals, and even fun. We’ll also discuss the central question facing us: “Who does God want us to become?”
 
Here’s the full program:
 
10:00 – 11:00 am Derek Lamson and Ruba Byrd leading music and open worship
 
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  Dove John will present a workshop for Equity and Inclusion Committee
 
12:00 – 1:00 pm  Lunch provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)
 
1:00 – 1:30 pm  Get moving! Intergenerational scavenger hunt with Tom & Vicki Stave
 
1:30 – 2:30 pm  SCYMF committees meet 
 
2:45 – 4:45 pm Discussion: Who does God want us to be? 
 
5:00 pm   Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)
 
Child care will be provided, except during meals and the scavenger hunt.
 
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

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

First Friends Meeting, a Quaker Meeting offering both programmed & unprogrammed worship, is seeking a full-time pastor. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, First Friends was founded in 1891 and is a member of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (FUM). The Meeting seeks to be a welcoming, community-involved, spiritual body serving the needs of its congregation and community. We are looking for a pastor grounded in Quaker tradition who is able to bring inspiring & challenging messages, offer personal & spiritual development, and lead a heterogeneous body of worshipers into enduring connection with the Divine. See a complete job description and application instructions on our website: www.firstfriendsmeeting.org/pastorsearch

A planning meeting for the next Northwest Quaker Men's Gathering will be hosted by Camas Friends Church on 29 September, from 10 AM until 4 PM. Click here for more details.

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Bulletin 09.07.2018

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Seeds
 
 
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
Committee Business

Please let the clerks know if your committee has any updates to announce or business you need to take care of at quarterly gathering. Send an email to clerks@scymf.org or by replying to this message!
 
 
64

Stop, look inward.
Be aware by becoming still.
Notice your thoughts.
They are seeds.
Plant with care.

This may be difficult
because we want to
progress quickly,
but even the longest journey
starts with
a single movement.
A tower rises from
a single brick.

Just be.
Don’t worry about failure or success.
Breathe.
Step by step,
life emerges.

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

First Friends Meeting, a Quaker Meeting offering both programmed & unprogrammed worship, is seeking a full-time pastor. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, First Friends was founded in 1891 and is a member of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (FUM). The Meeting seeks to be a welcoming, community-involved, spiritual body serving the needs of its congregation and community. We are looking for a pastor grounded in Quaker tradition who is able to bring inspiring & challenging messages, offer personal & spiritual development, and lead a heterogeneous body of worshipers into enduring connection with the Divine. See a complete job description and application instructions on our website: www.firstfriendsmeeting.org/pastorsearch

A planning meeting for the next Northwest Quaker Men's Gathering will be hosted by Camas Friends Church on 29 September, from 10 AM until 4 PM. Click here for more details.

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Bulletin 08.31.2018

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Gathering
 
 
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 

Quarterly Gathering in Eugene

Proposed Schedule for Quarterly Meeting
Eugene Friends Church, October 20, 2018

10:00 – 11:00 am || Gathering and opening worship
11:00 am – 12:00 pm || Dove John will present a workshop for Equity and Inclusion
12:00 – 1:00 pm || Meal provided by Eugene Friends by donation
1:00 – 1:30 pm || Fun activity
1:30 – 2:30 pm || Committees meet
2:45 – 4:45 pm || Discussion groups on queries set by the Coordinating Committee
5:00 pm || Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends by donation
 
 
Committee Business

Please let the clerks know if your committee has any updates to announce or business you need to take care of at quarterly gathering. Send an email to clerks@scymf.org or by replying to this message!
 
 
NWYM 2018 Epistle

To All Friends Everywhere:

We send you our love in Christ from the campus of George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, USA where we gathered from our local meetings in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, for our 126th Annual Sessions. We received greetings from Phil Baisley from Earlham School of Religion, Jay Thatcher from North Pacific Yearly Meeting, Brockie Follette from Kaleo Academy, and Anna Baker from Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.

Click here to read the rest of the NWYM 2018 Epistle.
 

Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering

It’s time once again to begin planning for our 2019 gathering of Quaker men. The 2018 gathering in Ocean Park, Washington, was a great event with lots of spiritual stretching, fresh ideas, and making (F) friends with men across the Quaker spectrum. This year we will be gathering from March 29th through the 31st at Camp Tilikum in Newberg, Oregon. There will be plenty of room to include as many who wish to come.

Click here to read the full letter from Al Hendrix.
 
 

Before we get swept too far along, we wanted to report on our July trip to visit our Samburu Mission point. This report is a bit long. But we hope the background of this ministry will help you understand the ministry better.
  
The Samburu region is a large area to the northeast of us and is also a desert climate but not quite as extreme of conditions as the Turkana desert. Approximately 90% of the population are also pastoralists and their tribe is very closely related to the Massai. The Turkana and Samburu people have often had violent conflicts over grazing territories and cattle rustling. In 1995 Isaiah Bikokwa, a Quaker from Western Kenya, who helped start the Turkana mission, reached out to the Samburu people and started a small outreach there. Today there are 10 growing village meetings, a dispensary, several schools, educational and clean water projects, and an income generating market center that is nearing completion. Sammy Letoole is a Samburu pastor who received his pastoral training at Friends Theological College and became the mission director in 2013. He is enthusiastic and passionate about reaching, equipping, and empowering his own people.
 
We had been looking forward to visiting Samburu for quite some time and it was definitely an adventure.  We traveled with our colleague Ken Saina who is the Finance Director for the AMO and has been working closely with Samburu Friends Mission. He was an excellent guide for our first visit! The drive takes 8-12 hours depending on current road conditions and there are long stretches where there are no services and it isn’t safe to stop, so one must be prepared! Fortunately, the journey was uneventful except for spotting some of our first real wildlife! None were close to the road but we were excited to see zebras, giraffes, and even a few elephants back in the trees! We stayed in Maralal which is the only real town in the area. It is small and dusty and looks like the African version of a western frontier town because that is exactly what it is!

Click here to read the rest of Shawn & Katrina’s report.


Announcements

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

First Friends Meeting, a Quaker Meeting offering both programmed & unprogrammed worship, is seeking a full-time pastor. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, First Friends was founded in 1891 and is a member of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (FUM). The Meeting seeks to be a welcoming, community-involved, spiritual body serving the needs of its congregation and community. We are looking for a pastor grounded in Quaker tradition who is able to bring inspiring & challenging messages, offer personal & spiritual development, and lead a heterogeneous body of worshipers into enduring connection with the Divine. See a complete job description and application instructions on our website: www.firstfriendsmeeting.org/pastorsearch

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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Bulletin 08.24.2018

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Welcome
 

Individual Membership Interest Form

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends welcomes to membership local meetings and individuals who desire to participate with SCYMF in worship, ministry, and service as we seek to experience and follow Christ in the manner of Friends. Friends of any age are welcome to request membership.

Click here to let us know if you are interested in individual membership.
 
 
Donations/Contributions

We can now send donations directly to Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends! Contributions sent directly to SCYMF are tax deductible.
 
SCYMF
Attn: Roger Watson
P.O. Box 508
Newberg, OR 97132
 

 
West Hills Friends Meeting (WHF) is seeking a temporary Released Minister (“Interim Pastor”) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period, which resulted from the resignation of our greatly loved founding pastor.

As Quakers, we believe we are all ministers, and we also welcome the opportunity for consistency and coordination a paid interim minister can provide. We desire to find the right candidate soon to provide additional capacity to support WHF attendees and ministries while reducing the extra workload on our Elders and our released Children/Youth minister.

Our hope is that having an interim while we continue to discern where God is leading us next will provide our meeting more time for this discernment and allow objective feedback about us and our process.

We aren’t looking for someone with all the answers or someone who wants to be in charge. We are looking for an individual strongly committed to Quaker process and practice, whose first priority in life is to follow God’s leading, who is a great listener, and who has experience as a released minister.  

WHF is a Quaker meeting in Southwest Portland and a member of the newly formed Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF); WHF was previously part of Northwest Yearly Meeting (NWYM).  

Next Steps
We invite interested candidates to explore our website and the about us section https://westhillsfriends.org/about-us-1 to start to understand who we are.  If you are interested in finding out more about the position for yourself or someone you know, please contact office@westhillsfriends.org for details on the requirements and job description.
  
Note - The individual hired for this interim minister position will be ineligible for any WHF regular released ministry position; we will be considering only applicants interested in an interim role.


Announcements

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 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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Bulletin 08.17.2018

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Awake
 

Individual Membership Interest Form

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends welcomes to membership local meetings and individuals who desire to participate with SCYMF in worship, ministry, and service as we seek to experience and follow Christ in the manner of Friends. Friends of any age are welcome to request membership.

Click here to let us know if you are interested in individual membership.
 
 
Donations/Contributions

We can now send donations directly to Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends! According to Roger Watson, SCYMF’s treasurer, contributions sent directly to SCYMF are tax deductible. So feel free to celebrate this milestone by sending a contribution to
 
SCYMF
Attn: Roger Watson
P.O. Box 508
Newberg, OR 97132

Thank you! Together we're building a grace-filled home for worship and service. 
 

 
Psalm 150:1, 2, 6

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
 
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise him, all creatures here below; 
Praise him above, you heavenly host; 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

For several years I was part of a leadership team conducting week-long personal retreats. The daily program included gathering for a time of morning and evening worship. One of the hymns we sang during our times of worship one year became very meaningful to me. After I returned home I put the words  of five stanzas on my desktop and prayed them daily for several months.

Each Sunday believers around the world gather in worship and sing one of the verses of this hymn known as the “Doxology.” The words exhort every creation of God to praise God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Few people know that this is part of a much longer hymn of fourteen stanzas written in 1709. Most hymnals list it as “Awake, My Soul.” Click here to look at some of the stanzas and allow God to encourage and teach you.

Gary Fawver, adapted from Fruit of the Vine


Announcements

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

To anyone who may be interested in becoming the next Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service, the full job description and how to apply is now posted online: http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/employment-at-qvs/

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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Seeing
 

Task Force for Abuse Prevention

The Nominating Committee is looking for people for a task force to create the abuse prevention policy for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. If you are interested in serving, please reply to this email or contact members of the nominating committee by email - nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
NWYM Restructure Allocations

Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church released a document, Restructure allocations as approved by Northwest Yearly Meeting Administrative Council. The Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Coordinating Committee has recommended sharing this document.

Restructure allocations as approved by Northwest Yearly Meeting Administrative Council
 


2018 Junior Meeting Epistle NCYMC

The 2018 [North Carolina] Yearly Meeting [Conservative] was one of the best Yearly Meetings Junior Meeting has had. We enjoyed many exciting activities. Including going to the pool and bowling. We also went on several nature walks with Brad, we learned about many trees and leaves as well as civil rights.

Click here to read the entire 2018 epistle from North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) Junior Meeting.
 
 
If I had my way I would refuse to watch the evening news, read the newspaper, or be aware of current events. I would hide my eyes and close my ears to pain and suffering so as not to trouble myself with the darkness of broken families, reoccurring violence, unquenchable greed, unprecedented loss of species of plants and wildlife, famine, war, deadly epidemics, injustice toward women, children, and minorities...I could go on but I think I’ve made my point. I wonder if you have shared some of my feelings?

“I don’t want to know.”

“The information and worrisome details are overwhelming.”

“What can one person do?”

I have noticed a growing challenge to incorporate my belief in peacemaking into a spiritual practice. I am conscious of Christ asking me to take off my blinders and partner in his feelings of anger, sorrow and compassion for those who are experiencing pain, suffering and injustice. Just as Christ turned to three of his disciples in his final hours in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ has turned to me and asked me to watch and pray. Humbly, I have had to take off my blinders and see the reality of my own brokenness and the cumulative result of all of our brokenness. Sometimes when I enter this new-found space of prayer I feel as if I have entered a place of collective pain, and I shed tears with Christ for the suffering of others and the injustice done to them. As strange as it may seem, this is holy ground for me and in this particular time it is a new way I experience God’s presence.

My challenge is to resist my initial response to close my eyes and turn away. As you go through the day notice the times or circumstances you resist “seeing” and consider Christ’s invitation to watch and pray.

Lynn Clouser Holt, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


Announcements

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available soon. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

To anyone who may be interested in becoming the next Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service, the full job description and how to apply is now posted online: http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/employment-at-qvs/

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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Refreshing
 
 
NWYM Restructure Allocations

During the annual session for Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church last week, the clerks released a document, Restructure allocations as approved by Northwest Yearly Meeting Administrative Council. The Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Coordinating Committee has recommended sharing this document along with an explanation to be written later. There are also plans to provide a Q&A that responds to questions, comments, and concerns. Please share your questions, comments and concerns with members of the Coordinating Committee by emailing the clerk, by emailing SCYMF clerks, or by replying to this email.

Restructure allocations as approved by Northwest Yearly Meeting Administrative Council
 
 
8

Be water.
A stream flows forth,
refreshing all.
It doesn’t struggle,
doesn’t judge.

Make our world
livable and welcoming.
Be aware, generous, and honest,
fair and diligent,
blameless as a baby.

From Because of This by Jim Teeters


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

Worthington Friends Church in Kingston, Jamaica, is hosting work teams, 2–9 October. Contact goode.dave@gmail.com for more information, or click here to see the program announcement.

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available in August. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

From Christina Repoley: I have made the bittersweet decision to step down from my role as Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service. I leave this work in the exceptional hands of a strong staff team and board, solid financial footing, and a program that now spans five cities with over 130 alumni. Please help us spread the word to anyone who may be interested in becoming the next ED of QVS. The full job description and how to apply is now posted on our website: http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/employment-at-qvs/

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Becoming
 

Threshing Meetings
The Coordinating Committee recommends that members and meetings plan some threshing meetings to discuss the topic that we will be spending time with at our quarterly gathering at Eugene Friends on October 20th: “Who do we want to be?” 

Specifically, we hope that there will be a discussion around the term “evangelical” as well as any other terms that have been used to describe us in the past as well as those that might be true about us going forward. We also encourage these threshing meetings be publicized in a such a way that people from other meetings can come to listen (not necessarily to participate, though that might be fun so we’ll leave it up to you) to how others are processing this query.
 
 
Coordinating Committee Minutes
The Coordinating Committee met by conference call on July 15. The meeting agenda included:
  • Budget
  • Child Abuse Prevention Policy
  • Committee Reports
  • Upcoming Gatherings
  • Outreach/Social Concerns
Click here to read an adapted draft of the minutes.
 
 
Greetings from North Carolina
North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) sent greetings and included a note to members of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends: “We are grateful to hear Lloyd Lee Wilson’s report of his visit to your yearly meeting, and we welcome the opportunity to be in fellowship with you.”

NCYMC 2018 Epistle
NCYMC Summary of Exercises
 
 
Early this week I hiked the Paradise Park Trail at Mount Hood. It was fabulous. Awe-inspiring. Energizing. Centering. Clarifying.

Although...the day might have been better had it not been for the occasional inconveniences. Fallen trees blocked the path, requiring extra effort to navigate the trail (the nerve of those trees!). Flies pestered me and followed me down the trail, buzzing and tickling (sorry my foot brushed the flower you were on, fly, but get over it!). The “leave no trace” rule cramped my style (everything here should be mine to take and use as I please!). The late morning sun left a red hue just below my neck, which I’d prefer hadn’t happened (excuse me for not wearing sunscreen, but what have I ever done to you, sun?).

I exaggerate my irritation, of course. But nature is a good teacher. And subtle as they were, these four moments remind me that not only am I a human, I am human. I am part of a family. Part of an ecosystem. Part of the whole. Intertwined. I am also ever at risk of moving from gratitude to entitlement and from entitlement to resentment.

I believe many things grow. That’s difficult to dispute. But I also believe we – all of us together, as a whole human community, one “thing” – are growing and becoming. That’s very easy to dispute. But I still believe it.

I think good hikers integrate themselves with nature, taking a posture of gratitude and respect, not entitlement and indifference. I suppose I think a good person does the same. I think this is important because we are not just “becoming” as individuals.

We are becoming, together.

Matt Boswell, Camas Friends


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

Worthington Friends Church in Kingston, Jamaica, is hosting work teams, 2–9 October. Contact goode.dave@gmail.com for more information, or click here to see the program announcement.

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available in August. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

From Christina Repoley: I have made the bittersweet decision to step down from my role as Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service. I leave this work in the exceptional hands of a strong staff team and board, solid financial footing, and a program that now spans five cities with over 130 alumni. Please help us spread the word to anyone who may be interested in becoming the next ED of QVS. The full job description and how to apply is now posted on our website: http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/employment-at-qvs/

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Awake
 

Living the Change
We invite you to think about the individual choices you can make to reduce your impact on the environment, and how you can become part of the solution in three high-impact areas: transportation, home energy use, and diet.

Not all of these choices will be appropriate for every Quaker community around the world but we ask Friends, meetings and churches to reflect and ask, without judgement or guilt, what could we do to make a difference?

Click here to find out more about Living the Change.
 
 
Every time I fly, I’m reminded of the oddity of travel. I arrive  at the airport, usually far too early for my night-owl tendencies, and submit to the strange rituals of check-in, security, and boarding. By the time I’m on the plane, I’m often thoroughly disconnected from myself.

On long travel days, I used to tuck myself away inside somewhere and send my body through the day alone, coming back to awareness in another place. My body hurtled ahead, and my soul took a day or two to catch up.

Then I chose to go to sea and make travel my life for a year. And, while I could have lived every day in suspended animation, that kind of inattention is unsatisfying and hard to sustain. So I practiced staying awake to my own experiences, the good and the bad, the fearful and the easy – even in the slog of a long, slow passage or an excruciatingly boring night watch. I found as so many others have, that as I grew more attentive, as I expanded my ability to live awake and aware, my experience of my own life grew too, becoming deep and abundant.

It’s easier, sometimes, to go through life half asleep. We spend so much time in traffic, in line, in the waiting room, that if we’re not careful, we slip into almost constant travel time, waiting for something more important than this very moment  to jar us awake. But if we can learn to pay attention to that travel time, we come awake to God who transcends time, who lives always with us in the now.

Here’s the secret I think you already know: it’s all travel time.
 
Bethany Lee, adapted from Fruit of the Vine


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

Worthington Friends Church in Kingston, Jamaica, is hosting work teams, 2–9 October. Contact goode.dave@gmail.com for more information, or click here to see the program announcement.

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available in August. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

West Hills Friends meeting is currently hiring for a temporary administrative/communications coordinator to assist with tasks including work on our bulletin, responding to voicemails, coordinating the building schedule, and QuickBooks data entry. We are looking for an organized individual with strong editing and customer service skills. The position is expected to be 8-12 hours per week for 6 months. The position pays $14-16 per hour DOE. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact office@westhillsfriends.org for a job description and application details.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Love
 
 
The Immigration Crisis
This Sunday, July 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Multnomah Meeting of Friends, 4312 SE Stark St, Portland. 

Chelsea Strautman and Sherilyn Holcombe Waxler, both immigration attorneys and members of Multnomah Monthly Meeting invite you to come with your questions and learn more about the current immigration crisis and the recent history of our country’s broken immigration system. 

In their words, “We want to answer your questions about how the current immigration system works and inspire you to do what you can to help people suffering as a result.” 

Topics will include the new “zero tolerance” policy, immigration detention, family separation, refugee and asylum law, DACA, defenses from removal, and the barriers immigrants face in accessing justice. 

Childcare will be provided.
 

Workshop on White Supremacy
Vanessa Julye – co-author of the book, Fit for Freedom not for Friendship – will lead a three-day workshop at Multnomah Meeting before she goes to North Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session to be this year’s Friend in Residence. 

July 20, 21, 22 Workshop with Vanessa Julye, who currently serves as Coordinator for the FGC Committee for Ministry on Racism. This is a three-day workshop, and participants should plan to attend all three days: Friday evening 6pm to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday afternoon 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided on Saturday as well as snacks on Friday and Sunday, all at no cost to participants.

No more than 30 participants will be accepted. Priority is on a “first come” basis. To register, send an email to MultnomahFriendsEvents@gmail.com and you will receive an automatic email response with a link to the registration page. If that method doesn’t work for you, please call or email Lew Scholl at 971- 888-3153 or lewscholl@gmail.com

Anyone needing childcare can make the request in the online form. This event is sponsored by the Friends for Racial Justice, and the Peace and Social Concerns Committees of Multnomah Meeting. Expenses will be covered by the Spiritual Life Fund administered by Multnomah and Bridge City Meetings. All sessions will be held at the Multnomah Friends Meetinghouse. 

Vanessa Julye’s book, Fit for Freedom not for Friendship, is available from Barclay Press.
 
 
In the midst of wrestling with my kids, trying to listen well to my wife, attempting do my job well and be a decent human being in the world I often wonder, how can I overturn the systems that deform and destroy, especially the ones I’ve internalized? Did Jesus really mean I'm supposed to love myself as I love my neighbor? What does it really look like to love myself in ways that lead to loving my neighbor?

I imagine part of it looks like me being kind to my body. But what does that really mean? It’s so easy to get an idea of “healthy” and proceed to beat ourselves up with it – easier to try to impose an idea than to really hear our body. Being kind to my body might look like eating foods that work well with my body (the occasional chocolate rather than the daily or hourly!); eating portions that leave me energy to be part of life rather than want to sleep; doing something active each day but letting it change with the daily ebb and flow of things – walking, jogging, swimming, tree climbing, stretching, standing while I work, etc. Our bodies speak. What happens when we slow down when we're younger and biologically listen to the slow movements of grace?

Perhaps loving ourselves starts with naming the sin of self-hatred. This is one of the more pervasive sins in our churches and culture. It seems spiritual yet it’s an assault on the imago Dei, the image of God with which God has entrusted each of us. We say and do things to ourselves that most of us would never visit on another human being. Such actions toward another would bring us to our knees in repentance and to our feet for reconciliation (hopefully).

The Hebrews didn’t see the body as a vehicle to drive and use up in service of other stuff. It was inseparable from their soul, and they honored it that way. This way of viewing the body is so radically different I imagine we will need support to even try to see it this way. Maybe it would be helpful to confess our sin of self-hatred to another sister or brother and ask them to pray for us. “I’ve been really hard on myself lately and can’t seem to forgive myself; please pray for me.” Perhaps our neighbors will be blessed in the process.
 
Jason Minnix, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available in August. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 13 or October 20. Stay tuned for more information. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session will be May 17–19, 2019.

West Hills Friends meeting is currently hiring for a temporary administrative/communications coordinator to assist with tasks including work on our bulletin, responding to voicemails, coordinating the building schedule, and QuickBooks data entry. We are looking for an organized individual with strong editing and customer service skills. The position is expected to be 8-12 hours per week for 6 months. The position pays $14-16 per hour DOE. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact office@westhillsfriends.org for a job description and application details.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Grateful
 
 
Quarterly Gathering Committee Sets Dates
The Quarterly Gathering Committee has set the dates for annual sessions in 2019: May 17, 18 & 19. The next two quarterly gatherings will be either October 13th or 20th in Eugene and February 16th at West Hills.

The draft schedule for the gathering in October is as follows:

10 Worship
11 Workshop for Equity and Inclusion
12 Meal provided by Eugene Friends, supported by donation
1 Fun activity
1:30 Committees meet
2:45 Discussion groups with queries from the Coordinating Committee
5 Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends, supported by donation
 

Coordinating Committee Approves Co-clerk
From the minutes: On the afternoon of Sunday, May 20, “Jon Kershner asked for approval for the Coordinating Committee’s authorization to nominate a co-clerk to serve until the next Quarterly Gathering, at which time they will be approved by the full group.” In an email decision with unanimous written consent on June 29, the Coordinating Committee named Sarah Katreen Hoggatt to serve as co-clerk alongside Cherice Bock.

Click here to contact any of our clerks.
 
 
Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference
Greetings to Friends everywhere:

A total of 84 women gathered on the banks of the Molalla River near Canby, Oregon (U.S.A.) for spiritual enrichment and fellowship at the Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference. Thirty of these were programmed Friends and fifty were unprogrammed Friends. Four registrants from other faith traditions also attended.

Click here to read the full epistle.
 

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Minute
From Phil Caroom, Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) Peace and Social Concerns Committee clerk

On 6/9/18, Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) at our Interim meeting for business adopted the attached minute supporting civil and human rights of Transgender People. We hope that other Yearly Meetings will join us to support and answer that of God among these discriminated-against Friends and others in our communities.

Click here to view the minute from Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
 

Workshop on White Supremacy
HOW DO FRIENDS SUPPORT WHITE SUPREMACY IN OUR MEETINGS AND THE WORLD? – A workshop with Vanessa Julye at Multnomah Friends Meeting

Vanessa Julye – co-author of the book, Fit for Freedom not for Friendship – will lead a three-day workshop at Multnomah Meeting before she goes to North Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session to be this year’s Friend in Residence. 

July 20, 21, 22 Workshop with Vanessa Julye, who currently serves as Coordinator for the FGC Committee for Ministry on Racism. This is a three-day workshop, and participants should plan to attend all three days: Friday evening 6pm to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday afternoon 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided on Saturday as well as snacks on Friday and Sunday, all at no cost to participants.

No more than 30 participants will be accepted. Priority is on a “first come” basis. To register, send an email to MultnomahFriendsEvents@gmail.com and you will receive an automatic email response with a link to the registration page. If that method doesn’t work for you, please call or email Lew Scholl at 971- 888-3153 or lewscholl@gmail.com

Anyone needing childcare can make the request in the online form. This event is sponsored by the Friends for Racial Justice, and the Peace and Social Concerns Committees of Multnomah Meeting. Expenses will be covered by the Spiritual Life Fund administered by Multnomah and Bridge City Meetings. All sessions will be held at the Multnomah Friends Meetinghouse. 

Vanessa Julye’s book, Fit for Freedom not for Friendship, is available from Barclay Press.
 

44

When you seek
external approval
or garner riches,
you fail to
find fulfillment.

Just be who you are.
Seeking prestige
or wealth
will leave you wanting.

Be grateful;
be satisfied.
All creation
will bless you.

From Because of This by Jim Teeters


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available in August. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 13 or October 20. Stay tuned for more information. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session will be May 17–19, 2019.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Community
 

Workshop on White Supremacy
HOW DO FRIENDS SUPPORT WHITE SUPREMACY IN OUR MEETINGS AND THE WORLD? – A workshop with Vanessa Julye at Multnomah Friends Meeting

Vanessa Julye – co-author of the book, Fit for Freedom not for Friendship – will lead a three-day workshop at Multnomah Meeting before she goes to North Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session to be this year’s Friend in Residence. 

July 20, 21, 22 Workshop with Vanessa Julye, who currently serves as Coordinator for the FGC Committee for Ministry on Racism. This is a three-day workshop, and participants should plan to attend all three days: Friday evening 6pm to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday afternoon 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided on Saturday as well as snacks on Friday and Sunday, all at no cost to participants.

No more than 30 participants will be accepted. Priority is on a “first come” basis. To register, send an email to MultnomahFriendsEvents@gmail.com and you will receive an automatic email response with a link to the registration page. If that method doesn’t work for you, please call or email Lew Scholl at 971- 888-3153 or lewscholl@gmail.com

Anyone needing childcare can make the request in the online form. This event is sponsored by the Friends for Racial Justice, and the Peace and Social Concerns Committees of Multnomah Meeting. Expenses will be covered by the Spiritual Life Fund administered by Multnomah and Bridge City Meetings. All sessions will be held at the Multnomah Friends Meetinghouse. 

Vanessa Julye’s book, Fit for Freedom not for Friendship, is available from Barclay Press.
 
 
Epistles
An epistle articulates a collective sense of experience and how God has moved among Friends during a gathering, be it a yearly meeting session or a Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) Section meeting, or a Young Friends gathering. It is approved by that group during a meeting for business. It is typically shared with yearly meetings so that they might read some of them out in meeting or publish some for people to read. It was historically, and continues to be, an important way for Friends and others to learn about each other in that which is eternal. They help us appreciate that we are part of a world family of Friends.

Click here to read epistles from various Friends gatherings.
 

 
Corrections
In last week’s newsletter, the links to the minutes and epistle were correct, but Carol Whorton’s name was misspelled in both. In addition, Carol Twichel’s name was left off the list of ministers whose recording has been transferred to Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.

Click here to find the corrected minutes from our time together.
Click here to find the corrected epistle.

 

It is difficult to care for a crowd. A crowd looks like a mass of need, and the only way to address that need is to make generalizations about who is in the crowd. Jesus had compassion on crowds because he seemed to be able to see them as a collection of individuals and relationships. Occasionally, he even calls individuals out of the crowd – healing them, liberating them, sending them out or back to their village. Likewise, in the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand (Mark 6:30–44), Jesus reshapes the crowd. He divides the crowd and has them sit down together in groups on the green grass. In doing so, Jesus transforms the crowd into a community, or perhaps into a collection of small communities.

While there is a time for large-scale thinking and dreaming big dreams, it is often true that big problems require a series of small solutions instead of broad solutions based on a single story. It is often in small groups and intimate communities where the miracles happen. Quaker Rufus Jones wrote: “I pin my hopes to small circles and quiet processes, in which vital and transforming events take place.” Me too.

In what small circles do you participate? To what small groups do you belong? What spaces exist in your community where people can get to know each other and move from stranger to neighbor? Perhaps these represent opportunities for you to reshape crowds and create community. In doing so, you may be creating the conditions for a miracle.

Andy Henry, adapted from Fruit of the Vine
 


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available in August. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Grateful
 

2018 Annual Sessions
A narrative record of our time together at Canby Grove is now available on our website. Click here for the pdf of the minutes or on any of the sections in the table of contents below.
1 - FRIDAY
2 - Visiting Friends
3 - West Hills Membership
3 - Nominating Committee
4 - SATURDAY
4 - Visiting Friends
5 - Incorporation
5 - Bylaws
10 - Nominations
10 - Faith and Practice
11 - Budget and Finance
14 - Recording and Licensing
21 - SUNDAY
21 - Nominations
25 - Membership
25 - Committee Reports
28 - Individual Members
29 - Faith and Practice
31 - Geography of Members
32 - Final Epistle
 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” - II Timothy 1:7

“There is that near you, which will guide you; oh! wait for it, and be sure to keep to it….” ~ Isaac Penington

Greetings to Friends near and far from the 132 Friends attending the Inaugural Annual Sessions of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF),

We are grateful for the ways many of you have been prayerfully holding us in the Light of Love as we engage in the work set before us. We are also filled with gratitude for your epistles, well-wishes, and visitors to our Annual Sessions at the Canby Grove Christian Center in Canby, Oregon. Our gathering was enriched by visitors or representatives from American Friends Service Committee, Baltimore Yearly Meeting, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friendly Water for the World, Friends World Committee for Consultation, Illinois Yearly Meeting, The New Association of Friends, New England Yearly Meeting, North Pacific Yearly Meeting, the Western Association of the Religious Society of Friends, and Western Yearly Meeting.

We carry mixed feelings at the beginning of this journey, because it started with our forced separation from Northwest Yearly Meeting. Even as our emotions ranged from grief, tears, and anger to joy, hope, and laughter, our fellowship and worship felt covered in grace. In light of that emotional mix, our Meeting for Business was held with grace for each other as we heal from past trauma. The Spirit remained present and spoke to our condition with words of comfort and a deep, abiding love. One example was our discussion around a proposed recording process. The discussion exposed some raw nerves, as people shared the residual pain that came from years in a two-tiered system in which some ministers were treated as second class because their public ministry did not fit the preconceived notion of church pastor. Most of the weekend’s work involved following the leading of the Spirit as we practiced discernment, threshing through feelings and former assumptions to see a vision toward a new path. Some leadings are beginning to take shape: We are a Christ-centered yearly meeting, even as we discuss and discern together what that means. Is it possible to go deeply into one faith story, one Way of understanding God, holding one Truth, and still allow others with a different model of the Divine Life to feel comfortable traveling with us on this amazing journey? We want to welcome and share with others who think differently, or practice differently, but who seek and feel the same Loving Center.

During our sessions we were led to minute our gratitude to those who have provided leadership in our service and were hurt in the events leading up to the formation of SCYMF. We are grateful for all those, named and unnamed, who put livelihoods, relationships, and access to community in jeopardy for the sake of integrity, justice, and love of neighbor.

We joyfully accepted the transfer of recording of the following Friends as ministers: Gil George, Mike Huber, Johan Maurer, Judy Maurer, Faith Marsalli, T. Vail Palmer, Caryl Menkhus Creswell, Carol Twichel, Lorraine Watson, Carol Whorton, and Jan Wood. We also transferred and renewed ministry licenses for the following Friends: Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Thea Cowley, C. Wess Daniels, Claire Nail, Mark Pratt-Russum, and Judy Scott.

Over the course of our first year, we wrote and approved bylaws and incorporated as a non-profit organization called Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. At our annual sessions and as we look toward the future, we move into a phase of exploration and ongoing discernment of how we are called to live into the Quaker way together at this time and in our particular places. 

A seed has been planted: a little, tender, growing plant. May we be good soil even as we are good gardeners, trusting God to give the increase. 

Your Friends in Expectant Waiting,
Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends

Cherice Bock, Presiding Clerk

SCYMF Epistle Committee: Julie Peyton, Gil George (clerk), James Hibbs, and Promise Partner

Click here to read the epistle on our website.
 


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available in August. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Faithful
 

Scholarship Fund
From Rachel Hampton: We made $918 toward the scholarship fund from the silent auction for next year’s annual sessions! And we came out ahead on expenses for the conference as well.
 

 
Visiting Friends
Would you be interested in representing Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting to other yearly meetings? Email the clerks, or reply to this email if you would like to serve as an official visitor to either of the following:

Northwest Yearly Meeting: July 22–26, Newberg, OR
New England Yearly Meeting: August 4–8, Castleton, VT
 

Ye Olde Fair Trader (aka Lorie Wood) forged a connection with Canaan Fair Trade and began selling products from small scale farmers in 2008. Although Lorie is completely recovered today, the following short essay from Lorie's husband, Wilbur, reflects on Lorie’s serious illness in 2010 and what it means to be faithful.

I am at my wife Lorie’s bedside in a hospital in Nazareth. This is not what we planned for this trip. She volunteers with Canaan Fair Trade distributing olive oil and other products. It is olive harvest time and we have come to the harvest festival. 

This has been a ministry for Lorie. The sale of Palestinian farmers’ products lifts up the poor of the land. Selling products from the West Bank is a peaceful protest against 43 years of oppressive occupation. Olive oil soap and couscous sales support women’s cooperatives, providing financial security for them. 

But now Lorie is ill. She has missed out on the celebration and the opportunity to connect with producers of what she sells. By the nature of her illness she may not be able to return to her ministry of selling Palestinian products. 

This is a great disappointment. We must remember that Jesus did not call us to be successful, but to be faithful. Times come when we must leave behind a work that has been an expression of our faith, even though that work is not finished. 

What continues is our faithfulness to labor at our tasks in God’s ministry of reconciliation. When one task is let go, there are others suitable to our gifts at any point in our lives. Whatever our situation, we are God’s agents working for justice, seeking peace, and witnessing to the love of God we know in Jesus Christ.

Wilbur Wood, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Beginning
 

Traveling Friends
C. Wess Daniels and Lloyd Lee Wilson are traveling in the ministry among Friends in the Pacific Northwest, looking for opportunities to worship with Friends, offer encouragement, renewal, and other forms of ministry in service to Christ. This is an opportunity to get together and see what happens with the present Christ in our midst. Here is a brief look at where they’ll be:

Freedom Friends at 6 tonight, Salem
The Bock home at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, Newberg
Reedwood Friends on Sunday morning, June 10, Portland
Multnomah Monthly Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, Portland
Bible study at Multnomah at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 11, Portland
Eugene Friends at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, Eugene

 

 
Visiting Friends
Would you be interested in representing Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting to other yearly meetings? Email the clerks, or reply to this email if you would like to serve as an official visitor to any of the following:

Northwest Yearly Meeting: July 22–26, Newberg, OR
North Pacific Yearly Meeting: July 25–29, Tacoma, WA
Baltimore Yearly Meeting: July 30–August 5, Frederick, MD
New England Yearly Meeting: August 4–8, Castleton, VT
 

40

Always start
at the beginning,
let go of pride.

All things arise
from Spirit.
Out of nothing
can come something
wonderful.

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Friends Journal welcomes Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends to the family of Friends! We’re an independent Quaker magazine. Connect with us at friendsjournal.org and quakerspeak.com. We’d love to get to know you. Here are some pieces we’re proud to have published in the past few years, to give you a feel for what we’re about: communicating Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives. We’d love to extend a special offer: get a year of Friends Journal for $25 with promo code SIERRA25: http://fdsj.nl/sierra25
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Friends
 

Visiting Friends
Would you be interested in representing Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting to other yearly meetings? Email the clerks, or reply to this email if you would like to serve as an official visitor to any of the following:

Northwest Yearly Meeting: July 22–26, Newberg, OR
North Pacific Yearly Meeting: July 25–29, Tacoma, WA
Baltimore Yearly Meeting: July 30–August 5, Frederick, MD
New England Yearly Meeting: August 4–8, Castleton, VT

 

 
Approved Recording Process
As Friends, we reject the idea that some outward trait or experience could qualify someone to be a minister. Instead, we believe that anyone may be called to serve God and people in public ministry. 

Click here to see the approved process for recording of ministers.
 


As we’ve worked to define who we are as Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, we’ve tried to identify mistakes that have been made in the past and make plans to avoid repeating them. We’ve tried to think of ways that we can be loving and inclusive of those who have received abuse from churches, including Quaker churches, in the past. What perhaps we have not done enough of is to explore how being faithful Quakers can help us avoid making new mistakes.

We have a heritage as Quakers that can guide us going forward. First, we call ourselves Friends. To the early Quakers that meant friends of Jesus Christ, who said, "You are my friends, if you do what I command you.” And what according to Christ are the most important of his commands? Love God and love your neighbor. And who is our neighbor? The answer is “everyone” – our neighbor who is a person of color, our LGBTQ+ neighbor, our immigrant neighbor, our elderly neighbor. This is our Quaker heritage and our Quaker obligation.

Quakers have made mistakes along the way, but they also did some good. They worked for justice – prison reform, mental health treatment, fair business practices, the value of all human beings before God – and the work those early Quakers started is not finished. We get to continue that work. We too can do some good.

John Price, Eugene


Announcements

Click here for June 2018 news from the Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, attended the following gathering at Pendle Hill, representing the Nakani Native Program, formerly the American Friends Service Committee Northwest Indian Program – Truth and Healing: Quakers Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, held May 3-6, 2018. Dove is willing to report on this gathering to interested churches/meetings. Contact Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, office@northseattlefriends.org or 206-525-8800 to make arrangements.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Friends Journal welcomes Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends to the family of Friends! We’re an independent Quaker magazine. Connect with us at friendsjournal.org and quakerspeak.com. We’d love to get to know you. Here are some pieces we’re proud to have published in the past few years, to give you a feel for what we’re about: communicating Quaker experience in order to connect and deepen spiritual lives. We’d love to extend a special offer: get a year of Friends Journal for $25 with promo code SIERRA25: http://fdsj.nl/sierra25
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New Birth

 
 
Coordinating Committee
The Coordinating Committee met last Friday afternoon at Canby Grove. Click here to read an overview of business covered during their meeting.
 

Baltimore Yearly Meeting
Baltimore Yearly Meeting sends greetings on the occasion of the first official annual sessions of your new Yearly Meeting. We are happy to welcome the Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends to the fellowship of Yearly Meetings. Our prayers are with you as you undertake the sacred and blessed work of building a faithful and loving community that welcomes all and affirms that of God in all people.

Click here to read the letter of greetings from Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

On behalf of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, I invite Friends from your Yearly Meeting to join us for our Annual Session, July 30–August 5, 2018 at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. In particular, I ask for your help in extending a warm invitation to Friends who feel led to visit as part of our Intervisitation Program. The theme for the 2018 Annual Session is Radical Listening, Rooted in Love.

Click here to read the letter of invitation from Baltimore Yearly Meeting.

 

 
Amended & Approved Bylaws
Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is an Oregon nonprofit religious corporation. This corporate organization is comprised of individual members, affiliated churches (local meetings), and the individual members thereof. It is also commonly known as Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting, Yearly Meeting, and SCYMF.

Click here to see the SCYMF bylaws, amended and approved on Saturday, May 19.

 


Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and Group-think
At the end of his workshop this last weekend – The Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance and Group-think – Jim Teeters asked the group to discuss and then report on how we can move from tolerance to love. Participants developed the following list:
  1. Acceptance first: Start where the other person is – no expectations
  2. Put assumptions aside: Give up the guess work – really get to know the person
  3. Get people together: Get people together that usually wouldn't be together
  4. Everyone has something to teach me: Be open to learn from others
  5. Engage in active relationships: In other words, move forward and toward people
  6. Model behavior you want to see in others: Demonstrate Quaker SPICES (simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, stewardship)
 

I am enjoying the beginnings of summer. The scents of fresh flowers and smoky BBQs. The warm days and the cool evening breeze. The extra wake-up help from light pouring through the window in the morning and the extended evenings allowing for post-kids-in-bed tennis.

It feels like a season of emergence. Of new birth. The early church experienced a kind of emergence or birth upon the Holy Spirit’s coming (Acts 2). And as the apostle Paul would later write, there is often something painful about this Spirit-guided emergence that produces "groans" and "sighs" (Romans 8:22-26).

Can you relate to this, personally? What is something that is being “birthed” in you right now, something emerging or taking shape? In what ways is this emergence exciting and hopeful? In what ways is it painful?

I once saw a sign while hiking in China (my home for ten months from 2009-2010) that cautioned hikers to not disturb the vegetation. Its translated version read: “don’t touch plants, they feel pain, like you.”

I am still not sure what to make of that. Do plants groan and sigh? I really don't know how painful it is to be a plant. But it’s often quite painful being human, especially in seasons of transformation. Change. Growth. Healing. Waiting. New birth.

Matt Boswell, Camas Friends


Announcements

Click here for June 2018 news from the Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, attended the following gathering at Pendle Hill, representing the Nakani Native Program, formerly the American Friends Service Committee Northwest Indian Program – Truth and Healing: Quakers Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, held May 3-6, 2018. Dove is willing to report on this gathering to interested churches/meetings. Contact Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, office@northseattlefriends.org or 206-525-8800 to make arrangements.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Annual Sessions

 
 
From the Clerk
I look forward to gathering with you all this weekend to worship through business, song, silence, fellowship around meals, and sharing our stories. Each committee and working group will report on its current and future work, including a proposed budget and goals or hopes for the coming year. 

Action items we will be working on in gathered business sessions include:
  • Welcoming into membership West Hills Friends Church and individual Friends who would like to join as SCYMF members. Note: there will be a sign-up sheet for individuals. If you will not be at annual sessions and want to join, please email clerks@scymf.org with your full name, email, address, phone number, and a statement that you affirm you wish to join SCYMF as a member.
  • Nominations: approving the formation of a communications committee; bringing forth a number of names to fill roles on committees and working groups.
  • Amendments to bylaws based on feedback since February.
  • Faith and Practice: reading and discussing currently drafted sections for approval of direction of F&P, mostly just for feedback. Possibly seeking approval for section on “What this document is/is not”
  • Recording task force/Nurture of Ministry Committee: Discuss and seek approval for Recording Process. Recording and ministerial license transfers.
  • Finance/Treasurer: approve a budget.

Cherice Bock
 

In Preparation for Annual Sessions
Friends: We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the first annual SCYMF Yearly Meeting. Here are a few things you need to know in preparation for annual sessions.

We are still in need of volunteers to assist Katherine Spinner, the children's program director. If you could help out for an hour or two during the weekend sessions, please contact Vicki Stave at vstave@hotmail.com.

We are looking for donations for the silent auction which will raise money for scholarships for next year’s annual sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Craig at colorfulspikes@gmail.com

Please bring snacks to share with the group for the weekend. Some refrigeration is available.

If you have a copy of “Rise Up Singing” please bring it for the Saturday evening songfest around the bonfire.

If you have children, please bring snacks for the children’s program that are compatible with your children’s dietary preferences.

If you have any further questions, you may reply to this email or contact the registrar at registrar@scymf.org.

Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee is looking for a co-clerk, as well as more members for the finance committee, youth committee, committee for the nurture of ministry and the quarterly gathering planning committee. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees or know someone who is, please send an email to nominating@scymf.org.
 


Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
 

Friday, May 18th

1-3:00 pm Registration and Relaxation
3-5:00 pm Committee Meetings
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Get-Acquainted Activity
8:00 pm Opening Session
9:00 pm Youth Gathering

Saturday, May 19th

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Opening Worship
10:15 am Business Session
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Workshops
3:00 pm Training on Freedcamp communications tool
4:00 pm Business Session
4:45 pm Celebration of Ministers
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Songs around the fire

Sunday, May 20th

8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Worship
10:30 am Workshops
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Business Session
3:00 pm Closing
5:00 pm Departure



Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, this weekend, May 18–20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Click here for June 2018 news from the Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, attended the following gathering at Pendle Hill, representing the Nakani Native Program, formerly the American Friends Service Committee Northwest Indian Program – Truth and Healing: Quakers Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, held May 3-6, 2018. Dove is willing to report on this gathering to interested churches/meetings. Contact Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, office@northseattlefriends.org or 206-525-8800 to make arrangements.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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Annual Sessions

 
 
From the Clerk
I look forward to gathering with you all next weekend to worship through business, song, silence, fellowship around meals, and sharing our stories. Each committee and working group will report on its current and future work, including a proposed budget and goals or hopes for the coming year. 

Action items we will be working on in gathered business sessions include:
  • Welcoming into membership West Hills Friends Church and individual Friends who would like to join as SCYMF members. Note: there will be a sign-up sheet for individuals. If you will not be at annual sessions and want to join, please email clerks@scymf.org with your full name, email, address, phone number, and a statement that you affirm you wish to join SCYMF as a member.
  • Nominations: approving the formation of a communications committee; bringing forth a number of names to fill roles on committees and working groups.
  • Amendments to bylaws based on feedback since February.
  • Faith and Practice: reading and discussing currently drafted sections for approval of direction of F&P, mostly just for feedback. Possibly seeking approval for section on “What this document is/is not”
  • Recording task force/Nurture of Ministry Committee: Discuss and seek approval for Recording Process. Recording and ministerial license transfers.
  • Finance/Treasurer: approve a budget.

Cherice Bock
 

In Preparation for Annual Sessions
Friends: We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the first annual SCYMF Yearly Meeting. Here are a few things you need to know in preparation for annual sessions.

We are still in need of volunteers to assist Katherine Spinner, the children's program director. If you could help out for an hour or two during the weekend sessions, please contact Vicki Stave at vstave@hotmail.com.

We are looking for donations for the silent auction which will raise money for scholarships for next year’s annual sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Craig at colorfulspikes@gmail.com

Please bring snacks to share with the group for the weekend. Some refrigeration is available.

If you have a copy of “Rise Up Singing” please bring it for the Saturday evening songfest around the bonfire.

If you have children, please bring snacks for the children’s program that are compatible with your children’s dietary preferences.

If you have any further questions, you may reply to this email or contact the registrar at registrar@scymf.org.

Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee is looking for a co-clerk, as well as more members for the finance committee, youth committee, committee for the nurture of ministry and the quarterly gathering planning committee. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees or know someone who is, please send an email to nominating@scymf.org.
 


Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
 

Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18–20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, attended the following gathering at Pendle Hill, representing the Nakani Native Program, formerly the American Friends Service Committee Northwest Indian Program – Truth and Healing: Quakers Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, held May 3-6, 2018. Dove is willing to report on this gathering to interested churches/meetings. Contact Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, office@northseattlefriends.org or 206-525-8800 to make arrangements.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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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Space

 
 
In Preparation for Annual Sessions
Friends: We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the first annual SCYMF Yearly Meeting. Here are a few things you need to know in preparation for annual sessions.

We are still in need of volunteers to assist Katherine Spinner, the children's program director. If you could help out for an hour or two during the weekend sessions, please contact Vicki Stave at vstave@hotmail.com.

We are looking for donations for the silent auction which will raise money for scholarships for next year’s annual sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Craig at colorfulspikes@gmail.com

Please bring snacks to share with the group for the weekend. Some refrigeration is available.

If you have a copy of “Rise Up Singing” please bring it for the Saturday evening songfest around the bonfire.

If you have children, please bring snacks for the children’s program that are compatible with your children’s dietary preferences.

If you have any further questions, you may reply to this email or contact the registrar at registrar@scymf.org.

Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee

 

Epistle of NW Quaker Men’s Gathering
Seventeen men gathered from across the Pacific Northwest and across the traditions of the Religious Society of Friends of Truth in the rain and wind of the Long Beach peninsula to listen to one another and to the Source, the Seed of Christ, the in-dwelling spirit among us. We came to Find Our Way as Quakers who identify as men. We were greeted by a video from Nancy Irving, who was involved in the first women’s gathering and who welcomed us to this work. We shared prayers, poems and reflections in our opening spiritual potluck.

Click here to read the full epistle.

 

Prayer Committee
Requests for prayer can now be sent to members of the Prayer Committee through their email address: prayerteam@scymf.org

Prayer concerns are kept confidential by members of the committee.

 

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee is looking for more members for the finance committee, youth committee, committee for the nurture of ministry and the quarterly gathering planning committee. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees or know someone who is, please send an email to nominating@scymf.org.  We are also looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form
 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force has an updated draft of its proposed Recording Process based on the feedback received so far.

Click here to read the new draft of the proposed process.

 


Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.  
 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

A couple of years ago my family gave me a NASA T-shirt that read, “I NEED MY SPACE.” Growing up, I loved NASA and space travel, yet there was more to that shirt. As I have grown older and experienced lots of transition, needing space has again been on my mind. This may be a bit different than outer space, but the sentiment still remains. We need space in our lives.

Recently, I was introduced to a new space, Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am not completely sure if it was the modern architecture, the utter silence, or simply the fact that I could hear my own thoughts for the first time in quite a while, but this space was special. It afforded me an opportunity to get out of my routine, pause, and reflect on my own well-being, something Jesus modeled for us.

Too often we abuse the spaces we occupy. Our homes can seem like bunkers off the front lines of war rather than places  of solitude and nurturing. Our work spaces can seem like fortresses to the American dream and industry rather than places where we are inspired and our creativity is expressed. Our worship spaces can seem like museums to our past instead of lively and welcoming places to engage God and our neighbors.

Reflect on the spaces you occupy. Do those spaces empower you? Do they afford you the opportunity to get out of your routine and meet God?

Bob Henry, adapted from Fruit of the Vine
Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18–20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.

Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.

Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor.  We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to jobs@reedwood.org.

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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