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Bulletin 02.15.2019

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Youth Summer Camp 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to see the full recording process.
 


 

Lessons for the Sacred Spring: Lent, Easter, Passover


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

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

Registration is required. See below!

February Facilitator: Beth Collea, Wellesley MM, NEYM

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

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

Register HERE

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

Register HERE


Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bulletin 02.08.2019

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Draft Abuse Prevention Policy

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to see the full recording process.

 
From Camas Friends

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

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

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

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

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

Except, they didn't

leave

everything.

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

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

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

Matt Boswell
Camas Friends

Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bulletin 02.01.2019

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QREC in East Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up — Please email Promise Partner (pbpartner@gmail.com) to indicate which of the discussions you plan to join and to receive the emails with the links to the Zoom calls. To participate in the second discussion, contact me by today, Friday, February 1!
 
We urge all Friends who carry concerns for the Earth to attend the
March 21-24,2018. 

Join us for an important conversation with
 
Cherice Bock, Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends
Adrian Halverstadt, Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting
Shelley Tanenbaum, Pacific Yearly Meeting & Quaker Earthcare Witness
  • What inspires their witness for the earth?
  • What are Friends organizations in North America already doing ?
  • Connect with how God is at work in our lives addressing the multiple crises which threaten the web of life.
Susanna Mattingly, from the FWCC World Office in London, will also share stories from Friends from around the world, discussing how climate disruption has impacted their lives and how their faith inspires them to take action.

There will be both Friday and Saturday sessions, inviting Friends to consider how we are called to work together in care for the earth.

We see this as the next step in our efforts at facilitating grass-roots sharing about our common need for caring for the earth.

Announcements

Eugene Friends Meeting is offering a special presentation by Dalit Baum, PhD, who serves as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Economic Activism Director. The focus of her work is on Human Rights. The presentation will be at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, this Sunday, February 3, 2019, from 5-6:30 pm. Doors open at 4:45. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

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

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

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

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

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Bulletin 01.25.2019

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Second Annual Pastors Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sign up — Please email Promise Partner (pbpartner@gmail.com) to indicate which of the discussions you plan to join and to receive the emails with the links to the Zoom calls. To participate in the second discussion, contact me by Friday, February 1!
 
What is your passion for ministry? How do you love bringing light to the world?

Inside each one of us is a driving force – a passion for something which brings light to the world. This light bringing can be anything and each of us expresses it differently. One person may love planning retreats, another may love making sure people on the outskirts are brought into the circle and heard, another person may want to do the quiet, behind the scenes work of adding financial numbers.

Whatever your passion is, however you want to bring light into the world, we as a yearly meeting want to hear about it so we can support you and give you the help you need. We as a yearly meeting are not here to simply fill predefined roles that keep the organization going but to create an organization that supports our passions and ministries, helping each other with what we are called to do and holding each other when we’re hurting. We want to be a community that celebrates and who is there for each other, always putting people first since we are all a light of loving God.

Over the past few months, several people have felt called to various tasks and our yearly meeting has come alongside them to give the support and resources needed. Some of these include:
  • Holding a regular book group meeting via Zoom to build community, talk about subjects important to us, and to help us feel connected with each other across the distances
  • Planning a retreat for pastors
  • Writing encouraging letters
  • Traveling around our yearly meeting area to visit Friends in other places
What are you called to do? What is your community called to do? How can we as a yearly meeting help you?

As we ponder these queries and hold discussions in our meetings about what we feel called to do and talk with each other about it at Quarterly, we are remembering that being called to do something now isn’t a final answer nor does it have to be one huge idea. It can be something smaller like going to a conference or writing an article on a topic you’re passionate about. Personally, I think God enjoys giving us one step at a time and surprising us with the results as one step leads to another.

Whatever you are called to do does not need to fit into any predetermined box. You may have something in your heart no one else has thought of or you may be thinking about things others are pondering as well and we can connect you. We are all called to be God’s light. What are you being called to do today? How can we as a yearly meeting help you take that step?

We will be talking further about this at annual sessions but if you have something you want help with now, please send the clerks an email at clerks@scymf.org so we can help connect you with what or who you need to take that step.

Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
co-presiding clerk

Announcements

Eugene Friends Meeting is offering a special presentation by Dalit Baum, PhD, who serves as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Economic Activism Director. The focus of her work is on Human Rights. The presentation will be at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, on Sunday, February 3, 2019, from 5-6:30 pm. Doors open at 4:45. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

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

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

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

Baltimore Yearly Meeting seeks a Development Director, who is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and securing new and ongoing gifts from individuals and foundations in support of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s (BYM) ministries and programs. The Development Director builds relationships and affinity for BYM and for the future of the Religious Society of Friends throughout the Yearly Meeting. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant and successful fundraising experience. Click here for more information.

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

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Coordinating Committee

Members of the Coordinating Committee met by Zoom video conference call on January 7 and worked through some of the following agenda items:
  • The travel fund
  • Quarterly Gathering
  • Reports and updates from the committees
  • The query for Annual Sessions
Click here to read their minutes.
 
Announcing the Sierra-Cascades Book Club!

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

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

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

Dates – 7 to 8:30 pm via Zoom Video Conference
  • Wednesday, January 23 — Ch 1: New Questions to Old Problems, pp 6-13
  • Tuesday, February 5 — Ch 2: A Convergent Model of Renewal, pp 14-25
  • Wednesday, February 20 — Ch 3: Four Features of Convergent Renewal, pp 26-39
  • Monday, March 4 — Ch 4: Conclusion: Building a Community That Does Not Yet Exist, pp 40-41
I’m scheduling the discussions so that we have the opportunity to go deep with the ideas and what they bring up for us. Though there are few pages to read, you’ll find lots to think about! You do not need to attend all of the sessions. Please come to whichever you are able, having read and considered the text through that chapter.

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

Sign up — Please email Promise (pbpartner@gmail.com) to indicate which of the four discussions you plan to join and to receive the emails with the links to the Zoom calls. To participate in the first discussion, contact me by today, Friday, January 18!

Announcements

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation tonight about COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them.

Eugene Friends Meeting is offering a special presentation by Dalit Baum, PhD, who serves as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Economic Activism Director. The focus of her work is on Human Rights. The presentation will be at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, on Sunday, February 3, 2019, from 5-6:30 pm. Doors open at 4:45. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

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

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

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

Pacific Yearly Meeting is accepting applications to fill the full-time position of Youth Programs Coordinator. The role of the Youth Programs Coordinator is to enhance the spiritual development and nurture of youth (“youth” being defined as children, teens, and young adults) and intergenerational community within the Yearly Meeting. The full position announcement, job description, and application process are posted on the PYM website, pacificyearlymeeting.org. The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by February 15, 2019.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting seeks a Development Director, who is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and securing new and ongoing gifts from individuals and foundations in support of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s (BYM) ministries and programs. The Development Director builds relationships and affinity for BYM and for the future of the Religious Society of Friends throughout the Yearly Meeting. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant and successful fundraising experience. Click here for more information.

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

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Community
 
Abuse Prevention Policy

The abuse prevention task force has put together a first draft of an abuse prevention policy; if you have specific experience in crafting and implementing abuse prevention policies, we would value your expertise as we prepare to present this first draft. Please contact Mark Pratt-Russum at mark@westhillfriends.org
 
Announcing the Sierra-Cascades Book Club!

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

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

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

Dates – 7 to 8:30 pm via Zoom Video Conference
  • Wednesday, January 23 — Ch 1: New Questions to Old Problems, pp 6-13
  • Tuesday, February 5 — Ch 2: A Convergent Model of Renewal, pp 14-25
  • Wednesday, February 20 — Ch 3: Four Features of Convergent Renewal, pp 26-39
  • Monday, March 4 — Ch 4: Conclusion: Building a Community That Does Not Yet Exist, pp 40-41
I’m scheduling the discussions so that we have the opportunity to go deep with the ideas and what they bring up for us. Though there are few pages to read, you’ll find lots to think about! You do not need to attend all of the sessions. Please come to whichever you are able, having read and considered the text through that chapter.

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

Sign up — Please email Promise (pbpartner@gmail.com) to indicate which of the four discussions you plan to join and to receive the emails with the links to the Zoom calls. To participate in the first discussion, contact me by Friday, January 18. 
 
Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering

In April 2018, Quaker men from churches and meetings through the Northwest gathered to share our stories and celebrate how the Spirit is working in our lives. We had time for quiet reflection, group sessions, worship, and lots of one-on-one conversations. We ended up making new friends while building bridges across different traditions.

Please join us at beautiful Camp Tilikum during the last weekend in March for our second gathering as we once again “find our way” within ourselves and with each other. Our 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information.
 
 

 

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

9:30-10 Coffee and Fellowship

10-10:50 Worship

11-12:25 Discussion run by Task Force, (What is God Calling us to do?)

12:30-1:30 Lunch (Provided by West Hills by donation)

1:30-1:45 Activity

1:45-3:45 Business meeting

3:50-4:50 Committee Meetings/Workshop

5 Sack Dinner (Provided by West Hills by donation)


Announcements

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Click here for the full schedule and instructions for registration.

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

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

Baltimore Yearly Meeting seeks a Development Director, who is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and securing new and ongoing gifts from individuals and foundations in support of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s (BYM) ministries and programs. The Development Director builds relationships and affinity for BYM and for the future of the Religious Society of Friends throughout the Yearly Meeting. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant and successful fundraising experience. Click here for more information.

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

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

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

Are you considering going to the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) or American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) gatherings this spring? We want to make we are staying in touch with anyone going on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends and to help them apply to the traveling fund for financial assistance if needed. If you are considering going, please email the clerks at clerks@scymf.org
 
Social Justice and Action

As Friends, we are at our best when we live the testimonies fully with faith and courage; when we embrace our faith and practice to advocate for truth, justice and peace. Join this conversation to explore how we, as Quaker religious educators, can prepare young Friends to discern, to act and to lead.  

Join one of the January Conversation Circles on January 22 or January 24. 
You can see the full set of scheduled conversations here. Registration is required. Click here to see the full announcement.
 


 

 

Last fall, we had a powerful discussion at  Eugene Friends in SCYMF’s quarterly meeting on “Who is God calling us to be?” Here are elements that kept coming up in the discussion:
  • radical hospitality to others, especially young people, marginalized people, those who are hurting
  • the implications of following Christ
  • the ways we treat each other – with integrity, respect, grace, joy
  • celebrating what we have done so far
  • discerning the work yet to be done
We are inviting you and your church – and SCYMF individual members via video conference – to hold a threshing meeting before February 16th to reflect on the question “What is God calling us to do?” A threshing meeting will help you know how the Spirit is moving in you and others in your church about the theme. It will also enrich the discussion when we are gathered as a yearly meeting for Quarterly sessions  February 16th at West Hills Friends.

We’re offering queries that you can use open up the topic:
  1. What really pulls at your heart? What about SCYMF makes you smile?
  2. What/how do we work together? … and with others outside of SCYMF?
  3. What do we already know how to do? 
  4. What are we – SCYMF – doing better together than we would as individuals, or than as individual churches? Do any specific ministries, services, activities, or spiritual nurture come to mind?
  5. Who needs those things that we can do?   
  6. What do we bring from where we were before SCYMF? What do we miss from where we were?
  7. What do you wish we could/would do? What are we in the process of learning? What do we need to learn?
Traditionally, a threshing session is held in open worship – all who are gathered listen to the Spirit regarding a question or issue; no decision or minute is required. We encourage you to guide your church in the threshing process with a format that inspires you, that welcomes a variety of styles, and that gets everyone participating.

Here are some ideas:

FREE WRITE: Start the threshing meeting with free writing. Provide paper and pens and ask participants to take 10 minutes to write down everything that comes to mind on the queries. No self-censorship, just keep the pen moving. Afterward, they might share with a partner or small group some of what came up in their writing, then bring some of those responses to the whole group. 

VISUAL EXPRESSION: Provide a table with various art supplies like markers, crayons, collage materials. Invite participants to create a visual response to the query using shapes, color, doodles. Art skills not required! Consider offering three-dimensional materials like clay and playdough, or natural materials like stones, pinecones, etc. Children’s toys like blocks and dolls can also help us to see and create in new ways. Then share in small groups. Learning about your sense of the query comes in explaining the process of creation in response to it (rather than having a finished product). — Or ask participants to work in small groups, and use the materials together to create a response, then share it with the whole gathering.

GALLERY: Write each query on the top of one large easel-size sheet of paper and post them on different walls or in different sections of the room. Each participant has a marker or crayon. In companionable silence, the participants move around the room to each query and “talk back” to it, writing comments and questions to the query or to others’ responses. When time is up, give folks time to return to all of the sheets and see how the “conversation” continued after their comment. — As a next step, group the participants and give one sheet to each group. Ask them to discuss the responses to the query. What do they notice? What do they wonder? Then each group shares a summary or highlights of their discussion.

PARTNER LISTENING: Everyone finds a partner, ideally someone that they do not know well. The facilitator reads one query. One partner speaks to the other on the query for 3 minutes, the other listens and holds space. Then switch roles. Afterward, move to find another partner with whom you listen/share using the same format.

We hope you’ll be creative. If a format energizes you as the facilitator, then that energy will be passed to the group. If you’d like to talk more about any of these suggestions — or brainstorm others — please get in touch with Promise Partner (North Seattle) at pbpartner@gmail.com. She’d love to support you!

If you are an independent member of Sierra-Cascades and/or live at a distance from a church and would like to participate, please email Jim Teeters at  jim.ata@comcast.net   He’s a member of East Hill Friends. He has a special concern for gathering individual members for this question and for fellowship and worship, too. 

Questions? Suggestions? Ideas? Contact Judy Maurer at judypdx@gmail.com

Discussion Task Force
Judy Maurer, Clerk (Camas) - judypdx@gmail.com
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
Promise Partner (North Seattle)
Julie Peyton (West Hills)
Sue Scott (Eugene)
Jim Teeters (East Hill)

Announcements

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

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

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

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

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

If you have an announcement you’d like to have included in the next Bulletin, please send it to newsletter@scymf.org.
 
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Life
 
What is God calling us to do?
 
The follow up question, which we will discuss at the February quarterly meeting, is “What is God calling us to do?
 
The task force for this discussion invites each Sierra-Cascades church to hold a threshing meeting before February 16th to reflect, discern, and listen around this question. These meetings help you know how the Spirit is moving in you and others in your church about the issue. It will also enrich the discussion when we are gathered as a yearly meeting in February.
 
A threshing meeting is about listening to God, oneself, and others gathered; it’s not a meeting to decide and bring a minute. Time is short, especially given the holidays, so please set a date soon that fits your church.

Click here to read more about this discussion.
 
 
 

 

As any who have attempted to de-clutter their life know, simplicity can be complicated. It involves tackling not only the accumulation of stuff—those bins of college syllabi, old magazines, childhood treasures—but extra tasks we’ve taken on, organizations we’ve joined, the demands other people make on us, and all the clutter in our minds.

Recently on a meditational walk I found myself repeating a simple prayer: “You are my life. You are my life.” It was as though God was reeling me in, bringing me back to the basic simplicity of soul from which all else flows. I found myself asking, with the psalmist, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire beside you.”

True simplicity begins in the heart. It flows from a life oriented to the source of all life, from the deep knowledge that in God alone we “live and move and have our being.”

As I walked that trail, I began to affirm, “Above all relationships and roles—spouse, parent, grandparent, friend, minister—you are my life. Above all I possess or hold on to for security—my home, my books, my insurance policies, my investments—you are my life. Above all the intangibles I cling to—my health, my education, my achievements, my talents, my rights, my dreams—above all this, you are my life.” And I found myself praying, “Oh Lord, let it be. Change my heart. Keep reeling me into yourself.”

I am sensing that only when we live from the center of a life oriented to God can we move out freely into our world as God’s agents of reconciliation and peace.

Nancy Thomas, adapted from the 2012 Daily Reader

Announcements

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

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

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

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

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

If you have an announcement you’d like to have included in the next Bulletin, please send it to newsletter@scymf.org.
 
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Voices
 
What is God calling us to do?
 
The follow up question, which we will discuss at the February quarterly meeting, is “What is God calling us to do?
 
The task force for this discussion invites each Sierra-Cascades church to hold a threshing meeting before February 16th to reflect, discern, and listen around this question. These meetings help you know how the Spirit is moving in you and others in your church about the issue. It will also enrich the discussion when we are gathered as a yearly meeting in February.
 
A threshing meeting is about listening to God, oneself, and others gathered; it’s not a meeting to decide and bring a minute. Time is short, especially given the holidays, so please set a date soon that fits your church.

Click here to read more about this discussion.
 
 
 


FCNL wants SCYMF voices

 
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has carried Quaker values and concerns into the halls of Congress for the past 75 years. Its professional lobbying staff, as well as its thousands of active members, work to represent the views of Friends on such issues as peace building, military spending, gun violence, immigration, Native American concerns, criminal justice, climate change, and economic equity. Lobbying priorities are agreed upon using a discernment process that begins with input from local Friends meetings and individuals, in the spring of even-numbered years (some SCYMF meetings participated in this work this year). From those thousands of proposals, the organization discerns a focus on around ten major issues, which are approved by the General Committee in the fall of that year, to guide FCNL’s work for the next two years. The legislative priorities for the next two years, for the 116th Congress, were agreed upon at the recent annual meeting in early December, and may be found at the FCNL website: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/legislative-priorities-for-the-116th-congress-1760.
 
Shortly after the formation of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, FCNL invited us to contribute up to six members for the General Committee, even though SCYMF has not yet made a decision about affiliating with FCNL. Currently I (Tom Stave) am SCYMF’s only formally designated member, so there is room for five more.  Derek Lamson and I, both of Eugene Friends Church, attended this year’s meeting in Washington, D.C., November 29-December 2. The annual meeting was designed by FCNL clerks, program planning committee (thank you, Dove John) and staff, not only to facilitate the discernment process, but also to brief participants more extensively on the work of the organization and the substance of the issues. 
 
The first two days were given over to FCNL’s “Public Policy Institute,” which focused on the lobbying process, and culminated with actual visits to the offices of Senators and Representatives. Derek and I spoke with staff members for Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley and Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4). We were in the company of other Oregon Friends from North Pacific YM. The particular point of our visits was to urge these members to support a version of the Agriculture authorization bill (the “Farm Bill”) that did NOT include more stringent work requirements for eligibility for “SNAP” benefits. SNAP is the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as “food stamps.” You may have read in recent days that the version we lobbied for prevailed.
 
If you are interested in following or joining the work of FCNL, here are some suggestions:
 

 


Announcements

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

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

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

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

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Light
 
What is God calling us to do?
 
The follow up question, which we will discuss at the February quarterly meeting, is “What is God calling us to do?
 
The task force for this discussion invites each Sierra-Cascades church to hold a threshing meeting before February 16th to reflect, discern, and listen around this question. These meetings help you know how the Spirit is moving in you and others in your church about the issue. It will also enrich the discussion when we are gathered as a yearly meeting in February.
 
A threshing meeting is about listening to God, oneself, and others gathered; it’s not a meeting to decide and bring a minute. Time is short, especially given the holidays, so please set a date soon that fits your church.

Click here to read more about this discussion.
 
Coordinating Committee
 
The Coordinating Committee met on Monday, November 26, 2018, with the following agenda:
  • travel fund
  • child abuse prevention
  • ServantKeeper
  • committee reports
 
 

16

Finding peace
demands losing selfishness,
no more striving.
Instead of struggling
for control,
get quiet; seek
the Eternal Light –
our Source.
All else is dust.

Fail to find this Source,
and you’ll wander in
confusion.
You’ll miss heaven.

Gentle compassion leads
to humility, to dignity.
Surrounded by the
Spirit of Love,
you will face life
and death victoriously.

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019.

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

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What is God calling us to do?
Invitation to hold threshing meetings in preparation for February 16th quarterly meeting
 
by Judy Maurer
 
I was moved by the discussion at the October quarterly meeting about “What does God want us to be?” We listened as person after person stood and spoke with messages of grace, wisdom, sacrifice, openness, faith. The discussion itself had remarkable unity; one of the threads was the implications of following Christ.
 
The follow up question, which we will discuss at the February quarterly meeting, is “What is God calling us to do?
 
The task force for this discussion invites each Sierra-Cascades church to hold a threshing meeting before February 16th to reflect, discern, and listen around this question. These meetings help you know how the Spirit is moving in you and others in your church about the issue. It will also enrich the discussion when we are gathered as a yearly meeting in February.
 
A threshing meeting is about listening to God, oneself, and others gathered; it’s not a meeting to decide and bring a minute. Time is short, especially given the holidays, so please set a date soon that fits your church.

By December 21st, the discussion task force will share queries, guidelines, and possible formats you can use for the threshing meetings so that it will be a positive, inspiring experience. If you’d like, a member of the task force can come and facilitate the discussion. Churches who are still deciding whether to join Sierra-Cascades or not may participate and request a facilitator. Independent members or members who are at a distance can by participate by zoom or other methods. One of the task force members, Jim Teeters at East Hill, has a special concern for nurturing discussions among isolated or individual members of SCYMF.

I’m excited to see what the threshing sessions bring forth! In my own prayer and reflection on the question, my husband Johan alerted me to a passage in Ephesians 4. I’m intrigued that so many of the issues in the question “What is God calling us to do?” are in that passage:
 
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

The questions in the verses include:
  • “What shall we - Christ’s people -  do to equip ourselves?”
  • “What will be our works of service?”
  • “What will we do to build up the body of Christ?”
  • “How do we help each other increase in the knowledge of the Son of God?”
  • If Christ has given SCYMF apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, how do we  nurture them? How do we help them - us - attain the whole measure of the fullness of Christ?”
I especially love the last bit of this passage – about how WE become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. It’s not me or you alone, it’s us. And it’s one of the many scriptures that unite social justice and faith  –  reflecting the many times Jesus called his audiences to sacrificial social justice. 

The question before us at quarterly meeting will be “How do we begin in the goal of reaching, as one body, the whole measure of the fullness of Christ?” 

It is a tall order – and we are honored and delighted to be engaging with you about it!  Come join us on February 16th at West Hills Friends Church in Portland.
 
Task Force members:
Judy Maurer, Clerk (Camas) - judypdx@gmail.com
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
Promise Partner (North Seattle)
Julie Peyton (West Hills)
Sue Scott (Eugene)
Jim Teeters (East Hill)

Announcements

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019.

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

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Bulletin 12.07.2018

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Growth
 
Get Away Give Away 2019
 
From Clyde Parker: It has been my hope that SCYMF churches can find ways to be together, minister together and build relationships. Our spring trip of 35 years seems to me to be the very kind of ministry that could do just that. Eugene Friends is committed to making this trip open to a group of up to 65 folks. We can facilitate transportation and the coordination of the project if local meetings will promote it within their fellowships.

Click here to view the GAGA Info Sheet.
 
Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly
 
From Marge Abbott: my new book Walk Humbly, Serve Boldly: Modern Quakers as Everyday Prophets is available from Inner Light Books <www.innerlightbooks.com> as an ebook as well as in hardcopy and paperback. 

In this book, I lay out one vision of what a prophetic community might look like among Friends, recognizing fully how often we fall short and how our visions differ. Yet I have hope that in reaching far we might at least in part demonstrate what it means to live in the city of God. My work has been enriched by the many Friends from around the world who responded to my queries about their experience of the prophetic ministry, focusing on how they know and respond to the guidance of the Inward Light and looking to what underpins their witness. The book is enlivened by their words. I hope this work might be useful for opening conversations and encouraging others to pay attention to those often gentle nudges that can bring us to awareness of our callings and help reshape our lives.

I've also included a set of queries for each chapter, making it easy to use for groups. My final query reads: "Can you imagine Friends as a band of everyday prophets? What does this look like in your imagination? What are the preconditions that would allow this to happen? What might be your first step in becoming part of this band?"
 
 

Years ago, my vegetable garden was huge. I planted and watered, thinned and weeded. I worked like my family’s meals depended on it. Today my garden is a humble raised bed approximately 3' x 12', but I still get great pleasure from gardening tasks, planting to harvest.

I have to admit I’m most engaged in the first two to three weeks after planting. I can’t wait to see little green plantlets rise up through the soil. But after the initial excitement of germination, comes a lot of work. Sometimes we tire of weeding or forget to water. Or some nasty fungus attacks our plants, and they nearly die.

Our spiritual life can mirror plant growth drama. We love beginnings – the baptisms, the promises and vows, the births. But then the routine and hard work wear us down. Maybe we experience an attack that blindsides us and requires replanting. Perhaps we fail to take in the nourishment of prayer and meditation. We get busy and neglect our garden.

Growth proceeds through developmental stages. We have to throw in for the long haul and be patient. We can’t force a seedling to bear fruit, but we can faithfully tend it as it grows into maturity. If we’re faithful, we’ll reap the reward.

Our spiritual health reflects the faithful work we put into it. Our well-being suffers when we become complacent, but we thrive when we persevere in the ways of the Master Gardener, trusting God for the harvest.

Jan Pierce, adapted from Fruit of the Vine



Announcements

The annual Peace Through Pieces sale is tomorrow, Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at North Seattle Friends Church in the Fireside Room. The sale benefits the survivors of trauma and sexual violence. Items for sale are handmade in Burundi and Congo by the women served by this ministry. Click here for more information about the sale.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019.

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

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Bulletin 11.30.2018

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Renew
 
Visit from Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting

From Lorraine Watson: On Sunday, we were delighted to welcome Wesley Weima from Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting and Thousand Islands Friends Meeting in Kingston, Ontario. Wesley is a representative to Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting and they met recently in Victoria, B.C. Wesley joined us in Meeting for Worship on Sunday morning. In addition, he visited our quilting ministry on Monday before we had lunch together. Wesley is here on inter-visitation and specifically wanted to visit a Meeting in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. While he had hoped to meet with clerks or Young Friends, he was delighted to visit with those of us gathered in Meeting. I told him that should he find it possible to return for annual sessions, we would be honored to have him visit.

I learned a couple of interesting facts. Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting is separate from Canadian Yearly Meeting. Also, Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting is the oldest Convergent Meeting, having joined together in 1931 following an earlier split. Wesley has been following our split from Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church and formation as SCYMF. It was a joy to share additional parts of our story with him. Since he couldn’t meet with the larger group of Friends in SCYMF, I wanted to pass on his greetings and tell of his visit.
 
Way of the Spirit Retreats

Several SCYMF are alumni of Way of the Spirit, a retreat and learning program from the wisdom of the Quaker way. Read participant comments on our website, with details on the the start of the 2019 retreat cycle, February 15-18 in Mt. Angel, Oregon: https://goodnewsassoc.org/spirit/  Apply now. 

Free, online Show N Tell meetings with pictures and stories can help to discern if Way of the Spirit might be a fit for you. The same content will be offered twice in December through Zoom.com (no account needed). Preregister through one of the links below.  
Get Away Give Away 2019

From Clyde Parker: It has been my hope that SCYMF churches can find ways to be together, minister together and build relationships. Our spring trip of 35 years seems to me to be the very kind of ministry that could do just that. Eugene Friends is committed to making this trip open to a group of up to 65 folks. We can facilitate transportation and the coordination of the project if local meetings will promote it within their fellowships.

Click here to view the GAGA Info Sheet.
 
 

From C. Wess Daniels:

My new eBook “Remixing Faith: Seeds of Renewal” is now available for (free) download as an eBook or a .PDF.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to refine and summarize some of my thinking as it pertains to the concept of convergent Friends, remix, and renewing faith traditions and share it with Friends in a public talk. In that talk, I worked to distill down some of the ideas I think are most important.

I have put this talk together in ebook form complete with lots of pictures and illustrations and formatting that adds to the reading experience. I wanted to share this with all of you and make it as accessible as possible, so it is free to download. It should work with most modern-day eBook readers and apps. If that doesn’t work for you, I have also turned the talk into a downloadable .PDF.

This eBook is a great entry point into some of the key ideas around convergent Friends, remix, and other concepts found in my book “A Convergent Model of Renewal (or Amazon link).”



Announcements

The annual Peace Through Pieces sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at North Seattle Friends Church in the Fireside Room. The sale benefits the survivors of trauma and sexual violence. Items for sale are handmade in Burundi and Congo by the women served by this ministry. Click here for more information about the sale.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

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

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Bulletin 11.23.2018

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Simplicity
 
Way of the Spirit Retreats

Several SCYMF are alumni of Way of the Spirit, a retreat and learning program from the wisdom of the Quaker way. If you know them, they might use words like “life-changer,” “rebirth” or “got me grounded.” They may describe enjoying “a feast of spiritual food” or “growing confidence in God’s guidance.”

Read more participant comments on our website, with details on the the start of the 2019 retreat cycle, February 15-18 in Mt. Angel, Oregon: https://goodnewsassoc.org/spirit/  Be immersed in Spirit with group support and topics like: “self” and God, discernment, varieties of prayer, spiritual giftedness, leadings, spiritual accompaniment, and everyday prophets. Apply now. 

Free, online Show N Tell meetings with pictures and stories can help to discern if Way of the Spirit might be a fit for you. The same content will be offered twice in December through Zoom.com (no account needed). You can use your phone for audio only, or connect visually with a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Preregister through one of the links below.  
Get Away Give Away 2019

From Clyde Parker: It has been my hope that SCYMF churches can find ways to be together, minister together and build relationships. Our spring trip of 35 years seems to me to be the very kind of ministry that could do just that. Eugene Friends is committed to making this trip open to a group of up to 65 folks. We can facilitate transportation and the coordination of the project if local meetings will promote it within their fellowships.

Click here to view the GAGA Info Sheet.
 
AFSC Strategic Plan

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. By using a consultative process, they hope to envision a plan together that will inspire the organization to a successful second century. Quakers, as the foundational group in the organization, are a key part of the discussion.

Responses from local churches and monthly meetings will be shared with AFSC.

Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed
 
Discussion Task Force

From the Nominating Committee: We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” We will be discussing this at our next Area Gathering, February 16, 2019. We need volunteers for this task force. If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and home meeting or individual affiliation to nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
Simplicity is not just a move to have less stuff; it’s a way of seeing and loving all created things. Much like purity of heart, simplicity is a way of seeing through God’s eyes, a way of recognizing the sacred in all things. Such a view makes one loathe to waste the resources at one's disposal. Simplicity is always a corollary to purity of heart and cannot be separated from that virtue.

Since simplicity recognizes the divine origin in all things, it moves us to love all things
according to the Creator’s purpose for them, even those that are manufactured from the Earth’s resources. We find that purpose for created things by being transformed so that we see all things through the eyes of God.

Simplicity sees wealth through God’s eyes as well. Both the rich and the poor encumber
themselves with money-making ventures at great cost to their families, their lives (often devoid of joy), and the chance for a meaningful experience of church as community. Thomas Hamm puts it very well: “Luxury is a contagious and killing disease. It creeps into all classes and types of people. The poorest people often exceed others in their ability to indulge their appetite. And the rich frequently wallow in those things that please the lusts of their eye and flesh and pride of life” (Quakers in America, p. 100).

Lastly, simplicity is a deterrent to war and wasteful disputes that grow out of our desire for
more. As James indicates, when one puts material things above love, really bad things happen. Greed and covetousness kill the soul and tend to block our love for created things and dull our ears to God’s instruction.

Stan Thornburg, adapted from the 2012 Daily Reader


Announcements

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is delighted to announce the availability of the new Young Adult Friends Development Fund. Please visit the World Office website to read the case statementinvitation to apply and download the application form. These documents are also available in Spanish. For questions, please feel free to write to Susanna Mattingly.

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

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Bulletin 11.16.2018

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Calling
 
AFSC Strategic Plan

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. By using a consultative process, they hope to envision a plan together that will inspire the organization to a successful second century. Quakers, as the foundational group in the organization, are a key part of the discussion.

Responses from local churches and monthly meetings will be shared with AFSC.

Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed
 
Young Adult Friends Development Fund

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is delighted to announce the availability of the new Young Adult Friends Development Fund. The fund has been created from Quaker Youth Pilgrimage monies, and we hope it will generate similarly powerful experiences of deep spiritual connection and encouragement for Young Adult Friends across all four FWCC Sections. 

Please visit the World Office website to read the case statementinvitation to apply and download the application form. These documents are also available in Spanish. For questions, please feel free to write to Susanna Mattingly.
 
Reports from World Quaker Day (FWCC)

Quakers around the world joined together for the 5th World Quaker Day on Sunday 7 October. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories drew us into our shared experience of worship, and celebrated our diversity of expression. We are grateful for the wonderful collection of reports, photos and videos we have received already. Reading the reports from churches and meetings across many different countries and sections, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. 

Visit www.worldquakerday.org for more information. You can still submit reports about what your meeting, church or group did on the day by emailing submit@worldquakerday.org.
 
Discussion Task Force

From the Nominating Committee: We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” We will be discussing this at our next Area Gathering, February 16, 2019. We need volunteers for this task force. If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and home meeting or individual affiliation to nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
How do you define wellness? When you think about your physical, economic, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual experiences, how do they contribute to your wellness? Are you in need of healing? What about your neighbor?

In some instances, healing comes through a reversal of situations or diagnosis, but healing can also come through acceptance of the self that emerges in the midst of a difficult situation or diagnosis. 

When Jesus healed ten men with leprosy, he acted as both rabbi and friend. He invited these men who had lived in isolation into relationship with himself, with God, and with their communities. Yet, because of the way this healing exchange unfolded, Jesus’ community also expanded.

Suffering is deepened through isolation, but healing occurs through dynamic connection, often challenging our own ideas of inclusion.

Rachel Jordan, Camas Friends


Announcements

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

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Bulletin 11.09.2018

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Calling
 
From the Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee met on Saturday, October 20, 2018, with the following agenda:
  • membership
  • quarterly gatherings
  • budgeting guidelines and a process for reimbursing expenses
  • child abuse prevention, including minimum standards
Click here to read the minutes from that meeting.
 
From the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee met on Saturday, October 20, 2018, with the following agenda:
  • Nominating Committee members
  • Business meeting report of new members
  • Representatives to the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
 
Discussion Task Force

From the Nominating Committee: We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” We will be discussing this at our next Area Gathering, February 16, 2019. We need volunteers for this task force. If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and home meeting or individual affiliation to nominating@scymf.org.
 
 

Religious Education Resources for the Holidays

 

November 13 & 15:
Friendly Resources for the Holiday Season
 

As the Christmas season approaches, we're bombarded with messages from the world around us. How can we, in Friends meetings and schools, help Quaker families and children celebrate the season in a spirit of joy and simplicity? Join the conversation to share and learn about resources for the holidays with your Quaker religious education colleagues.

Facilitator: Sita Diehl, QREC Steering Circle, Madison (WI) Friends Meeting, Northern Yearly Meeting

Queries for the Conversation:

  • How do we approach these celebrations as Friends?
  • What can we share with RE colleagues from our experiences?
  • What can we share with families in our communities?
Registration is required. After registration you will receive an email with login information:

Tuesday, November 13
1:00 PM
 Eastern Time
(12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT)

Register HERE

Thursday, November 15
8:00 PM
 Eastern Time
(7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT)

Register HERE



Announcements

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

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Light
 
From the Clerks

Affiliation Representatives
This winter and spring, we are sending out representatives to Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), and American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). We want people to go to these gatherings and bring information around several questions:
  • What does this organization do?
  • What are their values?
  • What are the practical steps to affiliation?
  • What are the commitments work-wise and financially?
The meetings are as follows:
  • FCNL in November in Washington D.C.
  • FWCC in March in Kansas City, Missouri
  • AFSC in April in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
If you are interested in going and representing SCYMF, please email the clerks at clerks@scymf.org.

February Task Force
We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” then lead a larger discussion around the question at our quarterly gathering in February. If you would like to be a part of this, please contact the nominating committee.
 
Membership Queries
We have received several membership requests from people outside our geographical region including places like Montana, Boston, and Kenya. Keep considering how we want to handle these requests and we will discuss the topic at a future gathering.
  • Do we have a calling to be a spiritual home to Friends from other regions who find themselves in need of a faith community that is LGBTQ+ friendly, Quaker, and Christ-centered? 
  • Do we have Friends who are willing and able to have a traveling ministry to these Friends and explore the possibility of, and help set up, a local meeting? 
  • What do we do with Friends desiring dual affiliation with other Friends groups?
Recording Workshops
The Nurture of Ministry Committee wants to send two people to each meeting to hold workshops on the new recording process between January and May. Jan Wood needs to know from each meeting when to schedule your workshop so they can come. When workshops are scheduled, we will post the times and locations in the newsletter so individual yearly meeting members can attend as well.

Quarterly Meeting Minutes
We are gathering the minutes from quarterly gathering and they will be available soon.
 

Reedwood Friends Celebrates 125 Years

This Sunday, NOVEMBER 4, 2018, Reedwood will celebrate 125 years of active service to the Portland community. Worship service at 10 a.m., followed by a meal and more history of this Friends (Quaker) church from its beginning in 1893 to 2018. Everyone is invited to join us for the celebration at
 
2901 SE Steele St., Portland OR 97202, 503-234-5017

The meal will consist of pork roast, baked vegetables, tossed green salad and chocolate cake. Please RSVP to REEDWOOD.ORG with the number coming so we will have enough food.
 
Discussion Task Force

From the Nominating Committee: We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” We will be discussing this at our next Area Gathering, February 16, 2019. We need volunteers for this task force. If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and home meeting or individual affiliation to nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
“All of us at the table came to this moment from very different paths. We were drawn together by Truth and Love – the searching for them and longing for them. The common ground that we hold dear is our listening to the present leading of the present Christ – right here, right now. It guides our actions and change and growth and everything we do. It includes listening very carefully to the experience of those in our midst, especially people who have experience of being shut out, especially if we haven’t had that experience.”
 
So began Catherine Olson’s description of the comments at her table in the “What is God calling us to be?” discussion at SCYMF’s quarterly meeting. One hundred and five people attended the event at Eugene Friends Church on October 20th. I found the discussion energizing; it was full of hope, inspiration, joy, wisdom. 
 
Sue Scott of Eugene had planned it all as a “Conversation Cafe.” I was part of her little task force, but I mostly just cheered her on. In the last half hour that day, the table hosts described the discussions at their tables. Remarkably, their comments generally had these elements:
  • a radical invitation to others, especially the young, the marginalized, the hurting 
  • the why of it all – Christ
  • how we treat each other – with integrity, respect, grace, joy.
  • celebration of what we have done so far 
  • the work yet to be done
As I go over my notes, I was struck by how much those at Catherine Olson’s table talked about so many of these things. The  rest of  Catherine’s summary follows. I give it to you as an example of what the entire discussion at quarterly meeting was like:
 
“It’s also the act of showing up as a lively quarterly meeting, with enthusiasm. Generosity – showing up with generosity of finances and showing support for people who are local, who are far around the world – that speaks very powerfully into many people’s lives. 
 
“Curiosity and discovery are also our shared characteristics. And the realization that we are distinctly Quaker, and being able to celebrate that and define that together, as a body, thinking about in the future.
 
“At our table we all kind of jumped when someone said, ‘I want to be able to be proud to say that I am a Christian.’ I was like YESSSS!!! I WANT THAT!!! So apparently that resonated with me, too.  And we are on that path, toward accepting instead of punishing/dismissing/judging individuals and groups. We need to create safe spaces. 
 
“We need to keep following that present, relevant voice of Christ with this amazing, life-giving enthusiasm that we have today. We need to define ourselves by what we are, not what we are AGAINST. It requires a lot of continued healing on an individual and a corporate basis. It requires having faith that we can do that healing. It also requires realizing that the healing never stops  - it's not like DONE, CHECK. Instead it’s seeing how healing continues until the emotions pop up and we see how we deal with them. It’s about developing skills, then being able to stand with others – in a very real way – who bring their own pain. 
 
“Many of us are drawn here by people in community. That is encouraging and should remain at the center of our hearts as we gather.”
 
Thank you to Catherine and her table! Thanks also to Sarah Katreen Hoggatt who facilitated the discussion. A special thanks to the table hosts, and to all who participated. 
 
The next query for discussion is “What is God calling us to do?” Is it social justice? Spiritual nurture? Youth programs? All of the above, or something else entirely? What is the Holy Spirit whispering to us about it? The discussion will be part of the next SCYMF quarterly meeting February 16th at West Hills Friends. Come join us.

from Judy Maurer


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

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Bulletin 10.26.2018

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Breathe
 

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Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends has a public Facebook page and a private or closed Facebook group. This week, Judy Maurer posted photos from our gathering in Eugene to the private group.

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Click the Join button to be part of the closed group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/scymfriends/ - and see the photos Judy posted there! Because this is a closed group, your request to join must be approved by an administrator.
 
 
 
5

Life breathes,
is ever changing.
When we get stuck
in our prejudices,
we miss truth and beauty.
Best to empty yourself –
seek silence and balance.

Our world serves up
both wonder and danger.
The Spirit-filled one
judges not,
offers love to both
saints and sinners alike.

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

If you are in the Portland area (or would like to be), consider joining Quaker Voluntary Service for a pancake breakfast fund-raiser at Multnomah Friends Meeting from 9–11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. Find more information on Facebook and RSVP here!

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

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.

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Bulletin 10.19.2018

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Quarterly Gathering in Eugene

Come join us tomorrow, Saturday, October 20, 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?”

10:00 – 10:30 am Derek Lamson and Ruba Byrd leading music and open worship
10:30 – 11:30 am  Dove John will present a workshop for the Equity and Inclusion Committee
11:30 – 12:00 pm  Get moving! Intergenerational scavenger hunt with Tom & Vicki Stave
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)
1:00 – 2:00 pm  SCYMF committees meet 
2:10 – 3:50 pm Worship through Business
4:00 – 5:30 pm  Discussion: 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,  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.
 

5:30 pm   Simple meal provided by Eugene Friends (donation requested)

Child care will be provided, except during meals and the scavenger hunt

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

William Penn’s birthday is October 24th, and many Quakers will be celebrating the amazing good he shared, while also shining a light on places where, as a colonialist, his vision and actions contributed to oppression. 

Penn’s influence goes well beyond the Quaker community – Thomas Jefferson called William Penn “the greatest lawmaker the world has produced.”  Jefferson borrowed from Penn in writing the Declaration of Independence. Additionally, the United Nations can trace its roots back to Penn. His “Essay Towards the Present and Future Peace in Europe” described the prototype for a league of nations promoting peace through diplomacy. That is why United Nations Day is observed on William Penn’s birthday.

Penn participated in the enslavement of Africans and their descendants. He was a slave owner at his Pennsbury estate. The land upon which he founded Pennsylvania – the result of a land grant from the King of England – was already home to Native Americans, including the Lenape.

Audrey Greenhall, adapted from QuakerBooks
 


Announcements

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church tomorrow, Saturday, 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.

If you are in the Portland area (or would like to be), consider joining Quaker Voluntary Service for a pancake breakfast fund-raiser at Multnomah Friends Meeting from 9–11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. Find more information on Facebook and RSVP here!

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.

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