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Bulletin 07.13.2018

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

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

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

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

Childcare will be provided.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bulletin 07.06.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to read the full epistle.
 

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

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

Click here to view the minute from Baltimore Yearly Meeting.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

44

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

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

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

From Because of This by Jim Teeters


Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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Bulletin 06.29.2018

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Community
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to read epistles from various Friends gatherings.
 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Andy Henry, adapted from Fruit of the Vine
 


Announcements

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

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

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

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

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Grateful
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cherice Bock, Presiding Clerk

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

Click here to read the epistle on our website.
 


Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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Faithful
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilbur Wood, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


Announcements

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

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

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

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Beginning
 

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

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

 

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

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

40

Always start
at the beginning,
let go of pride.

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

Jim Teeters in Because of This


Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

John Price, Eugene


Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

Matt Boswell, Camas Friends


Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Annual Sessions

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

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

Cherice Bock
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee

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


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

Friday, May 18th

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

Saturday, May 19th

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

Sunday, May 20th

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



Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Annual Sessions

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

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

Cherice Bock
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee

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


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

Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Space

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee

 

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

Click here to read the full epistle.

 

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

Prayer concerns are kept confidential by members of the committee.

 

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

Bob Henry, adapted from Fruit of the Vine
Announcements

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

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

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

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

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Greetings

 
 
Greetings from IYM
I send greetings on behalf of the Friends of Illinois Yearly Meeting on the occasion of your first yearly meeting sessions this May 18-20, 2018.

We wish that yearly meeting be a time for the Spirit to move among you, with many blessings, and grounding in faith and service.

Click here to read the full letter from Cathy Garra, Presiding Clerk of IYM

 

Greetings from NEYM
I’m heartbroken that I can’t be with you and SCYM Friends myself this year, but we will be sending two Friends from New England Yearly Meeting as traveling companions: Rosemary Zimmermann (who will be visiting Friends in the Northwest for the first time, and has felt a leading to visit you) and Kristina Keefe-Perry (who I know is well known to some Friends out there). Both are grounded Christians, beloved leaders in our yearly meeting, and awesome women. Our clerk, Fritz Weiss, is writing a letter to Sierra Cascades Friends to introduce them. If you haven’t yet received it, it should be coming soon.  

We’re also profoundly grateful for Jan Wood’s visit to lead the retreat for Friends in pastoral ministry in New York and New England Yearly Meetings.

Click here to read the full letter from Noah Merrill, Secretary of NEYM

 

Greetings from FWCC
We send you loving greetings from the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) World Office in London – and from across the world. We extend our best wishes for a full and gathered yearly meeting. We appreciate the yearly meeting’s continuing work of strengthening the Religious Society of Friends at all levels.

With gratitude for the many ways Friends come together, we cherish the fellowship, the sense of belonging, and the unity of Spirit we experience when two or more are gathered in his name. May you cherish the love in each other and the great joy of being a Quaker. We bask in God’s love and in the unity of the Quaker heart.

Click here to read the full letter from Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of FWCC

 
 
Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

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

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
Registration Deadline
Today is the deadline to register for annual sessions! If you haven't already, please send in your registration form, even if you'll only be there part of the time. You can download and fill out the registration form and send it to registrar@scymf.org. https://www.scymfriends.org/events/2018/5/18/annual-sessions-0518-05202018
 

Recording Transfers
Annual sessions are approaching fast! The Recording Task Force would like to encourage any who wish to transfer Recordings/Licenses to Sierra-Cascades to have it minuted by their business meeting or an anchor committee. Send the minute to recording@scymf.org. For the full transfer process, see: https://www.scymfriends.org/process-for-transfers/
 

Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

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

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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Perfection

 
 
Recording Transfers
Annual sessions are approaching fast! The Recording Task Force would like to encourage any who wish to transfer Recordings/Licenses to Sierra-Cascades to have it minuted by their business meeting or an anchor committee. Send the minute to recording@scymf.org. For the full transfer process, see: https://www.scymfriends.org/process-for-transfers/
 
 
A Message from North Shore
I have just this week learned of division in Northwest Yearly Meeting and the formation of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting. From watching QuakerSpeak videos, I have heard the testimony, faith and wisdom of several of your members. I want to offer you my prayers as you embark on this new journey together. You have now concluded your first annual sessions. I hope they were a blessing – in your work, planning, discernment, and fellowship. May you grow closer and closer to our Guide and make a home that welcomes and nurtures many.

In hope and faith,
Paul Kelly
North Shore Friends Meeting (New England Yearly Meeting)

 

Register by May 1
Annual sessions are a month away. This is an important time for committees and working groups to meet in person, spend time in fellowship with one another and with other SCYMF people, and put in some good, focused effort regarding your committee and working group ministries. I hope that you can all make it to annual sessions to participate in your committee meetings and in the other events we will be experiencing together.

If you haven’t already, please register for annual sessions.

Click here to register by: May 1
Annual sessions: May 18-20, Canby Grove Christian Center
Committees meet: 3-5 pm on Friday, May 18

Cherice Bock, clerk

 

Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
  • The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
  • Cultivating Justice, Matt Boswell
  • Being Stewards of God’s Will, Will Brant
  • Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
  • Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
  • Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
  • The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
  • Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert  
 

 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

When I was around sixteen years old, I got my first pair of dressy heels: beautiful blue suede pumps. The first time I wore them, I hobbled and wobbled four blocks to the church, and I can’t imagine what I looked like. But they were precious to me because they were my first ones and signified so much in my life. I felt beautiful when I wore them.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a dream where I looked down and saw blue suede pumps on my feet; my feet and legs were so beautiful – smooth, shapely, and young! I have a very tangible sense that God is preparing me for my future, and while I’m watching my body age in ways that are far from beautiful, God wants me to see that I am really moving toward perfection.

My first thought is to get rid of the inner burden of carrying around stuff – like self-pity, anger, resentment, judgment, or criticism of others. If I can’t let go of these things, I’m not ready to meet him.

No matter what age you are, God is preparing you for your future too. Do those closest to you find you to be cranky and unpleasant? What are you carrying around that keeps you from enjoying this life? Who are you unable to release from judgment, allowing God to love them through you? These get heavier the longer we carry them, and they cripple our souls. Ask God to do a soul-scan for long-time or hidden anger or resentment. And remember that you are moving toward beauty and perfection!

Vivian Thornburg in Fruit of the Vine
Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page. Register by May 1!

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

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

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

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Bulletin 04.20.2018

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Center

 
 
West Hills approves joining SCYMF
On Sunday, April 15, West Hills Friends approved the following minute: “To expand our opportunities for fellowship, service and mutual encouragement, West Hills Friends meeting chooses to join Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.” 

Click here to see more information about any of the congregations that have joined Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting.

 

Register by May 1
Annual sessions are a month away. This is an important time for committees and working groups to meet in person, spend time in fellowship with one another and with other SCYMF people, and put in some good, focused effort regarding your committee and working group ministries. I hope that you can all make it to annual sessions to participate in your committee meetings and in the other events we will be experiencing together.

If you haven’t already, please register for annual sessions.

Click here to register by: May 1
Annual sessions: May 18-20, Canby Grove Christian Center
Committees meet: 3-5 pm on Friday, May 18

Cherice Bock, clerk

 

Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee met last Friday and approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
  • The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
  • Cultivating Justice, Matt Boswell
  • Being Stewards of God’s Will, Will Brant
  • Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
  • Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
  • Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
  • The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
  • Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert  
 


Volunteers for Annual Sessions
We are looking for volunteers to help in several areas during Annual Sessions, May 18-20. Our biggest need is for adults to help with our children’s program. We are looking for several people to volunteer 1-1/2 to 2 hours during the time children’s programming is scheduled. We will need at least one person to assist the children’s programming coordinator, Katherine Spinner, at all times – two people would be preferable. When you volunteer for a shift, please put the hours you are most interested in helping and the age group. For example some of you may prefer not to miss some of business meeting while others may prefer not to miss worship. All childcare volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete abuse prevention training through your local church or meeting. We can assist you if necessary.

We could use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. We are also looking for help with the epistle. Please let our registrar know if you are willing/able to assist. Fill in the information on your registration form. If you have any questions, send an email to registrar@scymf.org

 
 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

 

I attend an unprogrammed worship service. Our benches are arranged in a circle where all eyes face the center. A few weeks ago I arrived late and took one of the few seats left. Someone had obviously set up the benches in a hurry, and instead of a circle, I found myself in the tail section of an oblong. My gaze went to the person across the way, and only by turning my head could I face the center. This position was too tiring to maintain, and I finally gave it up.

It’s strange how disconcerting this proved to be. But God used it to show me how my life was currently so cluttered with activity and stress that I was no longer facing my center, Jesus. I had become a spiritual oblong. I chuckled and began to recenter.

We practice resurrection by keeping our lives centered on the living Lord, both personally and as a faith community. I love the resurrection story of Mary Magdalene in the garden, head down, distraught, grieving, searching for the body of Jesus. When the Lord calls her name, “Mary,” she looks up into his face, and everything becomes centered and whole. Her life recenters. The whole universe realigns itself.

The writer of Hebrews encourages us as communities of believers to get on with our work for the kingdom of God by fixing our eyes on Jesus. Together we remind each other and find courage to do this.

Look upon his face. Stay centered in him. Practice resurrection.
 
Nancy Thomas in Fruit of the Vine
Announcements

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page. Register by May 1!


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

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

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


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

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Spirit

 
 
Register by May 1!
If you are planning to attend Annual Sessions at Canby Grove, please register as soon as possible. You will need to register even if you are only coming during the day or for only part of the time. The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 1.
 

Music for Annual Sessions
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!

Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.

 

Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee met last Friday and approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
  • The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
  • Cultivating Justice, Matt Boswell
  • Being Stewards of God’s Will, Will Brant
  • Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
  • Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
  • Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
  • The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
  • Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert  
 


Volunteers for Annual Sessions
We are looking for volunteers to help in several areas during Annual Sessions, May 18-20. Our biggest need is for adults to help with our children’s program. We are looking for several people to volunteer 1-1/2 to 2 hours during the time children’s programming is scheduled. We will need at least one person to assist the children’s programming coordinator, Katherine Spinner, at all times – two people would be preferable. When you volunteer for a shift, please put the hours you are most interested in helping and the age group. For example some of you may prefer not to miss some of business meeting while others may prefer not to miss worship. All childcare volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete abuse prevention training through your local church or meeting. We can assist you if necessary.

We could use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. We are also looking for help with the epistle. Please let our registrar know if you are willing/able to assist. Fill in the information on your registration form. If you have any questions, send an email to registrar@scymf.org

 
 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

 

14

The Spirit of Life is
unseen,
unheard,
untouchable.

What a mystery we face.
We cannot grasp that
eternal,
unfathomable
Source.

Yet if we become
quiet,
humble,
fully present,
we will
Know.

Jim Teeters in Because of This
Announcements

Each year, Creation Justice Ministries offers Christian education materials to equip faith communities to protect, restore, and more rightly share God’s creation. Our 2018 theme is “Sense of Place” and offers insights about living in harmony with local ecosystems and watersheds, rightly sharing places with a diversity of peoples, and respecting the history of your place. Click here for more information about and resources for Earth Day Sunday.

Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18-20, 2018. More information at our Events Page. Register by May 1!


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

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

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


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Music

 
 
Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee met last Friday and approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
  • The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
  • Cultivating Justice, Matt Boswell
  • Being Stewards of God’s Will, Will Brant
  • Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
  • Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
  • Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
  • The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
  • Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert  
 


Volunteers for Annual Sessions
We are looking for volunteers to help in several areas during Annual Sessions, May 18-20. Our biggest need is for adults to help with our children’s program. We are looking for several people to volunteer 1-1/2 to 2 hours during the time children’s programming is scheduled. We will need at least one person to assist the children’s programming coordinator, Katherine Spinner, at all times – two people would be preferable. When you volunteer for a shift, please put the hours you are most interested in helping and the age group. For example some of you may prefer not to miss some of business meeting while others may prefer not to miss worship. All childcare volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete abuse prevention training through your local church or meeting. We can assist you if necessary.

We could use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. We are also looking for help with the epistle. Please let our registrar know if you are willing/able to assist. Fill in the information on your registration form. If you have any questions, send an email to registrar@scymf.org

 
 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 

 

Dear Friends,
 
As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!
 
As much as I love to do music - and I do - I love to make a space for others to bring their gifts to this bountiful table.  We will have three occasions* to share:
 
  1. 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, May 19th:  Worship / music leadership. In accord with our shared traditions this has customarily featured a music - worship team leading the congregation with about 15 - 20 minutes of congregational singing from hymnals or overheads;
     
  2. 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening, May 19th:  Coordinators are calling this,  “Songs around the fire;” I take this as encouragement to musicians to widen out our circles to include as many folks as we can.  A great venue to bring extra lyric sheets and old favorites. (Some planning definitely in order!)
     
  3. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, May 20th:  Worship / music leadership. Like Saturday.  Maybe different team(s)?
 
In all cases, I am your resource guy.  I will gladly research the facility in Canby ahead of time,  and be there to help sort out microphones, music stands, soundboards, and digital overhead projectors.  My wife Ruba and I look forward to leading some singing in worship with you. 
 
So.  Get yourselves together, get sorted out, and get back to me.  The more the merrier:  you sing harmony for me, I’ll play lead for you.  I’d say think Jesus-folk, Americana, and gospel as much as hymns and choruses.  Don’t forget percussion, bass, brass, and strings, or youth!  
 
I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Email your interest and questions to Derek at lamsonderek@gmail.com or text to 971-255-9788. And if you’re wondering whether you should be involved take it as a sign from God that you probably should be!
 
Yours in Christ’s peace and beautiful music,
Derek Lamson, West Hills Friends Church, Portland
* https://www.scymfriends.org/events/2018/5/18/annual-sessions-0518-05202018
Announcements

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. 

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Finding Our Way: Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering. Welcoming men from all Friends traditions at the Ocean Park Retreat Center the weekend of April 13-15. Speakers include Jim Hall, Deepening Spiritual Practice; Eric Muhr, Discerning Leadings & Stepping Out; Fred Gregory, Accepting & Using Our Gifts. Click here for registration information.

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


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

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


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Praying

 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
We are looking for volunteers to help in several areas during Annual Sessions, May 18-20. Our biggest need is for adults to help with our children’s program. We are looking for several people to volunteer 1-1/2 to 2 hours during the time children’s programming is scheduled. We will need at least one person to assist the children’s programming coordinator, Katherine Spinner, at all times – two people would be preferable. When you volunteer for a shift, please put the hours you are most interested in helping and the age group. For example some of you may prefer not to miss some of business meeting while others may prefer not to miss worship. All childcare volunteers will need to pass a background check and complete abuse prevention training through your local church or meeting. We can assist you if necessary.

We could also use a couple more people to assist with the registration table on Friday and the silent auction. Please let our registrar know if you are willing/able to assist. Fill in the information on your registration form. If you have any questions, send an email to registrar@scymf.org

 
 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, there is a form, available online, by which anyone may make a proposal. Click here to access that form.
 

 

I need to introduce the topic of praying for world peace with two general statements: 1) a robust spirituality integrates prayer with obedient action. While this topic focuses on prayer, it needs to be seen in the wider context of action. 2) Praying for world peace requires a marriage of opposites: humility (a sense of our smallness before the immensity of the issues) and audacity (faith that our prayers can make a difference).

Some guidelines include the following: 1) concentrate your prayer efforts on a particular area of the world and then regularly lift up this region. Follow the Spirit’s leading in choosing the region. 2) Learn all you can about that area (history, current leaders and issues, the church) so that you can pray with your mind, as well as your heart. 3) Begin by asking for wisdom; then spend time waiting for the Spirit to show you ways to pray (James 1:5). 4) Ask God to raise up more intercessors for this part of the world. Humility requires that we see our prayers as part of a larger movement of faith and commitment by God’s people. Meeting with others to intercede can also be helpful. 

Nancy Thomas, adapted from the 2010 Daily Reader
Announcements

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. 

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Finding Our Way: Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering. Welcoming men from all Friends traditions at the Ocean Park Retreat Center the weekend of April 13-15. Speakers include Jim Hall, Deepening Spiritual Practice; Eric Muhr, Discerning Leadings & Stepping Out; Fred Gregory, Accepting & Using Our Gifts. Click here for registration information.

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


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

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

 
 
Nominations
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form

If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email nominating@scymf.org.

Thank you. Rachel Hampton, clerk, Nominating Committee

 
 
The Recording Process
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.

More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/

 

 
Bylaws
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – newsletter@scymf.org – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
 
 
Volunteers for Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering committee is planning our annual sessions at Canby Grove Christian Center, and we will need a lot of help to make this event possible. We are looking for volunteers in many different areas: 
  • children’s and youth coordinators
  • volunteers to work with children
  • middle school and high school coordinators 
  • individuals and groups to help lead music 
  • coordinator for an evening activity of music and story-telling 
  • volunteers with a medical background to cover first aid
  • a Master of Ceremonies and announcements coordinator
  • planner for opening intergenerational get-acquainted activity and our closing meeting
  • someone to organize an auction to raise scholarship funds
  • someone to plan the supplies and equipment needed for the weekend
Click here for more information, and if you would like to help with any of these needs, please contact one of the members of the planning committee:
Terri Beardlsey terrib@me.com 
Vicki Stave vstave@hotmail.com
 

Workshops at Annual Sessions
The Quarterly Gathering Group is making plans for Annual Sessions this May, including space for from six to eight workshops. Although committees have been encouraged to prepare these workshops, there is a form, available online, by which anyone may make a proposal. Click here to access that form.
 

 

It’s nearly Easter, and Christians across the globe will be mourning Jesus’ crucifixion and celebrating his resurrection. It is the signature event of Christianity. But the scriptural specifics can be challenging.

During my years of teaching adult Sunday school classes, I took part in or observed many salvation debates pitting works against grace. Misunderstanding Jesus’ “sermon on the mount” regarding fulfillment of the law often made the resolution of those disagreements significantly more difficult.

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matt 5:17-18, NASB).

But Jesus also instructed us, don’t condemn and you won’t be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven. He taught that love covers a multitude of sins and that God desires mercy, not sacrifice.

According to Paul, Christ cancelled the law, nailing it to the cross and Jesus became our peace by uniting Jews and gentiles and setting aside the law with its commands and regulations (Col. 2:14; Eph. 2:14-15).

Heaven and earth are still in their places, but the entirety of the law is said to have been abolished. How can this be? Did anything really change when Christ died on that cross? 

EVERYTHING changed, and it changed forever. 

The key is the second “until” statement in Matthew 5:18: “Until all is accomplished.” Has “all” actually been accomplished? Jesus says yes!

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to his mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished!’ And he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:28-30, NASB).

Jesus said that whoever believed in him would have eternal life. I pray that we, corporately and individually, will embrace and share the spiritual gift of grace to love one another as Christ loves every one of us.

The teacher is present still. 

Paul Frankenburger, Newberg Emerging Friends Church
Announcements

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) priorities process will continue until April 13th, the deadline to submit the results of your meeting’s discernment process. Maurice Warner and Dove John will make themselves available in person up until Sunday, April 1, and will help with phone and email guidance up until Friday, April 13th. 

Pastors Conference will be at McMenamins Edgefield Hotel, April 10-12, 2018. More information at our Events Page.

Finding Our Way: Northwest Quaker Men’s Gathering. Welcoming men from all Friends traditions at the Ocean Park Retreat Center the weekend of April 13-15. Speakers include Jim Hall, Deepening Spiritual Practice; Eric Muhr, Discerning Leadings & Stepping Out; Fred Gregory, Accepting & Using Our Gifts. Click here for registration information.

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


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

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