“Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.”
~ Isaac Penington
From the People Workgroup of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends
An Open Letter to people who are isolated and hurting,
There has been so much pain associated with the discussions, forums, meetings and decisions in Northwest Yearly Meeting these past few years—for some people, much longer. Many of us have tried to listen to each other, to understand, and to move beyond the different understandings we hold of Scripture, of how God speaks to us, of the nature of the church, and about how we experience our humanity. We seek new ways of relating to God and to each other, clearer hearts to love each other as God loves us. We need healing. We need to hear voices of reconciliation. We need safe places to heal, recover, and belong.
We are reaching out broadly in hopes of connecting to people who are wondering if there will be a place for them somewhere in this new Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. We want to hear from you. What are your needs? Your dreams for being a part of a faith community? How can we come along beside you and support you? We want you to know you are welcome to join with us as we make SCYMF what it is to become--inclusive, welcoming, faithful, loving, a voice for the marginalized, a safer haven. We are an evolving community, a community involved in the joyful mess of discerning who we are called to be.
Please share this letter with anyone you know who is feeling isolated, marginalized, without a spiritual home/community. Please step out in faith and respond. Reach out to us so we can lend a helping hand. We can put you in touch with people if we aren’t the right people to directly help. There are people gifted in prayer, in spiritual support, in listening.
SCYMF People Workgroup:
Zachary Maurer, Newberg Emerging Friends Church
Diane Beebe, West Hills Friends Church
Susan Scott, Eugene Friends Church
Norma Silliman, Camas Friends Church
Mary Mahoney, Camas Friends Church
More information can be found at our website, https://www.scymfriends.org