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Bulletin 10.13.2017

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Bulletin 10.13.2017
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  1. The following minute regarding the transfer of recording and licensing of ministers was approved: Friends who want their recording/licensing transferred can bring it to their monthly meeting elders, or a group they trust if they are not part of a monthly meeting, and that group will bring it to Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) as a recording or licensing transfer. SCYMF will receive the recording, while continuing to work on developing our recording process and philosophy.
  2. The following recommendation was approved: that the clerks and members of the Bylaws/Faith and Practice Committee meet with David Hansen, attorney, for legal consultation and representation of SCYMF as we draft bylaws and articles of incorporation.
  3. The following recommendation was approved: that the clerks be given the authority to make decisions regarding some logistical items that will need to appear in SCYMF Articles of Incorporation.
  4. The following recommendation was approved: that the statement drafted by the People Work Group be distributed among Friends as a statement of the values of this group
  5. The Youth Board was approved as an official committee.
Click here to read the full minutes from the quarterly gathering hosted by Eugene Friends last Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Queries about Annual Sessions
During meeting for worship for business at Eugene Friends last Saturday, small groups took time responding to two questions regarding annual sessions:
  1. What good things would you love to see happen at the annual sessions of SCYMF?
  2. What pitfalls should we try to avoid at annual sessions?
Click here to read the collected responses.
“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,

Friends,

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
Announcements

Eugene Friends Church (EFC) is seeking applications for the position of Pastor, to fill a retirement-created vacancy. EFC is a growing congregation of about 160 affiliated persons, currently part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but in the process of becoming a founding member of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. We are a Christ-centered, affirming, high-involvement, outward-looking Quaker church seeking to be faithful to the call of Jesus in our community. To find out more about this opportunity, check out https://www.eugenefriendschurch.org/job-opportunities/ for a position description, with links to the full application package and the rest of our website.


The Portland Area Gathering of Friends churches and meetings will take place tonight, Friday, October 13, 2017, from 6-9 pm at Clackamas Park Friends Church (8120 SE Thiessen Rd, Milwaukie, OR) in Harmon Hall. The evening will primarily be an opportunity for fellowship with one another. Participants are asked to bring finger foods to share as well as favorite table games, musical instruments, etc. We’ll see where the Spirit leads. Friends of all ages are welcome as are Friends from other areas. Any questions can be directed to Tonya Comfort (tonyacomfort@msn.com or 503-476-4289).

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