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Bulletin 10.20.2017

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Bulletin 10.20.2017
Community

 
Faith & Practice, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation
During its meeting in Eugene on Saturday, October 7, the F&P/Bylaws Committee
  • suggested a change of attorney,
  • discussed who would be named as incorporators in the Articles,
  • considered defining membership in such a way as to maintain a local meeting’s autonomy,
  • clarified that financial gifts for SCYMF can still be sent to NWYM, who will put the funds in a separate account. January 1st will be the day the great commission church contributions will switch to SCYMF,
  • asked members of the Faith & Practice subcommittee to read other Faith & Practices and Quaker historical documents to prepare for discernment process,
  • and determined that each church will need their own Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws and that we intend to provide support on getting churches what they need at the local level.
The committee also identified the following questions for their continuing work:
  • Models of autonomy – where will decisions lie?  
  • What is the purpose of SCYMF?  
  • What is the glue that holds us together?
  • What does membership mean?

Coordinating Committee
During its meeting in Eugene on Saturday, October 7, the Coordinating Committee
  • discussed the principles of a membership process for meetings and individuals,
  • selected project management software,
  • received a follow-up report from the Equity and Inclusion Group,
  • and prioritized upcoming tasks.
Click here to read their notes.

Spiritual Care Committee
Members of the committee developed a list of queries to help them determine what their gifts are, what their work is, and how they might best continue – a list that could prove helpful for all of us to consider:
  • Who are we, as a committee, as individuals, as a yearly meeting?
  • How did you get here?
  • What do you hope will happen?
  • What can you contribute?
  • How did you become a Quaker?
  • How do we foster vulnerability?
  • How do we communicate our own willingness to communicate, to respond, to help, to just talk?
  • How do we include story telling?
  • How might we help at future quarterly and yearly meetings?
  • Might we gather small groups around themes?
Click here to read their notes.
This past Sunday we at North Seattle Friends Church gathered in Meeting for Worship to conduct business, and we want to share two important decisions with you:

We approved the following welcome statement, which has been added to our website:
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WE ARE A QUAKER CHURCH LOCATED IN NORTH SEATTLE. We are a community of people gathered to Listen to God and follow God’s Leadings. We love Jesus! We are all ministers and seek to support each other in our ministries. We welcome all who desire to join us in this God adventure as we Listen to God and liberate each other to live into our place in the world!

WE SEEK TO BE A WELCOMING AND INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY that encourages people to better love God, love others, and love ourselves. To love ourselves is to embrace our unique, God-given identity and gifts, given to us for our own sake and as a potential blessing to others. We strive to be a safe space that gathers all people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to worship and minister together in unity and in the Quaker tradition. We are led by the Spirit to recognize full participation of LGBTQ+ persons in all aspects of the life of North Seattle Friends Church.

WE HONOR THE DIVERSE SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS PEOPLE ARE ON, including their own deeply personal understandings of faithfulness. We advocate for healthy relationships and will support them. Membership in our meeting is open to all people who want to join us in our Christ-centered Quaker journey and practice of group discernment.

WE BELIEVE THAT DIVERSITY ENRICHES OUR COMMUNITY. We encourage our members to speak their voice with confidence but listen to others with humility. We support each person’s faith journey and walk together as we seek the Light of Christ in our lives.
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After hearing excellent reports about the Quarterly Meeting, North Seattle Friends Church minuted joining Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends at the time of our restructuring. We are excited to join SCYMF and look forward to it becoming a reality.
 
In response to national events and the Values Voter Summit, we wrote the following statement. We would love to have SCYMF join us in signing on to this statement. We feel strongly that we must speak out publicly that we hold to the values and teachings of Jesus! Here is a link to the statement on our website: http://northseattlefriends.org/statement-on-values-voter-summit-platform/.
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Statement on Values Voter Summit Platform
 
We reject the use of Jesus for a nationalist agenda. We affirm the separation of church and state. Christ’s Presence in our world is evidenced by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these values we are committed.
 
North Seattle Friends Church, October 2017
Announcements

The Twin Rocks Friends Conference Association will meet from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Reedwood Friends Church (2901 SE Steele Street in Portland) with the aim of reaching unity on a Corporate Resolution (either as originally presented or modified). Click here for the full letter. The corporate document referenced in the letter is available here.

Mark your calendars: The next quarterly gathering will be at Camas Friends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018. More information to come.

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.


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