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Bulletin 11.10.2017

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Bulletin 11.10.2017
Sympathy

 
Bylaws Committee
Members of the Bylaws Committee have decided on two  Big Questions for discernment. Marie Matsen wrote that the committee considers these questions to be foundational: Our plan is to have a draft Bylaws ready for the February meeting with options to drop in depending on decisions made at the meeting.

We suggested on October 7 that churches/meetings and individuals join together for discernment before the February meeting at Camas. As an example, Eugene Friends and Klamath Falls Friends have committed to meeting together in Klamath Falls to discern together around these questions. We would like to invite unaffiliated individuals to join us. We also suggest that everyone hold lightly what they have discerned in smaller groups until all of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) gets together in February.

The Big Questions:

#1. Why are we joining together instead of going our separate ways? What holds SCYMF together? (Examples: Common beliefs/theology? Relationships? Friends’ testimonies? Other?)

#2. How should we make decisions that affect the whole of SCYMF? (Examples: refer all decisions to the yearly meeting as a whole? Choose reps to make some or all decisions? Let a specified group make urgent decisions? Other?)


Friends Committee on National Legislation
Riley Robinson with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) shared the following regarding FCNL’s work: 
  • We will soon announce the hiring of the new Native American Congressional Advocate.
  • Laurie McPherson, coordinator of activities in the new Quaker Welcome Center next door, has recently started at work. Click here to view a brand-new video.
  • This summer we expanded our Advocacy Corps to 20 young adults, this year all working on environmental issues around the country.
  • It was recently announced that there are now 60 members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus.
  • A group of Senators recently introduced a bipartisan criminal justice reform package.
  • Company’s coming! More than 450 people are coming to our Quaker Public Policy institute to lobby and to attend our annual meeting, beginning tomorrow.  
Riley will be in the Pacific Northwest this next week if individuals or churches are interested in meeting him or hearing more about the work of FCNL. Cell: 240-688-1157 Email: Riley@fcnl.org

Spiritual Care Committee
This committee has been gathering resources that might inform and support care for individuals and groups. Committee members have recommended the book, A Hidden Wholeness, in which Parker Palmer speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives – lives that are congruent with our inner truth. Mapping an inner journey that we take in solitude and in the company of others, Palmer describes a form of community that fits the limits of our active lives. Defining a “circle of trust” as “a space between us that honors the soul,” he shows how people in settings ranging from friendship to organizational life can support each other on the journey toward living “divided no more.”
Jeremiah was “the weeping prophet” in the sense of his deep sympathy which sometimes overcame him. He was no apostle of gloom and doom but a gentle spirit with a heart overflowing with an all-inclusive love. What wonder is it that his passionate concern for his people sometimes overwhelmed him?

Other spiritual pioneers have expressed it in other ways. Moses prayed to be blotted out, if necessary, for the sins of the Israelites. Paul was willing to be a castaway in order to save people. Jesus had compassion on the multitude and went to the cross for the world. John Knox cried, “Give me Scotland or I die.” John Wesley exclaimed, “The world is my parish.” 

When the “I” and the “you” are joined in the “we” of Christian community, the floodtides of God’s love help us to sing with every human heart and weep with every human tear.

How can we help to bear the burden of the world’s suffering?
 
O. Hershel Folger in this year’s Advent reader: Do Not Be Afraid
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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