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Bulletin 11.24.2017

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Bulletin 11.24.2017
Grace

 
Clerks Meeting
The clerks – Cherice Bock, Jon Kershner, Eric Muhr, and Matthew Staples – met on Monday, November 13. Their next meeting will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 11. Click here to read the agenda for business with some notes from the discussion:
  1. By-laws
  2. Camp planning
  3. Visitation/intervisitation
  4. Recording/licensing of ministers
  5. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  6. Twin Rocks Friends Camp Association
  7. Next quarterly gathering
  8. Annual session
  9. Internships
  10. Next clerks meeting
Two Friends who attended the Twin Rocks Friends Camp Association meeting that happened at Reedwood Friends on September 19, 2017, submitted brief reflections:
 

About 150 Friends were in attendance. The entire Board of the TRFC Association sat at the front in order to be able to take questions, and the meeting was called to order by Matt Burg, Board Clerk. After a brief introduction and setting out the ground rules (This was to be, as much as possible, a meeting for worship.), the new proposal was read, then questions entertained for over an hour.

Click here to read the Corporate Resolution brought for consideration.

This document, and its accompanying "Frequently Asked Questions" addendum generated considerable discussion, some of which will probably not be fondly remembered by all in attendance. One point for many Friends was that it became clear that the programming for Surfside, Tween Camp, and other NWYM youth functions has been subsidized by the revenue generated by rental of the facilities by other entities. Thus, it was suggested that moving the "NWYM-leaving" churches/meetings into the Normal Renter category, even with the 15 percent discount, would not likely be detrimental to the camp's profit/loss book-keeping.

It did not take long for Friends to point out that the earlier proposal that ownership of Harbor Villa be transferred to the "NWYM-leaving" churches/meetings had been removed from this new proposal. The Clerk of the Board explained that the Board had received many objections to this proposal, and so decided to remove it.

At one point during the discussions, the Clerk acknowledged a move from questions to more general discussion. Some Friends wished for a time-limit on the ability of the "NWYM-leaving" churches/meetings' ability to use the facilities, while other Friends wondered about the possibility of more tangible payment for their meetings no longer being owners of the camp. One concept that arose was that we were not discussing fairness, but that we are reaching a place where grace may be needed. Many people returned to the idea that the camp, and its missions, are what were most important to the conversation. We were called to prayer. One of the Board members stood and called us to embrace inequity in making our decision.

After more than two hours, and although the Meeting was not in unanimity, the Clerk called the sense of the Meeting as being to approve the Corporate Resolution as it had been presented. This was then declared as being approved.
 

I attended and spoke at the TRFCA meeting last Sunday.  I was surprised to see that there were no familiar faces on the board except two from Clackamas Park Friends.

My impression was that the board felt that it had very limited options after the rejection of the last proposal.  Whether the individual members of the board considered that a happy circumstance or not, I have no way of knowing.

The composition of the members attending the meeting seemed to be about 50/50 between those leaving NWYM versus those staying. There was some sentiment expressed that meetings leaving NWYM should be given no consideration since they had made a choice to leave.  When I spoke I said we had made a choice to follow our leading from the Holy Spirit, and that NWYM decided that it couldn’t live with that, and that it was not a choice on our part to leave NWYM. Many people asked clarifying questions. Those leaving NWYM expressed sentiments that they did not expect equity or fairness, and anything offered would be more than they expected.

I don’t think unity was reached. The clerk declared that the sense of the meeting was to approve the present proposal.
Announcements

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 at our Events Page.

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


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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