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Bulletin 12.08.2017

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Bulletin 12.08.2017
Faith

 
 
Recording Task Force
On November 25, the Recording Task Force met together for worship, listening, and threshing of ideas about recording and facilitating recorded ministry in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. The following is an outline of their discussion:
  • What SCYMF will be about
  • Unspoken assumptions regarding recording
  • Process for recording transfers
  • Principles that arose from worship sharing
  • Current Situation: We live in a day of heightened awareness to sexual abuse and power abuse
  • What does recording do and what does it not do?
  • What are the basic structures for recording?
Click here to read the minutes from their meeting.
 

Peace Month
Peace and reconciliation resources, including a reader and possible teaching topics, have been an annual focus in January, going back to 2010. All of those resources have been preserved on our website. There are no new materials this year, but interested churches or small groups could go back to the very first Peace Month and read that reader from 2010 again, and explore the topics together, or choose one that seems meaningful and pertinent for this moment in our history together.  

Way of the Spirit
Way of the Spirit is a convergent Friends ministry with involvement from both programmed and unprogrammed Friends. Application deadline for the next module is December 31, 2017.
 
February 8-11, 2018
Tilikum Retreat Center, Newberg, Oregon
 
A healing, engaged, experiential journey with God and supportive spiritual community. Relevant and profound. If you’re hungry to grow in faith and live fully into your giftedness, explore with Way of the Spirit. The 18-month  program offers retreats, prayer, learning, selected readings, spiritual exercises, and online reflection. You’ll find an encouraging circle for a hopeful vision of personal and societal transformation
 
It’s a unique curriculum from the wisdom of Quaker spirituality, re-envisioned and strengthened in our seventh year. We welcome sincere seekers from diverse faith communities in the Pacific Northwest—pastoral and unprogrammed Quakers, members of United Church of Christ, and others. Details and application online.
 
Program modules explore these topics and more: the inner journey, spiritual awareness, creative and holistic opportunities for prayer and spiritual practice, engaging scripture, God-between-us, forgiveness, spiritual giftedness, discernment, servant spirituality, Spirit-led action, everyday prophets, growing in trust and surrender, spiritual accompaniment or companioning, hope and holy imagination.

For questions and conversation: Christine Hall, christine@goodnewsassoc.org

 

The visit of the wise men is almost stranger than fiction. Their ancient knowledge is still a mystery, their route in doubt, the rising of the star an enigma. How did they know of the prophecies of the Hebrews, how many of them were there, what was their native land? Did they need to inquire of King Herod? Why did not God warn them even before going to Herod? How does a star “stand” above the place where Jesus lay? How old was the Christ child by the time they arrived? None of these questions has ever been answered finally and satisfactorily – but perhaps none needs to be.

But the story still lives today. One can almost hear the swish-swish of the camels’ feet methodically and faithfully carrying the kings of the east across the hundreds of miles of tortuous desert. The wise men literally put feet to their prayers. For theirs was truly a journey of faith put into practice.

During the Christmas season, the officers at the planetarium at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco put on the show of the “Star of Bethlehem,” in which they depict what could have happened, what stars could have been involved. But what intrigued me most was their statement at the conclusion that “perhaps there was no physical star – could it have been by the eye of faith of the wise men?” Faith sees where doubt and disbelief are blind.

But the greatest lesson for me has been the implication that upon seeing Jesus, your road is changed. You never walk the same road again. Truly, “They departed into their own country another way.”

Milo C. Ross in this year’s Advent reader: Do Not Be Afraid
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, click here  for a position description with links to the full application package and the rest of our website. Preference will be given to applications received by December 15, 2017.

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