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08.04.2017

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Bulletin 08.04.2017
Welcome

[2017 Epistle] We used small worship sharing groups to get to know one another. We listened deeply to a panel of four LGBTQ+ Friends who spoke movingly of their experiences in faith communities through their lives. We began to form committees ...

[Clerks Meeting] Cherice, Eric, and Matthew met at North Valley Friends on Tuesday. We sent a short agenda to Jon ahead of our meeting, and he responded with written input since he was unable to meet with us. We’ll gather again on Tuesday, August 15. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of what we’re working on:
  • Eric followed up with the Western Association of the Religious Society of Friends
  • Cherice contacted Colin Saxton to begin a conversation with Friends United Meeting
  • Cherice and Eric both connected with Freedom Friends
  • Eric and Cherice signed a traveling minute
  • We talked through beginning implications of membership and recording
[Traveling Minute] It is with joy that we send to you our greetings, along with our very first traveling Friend from Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Julie Peyton is traveling with Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) Traveling Ministry Corps. She is a member at West Hills ...
Just over a week ago, we settled on a name, named committees and working groups, approved nominations, agreed on a day and a place for our next large-group gathering. We made a lot of mistakes. We missed important details. We didn’t always listen to each other. Or listen well. We don’t know exactly what needs to be done. We don’t know what we’re missing. None of us have ever done this before.

And we’re doing it!

Chaos is creative. It’s also disruptive. And it can be dangerous, more so for some than for others. Here’s my hope for us in the days to come. I hope we are willing to take risks. I hope we can embrace the challenges along the way. I hope we are confident in who God is calling us together to be. I hope we are humble enough to say we’re sorry every single time someone gets stepped on or left out or unnecessarily endangered. I hope we fix it when we can. I hope we learn a lot. I hope we have fun just being together.
Announcements

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The Coordinating Committee is meeting in Camas on August 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Our next large-group gathering – anyone can come – is scheduled for October 7, at Eugene Friends. 
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