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Bulletin 08.18.2017

Equity and Inclusion Minute
We encourage Friends across Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting to prayerfully reflect on the following queries:
  1. Are our meetings places of safety and welcome for people of color?
  2. How are the structures within our monthly meetings, quarterly meetings, and yearly meeting addressing systemic racism?
  3. What are ways your meeting can actively promote racial justice in your local community? Are there other local organizations or activists already doing the work with whom your meeting could partner and support?
  4. Am I living a life that testifies to the evil of white supremacy? Am I willing to learn from past mistakes, omissions, and ways I’ve noticed racism within myself?

Clerks Meeting 
Cherice Bock, Eric Muhr, and Matthew Staples met at North Valley Friends on Tuesday. We’ll gather again on Wednesday, August 30. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of what we’re working on:
  • Cherice will visit Freedom Friends on a Sunday in September.
  • Cherice and Eric met with Roger Watson in order to get a basic understanding of how finances will work until we have standing as a nonprofit.
  • Eric met with the Coordinating Committee and will be meeting with the GFU archivist.
  • Jon researched and reported on issues of membership and recording. We hope to make his report available soon.
  • We talked through possible items of business for our gathering in Eugene on October 7.
Coordinating Committee
The Coordinating Committee met at Camas Friends on Thursday and will gather again from 9 to 10 a.m. at Eugene Friends on Saturday, October 7. What they’re working on:
  • identifying free, project management software that will help committees to stay connected and to work together more effectively;
  • assigned a point person for each committee or working group and will ask those groups to define the parameters of their work, their goals, and potential budget needs;
  • considered what work monthly meetings need to do in order to decide whether to join Sierra-Cascades;
  • will look into how to better connect with geographically distant meetings;
  • started to work on new possibilities for the structure and schedule for annual sessions.
I live in Renton, Washington, with my wife, Jessica, and daughter, Lucy. I am a member of North Seattle Friends Church, and part-time minister at McKinley Hill Friends Church. My introduction to Friends was at George Fox University, where I was a Christian Ministries Major. As a student, I was taken by the vision of a community of Christ-followers who took seriously the Sermon on the Mount, and who believed the Gospel compelled disciples to practical embodiment of their spiritual experiences. 

Besides my current church involvement, I have ministered at Reedwood Friends Church and Olympic View Friends Church. I earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005. In 2013, I earned a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Birmingham (UK). My main academic and devotional interest is the eighteenth century Quaker, John Woolman. I admire his life of submission to the leadings of the Spirit, his courage to testify to the Kingdom realizing in his heart, and his commitment to loving those who disagreed with him.

I am excited to be a part of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends as it seeks Christ’s leading in obedience and courage. I am hopeful that our corporate witness can be one of peacemaking amidst divisions, kindness amidst conflict, and faithfulness to the Spirit of Christ.

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Our next, large-group gathering – anyone can come – is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 7, at Eugene Friends. There will be a shared meal. Childcare is provided. More information to come!
by Admin