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Bulletin 01.26.2018

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Bulletin 01.26.2018


The Bylaws Subcommittee approved draft bylaws on Saturday, January 13. That draft is now available online. Click here to get to the table of contents page. From that page, click on the short title of any section in order to view that section of the bylaws. You may also download a pdf of the entire document. The subcommittee has set up a survey form at the bottom of each section for suggestions about additions, deletions, changes, and any other feedback that seems helpful or necessary. We plan to present the bylaws at the Quarterly Gathering, where we may
  1. approve the bylaws,
  2. approve portions of the bylaws and a process for continued work and subsequent approval for the remaining sections,
  3. decide not to approve the bylaws but instead approve a process for continued work and subsequent approval of the bylaws.
The subcommittee also continues to collect responses to the Big Questions via a form set up to collect that information. You may also send reflections and responses by email to 

Northwest Quaker Men’s Fellowship
Finding Our Way Forward: A gathering for Quaker men from across all our traditions will meet in Ocean Park, Washington, April 12–15, 2018, in worship and prayer to listen deeply to one another and share from our experience. This event is being planned primarily by members of North Pacific Yearly Meeting, though invitations have been extended to any who are interested from Northwest Yearly Meeting, from Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, or from independent meetings.

Click here for more information.


About eight years ago I began running. This was a new venture for me, mostly because I had always participated in team sports that included running, but did not have it as the focal point. There was always a ball involved, and that orb of great delight somehow made me forget my legs were churning rapidly beneath me. But as I finished college, settled into graduate work, I realized something needed to be done.

During this time in my life, Bradley lived across the hall from me. He was a real runner. I mentioned to him that I was thinking about becoming a runner, and as though he had been waiting for these very words to spill forth from my mouth, he instantly invited me along on a run with him. Whether from bravado, insanity, or just a general lack of intelligence, I agreed to join him the following day on what he termed an “easy” run.

While I can attest that not much was easy about that run, something did happen that was so defining it has kept me running. As Bradley and I hit the road each day, every step, every moment became an opening into who we both were, where we both had come from, and where we hoped we were going. This common struggle united us because neither of us could hide from the other. Our labored breathing, our aching muscles – these were merely physical manifestations of internal battles and relational pain experienced in every day life. Yet, as we invested in each other, mile upon mile, these pains began to fade away, and in their place joy entered, love appeared.

When we ran together, there was nowhere to hide. This transparency forced us to draw nearer to each other, to support one another, to challenge one another in a way unthinkable when we were just two guys who lived across the hall from each other. And while Bradley remained a much better runner than I, his very act of coming alongside me, opening his life to me, sacrificing speed for relationship taught me that a life marked by peace is not one that avoids difficult tasks; it is not one that seeks seclusion in order to minimize conflict. Rather, a life of peace is one that enters into the tasks and trials of everyday life, mile by mile, step by step, moment by moment into the places and relationships where there is no place to hide, where the true self is revealed, where life is hard and the outcome unknown – but that is OK, because you are not alone.  
Jamie Johnson – adapted from the 2010 Daily Reader

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. Email Rachel Hampton – – with contact information, the number of people coming with you, and the age of any children under 12 that you plan to bring with you. This information will help us to plan for food and childcare.
10:00 – 11:00 am || Gathering and opening worship
11:00 am – 12:30 pm || Business session
12:30 – 1:30 pm || Lunch – Crock-pot potluck with ingredients listed to accommodate for allergies
1:30 – 2:30 pm || Committees meet || FCNL priority training for non-committee members
2:30 – 4:30 or 5:00 pm || Business session
5:00 pm || Adjourn officially, but sandwich-makings will be on hand for people to make to go or to eat and hang around longer

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

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