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Bulletin 11.16.2018

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Bulletin 11.16.2018
Calling
 
AFSC Strategic Plan

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is asking for feedback from Quakers across the U.S. to help shape their new strategic plan. By using a consultative process, they hope to envision a plan together that will inspire the organization to a successful second century. Quakers, as the foundational group in the organization, are a key part of the discussion.

Responses from local churches and monthly meetings will be shared with AFSC.

Click here to see a guide for Quaker monthly meetings/churches to host sessions by Dec. 15th to discuss the queries posed
 
Young Adult Friends Development Fund

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is delighted to announce the availability of the new Young Adult Friends Development Fund. The fund has been created from Quaker Youth Pilgrimage monies, and we hope it will generate similarly powerful experiences of deep spiritual connection and encouragement for Young Adult Friends across all four FWCC Sections. 

Please visit the World Office website to read the case statementinvitation to apply and download the application form. These documents are also available in Spanish. For questions, please feel free to write to Susanna Mattingly.
 
Reports from World Quaker Day (FWCC)

Quakers around the world joined together for the 5th World Quaker Day on Sunday 7 October. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories drew us into our shared experience of worship, and celebrated our diversity of expression. We are grateful for the wonderful collection of reports, photos and videos we have received already. Reading the reports from churches and meetings across many different countries and sections, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. 

Visit www.worldquakerday.org for more information. You can still submit reports about what your meeting, church or group did on the day by emailing submit@worldquakerday.org.
 
Discussion Task Force

From the Nominating Committee: We are forming a task force to help the meetings hold threshing sessions around the question, “What is God calling us to do?” We will be discussing this at our next Area Gathering, February 16, 2019. We need volunteers for this task force. If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and home meeting or individual affiliation to nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
How do you define wellness? When you think about your physical, economic, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual experiences, how do they contribute to your wellness? Are you in need of healing? What about your neighbor?

In some instances, healing comes through a reversal of situations or diagnosis, but healing can also come through acceptance of the self that emerges in the midst of a difficult situation or diagnosis. 

When Jesus healed ten men with leprosy, he acted as both rabbi and friend. He invited these men who had lived in isolation into relationship with himself, with God, and with their communities. Yet, because of the way this healing exchange unfolded, Jesus’ community also expanded.

Suffering is deepened through isolation, but healing occurs through dynamic connection, often challenging our own ideas of inclusion.

Rachel Jordan, Camas Friends


Announcements

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 2019.

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