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Bulletin 12.21.2018

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Bulletin 12.21.2018
Voices
 
What is God calling us to do?
 
The follow up question, which we will discuss at the February quarterly meeting, is “What is God calling us to do?
 
The task force for this discussion invites each Sierra-Cascades church to hold a threshing meeting before February 16th to reflect, discern, and listen around this question. These meetings help you know how the Spirit is moving in you and others in your church about the issue. It will also enrich the discussion when we are gathered as a yearly meeting in February.
 
A threshing meeting is about listening to God, oneself, and others gathered; it’s not a meeting to decide and bring a minute. Time is short, especially given the holidays, so please set a date soon that fits your church.

Click here to read more about this discussion.
 
 
 


FCNL wants SCYMF voices

 
The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) has carried Quaker values and concerns into the halls of Congress for the past 75 years. Its professional lobbying staff, as well as its thousands of active members, work to represent the views of Friends on such issues as peace building, military spending, gun violence, immigration, Native American concerns, criminal justice, climate change, and economic equity. Lobbying priorities are agreed upon using a discernment process that begins with input from local Friends meetings and individuals, in the spring of even-numbered years (some SCYMF meetings participated in this work this year). From those thousands of proposals, the organization discerns a focus on around ten major issues, which are approved by the General Committee in the fall of that year, to guide FCNL’s work for the next two years. The legislative priorities for the next two years, for the 116th Congress, were agreed upon at the recent annual meeting in early December, and may be found at the FCNL website: https://www.fcnl.org/updates/legislative-priorities-for-the-116th-congress-1760.
 
Shortly after the formation of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, FCNL invited us to contribute up to six members for the General Committee, even though SCYMF has not yet made a decision about affiliating with FCNL. Currently I (Tom Stave) am SCYMF’s only formally designated member, so there is room for five more.  Derek Lamson and I, both of Eugene Friends Church, attended this year’s meeting in Washington, D.C., November 29-December 2. The annual meeting was designed by FCNL clerks, program planning committee (thank you, Dove John) and staff, not only to facilitate the discernment process, but also to brief participants more extensively on the work of the organization and the substance of the issues. 
 
The first two days were given over to FCNL’s “Public Policy Institute,” which focused on the lobbying process, and culminated with actual visits to the offices of Senators and Representatives. Derek and I spoke with staff members for Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley and Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4). We were in the company of other Oregon Friends from North Pacific YM. The particular point of our visits was to urge these members to support a version of the Agriculture authorization bill (the “Farm Bill”) that did NOT include more stringent work requirements for eligibility for “SNAP” benefits. SNAP is the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as “food stamps.” You may have read in recent days that the version we lobbied for prevailed.
 
If you are interested in following or joining the work of FCNL, here are some suggestions:
 

 


Announcements

Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation about an upcoming trip to COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Friday, January 18, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them. Click here for the Background and Questions document Frank has prepared.

Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Quaker Heritage Day 2019 at Berkeley Friends Church, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00am to 3:30pm. “The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman” presented by Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D. Click here for more details.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019, at Canby Grove.

Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor.  Reedwood is an urban, Christ-centered, multi-cultural church that welcomes all seekers of truth.  Until recently Reedwood was part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but it is now an independent Friends Church of approximately 70 affiliated persons. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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