Requests for prayer can now be sent to members of the Prayer Committee through their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seventeen men gathered from across the Pacific Northwest and across the traditions of the Religious Society of Friends of Truth in the rain and wind of the Long Beach peninsula to listen to one another and to the Source, the Seed of Christ, the in-dwelling spirit among us. We came to Find Our Way as Quakers who identify as men. We were greeted by a video from Nancy Irving, who was involved in the first women’s gathering and who welcomed us to this work. We shared prayers, poems and reflections in our opening spiritual potluck.
In Preparation for Annual Sessions
Friends: We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the first annual SCYMF Yearly Meeting. Here are a few things you need to know in preparation for annual sessions.
We are still in need of volunteers to assist Katherine Spinner, the children's program director. If you could help out for an hour or two during the weekend sessions, please contact Vicki Stave at email@example.com.
We are looking for donations for the silent auction which will raise money for scholarships for next year’s annual sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Erika Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please bring snacks to share with the group for the weekend. Some refrigeration is available.
If you have a copy of “Rise Up Singing” please bring it for the Saturday evening songfest around the bonfire.
If you have children, please bring snacks for the children’s program that are compatible with your children’s dietary preferences.
If you have any further questions, you may reply to this email or contact the registrar at email@example.com.
Rachel Hampton for the
Quarterly Gathering Planning Committee
Epistle of NW Quaker Men’s Gathering
Click here to read the full epistle.
Prayer concerns are kept confidential by members of the committee.
The Recording Task Force has an updated draft of its proposed Recording Process based on the feedback received so far.
The Nominating Committee is looking for more members for the finance committee, youth committee, committee for the nurture of ministry and the quarterly gathering planning committee. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees or know someone who is, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also looking for two positions for the coming year: assistant clerk and co-presiding clerk. If you feel led to either of those positions or know someone who does, please fill out a nominating committee form on the web site at this link: https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form
The Recording Process
Click here to read the new draft of the proposed process.
Workshops for Annual Sessions
The quarterly gathering planning committee approved the following workshop proposals for our annual sessions coming up May 18-20 at Canby Grove Christian Center. Each workshop is an hour and a half. There are two workshop times: Saturday afternoon right after lunch, at 1:30, and Sunday morning after worship, at 10:30. We will have childcare during both workshop session times.
- The Wisdom of Quaker Journals, Jon Kershner
- Being Stewards of God’s Will, Wil Brant
- Adding Another “I” to “SPICES” – Inclusion, Dove John
- Spiritual Drama, Joann Boswell
- Complexity of Diversity, Tolerance, and Group-Think, Jim Teeters
- The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
- Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert
Any concerns can be brought to the bylaws subcommittee between now and annual sessions. Click here to view the bylaws in their approved form. Reply to this email – email@example.com – with comments or concerns regarding the bylaws, and those emails will be forwarded to members of the bylaws subcommittee.
A couple of years ago my family gave me a NASA T-shirt that read, “I NEED MY SPACE.” Growing up, I loved NASA and space travel, yet there was more to that shirt. As I have grown older and experienced lots of transition, needing space has again been on my mind. This may be a bit different than outer space, but the sentiment still remains. We need space in our lives.
Recently, I was introduced to a new space, Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am not completely sure if it was the modern architecture, the utter silence, or simply the fact that I could hear my own thoughts for the first time in quite a while, but this space was special. It afforded me an opportunity to get out of my routine, pause, and reflect on my own well-being, something Jesus modeled for us.
Too often we abuse the spaces we occupy. Our homes can seem like bunkers off the front lines of war rather than places of solitude and nurturing. Our work spaces can seem like fortresses to the American dream and industry rather than places where we are inspired and our creativity is expressed. Our worship spaces can seem like museums to our past instead of lively and welcoming places to engage God and our neighbors.
Reflect on the spaces you occupy. Do those spaces empower you? Do they afford you the opportunity to get out of your routine and meet God?
Bob Henry, adapted from Fruit of the Vine
Annual Sessions will be at Canby Grove Christian Center, May 18–20, 2018. More information at our Events Page.
C Wess Daniels is leading a weekend retreat outside of San Francisco at the Ben Lomond Quaker Retreat Center on remixing the Quaker tradition, from June 1–3. More details at http://www.quakercenter.org/programs/remixing-faith/.
Answering That of God in Every One: A conference for Quaker women from the Pacific and Inland Northwest and beyond and other women interested in exploring Quaker Spirituality. June 6-10, 2018 at the Canby Grove Christian Center. Click here to register online.
Reedwood Friends Church, an independent, multi-cultural Quaker Church, located in southeast Portland, Oregon, and until recently a part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, is seeking applications for a full-time pastor. We are seeking an experienced Christ-centered pastor who has a proven track record in effective community building and organizing, a strong ability to recruit, supervise and energize volunteers, experience working with cross cultural and inter-generational communities, delivers challenging and inspiring sermons and shows a demonstrated ability to pursue active, continuous personal, professional and spiritual development. For complete job description go to www.reedwood.org. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV/resume, and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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