We send you loving greetings from the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) World Office in London – and from across the world. We extend our best wishes for a full and gathered yearly meeting. We appreciate the yearly meeting’s continuing work of strengthening the Religious Society of Friends at all levels.
I’m heartbroken that I can’t be with you and SCYM Friends myself this year, but we will be sending two Friends from New England Yearly Meeting as traveling companions: Rosemary Zimmermann (who will be visiting Friends in the Northwest for the first time, and has felt a leading to visit you) and Kristina Keefe-Perry (who I know is well known to some Friends out there). Both are grounded Christians, beloved leaders in our yearly meeting, and awesome women. Our clerk, Fritz Weiss, is writing a letter to Sierra Cascades Friends to introduce them. If you haven’t yet received it, it should be coming soon.
Greetings from IYM
I send greetings on behalf of the Friends of Illinois Yearly Meeting on the occasion of your first yearly meeting sessions this May 18-20, 2018.
We wish that yearly meeting be a time for the Spirit to move among you, with many blessings, and grounding in faith and service.
Click here to read the full letter from Cathy Garra, Presiding Clerk of IYM
Greetings from NEYM
We’re also profoundly grateful for Jan Wood’s visit to lead the retreat for Friends in pastoral ministry in New York and New England Yearly Meetings.
Click here to read the full letter from Noah Merrill, Secretary of NEYM
Greetings from FWCC
With gratitude for the many ways Friends come together, we cherish the fellowship, the sense of belonging, and the unity of Spirit we experience when two or more are gathered in his name. May you cherish the love in each other and the great joy of being a Quaker. We bask in God’s love and in the unity of the Quaker heart.
Click here to read the full letter from Gretchen Castle, General Secretary of FWCC
From Derek Lamson: As I have been invited to provide leadership, so I pass on to you, the active musicians and sound techs of our communities, this invitation to share worship and music leadership at our upcoming first annual SCYMF gathering. Let’s coordinate, plan well, and follow through!
Music for Annual Sessions
Click here for more information about how to be part of worship through music.
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 the Tribal Mind, Jim Teeters
- The Business Meeting: We Have the Mind of Christ, Julie Peyton
- Friendly Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism, David Albert
The Recording Task Force invites comments on a proposed Recording Process. We are looking for big picture feedback, as well as feedback particular to the process as it pertains to the 1) local meeting level and 2) yearly meeting level.
The Nominating Committee of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is 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
If you have any questions about what these positions entail, please contact your Nominating Committee member from your church or meeting, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Recording Process
More information can be found at www.scymfriends.org/ministers/
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.
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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