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Bulletin 06.01.2018

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Bulletin 06.01.2018
Friends
 

Visiting Friends
Would you be interested in representing Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting to other yearly meetings? Email the clerks, or reply to this email if you would like to serve as an official visitor to any of the following:

Northwest Yearly Meeting: July 22–26, Newberg, OR
North Pacific Yearly Meeting: July 25–29, Tacoma, WA
Baltimore Yearly Meeting: July 30–August 5, Frederick, MD
New England Yearly Meeting: August 4–8, Castleton, VT

 

 
Approved Recording Process
As Friends, we reject the idea that some outward trait or experience could qualify someone to be a minister. Instead, we believe that anyone may be called to serve God and people in public ministry. 

Click here to see the approved process for recording of ministers.
 


As we’ve worked to define who we are as Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, we’ve tried to identify mistakes that have been made in the past and make plans to avoid repeating them. We’ve tried to think of ways that we can be loving and inclusive of those who have received abuse from churches, including Quaker churches, in the past. What perhaps we have not done enough of is to explore how being faithful Quakers can help us avoid making new mistakes.

We have a heritage as Quakers that can guide us going forward. First, we call ourselves Friends. To the early Quakers that meant friends of Jesus Christ, who said, "You are my friends, if you do what I command you.” And what according to Christ are the most important of his commands? Love God and love your neighbor. And who is our neighbor? The answer is “everyone” – our neighbor who is a person of color, our LGBTQ+ neighbor, our immigrant neighbor, our elderly neighbor. This is our Quaker heritage and our Quaker obligation.

Quakers have made mistakes along the way, but they also did some good. They worked for justice – prison reform, mental health treatment, fair business practices, the value of all human beings before God – and the work those early Quakers started is not finished. We get to continue that work. We too can do some good.

John Price, Eugene


Announcements

Click here for June 2018 news from the Ben Lomond Quaker Center.

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.

Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, attended the following gathering at Pendle Hill, representing the Nakani Native Program, formerly the American Friends Service Committee Northwest Indian Program – Truth and Healing: Quakers Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples, held May 3-6, 2018. Dove is willing to report on this gathering to interested churches/meetings. Contact Dove John, North Seattle Friends Church, office@northseattlefriends.org or 206-525-8800 to make arrangements.

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 jobs@reedwood.org.

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