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Bulletin 06.29.2018

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Bulletin 06.29.2018
Community
 

Workshop on White Supremacy
HOW DO FRIENDS SUPPORT WHITE SUPREMACY IN OUR MEETINGS AND THE WORLD? – A workshop with Vanessa Julye at Multnomah Friends Meeting

Vanessa Julye – co-author of the book, Fit for Freedom not for Friendship – will lead a three-day workshop at Multnomah Meeting before she goes to North Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session to be this year’s Friend in Residence. 

July 20, 21, 22 Workshop with Vanessa Julye, who currently serves as Coordinator for the FGC Committee for Ministry on Racism. This is a three-day workshop, and participants should plan to attend all three days: Friday evening 6pm to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday afternoon 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided on Saturday as well as snacks on Friday and Sunday, all at no cost to participants.

No more than 30 participants will be accepted. Priority is on a “first come” basis. To register, send an email to MultnomahFriendsEvents@gmail.com and you will receive an automatic email response with a link to the registration page. If that method doesn’t work for you, please call or email Lew Scholl at 971- 888-3153 or lewscholl@gmail.com

Anyone needing childcare can make the request in the online form. This event is sponsored by the Friends for Racial Justice, and the Peace and Social Concerns Committees of Multnomah Meeting. Expenses will be covered by the Spiritual Life Fund administered by Multnomah and Bridge City Meetings. All sessions will be held at the Multnomah Friends Meetinghouse. 

Vanessa Julye’s book, Fit for Freedom not for Friendship, is available from Barclay Press.
 
 
Epistles
An epistle articulates a collective sense of experience and how God has moved among Friends during a gathering, be it a yearly meeting session or a Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) Section meeting, or a Young Friends gathering. It is approved by that group during a meeting for business. It is typically shared with yearly meetings so that they might read some of them out in meeting or publish some for people to read. It was historically, and continues to be, an important way for Friends and others to learn about each other in that which is eternal. They help us appreciate that we are part of a world family of Friends.

Click here to read epistles from various Friends gatherings.
 

 
Corrections
In last week’s newsletter, the links to the minutes and epistle were correct, but Carol Whorton’s name was misspelled in both. In addition, Carol Twichel’s name was left off the list of ministers whose recording has been transferred to Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.

Click here to find the corrected minutes from our time together.
Click here to find the corrected epistle.

 

It is difficult to care for a crowd. A crowd looks like a mass of need, and the only way to address that need is to make generalizations about who is in the crowd. Jesus had compassion on crowds because he seemed to be able to see them as a collection of individuals and relationships. Occasionally, he even calls individuals out of the crowd – healing them, liberating them, sending them out or back to their village. Likewise, in the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand (Mark 6:30–44), Jesus reshapes the crowd. He divides the crowd and has them sit down together in groups on the green grass. In doing so, Jesus transforms the crowd into a community, or perhaps into a collection of small communities.

While there is a time for large-scale thinking and dreaming big dreams, it is often true that big problems require a series of small solutions instead of broad solutions based on a single story. It is often in small groups and intimate communities where the miracles happen. Quaker Rufus Jones wrote: “I pin my hopes to small circles and quiet processes, in which vital and transforming events take place.” Me too.

In what small circles do you participate? To what small groups do you belong? What spaces exist in your community where people can get to know each other and move from stranger to neighbor? Perhaps these represent opportunities for you to reshape crowds and create community. In doing so, you may be creating the conditions for a miracle.

Andy Henry, adapted from Fruit of the Vine
 


Announcements

Religious Education in Action: Activism, Outreach and Parenting – How do we take the lessons of Quaker religious education beyond the meetinghouse? Where do life-long spiritual formation and activism, outreach, and Quaker parenting intersect? 5th Quaker Religious Education Collaborative (QREC) Conference and Retreat 17–19 August 2018 at Powell House in Old Chatham, New York http://www.powellhouse.org/index.php/site-map/articles/adult-family-programs/5th-qrec-conference-retreat

FWCC invites you to join Quakers around the world on 7 October for World Quaker Day, in its 5th year. The theme, Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories draws us into our shared experience of worship, celebrating our wonderful diversity of expression. Church to church, meeting to meeting, country to country, and section to section, we feel the power of God collecting us into a faithful family. We welcome all expressions of Quaker worship! http://www.worldquakerday.org/

Quaker Earthcare Witness is meeting in Federal Way (near Tacoma), 11–14 October 2018. A link to registration will be available in August. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

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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