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Bulletin 07.13.2018

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Bulletin 07.13.2018
Love
 
 
The Immigration Crisis
This Sunday, July 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Multnomah Meeting of Friends, 4312 SE Stark St, Portland. 

Chelsea Strautman and Sherilyn Holcombe Waxler, both immigration attorneys and members of Multnomah Monthly Meeting invite you to come with your questions and learn more about the current immigration crisis and the recent history of our country’s broken immigration system. 

In their words, “We want to answer your questions about how the current immigration system works and inspire you to do what you can to help people suffering as a result.” 

Topics will include the new “zero tolerance” policy, immigration detention, family separation, refugee and asylum law, DACA, defenses from removal, and the barriers immigrants face in accessing justice. 

Childcare will be provided.
 

Workshop on White Supremacy
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.
 
 
In the midst of wrestling with my kids, trying to listen well to my wife, attempting do my job well and be a decent human being in the world I often wonder, how can I overturn the systems that deform and destroy, especially the ones I’ve internalized? Did Jesus really mean I'm supposed to love myself as I love my neighbor? What does it really look like to love myself in ways that lead to loving my neighbor?

I imagine part of it looks like me being kind to my body. But what does that really mean? It’s so easy to get an idea of “healthy” and proceed to beat ourselves up with it – easier to try to impose an idea than to really hear our body. Being kind to my body might look like eating foods that work well with my body (the occasional chocolate rather than the daily or hourly!); eating portions that leave me energy to be part of life rather than want to sleep; doing something active each day but letting it change with the daily ebb and flow of things – walking, jogging, swimming, tree climbing, stretching, standing while I work, etc. Our bodies speak. What happens when we slow down when we're younger and biologically listen to the slow movements of grace?

Perhaps loving ourselves starts with naming the sin of self-hatred. This is one of the more pervasive sins in our churches and culture. It seems spiritual yet it’s an assault on the imago Dei, the image of God with which God has entrusted each of us. We say and do things to ourselves that most of us would never visit on another human being. Such actions toward another would bring us to our knees in repentance and to our feet for reconciliation (hopefully).

The Hebrews didn’t see the body as a vehicle to drive and use up in service of other stuff. It was inseparable from their soul, and they honored it that way. This way of viewing the body is so radically different I imagine we will need support to even try to see it this way. Maybe it would be helpful to confess our sin of self-hatred to another sister or brother and ask them to pray for us. “I’ve been really hard on myself lately and can’t seem to forgive myself; please pray for me.” Perhaps our neighbors will be blessed in the process.
 
Jason Minnix, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


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.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be at Eugene Friends Church on October 13 or October 20. Stay tuned for more information. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session will be May 17–19, 2019.

West Hills Friends meeting is currently hiring for a temporary administrative/communications coordinator to assist with tasks including work on our bulletin, responding to voicemails, coordinating the building schedule, and QuickBooks data entry. We are looking for an organized individual with strong editing and customer service skills. The position is expected to be 8-12 hours per week for 6 months. The position pays $14-16 per hour DOE. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact office@westhillsfriends.org for a job description and application details.

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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