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Bulletin 07.20.2018

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Bulletin 07.20.2018
Awake
 

Living the Change
We invite you to think about the individual choices you can make to reduce your impact on the environment, and how you can become part of the solution in three high-impact areas: transportation, home energy use, and diet.

Not all of these choices will be appropriate for every Quaker community around the world but we ask Friends, meetings and churches to reflect and ask, without judgement or guilt, what could we do to make a difference?

Click here to find out more about Living the Change.
 
 
Every time I fly, I’m reminded of the oddity of travel. I arrive  at the airport, usually far too early for my night-owl tendencies, and submit to the strange rituals of check-in, security, and boarding. By the time I’m on the plane, I’m often thoroughly disconnected from myself.

On long travel days, I used to tuck myself away inside somewhere and send my body through the day alone, coming back to awareness in another place. My body hurtled ahead, and my soul took a day or two to catch up.

Then I chose to go to sea and make travel my life for a year. And, while I could have lived every day in suspended animation, that kind of inattention is unsatisfying and hard to sustain. So I practiced staying awake to my own experiences, the good and the bad, the fearful and the easy – even in the slog of a long, slow passage or an excruciatingly boring night watch. I found as so many others have, that as I grew more attentive, as I expanded my ability to live awake and aware, my experience of my own life grew too, becoming deep and abundant.

It’s easier, sometimes, to go through life half asleep. We spend so much time in traffic, in line, in the waiting room, that if we’re not careful, we slip into almost constant travel time, waiting for something more important than this very moment  to jar us awake. But if we can learn to pay attention to that travel time, we come awake to God who transcends time, who lives always with us in the now.

Here’s the secret I think you already know: it’s all travel time.
 
Bethany Lee, 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

Worthington Friends Church in Kingston, Jamaica, is hosting work teams, 2–9 October. Contact goode.dave@gmail.com for more information, or click here to see the program announcement.

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 20. The following Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on February 16, 2019. Our next annual session has been scheduled tentatively for May 24–26, 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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