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Bulletin 07.27.2018

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Bulletin 07.27.2018
Becoming
 

Threshing Meetings
The Coordinating Committee recommends that members and meetings plan some threshing meetings to discuss the topic that we will be spending time with at our quarterly gathering at Eugene Friends on October 20th: “Who do we want to be?” 

Specifically, we hope that there will be a discussion around the term “evangelical” as well as any other terms that have been used to describe us in the past as well as those that might be true about us going forward. We also encourage these threshing meetings be publicized in a such a way that people from other meetings can come to listen (not necessarily to participate, though that might be fun so we’ll leave it up to you) to how others are processing this query.
 
 
Coordinating Committee Minutes
The Coordinating Committee met by conference call on July 15. The meeting agenda included:
  • Budget
  • Child Abuse Prevention Policy
  • Committee Reports
  • Upcoming Gatherings
  • Outreach/Social Concerns
Click here to read an adapted draft of the minutes.
 
 
Greetings from North Carolina
North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) sent greetings and included a note to members of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends: “We are grateful to hear Lloyd Lee Wilson’s report of his visit to your yearly meeting, and we welcome the opportunity to be in fellowship with you.”

NCYMC 2018 Epistle
NCYMC Summary of Exercises
 
 
Early this week I hiked the Paradise Park Trail at Mount Hood. It was fabulous. Awe-inspiring. Energizing. Centering. Clarifying.

Although...the day might have been better had it not been for the occasional inconveniences. Fallen trees blocked the path, requiring extra effort to navigate the trail (the nerve of those trees!). Flies pestered me and followed me down the trail, buzzing and tickling (sorry my foot brushed the flower you were on, fly, but get over it!). The “leave no trace” rule cramped my style (everything here should be mine to take and use as I please!). The late morning sun left a red hue just below my neck, which I’d prefer hadn’t happened (excuse me for not wearing sunscreen, but what have I ever done to you, sun?).

I exaggerate my irritation, of course. But nature is a good teacher. And subtle as they were, these four moments remind me that not only am I a human, I am human. I am part of a family. Part of an ecosystem. Part of the whole. Intertwined. I am also ever at risk of moving from gratitude to entitlement and from entitlement to resentment.

I believe many things grow. That’s difficult to dispute. But I also believe we – all of us together, as a whole human community, one “thing” – are growing and becoming. That’s very easy to dispute. But I still believe it.

I think good hikers integrate themselves with nature, taking a posture of gratitude and respect, not entitlement and indifference. I suppose I think a good person does the same. I think this is important because we are not just “becoming” as individuals.

We are becoming, together.

Matt Boswell, Camas Friends


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.

From Christina Repoley: I have made the bittersweet decision to step down from my role as Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service. I leave this work in the exceptional hands of a strong staff team and board, solid financial footing, and a program that now spans five cities with over 130 alumni. Please help us spread the word to anyone who may be interested in becoming the next ED of QVS. The full job description and how to apply is now posted on our website: http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/employment-at-qvs/

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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