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Bulletin 08.10.2018

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Bulletin 08.10.2018
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Task Force for Abuse Prevention

The Nominating Committee is looking for people for a task force to create the abuse prevention policy for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. If you are interested in serving, please reply to this email or contact members of the nominating committee by email - nominating@scymf.org.
 
 
NWYM Restructure Allocations

Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church released a document, Restructure allocations as approved by Northwest Yearly Meeting Administrative Council. The Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Coordinating Committee has recommended sharing this document.

Restructure allocations as approved by Northwest Yearly Meeting Administrative Council
 


2018 Junior Meeting Epistle NCYMC

The 2018 [North Carolina] Yearly Meeting [Conservative] was one of the best Yearly Meetings Junior Meeting has had. We enjoyed many exciting activities. Including going to the pool and bowling. We also went on several nature walks with Brad, we learned about many trees and leaves as well as civil rights.

Click here to read the entire 2018 epistle from North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) Junior Meeting.
 
 
If I had my way I would refuse to watch the evening news, read the newspaper, or be aware of current events. I would hide my eyes and close my ears to pain and suffering so as not to trouble myself with the darkness of broken families, reoccurring violence, unquenchable greed, unprecedented loss of species of plants and wildlife, famine, war, deadly epidemics, injustice toward women, children, and minorities...I could go on but I think I’ve made my point. I wonder if you have shared some of my feelings?

“I don’t want to know.”

“The information and worrisome details are overwhelming.”

“What can one person do?”

I have noticed a growing challenge to incorporate my belief in peacemaking into a spiritual practice. I am conscious of Christ asking me to take off my blinders and partner in his feelings of anger, sorrow and compassion for those who are experiencing pain, suffering and injustice. Just as Christ turned to three of his disciples in his final hours in the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ has turned to me and asked me to watch and pray. Humbly, I have had to take off my blinders and see the reality of my own brokenness and the cumulative result of all of our brokenness. Sometimes when I enter this new-found space of prayer I feel as if I have entered a place of collective pain, and I shed tears with Christ for the suffering of others and the injustice done to them. As strange as it may seem, this is holy ground for me and in this particular time it is a new way I experience God’s presence.

My challenge is to resist my initial response to close my eyes and turn away. As you go through the day notice the times or circumstances you resist “seeing” and consider Christ’s invitation to watch and pray.

Lynn Clouser Holt, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


Announcements

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 soon. 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.

To anyone who may be interested in becoming the next Executive Director of Quaker Voluntary Service, the full job description and how to apply is now posted online: http://www.quakervoluntaryservice.org/employment-at-qvs/

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