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Bulletin 09.21.2018

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Bulletin 09.21.2018
Justice
 
 
Register for Quarterly Gathering

Come join us on October 20th at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities – worship, music, a learning experience, meals, and even fun. We’ll also discuss the central question facing us: “Who does God want us to become?”

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org. Please state in your email:
  • Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you
  • Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they?
  • Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where?
  • Will you need place to stay the night?
 

Young Adult Friends Development Fund

Friends World Committee for Consultation is happy to announce the availability of the new Young Adult Friends Development Fund. The Fund has been created from Quaker Youth Pilgrimage monies, and we hope it will generate similarly powerful experiences of deep spiritual connection and encouragement for Young Adult Friends.  

Please consider applying for events and projects that benefit and strengthen the network of Young Adult Friends around the world according to the objectives and requirements. We have a preference for engaging in partnerships and for working across theological and cultural differences and across Sections.

Click here to find the case statement, the invitation to apply, and the application form. This is also posted on the FWCC World Office web site fwcc.world/.  In the invitation there is a list of people you can contact in your Section and in the World Office. We encourage you to test your proposal – to share your thinking – with someone in FWCC before submitting an application. Feel free to write to Susanna Mattingly at susannam@fwcc.world

So be creative!  Work in partnership across the world!  Think in terms of possibilities!
 
 
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking to add from 2–6 additional members. The role of this committee is to serve as financial stewards on behalf of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF). Because SCYMF is brand new, much of the committee’s work will be to respond to the rising ministries and project leadings in which God is calling SCYMF to collectively engage.

If you excel at money management, bring wisdom and discernment into your business decisions, and have a passion for stewarding financial resources to liberate people to engage in God’s transformative work, then we would love to have you join our group. Please fill out the online nominations form at https://www.scymfriends.org/nominations-form. You may also use the form to nominate others to this committee. If you have any questions, contact nominating@scymf.org.
 
 

I grew up in the civil war years of Beirut. I was taught early on the meaning of Christ’s love and constancy. This was important as civil war raged around me for most of my childhood. From my childhood experience I drew my initial conviction to seek reconciliation, healing and restoration of relationships in Christ. Peacemaking as a faith conviction was later more fully developed at George Fox University and through subsequent experience.

From 2002-2009 my wife, Holly, and I worked with World Vision in Jerusalem. We were driven by a motivation to act because of events here at home after 9/11 and a new war offensive in Palestine and Israel. This phase of our life was a life-changing experience that vividly merged calling with practical application. We worked with Palestinians and Israelis, sought justice and nonviolent resolutions, and witnessed tangible ways advocacy and peace-building contributed to furthering the goals outlined in Luke 4. These goals are all decisive elements for real transformation to take place. True and lasting reconciliation cannot happen without the holistic addressing of justice issues, while also seeking to put in place the space to build trust, reconciliation and to allow the Spirit to work in transforming the oppressed and the oppressor alike.

Since returning to the U.S. in May 2009 after seven years working in Jerusalem, I entered seminary, praying for a renewed sense of leading in peacemaking that will nurture healing and transformation

Allyn Dhynes, adapted from the 2011 Daily Reader


Announcements

West Hills Friends Meeting is seeking a temporary Released Minister (Interim Pastor) to minister with us during our pastoral transition period. Click here to find out more about West Hills and about this position.

First Friends Meeting, a Quaker Meeting offering both programmed & unprogrammed worship, is seeking a full-time pastor. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, First Friends was founded in 1891 and is a member of the North Carolina Fellowship of Friends (FUM). The Meeting seeks to be a welcoming, community-involved, spiritual body serving the needs of its congregation and community. We are looking for a pastor grounded in Quaker tradition who is able to bring inspiring & challenging messages, offer personal & spiritual development, and lead a heterogeneous body of worshipers into enduring connection with the Divine. See a complete job description and application instructions on our website: www.firstfriendsmeeting.org/pastorsearch

A planning meeting for the next Northwest Quaker Men's Gathering will be hosted by Camas Friends Church on 29 September, from 10 AM until 4 PM. Click here for more details.

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. Click here to register. Meetings will take place at the Dumas Bay Centre. Click here for more information.

Our next Quarterly Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church on October 20. Find more information on our Events page. 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.

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