Announcing the Sierra-Cascades Book Club!
Members of the Coordinating Committee met by Zoom video conference call on January 7 and worked through some of the following agenda items:
Click here to read their minutes
- The travel fund
- Quarterly Gathering
- Reports and updates from the committees
- The query for Annual Sessions
Want to connect with other folks in SCYMF? Want to read and discuss stimulating topics pertinent to our faith, community, and calling? Join the Sierra-Cascades Book Club!
First reading – Remixing Faith: Seeds of Renewal in the Quaker Tradition
by Wess Daniels
Wess’s recently released e-book is 40 pages, a digest of his full-length book that came out in 2015. The format is engaging with queries, images, etc. I’ve been reading it and it’s stirring up lots of questions and possibilities and a desire to connect with others and see what they think. You can download a free e-book or pdf version here
Dates – 7 to 8:30 pm via Zoom Video Conference
- Wednesday, January 23 — Ch 1: New Questions to Old Problems, pp 6-13
- Tuesday, February 5 — Ch 2: A Convergent Model of Renewal, pp 14-25
- Wednesday, February 20 — Ch 3: Four Features of Convergent Renewal, pp 26-39
- Monday, March 4 — Ch 4: Conclusion: Building a Community That Does Not Yet Exist, pp 40-41
I’m scheduling the discussions so that we have the opportunity to go deep with the ideas and what they bring up for us. Though there are few pages to read, you’ll find lots to think about! You do not need to attend all of the sessions. Please come to whichever you are able, having read and considered the text through that chapter.
Format – We will start with open worship, then introduce ourselves and check in, so that we are welcoming the Spirit and building relationships. We’ll go over some guidelines for our time together, establishing ground rules so that everyone can participate fully. I’ll facilitate using worship sharing, in which everyone has the opportunity to share in response to queries, and worshipful discussion when we respond to one another. If there are over 10 people, we may utilize “break out rooms” to talk in smaller groups.
Sign up — Please email Promise (firstname.lastname@example.org
) to indicate which of the four discussions you plan to join and to receive the emails with the links to the Zoom calls. To participate in the first discussion, contact me by today, Friday, January 18!
Frank Granshaw is giving a presentation tonight about COP24 (this year's United Nations climate conference in Poland). The presentation is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. at Multnomah Monthly Meeting and will lead in to a more general discussion about how Quakers can tackle the climate issues we are now facing. To broaden the conversation, they are inviting other Quakers to join them.
Eugene Friends Meeting is offering a special presentation by Dalit Baum, PhD, who serves as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Economic Activism Director. The focus of her work is on Human Rights. The presentation will be at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, on Sunday, February 3, 2019, from 5-6:30 pm. Doors open at 4:45. Light refreshments will be provided.
Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Preregister by sending your name, email address and church/meeting affiliation to email@example.com. If you are bringing children under 18, please send their names and ages. Please let us know if you need transportation or housing before or after the Quarterly Gathering. West Hills Friends is located at 7425 SW 52ndAve, Portland, OR 97219. Click here for the full schedule.
Quaker Heritage Day 2019 at Berkeley Friends Church, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00am to 3:30pm. “The Prophetic Voice of John Woolman” presented by Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D. Click here for more details.
Quaker men from churches and meetings throughout the Northwest will gather at beautiful Camp Tilikum, March 29-31. Their 2019 theme is Identifying, Sharing & Living Into Spiritual Gifts. Click here for more information.
Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019, at Canby Grove.
Pacific Yearly Meeting is accepting applications to fill the full-time position of Youth Programs Coordinator. The role of the Youth Programs Coordinator is to enhance the spiritual development and nurture of youth (“youth” being defined as children, teens, and young adults) and intergenerational community within the Yearly Meeting. The full position announcement, job description, and application process are posted on the PYM website, pacificyearlymeeting.org. The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by February 15, 2019.
Baltimore Yearly Meeting seeks a Development Director, who is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and securing new and ongoing gifts from individuals and foundations in support of Baltimore Yearly Meeting’s (BYM) ministries and programs. The Development Director builds relationships and affinity for BYM and for the future of the Religious Society of Friends throughout the Yearly Meeting. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of relevant and successful fundraising experience. Click here for more information.
Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon, is seeking applications for the position of full-time pastor. Reedwood is an urban, Christ-centered, multi-cultural church that welcomes all seekers of truth. Until recently Reedwood was part of Northwest Yearly Meeting, but it is now an independent Friends Church of approximately 70 affiliated persons. Applications may be made by sending a cover letter, CV and written statement showing personal commitment to Quaker values and testimonies to Susanne Christopher, Clerk, pastoral search committee, firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/
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