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Bulletin 10.04.2019

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Bulletin 10.04.2019
American Friends Service Committee

A corporation meeting will be held April 16–18, 2020, at Friends Center in Philadelphia, PA, and we are invited to send two observers. Let the clerks know if you are interested in representing Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends there, and helping us discern whether we feel called to join American Friends Service Committee.
International Day of Peace

Every year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world in September. This year, Quakers signed a statement with over  130 peace building organizations. You can read the full statement People, Planet and Peace.. A Shared Statement by Peacebuilding Organizations on the FWCC World Office website.  
Reading group sponsored by the Equity & Inclusion Committee

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz, Beacon Press, 2014) Gather, worship, and discuss via Zoom video conferencing 
- Introduction and chapters 1-6 (116 pages) — 7-9 pm, Thursday, November 7
- Chapters 7-11 and conclusion (120 pages) — 7-9 pm, Thursday, December 12

Initial queries: How does this truth-telling about U.S. history challenge you? surprise you? change you? How are you seeing things differently? What are the implications for your relationships with Native peoples on whose land you live and worship? What does repair mean in this context?

Facilitated by Promise Partner. Email to indicate interest and receive access to the Zoom video conference. If cost is a barrier to you, Equity and Inclusion Committee has funds to support your purchase of the book. 



Learning & Action for Equity & Inclusion:  As part of the ongoing journey toward right relationship with Native peoples, attend an event led by Indigenous peoples in your area this fall. Listed below are upcoming events in Portland, Eugene, Bellingham, Seattle, and the Seattle area in the coming weeks. Let us know if you find others! — Compiled by Anna Knierim, Equity and Inclusion Committee


Oregon Trail of Tears and Other Hidden Native Histories
October 5th 11am to 1pm
Washington County Museum
17677 NW Springville Road, Portland, Oregon
cost: $8 for museum members, $15 for non-members

6th Annual Salmon Celebration
October 6th 11am to 4pm
Johnson Creek Park
SE 21st Ave and Clatsop St., Portland, Oregon
cost: free

Indigenous People's Day Celebration
October 14th 4pm to 9pm
Great Spirit Native American Fellowship
3917 NE Shaver St, Portland, Oregon 97212

Engaged Humanities: Partnerships between Academia and Tribal Communities (Conference)
November 8th 9am
Ford Alumni Center, University of Oregon
1720 East 13th, Eugene, Oregon


Changing the Way We See Native America (Project 562)
Thursday October 3rd 1pm to 2:30pm
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham, Washington 98226

Skagit Valley College Powwow
Saturday October 5th 1pm to 11pm
Skagit Valley College
2405 E College Way, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273

Seattle Indigenous Peoples' Day 2019: Love Knows No Borders
Monday, October 14th

  • Celebratory March: 9:30am- 11:30am, Westlake Park, 400 Pine Street
  • Bertha Knight Landes Room: 11:30am-1:30pm, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue
  • Evening Celebration and DinnerDaybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, cost unknown

Honoring Our Superheroes: Indigenous Educator Warriors Powwow
October 19th 11am to 8pm
Intellectual House, University of Washington
4249 Whitman Court, Seattle, Washington 98195

Annual Holiday Native Gift Fair and Art Market
November 29th to December 1st 10am to 5pm
Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 West Marginal Way Southwest, Seattle


Carolyn Myers of Camas Friends Church passed away on August 27, 2019. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m., tomorrow, Saturday, October 5 (potluck to follow).

FWCC World Quaker Day: October 6, 2019. This year’s theme is Sustainability: Planting Seeds of Renewal for the World We Love. Resources are available, and FWCC created videos on sustainability this year, including one video with US Quaker leaders sharing about the connection between creation care and Quakerism (including our very own co-clerk, Cherice Bock), and a second video with global Friends sharing about the impacts they are already feeling from climate change.

Way of the Spirit is hosting a mini-retreat at Multnomah Monthly Meeting (4312 SE Stark St, Portland) on Saturday, October 19, 2019: Find Life in Your Prayer or Spiritual Practice. 9:00am-12:30, followed by lunch. All area Quakers and interested seekers welcome! Facilitated by Christine Hall, Way of the Spirit director. RSVP to Natalie Ramsland,

Way of the Spirit is is an 18-month retreat and learning program for spiritual deepening from the wisdom of Quaker spirituality. Eugene Friends Church (3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR) is hosting an inquiry session at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 20.

"A Shared Voice on Earth Care" webinar: Monday, October 21, 2019, 10:00am (Pacific Time). Speakers will include: Emma Condori Mamani, a lifelong Quaker from La Paz, Bolivia, who is speaking out about climate change and access to clean water, Emily Wirzba, who lobbies on energy and environmental concerns for the Friends Committee on National Legislation in the US (FCNL), Beverly Ward, who is the Field Secretary for Earthcare for Southeastern Yearly Meeting, and Kallan Benson, a Friend from Annapolis, Maryland, who is a leader of the youth climate strike. (Sign up link coming soon.)

The doors are open for Way of the Spirit 2020, with a new distance learning option for far flung participants. Way of the Spirit is an 18-month retreat and learning program for spiritual deepening from the wisdom of Quaker spirituality. Details: | Using Zoom video conferencing, hear details and ask your questions of the program director and a past participant in the program. Zoom is free. Click a link below to register for an inquiry session (content will repeat each session):
  1. Sunday, October 27, 7:00-8:00 pm
  2. Saturday, November 9, 10:00-11:00 am
  3. Saturday, November 23, 10:00-11:00 am
  4. Wednesday, December 4, 7:00-8:00 pm

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of the Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community.  Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California.  Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries at

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