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Bulletin 02.01.2019

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Bulletin 02.01.2019
 
QREC in East Africa

As we learned about the Faith & Play stories, we realized the sad fact that Quaker history in Africa is not properly documented. We want to collaborate with the FTC Kaimosi, Marian Baker, and the Earlham College Archives to document the histories of Quakers in Africa so that we can write the stories of important African Quakers, to share with our children and the rest of the world.

Click here to read the rest of the epistle from the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative gathering in Kaimosi, Kenya.
 
Second Annual Pastors Conference

When: Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon)

Where: McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060)

Last April, a small group of ministers gathered for rest, play, and mutual support. This group included current and former pastors of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) congregations, pastors of congregations who are not members of SCYMF but are engaged in the ongoing formation of SCYMF, recorded ministers not currently pastoring but engaged in the ongoing emergence of SCYMF, as well as partners/spouses of the above.

We will once again meet for two days at McMenamins Edgefield, following a structured but spacious schedule that includes professional massages, soaking pool, fireside chats, porch discussions, open worship, and solitude. We intend to create a space for ministers to continue building supportive relationships with each other, to verbally reflect on our respective ministries and receive encouragement, and to listen to how the Spirit is working in our congregations and in SCYMF as a whole. All are welcome, keeping in mind that discussions will focus on the joys, challenges, and possibilities of our lived experience of pastoral ministry.

Please contact Matt Boswell (matt@camasfriends.org) for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect. 
 
Join the Sierra-Cascades Book Club!

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
  • 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 Partner (pbpartner@gmail.com) to indicate which of the discussions you plan to join and to receive the emails with the links to the Zoom calls. To participate in the second discussion, contact me by today, Friday, February 1!
 
We urge all Friends who carry concerns for the Earth to attend the
March 21-24,2018. 

Join us for an important conversation with
 
Cherice Bock, Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends
Adrian Halverstadt, Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting
Shelley Tanenbaum, Pacific Yearly Meeting & Quaker Earthcare Witness
  • What inspires their witness for the earth?
  • What are Friends organizations in North America already doing ?
  • Connect with how God is at work in our lives addressing the multiple crises which threaten the web of life.
Susanna Mattingly, from the FWCC World Office in London, will also share stories from Friends from around the world, discussing how climate disruption has impacted their lives and how their faith inspires them to take action.

There will be both Friday and Saturday sessions, inviting Friends to consider how we are called to work together in care for the earth.

We see this as the next step in our efforts at facilitating grass-roots sharing about our common need for caring for the earth.

Announcements

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, this 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 registrar@scymf.org. 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.

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, jobs@reedwood.org. To see the complete job description, click here https://reedwoodfriends.wordpress.com/

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