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Bulletin 02.15.2019

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Bulletin 02.15.2019
Youth Summer Camp 2019

Cascade Church Portland, Newberg Emerging Friends, and North Valley Friends are teaming up this summer to offer a Jesus-centered camping experience for 6th–12th grade students. One of their primary purposes will be to create and foster a safe, trusting, and caring (aka: Christlike) community that brings to life the fruit of Jesus’ Spirit. Every camper, counselor, teacher, and director will be affirmed as a child of God regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
Summer Camp 2019: Registration Open
June 30-July 4, 2019 @ Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, OR
“The Woods” (for students completing 8-12 grades in the Spring of 2019)
“Fireside” (for students entering grades 6-8 for the Fall of 2019)

Picture yourself in the foothills of the Three Sisters, overlooking Suttle Lake. Your schedule includes a hike in the surrounding forest, team bonding at the “Spider’s Web”, Slip N’ Slide Quidich, and a Lip Sync Battle. Each night, you lay in your bunk with the smell of campfire and Smore’s in the air, settled in a peace that comes from an evening gathered in community, attending to the Presence of Jesus and learning to listen for the Voice of Love. How does that sound? 

Both camps (“Fireside” and “The Woods”) will be taking place at Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, OR during the same week. If you’re interested in volunteering at camp, please give Josh a call [503.537.6894].
Draft Abuse Prevention Policy

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) recognizes the incredible responsibility we have to protect the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of young people and vulnerable adults in our community. 

We recognize that having a policy is just the first step in protecting young people and vulnerable adults from harm. It is our hope that this policy will be the springboard toward creating a culture at SCYMF of safety and vigilance toward preventing abuse of everyone in our community.

Click here to read the full draft policy.
Recording Process Revision

Proposed revision for the confidentiality portion of the recording process: “The committee then initiates a 60-day period in which folks can give feedback to the committee. These may include positive affirmations and testimonials, cautions and concerns, or reports of problematic behavior. 

“The author of the feedback must identify themselves and give contact information to the committee in case further conversation were needed. However, upon request, any identifying details in the content of the messages and the identity of the reporter will be held in strict confidentiality by the committee to be shared with none other than with emergency response professionals in the case of imminent danger or a reportable offense.

Click here to see the full recording process.


Lessons for the Sacred Spring: Lent, Easter, Passover

Drawing on the ancient themes of death, rebirth and resurrection, how can we, as religious educators lift up a Quaker understanding of Lent, Easter and Passover?  The mystery of this season, while not easy to enter, can lead to personal and social transformation if the way is prepared.

Join one of these online conversation circles to discuss the challenges posed by the sacred stories of this season; to learn from others and to share successes and promising practices in your meeting.
Tuesday, February 19, 1:00 pm ET
Thursday, February 21, 8:00 pm ET

Registration is required. See below!

February Facilitator: Beth Collea, Wellesley MM, NEYM

Queries for the Conversation: 
  • How do we come as contemporary Friends to the ancient themes of death, rebirth and resurrection? 
  • How can we, as religious educators open the way to a Quaker understanding of Lent, Easter and Passover? 
  • How do we prepare ourselves to enter the mystery and carry something of Easter beyond the holiday in a way that feels authentic and faithful?
  • How can we care for families holding multiple faith traditions only one of which is Quaker?
Click here for more information.

Tuesday, February 19
1:00 PM
 Eastern Time
(12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT)

Register HERE

Thursday, February 21
8:00 PM
 Eastern Time
(7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT)

Register HERE


Quarterly Gathering will be at West Hills Friends Church tomorrow, February 16, 2019. 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.

Brian Drayton will lead a retreat, “Dwelling in Watchfulness: a Weekend for People with a Concern for Ministry” the weekend of March 15–17, at Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio. Brian shares the following words of invitation: “This weekend offers a rare opportunity to gather with Friends from several yearly meetings to explore our experience, our challenges, our joys, and our growing edges in the service of gospel mnistry. If you cannot come, please encourage others to consider it — especially younger ministers.” Email Ken Jacobsen ( for more information.

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, or you can click here for a registration form.

The second annual Pastors Conference will be Tuesday, April 23rd (noon), to Thursday, April 25th (noon), at McMenamins Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060). 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 ( for information about registration, costs, and more details about what to expect.

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, To see the complete job description, click here

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