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Bulletin 04.12.2019

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Bulletin 04.12.2019
Yearly Meeting Representatives Wanted

Do you feel called to visit another yearly meeting during their annual sessions this year to form relationships with other Friends? If you would like to be a representative of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends, please email the clerks at We are specifically looking for representatives to North Pacific Yearly Meeting in McMinnville, Oregon, July 17-21, and Northwest Yearly Meeting in Newberg, Oregon, July 21-24. If you feel called to visit other Quaker Yearly Meetings, we would welcome those as well.

If you know of someone who will be visiting our annual sessions, please let the clerks know at

Music for Annual Sessions

Musicians are welcome to join with Ruthie, Ruba, and Derek in leading worship at Annual Sessions on Saturday and Sunday mornings! Please contact Ruthie Tippin at if you’re interested.  Bring your heart, your voice, your instruments!

Volunteers Needed

Yearly Meeting happens because we all participate. As you register for Yearly Meeting, please consider how you might volunteer. We need people to help provide an hour or two of childcare. We need people to help with the sound board, to write the epistle, and to drive the golf cart for mobility-impaired people. We need chaperones for the teen cabins. When you fill out your registration form, please tell us how you would like to help. If you have any questions about any of these, email, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.
Affirmations +/or Concerns

Robert Wade, member of West Hills Friends, has been nominated to assume the role of treasurer for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in his roles as treasurer for West Hills and as a seasoned actuary. As part of the discernment process we are providing opportunity for all to give us affirmations and/or concerns about this appointment.

Click here to offer feedback.

Recording Process

One of the features of Recording in Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) is that following clearness of the candidate and the Committee for the Nurture of Ministry, there is a 60-day comment period. This is an opportunity for all of us to give affirmations and/or concerns.

Click here for more information on each candidate and to comment.

Commenting is open on Cherice Bock through April 23, 2019. Commenting is open on Matt Boswell, Ruba Byrd, Patty Federighi, and Leann Williams through May 7, 2019.


Speaker at Annual Sessions

From Judy Maurer: Benigno Sanchez-Eppler will be our speaker at SCYMF annual sessions! He will speak on “Courage in Crisis: Gifts from Early Friends.”

Here’s what he said in an interview with me:

“The founding generation of Friends lived in a world that is as confusing as ours. I’m comforted by how radical they were and how orthodox they were, in terms of the patterns of the early Christian church. So when Penn says Quakerism is early Christianity revived, he’s not kidding! I think for me it is exciting to go and try them out – as if they walked through the door of the meeting and they sat in worship and then they try to tell us ….”

Benigno has just finished up his four-year service as clerk for Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC), Section of the Americas. A native of Cuba, he currently teaches at Amherst College in Massachusetts. In collaboration with Susan Furry, who is also a New England Friend, Benigno just finished translating Barclay’s Apology into modern English and Spanish. Their extensive translations of the writings of early Friends can be read at

To register for annual sessions, go to See you there!


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). 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.

Renewing Our Meetings: From May 10–12, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Hilary Burgin and Henri Ducharme will guide our exploration of the connection between spiritual renewal and welcoming newcomers. Find out more about this retreat online.

Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove. Registration materials and conference information are now available online.

Abundance and Justice in Our Common Home: From May 31–June 2, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, Shelley Tanenbaum and Sara Wolcott will guide our exploration into how climate change continues to threaten our collective survival and into how Spirit is calling us toward greater connectivity across cultures, issues, and disciplines. Find out more about this retreat online.

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. Registration is open for the Suttle Lake Camp in Sisters, Oregon, June 30–July 4, 2019. “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).

Western Yearly Meeting is in a leadership transition. During this transition period the Yearly Meeting seeks to engage an individual to lead the Yearly Meeting in strategic visioning and restructuring to enable the Yearly Meeting to move forward with renewed hope and vision. This person will have prior education and experience in providing similar services for other Friends organizations. Please submit letter of interest, qualifications and resume to Western Yearly Meeting by April 30, 2019. c/o John Heshelman, Clerk of Search Committee, 1070 West State Road 42, Mooresville, IN 46158;, 1-317-908-8595

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