An important note that we as clerks feel the need to share is that we as a yearly meeting have articulated one of our core values as welcoming and affirming the equality of all persons in all areas of life and ministry. As such we have included Friends United Meeting (FUM) in the list of groups we could possibly affiliate with for the purpose of information, since they are one of the umbrella organizations of Friends who would be open to us joining them. We as clerks want to clarify that FUM's policy about who can serve in ministry at the organizational level goes against our value of full inclusion. We want to reassure our LGBTQ+ members that we stand with you.
The list of Friends umbrella organizations that we COULD consider joining is provided so we know what Quaker groups are out there, and to see if any of them are a good fit for us. We will not join an organization whose values go against our core value of equity and inclusivity for all SCYMF members. Our process of looking at this list can help us to articulate who we feel called to be and which groups can help us live into our calling more fully.
An additional note of clarification: The description of FUM we sent out in Friday’s newsletter did not clearly state FUM’s policy about volunteers. We apologize! Here is a (hopefully) clearer explanation. Any Friend who is part of an FUM yearly meeting can be appointed as a representative of their yearly meeting, and can volunteer internally on committees and so forth. Friends who are LGBTQ+ and in a relationship are not able to serve as ministers in an employee or volunteer capacity, including missions work and peacemaking work, and other work of the organization. While some LGBTQ+ Friends in other yearly meetings have expressed the view that they would rather work from within the organization to change this policy, SCYMF has made the commitment to equity at all levels of our life together.
Since FUM’s policy goes against our value of full equity, we (clerks) are assuming that SCYMF will not join FUM at this time. However, we may want to do something such as send FUM a letter expressing how we feel about the policy, or do some other action to make it known that we would like to partner with Christ centered Friends but do not feel clear to do so, due to their policy that excludes.
The clarification above applies to a note from the clerks in Friday’s newsletter. Click here to read that newsletter.
Friends: If you have something you want to bring for the silent auction, please send an email to Eli Craig, listing what you wish to bring. Eli's email address is email@example.com. The silent action will begin at 3 PM Friday (although late entries are fine) and will end on Saturday at dinner time so that people who are only coming for Saturday can bid. Please be prepared to take home anything that doesn't sell. The silent auction benefits the scholarship fund for Yearly Meeting Sessions.
Rachel Hampton, Registrar
Annual Sessions Reminders
Friends: I’m trying to remember all of the other things I need you all to bring to Yearly Meeting. So here goes. Please bring a coffee mug and/or water bottle so that we will use fewer paper cups. If you have a copy of Rise Up Singing, please bring it for Saturday night’s sing-a-long around the campfire. Also, if you have a stringed or percussion instrument, bring that as well.
We will have access to a pool from 4-5:30 PM on Saturday and 1-2 PM on Sunday. There is no life guard and people must use it at their own risk. Children under the age of 18 must have a parent with them at all times while using the pool. If we receive permission from the camp, the teens will use the pool under the supervision of the youth workers with parents’ permission during those times as well. The younger children will not be using it without their parents being present.
Everyone who is staying in a cabin needs to bring bedding and towels. If you are staying in a cottage or the lodge, these are provided.
Don’t forget your silent auction items, snacks to share and board games for Friday evening.
Registration is in the lodge lobby beginning around 1:30 PM Friday. You’re free to arrive any time after 1 PM Friday. Please look for the registrar if you come at another time besides Friday afternoon. We will have a packet for you, a name tag, and your room key.
This should be fun!
Rachel Hampton, Registrar
Candidates for Recording
Correction to the Minutes
The Committee for Nurture of Ministry has approved the following candidates for Recording and will bring their names forward during annual sessions 2019. All five candidates have completed all requirements for Recording. In addition, they positively completed the 60-day feedback period. During the Saturday morning business session, the committee will present their names for Recording.
Click here to read more about each candidate.
The minutes we linked to in Friday’s newsletter inadvertently credited the wrong meeting with providing help with the abuse prevention policy. Credit should have been given to North Valley Friends Church.
Our next Annual Session has been scheduled for May 24–26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend), at Canby Grove.
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.
Ben Lomond Quaker Center is eager to welcome students entering 5th–9th grades for Quaker Service and Art Camp from June 22–29, 2019. Find out more: http://www.quakercenter.org/youth-camp/.
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).
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