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Bulletin 05.31.2019

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Bulletin 05.31.2019
 
Affiliation Updates

The clerks are working on refining the minutes and will have them available shortly. Here is the news on the actions we felt called to take regarding affiliations:

FCNL – We are very enthusiastic about partnering with the Friends Committee on National Legislation in their ongoing work and want to formally partner with them. The organization is excited we are going to be working with them in this way and the clerks are preparing the formal request letter.

FWCC – Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends is clearly called to partner with Friends World Committee for Consultation, and they received the news with great joy that we want to begin the clearness process with them. FWCC, in their enthusiasm to work with us, had already appointed a committee of two and they have added our request to the agenda of their executive committee, which met on May 30th. As our section of FWCC meets every two years, if they feel clear about us affiliating, we would officially join in 2021 but could be involved long before then.

AFSC – We have a lot of questions about the American Friends Service Committee. Many also don't have experience or knowledge of this group so we are going to ask more questions, attend events, and get to know them better.

FGC – Many of our group aren't familiar with Friends General Conference or only have knowledge from the past, not knowing what the organization is like today. We are looking to send representatives to their gathering this summer, June 30 – July 6, 2019, in Grinnell, Iowa, where their theme will be “Peace in Our Hearts, Justice in the World.” If you feel called to go, please send an email to the clerks – clerks@scymf.org.

FUM – We felt clear to not partner with Friends United Meeting at this time, as they do not fully include LGBTQ+ Friends. We appreciate the work they do but cannot stand with them. If their personnel policy changes, we could reconsider. If you feel called to write them a letter about this, please draft a letter and work with the clerks on it. Our email is clerks@scymf.org.

For all these organizations, SCYMF members are involved in various ways as individuals, and we will continue to honor and celebrate their work. The clerks deeply appreciate the listening hearts of the meeting and the love we shared while listening to the next steps to which God is calling us. 
 


Letter from Freedom Friends

Freedom Friends would like to thank you for your long and difficult laboring over the split of yearly meetings, and the taking up of beginning anew.  We deeply appreciate all the work you have done, and we know that you still have much to do. Please know that we pray for you, and the fact of your existence and work makes our hearts lighter.

We challenge you to continue to be forward thinking, to continue stretching on the issue of inclusivity, and of course, to be diligent listeners.

Click here to read the entire letter.
 

Evaluations of Annual Sessions

If you forgot to turn in your evaluation of Yearly Meeting that was found in your packet, please scan it or type it into an email and send it to registrar@scymf.org. If you need another copy, send an email to us, and we will send you one.

—Rachel Hampton, Registrar
 


 

The World We Seek

Many of us attended the Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends (SCYMF) Annual Sessions this past weekend in Canby, OR. One of the highlights for me was the obvious enthusiasm for and sense of call toward partnering with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). 

I probably consider this a highlight because I recognize the value in having some kind of practical structure into which I can direct my values-based energy. For example, I know peace is important, and I'm excited about peace, but how do I funnel my energy around peacemaking into something concrete, visible, and truly transformative and helpful? I have talked with many of you about this same thing and have heard a similar desire expressed. We want to be, but we also want, in our being, to do. So what do we do?

FCNL is one answer to that question. Here is FCNL’s mission statement:

We seek a world
free of war and the threat of war. 
We seek a society
with equity and justice for all.
We seek a community
where every person's potential may be fulfilled. 
We seek an earth restored. 


I think we can get behind that, can’t we? :)

I encourage you to visit FCNL’s website HERE, and peruse a bit. In particular, you might visit their Issue List HERE and read about some of their focus concerns, including but not limited to: mass incarceration, income inequality, environment, gun violence, immigration, Native American advocacy, and military spending.

I look forward to discerning with you in the coming months and years how we feel called to participate in the work of FCNL and in whose lives we feel called to participate in a nurturing and liberating way.

—Matt Boswell, Camas Friends


Announcements

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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