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Bulletin 06.28.2019

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Bulletin 06.28.2019
 
For LGBTQ+ Friends

I’ve had it on my heart to create a safe place where we as people who are LGBTQ+ can share together our stories and our feelings around what happened at Northwest Yearly Meeting. The best way to do this would be over a Zoom call so to coordinate schedules, if you are LGBTQ+ and interested in being a part of this, please send me your name, preferred pronouns, and email to Sarah@SCYMF.org and I will send out a survey to find a good time.

We so love and appreciate all the allies who would want to share in this. Thank you. The best way you can support us in this, though, is through prayer. We need a time to share with each other and so this phone call will only be for those who identify as LGBTQ+.

Know that all names and content will be kept strictly private. You are free to share whatever you want. If you haven’t come out yet and want to take part, we understand, you are joyously welcomed, and we support your privacy.

Love to you all.

Sarah Katreen Hoggatt
 


Nominating Committee

Do you notice people? Do you like observing others and noticing what they are gifted at, sometimes when they don’t even recognize it themselves? If you said “yes!” to those questions, then perhaps you would consider joining the Nominating Committee.

We are in search of a few people to join in this good work. If you think, “that sounds like fun! But I’m not sure I’m qualified...”, then please send Joann Boswell (joannrenee@gmail.com), representing the Coordinating Committee, an email and she will be happy to discuss this with you.

If you would like to nominate yourself, also email Joann. The Coordinating Committee functions as the Naming Committee for the Nominating Committee. Thank you!
 


 

 

Disruptions can feel pretty safe until they begin to disturb our prejudices. Prejudice can take many forms. We can be prejudiced against people of another religion or ethnicity. We can be prejudiced against folks of another race or gender. Sometimes, prejudice shows up in the form of ageism or fear of refugees. Whatever form prejudice may take, it often keeps other people and groups at a distance, and the person holding the prejudice in power. Holding prejudice is often our way of playing favorites, and we assume God holds the same view we do.

When God disrupts our prejudices, it often feels like a wake-up call. This is, in essence, what happened to Peter in the book of Acts. Through a vision, God invited Peter to eat animals that Scripture declared to be unclean. Peter could not understand the vision until he was called to visit the home of a gentile who had recently begun to experience a softening of his heart and soul toward God. God led this gentile, Cornelius, to summon Peter to his house. Cornelius wanted to know more about God and God’s love.

When Peter arrived at the home of Cornelius, he came to the realization that God does not show favoritism but accepts everyone. The grace of God disrupted the prejudice of Peter and opened his eyes to the work of God in a group of people Peter had rejected. Peter could not do this on his own, it was the work of God.

It’s not easy to admit we may have prejudices. How can we open our hearts to God’s healing work in this area?

Scott Wagoner, adapted from Fruit of the Vine


Announcements

North Pacific Yearly Meeting is July 17–21, at Linfield College in McMinnville. The theme is Abyss: Faith, Hope, Kinship; and their clerk offers a video welcome. Click here for more details.

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Conference and Retreat, Claiming the Living Roots of our Faith. August 9-11, 2019, at Powell House in Old Chatham, NY. Click here for more information.

Come walk with West Hills Friends into the future. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our welcoming and uniquely diverse Quaker community as a full-time released minister. If you are interested in learning more about this position, go to https://westhillsfriends.org/jobposting.

Newberg Emerging Friends Church is seeking to fill three part-time positions. 
  1. Youth Pastor
  2. Children's Ministries Coordinator
  3. College and Young Adult Ministries Coordinator
Please review links for job descriptions and application information. For additional questions, please contact Steve Fawver at sfawver@gmail.com.

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