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Bulletin 07.19.2019

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Bulletin 07.19.2019
 
Journey Toward Right Relationship

From Anna Knierim, Equity and Inclusion: Dear Friends, Thank you for being part of this journey toward right relationship with the Nations whose land we are living on. One way that we can continue in the right direction is to learn about, support and honor Native American cultures. Summer is Powwow season, and a Powwow is a celebration often including food, dancing, singing and other ceremonies. Powwows are often open to the public and non-native people are encouraged to come and learn about various Native American cultures, especially, the Nation(s) that are hosting. Many Powwows are free of charge, but please donate what you can to show your support!

Here are a few general rules to remember should you choose to attend a Powwow (please do also check the website for the Powwow you’ll be attending to see their specific rules). Please use the word Regalia when referring to a special dress, mask, etc. Please do not take pictures (unless explicit permission is given). Please do not bring pets. No alcohol or drugs. Please use the back or middle seats/spaces, as the front row seats are generally reserved for the Elders, Dancers, and other honored guests. This list of local Powwows provided is by no means comprehensive; there are many, many Powwows and other events this summer that are open to the public and are great opportunities for us to honor local Nations.

Wiconi Living Waters Pow Wow - July 25- 28, 2019 - Aldersgate Conference Grounds, 7790 Marion Road SE Turner, OR 97392. All are welcome at the 15th Annual Wiconi Living Waters Pow Wow, also known as the Richard Twiss Memorial Powwow, on July 25-28, 2019 at the Aldersgate Conference Grounds in Turner, Oregon. The Wiconi Living Waters Pow Wow is a relaxed family and community oriented non-competition powwow held each year to honor and celebrate the best of native people and culture. All dancers and drums are welcome. The Wiconi Living Waters Pow Wow is a public celebration and all are welcome. Bring your lawn chairs and all ages are welcome. There is no cost for the event and the community meal is free. https://www.nativeknot.com/events/PowWows/2019-07-25

Chief Seattle Days - August 15th - 18th, 2019 - Chief Seattle Days is a 3-day public festival established in 1911 to honor chief Seattle, a famous leader of the Suquamish People for whom the City of Seattle is named. The first event was started on the current Celebration Grounds in Downtown Suquamish by local Tribal Members, community residents and civic leaders from the City of Seattle. At the time, the new town of Suquamish was linked to Seattle by foot passenger ferries which allowed city residents to travel across Puget Sound and enjoy the celebration. Many of the same activities from the 1911 celebration are still featured today including the traditional salmon bake, canoe races, baseball tournaments, drumming and dancing, and a memorial service for Chief Seattle at his gravesite in Suquamish. Throughout the years other events have been added to the celebration. These include a Coastal Jam, Powwow, Fun Run, craft and food vendors and the Chief Seattle Days Youth Royalty Pageant. https://suquamish.nsn.us/home/about-us/chief-seattle-days-2/

The Confederated Tribe of Grand Ronde Contest Powwow - When: August 16-18, 2019 - Where: Uyxat Powwow Grounds (next to Ft. Yamhill State Park) Grand Ronde, Oregon. The event is open to the public. More information will be posted as it becomes available. https://www.facebook.com/events/449529949136139/

Gathering at the Falls Powwow - Date: August 23 - 25, 2019 - Location: Riverfront Park. Address: 507 N. Howard Street Spokane, WA 99201. All are welcome at the 28th Annual Gathering at the Falls Powwow on August 23-25, 2019 at the Lilac Bowl in beautiful Riverfront Park in Downtown Spokane, Washington. The Gathering at the Falls Powwow committee is comprised of volunteers and is dedicated to coordinating and sustaining this free and spectacular cultural event for Spokane and our neighboring communities. The history of the Gathering at the Falls Powwow and the significance of the gathering at the Spokane River, goes back generations. It has been a sacred tradition for many tribes around the northwest to gather at the river because it gives life, love, hope and a sense of revitalization. https://www.nativeknot.com/event/2019-gathering-at-the-falls-powwow/178679
 


 

 

There is a short story in Luke’s gospel about two sisters, Martha and Mary. One way people have often found meaning in this story is to see Martha and Mary as representative of two “ways” of spirituality – the contemplative way (Mary) and the active way (Martha). The idea being not that one is more important than the other but that they are both essential, each “way” to be held in balance, enriching the other.

Whether or not that’s the best way to make meaning of the text, I think this may be one good way to characterize Quaker spirituality.

It is fundamental to Quakers to be active – to live out God’s love in concrete ways, not identifying ourselves primarily by our values or beliefs or what we are “for” but by the way our faithfulness to Christ takes form in actions and patterns of actions.

It is also fundamental to Quakers to be contemplative. To listen. To understand our own motives, hopes, and needs. To recognize our gifts and limitations. To draw on the wisdom of others. To take the time to see beyond the immediate, the obvious, the superficial. To turn off the noise. To slow down. To simplify. To learn. To be still.

Action may be weakened without contemplation. Contemplation may be incomplete without action. The two strengthen each other.

So Martha’s fine. Mary’s fine. They’re both fine. Don’t let the way the story is told tempt you to pick one. Let’s celebrate them both! That is the Quaker way, I believe.

Matt Boswell
Camas Friends


Announcements

On Sunday, July 21 at 7pm in the Meetinghouse, West Hills Friends will be hosting a Poetry Night featuring Portland poets Peg Edera, Juniper Klatt, and Bethany Lee. Join us for an inspirational evening of reading and music from the poets themselves. There will be a book table with Fernwood Press books available to purchase if you’d like to take the inspiration home.

Bill Denham will be reading from What Is Justice? A Personal Exploration on Thursday, July 25, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Ave, Portland OR 97227. Click here for more information.

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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