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Bulletin 09.27.2019

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Bulletin 09.27.2019
 
Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee met by Zoom video conference call on September 10, and discussed some of the following agenda items:
  • Committee reports and questions
  • FCNL representation
  • Quarterly Gathering in Eugene
  • New member meetings
Click here to read the minutes.
 
Business Items for Quarterly Gathering

Action items for Quarterly Gathering tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, 2019, in Eugene:

Suggested simple statement of who we are for website and elsewhere: “a Christ-centered, inclusive Quaker community.”  – “The Coordinating Committee would like to suggest that Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends formally approves a simple statement defining who we are to be added to our website and other fitting places. This simple statement was gleaned out of the discussions held last year during Fall and Winter Quarterly Gatherings. We recommend the following statement, and also a simple statement defining what is meant by each of the following three phrases: ‘a Christ-centered, inclusive Quaker community.’”

Recording process: change from 60-day response period to 30-day for prospective recorded ministers.

New individual members and congregations: Roy Gathercoal, Kathleen Gathercoal, Silverton Friends Church, Hillsboro Friends Church.

New members nominated to committees:
  • Nominating Committee: Matt Boswell (Camas) and Eric Muhr (Silverton) – 2022
  • Coordinating: Roy Gathercoal (North Valley) – 2022
  • Equity & Inclusion: Anna Scott-Hinkle (Eugene) – 2022
  • Quarterly Gathering: Lynette Cortez (Silverton) – 2022
 
Reading group sponsored by the Equity & Inclusion Committee

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz, Beacon Press, 2014)
“A project of truth-telling and repair”
“A springboard to dialogue about history, the present reality of Indigenous peoples’ experience, and the meaning and future of the US itself”

Gather, worship, and discuss via Zoom video conferencing 
- Introduction and chapters 1-6 (116 pages) — 7-9 pm, Thursday, November 7
- Chapters 7-11 and conclusion (120 pages) — 7-9 pm, Thursday, December 12

Initial queries: How does this truth-telling about U.S. history challenge you? surprise you? change you? How are you seeing things differently? What are the implications for your relationships with Native peoples on whose land you live and worship? What does repair mean in this context?

Facilitated by Promise Partner. Email pbpartner@gmail.com to indicate interest and receive access to the Zoom video conference. If cost is a barrier to you, Equity and Inclusion Committee has funds to support your purchase of the book. 

 

 

Come join us tomorrow, Saturday, September 28th, at Eugene Friends Church for a day’s worth of activities - worship, music, learning experiences, meals, and even fun.

9:00 – 10:00 am Committee meetings
10:00 – 11:00 am  Worship (facilitated by Nate Macy and friends)
11:00 – 12:00 pm  Worship through Business
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 pm  Activity 
2:00 – 3:45 pm Worship through Business
4:00 – 5:00 pm Workshops

  • Creating Right Relationships with Indigenous Peoples
  • Water, Climate Change, and Public Health: Our Work with the Maasai
  • Sharing Stories that Change Lives: A Short History of Quaker Publishing and a Vision for the Future of Friends

5:00 pm Dinner

Child care will be provided beginning at 8:55 am and throughout the day except at meals and during the activity. 

Vegan and gluten-free food will be available.

Please register soon by sending an email to registrar@scymf.org 

Please state in your email:

Your name and the names of whoever is coming with you. Are you bringing children? If so, how many and how old are they? Do  you need a ride to Eugene? Or can you give someone else a ride? If so, from where? Will you need place to stay the night?
 

Eugene Friends Church: 3495 W. 18TH Ave, Eugene, OR


Announcements

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this fall will be tomorrow, Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eugene Friends Church – 3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402. Click here for more information. Pre-register by emailing registrar@scymf.org.

Carolyn Myers of Camas Friends Church passed away on August 27, 2019. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 (potluck to follow).

Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) invites you to join Quakers around the world to celebrate the 6th annual World Quaker Day on Sunday 6 October. 

Way of the Spirit is hosting a mini-retreat at Multnomah Monthly Meeting (4312 SE Stark St, Portland) on Saturday, October 19, 2019: Find Life in Your Prayer or Spiritual Practice. 9:00am-12:30, followed by lunch. All area Quakers and interested seekers welcome! Facilitated by Christine Hall, Way of the Spirit director. RSVP to Natalie Ramsland, natalie@sweetpeabicycles.com

Way of the Spirit is is an 18-month retreat and learning program for spiritual deepening from the wisdom of Quaker spirituality. Eugene Friends Church (3495 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR) is hosting an inquiry session at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 20.

The doors are open for Way of the Spirit 2020, with a new distance learning option for far flung participants. Way of the Spirit is an 18-month retreat and learning program for spiritual deepening from the wisdom of Quaker spirituality. Details: https://goodnewsassoc.org/spirit/ | Using Zoom video conferencing, hear details and ask your questions of the program director and a past participant in the program. Zoom is free. Click a link below to register for an inquiry session (content will repeat each session):
  1. Sunday, October 27, 7:00-8:00 pm
  2. Saturday, November 9, 10:00-11:00 am
  3. Saturday, November 23, 10:00-11:00 am
  4. Wednesday, December 4, 7:00-8:00 pm

Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends Quarterly Gathering this winter will be at Silverton Friends Church – 229 Eureka Ave, Silverton, OR 97381 – on Saturday, February 29. More information to come.

Annual Gathering for Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends will be in June 2020. More information to come.

Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries is happy to announce the return of the Deeper Roots program. Deborah Shaw, Deborah Fisch, and Lloyd Lee Wilson will lead a group of committed Friends in a “deep dive” into the history of our Quaker faith, a Quaker perspective on the Bible and how to benefit from it, sampling spiritual practices and disciplines valuable to Friends, and building authentic spiritual community.  Four long weekend residencies over 18 months, beginning 9/10-13, 2020, at Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California.  Suitable for seasoned Friends as well as those relatively new to Quakerism. For more details or to request an application, visit Broken Vessels Quaker Ministries at bvqministries.org

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