Call to Junior Yearly Meeting 2014

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Dear Possible Junior Yearly Meeting Attenders,

Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) 2014 is just around the corner and all of us from the JYM planning committee are interested in having you join us! While there is a general age limit (grades 9-12 are recommended), attendance is based primarily upon maturity level and self-readiness. So don’t hesitate to ask your parents, anyone on the JYM planning committee, or even other Quakers familiar with the program about registering for JYM, the Middle School program, or as a Young Adult Friend.

This summer, Pacific Yearly Meeting is taking place at Walker Creek Ranch from July 14 thru 19, so mark your calendars! JYM is an opportunity to build long-lasting friendships and a strong community with other teens as well as the Friendly Adult Presences (FAPs) who stay with us.

Should you have concerns about your parents not being able to attend and/or money issues chances are you may still be able to attend. There is a lot of financial aid available, as well as possible help from both your yearly and monthly meetings. If your parents are not planning on attending, don’t count yourself out! There are plenty of Quakers adults who would be happy to sponsor you for the duration of JYM. Ask an adult you trust or  someone from your Meeting who is attending and able to sponsor, or feel free to ask our JYM adult co-clerk, Sue Torrey sjtorrey@charter.net, if you need help finding a sponsor.

Junior Yearly Meeting is a welcoming self-led community where we, along with the FAPs present, decide our own values and expectations; these accommodate both the parental concerns, as well was what we expect from one another. The week is filled with games, worship sharing, taking part in a service project, community night, transformative workshops, and a huge dance party!

If all this sounds something like you’d enjoy, don’t wait another second!

Here are all the links you need to register for this summer’s JYM.

Hope to see you there!

2014 JYM Planning Committee:

Co-Clerks: Alex Gillespie (San Diego), Hannah Mackinney (Strawberry Creek), Miriam Myers (San Francisco)

M&O Clerk: Natasha Herrera (Mexico City)

M&O: Maya Price (Berkeley FC), Jarod Rischpater (Palo Alto), David Shaw (Santa Monica)

For more information, contact the JYM Committee: jym@pacificyearlymeeting.org

M&O Request For Input For PYM Annual Session 2014

Dear Monthly Meeting Clerks and PYM Reps:

There is considerable energy and discussion among PYM Friends about what makes wider Quaker gatherings deepening and nourishing as well as the challenges that arise as Friends contemplate distance, schedules, and costs of attendance.  As Friends are brainstorming and generating ideas which might be useful for our Yearly Meeting to consider for our future sessions, we want to hear from our Monthly Meetings.  Please set aside some time at your June or July business meeting to give the following queries some thought.  We are especially interested in hearing from Friends (whether members or attenders) who do NOT tend to go to Quarterly or Yearly Meeting, to find out what would draw them in and what is currently getting in their way from attending.  It will be important to hear from as wide a group as possible, so we urge you to make time for this discussion and to send us your notes in whatever form they take.  We are not expecting your Meeting to come to unity at this stage, rather we are initiating the dialogue.

  1. What do you look forward to (or would you look forward to) when you attend wider Quaker gatherings?
  2. What have you experienced in a wider Quaker gathering that has inspired you or moved you to a deeper sense of Spirit working in your life?
  3. What prevents you from attending wider Quaker gatherings, in particular PYM’s Annual Session?  Could changes in format, schedule, cost, etc. make it possible for you to attend?


Responses can be sent to Barbara Babin, convener, Experimentation and Implementation Subcommittee of Ministry and Oversight, b_babin@yahoo.com.  Thank you so much for your consideration!

There will also be an interest group at this year’s Annual Session that Friends are invited to participate in.

Brainstorming The Annual Session We Want to Attend

Experimentation and Implementation Subcommittee of Ministry and Oversight
Facilitated by Barbara Babin, Bronwen Hillman, Valerie Nuttman:

We will facilitate a lively discussion about what inspires us about our Annual Sessions. Think about an Annual Session or other Quaker gathering that particularly inspired you. Please share your experience with us. How could we create future Annual Sessions that will be inspiring and bring more people in?

About Jonathan Vogel-Borne and his Keynote Address

Your Sons and Your Daughters will Prophesy” (Acts 2:17 & Joel 2:28)

Loving greetings!

I so look forward to being with Friends at Pacific Yearly Meeting this summer. After nearly 30 years of wandering in the eastern parts of this country, I am especially blessed to be invited “home” to the yearly meeting where I was raised. I grew up in Orange Grove Monthly Meeting in Pasadena. My first formal travel in ministry was under the care of Pacific Yearly Meeting. In 1982, with a minute from Santa Cruz Monthly Meeting endorsed by the Yearly Meeting, I took part in a cross-continental bicycle peace pilgrimage called the “Peace Peddlers.” Six west coast adult young Friends, all of us in our 20s, rode from San Francisco to Washington DC (touching Mexico and Canada), listening to the American people for the spiritual grounding that would lead to nuclear disarmament.

Leaving California in 1984, I moved with my spouse, Minga Claggett-Borne, to Greensboro, NC, where we helped organize the 1985 World Gathering of Young Friends. Minga and I then came to New England to serve the Friends Meeting at Cambridge as Resident Friends. From 1991 to 2013, I was the lead staff person for New England Yearly Meeting.

The Annual Session’s theme “Youth and Prophecy: Awakening to a New Creation” highlights my own call to name, encourage and live out our prophetic witness, fulfilling our divine purpose, dismantling the domination system, tearing down the religion of empire, building alternative communities and bringing all of us, all of creation home to the unconditional love of God. I have drawn the title for my talk, “Your Sons and Your Daughters will Prophesy” from Peter’s speech on the day of Pentecost—”these people are not drunk. It is only 9am in the morning!” (Acts 2:14-38). Peter goes on to quote the prophet Joel:

In the last days, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old ones will dream dreams, your young ones will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
And they will prophesy” — (Joel 2:28-29)

The Yearly Meeting Session’s theme acknowledges that like the early Friends—who were mostly people in their 20s and 30s, even teenagers like James Parnell, age 16 when he died in prison—adult young Friends in Pacific YM and elsewhere in the Quaker world are rising up with a strong, prophetic message and witness. We will receive that message at the YM Annual Session on Wednesday morning.

Again, even in this phase of my life—as I dream dreams—I am still and always will be a child of Pacific Yearly Meeting. I am so glad to be coming home…

In the infinite love of God,

Jonathan Vogel-Borne
jvb@thebornes.org

Welcome to JYM Program 2014 & 2015

ARCHIVE: 2014, 2015

2015

Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) Friends are teens, typically ages 13-18, between Children’s Program and Young Adult Friends. There are activities at annual session that middle schoolers and JYM do together to prepare for a transition to JYM from Children’s Program. Please contact the clerks of these committees to determine the best program fit for a particular Friend.

Calendar and general information for youth.

Info about JYM 2015 and the Annual Session at Walker Creek Ranch, July 13-18, 2015.

Info for FRAPs (Friendly Responsible Adult Presences): see the Adult Allies/FRAPs page for details.

Important Reading

Call to Junior Yearly Meeting 2015

Dear Junior Yearly Meeting Attenders,

Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) 2015 is just around the corner, and all of us from the JYM planning committee are interested in having you join us! While there is a general age limit (grades 9-12 are recommended), attendance is based primarily upon maturity level and self-readiness. So don’t hesitate to ask your parents, anyone on the JYM planning committee, or even other Quakers familiar with the program about registering for JYM, the Middle School program, or as a Young Adult Friend.

This summer, Pacific Yearly Meeting is taking place at Walker Creek Ranch from July 13 thru 18, so mark your calendars now! JYM is an opportunity to build long-lasting friendships and a strong community with other teens as well as the Friendly Responsible Adult Presences (FRAPs) who stay with us.

Should you have concerns about your parents not being able to attend and/or money issues, chances are you may still be able to attend. There is a lot of financial aid available, as well as possible help from both your monthly and yearly meetings. If your parents are not planning on attending, don’t count yourself out! There are Quaker adults who would be happy to sponsor you for the duration of JYM. Ask an adult you trust or someone from your Meeting who is attending and able to sponsor, or feel free to ask our JYM adult co-clerk, Steve Leeds, if you need help finding a sponsor.

Junior Yearly Meeting is a welcoming self-led community where we, along with the FRAPs, decide our own values and expectations; these accommodate both parental concerns and what we expect from one another. The week is filled with games, worship sharing, taking part in a service project, community night, transformative workshops, creative expression, and a huge dance party!

If all this sounds something like you’d enjoy, don’t wait another second!

See you there!

What is JYM?

“Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) is composed of Friends of junior high and high school age. They may hold a Yearly Meeting or meetings of their own during the PYM annual gathering, Quarterly Meetings, or at other times chosen by the Junior Yearly Meeting Committee. In keeping with Friends’ practices, they select officers and committees as needed, hold sessions and take such actions as are appropriate.

“These may include the composition of a Junior Yearly Meeting epistle or epistles. Youth are welcome at Yearly Meeting plenary sessions, and are asked to bring reports of their own sessions at an agreed time. JYM is an important part of the Yearly Meeting community and is encouraged to participate fully in all aspects of PYM. The Junior Yearly Meeting [Adult] Committee appoints Advisors to the Junior Yearly Meeting.” (See below for description of the adult committee.)

(From PYM Faith & Practice, p. 170)

2015 JYM Planning Committee:

Co-Clerks:
Email: jym [at] pacificyearlymeeting [dot] org
Note: PYM emails aren’t working at the moment.

  • Natasha Herrera (Mexico City)
  • Maya Price (Berkeley Friends Church)
  • Jarod Rischpater (Palo Alto)

M&O Clerk:

  • David Shaw (Clerk, Santa Monica)
  • Rose Nadis (Santa Barbara)
  • Miles Pangelina (Berkeley)
  • Nina Shaw (Santa Monica)

JYM Adult Committee:

Co-Clerks:
Email: jymadultcommclerks [at] pacificyearlymeeting [dot] org
Note: PYM emails aren’t working at the moment.

  • Sue Torrey (Central Coast)
  • Steve Leeds (San Francisco)

What does the Adult Committee do?

“The Junior Yearly Meeting [Adult] Committee serves as a support group for the Junior Yearly Meeting and as the liaison between Junior Friends and Pacific Yearly Meeting. The committee is responsible for providing appropriate adult leadership during Junior Yearly Meeting activities and is available to advise and counsel the Junior Friends. It helps Junior Friends arrange programs during the annual Junior Yearly Meeting <see p. 120> and at other times of the year. Ministry and Oversight appoints a liaison to this committee, to facilitate communication in both directions.

“The committee, officers and Clerks of the Junior Yearly Meeting and other interested Junior Friends usually meet at the Representative Committee session to plan for Junior Yearly Meeting. The Clerk of the committee and the Clerk of Junior Yearly Meeting jointly report to Representative Committee. The committee may also meet at other times.

“The committee consists of eight members who serve three-year overlapping terms, of whom two or three are appointed annually. To the extent possible, members of this planning group also attend Representative Committee. The Clerk or Clerks of Junior Yearly Meeting are members of Representative Committee ex officio.”

(From PYM Faith & Practice, p. 183)

 

2014

Junior Yearly Meeting Program 2014

68th Annual Session

YOUTH AND PROPHECY: AWAKENING TO A NEW CREATION

July 14 thru 19, 2014
Walker Creek Ranch
Petaluma, CA

Early Discount ended May 19.
Late Fees after June 9.

(We cannot guarantee registrations postmarked after June 9, 2014.
Each late registration will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
)

Get ready, register, go!

Forms to sign:

JYM Call to Annual Session

Dear Possible Junior Yearly Meeting Attenders,

Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) 2014 is just around the corner and all of us from the JYM planning committee are interested in having you join us! While there is a general age limit (grades 9-12 are recommended), attendance is based primarily upon maturity level and self-readiness. So don’t hesitate to ask your parents, anyone on the JYM planning committee, or even other Quakers familiar with the program about registering for JYM, the Middle School program, or as a Young Adult Friend.

This summer, Pacific Yearly Meeting is taking place at Walker Creek Ranch from July 14 thru 19, so mark your calendars! JYM is an opportunity to build long-lasting friendships and a strong community with other teens as well as the Friendly Adult Presences (FAPs) who stay with us. Should you have concerns about your parents not being able to attend and/or money issues chances are you may still be able to attend. There is a lot of financial aid available, as well as possible help from both your yearly and monthly meetings. If your parents are not planning on attending, don’t count yourself out! There are plenty of Quakers adults who would be happy to sponsor you for the duration of JYM. Ask an adult you trust or someone from your Meeting who is attending and able to sponsor, or feel free to ask our JYM adult co-clerk, Sue Torrey sjtorrey@charter.net, if you need help finding a sponsor.

Junior Yearly Meeting is a welcoming self-led community where we, along with the FAPs present, decide our own values and expectations; these accommodate both the parental concerns, as well was what we expect from one another. The week is filled with games, worship sharing, taking part in a service project, community night, transformative workshops, and a huge dance party!

If all this sounds something like you’d enjoy, don’t wait another second!

Above are all the links you need to register for this summer’s JYM.

Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact the JYM Committee: jym@pacificyearlymeeting.org

2014 JYM Planning Committee:

Co-Clerks:
Alex Gillespie (San Diego)
Hannah Mackinney (Strawberry Creek)
Miriam Meyers (San Francisco)

M&O Clerk:
Natasha Herrera (Mexico City)

M&O:
Maya Price (Berkeley FC)
Jarod Rischpater (Palo Alto)
David Shaw (Santa Monica)

2014 Annual Session Reports and Minutes

Walker Creek Ranch, site of 68th Annual Session of PYM. We look forward to you joining us in July.
Walker Creek Ranch.

68th Annual Session Theme: Youth and Prophecy: Awakening To A New Creation
Walker Creek Ranch Petaluma, CA

Dates: July 14 to 19, 2014

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CLERK’S CALL

 To PACIFIC YEARLY MEETING ANNUAL SESSION 2014:

            Join us for the 68th Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting, at Walker Creek near Petaluma CA, 14 – 19 July 2014.   Our theme will be:

 YOUTH AND PROPHECY: AWAKENING TO A NEW CREATION

  “What canst thou say?  Art thou a Child of Light and hast walked in the Light, and what thou speakest, is it inwardly from God?”

 -George Fox in 1652, as quoted by Margaret Fell in 1691.

 The leadership of early Friends was young!  In 1652, the height of the first great growth of the “Children of the Light,” George Fox was only 28—full of energy, fire and passion.  Older seekers of his time were often slow to awaken to the wonder of a new creation. Yet chronological age was not the key to this rebirth. At the heart of the new movement was a radical realization: “Christ has come to teach his people himself.”  That for which we hunger—that which fuels our power and creativity, our energy and passion, leading us to seek justice and peace—is already within us, a Blessed Presence to our hearts, veiled only by confusion in our minds. Fox wrote that following his own great awakening in 1648, “All things were new, and all the creation gave another smell unto me than before, beyond what words can utter.”  This awakening came only after years of struggle and disappointment, leading to darkness and despair: “I knew not what to do.”  Only when he surrendered his failed dream did he awaken to a new creation. The Prophetic Voice: Living from a Deeper Place Out of this death and rebirth came new strength—as it can come for each of us who has courage to surrender fully to the Source.  Fox strode boldly through northern England, speaking with power that came through him, with authority immediately recognized by those who heard him. Those listeners who were truly honest with themselves (like Margaret Fell, who broke down in tears at his words) were captured by the truth he spoke, convinced—convicted—by his prophetic voice. Within us we sense a place of deep authenticity, however named.  “What canst thou say?” does not invite personal opinions off the top of our heads; rather, it calls us to wait for clarity and guidance, then testify to our experience of Truth—to be “children of Light, and to walk in the Light.”  Our power comes through surrender to Truth.  A New Rebirth in Pacific Yearly Meeting Echoing Fox’s experience in 1648, Friends last year, with sadness yet gratitude toward those who had pursued it, surrendered another dream: the hope of a permanent location for Annual Sessions.  Through generosity and grace, the financial resources of that endeavor are rededicated to a cause dear to us all: the nurturing and growth of our youth, their Life in the Spirit.  Their passion and vision already bring fresh vitality and promise to Pacific Yearly Meeting.   At the 2014 Annual Session we will ask what the prophetic power of “a new creation” means for us as a collective body.  Can we be a corporate prophetic voice to the world?   Our 2014 keynote speaker will be Jonathan Vogel-Borne, former Secretary of New England Yearly Meeting, who grew up in PYM.  Jonathan is a gifted speaker who has led workshops at the FGC Gathering on “Practicing Prophetic Ministry.” We will also feature a plenary session led by PYM youth. Additional highlights of the 2014 Annual Session:

  • Attendance costs are lower this year.
  • First-time attenders will receive a $40 discount off their full-week registration.
  • We have streamlined procedures for financial assistance.
  • Because of Walker Creek’s flexible hours, we can return to scheduling innovations that were well received at Annual Session 2012 (also at Walker Creek), including:
    • Two parallel options for worship-sharing daily.
    • A return to a mid-day slot for Bible study and “Transformative Quakers,” the popular adult studies series (rather than before breakfast!).
    • Threshing sessions will prepare us for plenary topics coming later in the week.
    • “Fellowship Friday” will bring us together through fun intergenerational activities, ending the day with our traditional Family Night and Dance.
  • Walker Creek offers a variety of food choices.  
  • The relatively flat terrain will, we hope, pose little difficulty for those with mobility issues.
  • Because of Walker Creek’s proximity to Friends House in Santa Rosa, we hope to benefit from greater participation by our elderly members.
  • We will again enjoy the wildlife—deer, turkey vultures, raccoons, wild turkey, fox—and the spacious, striking natural beauty of Walker Creek’s remote site.
  • Questions regarding the program of Annual Session?  Contact the Presiding Clerk through the email below, or through the Contact Us link on the PYM website. You can also contact the Assistant to the Clerk, or the Clerk of M&O on the same Contact form by selecting their names on the drop-down menu.
  • Questions regarding the Walker Creek site?  Contact the PYM Arrangements Co-Clerks at arrangements@pacificyearlymeeting.org

I look forward eagerly to enjoying our fellowship and spiritual renewal at Walker Creek in July. Steve Smith, Presiding Clerk clerk@pacificyearlymeeting.org   The online Registration Form link.

PYM RepCom 2014

 PYM RepCom 2014

Was held on Saturday, March 1, 2014

Orange Grove Meeting

520 East Orange Grove Blvd.

Pasadena, CA 91104

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