Welcome to Pacific Yearly Meeting!

We’re a community of a wide variety of “unprogrammed” Friends (Quaker) Meetings in parts of Mexico and the western USA.  After decades of independence we recently became affiliated with Friends General Conference.  We’re used to calling ourselves PYM, but in FGC there is another PYM, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, so we’re starting to say PacYM instead.

Our book of Faith and Practice describes the beliefs of Friends, PacYM’s structures and processes, and the spiritual foundation of these processes and of our way of worship. We’re a year-round community, and we have a summer gathering we call “PYM Annual Session.” Western Friend is the official publication of Quakers in Pacific, North Pacific, and Intermountain Yearly Meetings.
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Announcements and Quick Links (updated 2/26/2021)

BREAKING NEWS

  • PacYM welcomes our new Youth Programs Coordinator, Keenan Lorenzato, who will begin in that role on March 15. Learn about Keenan here. (2/26/2021)
  • The dates for Annual Session 2021 have been set: July 23-28, 2021.  See the Clerk’s Call to Annual Session 2021 and the AS 2021 Information Page for more information. (2/4/2021)

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Representative Committee meetingonline Feb 26&27 and March 6, 2021
    • All are welcome.  See RepCom 2021 info page for more info.
    • Deadline for proposals for Interest Groups at Annual Session coincides with the end of RepCom: March 7, 2021.  See Instructions.
  • See the PYM CALENDAR PAGE for additional PYM-related EVENTS, including youth and intergenerational events. Every other month events for teens and a bi-monthly support group for parents are also now taking place!

COMMITTEE NEWS

  • The Secretariat Clerk has finished scanning PacYM minutes from 1969 through 2000.  This means that nearly all PacYM minutes since its founding in 1947 are now available for browsing on the PacYM Minutes page.  We’re still working to fill the few remaining gaps.  (11/24/2020)
  • ARCHIVE of OLDER COMMITTEE NEWS

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Threshing Session on a Recommendation for a Paid Administrative Position to Support the Work of PacYM, Saturday Feb 6, 2021, 3:00 – 4:30 PM PST. Notes from the Threshing Session can be found here.
    • From Faith & Practice: If extended preliminary exploration is needed, threshing sessions may be appropriate. Threshing sessions derive their name from the assumption that through them the chaff might be separated from the grain of truth, clearing the way for later action on the issue. However, no corporate decisions are made at such meetings.
      The draft position paper has been disseminated to Monthly Meeting Representatives and Monthly Meeting Clerks in PacYM. The intention of this threshing session is to further explain and develop the concept of a paid administrative support position, to examine the need for the position within our Yearly Meeting, the cost, and the data that have been gathered from other Yearly Meetings. The goal of this session is to hear from the Yearly Meeting community. More information (including the Zoom link) is available here.
  • ANNUAL SESSION 2020 took place online, July 10-15, 2020.  All information about the session can be found on the AS 2020 Information Page.
  • Young Adult Friends (YAFs) have applied for and received a grant from the PacYM Youth Programs Fund (Vogel Endowment) that seeks to empower all community members and provide various forms of assistance to those in need through a yearly meeting wide Mutual Aid Project. More information on how you or your meeting can get involved is listed here.
  • GRANTS available:
  • WEBSITE REVISIONS: Thank you for your patience with the website.  Please send us your feedback and suggestions for the website:  WebsiteEditors@pacificyearlymeeting.org.