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 2/17/2021)

BREAKING NEWS

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 reports to the meeting: Feb 8.  See Instructions.
    • Deadline for registration: Feb 19.  See info page.
    • Deadline for proposals for Interest Groups at Annual Session: 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)
  • Pacific Yearly Meeting is accepting applications to fill the full-time salaried position of Youth Programs Coordinator. The role of the Youth Programs Coordinator is to enhance the spiritual development and nurture of youth and intergenerational community within the Yearly Meeting. The job description and application process are posted on our website here. The position will remain open until filled, however priority will be given to applications received by January 20, 2021. (12/04/20)
  • The Website Team is experimenting with a new menu structure and other ways to make things easier to find on the website.  Please check out the new menus and send us your comments.  (4/16/2020)
  • 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: We are actively working on the design of this website. Thank you for your patience and your feedback (send to pym.website@pacificyearlymeeting.org).