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. Our book of Faith and Practice describes the beliefs of Friends, PYM’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 3/30/2020)

BREAKING NEWS

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT ANNUAL SESSION 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pacific Yearly Meeting’s Annual Gathering for 2020, previously scheduled for July 10-15 at Walker Creek Ranch, will instead be held “virtually” (i.e. online) over a longer period of time over the summer.  See the Clerk’s Announcement for further explanation.  Information about these upcoming virtual programs will be disseminated via email and on this website as soon as they are scheduled.

Read the earlier message from Presiding Clerk Sandy Kewman relaying guidance from the State of California regarding the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.  Such guidance from CA (or from appropriate state or country authorities if outside CA) would apply to all gatherings and activities put on by Meetings and Worship Groups within Pacific Yearly Meeting.

PacYM’s WEEKLY ONLINE MEETING FOR WORSHIP:  All Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends are invited to an ongoing online meeting for worship with attention to the well being of our yearly meeting community.  Every Wednesday, 7:00-7:30 pm.

We also invite you to see many additional opportunities for online worship listed at westernfriend.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

COMMITTEE NEWS

  • Youth Programs Coordinating Committee (YPCC) is happy to announce that Rebekah Percy has been hired as the Interim Youth Programs Coordinator.  She began work on March 23rd.
  • RepCom 2020 (Representative Committee 2020) met March 6-8, 2020, in Visalia, CA.  Minutes of the meeting will be posted soon.  A resulting updated Roster of PYM Officeholders is now available on the Nominating Committee page.
  • Secretariat: Progress is being made toward scanning historical meeting minutes of PYM and making them available on the website.  Most minutes for 1947-1981 are now posted, with gaps in the 1960’s.  See the PYM Minutes page.

OLDER COMMITTEE NEWS

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • San Mateo Worship Group, recently formed under the care of Palo Alto Meeting, is going strong.  They meet on 1st and 3rd First Days.  They welcome all seekers, including those new to Quaker worship, to join them.  See their website for details.
  • Chico Friends Meeting (located near Paradise, CA) set up a Quaker Fund for people affected by the Camp Fire in northern California.  All contributions have now been allocated and the fund is closed.
  • GRANTS available:
    • Youth Programs Fund (of the Bob Vogel Endowment): Applications due on or before March 20th, June 20th, September 20th, and December 20th
    • Other funding sources: see our Quaker Grants page
  • WEBSITE REVISIONS: We are in the process of redesigning and cleaning up this website. Thank you for your feedback and patience! The website is under the care of the PYM Communications Committee.
    • Trying to find something on this site? First try using the menu bar near the top of the page or the announcements on this home page. If that doesn’t work, you might try some options shown on the right side of this page: the site Search box, the Categories list, or browsing through the recent posts. (Note that the search box and categories list only cover a portion of the site.)
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