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 4/15/2021)

BREAKING NEWS

  • Meeting for Grieving, Sunday, April 25, 4:00-5:30
    It has been a difficult year and many of us are carrying a lot of grief. Come together with other PacYM Friends to grieve, to voice the pain that we are holding, to lay down our burdens and to be held in the Love and Wisdom of God and in the arms of community. For more details and the Zoom information, see the Ministry Committee’s webpage.
  • RepCom 2021 Minutes Packet has been posted to the PYM Minutes page. (4/5/2021)
  • Braiding Sweetgrass Worship Group (1st/3rd Mon @7pm PT): the Unity with Nature Committee, Indigenous Concerns Sub-Committee, and the Youth Programs Coordinating Committee of Pacific Yearly Meeting invite you to the Bi-Monthly Braiding Sweetgrass Worship Group on 1st and 3rd Mondays @7:00pm PDT. More information here.
  • Do you play a musical instrument? Would you like to play during lunch or dinner at Annual Session? If you answer “yes” to both of these questions, contact the Assistant to the Clerk (assistanttotheclerk@pacificyearlymeeting.org) and put “AS2021 Music” in the subject line.
  • PacYM welcomes our new Youth Programs Coordinator, Keenan Lorenzato, who began in that role on March 15. Learn about Keenan here. (2/26/2021)

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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

  • Representative Committee met Feb 26&27 and March 6, 2021See the RepCom 2021 info page for more.  Minutes are on the PYM Minutes page.  (3/7/2021 & 4/5/2021)
  • 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:  WebsiteEditor@pacificyearlymeeting.org.