2019 Annual Session

Pacific Yearly Meeting’s 2019 Annual Session will take place July 12-17, 2019 (Friday through Wednesday), at Walker Creek Ranch near Petaluma, CA, USA.  This year’s theme is “Dwelling in Truth and Trusting Divine Spirit,” as described in the Clerk’s Call to Annual Session 2019.

REGISTRATION will open in May. The attendance fees list is available now.

This page will contain information and individual documents related to the preparation for and conduct of the 2019 Annual Session, as well as its outcomes.  At present it is mostly just a placeholder for information that will be posted in the future.  For information about PYM Annual Session in general, please see the Annual Session Information page.

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Table of Contents

Advance Information

Clerk’s Call


  • Registration: Click here to register. (Opens in a new tab.)
  • REGISTRATION will open in May. The attendance fees list is available now.

Information for specific age groups

Ride Sharing

Some Deadlines for Annual Session 2019

  • INTEREST GROUP PROPOSALS: March 3, 2019. See How to Schedule an Interest Group at Annual Session.
  • APPLY TO VOLUNTEER WITH TEENS OR CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: TBD. A fantastic way for adults to experience Annual Session and have your registration fees waived as well. Click here for more information and the application form TBD. 
  • BUDGET REQUESTS: TBD. Annual Session is where we approve next year’s general budget and any augmentations to current year’s general or annual session budgets. Send requests and input to Finance Committee.
  • ATTENDANCE ASSISTANCE REQUEST: TBD. Access the form from within registration. Submit online or by mail. Ensure your Meeting communicates their decision about their portion of contribution by TBD. M&O will communicate decisions on TBD.
  • REGISTRATION or CANCELLATION: TBD to avoid late fees. After TBD registrations are subject to a 5% late fee and cancellations are subject to a $100 cancellation fee.
  • REPORTS: June 14, 2019. Committees, Officers and Representatives submitting reports for Annual Session should follow the instructions at the bottom of this page. INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE UPDATED FOR 2019

Advance Packet and Updates To It

  • PYM AS 2019 Packet of Advance Materials will be posted in early July.  It will contains committee reports and other materials in preparation for Annual Session.  If you just want an individual report, you will find it below under Committee and Officer Reports.

The following are reports and information that are either “new” (i.e. not in the Advance Packet) or have been revised or corrected from the version in the Packet:

During the Session

Community Expectations

  • Community Expectations for All Attenders 2019
  • Walker Creek Ranch Site use policies

Schedules and Agendas

  • Schedule for 2019 Annual Session
  • Plenary Agendas
  • The Schedule Explained 2019
  • Interest Group Descriptions
  • JYM Schedule 2019

Daily Miracle

The bulletin that seems to miraculously appear each morning at Annual Session with schedules, announcements and other information pertinent to attenders as well as to Friends generally.

Site: Walker Creek Ranch

Committee/Officer Reports

Arrangements Committee

Children’s Program Committee

Communications Committee

Faith and Practice Revision Committee

Finance Committee and Treasurer


Holding Corporation

Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) Adult Committee

Latin American Concerns Committee

Ministry and Oversight Committee

  • See also Racial Justice Subcommittee Report, below

Naming Committee

Nominating Committee

  • Note: Nominating Slates are proposals brought for approval at Annual Session. They typically go through multiple revisions in the course of the session as additional nominees are found. See the Nominating Committee page for the final approved PYM Roster as of close of session and for any updates that have been posted since then.

Peace and Social Order Committee

Quarterly Meetings Coordination Team

Racial Justice Subcommittee


Statistical Clerk


  • See “Finance Committee and Treasurer” above

Unity with Nature Committee

  • See also QEW Representative report, below.

Youth Programs Coordinating Committee and YP Coordinator

Reports from Outside Organizations and from PYM Representatives to Outside Organizations

Epistles from other Yearly Meetings

The following epistles (or excerpts from them) were read at various plenary sessions

American Friends Service Committee

Earthlight Bookstore

Evangelical Friends Church Southwest

Friends Bulletin Corp (Western Friend Magazine)

Friends Committee on Legislation of California

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Friends General Conference – Central Committee

Friends Peace Teams

Friends World Committee for Consultation

Quaker Earthcare Witness

Quaker Oaks Farm

Reunión General de los Amigos en México

William Penn House

Epistles from PYM Annual Session


Contacts (2019)

General questions about PYM and Annual Session:
Sharon Gates, Assistant to the Clerk, pymassistanttotheclerk@gmail.com

Joe Magruder (Berkeley) and Lawrence Alderson (Orange County)
PYM Registrar Gmail <pacificyearlymeetingregistrar@gmail.com>
Mailing Address to mail checks (made out to “Pacific Yearly Meeting”) for completed registrations:
PYM Registration; Joe Magruder; 1625 Curtis Street; Berkeley, CA 94702-1328.

Children’s Program:
Clerk: …
Coordinator: Lee Sisson (Palo Alto) <sissonleek@gmail.com>

Teens (Junior Yearly Meeting, aka JYM):
Adult Co-Clerks of JYM:
Muriel Strand (Sacramento) <auntym@earthlink.net>
Sarah Armstrong Jones (Big Island)

Young Adult Friends (aka YAFs):

Instructions for Authors of Documents for this Page

  • Officers, Committee Clerks and other authors of advance documents please do the following:
    • See the Guidelines for Reports to Annual Session 2019 (TO BE UPDATED SOON — DO NOT USE THE 2018 ONES) for more detailed style guidelines and a template Word file you may use.
    • Send in your report as a .doc or .docx file –or equivalent– (rather than as email text or .pdf). This will help the Secretariat and Recording Clerks have access to the text and formatting as well as simplifying our document management process. You are encouraged to use this template Word file TO BE UPDATED SOON — DO NOT USE THE 2018 ONE.
    • Name your report file like this: CommitteeName_Report_to_AS_2019.doc or .docx. For example:
      • Ministry_and_Oversight_Report_to_AS_2019.doc,
      • Latin_American_Concerns_Report_to_AS_2019.docx
      • Note that the names are quite long enough without adding the word “Committee”.
    • Email by June 14, 2019 to the Assistant to the Clerk (Sharon Gates) <pymassistanttotheclerk@gmail.com>.
    • We will post your report here as a PDF that we will create from your .doc.
    • Documents received by the deadline will be assembled into an “advance packet” distributed electronically to all participants. Documents received late will be more difficult for participants to find and may be overlooked. So please submit your report by the deadline or earlier if you can manage it.