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.  Everyone is welcome.

This page contains information and individual documents related to the preparation for and conduct of the 2019 Annual Session, as well as its outcomes.  For information about PYM Annual Session in general, please see the Annual Session Information page.

REGISTRATION is open. (Link opens in a new window.)

COMMITTEE REPORTS are due by June 14 and should follow these Guidelines for Reports to Annual Session (updated for 2019).

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Advance Information

Clerk’s Call


Information for specific age groups

Ride Sharing

Some Deadlines for Annual Session 2019

  • INTEREST GROUP PROPOSALS: March 3. See How to Schedule an Interest Group at Annual Session so you don’t miss the deadline next year.
  • APPLY TO VOLUNTEER WITH TEENS OR CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: May 22 or until filledA 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.
  • BUDGET REQUESTS: June 1. 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 in time for them to deliberate and prepare their report and budget proposals which FinCom must submit by June 14.
  • ATTENDANCE ASSISTANCE REQUEST: May 27.  Access the form from within registration.  Ensure your Meeting communicates their decision about their portion of contribution by June 3. M&O will communicate decisions to applicants on June 10.
  • REGISTRATION or CANCELLATION: June 12 to avoid late fees. After June 12 registrations are subject to a 5% late fee and cancellations are subject to a $100 cancellation fee.
  • REPORTS: June 14. Committees, Officers and Representatives submitting reports for Annual Session should follow these Guidelines for Reports to Annual Session (updated for 2019).

Advance Packet and Updates To It

PYM AS 2019 Packet of Advance Materials will be posted in early July.  It will contain 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

Schedules and Agendas

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

Daily Miracle

This is 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

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: TBD
Coordinator: Lee Sisson (Palo Alto) <sissonleek@gmail.com>

Teens (Junior Yearly Meeting, aka JYM):
Adult Co-Clerks of JYM:
Muriel Strand (Sacramento) <ecoengr@comcast.net>
Sarah Armstrong Jones (Big Island) <sajonest42ne1@yahoo.com>

Young Adult Friends (aka YAFs):

See more contacts on the Contact Us page