Daily Miracle – Tuesday, June 21

Schedule

Tuesday’s Schedule

6:00–7:00 Outdoor Worship (Amphitheater)

7:00–8:00 Breakfast

8:00–8:45 Worship

9:00–10:30 Bible Study (Fireside) or Worship Sharing

10:45–12:15 Plenary for Discernment

12:45–1:30 Lunch

1:30–3:00 Early Quaker Writings (Fireside) or Worship Sharing

3:15–4:45 Meeting for Business III Plenary

4:45–5:30 PYM Delegates Reports

5:30–6:30 Dinner

6:45–8:15 Family Night

8:30–10:00 Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups 8:30–10:00

12-step – Sequoia Garden Room

Allies of Friends of Color – Life Lab – Sandy Kewman

Friends of Color – Maple – Alvaro Alvarado

Iroquois Rising – Condor

Singing – Boogie Barn – Jan Turner

Other Tuesday Happenings

How are Friends Meetings Serving & Helping Communities – The Work Continues

There was a lot of fruitful sharing at the interest group on Friends Meetings serving and helping communities, which met on Saturday evening.

We are interested in meeting over dinner at the table near the ranch store to discuss the next steps.

This is your opportunity to help steward the effort of those friends working on similar social justice concerns.

Did you know that there is a monthly meeting in our yearly that is in solidarity with over 15 homeless people who live in their meeting house?

We will see you at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

In thanks – David B (San Francisco) and Linnea H (Chico)

Iroquois Rising

Shayne Lightner’s documentary, Iroquois Rising, will be shown tonight in Condor Room at 8:30. The Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team uses the sport they created to play as a sovereign nation in the 2006 World Lacrosse Championships. – Anthony Manousos

Elders

A call to elders: If you have eldered during annual session, please come for an elder check-in at 8:15 Tuesday night. Let’s gather at the rear of the plenary tent. – S. Bell

Last Chance for Guatemalan Handicrafts

The Guatemala Handicraft Store will be closing today at 6:00 pm. We have t-shirts and aprons for $10 and much, much more. Your purchases directly benefit rural Mayan university students. Please help support our 74 students while you Lighten our load.

Mil Gracias, Guatemala Friends Scholarship Program

Earthlight Bookstore Schedule

The store will close at 3:00 pm Tuesday, so we can pack up.

Wednesday morning we hope to load the van and pick-up before breakfast.

We offer you 30 to 50 minutes of aerobic exercise between 6 and 7 am. carrying bins of books.

White privilege

Let’s talk about the White Privilege Conference. For curious Friends and past attenders. Join Traci Hjelt Sullivan and Deborah Marks on the patio for Tuesday dinner.

Announcements

Quiet Room

Quail is the Quiet Room. It is only for silent reading, meditation, or contemplation. There are State of the Meeting reports, Memorial Minutes, and other reading materials. Do not use it for other activities even if you find it empty.

Worship Sharing Groups

Someone from each group should bring the packets and evaluations to the Info Desk after your sessions – Ministry and Oversight

Attenders List

A draft list of attenders to the PYM Annual Session 2016 is posted on the exterior of the Dining Hall. Please confirm that your information is correct, before 8pm. Copies of this list will be available Wednesday morning. – Registrars

 

Microphone Habits

Please be mindful of good order and loving consideration for older and hearing-impaired Friends.

Some are using headphones which capture the sound system, but not unamplified voices, no matter how strong or loud.  Please wait for the microphone to be brought to you, rather than using your “outdoor voice”.

When using the microphone, please

  1.  Speak slowly and clearly, as if dictating.
  2.  Speak loudly. Do not drop your voice at the end of the sentence.
  3.  Do not look down at your notes because your voice follows your eyes. Hold your notes up.

Travel Reimbursements

PYM officers, current committee clerks, and official representatives of your monthly meeting to PYM: Has thee entered thy name, and other required information, on a Travel Reimbursement Request form? If not, please get thyself to the Information Tent at thy earliest convenience!

Cart Drivers Needed for Wednesday

If you can help on Wednesday morning, please see Rick or Laura and let us know when you are available – Arrangements

PYM Annual Session 2017

Walker Creek Ranch, Friday, July 14 to Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beyond the Gathering

 

 

Western Young Friends’ New Year’s Gathering

The young friends of Pacific Yearly Meeting and North Pacific Yearly Meeting gather each year from December 28 to January 2 for five days of fellowship, worship, song, unity with nature and breaking of bread together. This year we invite you to join us at Camp Myrtlewood in southwestern Oregon. The gathering practices radical inclusivity: all are welcome, and childcare can be arranged.

See Erik Ostrom (registrar) or EJ Harkness (coordinator) for more information, or visit www.newyearsgathering.org.

Earthlight Plans

We can bring resources to your meeting or retreat. Imagine a Friday or Saturday book enhanced event at your meeting with book sales after meeting Sunday. We can do that! We can bring 6 to 12 plastic bins of books assorted to your specifications. We have Quaker books, resources on our testimonies, as well as materials for first day school. We’ll donate 5% of our sales to your group.

Our Board needs one or two more members. We could also use an apprentice bookseller or two since Tom and Sandy will be out of country next July. Contact any board member.

Sandy Farley, Board Clerk
Eric Sabelman, Board Recording Clerk
Muriel Strand, Treasurer
Tom Farley, Bookseller, Board member

 

Traveling Minister for FWCC

Do you have a calling to be a Traveling Minister for FWCC? FWCC is advertising for people who are interested in being trained as Traveling Minister for a two year commitment.

There are five positions open. The deadline to submit your application is September 30th.

For more information go to www.FWCCamericas.org or contact Hulda Muaka at huldamuaka@hotmail.com

Addendum to Clarification regarding FUN (Friends in Unity with Nature)

A Friend pointed out that there was no address to send news from Meetings and individuals about their concrete actions towards sustainability and decreasing dependence on use and investment of on fossil fuels.  Please send to Catya at cadeneergaard@gmail.com We’ll publish the news on the PYM website. Gracias por la vida.

 

Join the Woolman Community

…to help create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

The Sierra Friends Center’s mission is to steward diverse learning communities and educational programs that weave together spirituality, peace, sustainability, and social action.

We invite you to visit our campus in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The central campus, including the Meetinghouse, Dining Hall, Stone house, and 10 A-frames and 8 cabins, is surrounded by 230 acres of meadows, woods, streams, and ponds.

We also invite you to attend a Woolman Semester graduation (December 16-17, 2016), connect online at www.woolman.org, volunteer at a family work camp, rent our facilities, contribute financially, or consider serving on the board.

The Woolman semester brings together passionate high school juniors, seniors and gap-year postgraduates from around the country and sometimes beyond.

Camp Woolman and Teen Leadership Camp provide fun, friendship and adventure; play, swim, hike, and laugh together in a caring community.

For more information, see Joyce Samati, Sandy Kewman, Carl Sigmond, or Sarah Tyrell.

Personal Announcements

Eldering Requested

I gave a message in Monday night’s listening session when we gathered back together. I fear excessive emotion may have tainted the Spirit in the message.  Please feel free to approach me with any eldering or other comment. – Chamba Cooke

A Remembrance of Otto Steinhardt

I met Otto Steinhardt in or about 1966, after my family moved to San Francisco and started attending Friends Meeting there. Otto, whose children were young adults by then, often taught in First Day School.  I remember being in 5th or 6th grade and he tried to teach us the concept of mysticism.  I was mystified (!), but I understood it was important and I remember this nearly 50 years later.

Otto was a structural engineer by occupation.  He and his wife, Mary, were both dapper dressers and loved to dance. They both danced and danced at the reception following the meeting on the occasion of my marriage to Dan, 26 years ago. They really helped make it a wonderful celebration.

I’m grateful for his presence in my life. – Kim Lacey, Central Coast Friend

Do you see my gift?

Tell me. Orally or on message board. Let us affirm each other.

Daily Miracle – Monday, June 20

 

Schedule

Monday’s Schedule

6:00–7:00 Outdoor Worship (Amphitheater)

7:00–8:00 Breakfast

8:00–8:45 Worship (hosted by JYM)

9:00–10:30 Bible Study (Fireside) or Worship Sharing

10:45–12:15 Meeting for Business II Plenary

12:45–1:30 Lunch

1:30–3:00 Early Quaker Writings (Fireside) or Worship Sharing

3:15–4:45 Interest Groups III

4:45–5:30 Intergenerational Games

5:30–6:30 Dinner

6:45–8:15 Plenary for Listening

8:30–10:00 Dance

Monday Interest Groups 3:15–4:45

Inviting the Presence in Meeting for Worship for Business. Traci Hjelt Sullivan – Fireside

Many Friends use the term “Meeting for Worship with an Attention to Business.” How can we cultivate Love and connection to Spirit in business meeting? This will be a combination of sharing within the group, brainstorming, and some ideas that Traci is bringing. – Ministry & Oversight

39 Questions for White People. Alvaro Alvarado, Patricia Portillo, Laura Magnani, Sandy Kewman, Deborah Marks, MaryAnn Michaels, Diego Navarro, Steve Smith, Janet Gastil – Maple

This simple text asks complex questions about race and accountability. This work started as an experiment based in the artist’s curiosity about how whiteness is framed and understood by white people. The artist says,“The work of creating the book became an exercise in turning the emotional labor of racism into tangible physical labor. I was able to turn all that pain into an object, which is incredibly strange, but also incredibly freeing.” – Ministry & Oversight, Racial Justice

Child Refugees and Migration. Reverend Deborah Lee – Garden Room

This interest group will explore the multiple ways available to support the New Sanctuary Movement with our new Central American refugees. We will also address “advocacy”; and Interfaith collaboration, among other things. Rev. Deborah Lee, leader of the interfaith group in the Bay Area working with immigrants, will present and facilitate the discussion. – Child Refugee & Migration, LACC

Native Americans + Quakers + Land = Spring Youth Service-Learning Camp and …? Alyssa Nelson (YPC), Jim Summers (YPCC Clerk), and Campers & Staff

Come hear stories of how we are growing intercultural and intergenerational relationships on the Land: Quaker Oaks Farm, the Wukchumni People, other Native Americans from the Fresno area, and the PYM Youth Programs Coordinator & Committee have been collaborating on a teen camp (held three times so far) on this ancestral Wukchumni land near Visalia, CA. Alyssa will share some of her conference presentation on this topic, made as part of the Indigenous People’s Specialty Group at the American Association of Geographers annual meeting, March 2016. Explore how we can promote healing through engagement with the legacies of history and authentic connections with indigenous peoples’ living cultures throughout the PYM region and beyond. What broke our world(s) apart? What can make our world (s) whole and healthy?  – Youth Programs Coordinating Comm.

67 Sueños. Maria Cruz, Ericson Amaya, and Jackie Garcia-Martinez – Middle Sequoia

The Oakland-based “67 Sueños Collective” (“67 Dreams,” after the 67 percent of young people who would not be affected by the DREAM Act) holds monthly encounters or “Encuentros” with undocumented youth from across the Bay Area. The focus is to build solidarity, and to record their testimonies/stories in hopes to build awareness about the issues they face and to bear witness to their American experience. – Peace and Social Order

12-step Room Clarification

12-step is in Sequoia Garden Room – Lynn

Activities & Affinity Groups

Latin American Concerns Committee

There will be a committee meeting tonight, Monday, at dinner.  Two tables are being reserved outside the cafeteria for us.  This meeting is for current and future members as well as the Child Refugee and Migration subcommittee.  We welcome all others who are interested in Latin America to join us. – Donna Smith, Co-Clerk

How are Friends Meetings Serving & Helping Communities – The Work Continues

There was a lot of fruitful sharing at the interest group on Friends Meetings serving and helping communities, which met on Saturday evening.

We are interested in meeting over dinner at the table near the ranch store to discuss the next steps.

This is your opportunity to help steward the effort of those friends working on similar social justice concerns.

Did you know that there is a monthly meeting in our yearly that is in solidarity with over 15 homeless people who live in their meeting house?

We will see you at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

In thanks – David B (San Francisco) and Linnea H (Chico)

 

Announcements

Family Night signups

Family Night is fast approaching, Friends! Please sign up to perform at the information booth (the sheet is taped to a table). Please time your acts and be sure they are 4 minutes or under. – Kylin Navarro

Cart Drivers Needed for Wednesday

If you can help on Wednesday morning, please see Rick or Laura and let us know when you are available – Arrangements

Additional Items

67 Sueños Youth Program

The American Friends Service Committee is offering an interest group featuring our 67 Sueños Youth Program. Youth will be coming from Oakland to do their lively interactive presentation on being undocumented and proud. Expect spoken word, powerpoints, fun exercises for everyone. Done miss it. – Laura Magnani, AFSC

Queries (+) from Sunday’s Interest Group with Darcy & Carl

Have you ever felt the veil lifted in meeting for worship on the occasion of business?

When has the lifting of the veil been sudden and when is it gradual for you?

What is the difference between the lifting of the veil and insight?  How and where do your feel it in your body?

What practices and structures allow for gifts to be named, held up, and supported?

Let’s go viral with this! When ministry is powerful, say to the minister: “Thee was well-favored” or “Spirit has used thee well” or “Thank thee for thy faithfulness.” In this way, we keep the focus on the movement on the Spirit among us, rather than the accomplishments of the minister.

Guatemalan Handicrafts

What’s new? Colorful placemats, jackets and bamboo scarves have been added to the Guatemalan handicrafts for sale in the Bath House. There are many wonderful things including cotton scarves and beaded lizard bracelets for only $8.  We also have 2 recycled teak cutting boards and St. Francis statue puzzle boxes. Come and support scholarships for Mayans in Guatemala. – Donna Smith, Guatemala Friends Scholarship Program.

The missing bamboo scarves have at last been added to our Guatemalan store. Not only are they sustainable, but also hand dyed, hand woven, and made by a fair trade co-operative. Come feel their softness, see their shimmer, and enjoy their beauty. Located at Bay/Madrone (the bath house) – Margaret Bean, Guatemala Scholarship Program

Learn about the Coast Miwok

Want to learn more about the Coast Miwok people? Check out the interactive historical timeline posted in the bookstore.

Also posted is information on how to be an ally to indigenous people today. – Barbara Babin

 

 

Clarification regarding FUN

In “Living Sustainability” by Anthony Manousos (yesterday’s Miracle), he referred to Friends on Unity with Nature [FUN].  To clarify, this is not a new committee or acronym, but rather another name for the PYM committee more usually referred to as Unity with Nature [UwN].  I like FUN. Call it UwN or FUN.  We will happily receive news from Monthly Meetings or individuals about their efforts to decrease dependence on fossil fuels, lower their carbon footprints, and make two concrete actions for greater sustainability. – Catya de Neergaard (of FUN/UwN)

Undocumented Student Scholarship

The Undocumented Student Scholarship Project at Sacramento Friends Meeting is in its seventh year and continues to support undocumented students at Sacramento State University.

Thank you for your support. We were able to give eleven $1000 scholarships this year! The cost of a college education remains daunting for students from families with low income, job insecurity, and the constant uncertainty of being undocumented.

If you wish to contribute, please make your check to the Sacramento Friends Meeting with “undoc. student project” on the memo, and mail to:

Treasurer, Sacramento Friends Meeting
Undocumented Student Scholarship
PO Box 163677
Sacramento, CA 95816

In peace and hope, – Patricia Portillo

 

Hold in the light

Please hold J Ortega-Rand (formerly John Randall) in the light. His son, Demetrius Ortega-Rand, passed away Monday morning at age 27.  J now lives in Florida, but was formerly of San Diego Meeting. – Jennifer Mahal

 

Seeking New Resident

San Jose Friends Meeting is searching for a person or a couple to reside on and help us oversee our property.  The property consists of the meeting house (oldest in California), a residence, and the grounds. The resident will participate in the life of the meeting, coordinate outside groups that use the property, and work with the meeting to maintain the property and grounds.

To apply, please contact Jean Farrell for an application: jeanfarrell284@gmail.com, or (405) 550-3332 (c)

Time for a Price on Carbon

At the Saturday evening interest group on the FWCC Conference in Peru and the minute on sustainability, we discussed what actions we would like to bring to the annual session. Anthony Manousos wrote of this in Sunday’s Daily Miracle, Living Sustainability. While we recognize the importance of individual action, some of us expressed the strong desire to follow up with political action at both the local and national levels. Two years ago, I joined the Alameda County Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, committing myself to do that political work. CCL is working on a revenue neutral carbon tax that would be fully refunded to consumers. We believe this carbon fee and dividend proposal has the best chance of getting bipartisan support, as it will not grow the size of government and low income families will be protected from higher fuel costs.

Some of you may remember last year’s visit by FCNL’s Jose Aguto. Jose has served on the CCL advisory board. http://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/2015/documents/2015-as-docs/pym-as-2015-jose-aguto-address/

On May 28, I will join other Berkeley residents, asking our city council to pass a resolution in support of CCL’s carbon fee and dividend. If passed, we will be joining three other California cities, San Francisco, Modesto, and San Luis Obispo. In September, Strawberry Creek Meeting will be having a presentation that I hope will lead to an endorsement, as well.

I would like to see monthly meetings in our Yearly Meeting seriously considering CCL’s and other carbon pricing ideas. You can find out more on CCL’s website. http://citizensclimatelobby.org/

There is also information on http://priceoncarbon.org/

Last November, Elyce Klein of the Alameda County chapter of CCL joined in a panel discussion, Carbon Pricing 101, hosted by the League of Women Voters. The presentation covers both cap and trade and carbon taxation. It is available on video at http://www.lwvbae.org/carbonprice101/.

If you are interested in exploring support for a carbon tax in your monthly meeting you can contact me by email at tomyamaguchi@mac.com or phone at 510-548-5294. I would would love to see this issue brought to yearly meeting at next year’s session. – Tom Yamaguchi

Friends House Santa Rosa

Friends House is the Quaker-built retirement community in Santa Rosa, only about 20 miles north of Petaluma up Route 101.  Opened in 1984, Friends House serves a vibrant community of mutually supportive, intellectually active, politically aware elders.  See the display table in Bay-Madrone at the east end of the bath house, check the website at friendshouse.org, or even come visit on your way home from PYM.  Call 707-576-6673 or e-mail eboardman@sbcglobal.net – Elizabeth Boardman

 

Palo Alto Multifaith Peace Walk and Picnic

Join together on September 11, 2016 with brothers and sisters of many backgrounds and spiritual traditions as we say “no” to fear and “yes” to friendship by walking together in south Palo Alto to show the way to community and peace. After the walk we will gather at Mitchell Park for the annual 9/11 Peace Picnic hosted by American Muslim Voice. The walk is in the afternoon. Details will be available in August at www.multifaithpeace.org. Flyers are available on the Plenary back table.

Casa de los Amigos in México celebrates our 60th Anniversary!

Casa de los Amigos sends lots of hugs to all friends and visitors to the Annual Session of the Pacific Yearly Meeting of Quakers.

We are excited to be a Quaker Center for Peace and International Understanding in México City. La Casa continues to operate with the inspiration of the Quaker testimonies of equality, simplicity, integrity, community, peace, and care for the environment, and in 2016 we are working to continue the program activities of the House by receiving international volunteers and people staying in solidarity, helping migrants and refugees, helping indigenous communities to promote their local products, and protecting the environment.

We invite you to México City to celebrate our 60th anniversary in October 2016! We will have various activities to commemorate the history of the Casa, such as a timeline of Casa de los Amigos, a commemorative publication for the 60th anniversary, a festival with music, dance, and representatives, and activities with migrants and refugees, among others.

We will happily welcome all visitors, Quakers, and friends who come to celebrate with us.

If you want to share any idea, support, or communication, or for more information, please go to our webpage www.casadelosamigos.org, or email direccioncasadelosamigos@gmail.com or amigos@casadelosamigos.org, with attention to the team program or Toño López, Director of the House.

On behalf of Casa de los Amigos, I thank all the Friends attending the Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting for the support they have given to the Casa, particularly Diego Navarro, clerk of PYM and Mary Klein, editor of Western Friend. It would take too much space to name all who have supported us and the Casa, but to all of you, from the inner light… thanks. – Toño, executive director

 

Daily Miracle – Sunday, June 19

Schedule

Sunday’s Schedule

6:00–7:00 Outdoor Worship

7:00–8:00 Breakfast

8:00–9:00 Worship (hosted by YAF)

9:15–10:45 Bible Study (Fireside) or Worship Sharing

11:00–12:30 Listening Session in preparation for Meeting for Business

12:45–1:30 Lunch

1:30–3:00 Early Quaker Writings (Fireside) or Worship Sharing

3:15–5:30 Meeting for Memorials

5:30–6:30 Dinner

6:45–8:15 Interest Groups II

8:30–10:00 Listening Session + Affinity Groups

Child Refugee and Migration

…will be meeting at breakfast today, Sunday, in the Southwest corner of the cafeteria.  All are welcome to attend. – Donna Smith, Co-Clerk Latin American Concerns Committee

Interest Groups 6:45–8:15

Lifting the Veil. Carl Magruder and Darcy Stanley – Plenary Tent

What distinguishes Quakerism as a faith tradition is that it is a mystical religion. That is, the center of the practice is to experience the Light directly, without intermediary. This interest group will be a follow up on the plenary address by Darcy Stanley and Carl Magruder. Friends will be invited to share how they have experienced Spirit moving in their individual experience, and in their family, meeting or other community. – Ministry & Oversight

Betwixt and Between: Transitions for Children (and their Adults!) in our Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meetings. Alyssa Nelson (YPC), Delcy Steffy (RECC), and younger Friends – Fireside

How can Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly meetings help children/young people with transitions between different programs or stages of involvement in Meeting life? What works well to steward and support so that these times become ones of growth in community, rather than loss of community as sometimes happens? How can we be responsive to what’s spiritually alive in our communities of Friends and promote developmentally and experientially appropriate activities that engage youth and their adults through such times of change? – Youth Programs Coor. Committee & Religious Education

Open your Eyes to the Wider World of Quakers. Anthony Manousos, Hulda Muaka, Jan Turner + Friends who attended the FWCC conference in Peru

Are you curious about Quakers from all over the world? What’s it like to worship with over 325 Quakers from 37 countries? We are the children of God. We are who creation has been waiting for. We are called to reveal ourselves in our lives and in the work we do with our hearts and our hands. Although God can fill our hearts, God has no hands but ours to heal this broken world. We can be salt and light shining to the world and declaring the love of God  – Peace & Social Order

The power of the Spirit: the distinguishing feature of Quaker political action. Janet Gastil – Middle Sequoia

FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation) and FCL-CA (Friends Committee on Legislation—California) lobby to influence elected officials at the federal and state levels and often make ballot recommendations for us. This interest group will focus on and train us to influence our local governments, especially our school boards. Friends will also get information on campaigning for like-minded candidates and/or running for office. – Peace and Social Order

Affinity Groups 8:30–10:00

12-step – Garden

Allies of Friends of Color – Life Lab – Sandy Kewman

Friends of Color – Maple – Alvaro Alvarado

Electronic Communications Sub Committee – Condor (Sun)

Singing – Boogie Barn – Jan Turner

Quaker Futurists – Fireside – Roscoe Mathieu

The future of Friends and Friends for the future. What will Friends be doing in 2050? 2525? 10192? We’ll meet tonight to discuss possibilities and visions of a friendlier future.

Gathering of Elders – Plenary Tent

If you have eldered or will be eldering for a session or for a minister during Yearly Meeting, come to an Elders session at 8:15 tonight (Sunday) in the Plenary Tent, immediately after interest groups.

 

MONDAY Interest Groups 6:45–8:15

Inviting the Presence in Meeting for Worship for Business. Traci Hjelt Sullivan – Fireside

Many Friends use the term “Meeting for Worship with an Attention to Business.” How can we cultivate Love and connection to Spirit in business meeting? This will be a combination of sharing within the group, brainstorming, and some ideas that Traci is bringing. – Ministry & Oversight

39 Questions for White People. Alvaro Alvarado, Patricia Portillo, Laura Magnani, Sandy Kewman, Deborah Marks, MaryAnn Michaels, Diego Navarro, Steve Smith, Janet Gastil – Maple

This simple text asks complex questions about race and accountability. This work started as an experiment based in the artist’s curiosity about how whiteness is framed and understood by white people. The artist says,“The work of creating the book became an exercise in turning the emotional labor of racism into tangible physical labor. I was able to turn all that pain into an object, which is incredibly strange, but also incredibly freeing.” – Ministry & Oversight, Racial Justice

Native Americans + Quakers + Land = Spring Youth Service-Learning Camp and …? Alyssa Nelson (YPC), Jim Summers (YPCC Clerk), and Campers & Staff

This interest group will explore the multiple ways available to support the New Sanctuary Movement with our new Central American refugees. We will also address “advocacy”; and Interfaith collaboration, among other things. Rev. Deborah Lee, leader of the interfaith group in the Bay Area working with immigrants, will present and facilitate the discussion. – Youth Programs Coordinating Comm.

67 Suenos. Maria Cruz, Ericson Amaya, and Jackie Garcia-Martinez – Middle Sequoia

The Oakland-based “67 Sueños Collective” (“67 Dreams,” after the 67 percent of young people who would not be affected by the DREAM Act) holds monthly encounters or “Encuentros” with undocumented youth from across the Bay Area. The focus is to build solidarity, and to record their testimonies/stories in hopes to build awareness about the issues they face and to bear witness to their American experience. – Peace and Social Order

Announcements

Assistance – Needed & Available

Headsets

Headsets are available in the tent if you would like to try them for improved audio. – Gary Wolff

Golf Cart

If you need assistance in getting from one location to another on the site, you may sign up in advance for a ride in the golf cart. Please sign up at the Information Tent and give us an hour or so advance notice to arrange your ride.

The tent will close nightly around 7:00 p.m., so please plan your requests ahead of time.

You can also sign up at the tent if you would like to be trained to drive the golf cart for others.

Ride needed & Ride board

David Standish is leaving today and needs to coordinate a ride to Castro Valley for his son Callum Standish on Wednesday.  Please see him today.

Can you offer a ride?  Do you need a ride?  Ride coordination sign-up sheets are posted on the west exterior wall of the dining hall.

Room needed

YAF Kiernan Colby is looking for a place to stay in Oakland tonight (Sunday). He can cook, clean, and play music, and is happy to offer a ride to the east bay for up to 4 others. Email him at kiernan.colby@gmail.com

Message Board

Messages for Friends can be left (and found) on the south exterior wall of the dining hall.  Please check!

 

Notes from M&O

Annual Session Surveys

The Evaluation Survey is available online for those leaving today at https://pacificyearlymeeting.org.

Paper copies are available for those unable to fill out the survey online.

Worship Sharing

Drop-in Worship Sharing groups are available. Sign up at the Info Desk on the Patio.

Worship sharing group PM-6 is meeting near Maple.  Please join us!

Please ask your facilitator for an evaluation form on your last day. Place in the box at the back of the Plenary Tent or turn in at the Info Desk.

Quiet Room

Quill is the Quiet Room. It is only for silent reading, meditation, or contemplation. Do not use it for other activities even if you find it empty.

Other Announcements

Daily Miracle Submissions

Submit Daily Miracle items on paper in the Plenary tent or at the Information Booth throughout the day, or after 8:00p.m. directly to the Secretariat committee in Jackrabbit. Submit items electronically by emailing pymsecretariat@gmail.com.

Family Night Sign-up

The sign-up sheet for Family Night is available at the Information Booth today and tomorrow. Please be sure to sign up before the end of dinner tomorrow (Monday).

39 Questions for White People

There is an exhibit on loan from AFSC called “39 Questions for White People” on the west exterior window of the dining hall.  White people and people of color will find them insightful.  This exhibit will be the focus of the Racial Justice Subcommittee Interest Group on Monday. Please have a look. – Alvaro Alvarado

Art by Trudy Myrrh Reagan

Trudy Myrrh Reagan, of Palo Alto Meeting, invites you to see her poster based on two paintings about social inequality. At this moment, they are posted on the second window to the right of the dining room. This location may change. trudy@myrrh-art.com and www.myrrh-art.com

On-line Meeting for Worship

Join Quaker Center’s on-line meeting for worship every day from 7:30-8:00 a.m. at www.quakercenter.org – or, join in person at the big tent.

CPQM Directory

CPQM Directory, 2016 edition, hot off the press and available for purchase at the book store! $5 each.

Guatemala Friends Scholarship Program

We are selling handicrafts to support our 75 rural, Mayan university students.  Come see the large selection of beautiful handicrafts, men’s shirts, women’s blouses, purses, scarves, shawls, tablecloths, cutting boards, paintings by on of our students, and much more.  We are located in the Bath House. – Donna Smith, Guatemala Friends Scholarship Program

Additional Items

Harvest Festival

September 24, 2016 marks the 50th annual Harvest Festival in support of Friends Committee on Legislation of California. While not long in terms of of Quaker history, 50 years is a significant interval among Western Friends.

Originally, the Harvest Festival was held at Hidden Villa, the home of Frank and Josephine Duveneck. (Is there anyone here who went to Harvest Festival there?) Palo Alto Meeting was the sponsor, with participation by several other Meetings around the Bay Area.

Now, Harvest Festival is held at Palo Alto Meetinghouse, and San Jose Meeting continues to do used book sales. We would like to invite other Meetings to contribute their efforts to make this anniversary memorable.

Regardless of your Meeting’s involvement, please take flyers from the box at the back of the plenary tent and post them widely.

Look for a lunch table Tuesday on the topic of the future of the Harvest Festival and other forms of support for FCL-CA. – Eric Sableman, Palo Alto Meeting

Living Sustainability

How can Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends respond to the “Living Sustainably” minute approved by the FWCC World Plenary in Peru, calling for each Yearly Meeting to undertake two concrete actions on sustainability in the next year? During an interest group sponsored by Peace and Social Order, Friends in Unity with Nature, and FWCC, we came to unity on the following recommendations to our Yearly Meeting session:

1) Ask each Monthly Meeting to read the FWCC minute and take two concrete actions to be more sustainable in the upcoming year. As the FWCC minute notes, “these may build on existing projects of individuals or monthly meetings or they may be new initiatives. We ask that they encourage Young Friends to play key roles,” if possible. Report back to FUN what Meetings are currently doing and what two new actions they are undertaking.

2) Take steps to lower the carbon footprint of coming to PYM by encouraging more carpooling, van rental, shuttling Friends to and  from train stations, airports, etc. Report back to PYM next year on the progress made in this area.

3) Support a Friend to travel in the ministry to talk about sustainability, solar panels, gray water, etc.

We also discussed the carbon fee and dividend policy proposed by the League of Conservation Voters and found it worth further consideration. Shelley Tannenbaum of Quaker Earthcare Witness and Catya de Neergard of FUN said their groups will study this policy and report back to PYM next year.  – Anthony Manousos

What is a plenary session?

It is a full session. From the Latin, plenus/plena, as seen in other Romance languages too. The full moon (coming up Monday night) is in French la pleine lune, in Romanian luna plină, in Italian la luna piena, and, through the miracle of sound change, in Spanish la luna llena. All related. It’s a session for a plenitude, or, as we say in Hawaii, plenty people.

And the Number Is…

Your statistical co-clerks have graciously offered to forgo their raucous plenary report in the interest of more time for spiritual focus on lifting the veil.

However, we have been asked to “tell the jokes.” So here is our presentation, sans what is already posted on the PYM web site, and taped outside the cafeteria.

Here are the clues for the number of members as of May 31, 2016:

The first digit is the basis of all positive integers, and also “The multiplicative identity” (You can probably guess this without knowing any of the big words).

The second digit is the only even prime number of the gazillions of prime numbers.

The third digit is the square of an odd number.

The fourth digit is the first prime number.

While you’re working on that, I’ve got some information that might be especially interesting…even exciting… for people over 55…and you know who you are.

This is from a PBS program called “The Joy of Chance.”

The older you get, the higher your chance you have of dying.

But the longer you live, the longer you can expect to live!

So here’s the fun part:

The chances of dying for various reasons are compared via a unit of measure called the Micromort.

1 micromort equals 1 in 1 million chance of dying.

Putting it in perspective, your chance of dying at 18 years old = 500 micromorts.

Dying at 58 = 7000 micromorts.

The risk of dying while skydiving is only 7 micrormorts. So at age 58, you will only increase your risk of dying while skydiving to 7007 micromorts, while the 18 year-old’s risk will be 507 micromorts.

So statistically speaking,  If you sky dive when you are 18, you have added 1.4% to your risk of dying. However, if you skydive when you are 58, you have added only .01%. to your risk of dying!

So go for it.

And one more thing: If you are worried about the health of loved ones who smoke, they might…or might not…like to know that for every 2 cigarettes they smoke, their life is shortened by ½ hour. So every year, a 2 cigs a day smoker loses 7.5 days from their life span. A pack a day for a year? 75 days.

And the number of members in PYM is…?

FCNL in 2015

 

Friends in PYM engaged with FCNL in many different ways in 2015, from our delegation that participated in discernment at FCNL’s Annual Meeting in November and the legislative actions many Friends took in response to FCNL emails to Chico Friend Megan Fisher’s participation in the year-long Advocacy Corps and the Advocacy Team formed by Friends in Santa Cruz meeting.

“Pivot2Peace” was the theme of FCNL’s Annual Meeting, Nov. 12-15, 2015, at a new venue, nearer Capitol Hill and FCNL’s office.  Meeting spaces there were larger, and the location was much more convenient.

An obvious opportunity to bring FCNL supporters to lobby their Senators and Representatives, the annual meeting begins with the Quaker Public Policy Institute (QPPI).  FCNL really knows how to teach lobbying skills for impact and success!

The players:  FCNL Executive Secretary  Diane Randall

Speakers from the US Institute for Peace; Bureau for Conflict and Stabilization Operations, State Dept.; Genocide Prevention Program, Geo. Mason U.; Quaker UN Office; Central African Republic trauma healing project; Kenyan Human Rights Group (Haki Africa); Ed Snyder

Staff includes 17 registered lobbyists; a strong Field staff, a growing Young Adult program funded by a Capital Campaign, Young Fellows (interns), and many more.  

General Committee – 178 Quakers from YMs of all branches of Quakerism; provides oversight and stewardship, establishes policy and priorities for work with each Congressional session [Factoid: each Congress lasts 2 years after House elections occur], convenes at Annual Meeting.

Peacebuilding: the theme for 2015

The theme changes for each annual session to provide focus for the plenary speakers and lobbying topics.  (Q: If war is not the answer, what is?  A: Pivot2Peace.)  

Lobbying – learning and doing:

QPPI provides the background and inspiration for lobbying on a single current legislative issue that is likely to be acted on very soon by Congress.  We heard from experts in conflict prevention and practical de-escalation of violence from the US Institute for Peace and several African conflict-resolution projects.  Training for lobbying included practicing presentations with others from the same state or region.  Visits to Congressional offices, follow-up, and feedback to FCNL are always well-planned by staff, with some local advance work to schedule visits.  

It is an amazing and valuable experience to be part of professionally organized lobbying.  First, FCNL sets up the

Focus: a pragmatically chosen current opportunity for bipartisan support.  A single specific “ASK” made by many constituents from all over the country in a short period of time makes a great impact on Congress.

Logistics: arrangements – the Who, When, Where —  assigned roles for each member of a state delegation, background material to leave behind to reinforce the message, and different forms to prepare, track our activities, and report results back to FCNL.

Training: What works best is a personal story with emotional impact told by a constituent.  Prior to our visits, we prepared — with coaching and practice — in telling our stories to other team members.  Rehearsing the points to cover improved our ultimate presentations’ effectiveness.

Visits to members of Congress, step-by-step instructions:

  • Introductions of the group’s members,
  • Thanks for the legislator’s awareness of FCNL’s work,
  • Inquiring about the legislator’s interests/issues,
  • Telling our individual stories about our focus issue,
  • What we are asking for, specifically related to an upcoming bill or amendment,

Follow up: material to leave behind, report on visit to FCNL, plan next contact with legislator back home in district office.

The 2015 “ask” was to make the inter-agency Atrocities Prevention Board permanent (Sen. Ben Cardin’s bill, S.2551); 350 constituent lobbying visits happened during the two days of QPPI! When the legislation was introduced in early 2016, among the sponsors were several Republican Senators who specifically said they were cosponsoring the bill because of the engagement of Friends in their states.

Meeting with a Concern for Business

After QPPI, the annual meeting of the General Committee and supporters of FCNL takes place, covering the past year’s achievements and progress.  2015 saw advances regarding

  • Iran: diplomacy works,
  • Climate: opening bipartisan dialog,
  • Advocacy in Washington – expanded opportunities,
  • Growing and sustaining grassroots organizers in local communities,
  • Reducing mass incarceration,
  • Limiting the Pentagon budget and nuclear weapons,
  • Peacebuilding within the US government,
  • De-militarizing US police forces.

Ongoing Work at FCNL, Status and Updates

  • Staff changes, especially hearing from the incoming and outgoing interns: introductions and reports on their experiences during their year in Washington;
  • Advocacy Teams: regional networks of citizen activists doing grassroots lobbying in district offices;
  • Capital Campaign programs:
    • Quaker Welcome Center: meeting place on Capitol Hill plus a residence in 205 C St. next to the FCNL office;
    • Friend in Washington program: short-term residence for experienced Quakers; possibilities for various projects;
    • Young Adult Advocacy Corps summer intensive program and Spring Lobby Day;
  • FCNL on the Road events across the US in 2016 and 2017 (will be at Friends House, Santa Rosa, in Feb. 2017).
  • Futures Planning process.

GC Business (budget, etc.)

Setting or revising priorities for work during the new session of Congress starting in January.  Every odd-numbered year priorities for the newly elected Congress are set during Annual Meeting, and specific priorities for staff focus are determined annually by input from monthly meetings across the country.

Workshops on current topics to educate attenders and give them the opportunity to ask questions:

  • Emerging issues,
  • Understanding the budget,
  • Capital Campaign,
  • Advocacy,
  • Lobby Corps outside of Washington.

Ongoing Advocacy

Congressional offices tell FCNL staff that messages to Congress are a key part of our democratic process. Friends and other like-minded folk in California sent thousands of messages to Congress in response to alerts from FCNL, helping to encourage our lawmakers to advance the world we seek.

Advocacy Corps

Young Friend Megan Fisher from Chico Friends meetings completed a very successful term as a member of the first class of 18 Advocacy Corps organizers focused on encouraging others to lobby Congress on climate change. As part of her activities, Megan organized four other young Friends to attend FCNL’s Annual Spring Lobby Weekend in March of 2016. FCNL paid half the cost of their travel to Washington, DC with the other half covered by the Bob Vogel Youth Programs Endowment Fund of PYM.

Advocacy Teams

Several Friends in Santa Cruz Monthly Meeting helped to welcome FCNL Advocacy Team organizer Maiya Zwerling to their area to help launch an Advocacy Team – a year-long service of FCNL that provides training in deep advocacy to Friends and other like-minded folk around the country.

Submitted by Amy Southwick, 6/16/2016

 

Attachments to printed report:

  • Schedule for speakers and QPPI
  • “What we achieve together”
  • Legislation summary: Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act
  • FCNL Priorities and Lobbying Programs

Daily Miracle – Sunday

Sunday Preliminary Notices

Cars Parked Near Children’s Program

The following vehicles, parked near Children’s Program, must be moved:

  • Grey Honda 5SCY010
  • Red Saturn 4KFF000
  • Blue Ford Ranger 4E52871
  • White Chevy Colorado 69601K1
  • Silver BMW 1MMT076
  • Silver Honda Odyssey 5WGR802
  • White Chevy van 76SZ430
  • Black Nissan Juke 6YFZ381

There are tickets on these cars. Please check your vehicle!

Electronic Communications Subcommittee

The Electronic Communications Subcommittee will meet at 8:30p.m. on Sunday evening in the Fireside Room.

Daily Miracle Submissions

Submit Daily Miracle items on paper in the Plenary tent or at the Information Booth throughout the day, or after 8:00p.m. directly to the Secretariat committee in Jackrabbit. Submit items electronically by emailing pymsecretariat@gmail.com.

Daily Miracle – Saturday

Schedule

Saturday’s Schedule

6:00–7:00 Outdoor Worship
7:00–8:00 Breakfast
8:00–8:45 Worship
9:00–10:30 Bible Study or Worship Sharing
10:45–12:15 Meeting for Business I Plenary
12:45–1:30 Lunch
1:30–3:00 Early Quaker Writings or Worship Sharing
3:15–4:45 Keynote Address Plenary
4:45–5:30 Committee Fair
5:30–6:30 Dinner
6:30–9:00 Children’s Program Campfire
6:45–8:15 Interest Groups I
8:30–10:00 Affinity Groups

Interest Groups 6:45–8:15

Good God! Exploring Experiences and Concepts of Divinity with Friends. Carl Magruder and Robin DuRant – Plenary Tent
“This I knew experimentally,” says George Fox. This interest group will use experiential modalities to explore our experience and conceptualization of that Mystery which undergirds existence. In a spirit of play and Friendly inclusion, the Discipline Committee invites all ages to come and describe our spiritual diversity in the midst of unity. – Discipline Committee

The 2016 FWCC World Plenary in Peru and its minute on sustainability. Anthony Manousos, Jan Turner, Hulda Muaka and Janet Leslie. – Maple
FWCC reps as well as members of Peace and Social Order and Friends in Unity with Nature will lead a discussion about the minute on sustainability which was unanimously approved during the FWCC World Plenary in Peru. This minute calls for specific actions by individuals and meetings. How can Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends best respond to this call? – Peace & Social Order Quaker EarthCare Witness, FWCC

How are Friends Meetings Serving and Helping Communities? David Brietzmann and Linnea Hanson – Fireside
David Brietzmann, San Francisco Meeting, and Linnea Hanson, Chico Meeting, are surveying Friends Meetings of Pacific Yearly Meeting to find out how meetings are serving and helping their communities. Their interest group will highlight some of the different ways that meetings are providing service and will focus on how people from different monthly meetings can work together.  – Peace & Social Order

Quaker Projects in El Salvador, 1990–2016. Donna Smith & Ann Boone Robert Broz  – Middle Sequoia
Discover how a Salvadoran-American Friend’s vision and courage launched a program to help the rural poor of El Salvador rise from poverty. During El Salvador’s brutal civil war (1980-92), retired Quaker teacher Carmen Broz returned to her native El Salvador with a leading to help campesino families – the poorest people who worked the land – rise from poverty and shape their country’s future. Her initial focus on child care centers, basic health care, and elementary education evolved to an emphasis on university education for campesino youth. Carmen Broz died in September 2015 at 91. Meet the current director of the El Salvador Projects, Carmen’s son Robert Broz, and learn how this spirit-led program with a modest budget has supported young rural people in their successful quest to become teachers and professionals in health care and other fields. – Latin American Concerns Committee

Affinity Groups 8:30–10:00

Friends of Color –  Maple – Alvaro Alvarado

Allies of Friends of Color – Life Lab – Sandy Kewman

12-step – Garden Room

Dependence on Fossil Fuel – Museum (Saturday)

Peace, Justice, and Sustainability – Maple – Anthony Manousos (Saturday)

Communications

Information Desk

Are you confused? Lost? Unsure? Questions about what’s happening at Annual Session?

Let us help!

Stop by the Information Desk outside the Dining Hall daily, from breakfast to 9:00pm.

Wi-fi

The Wi-fi network is “WC Air” and the password is “educate1”. Coverage is best near the cafe, but pretty good elsewhere.

Secretariat and the Daily Miracle

To get items into the Miracle, hand them in at the box in Plenary tent, or in the Secretariat office in Jack Rabbit. Even easier, mail them to pymsecretariat@gmail.com. Items are due by 8:00pm.

Slack and Instagram and Twitter, oh my!

We have a Slack channel! If that means something to you, please join the pacificym channel. If it doesn’t, come by the Secretariat office and we’ll be happy to help you set it up. We’ll be posting announcements and updates throughout the session. Also follow us on Twitter at @PYMQuakers and on Instagram @pacificyearlymeeting. Post photos and use the hashtag #pacificyearlymeeting.

Announcements

Earthlight Bookstore

The Earthlight Bookstore in the Carson Room (next to children’s program) will open after lunch Saturday. Then we will be open after morning plenary until 10 pm, excluding plenary sessions. We have to pack up Tuesday afternoon-so shop early (and often).

Volunteer cashiers are needed to overlap meal times so we can be open through lunch and dinner.

Your Earthlight Bookstore – Tom and Sandy Farley, Eric Sabelman, and Muriel Strand, Board Members

Respectful Relationships

If you missed the Respectful Relationships activity during the plenary this morning, ask a Friend about it! And grab a handout, or check out the posters, with our Community Expectations. Thanks for helping make this a Friendly and safe environment for all.

Want to know more about the Coast Miwok? There’s an interactive historical timeline posted in the bookstore. You can also learn how to be an ally to today’s indigenous peoples – Barbara Babin, Redwood Forest Meeting

Peace committee clerks, peace activists, and anyone else interested in or involved with peace or justice or sustainability are invited to Maple at the affinity group time (8:30pm) today. – Anthony Manousos

Committee Fair

The Committee Fair will be held today from 4:45 to 5:30pm outside the Dining Hall.

This is an opportunity to talk with the PYM committees, to have your questions answered, and to discuss relevant issues.

Worship Sharing

Please be aware that worship sharing groups will be meeting from 9:00–10:30 a.m. and 1:30–3:00 p.m. in and outside of dorms and other building at Walker Creek. If you could be sensitive to noise and help support the silence around those areas, it should be greatly appreciated. If you haven’t signed up for worship sharing and would like to do so, or would like to participate in a drop-in session, please go to the Information Desk on the Dining Patio. Worship sharing is an opportunity to connect, meet new people and have a daily “home” with Annual Session. All are welcome!

Unity with Nature

Unity with Nature Committee is sponsoring an affinity group for Meetings and individuals to share what they are doing to reduce dependence on fossil fuels as per our last annual session’s minute, “We hold a deep concern for over-reliance and investment in fossil fuels.  We ask monthly meetings and individuals to engage in discernment on how to reduce their dependence and investment in fossil fuels. Meetings and individuals are asked to share their efforts with the greater community.” (Minute 2015-5).

Sharings may also include actions and experience about reducing carbon footprints, divestment strategies, and earthcare in general.  If there is interest, the Reducing Dependence on Fossil Fuels Affinity Group could continue on another evening. – facilitated by Catya de Neergaard and Shelley Tanenbaum

Friends Committee on National Legislation

What does the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) do?

  • Educates members of Congress year-round,
  • Works with or builds coalitions of like-minded groups,
  • Researches facts behind legislative proposals,
  • Develops materials on issues identified by the 5 ‘We Seeks’ and annual priorities
  • Publishes newsletters, position pieces, online blogs, articles in non-Quaker magazines and newspapers,
  • Maintains web and Facebook sites,
  • Organizes trainings and lobby visits in Washington,
  • Supports advocacy in local communities.

Learn more, ask questions, and welcome our visitor from FCNL, Jim Cason, Assoc. Exec. Sec. for Strategic Advocacy and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy, at lunch today and, and Sunday. Join us at the table with the “FCNL” sign!

 

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Sky Road Webb, who spoke and sang blessings and welcome at opening Plenary

Meeting for Memorials 2016

Please review the following list of names to be remembered tomorrow at Meeting for Memorials and see or email Shayne Lightner (thislightneris@gmail.com) today by 6:00 p.m. if you have any additions or corrections.

Pat Brown Orange County
Carmen Broz (Moran) Palo Alto
Ruth Dafoe Fresno
Anne Davenport Claremont
Harold Field Honolulu
Frederic Foreste Strawberry Creek
Lea Gertrude Fredericks Frey San Jose
Tynan Graham Central Coast
Dorothy Hansen Apple Seed
Onnie Harrison Orange County
Helen Horton Redwood Forest
John Janda Orange County
Bob Jolly Berkeley
Joseph Leonard Davis
Ralph Lewis Berkeley
Jo Lillis Chico
Jim Mangis Santa Barbara
Jeannie Moburg Santa Barbara
Hanneliesel Reeves Mendocino
Peg Rein Grass Valley
James Sakauye Sacramento
Debbie Schwartz Sacramento
John Shefelbine Sacramento
Thomas Carleton Snell Santa Cruz
Jane Stallings Davis
Otto Steinhardt Redwood Forest
Karen Thomas La Jolla
Maria Elena Vidaña La Jolla