Job Opportunity: FGC Conference Coordinator

Friends General Conference (FGC) is looking for a new Conference Coordinator.  Ruth Reber, the current Conference Coordinator, will retire at the close of the 2020 Gathering. Applications are being accepted until January 3, with a projected start date in March 2020. If you or someone you know is interested in the position, please go to https://www.fgcquaker.org/serve/opportunities/job-opportunity-conference-coordinator

— Sharon Gates, Assistant to the Clerk of Pacific YM

We Are Affiliated with Friends General Conference

Message from Sandy Kewman, Pacific Yearly Meeting Presiding Clerk

Dear Pacific Yearly Meeting Community,

Shan Cretin, co-clerk of M&O, and I are happy to report on the request to affiliate with Friends General Conference which was approved at our Annual Session, 2019.

We were informed that Friends General Conference Executive Committee approved the request of Pacific Yearly Meeting’s affiliation with FGC on October 7, 2019.  During the Central Committee Meeting on October 24 and 26, 2019 the decision was announced to the wider community of FGC.  Frank Barch, Clerk of FGC Central Committee, stated in an email the following:

I am so greatly pleased to be able to welcome Pacific Yearly Meeting into the Friends General Conference family! As I was certain, Executive Committee rejoiced to receive and approve your request for affiliation. This indeed made it a happy meeting last weekend!

Welcome, and thank you! If I can offer support or explanations, I am at your service.

Frank Barch, Presiding Clerk
FGC Central Committee

This is the Minute recording their decision:

(53-19) Pacific Yearly Meeting’s affiliation with FGC: Jean-Marie Prestwidge Barch (Clerk of the Committee for Nurturing Ministries) brought a recommendation that we accept Pacific Yearly Meeting’s request to affiliate with FGC. Friends APPROVED joyfully. We are inspired by the faithfulness of Pacific Yearly Meeting’s years-long, careful process to come to the point of requesting affiliation. There are directly affiliated monthly meetings within Pacific Yearly Meeting. In the future, the yearly meeting affiliation will take priority. Jean-Marie shared that there are two monthly meetings in Pacific Yearly Meeting that are in Mexico. We are aware that there are multiple yearly meetings in FGC with Spanish-speaking people. We wish to explore the possibility of FGC providing materials in the languages of the people we serve.

Heather Levien has been named as an interim representative of PacYM to FGC. The PacYM nominations committee is considering naming an additional interim representative and will nominate regular representatives in July who will serve a 3 year term.  At that time, representation by the directly affiliated Monthly meetings of PacYM will be subsumed under the PacYM representation to FGC, therefore, there will be no need for the directly affiliated monthly meetings to nominate their own representatives to serve after the July PacYM Annual Gathering.  In the interim, some monthly meeting representatives to FGC are maintaining an active role during this transitional period.

When PacYM’s affiliation was announced at the recent FGC Central Committee Meeting (October 24-27), it was pointed out by the General Secretary, Barry Crossno, that 70 years ago during the 1948 Conference, the Central Committee formed a committee to explore “widening the influence” of FGC.  The following September 1949, the Central Committee asked this ad hoc committee to explore drawing other yearly meetings into affiliation with FGC, particularly Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Orthodox, the recently formed Pacific Yearly Meeting, and the recently united New England Yearly Meeting (Gurneyite and Wilburite Orthodox Friends in New England Reunited in 1945). Barry warmly welcomed PacYM as the newest affiliate.

Warmly,
Sandy

RepCom 2020 Announcement

Save the Date
PYM Representative Committee
March 6 – 8, 2020 in Visalia, CA

To download this announcement as a PDF, click here.

Representative Committee (RepCom) will meet on the ancestral land of the Wukchumni Tribe March 6 – 8, 2020 at Visalia Meetinghouse. Our gathering will be hosted by Quaker Oaks Farm (quakeroaksfarm.org). As you make your arrangements, please plan to arrive for Friday dinner, if possible. If we have not finished our business by Saturday dinner, we may need to continue into Saturday evening or even on Sunday, so please plan accordingly. Continue reading “RepCom 2020 Announcement”

Welcome Letter to Children’s Program Families 2019

Dear Children’s Program Families of Pacific Yearly Meeting:

Thank you for registering your child(ren) for Pacific Yearly Meeting’s 2019 Annual Session! The Children’s Program Committee looks forward to our joyous work of nurturing children and families at Annual Session.

Please read this letter thoroughly in preparation for our week together.

Last year we had a lot of fun and came together as a community to learn more about the Quaker Way. This year, we’ll continue taking advantage of outdoor education opportunities at the site and blending them with other forms of Quaker teaching and learning. And once again, we have an enthusiastic and skilled group of teachers and support staff. Continue reading “Welcome Letter to Children’s Program Families 2019”

Announcing the New Co-directors at Ben Lomond Quaker Center

Ben Lomond Quaker Center is delighted to announce that Susan Wilson and Bob Fisher, from Plainfield Meeting in Vermont, will be starting their work as the incoming Co-Directors of Quaker Center at the end of August! They will overlap with the current Co-Directors, Kathy and Bob Runyan, through September 1, 2019. You can find out more about Susan Wilson and Bob Fisher at http://www.quakercenter.org/about-us/staff/.

On Saturday afternoon, August 3, from 2PM to 5PM, Quaker Center’s board will be hosting a potluck gathering to say farewell to Kathy and Bob Runyan. More details will be available on the BLQC website soon.

Introducing our New Youth Programs Coordinator, Javaughn Fernanders

Greetings Pacific Yearly Meeting,

The Youth Programs Coordinating Committee is excited to introduce you to our new Youth Programs Coordinator, Javaughn Fernanders!

She holds a Masters in Liberal Studies from Indiana University and a Bachelors in Communication, Public Relations and Journalism from La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

Javaughn comes to us most recently from Oregon and is excited to return this summer to California where she first became a Quaker and joined the Santa Monica Monthly Meeting. Prior to this position, Javaughn has worked as an educator, park ranger, and Youth Group Coordinator for the Illinois Yearly Meeting.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, creating art and raising her two children whom she hopes you’ll meet someday soon. What she loves especially about working with youth is helping young people develop a spiritual practice that fuels the Light within and informs outward action.

Javaughn will officially begin in the position on July 1st and will attend annual sessions this summer. Please stop by the YPCC interest group where she will be more formally introduced to the yearly meeting community!

In the Light,
YPCC Co-Clerks
Bertha Peña and Rebekah Percy

About David Johnson, Keynote Speaker at 2019 Annual Session

Pacific Yearly Meeting 2019 Annual Session attendees have the opportunity to hear David Johnson, our keynoter, speak on Saturday, July 13 at 11:15 am. David Johnson is a seasoned Friend, an activist and a pragmatic man who is being worked by the Divine. He lives in North Queensland, Australia with his wife, Trish, who will also be at Annual Session.

David grew up in Australia. As a young person he loved rocks and fossils and worked most of his life as a geologist in industry and in academia at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. He wrote The Geology of Australia, which is now co-authored in its third edition. He left the university in 1998 to concentrate on the work of peacemaking.

David has a long history of peace and justice activism. In 1991, motivated by the first Gulf war, David with his wife Trish and several friends, started the Australian Campaign Against Arms Trade (ACAAT). He worked extensively with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and with other weapons issues. Growing up in a culture of patriarchy and colonialism, David has come to understand the damage of bias and white privilege. For many years he has been walking with the Australia’s First Peoples and learning from them. When David travels, he makes it his practice to visit with the descendants of the indigenous peoples to respectfully request the opportunity to be present on the land of their ancestors.

In 2005 David was invited to give the James Backhouse lecture, a public talk on contemporary issues delivered at the annual gathering of Quakers in Australia. David’s title was “Peace is a Struggle”. He spoke about peace in our world as well as within each one of us and described how the outer search for peace and the inner search for peace fit together. He offered practices to experience this truth.

In 2008, David was one of the founders of the Silver Wattle Quaker Centre in Australia. This spiritual and practical venture arose from a concern that the modern Quaker faith is more fragile than many might believe, and not sufficiently grounded for us to carry the witness that will be called from us over the next decades.

More recently, David has been called to serve the Quaker community through writing and speaking. He is the author of A Quaker Prayer Life (2013), and Jesus, Christ, Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John (2017) from Inner Light Books. In May he led a retreat on John’s Gospel at Pendle Hill.

As our keynote speaker this year at Annual Session at Walker Creek Ranch, David will be speaking on the workings of the Light of Christ within each of us. Drawing on the spiritual perceptiveness of the first Quakers, he will ask us to encounter the spirituality under their 17th century language. He is an example of a Quaker activist who finds his spiritual sustenance in private prayer and worshipping in community. It will be a gift to welcome him to our gathering.

Sandy Kewman, Clerk

Link to 2005 James Backhouse lecture “Peace is a Struggle”:  https://www.quakersaustralia.info/sites/aym-members/files/pages/files/2005%20Lecture.pdf

New Document and Renewed Request for Further Seasoning on FGC Affiliation

To Meeting Representatives and Clerks of Monthly Meetings

Ministry and Oversight Committee renews its request, sent last March, for monthly meetings to further season the matter of FGC affiliation between now and June 30, 2019.

The purpose of this message now is to alert you to a new document, 2019 FGC Talking Points, containing information that may be useful to your monthly meeting as we continue to labor with the question of FGC affiliation.  These talking points were shared with members and observers at the recent FGC Central Committee meeting, and are posted here with permission of FGC. Continue reading “New Document and Renewed Request for Further Seasoning on FGC Affiliation”

Clerk’s Call to Annual Session 2019

Clerk’s Call to
PACIFIC YEARLY MEETING 73nd ANNUAL SESSION
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, California
Friday, July 12 to Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dwelling in Truth and Trusting Divine Spirit

We are called to “dwell in Truth.”  Living in Truth is an experience and a confident dependence on the guidance of Divine Spirit rather than a set of beliefs to be accepted.  “Abide in me and I in you” is the promise we find in John 15:4.  Indeed, God is always reaching out to us, always present; it is we who need to come back to the Presence again and again. Continue reading “Clerk’s Call to Annual Session 2019”