Intervisitation with Baltimore Yearly Meeting

A Friendly invitation to Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends (and, indeed, to Friends everywhere) to “intervisit” with cousins across the country.  A nice opportunity for someone.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
17100 Quaker Lane
Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860-1267

tel: 301-774-7663
fax: 301-774-7087
info@bym-rsf.org

May 18, 2018

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, I invite Friends from your Yearly Meeting to join us for our Annual Session, July 30–August 5, 2018 at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. In particular, I ask for your help in extending a warm invitation to Friends who feel led to visit as part of our Intervisitation Program. The theme for the 2018 Annual Session is Radical Listening, Rooted in Love.

Registration is now open. Please consider who may be interested and able to attend now, so there is plenty of time to make travel plans. We are delighted to welcome all visitors, first-time or returning, for a day or the whole session.

Our Intervisitation Working Group will sponsor your members’ visits to our Annual Session and will serve as your hosts. We enthusiastically welcome all visitors from across the entire Quakerspectrum. Baltimore Yearly Meeting is able to cover up to a total of $630 of registration, as well as room and board at Hood College, which can be made available in whole for one member of your Yearly Meeting or split between two. At pre-June 25 shared-room registration rates, the $630 will cover registration and six days room and board for one adult or two adults for three days each. (For complete information on registration rates, see www.bym-rsf.org/events/annualsession/rates.html.) These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and your funds go farther at pre-June 25 rates, so early registration is recommended. So we may reserve funds for as many visitors’ registrations as possible, we are unable to cover travel or visa expenses.

From its beginnings in 2005, our Friends in the Intervisitation program have visited with and welcomed visitors from all Yearly Meetings of North America, as well as around the world. We enjoy the presence of and being present with Friends all over, finding deep joy in our diversity.

For more information, please go to www.bym-rsf.org/events/annualsession/ or call the Yearly Meeting office at 301-774-7663. Please say that you are coming as part of Intervisitation. Those accepting the offer to cover registration costs, or anyone with any further questions about Intervisitation, should contact the working group at bymintervisitation@gmail.com, with a copy to Jade Eaton at jadeeaton@comcast.net who is coordinating visitors on behalf of the Working Group. Minutes or Letters of Introduction from your community are encouraged but not required.We read travel minutes at our meetings for worship with a concern for business. We hope your visitors can join us not just this year but also at subsequent annual sessions, thus coming to share with us more deeply.

In the Light,
Ken Stockbridge, Presiding Clerk

Enclosed:
Annual Session Information,
Intervisitation Working Group Mission Statement


Baltimore Yearly Meeting Annual Session – July 30 – August 5, 2018

Our Annual Session begins after lunch on Monday, July 30, with a retreat that extends through lunch the following day. Business sessions and worship, interspersed with worship sharing, Bible study, engaging evening speakers, afternoon workshops, interest groups, and rich fellowship including recreational activities full of music and fun begin after lunch on July 31. We close with meeting for worship and lunch on Sunday, August 5. The Intervisitation Working Group sponsors evening gatherings and workshops.

Theme of This Year’s Session: Radical Listening, Rooted in Love

It is a powerful discipline for the “listener” to try to listen without agenda, … abandoning the need or desire to appear knowledgeable, wise or comforting. There may be no more tellingly difficult spiritual practice than the effort to receive what is being said by someone else hospitably, without editing, without correction, without unsolicited advice. Yet it is this open listening that makes room for the Spirit of God to be present … –Patricia Loring, 1997

In times of crisis and discord, human instinct urges us to curl inward, to retreat into the familiar. Yet our faith tradition calls on us at precisely these moments to stand still in the Light, to open ourselves; for we know that without opening, rifts deepen and become fixed. At such times being rooted in love helps us surrender our defensive posture and step outward in an act of radical listening. Paul Tillich (Justice Power and Love) said, “In order to know what is just in a person-to-person encounter, love listens. It is its first task to listen.”

Listening deeply and unflinchingly to the spirit within, and in each other, can unlock a revolutionary love and uncover unexpected possibilities. Listening deeply to those who experience systemic injustice, as well as to those whose values seem antithetical to our own, can crack open our comfortable assumptions. Listening deeply to ourselves allows us to examine our biases, our fallibility, our own complicity, and to accept our own humanity. From this humble position, we can ready our hearts and ears to truly listen to another—to “lean in, softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear” (Mark Nepo). When we open to the humanity of a speaker, friend, or stranger, then we can see the other in us.

Location: Hood College, Frederick, MD

The Hood College campus is lovely and convenient. It is one hour from Baltimore or Washington, DC and accessible by public transportation. For more details, see www.bym-rsf.org/events/annualsession/registrationinfo.html


Baltimore Yearly Meeting Intervisitation Working Group Mission Statement

Approved by the working group, October 25, 2014

The Intervisitation Program of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) seeks to nurture the beloved community of Friends by encouraging, preparing, and supporting those who travel among Friends, both inside and outside of BYM. Our experience has shown the power of visiting in order to care for relationships within and among Yearly Meetings, especially where they are fragile, as well as to enjoy the richer, more abundant life available in the wide family of Friends. Through a simple “ministry of presence” we hope to be spiritually and prayerfully present, to listen deeply with love and without judgment, to be tender with another, not to bring our own agendas, and to get to know each other in that which is eternal. Visits will be in all directions, and involve both offering and receiving hospitality.

Additional Information about FGC Affiliation and a Request for Monthly Meetings to Season

Update posted 4/19/18 at new link (click here).

Original post below:


2/1/18 – To Meeting Representatives and Clerks of Monthly Meetings,

At Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session in 2017, Ministry and Oversight Committee (M&O) brought forward for discernment the question of Pacific Yearly Meeting’s affiliation with Friends General Conference.  During the consideration of this question at the 2017 Annual Session, some Friends asked for additional information and time for seasoning at the monthly meeting level.  Ministry and Oversight Committee has prepared materials to aid in our continued discernment at the 2018 Annual Session.

In order to be well prepared for discernment, M&O is now asking monthly meetings to season the matter of affiliating between now and April 30, 2018 by reflecting on these queries:

Continue reading “Additional Information about FGC Affiliation and a Request for Monthly Meetings to Season”

Role-based Email Addresses for PYM – A Progress Report and Request for Feedback

The following progress report from the PYM Communications Committee is addressed to all PYM committee clerks, officers, representatives and staff.  We are seeking feedback specifically from those “office holders” within PYM.  But others may wish to know this information as well, so we post the report here as well.

Dear Pacific Yearly Meeting Committee Clerks, Officers, Reps and Staff,

PYM Communications Committee is writing to report on our progress towards reinstating role-based email addresses for PYM positions such as yours and to solicit your timely feedback before we move too far along.

Continue reading “Role-based Email Addresses for PYM – A Progress Report and Request for Feedback”

How to Schedule an Interest Group at PYM Annual Session

Purpose of this Document

This document describes the process for getting interest groups onto the schedule for the Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session.  For Annual Session 2019 the deadline for proposals is Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Why such an “early” deadline?  Coordination between committees and officers of the Yearly Meeting is needed so as to make the best use of the limited time available for interest groups during Annual Session. Preparation for Annual Session involves hundreds of tasks performed by dozens of people, making it very important to complete tasks as far in advance of Annual Session as possible.

This means that if you are planning to offer an interest group at Annual Session, there is a deadline for submitting your proposal, namely the end of the preceding Representative Committee meeting (RepCom).  For 2019 this falls on March 3, 2019.  The process is described below. Continue reading “How to Schedule an Interest Group at PYM Annual Session”

Annual Session 2017 Information for Registrants

The following important information was sent in two emails, on 6/25/17 and 7/5/2017, to all people registered to attend Annual Session 2017 at Walker Creek Ranch.  This supplements the basic information at Registration and Advance Information about Annual Session 2017 with late-breaking news and instructions.

Continue reading “Annual Session 2017 Information for Registrants”

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