News from Latin American Programs

The Latin American Concerns Committee calls your attention to two upcoming opportunities for you to become involved with Friends projects relating to Latin America and Latin Americans. The first is a program and dinner on March 23, 2019, in support of the  Undocumented Student Scholarship Project of Sacramento Friends Meeting.  The second is a one-week Teaching English Experience taking place in Antigua, Guatemala, January 3-11, 2020.   Continue reading “News from Latin American Programs”

Invitation to a Weekly Online Worship

Pacific Yearly Meeting Eldering Subcommittee of Ministry and Oversight

Invitation to a Weekly Worship with Attention to the Spiritual Wellness of Our Pacific Yearly Meeting

All Pacific Yearly Meeting Friends are invited to an ongoing online meeting for worship with attention to the wellbeing of our yearly meeting community.  Sponsored and hosted by the Eldering Subcommittee of Ministry and Oversight, with the endorsement of the Yearly Meeting Clerk, Sandy Kewman, and Assistant to the Clerk, Sharon Gates, this half-hour meeting for worship will be held on the Zoom video conferencing platform Wednesdays, 7:00 pm Pacific Time.  Dress code is casual.

How it works:  Download the Zoom app to your computer, tablet, or phone at  https://zoom.us/  At 7:00 pm on Wednesdays, enter the meeting number, or click on the link.  You can also participate by calling in on your telephone to one of the numbers below.  We will start in worship, so please mute your microphone or phone as soon as you enter, and remember to unmute if you have spoken ministry to share.  If you forget to mute, the member of the Eldering Subcommittee who is hosting may mute you. If you click “Gallery View,” you will be able to see everyone, Hollywood Squares style.  If not, you will see only one person on “Speaker View.” Gallery View feels more like meeting for worship. For technical assistance, please email Carl Magruder at theearthquaker@gmail.com, or Mica Estrada at cheerful.mica@gmail.com

  • Ways to join the worship:
    • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/892996243
    • Or iPhone one-tap :
      US: +16699006833,,892996243# or +14086380968,,892996243#
    • Or Telephone:
      Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
      US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923

Though skeptical about online worship at first, those of us who have tried it find this time together spiritually nourishing, and have come to look forward to Wednesday evenings with anticipation.

It is not expected that anyone will have perfect weekly attendance, but that the meeting will be kept by those who join in on any given Wednesday.

With Gratitude,

Eldering Subcommittee of M&O

 

Welcome to Pacific Yearly Meeting!

Click here for information about Annual Session 2020.

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We’re a community of a wide variety of “unprogrammed” Friends (Quaker) Meetings in parts of Mexico and the western USA.  After decades of independence we recently became affiliated with Friends General Conference.  We’re used to calling ourselves PYM, but in FGC there is another PYM, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, so we’re starting to say PacYM instead.  Our book of Faith and Practice describes the beliefs of Friends, PacYM’s structures and processes, and the spiritual foundation of these processes and of our way of worship. We’re a year-round community, and we have a summer gathering we call “PYM Annual Session.” Western Friend is the official publication of Quakers in Pacific, North Pacific, and Intermountain Yearly Meetings.
Read more about Pacific Yearly Meeting…

Announcements and Quick Links (updated 6/28/2020)

BREAKING NEWS

In preparation for Pacific Yearly Meeting (PacYM) Annual Session 2020 and beyond, the PacYM Ministry & Oversight (M&O) Committee and Presiding Clerk Sandy Kewman call upon Meeting members and attenders to engage deeply in inquiry and discernment on fostering greater inclusion and love for each other, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, experience with Quakerism, abilities, sexual orientation and the numerous less seen differences that we may have. This is a lifelong concern, commitment, and practice, one with which every Friend must grapple in order to co-create and live into the beloved community.

As a way to deepen our discussions and work towards living into being a beloved community, we request that Friends in your Monthly Meeting read the book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. (Please see M&O and the Presiding Clerk’s letter in full  here.)

The Faith & Practice Revision Committee asks Monthly Meetings to review and provide feedback by June 30, 2020, on a draft revision of the section of F&P on “Death in the Meeting“.  See this Announcement for details.

The PYM Mutual Aid Project offers financial support and direct services for those whose lives have been shaken by the COVID-19 crisis.  We are looking to identify folks in need. If you as an individual, your Monthly Meeting, or local community needs our support, please visit our resources funding page where you will find contacts and additional information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

COMMITTEE NEWS

  • The Faith and Practice Revision Committee asks Monthly Meetings and other entities of the Yearly Meeting to review and provide feedback by June 30, 2020, on a draft revision of the section on “Death in the Meeting“. (5/4/2020)
  • The Website Team is experimenting with a new menu structure and other ways to make things easier to find on the website.  Please check out the new menus and send us your comments.  (4/16/2020)
  • Youth Programs Coordinating Committee (YPCC) is happy to announce that Rebekah Percy has been hired as the Interim Youth Programs Coordinator.  She began work on March 23rd. (3/23/2020)
  • ARCHIVE of OLDER COMMITTEE NEWS

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Young Adult Friends (YAFs) have applied for and received a grant from the PacYM Youth Programs Fund (Vogel Endowment) that seeks to empower all community members and provide various forms of assistance to those in need. As YAFs in PacYM circles have lost jobs as a result of the Covid-19 quarantine, this Mutual Aid Project offers a small financial gift to tide them over temporarily, while releasing them to provide other forms of assistance to Friends. More information on how you or your meeting can get involved is listed here.
  • GRANTS available:
    • Youth Programs Fund (of the Bob Vogel Endowment): Applications due on or before March 20th, June 20th, September 20th, and December 20th
    • Other funding sources: see our Quaker Grants page
  • WEBSITE REVISIONS: We are actively working on the design of this website. Thank you for your patience and your feedback (send to pym.website@gmail.com).