Launch of the Faith and Practice Revision Process – A Request

Dear Friends,

The Faith and Practice Revision Committee invites you to engage in the “rolling revision” process of prayerfully discerning how our Faith and Practice can support meetings and individuals as we seek to live an authentic Quaker spirituality.  The first round of revisions is now ready for your consideration.

We request that monthly meetings and other bodies review the proposed revisions together and send us those points upon which they found unity. If no unity is found, a brief description of the feel of the meeting is welcome. We anticipate that this process will occur three (or so) times per year, as new revised pieces are presented.

For Summer/Fall of 2018, there are three pieces to consider. The first segment is a revision to our advices and queries on “Reaching Out.”  The second is a new section on Leadings. The third describes the positions and roles of the Youth Programs Coordinator and the Youth Programs Coordinating Committee.  This will also be a new section to Faith and Practice.

Below you will find links to each of these sections, with instructions and the proposed text for each piece.

These same links and a fuller description of the “rolling revision process” can also be found on the F&P Revision Committee’s PYM webpage.

We would like to have responses to these three pieces by October 15, 2018. Tracked changes, a scan of written edits, or other form of meeting response can be sent to:   PYM.FPRevision@gmail.com

Thank you.

The Faith and Practice Revision Committee

 

Racial Justice Resources

The following resources on racial justice are recommended by the Racial Justice Subcommittee of the Ministry and Oversight Committee.

Books

Menakem, Resmaa. 2017. My Grandmother’s Hands:  Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Author is a social worker who writes “Stop trying to address white supremacy through dialog. Don’t expect to change the world by teaching tolerance. Forget about changing attitudes. They all miss the mark.  Racism is not only about the head. It’s also about the body. The body is where we live. It’s where we fear, hope, and react; where we constrict and relax; and where we fight, flee, or freeze.This trauma doesn’t just affect African American bodies. White American bodies suffer their own historical trauma as well. So do the bodies of our police. We all need to recognize this trauma, metabolize it, work through it, and grow up out of it. Only in this way will we at last heal our bodies, our families, and the social body of our nation.  The process differs for African-American, European American, and police bodies. But all of us need to heal our racialized trauma—and, with the right guidance, all of us can.” https://www.resmaa.com/#book

Oluo, Ijeoma.  2018.  So you want to talk about race.

Ms. Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Children’s Books

Lester, Julius. 2005.  Let’s Talk about Race

Our skin is just the covering of our body.  We are much more than our skin.  What is each one of our stories?  The art work is beautiful and the words will bring up many opportunities for readers to share their stories with each other.

Articles

DiAngelo, Robin.   “White Fragility” http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/view/249/116

Videos

Community expectations for PYM Annual Session 2018

Our Annual Session is a gathering of the Beloved Community where Friends labor and rejoice together in discerning the will of Spirit. For us to go deep into worship and community, we must create a safe and healthy container. Please use these reminders to make Annual Session a joyful occasion for all.

We ask that all Friends uphold the following expectations:

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Welcome to JYM 2018

Quick links for 2018 JYM:

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Volunteer with JYM or Children’s Program at 2018 PYM Annual Session: Deadline extended until filled

Dear PYM Friends,

Can you think of a Friend who’d be a good fit to volunteer with children or teens at Annual Session? Please send this message to them!

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FGC Affiliation Consideration Updates, April 19, 2018

Friends,

In early February, a link to materials about affiliating with Friends General Conference was circulated: FAQ link on FGC Affiliation, February 2018

Monthly meetings were asked by Ministry and Oversight Committee (M&O) to review this information and reflect on the following queries in preparation for continued discernment at the 2018 Annual Session:

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Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples — Paula Palmer visiting California, March 28-April 17, 2018

Please share with your meetings and invite f/Friends:

Paula Palmer (Boulder Friends Meeting, Intermountain Yearly Meeting) will be traveling in the ministry among Northern California PYM Friends, March 28 – April 17, 2018. In addition to leading a weekend workshop at Ben Lomond Quaker Center, she will be offering workshops, presentations, and film discussions at many local meetings. Please see list below and links to further information.

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Reunión General / General Meeting of Friends in Mexico (RGAM), May 5-6, 2018

Friends are invited to the upcoming, 42nd session of the General Meeting of Friends in Mexico (RGAM) to be held May 5 and 6 in San Nicolás de los Garza in the northeastern state of Nuevo León. This year’s theme is “Are our young people called to serve God?”

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