Clerk’s Call to Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session
 July 23 to 28, 2021

Love and Justice:  Heeding the Spirit’s Power Within and Among Us

 “God, who made all, pours out his spirit upon all [people] in the world, in the days of his new covenant, yea, upon blacks and whites, Moors, and Turks, and Indians, Christians, Jews, and Gentiles, that all with the spirit of God, might know God and the things of God, and serve and worship him in his spirit and truth.”
George Fox

 “Here we have a prospect of one common interest from which our own is inseparable, that to turn all the treasure we possess into the channel of universal love becomes the business of our lives.”
John Woolman, “A Plea for the Poor”

As this is being written, we are holding a deep concern for the epidemic of racism―systemic and overt white supremacy in our country. The COVID 19 epidemic and global climate crisis have also greatly impacted Friends this year and many in our community have experienced loss, uncertainty and ongoing grief. And yet we know that these affect Friends in our Yearly Meeting in markedly different ways. Both COVID 19 and the climate crisis disproportionately affect Friends in the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities. We are called to move toward love and justice.

The virtual Annual Session 2021 of Pacific Yearly Meeting will be held July 23 to 28. Our keynote speakers are Avotcja Jiltonilro, a poet, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist from Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting and Gabriela Portillo Alvarado, a second year college student at the University of Pennsylvania and a Young Adult Friend from Sacramento Friends Meeting. These two women will share their poetry and will engage in a dialogue on the theme.

Together we will take the time to connect with the Power of the Spirit within us. The indwelling Spirit connects us to one another and to all of creation.

This interconnectedness requires us to reevaluate how we relate to one another. The dominant culture within our country and our Religious Society of Friends of the Truth has centered whiteness for too long. What acts of love and justice are necessary for us to re-center our Society to a place of justice, of love, for all? How do we begin to move from entitlement to humbly giving our energy to a different way of being? How do we grow our abilities to cherish one another and develop a culture of dignity within our Yearly Meeting and beyond? Ongoing learning, truth telling, and willingness to repair are needed to break the bonds of racism. Each of us can see a portion of Light, but we need all of us to see the way forward, guided by Spirit.

You are invited to the Pay as Led online Annual Session of Pacific Yearly Meeting July 23 to 28, 2021 from wherever you are tending your heart. When registration is open you will be able to choose which activities are right for you. Together at Annual Session we will seek the guidance of the Divine Spirit in worship, in learning, and in rejoicing together.

Sandy Kewman
Presiding clerk

2021 Annual Session Information

This is the information page for Pacific Yearly Meeting’s upcoming 2021 Annual Session, which will occur online July 23 – 28, 2021. The theme this year is “Love and Justice:  Heeding the Spirit’s Power Within and Among Us.” See the Clerk’s Call for more about the theme.

Registration is now open (see below). Deadline for registration is July 16.

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Deadlines

  • Reports: Officer, Committee and Representative reports are due Monday, July 5. See the Guidelines for content and formatting, as well as information for submitting reports. Those who wish may also use the reports template.
  • Registration: Friday, July 16. See below for link to online registration.
  • see also below for Deadlines that Have Passed

Advance Information

Registration

  • Register Online for Annual Session 2021 (opens in a new tab or window). The deadline for registration is Friday, July 16.
    • Payment (if you didn’t use PayPal): send a check made out to “Pacific Yearly Meeting” to:
      Pacific Yearly Meeting Registrar
      c/o Lawrence Alderson
      10 Leeds Lane
      Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656

Clerk’s Call

Calling All Musicians

Information for Specific Age Groups

  • watch this space

Advance Packet

The Packet of Advance Materials will be posted about a week before session. It is an all-in-one PDF containing (nearly all of the) committee reports and some other materials you will need.  If you just want an individual report, you will find it below under Committee and Officer Reports.

During the Session

Zoom Information

There are four basic Zoom skills that will greatly facilitate your participation in this year’s Annual Session: renaming yourself, muting/unmuting yourself, raising your hand in Zoom, and joining a breakout room. Because the way you do each of these varies by device, please refer to this document with links to the latest info from Zoom.

The AS LIVE 2021 page contains links to all the Zoom meeting rooms and other information for attenders only. The password for AS LIVE will be included in an email sent to registered attenders by the Assistant to the Clerk shortly after registration closes (July 16). Please do not share this password with anyone who is not registered.

Schedules and Agendas

See also  AS LIVE 2021 for Zoom links and additional information for registered attenders only (see above).

Keynote Speakers

Gabriela Portillo Alvarado, a Friend raised in Pacific Yearly Meeting, Sacramento Friends Meeting, is now a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying political science, Latinx studies, and Spanish. Avotcja (Avacha) Jiltonilro, a Friend in Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting, is a poet, musician, and playwright. They will share their reflections on the theme of Annual Session.

Bible Study

Led by Regina Renee Ward. Regina Renee is a member of Ujima Friends Peace Center in Philadelphia. She is a public librarian and former public school teacher. She is passionate about social justice, intellectual freedom, reading, and building community. Her work with Friends and racial healing was born out of necessity as she navigates life both as a woman of African descent and a Christian Friend. Regina Renee serves Friends General Conference as the clerk of Nurturing Ministries Committee and as co-clerk of the Institutional Assessment Implementation Committee. Her favorite Book in the Bible is James. Her life verse is Micah 6:8.

Early Friends Writing: “Adventures from the Journals of Early Friends”

Bob and Kathy Runyan are convinced Friends who served as Ben Lomond Quaker Center directors from 2011 to 2019. They have lead and facilitated numerous Quaker workshops particularly focused on early Friends writings. Bob is a piano technician and currently the clerk of Chico Friends Meeting. Kathy is the lead teacher in a preschool at Chico State University and serves on the Ministry and Oversight Committee for both College Park Quarterly Meeting and Chico Friends Meeting.

Committee/Officer Reports

The individual reports listed below are also (unless otherwise indicated) included in the all-in-one Advance Packet linked above.  If you are submitting a late report please contact the Assistant to the Clerk.

  • watch this space

Reports from Representatives to Outside Organizations

The individual reports below are also included in the all-in-one Advance Packet linked above.

  • watch this space

Deadlines that Have Passed

Late Registration

  • After the July 16 deadline for registration you will need to contact the Registrar directly (Registrar@pacificyearlymeeting.org) to find out what your options are.

Evaluations

Get Involved

The year-around work of Pacific Yearly Meeting is conducted almost entirely by volunteers. Without the many, many volunteers none of it would happen. Working on committees is also a great way to enlarge your circle of F/friends beyond your local community. The Service Survey form is where you can communicate your gifts and interests to the Nominating Committee, whose job it is to match people with the best place to put their talents to use.

Epistle

  • Pacific YM 2021 Epistle

Minutes

  • When the minutes of the plenary sessions are ready they will be posted on the PYM Minutes page.

Contacts