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

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

Quaker Fund for People Affected by the Camp Fire in Northern California

Following the devastating Camp Fire in 2018 in northern California, Chico Friends Meeting established a Quaker Fund for people affected by the fire.  Funds were received from Quaker Meetings and individual Quakers throughout the US and abroad. As of 5/12/2019 all funds have been allocated and the fund is closed.  Deepest thanks to all who contributed.

See the Chico Friends Meeting website for information about the projects that were funded through this effort.

Chico Friends Meeting
1601 Hemlock Street
Chico California 95926

Posted by Sharon Gates, PYM Assistant to the Clerk
11/25/18, revised 12/8/18, 8/11/19.

 

News from the North Bay Area Fires – California (10/10/17)

We have heard from members of Redwood Forest Meeting (in Santa Rosa), Grass Valley Meeting, and Lake County Worship Group. The Redwood Forest Meeting Resident Friend, Eric Moon, reports that he and the Meeting House are safe, though electricity and phone service are out. Friends House has been evacuated. Another Redwood City Friend, Julian Garrett, reports that he and other Friends have been evacuated but are doing well at this time. Amy Cooke (Grass Valley and Sierra Friends Center) shares that while there are fires close to the Center, they are gradually being contained and do not appear to be going in the direction of the center. The Center is also without power, but hoping to be back online by Friday when College Park Quarterly Meeting is scheduled to take place. Mary Miche (Lake County/Redwood Forest) reports that she is okay as are other members of the Lake County Worship Group, though some were evacuated. We will continue to post updates to the PYM website and Facebook group as events progress. Our hearts are with you all.

— Kylin Navarro, PYM M&O Committee, 10/10/17

 

Note: There are some more recent updates from individuals on the unofficial “Pacific Yearly Mtg.” Facebook Group (opens in a new tab)