Youth Programs Coordinating Committee (YPCC) is happy to report that Rebekah Percy has been hired as the Interim Youth Programs Coordinator. She will begin work on March 23rd. Rebekah is a member of La Jolla meeting and attender at Orange Grove. She has attended PacYM since childhood and has served the yearly meeting in a variety of ways, most recently as co-clerk of YPCC for two years. Her experience with the YPCC as well as her strong organizational and communication skills will serve the youth programs of the yearly meeting well. Rebekah resigned from the YPCC on January 6 to address work-life balance issues and was not involved in the decision to release Javaughn. Rebekah can be reached at the YPC email address: email@example.com starting March 23rd.
The Interim YPC position is intended to serve us through Annual Session and will end on August 31. YPCC has created an Ad Hoc committee to address issues surrounding the YPC role and are requesting participation from youth, Racial Justice subcommittee, and Ministry and Oversight in this review process. We hope this work will be completed by fall and a new YPC recruitment process will begin at that time.
Air fills our lungs and keeps us alive, yet it is
taken for granted by many populations. Indigenous communities, however,
appreciate the air as sacred. Today, California has some of the worst air
pollution in the country. This year’s theme of Air builds from our previous camps and recent
themes, Fire, Water and Earth, honoring the sacredness of all Beings. Join us as we explore the power and value of Air in traditional and
contemporary practice. As the climate changes do we need new ways to care for
share our Histories and Love one another across Seeming Divides, all through
Fun, Interactive Activities. Camp includes a service-learning project on the
Land and a field trip.
Request our model “Letter to Teachers” for a student who wants to take time off from school to participate in camp and/or get school credit
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Campers: APPLICATION ONLINE
NOW! Deadline 3/9/2020. There are only 30 spots available. There
is a question on this form where we ask you to tell us why we should select
your application and what is important to you about getting to be a part of
We enthusiastically invite middle school and high school aged
youth (grades 6-12) to apply. No one will be turned away for lack of
funds. Cost of camp is on a sliding scale ($0 – $500). Donations gratefully
Clerk’s Call to Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session July 10 to July 15, 2020 Walker Creek Ranch
Radical Inclusivity: Responding to the Persistent and Insistent Love of God
“Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another.” – John 13:34
“Thus He whose tender mercies are over all His works hath placed a principle in the human mind, which one to exercise goodness towards every living creature; and this being singly attended to, people become tender-hearted and sympathizing…” – John Woolman, 1720-1772
We are being called at this time to wake up to God’s love for all beings
and all of creation. We are being called
to notice and respond to the persistent and insistent love within each of us
and all around us. We are being called to cultivate and live that love
for one another and the earth in all that we do.
We are also being called to acknowledge how our culture within the
Religious Society of Friends and the wider society normalizes and perpetuates
domination and power over each other and over the natural world. We are being
called to notice domination in all that we do and to speak truth to it. This domination takes many forms, both
willful and inadvertent, conscious and unconscious. Domination is in play when
some persons are more valued than others and when power over others is celebrated
and practiced. Domination is at work when our earth is used mindlessly
and abused in the name of progress.
Early Friends called attention to
‘disorderly walking’ and labored with one another in worship, prayer, and
mindful speech to wake up to the ways in which their daily lives were harmful
to their own hearts and souls and that of others and to the earth. Those
who are part of the Dominant culture must examine our privilege and entitlement
through reflection, reading and most importantly through dialogue and
friendships. Collectively, we Friends who bring to our yearly meeting a
kaleidoscope of identities and experiences require community with one another
to discern the ‘love of truth’ within our lives. Today we need one another to
acknowledge the harm we do to each other and to the earth. Commitment to
learning a better way, to being in right relationship with each other and with
our earth is needed. This means all of us have choices in every moment,
to begin anew, to go deeper.
What might this look like? During
Annual Session we will explore together. We will ground ourselves in the
light of Divine Spirit and in our bodies.
We will listen deeply to one another.
We will notice when power over another is employed rather than with each
other. We will notice and respond to each
other out loud and with grace. “While my
intent was no harm, the effect did harm.”
“I see the harm”, “I see your hurt.” “Thank you for telling me.”
“Thank you for your faithfulness.” “I want to find a way forward. “I want
to walk this path with you (of reconciliation… or learning)”
We are fortunate to invite Mica
Estrada to share her experience and wisdom this year at Annual Session as our
keynote speaker. Mica is a member of
Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting. She
is a Social Psychologist whose early work focused on conflict resolution,
forgiveness, and problem solving. Mica’s
current work on social influences that increase care of our planet and greater
equity in the world of education are newer expressions of this same leaning
toward reducing conflict and supporting the positive in our world. Mica will speak about practicing radical
inclusivity through staying awake to the spirit of love and kindness within
each of us.
As we come together to worship and sink down into Divine Presence, Mica’s
message will help us to let go of our wills, our ideas, our wants. We will then be able to step into the river
that unites us all.
That is where
transformation begins. Please come to PacYM’s Annual Session this coming
July as we take this journey together.
Sandy Kewman Presiding Clerk
“I pray that we will sense more keenly the transformation that God wants to bring about in our time and learn how we can fully and joyfully dedicate ourselves to participating in the creation of an evolved humanity and a renewed world. Then, as fully realized children of God, we can let go of the past and enter something entirely new.” – Marcelle Martin, Our Life is Love, p.191.
Radical Inclusivity: Responding to the Persistent and Insistent Love of God
RepCom will be hosted by Quaker Oaks Farm (QOF), meeting at the Visalia Friends’ Meetinghouse (VFM) on the ancestral land of the Wukchumni Tribe from 6pm on Friday, March 6, through Saturday March 7 and continuing to Sunday March 8 if necessary.
Please register for RepCom by SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 by filling out the form on the PYM website:
(Persons registering after Friday February 15 cannot be assured of overnight hospitality.)
Before coming to RepCom, please review the advance documents on the website carefully.
Overnight accommodations will be provided in nearby homes and there is plenty of camping and floor sleeping space available at QOF, adjacent to VFM There are also inexpensive hotels/Airbnbs in Visalia and Exeter. Friday dinner through Sunday lunch will be provided (along with snacks/tea/coffee) for a suggested donation to QOF of $40. Please note any food restrictions in your registration.
TRAVEL & REIMBURSEMENT:
Visalia is easily accessible by car, bus, or train and shuttles to the Meetinghouse will be provided. Travel expenses of officers, clerks, and Representative Committee members (Monthly Meetings’ representatives to PYM) are reimbursed 25¢ per mile for round trip road atlas mileage between the member’s Home Meeting and the location of the Meeting being attended or actual expenses up to $.25 per mile. Round trip travel from Mexico or Hawaii is reimbursed up to $600. Members are encouraged to reduce costs by taking advantage of special bargain rates (early reservation, two for one, special offers, etc.).
PRESENTING AND REPORTING:
Please submit written reports by February 15 to Sharon Gates, Assistant to the Clerk (email address below). Guidelines for reports are on the PYM web page. Reports sent after 2/15 might not be posted prior to RepCom. Contact Sandy Kewman, Presiding Clerk (email address below) if your committee is presenting at RepCom.
Junior Yearly Meeting: The youth leadership of Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) and JYM Adult Committee members will meet at QOF March 6-8 to plan for JYM 2020 at Walker Creek Ranch. JYM planners look forward to worshiping and sharing meals with Friends attending RepCom. If you have questions, please contact the clerk of the JYM Adult Committee, Dan Strickland firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandy Kewman, Presiding Clerk of PYM, will preside at RepCom. She and I will send you further information, including an agenda, in one or more follow-up mailings.
Questions for the Presiding Clerk? Contact Sandy at PYMclerk@gmail.com
Mica Estrada gave the keynote on Saturday, July 11th at 10:30am this year at Annual Session. We are deeply grateful to have had Mica speak to us at the Annual Session. Following is an audio recording of her presentation:
Here is the video recording:
Mica earned her doctorate in Social Psychology from Harvard University. She is an Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Her teaching and research focuses on the ethnic populations who are historically underrepresented in higher education, are most vulnerable to impacts of climate change, and have potential to provide diverse and creative solutions to pressing challenges.
Mica is a member of Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting in Berkley, CA. She serves on the Pacific Yearly Meeting Racial Justice and the Eldering Subcommittees. Mica also serves on the Geneva Quaker United National Committee, Mica’s spiritual development was informed by ‘The light within’ from an early age. It was a guiding principle of her life for many years even before she came to know Quakers. The writings of Parmahansa Yogananda, Daya Mata, Pema Chodron, Thomas Kelley, and Khalil Gibran have been instrumental in forming Mica’s spiritual practices. Mica follows her spiritual leading to make the world a kinder place.
The keynote began with a story appropriate for all ages. Children were invited to accompany their parents to the keynote for as long as they like.
AS LIVE 2020: Registered attenders check your email from pymassistanttotheclerk for the password to this page. The AS LIVE 2020 page contains links to all the Zoom meetings and other materials for attenders only.
Information for Registrants (all ages): You will not be able to attend Annual Session offerings without registering. Registration deadline was July 3. Check whether late registration is still possible.
A brief Children’s Program will take place on Friday morning, July 10. The session will be 75 minutes, children will be divided by age into two groups: ages 4 to 7 or 8; and ages 8 or 9 to 12. If we have enough children for a second 75-minute session, it will occur from 11:00-12:15pm with the same fun-focused lesson plans.
Teen Program (Junior Yearly Meeting, aka JYM). Teens will be leading intergenerational games on Saturday evening-we would love to see you there! The rest of JYM’s gatherings will take place the week/s following July 15. For more information on the teen schedule, please see our intergenerational calendar page here. We are still looking for a few (adult) Friendly Responsible Adult Presences (FRAPs) to work with and or hold the space for our youth.
Young Adult Friends (aka YAFs) program will start Friday evening. YAFs may still be able to register late and take part in the general Annual Sessions. Many YAFs will attend the YPCC interest group on Sunday evening to discuss our work on mutual aid within the yearly meeting. The rest of YAF activities will also take place the week/s following AS. See our intergenerational calendar page for more information.
The Packet of Advance Materials 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.
Packet of Advance Materials (posted 7/3) Note that the Schedule and the Interest Group listings have changed slightly from what is in the Advance Packet, so for those two documents use the versions linked below.
Updates: The following are reports and information that are either “new” (i.e. not in the Advance Packet) or have been revised or corrected from the version in the Packet.
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.
POST-SESSION EVALUATION FOR OFFICERS, COMMITTEE CLERKS, AND REPRESENTATIVES TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS: July 18 10 AM to noon. Zoom link will be provided
POST-SESSION EVALUATION FOR ATTENDERS:Extended to July 25. Click here to go to the evaluation section of this page.
“Normal” registration is closed (deadline was July 3). To register late, send a request by email to email@example.com.
Annual Session is Pay-as-Led this year, meaning you are invited to pay whatever amount you are led to pay to help cover PacYM’s costs. A suggested range is $40-$60 for adults age 25 and over attending “full time”, and lesser amounts for those under 25.
THE DEADLINE FOR EVALUATIONS WAS EXTENDED TO July 25, which has now passed.
Help the Nominating Committee match your gifts with needed service to the Yearly Meeting by filling out a “Pink Sheet” describing your skills and interests.
These are contacts specifically related to Annual Session 2020. More general contacts for PacYM can be found on the Contact-Us page. Contacts for specific activities during Annual Session (e.g. Worship/Sharing, Affinity Groups, Games, etc) can be found in the Schedule Explained 2020 document linked here.
Registration: Lawrence Alderson and Brylie Oxlie, Registrars: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Mailing Address for checks (made out to “Pacific Yearly Meeting”) for completed registrations: Pacific Yearly Meeting Registrar c/o Lawrence Alderson 10 Leeds Lane Aliso Viejo, CA, 92656 <— note correction in Zip code 7/10 (was showing 92626)
Daily Miracle: There will not be a “Daily Miracle” bulletin this year. Program information will be on the website (on this page or, for registered attenders, on the password protected AS LIVE 2020 page).
Discourse (for Attenders only): See AS LIVE 2020 (a password protected page) for a link to Discourse. Discourse is the place to share personal announcements you might have submitted to the Daily Miracle in other years.
PYM Youth Programs Coordinating Committee Program Evaluation Report 2019
(See also the summary of responses in appendix in linked PDF, above)
Responses to an online survey, sent to meetings and individuals in December 2018, provided clear support of the Youth Programs Coordinator (YPC) and offered suggestions and critiques of the efforts of the YPC and the Youth Programs Coordinating Committee (YPCC). Respondents who have been active in regional events such as Annual Session and Quarterly Meetings were more knowledgeable regarding impacts on the youth programs and listed many positive changes observed since the program began. A desire for support of the children’s program and youth programs in monthly meetings was expressed. A concern that youth programs were not developing a spiritual foundation and that we address issues of racism, classism, sexism and ageism were also expressed. Respondents were divided regarding the question of hiring an administrative support person and focusing the YPC role on youth activities. A majority of respondents support the cost of the YPC as money well spent, with some expressing concern regarding the impact of the cost on meeting budgets and limited impact seen at the monthly meeting level.
Dear Children’s Program Families of Pacific Yearly Meeting:
Thank you for registering your child(ren) for Pacific Yearly Meeting’s 2019 Annual Session! The Children’s Program Committee looks forward to our joyous work of nurturing children and families at Annual Session.
Please read this letter thoroughly in preparation for our week together.
Last year we had a lot of fun and came together as a community to learn more about the Quaker Way. This year, we’ll continue taking advantage of outdoor education opportunities at the site and blending them with other forms of Quaker teaching and learning. And once again, we have an enthusiastic and skilled group of teachers and support staff. Continue reading “Welcome Letter to Children’s Program Families 2019”
● Welcoming and Introducing our new YPC and Interest Group
● Farewell to Alyssa Nelson, past YPC
● State of the YPC Committee
● Program Evaluation from Winter 2018/2109
● Financial Notes:
○ Budget action item — request for augmentation for current FY
○ Budget notes — request for next year, submitted to Finance
○ Youth Programs Fund (interest from the Bob Vogel Endowment) Usage Report
○ Budget action item — proposal to change the administration of PYM budget lines 5288 and 2742 for young Friends travel into a contribution to the principal of the Bob Vogel Endowment
● Program items that the YPC and YPCC have been supporting
● Requests to Monthly Meeting Reps and PYM Committee Clerks
Pacific Yearly Meeting 2019 Annual Session attendees have the opportunity to hear David Johnson, our keynoter, speak on Saturday, July 13 at 11:15 am. David Johnson is a seasoned Friend, an activist and a pragmatic man who is being worked by the Divine. He lives in North Queensland, Australia with his wife, Trish, who will also be at Annual Session.
David grew up in Australia. As a young person he loved rocks and fossils and worked most of his life as a geologist in industry and in academia at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. He wrote The Geology of Australia, which is now co-authored in its third edition. He left the university in 1998 to concentrate on the work of peacemaking.
David has a long history of peace and justice activism. In 1991, motivated by the first Gulf war, David with his wife Trish and several friends, started the Australian Campaign Against Arms Trade (ACAAT). He worked extensively with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and with other weapons issues. Growing up in a culture of patriarchy and colonialism, David has come to understand the damage of bias and white privilege. For many years he has been walking with the Australia’s First Peoples and learning from them. When David travels, he makes it his practice to visit with the descendants of the indigenous peoples to respectfully request the opportunity to be present on the land of their ancestors.
In 2005 David was invited to give the James Backhouse lecture, a public talk on contemporary issues delivered at the annual gathering of Quakers in Australia. David’s title was “Peace is a Struggle”. He spoke about peace in our world as well as within each one of us and described how the outer search for peace and the inner search for peace fit together. He offered practices to experience this truth.
In 2008, David was one of the founders of the Silver Wattle Quaker Centre in Australia. This spiritual and practical venture arose from a concern that the modern Quaker faith is more fragile than many might believe, and not sufficiently grounded for us to carry the witness that will be called from us over the next decades.
More recently, David has been called to serve the Quaker community through writing and speaking. He is the author of A Quaker Prayer Life (2013), and Jesus, Christ, Servant of God: Meditations on the Gospel According to John (2017) from Inner Light Books. In May he led a retreat on John’s Gospel at Pendle Hill.
As our keynote speaker this year at Annual Session at Walker Creek Ranch, David will be speaking on the workings of the Light of Christ within each of us. Drawing on the spiritual perceptiveness of the first Quakers, he will ask us to encounter the spirituality under their 17th century language. He is an example of a Quaker activist who finds his spiritual sustenance in private prayer and worshipping in community. It will be a gift to welcome him to our gathering.
Sandy Kewman, Clerk
Link to 2005 James Backhouse lecture “Peace is a Struggle”: https://www.quakersaustralia.info/sites/aym-members/files/pages/files/2005%20Lecture.pdf