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 dinner in support of the Undocumented Student Scholarship Project. The program and dinner will take place on March 23, 2019, at Sacramento Friends Meeting. See the attached invitation for more details.
Nine years ago Sacramento Friends Meeting (Quakers) initiated the Undocumented Student Scholarship Project for students at our nearby Sacramento State University. Since that time we have provided scholarships to 28 students in a variety of majors, both undergraduate and graduate. Each scholarship consists of $1000 per year until graduation. Most of the support for the Undocumented Student Scholarship Project has come from donations from individuals and Friends Meetings. Several of our former scholarship recipients have begun to contribute as well.
We hope to see you at the dinner on March 23.
The second is a one-week Teaching English Experience taking place in Antigua, Guatemala, January 3-11, 2020. This is an opportunity for you to make deep, personal connections and share cultural perspectives while providing English lessons to students supported by the Guatemala Friends Scholarship Program. An optional highland tour is also available. For more information see the attached flier or contact Martha Dugan email@example.com. For the highland tour contact Donna Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Teaching English Experience is a soul satisfying week of hard work which is both fun and rewarding. Our students are eager to learn English and your efforts provide them with a chance to experience the joys of one-on-one learning. The only requirements are an open heart, patience and a desire to help a Guatemalan student. The ability to speak a little Spanish and previous teaching experiences are helpful but not necessary.
Dear PYM Committee Clerks, Officers, and Reps,
We have a Zoom (video conferencing) account available for PYM-related business.
If you would like to request to schedule a zoom time block, contact the Assistant to the Clerk at <email@example.com>.
Include the following information:
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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.
- Reaching Out
- Youth Programs Coordination Position
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. December 1, 2018. Tracked changes, a scan of written edits, or other form of meeting response can be sent to: PYM.FPRevision@gmail.com
The Faith and Practice Revision Committee
The following resources on racial justice are recommended by the Racial Justice Subcommittee of the Ministry and Oversight Committee.
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.
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.
DiAngelo, Robin. “White Fragility” http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ijcp/article/view/249/116
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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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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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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Update posted 4/19/18 at new link (click here).
Original post below:
2/1/18 – To Meeting Representatives and Clerks of Monthly Meetings,
At Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session in 2017, Ministry and Oversight Committee (M&O) brought forward for discernment the question of Pacific Yearly Meeting’s affiliation with Friends General Conference. During the consideration of this question at the 2017 Annual Session, some Friends asked for additional information and time for seasoning at the monthly meeting level. Ministry and Oversight Committee has prepared materials to aid in our continued discernment at the 2018 Annual Session.
In order to be well prepared for discernment, M&O is now asking monthly meetings to season the matter of affiliating between now and April 30, 2018 by reflecting on these queries:
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The following progress report from the PYM Communications Committee is addressed to all PYM committee clerks, officers, representatives and staff. We are seeking feedback specifically from those “office holders” within PYM. But others may wish to know this information as well, so we post the report here as well.
Dear Pacific Yearly Meeting Committee Clerks, Officers, Reps and Staff,
PYM Communications Committee is writing to report on our progress towards reinstating role-based email addresses for PYM positions such as yours and to solicit your timely feedback before we move too far along.
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