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
This is the information page for Pacific Yearly Meeting’s upcoming 2021 Annual Session, which took place 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.
Show your appreciation and help make Annual Sessions even better by sharing your feedback while the experience is still fresh in your mind. You’ll find the Annual Session Evaluation Form on AS LIVE 2021 to fill out before you leave.
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 deepen your spiritual life and to enlarge your circle of F/friends beyond your local community. The Service Survey form (available on our Get Involved page) 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.
The Packet of Advance Materials is an all-in-one PDF containing the Clerk’s call, the schedule, interest group descriptions, and (nearly all of the) committee reports. If you just want an individual report, you will find it below under Reports
Additions and Corrections: Also check under Reports below for items marked in red “not in Advance Packet.” These have been added or revised since the Advance Packet was put together.
The AS LIVE 2021 page contains links to the Zoom meeting rooms and other information for registered attenders only. The password for AS LIVE was included in an email sent to registered attenders by the Registrar on July 17. If you’ve lost the password, contact Registrar@pacificyearlymeeting.org. Please do not share the 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.
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.
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.
Regina Renee Ward
Early Quaker Writings
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 Quaker 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.
The following are the readings. You do NOT need to read them in advance. Just come.
INTEREST GROUP Proposals: Sunday, March 7 (the end of RepCom weekend) was the deadline for committees to submit seasoned proposals for Interest Groups at Annual Session 2021. See How to Schedule an Interest Group at Annual Session for details so you’ll be ready next year.
Reports: Officer, Committee and Representative reports were due Monday, July 5. See the Corrected Guidelines for content and formatting, as well as information for submitting reports. Those who wish may also use the reports template. (Note: The previous guidelines had a typo in the email address for submission.)
The deadline for registration was Friday, July 16. Contact the Registrar directly (Registrar@pacificyearlymeeting.org) to find out what your options are now.
Payment (if you registered but didn’t use PayPal to pay): 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