New Indigenous Concerns Subcommittee and Survey (due July 31)

A message from the Indigenous Concerns Subcommittee Co-clerks

Dear Friends in PacYM Meetings, Worship Groups, Committees, Quarterly Meetings, and Related Organizations,

In February of this year, Ministry Committee of PacYM approved forming a subcommittee on Indigenous Concerns under its care. You can read more about it in the Indigenous Concerns report to RepCom from March 2021 and on the Indigenous Concerns web page. The subcommittee is still in a formative stage and seeks members and advisors/accountability partners. 

As part of getting going in service to the yearly meeting and all the local meetings, we are starting conversations, creating connections, and learning what Friends in our PacYM region are already doing on this topic, including via a survey.

The purposes of this email are:

1) To introduce this new subcommittee to you all. Aloha! Hola! Hello!

2) To ask you to designate someone to fill out this survey by July 31. (Estimated time to complete: 15-20 minutes.) Please see below for more information about the survey.

3) To invite recommendations and self-nominations of Friends –Indigenous and non-Indigenous– who might like to serve on this subcommittee and of Indigenous Friends who may prefer being an advisor or accountability partner. There is space to submit names on the survey, and anyone is welcome to email us. (Ministry Committee is responsible for appointments to its subcommittees.) Currently no subcommittee members are Indigenous.

4) To ask you to spread the word about how to sign up for the Friends for Right Relationship listserv, an online community of f/Friends, mostly in the US and Canada, for sharing information and asking questions. (See our web page for details on how to join.)

5) And to remind folks about the Braiding Sweetgrass Online Worship Group, currently 1st Mondays, 7-9 pm Pacific, via zoom. All are welcome. Hosted by PacYM Unity with Nature Committee and co-sponsored by Indigenous Concerns Subcommittee and Youth Programs Coordinating Committee. See this post about the worship group and this google doc for updates.

Please read on for more details about the survey:

Survey deadline has been extended to July 31(Estimated time to complete survey: 15-20 minutes.)

This survey is formatted to be filled out by designees from each Meeting/Worship Group, PacYM Committee, Quarterly Meeting, and related Quaker organizations. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Individual Friends may email us any input or questions.

Our intention is to compile a summary of the actions that local meetings, orgs, and committees are taking via our page on the site to promote sharing, networking, learning, and action. We will update the page from time to time as we all learn and grow in these efforts and as meetings, committees, and organizations have new information to share. No individual person’s name or contact info will be shared on the website without prior consent.

Please keep in touch to tell us what you’re already doing and where you’d like support. We can play a connecting role to put meetings/committees/orgs in touch with each other as needs and interests arise. The subcommittee has no expectation that any meeting or organization is trying to take on many of the actions listed in the survey all at once. Continuing revelation can come slowly or in leaps and jumps: we’re all learning and growing into awareness and actions together.

Thank you!

The new PacYM Indigenous Concerns Subcommittee:

  • Lisa Hubbell & Alyssa Nelson, Co-Convenors
  • Sophie Wood Brinker
  • Jim Summers and Gail Eastwood, Liaisons from PacYM Ministry Committee

CONTACT: IndigenousConcernsClerk [at] PacificYearlyMeeting [dot] org 


Get Involved

This page is dedicated to the proposition that you have skills and interests that can help Pacific Yearly Meeting flourish and Pacific Yearly Meeting has jobs that can bring you joy and satisfaction and help you deepen your connections to Quakerism and to other Quakers.

The year-around work of Pacific Yearly Meeting is done almost entirely by volunteers. Over 120 people are currently volunteering on 20 different committees and subcommittees and in various other roles. They are members and attenders from nearly 30 meetings and worship groups throughout the yearly meeting. To see who they all are and what they are doing, visit the PacYM Roster page.

Even with all these volunteers there is much more that we could be doing with more hands. There is surely a place for you to help out. 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 (NomCom). Tell us about your skills and talents, what brings you joy, what kind of service calls to you, where is your growing edge, which jobs would you like to know more about, when will you be available for service. 

Some of the places where we most need help currently are:

  • Technical skills, website management, Facebook development: (as a committee member or as an adjunct not required to attend committee meetings)
  • Clerking experience
  • Willing to develop clerking skills
  • Children’s Program Committee
  • Youth Programs Coordinating Committee
  • Junior Yearly Meeting Committee
  • Statistical Co-clerk
  • Treasurer or Assistant Treasurer
  • Assistant to the Clerk
  • Religious Education Subcommittee of Ministry Committee

It is Nominating Committee’s job to match people with the best place to put their talents to use. After you have expressed an interest in a position, NomCom will combine that input with all the other information we have from previous surveys, interviews with many Friends, knowledge of what skills or gifts the position needs, recommendations from others, and their own spiritual discernment process.  When NomCom has reached agreement on the right fit for the individual and for the committee or other position, the names will be taken to the next business session – either Representative Committee or Annual Session.  Names are read twice, with time for seasoning and consultation between.  The approved names would take office following Annual Session unless approved at Rep Com to fill a vacated position.