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

You have skills and interests that can help Pacific Yearly Meeting flourish and Pacific Yearly Meeting offers opportunities for service that can bring you joy and satisfaction and help you deepen your connections to Quakerism and to other Quakers.

Officers, Committees, and Sub-Committees
The year-around work of Pacific Yearly Meeting is done almost entirely by 120 volunteers who are members and attenders of monthly meetings and worship groups. To see who they all are and what they are doing,

visit the PacYM Roster page. 

Working on a committee is also a great way to enlarge your circle of F/friends beyond your local community. Most committees meet about once a month by Zoom.  Complete the Service Survey to indicate your gifts and interests to the Nominating Committee (NomCom).  We want to know what kind of service calls to you, where is your growing edge, what service would you like to know more about, when will you be available for service. 

Ministry of Small Things (Support during the year)
In addition to the regular committee work, you may be able to support the work of the Yearly Meeting by offering your skill to a committee.  


Ministry of Small Things (Annual Session Support)
When you attend Annual Session, usually held in July each year, you can be of service just before and during the gathering, helping to make this a satisfying experience for everyone. 


Nominating Process
It is the job of the Nominating Committee  (NomCom) to match people with the best place to put their talents to use. After you have expressed an interest in a position or offered your skills, 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. 

Any questions or comments may be sent to the committee at