North Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends (QUAKERS)

Thoughts for Visitors and Visited - Conclusions - Sources of Visitors

CONCLUSION

We are reminded to “walk cheerfully over the earth, speaking to that of God in every one.” Visitation need not be undertaken only by “weighty Friends”. Their depth of experience is often very helpful; but so is the enthusiasm of newer Friends, fresh from their discovery of Quakerism. Once more, we urge special attention to informal visits and opportunities to strengthen relations among Friends. Above all, the NPYM’s Outreach & Visitation Commit­tee hopes that we can develop personal ties across the great geographic distances of our yearly meet­ing, so that we become increasingly know1edgeable and caring about the fam­ily of Friends.

Following is a list of sources for visitors in NPYM. Please let us know if any of the contact information is out of date.

1. Outreach & Visitation Committee of NPYM

This committee keeps a list of people with willingness to travel and with special areas of inter­est: e.g. draft counseling, tax resis­tance, Quaker history, Quaker processes, etc. You should feel free to contact these people for your Quaker group. The committee can act as a clearing house for visitation requests, if you wish assistance. Groups should initiate con­tacts and requests for visit on their own as well. The Committee appreciates information before hand as you plan trips so that we may share information we have about opportuni­ties or changing conditions. Clerk: ELee Hadley

These groups could provide resource people on a variety of topics related to devel­opment of a Friends group, beliefs, practices, worship and business.

  1. NPYM, M&O Comm., NWYM

Yearly Meeting officers and representatives to Coordinating Committee, as well as the Yearly Meeting Ministry & Oversight Committee, frequently are available to talk about the Yearly Meeting and its processes, to encourage participation in Quarterly and Yearly Meeting sessions or to discuss concerns or proposals that are coming up. Our region also overlaps the Evangelical Friends Northwest Meeting of Friends Church. Your group may wish to consider exchanges with their churches or inviting someone to come talk about their form of Quakerism.

NPYM contacts: Clerk: CC Clerk: M&O Clerk: [additional contacts can be found at npym.org ]

NWYM contact: nwfriends.org/superintendent

  1. FWCC

The Friends World Committee is the only organization that attempts to connect all kinds of Quakers around the world. Our representatives, as well as former staff and officers of FWCC, are often ready and willing to talk about the wider world of Quakerism and the large role our YM has had in supporting the Family of Friends.

See Representatives to other organizations.

  1. AFSC, FCNL, QVS, FPT, FCUN/QEW, RSWR, FLGBTQC

Our Yearly Meeting connects directly with a number of special Quaker concerns organiza­tions. The Service Committee has two offices in our region, which can offer infor­mation on issues as well as speakers. Members of YM are involved in all the others and are glad to share their interests and knowledge. Other organizations are worthy of the support and interest of all Friends, but depend on those Quakers called to work for them: Friends Committee on National Legislation, Quaker Volunteeers, Friends Peace Teams, Quaker Earthcare Witness, Right Sharing of World Resources, and Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Queer Concerns.

See Resources.

Quarterly Meeting Ministry & Oversight and Monthly Meetings

Although the Quarterly Meetings are set up primarily to support the worship groups and meetings in their area, and can offer assistance for local groups’ problems and ques­tions, they also are a resource for finding individuals who can offer presentations on Quak­erism and other concerns you wish to discuss more deeply. Worship groups should always make contact with the Monthly Meeting that cares for them and ask for assistance, including contacts with persons with special gifts to share.

See Member Meetings.

by: Outreach Commit­tee, July, 1982.

               Marge Abbott, Clerk

               Molly Barnett (corresponding)

               Barbara Janoe

               Howard Scott

               Ann Stever

Illustrations by Katherine Willard

Updated 7/2014 Outreach & Visitation Committee

Following is a list of sources for visitors in NPYM. Please let us know if any of the contact information is out of date.

1. Outreach & Visitation Committee of NPYM

This committee keeps a list of people with willingness to travel and with special areas of inter­est: e.g. draft counseling, tax resis­tance, Quaker history, Quaker processes, etc. You should feel free to contact these people for your Quaker group. The committee can act as a clearing house for visitation requests, if you wish assistance. Groups should initiate con­tacts and requests for visit on their own as well. The Committee appreciates information before hand as you plan trips so that we may share information we have about opportuni­ties or changing conditions. Clerk: ELee Hadley

These groups could provide resource people on a variety of topics related to devel­opment of a Friends group, beliefs, practices, worship and business.

  1. NPYM, M&O Comm., NWYM

Yearly Meeting officers and representatives to Coordinating Committee, as well as the Yearly Meeting Ministry & Oversight Committee, frequently are available to talk about the Yearly Meeting and its processes, to encourage participation in Quarterly

 

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