North Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends (QUAKERS)

Coordinating Committee Minutes of July 17, 2013

North Pacific Yearly Meeting Coordinating Committee

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR

CC 7/17.0 Clerk Melody Ashworth opened the meeting in silent worship followed by brief introductions. Present were:


Melody Ashworth, Coordinating Committee Clerk, South Mountain

Carrie Black, Coordinating Committee Recording Clerk, Eugene

Chris Willard, Coordinating Committee Associate Clerk, Tacoma

Carol Uhte, Multnomah

Cynthia Black, Youth Committee, Eugene

Carl Abbot, Finance & Legal Committee Clerk, Multnomah

John Allcott, Annual Session Presiding Clerk, Eugene

Linda Kocourek, Staff Secretary

Otis Kenny, Boise Valley

Bill Ashworth, South Mountain

Tom Rawson, Annual Session Rising Clerk, Salmon Bay

Clint Weimeister, Information Technology Committee Clerk, Port Townsend

Caroline Wildflower, Port Townsend

Chris Cradler, Structure Evaluation Committee Co-clerk, Bridge City

Lucy Fullerton, University

Laura Arcidiacono, Treasurer, Bridge City

Debbie Townsend, Committee on the Discipline Clerk, Eastside

Pearl Thompson, Junior Friend, Multnomah

Georgia Foster, Sheridan

John Etter, Annual Session Planning Committee Co-clerk, Site Committee clerk, Eugene

Janet Jump, Nominating Committee Clerk, Multnomah

Alan Stockbridge, Bellingham

Elee Hadley, Outreach & Visitation Clerk, Umpqua Valley

Margaret Coahran, Pullman-Moscow

Esther Schiedel, Corvallis

Rose Lewis, Salem

Elizabeth Braithwaite, Bridge City



CC 7/17.1 Minutes from the April 13, 2013 meeting were approved.


CC 7/17.2 Executive Committee

Since the April 2013 CC meeting, the only decisions made by the Executive Committee were: to clarify the charge of the ad hoc committee to consider Annual Session decision making, and to designate its clerk.


CC 7/17.3 Directory Plans

CD copies of the directory will be available, with corrections to be made before print copies are made.


CC 7/17.4 Friends settled into worship to prepare for the week ahead, responding to the following queries:

Areas where your Monthly Meeting or Committee needs help or are lacking?

Although no common issues or leadings emerged, we were able to hear how Truth fares among us.


If you were the Coordinating Committee clerk, what would you do differently?

Focus on where in the YM does this concern belong? Are we the ones who should be making this decision? Is there somewhere else it should be made?

Hold a worshipful awareness while the clerks are putting down words for minutes.

Provide more time to share (with just a little structure); meetings often struggle solo, but we are together and can learn from each other.

Continue reminding the committee to listen and put spirit first (not just agenda-oriented)


Pretend this is the worship plenary next Sunday morning. What might you say?

Quaker process works, and it’s always such a surprise! The impossible is solved.


How does Spirit fare with thee?

One Friend shared his personal spiritual goals for this Annual Session: bring a name to Nominating Committee, become acquainted with five new people, and find a bridge to bring annual session to two absent Friends.


CC 7/17.5 Newcomers to Coordinating Committee were invited to ask questions.

Pearl asked, how can Junior Friends representatives to Coordinating Committee best use these resources to communicate with the Yearly Meeting?


CC 7/17.6 The fall Coordinating Committee meeting will take place October 19, 2013, at Multnomah Monthly Meeting in Portland.