Plenary Session #2
Thursday July 24, 2014
8:45 - 10:15 AM
The Plenary gathered in song and waiting worship.
"Reflecting back on the year, we note that even as we feel called to strengthen our Meeting from within, via reconstitution of M&O and a more thoughtful Adult Education plan, we also feel called to grow our outreach. As we seek out ways to help serve our local community and bring our core values of simplicity, integrity, equality, peace, community and stewardship into the broader world, we look forward to allowing Spirit to lead."
Annual Session Presiding Clerk Tom Rawson welcomed Friends to the 2014 Annual Session of North Pacific Yearly Meeting. He introduced the theme of this Annual Session: "The Transformative Power of Spirit in Community: Finding Light in the Yearly Meeting," and said that the Friends in Residence, Ken and Katherine Jacobsen, would address this theme during Plenary #3.
The Presiding Clerk read the roll of meetings and worship groups. Members and attenders stood as the name of their gathering was called.
The Presiding Clerk introduced and thanked the Members of the Annual Session Planning Committee
Youth Program Coordinator Jay Thatcher thanked parents and those connected to the children in attendance for sharing them with the Annuals Session. He asked these Friends to thank the adult leaders of the children's program for sacrificing participation in so much of the Annual Session program. He then introduced the Children's Program Staff.
Children's Activities -- Jessica _______ and Bronte Miller
Pre School -- Lynn Gordon and Megan Petarka
Primary -- Nancy Baker Croft and Jed Walsch
Upper Elementary -- Euclid Bautista John Strohben
Central Friends -- Ethan Berleman Ethan Perkins Neal Hadely
After this introduction the children and their teachers left for their programs.
The Presiding Clerk introduced and recognized observers and visitors present from other yearly meetings
The Hebner Family from Friendship Monthly Meeting in North Carolina: Suebear and Benji with their children: Artan and Rosie
Marielle Oetjen from Colorado Springs Monthly Meeting
Mary Klein, Palo Alto (California) Monthly Meeting, Editor of Western Friend
Diane Randall, Hartford (Connecticut) Monthly Meeting, Executive Director of Friends Committee on National Legislation
Ken and Katharine Jacobsen (Ohio Yearly Meeting)
The Clerk also introduced visitors and Friends from other Yearly Meetings not yet present but expected to arrive.
The O'Hara/O'Connor family from Ireland Yearly Meeting
Carmel and Tom children (JFs) Roisin and Cian
Julie Peyton, West Hills Friends in Portland, Northwest Yearly Meeting
Del & Suzanne Livingston -- representative visitors from Northwest Yearly Meeting
Daily Bulletin editor Sarah Michener explained how to make submissions and how the bulletin will be made available throughout the Annual Sessions.
Jana Ostrum, Clerk of the Committee introduced its members, Angie Alexander, Elinor Jorda
She also announced that the first draft of the Epistle will be presented for input at Plenary 7 on Saturday, and the final at Plenary 8 on Sunday.
Committee Clerk Georgia Foster made Committee report after introducing committee members: Dorsey Green, Warren Ostrum, Betsey Kenworthy and Jane Ewert. She noted that all Committee members will be wearing a purple ribbon for ready identification and that the Committee would be hosting a New Comer's Table at lunch.
The Committee has gathered the State of Society Reports and Memorial Minutes and posted them on the wall and placed them in binders on the tables in the back of the Plenary room.
Committee member Warren Ostrum reported on some common themes present in the State of the State of Society reports. At least ten meetings reported growth in the last year. The Committee has picked out some excepts from some of the Reports and will be reading one of these at each plenary.
The Committee Report (2.2) was posted in the Plenary Room and at npym.org. Committee Clerk Chris Willard read the report to the meeting.
The Committee Report and recommendations (2.3) were posted in the Plenary room and at npym.org. Anne Stever, Committee Co-Clerk introduced Committee Members: Chris Cradler (Co Clerk); Margaret Coahran, Ted Etter, ELee Hadley, Lucretia Humphrey, Kate Jaramillo.
She then read the report to the meeting.
Questions, Comments and discussion [Q 2.3]
The Plenary closed in waiting worship.
To do for this plenary:
find and include the offices associated with each member of the AS planning Committee