Plenary Session #5
Friday, July 19,201
The Plenary gathered in song and in waiting worship.
Alicia Lucasi, of the Iglesia Nacional Evangélica Los Amigos de Bolivia introduced herself and gave a short introduction to her talk to be held later in the evening.
The presence of Rebecca Sumner, a member of North West Yearly Meeting and the Coordinator of Quaker Voluntary Service was announced. She will be attending the Quaker Fair to speak to Friends' interest in how this new program, located in Portland, is supporting Young Adult Friends doing service internships wit area non-profit organizations.
Tila Neguse from Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) was introduced by Dorsey Green. Ms. Neguse will be making a short presentation later in the program and Friends are urged to talk to her regarding participating in the national Quaker political process supported by FCNL.
John Etter introduced the staff members from Pacific University who have supported our Annual Session gathering. Friends expressed their appreciation for their efforts.
Clerk Georgia Foster read from "NPYM M&O Consultation on Membering" . The discussion memorialized therein was led by Ann Stever and Dorsey Green.
The presentation concentrated on Query #2, which provides advices to Friends about preparing for discernment and its practice during meeting for worship for business.
Recommendation: That NPYM establish a part time, paid position of Annual Session Children's Program Coordinator for a period of two years.
Minute of Exercise (comments, questions, issues from the plenary floor)
Minute of Decision: The Annual Session approved the recommendations of the ad hoc Committee on Children's Program Staff as described on pages 3 and 4 of its Report of July 15, 2013. This includes the sections on those pages entitled
- "Recommendations," (including the job description to which that section refers),
- "Budget," and
to provide guidance for going forward, while not constricting the efforts of the Legal and Finance, Personnel and Youth Committees to implement the sense of the proposal.
The Annual Session lays down the ad hoc Committee on Children's Program Staff, with appreciation.
Representatives of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) , Western Friend and Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC). made 5 minute reports of their activities
- Friends Committee on National Legislation Report Tila Neguse reported that FCNL has the largest team of peace activists working in Congress on military, foreign policy, the environment, immigration and other issues. Our priorities are set with input from the grassroots of the Society of Friends. By this November we will have finalized the new iteration of our policy statement. NPYM has a strong presence in the FCNL process. Ms. Negusa offered support for NPYM Friends who may want to organize office visits and letter writing to Senators Wyden and Murray, who are influential Senators, in the effort to developing a moral government.
- Western Friend Mary Klein, the new editor introduced herself and talked about her background. She plans for the magazine to emphasize original material, from western Friends in Western Friend, and diverse of points of view. She also plans to have editions that are loosely organized around themes while providing variety. The magazine is trying to be a resource for adult education and group discussion, while trying to avoid "Quaker speak" and to be accessible to all. Mary also requested Friends participate in the survey that will influence the future of the magazine.
- Friends World Committee for Consultation Otis Kinney gave an oral report describing of the Committee's purpose to bring the diversity of the Society of Friends together to support living out our walks as Quakers. He also called the Annual Session's attention to the FWCC website http://www.fwccamericas.org/
Elinor Jordan talked about the Quaker Youth Pilgrimage, and the power of this experience in the lives of young Friends.
Jane Snyder, clerk of the FWCC Section of the Americas, spoke of the power of bilingualism in improving listening skills.
2013:15 Nominating Committee Discernment : Based on Nominating Committee reports posted in the plenary room and on npym.org.
Recommendation: That the plenary approve the recommended slate to fill positions that are vacant or becoming vacant.
Minute of Decision: The Annual Session approved current slate from the Nominating Committee.
The Plenary closed in waiting worship