NPYM Annual Session in Monmouth in July is canceled.
The Coordinating Committee of North Pacific Yearly Meeting was scheduled to meet today (March 21) at the Olympia Friends Meeting House. The meeting had to be canceled because of the public-health crisis caused by the covid-19 virus. Instead we met for three hours by internet-based video. Twenty-four Friends from all four states of our yearly meeting were present. After long and worshipful discernment, we decided that we must cancel our usual Annual Session, which was to be July 22-26 in Monmouth, Oregon.
We considered the probability of continuing risk to health from large gatherings, the risk to those who are doing the necessary preparatory work now (that preparatory work includes travel and face-to-face meetings), and the monetary risks of proceeding in the face of uncertainty. We are saddened by the loss of a cherished opportunity to gather and see each others faces. We are especially saddened by the loss of this occasion for our children, junior Friends, and isolated Friends.
In place of our usual Annual Session, we hope to be able to devise other ways go gather and support each other, mostly via electronic media. Some are calling this possibility a “year round Annual Session.” As alternative plans become clear, they will be posted here and distributed to Meeting contact persons by email.
-----David Zeiss, Clerk of North Pacific Yearly Meeting
Peace and Social Concerns
Peace and Social Concerns committee would love to hear what you, your community, and your meeting are doing to further the good work in the world. Please contact Sea (email@example.com) to share what is happening, so we can share resources and inspiration.
Sub-committee on Uprooting Racism
The attached documents support the committee's report, and the seasoning of that report, and a propoosed minute prepared for the 2019 Annual Session. Based upon the proposed minute and background work of the committee the following minute was approved at the 2019 session: