Interest Groups

2018 NPYM Annual Session

Time is set aside in our program for opportunities to share and learn, to go deeper with a smaller group than plenaries may allow, or to meet with those who share a special concern, or who need an alternative to the more general program. We encourage Friends to propose and to attend these Interest Groups as a chance for spiritual growth and building friendships. A list of scheduled Interest Groups with brief descriptions follows. This list is updated as new groups are proposed. We will announce new interest groups at regular intervals until 3 weeks prior to Annual Session.

PLEASE NOTE: where there are limits to participants, places will be assigned on a “first come, first served” basis. Later registrants may not be able to attend a limited participant Interest Group. You can indicate your preference upon registration (which can be updated at any time by returning to the registration site), or upon arrival at the University to check in (space permitting). We ask you to sign up as soon as possible so that appropriate spaces may be reserved. If no one signs up, leaders may choose to cancel their groups.

You should signify your desire to attend specific interest groups during registration by selecting from the list of available groups in the registration form. You may later log into your registration and change your selections, but noting the above-mentioned caveats.

If you would like to lead an interest group simply fill and submit the Interest Group Submission form.

NPYM AS Interest Groups

Thursday

IG-11. Friend-in-Residence: Brave Space

Vanessa Julye

In this space We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world, We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere, We call each other to more truth and love.

Limit: 50 persons

IG-12. Nakani Native Program Committee

Jonathan Betz-Zall with Jeff Smith

The Nakani Native Program Committee has taken over for the AFSC's former Northwest Indian Program. We continue to support the Tribal Canoe Journey and also advocate for tribal treaty rights and promote good cultural relations among Native Americans and the larger society. This interest group will present Nakani's present activities and answer questions Friends may have.

Limit: 25 persons

IG-13. Passions, Palliatives, and God’s Errands: FCNL

Riley Robinson with Tom Rawson

When you hear "Love thy neighbor," does it sound like it’s echoing off of walls? Do you sometimes feel confined by an agreement with someone "not to talk politics?" What do you think that Quakers have to offer democracy - and all of us as neighbors? Friends Committee on National Legislation works in ways that may help illuminate your situation. "It is as great presumption to send our passions upon God’s errands, as it is to palliate them with God’s name . . ." - William Penn, 1693

IG-14. Feeling Isolated?

Sakre Edson

We will discuss how the book Being Quaker...A Journey Among Isolated Friends in the Northwest came to be, exploring one of the interviews in depth and exchanging ideas of how we in NPYM might better reach out and support our Isolated Friends. A limited amount of books will be available for purchase ($20). Isolated Friends are welcome to come and share their own experiences.

IG-15. Deepening with the Songs: Reflections on a Music Ministry

Anna Fritz

Anna Fritz is a Released Friend traveling with a music ministry under the care of Multnomah Monthly Meeting in Portland, Oregon. In the silence of worship, Anna offers some of her songs for cello and voice and some queries arising from them. The intention is to deepen with and reflect on what Spirit is awakening in us with these songs. We will worship, hear music ministry, sing together, share what arises, and have some time for discussion and questions.

Limit: 25 persons

IG-16. A Quaker Way of Living With Dying

Kate Jaramillo

Is there a uniquely Quaker approach to declining health, dying and death? How do Quaker beliefs, testimonies, and values inform our approach to the end of life? How does our faith help us face this ultimate reality of life? How can we prepare for death -- our own, in our families, in our meetings and worship groups? We will have the opportunity to address these questions individually, in small groups, and in large group with the goal of increasing our understanding about how our faith and practice affords us a way of living with dying. Bring something to write with and on.

IG-17. Progresa Quaker Scholarship Program for Guatemala

Jane Snyder with Miguel Angel Costop

Miguel is the director of a Quaker scholarship program for 75 indigenous Guatemalan university students to attend universities in Guatemala. Learn about the inspiring work of this program!

IG-18. FWCC: NPYM and the larger world of Quakers

Elinor Jordan with Julie Peyton and other FWCC regional reps

We will be discussing FWCC`s current program of Traveling Ministries, as well as ties among Quakers in our region, including the new Yearly Meeting, Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting of Friends.

IG-19. Spiritual Memoir - A 21st Century Take on Quaker Journals

Iris Graville

Much of what we know about the early days of Quakerism comes to us in the form of journals, perhaps most notably those by George Fox, Elizabeth Fry, and John Woolman. What can Friends say today about their spiritual journeys, and in what form? Iris Graville, the author of three books (most recently the memoir “Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance”) will discuss the genres of spiritual memoir and personal essays, how they’re different from journals and autobiographies, and her own experience writing about faith.


Friday

IG-20. No Arks: A Faithful Way on Climate Change

Paul Christiansen

Climate change is not just an environmental problem. It is a moral problem, coming from ignoring the consequences of our actions. The principle of No Arks is a way to grapple with the moral challenge of climate-changing actions, structures, and beliefs, and No Arks suggests a path forward to ensure that no one is sacrificed and everybody lives.

IG-22. Becoming Allies on Immigration & immigrant detention

Caroline Wildflower with Pedro Sosa, the Director of AFSC's Project Voice program in Oregon

Pedro will talk about his work on offering /Know Your Rights/ workshops and setting up Rapid Response Teams in a number of small towns and rural communities in Oregon and Washington. We will learn about places where allies work is important and needed, including the regional ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention center in Tacoma.

Limit: 50 persons

IG-23. Affinity Group for Friends of Color

Vanessa Julye

This is an opportunity for People of Color to come together to share our Quaker experience and create a supportive community through worship, sharing and identifying ways to support each other.

Limit: 20 persons

IG-24. Affinity Group for European-American Friends Addressing Racism

Chuck Esser

This is an opportunity for Euro-Americans to come together to share our experience with addressing racism. We will create a supportive community through worship, talking and identifying ways to support each other.

Limit: 25 persons

IG-25. Electronic Communications in NPYM

Mary Klein with Nora J. Percival, NPYM Secretary

The agenda of this interest group will be: 1) Show-and-tell about electronic communications tools provided by Western Friend and the NPYM office. 2) Sharing of updates by participants about the uses of electronic communications in their monthly meetings. 3) General discussion about needs and best practices.

IG-26. Spiritual Unification

eric maya joy

  First, presentation of what Spiritual Unification means, where it comes from, and the process involved. This will include the very special gifts Friends (Quakers) have to offer the process, followed by questions and discussion (nurture sharing) with the entire group. Spiritual Unification is the process that sees humanity through these very challenging times we are now experiencing.

Limit: 30 persons

IG-27. Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism

David Albert with , chair of Friendly Water for the World, & Drissia Ras, Administration and Operations Director, Friendly Water for the World. Drissia is a Muslim woman scientist from Morocco, who oversees Friendly Water projects around the world

More people have died from waterborne illnesses since 2000 than from all wars combined. A Quaker-based organization, Friendly Water for the World’s mission is to expand global access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation through knowledge-sharing, training, applied research, community-building, peacemaking, and efforts at sustainability. We empower communities abroad to take care of their own clean water needs, even as we empower people here to make a real difference. Same program both Friday and Saturday.

Limit: 40 persons

IG-28. Helping Heal Invisible Wounds of War - Quaker House (NC)

Kindra Bradley

Quaker House, in Fayetteville, NC, (home of Ft. Bragg) has been helping to heal the invisible wounds of war and working for greater peace since 1969. Come learn about moral injury, our programs, and those we serve.

IG-29. Right Sharing of World Resources -- The Power of Enough

Jacqueline Stillwell

What is essential? How much is enough? Right Sharing of World Resources facilitates educational opportunities to learn about right sharing and the power of enough, and provides micro-enterprise grants in Africa and India to launch business ventures that empower women to provide basic needs and strengthen their communities. Photos and stories of newly empowered women explain how to make a difference in someone`s life. www.rswr.org


Saturday

IG-30. Registration System Requirements

John Gotts with Kim Williams, Clint Weimeister, Nora Percival

This group will discuss the registration system needs for Annual Session and the pros and cons of replacing the current system.  

Limit: 50 persons

IG-31. Breaking Barriers Along the Border: How to be an ally for Latin@ immi-grants and residents of the U.S.

Kaeli Frank with Berenice Fuentes, Claudia Cedeño-Fornos, Alondra Jaramillo, Devon Peterka

How to be an ally for Latin@ immigrants and residents of the U.S. A panel of three Latina young women from across the West Coast, speaking their truths of growing up combatting language and culture barriers in the U.S. Discussion will be centered around current governmental policy surrounding immigration and how individuals as well as religious groups can support and uplift the Latinx populations in our communities.

IG-32. Institutional Cultural Assessment, What is That?

Vanessa Julye with Chuck Esser

In 2017, Friends General Conference agreed to undergo an Internal Institutional Cultural Assessment. Come join us to hear what is involved in this assessment.

Limit: 30 persons

IG-33. Training Quaker Health Workers in Kenya

Nora Percival

I will report on my time in May and June in Chwele, a largely Quaker rural community in western Kenya, training health workers. After the presentation, there will be time for a discussion of community health issues in Kenya and possibilities for contributing to improving the lives of Quakers in that part of the world.

IG-34. Recognizing Ministries

Pablo Stanfield

We are all ministers, but we don't know what others are led to do. How can we support one another in our leadings and callings? Who needs special recognition? How do we recognize a ministry under the care of the MM? This is an important part of Appreciative Eldership, a job for the Monthly Meeting led by its elders.

IG-35. Care and Nurture of Worship Groups

Eugene Norcross-Renner with Eugene Norcross-Renner organized Lower Columbia Worship Group on the Long Beach Peninsula in 2008.

This will be an opportunity to raise questions, learn from one another’s experiences and equip ourselves to minister in a worship group setting. We can address how to begin a worship group, what maintains it as a living presence, and when a group may need to be laid down. This is intended to be a group conversation rather than a formal presentation.

Limit: 15 persons

IG-36. Why is the Society of Friends (Quakers) as a whole not growing in numbers, participation, and influence; at this time?

eric maya joy with Maia Wolff Ostrom

We will collectively explore this question. we are seeking continuing revelations on gifts Friends have to offer humanity today, and how to most effectively nurture and contribute those gifts?

Limit: 30 persons

IG-37. Water, Global Development, and Effective Altruism

David Albert with , clerk of Friendly Water for the World, & Drissia Ras, Administration and Operations Director, Friendly Water for the World. Drissia is a Muslim woman scientist from Morocco, who oversees Friendly Water projects around the world

More people have died from waterborne illnesses since 2000 than from all wars combined. A Quaker-based organization, Friendly Water for the World’s mission is to expand global access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation through knowledge-sharing, training, applied research, community-building, peacemaking, and efforts at sustainability. We empower communities abroad to take care of their own clean water needs, even as we empower people here to make a real difference. Same program both Friday and Saturday.

Limit: 40 persons

IG-38. Legislative Advocacy as a tool for Uprooting Racism

Noah Martin with Sam Merrill, Leni Skarin

Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy will lead a discussion about the effectiveness of legislative advocacy on changing laws in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, and environmental stewardship. All of these working group focus areas have a component of working for racial justice since people of color are disproportionately affected by public policies that marginalize and disadvantage them. Strategies to be discussed include persistent volunteer lobbying efforts, building coalitions with other advocacy groups, and building relationships with legislators and staff. All strategies have resulted in significant success during the 2018 legislative session.

IG-39. Uprooting Systemic Oppression

Sea Gabriel with Cims Gillespie

In this Worship Sharing and Discussion-based group, we will inspect our roots of oppression (race and otherwise) within our own psyches, and how we might begin to move forward with greater clarity, integrity, and compassion.

Limit: 27 persons

IG-391. Walking the Talk, Staying Engaged, and Red-Lining

Steven Aldrich with Dove John

We will walk to a formerly red-lined community near UPS, where property values were intentionally depressed because people of color lived in this community. While walking, we will share information and handouts to better understand the process and impacts of red-lining. Our communities and schools are more segregated today than ever. This segregation is a direct result of red-lining that created barriers limiting where African-Americas were allowed to live and preventing African-American families` from accessing federal programs created to help middle class families accumulate wealth through home ownership. Change occurs when those who are privileged commit to modifying the structures that benefit only them to better benefit everyone. However, change is often slow, and it is often hard to stay engaged. So, while walking and talking, we will also learn what we can do to help end systemic racism, how to sustain continued engagement, and how to support others` participation in order to create capacity sufficient to make the changes our testimonies require of us.

Limit: 15 persons