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Year

2009

Annual Session Site

University of Montana, Missoula MT

Presiding Clerk

Helen Dart

Theme

Experiencing the Light in Hard Times: How Do We Stay Faithful in

Friend(s) in Residence

John Calvi, New England YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Condemn use of torture by U.S. government

Organizational Notes


Year

2008

Annual Session Site

Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

Presiding Clerk

Helen Dart

Theme

Answering to that of God in Everyone

Friend(s) in Residence

Ruth Flower, senior staff of FCNL

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Global climate change as an urgent moral and spiritual issue Decriminalization of drug use; public health model to reduce drug abuse

Organizational Notes

Structural changes approved: Steering Committee to be replaced by Coordinating Committee; more major business decisions at AS New standing committees: Ministry & Oversight (later "Ministry & Counsel"), Peace & Social Concerns, Youth Annual Session to be extended by 1 day (Weds. – Sun.)


Year

2007

Annual Session Site

Reed College, Portland OR

Presiding Clerk

Dorsey Green

Theme

Quaker Leadership

Friend(s) in Residence

Arthur Larrabee, Philadelphia YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Arthur Larrabee led a clerking workshop the Weds. before Annual Session Ad hoc committee begins discernment re: joining FGC


Year

2006

Annual Session Site

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

Dorsey Green

Theme

Friend(s) in Residence

none (short Annual Session)

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

This Annual Session shortened by a day to accommodate Friends General Conference Gathering on the PLU campus: first FGC Gathering on the West Coast


Year

2005

Annual Session Site

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

Dorsey Green

Theme

Friend(s) in Residence

Mary Lord, Baltimore YM, Director of Peace Building Unit of AFSC

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Committee on the Discipline (later Faith & Practice Committee) named to begin update to NPYM Faith and Practice


Year

2004

Annual Session Site

University of Montana, Missoula MT

Presiding Clerk

Jon Prescott

Theme

How Are We Called to Deepen Our Spiritual Path during Times of T

Friend(s) in Residence

Eden Grace, New England YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes


Year

2003

Annual Session Site

University of Montana, Missoula MT

Presiding Clerk

Jon Prescott

Theme

Our Peace Testimony: Walking our Talk in our Communities

Friend(s) in Residence

Martin Garate, Director of International Division of ASFC

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes


Year

2002

Annual Session Site

Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

Presiding Clerk

Jane Snyder

Theme

Be Ready to Give a Reason for the Hope that is within You

Friend(s) in Residence

Peggy Parsons, Northwest YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Oppose war in Iraq

Organizational Notes


Year

2001

Annual Session Site

Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

Presiding Clerk

Jane Snyder

Theme

Challenges of Persistence in the Face of Power

Friend(s) in Residence

Joe Volk, Director of FCNL

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes


Year

2000

Annual Session Site

Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

Presiding Clerk

Jay Thatcher

Theme

Knowing Experimentally: Quakerism in a Scientific Age

Friend(s) in Residence

Jocelyn Burnell, Clerk of Britain YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Opposing bombing and planned invasion of Iraq

Organizational Notes


Year

1999

Annual Session Site

Pacific University, Forest Grove OR

Presiding Clerk

Jay Thatcher

Theme

Looking Forward and Back: Stewardship Environment, Economics, My

Friend(s) in Residence

Betty Poster, Canadian YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

First Central Friends Camp (middle-school age)


Year

1998

Annual Session Site

Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Presiding Clerk

Anne Stever

Theme

Weaving a Tapestry of Peace

Friend(s) in Residence

Duduzile Mtshazo, Central & Southern Africa YM, Assistant Clerk

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Oppose Aryan Nations march in Coeur d‘Alene ID Living in harmony with the earth

Organizational Notes

Decision not to affiliate with Friends General Conference at this time Friend in the Orient Committee is laid down


Year

1997

Annual Session Site

Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Presiding Clerk

Anne Stever

Theme

Silence, Voice, Story

Friend(s) in Residence

Paul & Margaret Lacey, Earlham College

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Support legal recognition of same-sex marriage

Organizational Notes

Celebration of 25th Annual Session of NPYM


Year

1996

Annual Session Site

Evergreen State College, Olympia WA

Presiding Clerk

Margaret Sorrel

Theme

Oh, Friend, I Know Not That of God in Me, until Entwined with Th

Friend(s) in Residence

Nancy Middleton, General Secretary of Philadelphia YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Concern about burning of African American churches

Organizational Notes


Year

1995

Annual Session Site

Evergreen State College, Olympia WA

Presiding Clerk

Margaret Sorrel

Theme

The Hurt of One Is the Hurt of All, The Honor of One is the Hono

Friend(s) in Residence

GAP Theater

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Express regret to people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for US bombing of their cities Oppose US Army School of the Americas

Organizational Notes


Year

1994

Annual Session Site

Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

Presiding Clerk

Marge Abbott

Theme

Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with Your God: Turning Faith

Friend(s) in Residence

Mary Garman, Earlham College

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

A Loving Response to Hostility to Homosexual People Endorse U.S. Peace Tax Fund Endorse Code of Conduct for Arms Transfers

Organizational Notes

Approve changes in NPYM Structure: amend statement of purpose for NPYM; create new Annual Session Planning Committee; add part-time paid position for NPYM Secretary; changes in Steering Committee and Outreach (later Outreach & Visitation) Committee


Year

1993

Annual Session Site

Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

Presiding Clerk

Marge Abbott

Theme

Extending the Boundaries of Community

Friend(s) in Residence

Gordon Browne, General Secretary of FWCC Section of the Americas

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Steering Committee approves new section on marriage for Faith and Practice Challenge by Junior Friends to adults at Annual Session leads to open meeting, hosted by JFs, to hear adult concerns Steering Committee forms “Mulling-over Committee” to consider next steps for NPYM organization and structure


Year

1992

Annual Session Site

Western Montana State College, Dillon MT

Presiding Clerk

John Sullivan

Theme

Violence, Healing, and Transformation

Friend(s) in Residence

Judy Brutz, Ohio YM (C) & Iowa YM (FUM)

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Caring for same-gender relationships Gay and lesbian civil rights

Organizational Notes

Young Adult Friends form as a group


Year

1991

Annual Session Site

Western Montana State College, Dillon MT

Presiding Clerk

John Sullivan

Theme

Faith in Action: In Spirit and in Truth

Friend(s) in Residence

Simeon Shitemi, Kenya, Clerk of FWCC

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Solidarity with native peoples of this hemisphere Challenge to examine ourselves on racism

Organizational Notes


Year

1990

Annual Session Site

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

Gery Hubbe

Theme

Servanthood and Friendship

Friend(s) in Residence

John Punshon, London YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Struggle over revising Faith and Practice statement on marriage. Final agreement: “Yearly Meeting finds that the first sentence in the chapter on marriage in Faith and Practice does not reflect the state of Yearly Meeting and directs the Discipline Committee to begin its revision process of that sentence, at least.”


Year

1989

Annual Session Site

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

Gery Hubbe

Theme

Marriage and Truth

Friend(s) in Residence

Jan Hoffman, New England YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Junior Friends request that their clerk represent them on Steering Committee Outreach Committee publishes Survival Sourcebook: A Guide to Nourishing Small Meetings and Worship Groups


Year

1988

Annual Session Site

Linfield College, McMinnville OR

Presiding Clerk

Jane Snyder

Theme

Theology of Service

Friend(s) in Residence

Asia Bennett, Executive Secretary of AFSC

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Montana Gathering of Friends becomes third Quarterly Meeting of NPYM


Year

1987

Annual Session Site

Linfield College, McMinnville OR

Presiding Clerk

Jane Snyder

Theme

Arts for Peace Culture

Friend(s) in Residence

Arthur Kanegis, Philadelphia YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Concern for Nicaragua Summon people of nation to live in truth, honor, integrity, and justice for all

Organizational Notes

Junior Friends write to Nancy Reagan to urge “Say No to War” campaign to match “Say No to Drugs”


Year

1986

Annual Session Site

Whitman College, Walla Walla WA

Presiding Clerk

Paul Davis

Theme

The Spirit, the Light, the Way: Friends in Development

Friend(s) in Residence

Jack & Carol Urner, Right Sharing

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Oppose direction of U.S. Policy, especially trust in military solutions Oppose military and other aid to Contras in Nicaragua Encourage support of Sanctuary defendants

Organizational Notes

Minute: Out of expressions of pain and searching, NPYM accepts its newly-published Faith and Practice as a gift and as a living, evolving document. We are unable to reach unity on whether marriage is “a covenant between two persons and God” or “a covenant between a man and a woman and God.” Incorporation complete for Oregon; 501(c)(3) status granted from IRS


Year

1985

Annual Session Site

Whitman College, Walla Walla WA

Presiding Clerk

Barbara Janoe

Theme

Renaming the World after God

Friend(s) in Residence

Elizabeth Watson, New England YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Capital punishment Environmental crisis as a moral and spiritual crisis Peace tax fund legislation

Organizational Notes

Discipline Committee expects to print Faith and Practice in 1/1986; major disagreements over marriage and family section NPYM incorporation underway


Year

1984

Annual Session Site

St. Thomas Center, Bothell WA

Presiding Clerk

Barbara Janoe

Theme

Peace in Central America

Friend(s) in Residence

Molly & Miguel Figuerola, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Indian Treaty Rights and protection of resources Encourage Monthly Meetings, Preparative Meetings, and Worship Groups to consider sanctuary for Central American refugees

Organizational Notes

Decision NOT to have a standing Ministry & Oversight Committee


Year

1983

Annual Session Site

St. Thomas Center, Bothell WA

Presiding Clerk

Barbara Janoe

Theme

Learning as Worship

Friend(s) in Residence

Richard Eldridge, Buckingham Friends School

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

War tax resistance

Organizational Notes

Celebration of 10th Annual Session as YM


Year

1982

Annual Session Site

Judson Baptist College, The Dalles OR

Presiding Clerk

Jane Snyder

Theme

This Do and Ye Shall Live: Loving Neighbors and Adversaries

Friend(s) in Residence

Kara Cole, Friends United Meeting General Secretary

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Concern for Friends in Great Britain and Argentina about confrontation between peace testimony and military policies of their countries

Organizational Notes

Agree not to meet at Judson Baptist College again because of restrictions for gays and lesbians Outreach Committee publishes 2 booklets


Year

1981

Annual Session Site

Judson Baptist College, The Dalles OR

Presiding Clerk

Helen Stritmatter

Theme

Valiant Friends, Past, Present, Future

Friend(s) in Residence

Margaret Bacon, Philadelphia YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Urge US and USSR to stop arms race Urge understanding of relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II; support redress or other means to acknowledge and amend the injustice Support civil rights for gays and lesbians

Organizational Notes

Outreach Committee established to nurture distant Friends and WGs


Year

1980

Annual Session Site

St. Martin’s College, Olympia WA

Presiding Clerk

Helen Stritmatter

Theme

Essence of Worship: Music as Spiritual Experience

Friend(s) in Residence

Dwight Wilson & Niyonu Spann

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Friends east of Cascades express need for greater visitation and support (Outreach Committee is later formed to fill this need) Discipline Committee produces draft Handbook of Organization and Practice


Year

1979

Annual Session Site

St. Martin’s College, Olympia WA

Presiding Clerk

Paul Davis

Theme

Jesus and the Evolving Christ Myth

Friend(s) in Residence

John Youngblut

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Threshing session on Preparative Meeting and Worship Group representation on Steering Committee Olympia becomes Monthly Meeting: NPYM now includes 8 Monthly Meetings and 9 Worship Groups


Year

1978

Annual Session Site

Camp Adams, Mollala OR

Presiding Clerk

Paul Davis

Theme

Quaker Outreach in a World Falling Apart

Friend(s) in Residence

Mike & Margaret Yarrow, Intermountain YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Oppose death penalty Letter to President Carter opposing conversion of Olympic Winter Games facility at Lake Placid into a prison

Organizational Notes

Discipline Committee created to develop our own Faith and Practice Decision to affiliate with FCNL


Year

1977

Annual Session Site

Camp Adams, Mollala OR

Presiding Clerk

Alice Miles

Theme

The Spiritual Basis for Political Action

Friend(s) in Residence

Nick Block, FCNL staff

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

NPYM sends 2 representatives to New Call to Peacemaking First Brinton Visitor: Ed Morgenroth


Year

1976

Annual Session Site

Colegio Cesar Chavez, Mt. Angel OR

Presiding Clerk

Alice Miles

Theme

Prayer, Worship, and Encounter

Friend(s) in Residence

Margaret Gibbons, Scotland YM, FWCC staff

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

New anti-Trident minute

Organizational Notes

Pacific YM proposes Brinton Visitors program; NPYM will help plan


Year

1975

Annual Session Site

Fort Worden, Port Townsend WA

Presiding Clerk

Monette Thatcher

Theme

Growing into Wholeness

Friend(s) in Residence

Elizabeth Watson, New York YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Oppose Trident submarine and missile project Support New Zealand Friends for nuclear-free South Pacific

Organizational Notes


Year

1974

Annual Session Site

Fort Worden, Port Townsend WA

Presiding Clerk

Harold Carson

Theme

Dilemmas for Quakerism in Action

Friend(s) in Residence

John Sullivan, Philadelphia YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Support amnesty for exiles and prisoners from war in SE Asia. Inform ourselves on issues of Indian self-determination.

Organizational Notes

Decision (5/1974) to affiliate with AFSC. Vancouver Meeting leaves NPYM.


Year

1973

Annual Session Site

St. Martin’s College, Olympia WA

Presiding Clerk

Francis Dart

Theme

That of God in Everyone

Friend(s) in Residence

Hugh Campbell-Brown, Canadian YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

First true Annual Session of North Pacific Yearly Meeting. Much discussion about nature of our new YM. Decision (11/1973) to affiliate w/ FWCC.


Year

1972

Annual Session Site

St. Martin's College, Olympia WA

Presiding Clerk

Lee Bennett

Theme

Friend(s) in Residence

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

An organizational meeting, not an "Annual Session" as such. Minute: North Pacific Gathering of Friends forms the North Pacific Yearly Meeting as of this date, July 17, 1972. Founding meetings: Corvallis, Eastside, Eugene, Multnomah, Salem, Tacoma, University, Vancouver (BC). University Meeting keeps dual membership in Pacific and North Pacific YMs. Victoria Meeting (BC) is led to commit to Canadian YM.