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NPYM Annual Session History


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Year

2021

Annual Session Site

online

Presiding Clerk

David Zeiss

Theme

Courage in the Face of Fear: Faith, Hope, Love

Friend(s) in Residence

Cherice Bock of Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting (view address)

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Minute in support of HR.40 to form a committee on reparations for African Americans.

Organizational Notes

Annual Session could not be held in-person because of COVID-19 pandemic. All Annual Session activities were held by videoconference technology.

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Rocky Garrison


Year

2020

Annual Session Site

online

Presiding Clerk

David Zeiss

Theme

Deepening the Roots in Troubled Times

Friend(s) in Residence

Kenya Casanova, Cuba Yearly Meeting (view address)

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Annual Session could not be held in-person because of COVID-19 pandemic. All Annual Session activities were held by videoconference technology. Decision in 2019 to hire a paid event planner (combining duties of General Arrangements clerk and Physical Arrangements clerk) who will manage the 2020 session general and physical arrangements. Decision in 2019 to hire a paid registrar who will manage the 2020 session registration.

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Rocky Garrison


Year

2019

Annual Session Site

Linfield College, McMinnville OR

Presiding Clerk

Lucretia Humphrey

Theme

Hope? Abyss, Faith, Kinship

Friend(s) in Residence

Jay O'Hara, Sandwich Monthly Meeting, co-founder of Climate Disobedience Center

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Uprooting Systemic Racism

Organizational Notes

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Jane Snyder


Year

2018

Annual Session Site

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

Lucretia Humphrey

Theme

Uprooting Racism

Friend(s) in Residence

Vanessa Julye, FGC Ministry on Racism

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Experiment with abundant financing - "pay as you are led" - apparently successful

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Jane Snyder


Year

2017

Annual Session Site

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

Warren Ostrom

Theme

Everything is Connected

Friend(s) in Residence

Peterson Toscano, performance artist

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Inclusion: Welcoming Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People view minute

Organizational Notes

Letter sent to both Northwest Yearly Meeting and the new Sierra-Cascades Yearly Meeting
NPYM accepts text of new Faith and Practice; post on website now,publish as soon as possible

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Otis Kenny


Year

2016

Annual Session Site

Whitworth University, Spokane WA

Presiding Clerk

Warren Ostrom

Theme

From Despair to Strength and Joy

Friend(s) in Residence

Dianne Randall, Executive Secretary of FCNL

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Decision to hire paid webkeeper

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Otis Kenny


Year

2015

Annual Session Site

Whitworth University, Spokane WA

Presiding Clerk

Tom Rawson

Theme

QuakerCraft: Becoming the Quakers the World Needs

Friend(s) in Residence

Robin Mohr, FWCC Section of the Americas

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Chris Willard


Year

2014

Annual Session Site

Pacific University, Forest Grove OR

Presiding Clerk

Tom Rawson

Theme

The Transformative Power of Spirit in Community: Finding Light in the Yearly Meeting

Friend(s) in Residence

Ken & Katherine Jacobson

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Urge repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force

Organizational Notes

1st time Young Adult Friends and Junior Friends lead a plenary session
Continuing concerns about communication within the YM

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Chris Willard


Year

2013

Annual Session Site

Pacific University, Forest Grove OR

Presiding Clerk

John Allcott

Theme

Not By My Strength Alone: Laboring Beyond Our Comfort Zone

Friend(s) in Residence

Becca & Paul Mohally Renk, Jubilee House, Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Decision to hire paid AS Children's Program Coordinator

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Melody Ashworth


Year

2012

Annual Session Site

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

John Allcott

Theme

Listening in Tongues

Friend(s) in Residence

Benigno Sanchez-Eppler, New England YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Review 5-day Annual Session; approve continuing
Decision to send correspondents to Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Concerns
No unity on affiliating with FGC; explore sending visitors to other orgs in other branches of Quakerism

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Melody Ashworth


Year

2011

Annual Session Site

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

Janet Jump

Theme

Practicing Peace: The Integration of Inward Life and Outward Action

Friend(s) in Residence

Michael Birkel, Earlham College

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Formal affiliation with Quaker Earthcare Witness
Begin a year of seasoning re: affiliation with Friends General Conference
No unity on a proposed minute re: population sustainability

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Elee Hadley


Year

2010

Annual Session Site

University of Montana, Missoula MT

Presiding Clerk

Janet Jump

Theme

Practicing Hope: Living and Witnessing our Testimonies

Friend(s) in Residence

Bridget Moix, FCNL

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

First use of online registration for Annual Session

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Elee Hadley


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 Times of Trouble?

Friend(s) in Residence

John Calvi, New England YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Abolition of Torture [condemn US gov't use of torture] view minute

Organizational Notes

Change in NPYM structure: Coordinating Committee replaces Steering Committee; new standing Committees (Ministry & Oversight, Peace & Social Concerns, Youth)
More decisions to be made by NPYM as a whole during Annual Sessions

Coordinating Cmte. Clerk

Annis Bleeke


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

No to War in Iraq view minute
Climate Change [global climate change as an urgent moral and spiritual issue] view minute
The War on Drugs [decriminalization of drug use; public health model to reduce drug abuse] view minute

Organizational Notes

New mission and vision statement
Annual Session to be extended by 1 day (Weds. to Sun.); evaluate after 3 years

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Annis Bleeke


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Janet Jump


Year

2006

Annual Session Site

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

Dorsey Green

Theme

Friends Young and Old: Growing Our Community

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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Janet Jump


Year

2005

Annual Session Site

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma WA

Presiding Clerk

Dorsey Green

Theme

Using Our Light in Practical Peacemaking

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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Beth Hunt


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 Turmoil

Friend(s) in Residence

Eden Grace, New England YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Beth Hunt


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Susan Dietrich


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Elee Hadley


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Shannon Perry


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Ann Dusseau


Year

1999

Annual Session Site

Pacific University, Forest Grove OR

Presiding Clerk

Jay Thatcher

Theme

Looking Forward and Back: Stewardship Environment, Economics, Mysticism

Friend(s) in Residence

Betty Poster, Canadian YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Organizational Notes

First Central Friends Camp (middle-school age)

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Ann Dusseau


Year

1998

Annual Session Site

Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Presiding Clerk

Ann Stever

Theme

Weaving a Tapestry of Peace

Friend(s) in Residence

Duduzile Mtshazo, Assistant Clerk of Central & Southern Africa YM

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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Madeline Moore


Year

1997

Annual Session Site

Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Presiding Clerk

Ann Stever

Theme

Silence, Voice, Story

Friend(s) in Residence

Paul & Margaret Lacey, Earlham College

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Supporting Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage view minute

Organizational Notes

Celebration of 25th Annual Session of NPYM

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Helen Dart


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 That of God in Thee

Friend(s) in Residence

Nancy Middleton, General Secretary of Philadelphia YM

Peace & Social Justice Minutes

Concern about burning of African American churches

Organizational Notes

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Helen Dart


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 Honor of All

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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Pablo Stanfield


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 into Action

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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Paula Butzi


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Paula Butzi


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

Marriage [Caring for same-gender relationships] view minute
Rights and Sexual Orientation view minute

Organizational Notes

Young Adult Friends form as a group

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Henry Van Dyke


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Carol Giantonio


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.”

Steering Cmte. Clerk


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Carol Giantonio


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Anne St. Germain


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”

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Susan Dimitroff


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 of World Resources

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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Susan Dimitroff


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Jane Ewert


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Jane Ewert


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Elee Hadley


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, General Secretary of Friends United Meeting

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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Elee Hadley


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Ann Stever


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Ann Stever


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Jackie Van Dyke


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Jackie Van Dyke


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Rose Lewis


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Rose Lewis


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

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Joe Stritmatter


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.

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Alice Dart


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.

Steering Cmte. Clerk

Alice Dart


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.

Steering Cmte. Clerk

none