IMYM Queries: Discussion Jan 21 Rise of Meeting (noon)

[FYI: Contact is Nancy Rice mnrice@swcp.com]

INTERMOUNTAIN YEARLY MEETING FALL QUERIES FOR 2017/2018

There are three queries sent to us this year from Intermountain Yearly Meeting. We are asked to gather for discussion about these queries in time for our thoughts to be recorded and brought to the IMYM Representatives Committee Meeting in February. We scheduled a meeting to coincide with our third Sunday potluck which will be at rise of Meeting, Sunday, January 21.

The queries before us for consideration have to do with 1) our work on racism and white privilege, 2) our interest in hosting Friends General Conference annual gathering in or beyond 2019 and 3) whether we wish IMYM to affiliate with Quaker Earthcare Witness. Below are the three queries and some background information for your prayer and consideration before we meet on January 21 to discuss. We do not have to come to agreement in our responses to these queries. Nancy Rice will write down all contributions and report them to Representatives Committee. It would be good if we could start by 12:45 and finish by 2 pm. If we cannot do justice to all three queries, we’ve been directed to focus on the first two. If you would like to have input into this conversation but are unable to attend on January 21, please email your thoughts to Nancy Rice mnrice@swcp.com by January 20.

FALL QUERIES

Query #1

At the 2017 Annual Gathering at Ghost Ranch, IMYM approved a minute supporting Friends General conference’s internal audit of their institutional racism. We hope that Query #1 will follow up on our support and bring this concern to our local monthly meetings and worship groups. Many meetings have been working on this concern for some time, and we look forward to their wisdom.

HOW IS YOUR MEETING ENGAGING WITH ISSUES OF RACISM AND WHITE PRIVILEGE? WHAT IS THE BEST THING YOU’VE DONE SO FAR? WE HOPE TO CATALOGUE BEST PRACTICES.

Query #2

Friends General Conference has asked IMYM to consider hosting the FGC Gathering in 2019 or beyond. The FGC Gathering was held in our region in 2013 at Greeley, Colorado. The co-clerks, Andrew Banks and Sarah Beutel, found it a deeply enriching experience. They felt well supported by FGC and local Friends. The co-clerks were names by a nominating committee from FGC that included IMYM Friends. Approximately 30 IMYM Friends served on sub-committees and helped with local arrangements. In 2013, the co-clerks worked on the gathering for 18 months (10 hours a week average) while the subcommittee volunteers had a 12 month commitment. FGC chooses the site for the Gathering, and they are open to suggestions.

Having the FTC Gathering in our region gives us:

  • The opportunity to connect with the wider Quaker community in our own area
  • Stimulating speakers and program, a chance to grow as a Quaker, in spirit and in practice
  • A great model of a youth grogram and a good opportunity to connect for Quaker youth
  • A strong model of Quaker process
  • Opportunities to increase our knowledge of and relationship with FGC, which strengthens our Quaker community and the national Quaker community.

DOES YOUR MEETING SUPPORT HOSTING THE FRIENDS GENERAL CONFERENCE ANNUAL GATHERING IN OUR REGION IN 2019 OR BEYOND? HOW WOULD PEOPLE IN YOUR MEETING BE WILLING TO PARTICIPATE?

Please note that one considered site for this Gathering might be the University of New Mexico which would mean our Meeting would be deeply involved.

Query #3

This past summer, Shelley Tannenbaum of Quaker Earthcare Witness attended our annual gathering and again offered us the opportunity to affiliate with QEW. At least two Friends are interested in serving.

QEW has been the grassroots voice for environmental stewardship for Friends in North America for the past thirty years. QEW shares resources with Friends and Yearly and Monthly Meetings, speaks out on these issues at the national and international levels, and showcases actions that Friends are taking in their presentations, publications and on their website. Overall, QEW serves to inspire Friends to spirit-led concrete actions on earthcare, and QEW shares their stories as a way to inspire and empower Friends to be bolder and more effective.

IMYM could have up to two members on QEW’s steering committee which meets twice a year. The cost of attendance is $120 – 400 (depending on the locations) plus travel expenses. Many yearly meetings contribute to QEW annually; meeting contributions (Monthly and Yearly) make up about a third of QEW’s budget. Not all of these Yearly meetings send representatives to the steering committee. Contributions from Yearly and Monthly meetings range from $50 – 1000.

DOES IMYM WISH TO AFFILIATE WITH QUAKER EARTHCARE WITNESS?