North Pacific Yearly Meeting

of the Religious Society of Friends (QUAKERS)

Peace and Social Concerns

The NPYM Peace and Social Concerns Committee is back in operation, working on our mission, “Supporting Peace and Social Concerns of Meetings, Worship Groups, and Individuals in NPYM.”

Our Clerk is Susan Cozzens (Eastside). We are rotating clerking our meetings and our members are Susan Cozzens, Lucinda Hites-Clabaugh (Multnomah), Leslie Hickcox (Multnomah), Verna Lilly (Tacoma), Eric Straatsma (Tacoma), and Leni Skarin (Agate Passage). Our meeting dates and times are in the NPYM calendar. 

We are identifying PSC contacts for monthly meetings and worship groups (MWGs). About half of the NPYM MWGs have designated contacts. If you want to check on whether yours is on the list, contact your clerk or our committee (peace_and_soc_concerns@npym.org). We welcome new contacts. 

We surveyed Meetings and Worship Groups this fall to see what issues they were working on, as meetings or individuals. We will be using our spring meetings as Sharing Sessions to give meetings or individuals with an interest in the most-mentioned issue areas a chance to share what they are doing. Watch this page and the NPYM calendar for the topics. All are welcome to join those discussions. On request, Susan is happy to set up additional Zoom sessions on other issues on which Friends would like to share across NPYM the actions they are taking.  

Notes from the first sharing session, on Earthcare Actions, are available here

Sharing Session on Immigrant Support, April 20 

Our second sharing session will be April 20. The goal of the session is to allow Friends throughout NPYM to share actions they are taking that grow from their spiritual concern for immigrants, whether those actions are individual or meeting-wide. Our goal is to support what you are already doing and spread good ideas for doing more. Anyone in NPYM is welcome to join. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link.  

NPYM-affiliated national PSC organizations 

Our charge from NPYM includes convening NPYM's representatives to national peace and social concerns organizations. These are currently AFSC, FCNL, Friends Peace Teams, and QEW. 

Upcoming or recent events from these groups: 

AFSC (American Friends Service Committee): https://www.afsc.org. Upcoming event: April 11-15-Open workshops and lectures preceding the AFSC Corporation meeting. "Making New Worlds: Pursuing Peace with Justice" The full list of events and registration links is here. NPYM's own Jed Walsh is on the panel for Sunday. 

FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation): fcnl.org. Upcoming events: Thursdays with Friends on April 22, May 13, May 27. Quaker Changemakers: April 28 Climate Justice.

Friends Peace Teams: https://friendspeaceteams.org/.  Event: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples. Next seminar is April 17, 3-5 pm Mountain Time. Register here. The workshops are filling up quickly as they are offered, and Friends Peace Team continues to add sessions. 

QEW (Quaker Earthcare Witness): https://www.quakerearthcare.org/. Upcoming events: Workshop Sharing with QEW and Friends General Conference, April 28 and May 26. Visitors are welcome to join sessions of the QEW Apring 2021 Steering Committee Meeting. As noted above, notes from the NPYM Earthcare Sharing session are available here.