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 Communications Coordinator 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.  

Sharing Session on Earthcare Action 

Our first sharing session will be January 12, 7-8:30 pm, co-hosted by the NPYM representative to Quaker Earthcare Witness. The goal of the session is to allow Friends throughout NPYM to share actions they are taking that grow from their spiritual concern for the Earth, 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, in the context of ongoing discernment around the minute on Earthcare*. Anyone in NPYM is welcome to join, but we will expect only one person per meeting to share. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link.

* This is the minute proposed for consideration by NPYM: We recognize that the Light pervades creation: shines not just in humans, but in all other beings, and the spaces around us all. We bear witness to the continuing revelation coming through the living world. As we see our place in the web of relationships that make up creation, we release any sense of domination. We act to restore and maintain the relationships and  processes that allow life on Earth to thrive.   

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: Where do we go from Here? Preparing our Movements for the Next Four Years. Dec 5 at 6 am PST - Dec 6 at 9 am PST. Register at Where do we go from Here? Preparing our Movements for the Next Four Years (everyaction.com) 

FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation): fcnl.org. Thursdays with Friends, December 3, 1 pm Pacific. Faith-Based Advocacy Matters. Register at Thursdays with Friends | FCNL

Friends Peace Teams: https://friendspeaceteams.org/.  Event: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, Event: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples, Online Workshop, 3–5pm, Sunday, December 6 Mountain Time USA – Friends Peace Teams

QEW (Quaker Earthcare Witness): https://www.quakerearthcare.org/. QEW mini-grants -- Quaker Earthcare Witness Mini-Grants | Quaker Earthcare Witness