2020 Annual Gathering

Thank you for joining us for our Virtual Community Yearly Meeting.

Being Here, Now…Together
June 18 to June 21, 2020

And a big THANK YOU to our wonderful tech volunteers and committee members.

Please fill out the evaluation for our 2020 gathering.

While we prepare the proceedings for 2020, you can read:
Documents in Advance (including business meeting agenda).
For your reference:

More about our Keynote Speaker:

C. Wess Daniels, Quaker author, educator, intellectual, and theologian, will be our keynote speaker. Wess, 41, is Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. A self-described convergent Friend, Wess probes the roots of Christianity and Quakerism and how to integrate these truths into the faith and practice of living as Friends in today’s world.

Wess has a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. He is a recorded Quaker minister and has pastored at Barberton (Ohio) and Camas (WA) Evangelical Friends Churches. He is active with the students at Guilford and a board member of Quaker Voluntary Service.

He and his wife Emily Daniels have three children.

His most recent book: Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance.

Wess’ blog: Gathering In Light

Ordering Resisting Empire
C. Wess Daniels’ book “Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance” is available  through his website: Resisting Empire. His earlier book, “A Convergent Model of Renewal” can be ordered through FGCQuakerBooks.

Being Here, Now…Together
June 18 to June 21, 2020
Our keynote speaker on Saturday morning is our Friend in Residence: C. Wess Daniels, Quaker author, educator, intellectual, and theologian. The title of his talk is Liturgies of Empire, Liturgies of Resistance.
We will feature these virtual meetings: our speaker, worship sharing, interest groups/seminars, documentaries, and meeting for worship for business. There will also be opportunities for art, music, and other interest groups.  Youth groups will have their own programming.
 
A note on using video conferencing for our virtual gathering: 
We know some of you have concerns about joining an online meeting. Several other yearly meetings have successfully held their virtual gatherings already (Northern, Southeastern, South Central, Western Half-Yearly (Canadian)), and we feel confident that IMYM can also successfully connect and share in this format. (See also this New York Times article: Finding God over Zoom.)
 
For those whose concerns are about their own technical abilities, we will have training sessions before and during the virtual gathering to make sure that anyone who wants to attend will feel confident about their ability to take part.
 
For those who have concerns about the possibility of a random person disrupting the sessions, we want to assure you that we are taking all available precautions and following best practices to ensure that meeting sessions run peacefully.  
 
Those precautions include:
– Only registered attenders will be sent the link(s) to sessions. The links will not be posted publicly anywhere. Please note an exception is the Sunday worship, which is open to the public.
– Only the host of a session will be able to share their screen or use a whiteboard.
– We will have a volunteer in each session who can mute, stop video or remove anyone who is disruptive.
– We will mask phone numbers of those joining by phone, but ask them to identify themselves.
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We look forward to connecting with you in a few weeks!
Valerie Ireland & Gale Toko-Ross, IMYM Presiding Co-Clerks
Laura Peterson, IMYM Arrangements Clerk
Lisa Motz-Storey, IMYM Representatives Clerk 


Intermountain Yearly Meeting
Call to 2020 Virtual Community Yearly Meeting
June 18-21, 2020

“Being Here, Now…Together”

The co-clerks of IMYM, together with the Clerks of Arrangements and Representatives, invite Friends of all ages in our community: for spiritual enrichment, the desire/need for socialization (and FUN!), creativity, and building/strengthening community, while keeping all IMYM Friends safe.

We are working to present IMYM as an accessible set of sessions that will allow us to include Friends who have different schedules or distances or needs to meet and share in our community.

Come, meet, connect and share with all of IMYM. We will meet through virtual sessions (primarily Zoom) over four days.  (We need volunteers to help with virtual sessions.*)

We will offer:

  • Two sessions with our keynote speaker, Wess Daniels. Wess is a self-described convergent Friend who probes the roots of Christianity and Quakerism and how to integrate these truths into the faith and practice of living as Friends in today’s world. We will hear his talk and then offer a question and answer session.
  • Worship Sharing. We will discuss queries in smaller groups
  • Two sessions of Meeting for Business. Each will allow voices to be heard.
  • Interest Sections. Spiritual enrichment, socialization, creativity and community will be shared. (Interested in an interest section? Email: IMYMclerk@gmail.com)
  • Youth Programs
  • Informal Meeting and Sharing Sessions

Documents in Advance will also be posted soon.

Everyone is welcome to attend for as much of the gathering as they can.  We  ask that Friends prayerfully consider what they can afford for the annual gathering, and pay as they are led.