Daily Bulletin Saturday June 19

Greetings, Friends, and welcome back!

For answers to questions on virtual tools for our gathering, start by clicking here. If you need more help with Zoom, email our Help Desk or phone (970) 290-7800.

Today’s Schedule (all times MDT)

All Day Hangout Lobby
Meeting ID: 950 9895 5604
Passcode: 777196
8:00–9:00 AM Early Morning Worship
Meeting ID: 930 5370 3941
Passcode: 033425
9:00–10:00 AM Worship Sharing
Meeting ID: 948 0357 7758
Passcode: 205516
10:00-10:30 AM Zoom Help Desk
Meeting ID: 978 6772 5529
Passcode: 997868
10:30–12:00 AM Meet author J. Brent Bill discussing his new book:
Hope and Witness in Dangerous Times
Meeting ID: 953 3052 2905
Passcode: 602805
1:00–2:45 PM Meeting for Business
Meeting ID: 920 3485 9885
Passcode: 259689
Documents in Advance from IMYM.org:

      1. Agenda and Budget
3:00–4:30 PM Building Anti-Racism Resilience
Meeting ID: 910 4802 0816
Passcode: 206081
4:30–5:30 PM Friends of Bill
Meeting ID: 977 6065 0477
Passcode: 498493

5:00–6:00 PM

Walk in the Light
Meeting ID: 936 2622 6424
Passcode: 540510

7:00–8:30 PM

Creativity Night
Meeting ID: 994 2260 7881
Passcode: 526300

Click here for the full schedule and interest group descriptions.
Click here to submit an item for the Daily Bulletin.
Click here for business meeting Documents in Advance.

Seasoned Business Items

Friends planning on attending IMYM 2021 are asked to take the time to review the Seasoned Business Items. These are items for the first business session (Saturday at 1:00 pm MDT) that the clerks expect could be approved or recorded without discussion. Any Friend may request that the clerk remove any item from the Seasoned Business Items list to be put onto the regular agenda; this can be done via email to the clerks with the subject “Seasoned Business Items” We’ll see all y’all online!

Proposed Minute of Support for AFSC Palestinian Children’s Campaign

Participants in the AFSC-led interest group on the Israeli detention of Palestinian children have forwarded a proposed Minute of Support, which will come before the yearly meeting on 6/20/2021. Read the full text of the proposed Minute here.

Update from Mountain Friends Camp

Good news, we have confirmed an experienced Registered Nurse to join us for the full season! This also means an additional staff expense, and is well worth it for our community health. Now that we’re fully staffed, the greatest need is financial support. Many thanks to IMYM and all who have given this year, and if you haven’t yet, thank you for considering a donation! Visit us on the web to donate, and see our report for a wishlist of in-kind donations.

Land Acknowledgment Interest Group Resources

A number of Friends asked our panel to share our Land Acknowledgements:

Fort Collins Friends Meeting acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgement are heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed. We recognize that the founding of the Fort Collins community, including the land our Meeting House is built upon, came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples including the cost of many lives, loss of ancestral homes, and separation from traditional sources of spiritual and physical nourishment and strength.

Boulder Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends acknowledges that we live and worship on land where Indigenous Peoples have lived for more than 13,000 years. Chief Nawath (Left Hand) and his band of Arapaho were living in the Boulder Valley under the terms of the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie when gold was discovered in 1858. The Arapaho were forced out of the area, contrary to the terms of the treaty, and a fort was built to protect the booming towns of Boulder and Valmont. In 1864, volunteer militiamen mustered at Boulder’s Fort Chambers and joined U.S. Colonel John Chivington’s forces in carrying out the Sand Creek Massacre. More than 200 Arapaho and Cheyenne people, including Chief Nawath, were killed. “We lament this history of land theft, betrayal, murder, and displacement, knowing that we have become its beneficiaries. We acknowledge Indigenous Peoples’ enduring love for this land and the valuable contributions they make to our community today. We seek ways to build relationships with them now based on truth, respect, justice, and our shared humanity.” Link for more resources: http://www.boulderfriendsmeeting.org/ipc

Juneteenth Holiday

As we celebrate our virtual gathering, we acknowledge that Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated by many in our country. On Wednesday, June 16, Congress voted to approve a new federal holiday and President Biden signed it into law on 6/17. Two links for Friends edification:

From the Associated Press                     From PBS

FGC Seeks a Communications Manager

The Communications Manager works closely with the General Secretary and other FGC Staff to support ongoing communications work. Read the job description and apply by July 9, 2021 if interested. Relocation is not required!

Clerks’ Welcome to IMYM 2021 (read on 6/16)

Bienvenidos, amigos – Welcome, Friends

Back in the day, in “normal times”, we would now call the roll of monthly meetings and honor our visitors. We would ask who has travelled the farthest… Unfortunately, this is one of those things that just didn’t translate well to a virtual reality. [Read the full script here.]

Today’s “Walk in the Light” Theme: “I greet everyone with peace.”

I am not in control.

I am not in a hurry

I walk in faith and hope.

I greet everyone with peace.

I bring home only what God gives me. 

Peace. What could be more Quakerly? “Peace be with you!” says Jesus to his disciples, “My peace I give you.” We have to have peace to offer peace to those along the way.
This I have seen. On a rural road in northern New Mexico, a woman stops her car to take a photo of thirty pilgrims trudging along the gravel roadside towards her. As they approach, she seems apologetic, as if she’s intruded on something secret and private, but the pilgrims are clearly joyful to see her and quickly gather to offer a blessing. They sing and pray to and for her. And this woman who a moment ago was a tourist out on a drive, breaks down in tears of joy.
People are not used to blessings. Why would you allow strangers to bless you? But when a ragtag band of bedraggled pilgrims ask, people most often find themselves saying, “yes.”
We talk about “speaking truth to power,” but we forget we have immense power in our peaceful presence. It’s a power people need and want. But they cannot imagine it is something that anyone could have or give. Can we use this time at IMYM to replenish our peace? To have way more than enough should we happen to meet a stranger along our way?
On today’s walk, look for ways, perhaps in the walking itself, perhaps in singing, perhaps in other forms of active contemplation, to invite peace, to be peace, to have such a surplus of peace that it will spill into our sessions together and onto everyone you meet.
“Peace be with you!”

a poem inspired by the ‘Walk in the Light’ Interest Group:
I Am Not in Control
First lesson, India, 1957.
The train will come when the train comes.
And when it does, thundering and steaming,
these sari-shrouded sleepers will rise, grab
bag and baggage, rush to the doors of the train,
shouting a babble of languages. Whole families
struggle for room on crowded wooden benches.

The train will come when the train comes.
There is no point in wondering or worrying.
Time flows by in the heat of an Indian summer
rich with color and fragrance.
You can ask, “Where is the train?”
The answer, “It is not here”.

Eleanor Dart

 

Daily Bulletin Friday June 18

Greetings, Friends, and welcome back!

For answers to questions on virtual tools for our gathering, start by clicking here. If you need more help with Zoom, email our Help Desk or phone (970) 290-7800.

Today’s Schedule (all times MDT)

All Day Hangout Lobby
Meeting ID: 950 9895 5604
Passcode: 777196
8:00–9:00 AM Early Morning Worship
Meeting ID: 986 1924 0002
Passcode: 129944
9:00–10:00 AM Worship Sharing
Meeting ID: 930 6965 7096
Passcode: 676592
10:00-10:30 AM Zoom Help Desk
Meeting ID: 930 2028 5840
Passcode: 231761
10:30–12:00 AM Conversation on Race and Faith with José Santos Woss
Meeting ID: 993 3956 2215
Passcode: 445200
12:30–2:00 PM Land Acknowledgment Session 2
Meeting ID: 932 5399 6446
Passcode: 706550
2:00-2:30 PM Zoom Help Desk
Meeting ID: 960 9076 4070
Passcode: 878601
2:30-4:00 PM Voter Fraud vs. Election Security
Meeting ID: 938 2182 0159
Passcode: 966699
3:00-4:00PM  Walk In The Light (3:00 – 4:00)
Meeting ID: 936 2622 6424
Passcode: 540510
4:00–4:45 PM Memorial Minutes
Meeting ID: 994 9742 6539
Passcode: 227508
4:30–5:30 PM Friends of Bill
Meeting ID: 921 9753 6597
Passcode: 137776
5:00–6:00 PM Social Hour – in the Hangout Lobby
Meeting ID: 950 9895 5604
Passcode: 777196
6:00–7:30 PM Film: Hispanic Community Voices
Meeting ID: 962 2940 8002
Passcode: 921175

Click here for the full schedule and interest group descriptions.
Click here to submit an item for the Daily Bulletin.
Click here for business meeting Documents in Advance.

Worship Sharing Queries from José Santos Woss’ Keynote Address

  • Can you think of a time you encountered a difficult conversation or situation dealing with race?  How did you deal with it?
  • We believe that there is that of God in everyone.  How can we make this a reality by breaking down white supremacy?
  • How do you think your faith can inform future situations?
  • In the Standpoint Theory, an elephant can be perceived in many ways.  How can you recognize someone’s standpoint is different than yours and what can you do to relate to it?
  • Driving a car can be a death sentence for a person of color.  Can you place yourself in an ordinary situation that would create that much fear?  What creates fear for you?
  • Jose spoke about the loss of faith because “I don’t want to go to a heaven that won’t allow the people I love and cherish the most to enter it”.  Have your beliefs been altered by what you know of your faith?  
  • If our every act can be a prayer, then how do we make that real?

Creativity Night

IMYM needs someone to organize Creativity Night this Saturday.  We already have participants so all you need to do is introduce the night, tell everyone to raise their hands and then call on people for the event.  If you can do this, email events@imym.org

Update from Mountain Friends Camp

Good news, we have confirmed an experienced Registered Nurse to join us for the full season! This also means an additional staff expense, and is well worth it for our community health. Now that we’re fully staffed, the greatest need is financial support. Many thanks to IMYM and all who have given this year, and if you haven’t yet, thank you for considering a donation! Visit us on the web to donate, and see our report for a wishlist of in-kind donations.

Land Acknowledgment Interest Group Resources

A number of Friends asked our panel to share our Land Acknowledgements:

Fort Collins Friends Meeting acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgement are heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed. We recognize that the founding of the Fort Collins community, including the land our Meeting House is built upon, came at a dire cost to Native Nations and peoples including the cost of many lives, loss of ancestral homes, and separation from traditional sources of spiritual and physical nourishment and strength.

Boulder Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends acknowledges that we live and worship on land where Indigenous Peoples have lived for more than 13,000 years. Chief Nawath (Left Hand) and his band of Arapaho were living in the Boulder Valley under the terms of the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie when gold was discovered in 1858. The Arapaho were forced out of the area, contrary to the terms of the treaty, and a fort was built to protect the booming towns of Boulder and Valmont. In 1864, volunteer militiamen mustered at Boulder’s Fort Chambers and joined U.S. Colonel John Chivington’s forces in carrying out the Sand Creek Massacre. More than 200 Arapaho and Cheyenne people, including Chief Nawath, were killed. “We lament this history of land theft, betrayal, murder, and displacement, knowing that we have become its beneficiaries. We acknowledge Indigenous Peoples’ enduring love for this land and the valuable contributions they make to our community today. We seek ways to build relationships with them now based on truth, respect, justice, and our shared humanity.” Link for more resources: http://www.boulderfriendsmeeting.org/ipc

Juneteenth Holiday

As we celebrate our virtual gathering, we acknowledge that Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated by many in our country. On Wednesday, June 16, Congress voted to approve a new federal holiday and President Biden signed it into law on 6/17. Two links for Friends edification:

From the Associated Press                     From PBS

Quaker Mart!

There were no signups for the 2021 IMYM Quaker Mart, BUT … If you’d like to support the work of Quaker Crafters, consider visiting the online QMart organized by Friends General Conference. There you’ll find Books, Bead Art, Cards & Photography, Fiber Arts & Textiles, Handcrafts, Jewelry, and Personal Care Products – all crafted by Quakers, and including a special section featuring BIPOC Quakes.

Today’s “Walk in the Light” Theme: “I walk in faith and hope.”
I am not in control.
I am not in a hurry.
I walk in faith and hope.
I greet everyone with peace.
I bring home only what God gives me.

Pilgrimage is not a walk; it’s a way of walking. It’s a surprisingly hopeful way of living in the world. No matter where we go, there God is. 

Don’t get me wrong. It can be a tough slog towards a destination still out of sight. Anyone here at IMYM committing this week to work for peace, equity, and social justice knows they are signing up for the long haul, the life of a pilgrim. Our faith is not a “stroll in the park.” Pilgrims are often hot, dirty, smelly, sore, and exhausted. Pilgrims, as most humans, are often troubled, lost, and traveling with grief or pain. But we’re not alone. We travel in community. We listen to each other’s deep concerns and we bandage each others wounds. Walking together, we find there is a Spirit that joins us. Faith and hope build with every step we take together.

Here is one communal practice that builds up faith and hope: Pilgrims carry prayers. This is often literal. We ask people to write down their joys and concerns on strips of paper, we string them together in bundles and hang them at our side. During the day, we read them and hold each life in the Light as we ourselves are walking in the Light. 

As you “walk” today, will you hold this IMYM community in the Light? Will you ask your fellow pilgrims here at IMYM about their joys and concerns? What would they like you to hold in the Light? What would you like them to carry for you? Write it down and carry what you hear from others… and from yourself.

a poem inspired by the Walk in the Light Interest group:
I Am Not in Control
First lesson, India, 1957.
The train will come when the train comes.
And when it does, thundering and steaming,
these sari-shrouded sleepers will rise, grab
bag and baggage, rush to the doors of the train,
shouting a babble of languages. Whole families
struggle for room on crowded wooden benches.
The train will come when the train comes.
There is no point in wondering or worrying.
Time flows by in the heat of an Indian summer
rich with color and fragrance.
You can ask, “Where is the train?”
The answer, “It is not here”.
You can ask, “When will the train arrive?”
“The train will come when the train comes.”

Daily Bulletin Thursday, June 17

Greetings, Friends, and welcome back!

For answers to questions on virtual tools for our gathering, start by clicking here. If you need more help with Zoom, email our Help Desk or phone (970) 290-7800.

Today’s Schedule (all times MDT)

The Newspaper Interest Group requires a separate pre-registration, others are open to all.

For convenience, clicking on any session title should connect you via Zoom.

All Day Zoom Hangout Lobby
Meeting ID: 984 1219 7029
Passcode: 969133
8:00–9:00 AM Early Morning Worship
Meeting ID: 910 5715 8842
Passcode: 121933
9:00–10:00 AM Worship Sharing Groups
Meeting ID: 938 0119 8520
Passcode: 353647
10:00-10:30 AM Zoom Help Desk
Meeting ID: 917 4781 9871
Passcode: 582885
10:30–12:00 PM Reading a Newspaper as a Spiritual Experience
Meeting ID: 988 8380 9120
Passcode: 678540
12:30–2:00 PM Land Acknowledgment Session 1
Meeting ID: 984 1948 5573
Passcode: 472084 
2:00–2:30 PM Zoom Help Desk
Meeting ID: 984 1219 7029
Passcode: 969133
2:30–4:00 PM Expressing Quaker Values through Art and Writing
Meeting ID: 910 8740 4949
Passcode: 588977
or
Climate Action: What Will it Take?
Meeting ID: 997 6939 6755
Passcode: 676882 
4:00–4:45 PM Memorial Minutes
Meeting ID: 964 5090 2400
Passcode: 338844
4:30–5:30 PM Friends of Bill
Meeting ID: 943 1381 0055
Passcode: 477197 
5:00–6:00 PM Walk in the Light
Meeting ID: 929 9850 8118
Passcode: 605829
6:00–7:30 PM Keynote Address from José Santo Woss of FCNL
Race and Faith: A First-Gen Journey to Justice
Meeting ID: 974 9229 4164
Passcode: 139655

Click here for the full schedule and interest group descriptions.

Click here to submit an item for the Daily Bulletin.

Click here for business meeting Documents in Advance.

Worship Sharing Information

If you need a worship sharing group number or have other questions, please join the Zoom session at 8:50 AM (MDT) – 10 minutes earlier than first scheduled.  
When you rename yourself in Zoom, please start with your assigned group number so that the Host can easily place you in the correct breakout room:

7 Mary Dyer, Newport MM, she/her/hers

If you end up in a group of 4 (or fewer) and would like to join a larger group, please notify the host to make that happen.
We will open the Chat so that you may share important information; please use it appropriately and avoid side chatter.
Thank you for your patience and let Kay Bordwell know if you have any other questions.

Zoom Hangout Lobby

We are setting up a virtual space for casual get-togethers, impromptu working discussions, worship opportunities, or other unstructured, unhosted conversation. Click here to enter the space.

Friends Drafting Israel-Palestine Minute

Friends in today’s interest group (on the mistreatment of the 500-700 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention each year) expressed interest in drafting a minute of concern for IMYM Meeting for Business later this week. If you would like to participate, please contact Anne Remley agr1@me.com.

Quaker Books!

You won’t be able to sit down and read, but you CAN browse through a great selection of books for all ages at the QuakerBooks of FGC online bookstore: serving individual Friends, Quaker meetings & organizations, those seeking a new spiritual path, and those who just love to read.

Paid Contract Position Serving IMYM

Successful candidate to fill three, two, or one position

(those duties not filled by volunteers)

The IMYM Representatives Committee has approved the creation and filling of a contract position to encompass the responsibilities of three positions for which the Nominating Committee did not find suitable volunteers. In the event that a volunteer is found for any of these positions, IMYM will adjust the scope of the contract work accordingly.
IMYM Historian/Archivist
Recording Clerk of Yearly Meeting
Recording Clerk of Representatives Committee
This position will go to an independent contractor paid on an IRS Form 1099. 

In consultation with the Representatives Committee Clerk, the Presiding co-Clerks will conduct a search, review applications, and award a contract. Pay will be commensurate with experience, subject to review by the Treasurer.

Interested Friends are asked to submit a letter of interest, names of references, and a summary of relevant experience to clerk@imym.org with the subject line: IMYM – newly created position
Expenses
In addition to compensation, the IMYM will pay upon request the travel expenses deemed necessary for performance of the job duties (e.g. to Representatives Committee meeting and annual sessions). Documentation of incidental outlays for clerical supplies, communications, and other operating expenses should be submitted to the Treasurer for reimbursement. Consult the Treasurer before incurring unusual expenses not specifically listed in “Who Pays IMYM Travel”. To read detailed descriptions of the three positions in IMYM’s Guide to Procedures and Positions, click the link.

Today’s “Walk in the Light” Theme: “I am not in a hurry.”

I am not in control.
I am not in a hurry.
I walk in faith and hope.
I greet everyone with peace.
I bring home only what God gives me.

Today’s second line cuts to the quick of Quaker practice. They don’t call it silent waiting worship for nothing. Spirit moves at Spirit’s pace. (But today we Zoom along.)

The Japanese theologian Kosuke Koyama wrote:

God walks ‘slowly’ because he is love. … Love has its speed. It is an inner speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It is ‘slow’ yet it is lord over all other speeds since it is the speed of love. It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice it or not, whether we are currently hit by storm or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore it is the speed the love of God walks.

Three miles an hour is the pace of pilgrimage. It’s the speed of one foot in front of the other. It’s the speed at which one actually sees the rocks, hears the ravens, feels the breeze, tastes the dust, smells the sage. It is the speed of prayer and conversation and silence. Going the distance at three miles an hour makes our usual daily pace seem strange. 

Here are a couple suggestions for today’s exercise: We have a busy IMYM schedule. If you have time for a long slow walk, great! If not, remember to punctuate the day with open spaces where you just look and feel and listen. What comes to you? What do you notice at spirit’s speed? 

Finally, sometime, perhaps during IMYM, perhaps after it is over, unwind from Zoom-time by walking a labyrinth. There are many across our region, with many locations listed on-line:

https://www.wellfedspirit.org/welcome/map-intro/us-nat-map/index.html