Call for Topics and Presenters Interest Groups: IMYM 2021

Call for Topics and Presenters
Interest Groups 

IMYM 2021

The IMYM Program Working Group is seeking proposals for Friends to present interest groups at the virtual yearly meeting via Zoom June 16 – 20, 2021. Interest groups will be held Wednesday 6/16, Thursday 6/17 and Friday 6/18 for 60 or 90 minutes each. IMYM participants cannot sign up in advance but will choose interest groups live in the online format. Preparatory materials will be made available on the IMYM website. 

The year’s Friend in Residence, José Woss, brings a range of potential areas of inquiry for our consideration.  He has an intimate perspective on racial justice as a Black Latino Quaker of Dominican heritage. His professional work at FCNL on criminal justice and election integrity informs his Spiritual journey and how he lives as a Quaker in the world.  

While interest groups are not limited to designated topics, José’s participation invites reflection on expanding and deepening our faith and practice in these times.   Other potential topics are areas of concern and interest to Quakers in today’s world. Some ideas include:  

  • Elections ● Racial Equity ● Indigenous Peoples Concerns How COVID-19 can Bring Change
  • Poetry Middle East Peace Sanctuary Migration and Immigration Nonviolent Action
  • Restorative Justice Participatory Crafts Experiment with Light Dance and Movement Nuclear Weapons Policy Friends Addressing Climate Change Quaker Thought


If you have an idea for something you would like to offer as an interest group, participatory activity, or short video to share for discussion, contact Deneen Crandell (Colorado Springs) with a copy to DeAnne Butterfield (Boulder) to express your interest. Please include a title and description of your proposal, information about the amount of time (60 to 90 minutes) and format you propose, names and affiliations of presenters, and any information on technology needs Also please tell us if you want materials available through the bookstore. There are a limited number of time slots available. We will accommodate as many proposals as we can but may not be able to accept all submissions.  Interest group proposals may be submitted until April 30, 2021. 


2021 e-Gathering Technical Lead

IMYM e-Gathering Technical Lead for
the 2021 IMYM Gathering

Job Description

Before the Gathering:

  • Work and meet with co-Clerks, Recording Clerk, Arrangements Clerk, Representatives Clerk, Registrar, JYF/SYF Coordinators, and Session coordinators to stay up-to-date on Gathering details
  • Work with Web Clerk and Registrar to get up-to-date information about the Gathering onto the website, and out to registrants, including:
    • Schedule, with details on sessions and leaders
    • Documents in advance
    • Instructions, guidance, encouragement
  • Coordinate tech volunteers
    • Put out call for volunteers to host video sessions
    • Assess skills
    • Create schedule for volunteers, with 1-2 volunteers per session
    • Hold training/practice sessions for volunteers
  • Coordinate video meeting schedule and links. For 2021, this entails using IMYM’s pro Zoom account, which includes 10 meeting links.
  • With volunteer assistance, answer registrant and session leader questions
  • With volunteer assistance, hold training/practice sessions for registrants, clerks and session leaders

During Gathering:

  • Ensure that sessions are running smoothly, help troubleshoot where possible
  • Answer questions from volunteers, registrants, committee members
  • With volunteer assistance, provide information daily to registrants, via email and in session chat announcements

After Gathering:

  • Work with co-Clerks, Recording Clerk and Web Clerk to get wrap-up information to registrants, and to the website

Skills required:

Very comfortable with Zoom, spreadsheets, scheduling, creating informational documents and emails.

Bonus: Experience leading Zoom training, coordinating volunteers, and/or updating WordPress pages.

Last year’s Tech lead will provide training and guidance to get you up and running, and support through the Gathering as she is the Web Clerk.

Anticipated number of hours:

March – April: 5-10 hours/month
May: 20-30 hours
June: 50-60 hours in first 3 weeks

Reports to: Arrangements Clerk
[Submit resume and cover letter to Laura Peterson (alapete at gmail) by March 19, but earlier if possible]

Supervises: Volunteers

2020 IMYM Thank you!!

A tremendous thank you to those who made IMYM 2020 Virtual Gathering Possible.

Our Incredible Zoom Volunteers!

      • Haley Bates
      • Danielle Broadaway — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Brenda Chung
      • Susan Cozzens
      • Deneen Crandell — Colorado Springs Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Judi Dressler — Boulder Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Anastacia Ebi
      • Marcia Elliott — Tempe Monthly Meeting (Arizona)
      • Sharon Gross — Albuquerque Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)
      • Richard Grossman — Durango CO Monthly Meeting (New Mexico Reg.)
      • Andrea Harmon
      • Thomas Harmon — Albuquerque Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)
      • Laura Hendrie
      • David Henkel — Santa Fe Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)
      • Mary Klein, Western Friend
      • Carolyn Kuban — Boulder Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Bill Lennon — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Gina MacIlwraith
      • Christina Medvescek
      • Rebecca Morris — Boulder Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • David Nachman — Tempe Monthly Meeting (Arizona)
      • Jamie Newton — Gila Monthly Meeting – Silver City (New Mexico)
      • Tiffany Norton
      • Jennifer Ollman — Pima Monthly Meeting (Arizona)
      • Jerry Peterson — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Nancy Rice — Albuquerque Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)
      • Sally Sharp
      • Tim Telep — Durango CO Monthly Meeting (New Mexico Regional Meeting)
      • Geoff Tischbein
      • Marie Vandenbark
      • Charlene Weir — Salt Lake Monthly Meeting (Utah)
      • Dave Wells — Tempe Monthly Meeting (Arizona)
      • Molly Wingate — Colorado Springs Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Elizabeth Winslow — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Eric Wright — Mountain View Monthly Meeting (Colorado)
      • Katherine Youngmeister — Santa Fe Monthly Meeting (New Mexico)


      • Gale Toko-Ross and Valerie Ireland, Co-Clerks
      • Laura Peterson, Arrangements Committee Clerk and Committee Members
      • Lisa Motz-Storey, Representatives Clerk, and Committee Members
      • Marc Gacy – Registrar
      • Dave Nachman – Recording Clerk
      • Polly & Sarah Feitler – Interest Seminar Coordinators
      • Kay Bordwell – Worship Sharing Coordinator
      • Deanne Butterfield and John Huyler, Program Working Group
      • C. Wess Daniels – Keynote Speaker
      • Interest Seminar Leaders
      • JYF coordinators:
        • Lisa Grenier
        • Gretchen Reinhardt
        • Dave Wells
      • SYF FAPs:
        • Brenda Chung
        • Carlos Valentin
        • David Wolf
      • Polly Washburn, Virtual Community Coordinator

2020 Documents in Advance

Please review the Agenda and Committee Reports in particular to prepare for Saturday and Sunday’s Meeting for Business sessions.

If we update these files, we will indicate the day that the new version was updated.

REVISED Agenda (June 20, reflecting what was covered in June 19 MfB)

2020-IMYM-Committee-Reports (June 16)

State of the Meeting Reports (June 16)

Memorial Minutes (June 23)

2020-Quaker-Organizations-Reports (June 19)

Late-breaking reports not included in the above:

2020 Ministry and Counsel

2020 FWCC Report (Friends World Committee for Consultation)

2020 FPT Report (Friends Peace Teams)


Virtual IMYM Zoom Volunteer How-To Guide

Thank you for volunteering! 

Here are the basic instructions – things may look different on your screen. Several of the settings here help us abide with what we promised the community when they registered. Please contact Polly if you have questions, especially if you were not able to make a training session.

Multiple Days Before the Session

Polly will send you a link to your session, the Host Key that you can use to claim the Host spot, and the emails of the host, co-host and presenter(s).

Please connect with your presenter(s) ahead of time to strategize for the session. Here is a checklist.

15 minutes before the session

We recommend host, co-host and presenter all join the room 10-15 minutes early. Use the Host Key that Polly sends you to claim the host spot.

Then host should assign their co-host and make the presenter a co-host so they can share their screen. Turn on waiting room until everything is as you planned: Mute all, block chat, etc according to what you decided.

Chat Features

Then “Admit all” from the waiting room. (This shows up at the top of the participant box).

When people arrive

Ask everyone to add their Meeting and pronouns (“like a name tag”)

Ask people who phone in for their name, and change their name on their icon.

If presenter wants to share their screen, make them a CO-host, rather than opening up screen sharing to all.

Briefly share a slide about how the session will go. (See this template).

Setting up breakout rooms

Unless this is a worship sharing session, you will almost always want to select “automatically” to let Zoom place people randomly in the number of rooms you select.

Breakout Settings

Then check your settings:

Breakout Room Settings

Note that people in a breakout room can only chat with folks in same room. If you need to reach people, you can send a “broadcast” message from the breakout room menu.

Other Notes

  • If you mute all, please keep “allow participants to unmute themselves” checked (unless it is a case of disruption, where muting everyone for a few minutes is the best way to handle the situation).

  • If your presenter asked to lock the room after 10 minutes, do that here:

Lock Meeting

Or here (bottom of Participant box):







As you can see, these menus are also where you can make sure that participants can unmute themselves, and turn on and off the waiting room.

  • If your session is 90 minutes, remind the host to take a 5-10 minute break!


IMYM 2020 Adult Schedule

Adult Schedule

(See CYF, JYF and SYF Schedule)

If you can’t view the schedule below properly, try viewing/downloading this PDF version (modified June 17)

Note: All times are listed in Mountain Daylight Time (CO, NM, UT). Friends from AZ and CA, please join us an hour earlier.

Emails with links to Saturday’s events were sent out to registrants early evening on June 19. The correct subject line is “IMYM — Daily Bulletin and Day Three links” and was sent from If you don’t see it, please check your spam folder and your promotions folder. 

Times for interest seminars may shift slightly. Length of Seminars is the number in parenthesis. Read descriptions of interest seminars here.

Listen to calming meditative music anytime of day!

SATURDAY: You can watch the movie Sweet Home Monteverde anytime today and join discussion at 8pm, or watch together at 7pm. (see link in last night’s email).
Click here to watch, and enter password: IMYM2020


Saturday & Sunday, June 20, 21

Slot (Time MDT)
Saturday Sunday
7:30AM – 8AM Morning worship Early Worship
8AM – 9AM Zoom practice time 
9AM – 10AM Worship sharing groups Worship sharing groups
10AM – 11AM Keynote + break Zoom practice time 
11AM – 12PM Keynote – Group Discussion/ Q&A Meeting for Worship (public event)
12PM – 1PM
1PM – 2PM Meeting for Business 1 Meeting for Business 2
2PM – 3PM (45 mins + 30 mins break + 45 mins) (45 mins + 30 mins break + 45 mins)
3PM – 4PM Inter-generational worship sharing Singing! Celebrate! (3:30 – 4:30)
3:30PM – 5PM People of Color Open House
4:30PM – 5PM Tim Telep – A Quaker Songbook
Live performance via Facebook Live
5PM -6PM Friends of Bill
6PM – 7PM
7PM – 9PM Creativity Night /
Sweet Home Monteverde (Documentary)



Thursday, June 18

Slot (Time MDT)
Event 1 Event 2
7:30AM – 8AM Morning worship
8AM – 9AM Zoom practice time 
9AM – 10AM Worship sharing groups
10AM – 11AM
11AM – 12PM Interest Seminar A: “New Mexico: Land of Enchantment or Toxic Wasteland?” (60) Interest Seminar A2: “How does the creative spirit fare with thee?” (60)
12PM – 1PM Western Friend, Earlham and FWCC drop-in sessions
Zoom Practice Time
1PM – 2PM Western Friend discussion: Digital Quakers
2PM – 3PM Interest Seminar B: “The Power of Enough” (90) Interest Seminar B2: “Migration and You”
3:30PM – 5PM People of Color Open House
4PM – 5PM Interest Seminar C: “Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance, Wess Daniels” (90)
5PM -6PM
6PM – 7PM Interest Seminar D: “Experiment with Light” (60) Interest Seminar D2: “FCNL’s Legislative Priorities for Nuclear Weapons Policy” (60)


Friday, June 19

Slot (Time MDT)
Event 1 Event 2
7:30AM – 8AM Morning worship
8AM – 9AM Zoom practice time (anyone may join to practice their Zoom skills)
9AM – 10AM Worship sharing Worship sharing groups
10AM – 11AM
11AM – 12PM Interest Seminar E: “A Vision from 2050 – Looking Back on Covid-19 and Climate Change” Interest SeminarE2: “Exploring Quaker Mysticism” (90)
12PM – 1PM Engaging with AFSC in the time of COVID, Repression and Rebellion Way will Open: Quaker Center in Transition

FCNL drop-in

1PM – 2PM Interest Seminar F: Poetry Heals (60) FGC drop-in
2PM – 3PM Interest Seminar G: Climate Crisis (60) Interest Seminar G2: “Moving Toward the End of Life with Integrity” (90)
3PM – 4PM Inter-generational worship sharing People of Color Open House (3:30 – 5pm)
3:30PM – 5PM People of Color Open House
4PM – 5PM Interest Seminar H: Friends In the Arts Storytelling – Three Minute Tales (90) Interest Seminar H2: “Friends Couple Enrichment” (90)
6PM – 7PM Interest Seminar J: “Iroquois Thanksgiving Address” (60) Interest Seminar J2: “Racial Equity in Our Meetings – A Facilitated Conversation” (90)
7:30PM – 9PM Seeking Solutions: Documentary on Immigration



Notes from C. Wess Daniels

One of the things I am currently focused on and really hungry to know more about is the concept of liturgies of resistance. A concept I originally discovered when studying the Book of Revelation. I think this is one of the keys to our ability to resist and survive empire (and the “liturgy of the lamb” is one of the practices I write about in my book that I see from Revelation that are key to the resistances of empire). I also believe that in the majority of Christian churches today, the liturgies have been so de-fanged, watered-down, even compromised by the religion of empire that they are not strong enough to inoculate us in any meaningful way. 

What are the liturgies that form us currently? Here liturgy being rituals that we engage in that shape our desires, our language, our imaginations about what is possible and what is “out there.” Liturgy shapes us by telling us we are in a certain story. The American empire fueled by late-stage capitalism is rife with liturgies. 

Liturgies of empire (I have been greatly helped by James Alison‘s thinking on this):

  • Shape our desires by the kind of story we see ourselves a part of (if we are the good guys and “they” are the bad guys then we will see our actions as benevolent)
  • Shape what we believe is possible (and what is impossible)
  • Dull our senses so that we are not aware of the suffering of our neighbors
  • Drive us towards seeing the “sacrifice of others” (or scapegoating) as a necessary part of what we do in order to maintain the peace
  • Distract us by excitement, sensationalism, and spectacle that feels good to be on the inside of but keeps us from actually knowing what is going on

Scholar Wes Howard-Brook points out that in Revelation 12 there is a clash between these two liturgies and some of the ways we see these liturgies in use around us:


Poverty, Empire, and the Book of Revelation in the Time of Covid19

Friends, I am hosting an online study of my new book, “Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance,” and the Book of Revelation in the time of Covid19 and I want to invite you to consider participating. 

I am interested in these three questions with this course: how does can the bible be used as a tool for building a social movement by, of, and for the poor; what do you say to people who believe this is the “end times” and use Revelation to justify all manner of bad behaviors and ideas; and how do we as people of faith and good conscience work to resist empire in this moment?

Interest Seminar descriptions for 2020 Virtual Gathering

See the adult schedule to see sessions at a glance.

A Vision from 2050 – Looking Back on Covid19 and Climate Change

Friday, June 19 – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the ones you cannot live within.” – Ruha Benjamin

It’s the year 2050, thirty years after we faced a global pandemic, economic collapse, and impending climate chaos. Where are we now? How did we get here? In this workshop, Hayley will guide us through an exercise in radical imagination, where we sit with the possibilities of building a new society, one based in solidarity, cooperation, and interdependence. She’ll also share about the exciting and motivating work that’s happening right now around the US on some of the most pressing issues of our time and how to get involved through her lens as Communications Coordinator with Quaker Earthcare Witness and as an activist on local climate issues in Santa Fe, NM.

This workshop is inspired by an article Hayley wrote in the most recent edition of Western Friend.

Presented by Hayley Hathaway, Quaker Earthcare Witness

Climate Crisis

Friday, June 19th – 2 to 3 p.m.

This year, Friends are invited to address the action minute on climate crisis approved by InterMountain Yearly Meeting in June of 2019 – [MINUTE 20190614(d)]. We have asked four Friends to share the experiences of their monthly meetings in responding to the purposes of this minute and the opportunities available for action. After 30 minutes of sharing from those Friends who are directly involved, there will be 30 minutes of open discussion about actions we can take and shared resources for making this more possible.

Led by Peace and Social Concerns Committee

Digital Quakers

Thursday, June 18 – 1 to 2 p.m.

As we’ve adjusted to life during a pandemic, many Friends have become more comfortable using online communications tools. We would like to offer an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences of the impacts of these changes on their Quaker communities. We also want to hear people’s visions and hopes for potential future uses of these tools for Quaker communities of various types and sizes.

Led by Mary Klein of Western Friend and Polly Washburn, Virtual Community Coordinator of this year’s IMYM gathering

Engaging with AFSC in the time of COVID, Repression and Rebellion 

Thursday, June 18 – 12 to 1 p.m.

This will be an interactive session.  What is your Meeting up to in the realm of social justice?  Matt Leber, Assistant Regional Director for the AFSC US West, will share about how AFSC is working with Monthly Meetings & Churches in the West, our AFSC Liaison program, and how we can work together to create the change we want to see in the world. 

Experiment with Light 

Thursday, June 18 – 6 to 7 p.m.

Friends have asked, “What helped the first Quakers get through the challenging times of those early days?” British Friend Rex Ambler did some research and put forward a format for group experience he called “Experiment with Light.” This gathering consists of a guided meditation for individual focus and a worship sharing opportunity in a small group setting.

Led by folks from the Santa Fe light group.

Exploring Quaker Mysticism

Friday, June 19 – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Summary:  Rufus Jones defined mysticism as the response of the individual to a personal encounter with God within her or his own spirit. Traditionally Quakers seem reluctant to talk about aspects of mysticism, but there are rich descriptions in our literature.

This workshop will include a presentation and discussion on the history and definition of Quaker Mysticism including George Fox’s awakening experience of the “ocean of light and love,” as well as spiritual experiences described by other Quakers. It will include a comparison of mystical experience, which differs somewhat in various religions and the occult. We will also talk about Divine Requiring, which is a divine message some receive that requires a specific task to be accomplished. We will ponder why some experiences seem more life changing or illuminating than others.  We will also discuss signs we may receive when we are on the spiritual path and how those signs seem to lessen when we stray from the path. The workshop will include silent worship, discussion and presentation, and worship sharing.

Suggested Reading: Early Prophetic Openings of George Fox, a pamphlet printed by The Tract Association of Friends, reprinted in 1999; A Language for the Inward Landscape: Spiritual Wisdom from the Quaker Movement by Brian Drayton and William P. Taber, Jr; and Mysticism and the Experience of Love by Howard Thurman, Pendle Hill Pamphlet 115.

Presenter/Convener: Allen Winchester, Clerk of Santa Fe Monthly Meeting

FCNL’s Legislative Priorities for Nuclear Weapons Policy

Thursday, June 18 – 6 to 7 p.m.

Anthony Wier, FCNL’s Legislative Secretary Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending, will lead off with a legislative update on FCNL’s nuclear policy advocacy, followed by a discussion about possible developments around this issue and opportunities to take action.

Led by Anthony Wier, FCNL Legislative Secretary for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending; Jeff Pudlo, Program Assistant for Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending

Friends Couple Enrichment

Friday, June 19 – 4 to 5 p.m.

Want to strengthen your relationship? Build communication skills? Come join us for a taste of Friends Couple Enrichment  –

We will offer an introduction and brief sampler of what Friends Couple Enrichment (FCE) is all about. Couple Enrichment events help couples celebrate their relationship’s joys and strengths, and develop skills to deepen and improve them. Come find out what it’s all about!

Led by John and Debbie Humphries, members of Hartford (CT) Friends Meeting, who have been leaders with FCE since 2015.

Friends In the Arts Storytelling ~ Three Minute Tales

Friday, June 19 – 4 to 5 p.m.

This is an age-old practice among friends and families taken online in which we all listen as a story is told, in this case a brief and meaningful personal experience. In this workshop we will create a family or ring of stories, a garden of shared memories to cherish.

Here are the rules:

      1. You must be in your 3 minute story. [ active, watching, dreaming ]
      2. Each storyteller will share a short interview with the facilitator prior to their telling for introductions and clarification. 
      3. The host will give timekeeping reminders so it will be easy to…..

Keep Within 3 Minutes. If time allows, you might tell a second story.

Rather than high drama, think of a simple, meaningful event; a childhood adventure; a dream; a surprise; a celebration of joy, sorrow or concern; a mysterious or hilarious episode; something that has lingered in memory and longs to be told. No verbal comment will be made on the stories other than initial questions for clarity from the facilitator and hints from the timekeeper. Afterwards, other participants will give sounds of appreciation. And then on to the next story!

PRIOR PREPARATION:  Those considering this interest group can click here for some interesting and fun materials related to 3 Minute Tales. They may also email Caroline at with questions about the workshop.

Led by Caroline Rackley, Quaker House Santa Fe.

“How does the creative spirit fare with thee?”

Thursday, June 18 – 11 to 12 p.m.

When we were all reviewing the FCNL policy book, “The World We Seek,” last year with an eye to updating it, I was dumbfounded to discover that there was absolutely no mention of music, art, drama or the humanities! In essence, “the world we seek” will be a paradise of economic and social justice – but it may be silent and gray. Friends have long had a tension between piety and quietism and the fruits of the creative spirit. Annals of yearly meetings contain accounts of Friends being read out of Meeting for attending a dance.

I propose that we use a worship-sharing approach to explore the roots of this historical tension and consider its implications for our lives today. It has implications for community-building, acting on our testimonies and, in the most basic sense, our freedom of expression.

Presented by Tom Vaughan

Iroquois Thanksgiving Address

Friday, June 19 – 6 to 7 p.m.

This prayer is a gift from the Haudenosaunee People (The Iroquois Nation), words of Thanksgiving with ancient roots dating back to when the Great Law of Peace was brought to the people by the Peace Maker, the Iroquois prophet, statesman, and lawgiver, who counseled an end to warring between the tribes.

60 minute presentation.

Presented by Laurie Roberts

Migration and You

Thursday, June 18 – 2 to 3 p.m.

The Migration Action Committee, MAC, of Pima Monthly Meeting would like to learn about what actions other meetings have been led to take around issues relating to people in migration.

For Pima Meeting, partnership with other groups has been a blessing, one leading has been the creation of a bond fund that has enabled many people to be freed from Immigration Detention to be with family and friends as their cases go through the court system.

Proposed Group Agenda:

  • Listen to participants experiences around standing in solidarity with people in migration.
  • Share MAC’s hopes and where Spirit has led so far…
  • Questions and discussion, share contact information
  • Worship

Presented by German and Bea Quiroga, Pima Monthly Meeting

Moving Toward the End of Life with Integrity

Friday, June 19 – 2 to 3 p.m.

Many of us operate under the idea that we can live to be 95 without any loss of abilities or wellness and then die in our sleep.

We hope to share our thoughts and have discussion in areas including; living with diminishment, visions of living well as we age, facing diagnoses of life threatening illness and how we interact with the medical system, and thoughts around death and dying, hospice and palliative care. Our goal is to encourage more integrity in our approach to the end of our life.

Presented by Penny Thron-weber (Mountain View Monthly Meeting) and Cynthia Smith (Moab Monthly Meeting)

New Mexico: Land of Enchantment or Toxic Wasteland?

Thursday, June 18 – 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A Power Point will be presented:  New Mexico, Land of Enchantment or Toxic Wasteland?  This session is about the proposed high-level nuclear waste from commercial nuclear power plants that would be transported by rail nationwide and dumped in SE New Mexico. These large quantities of plutonium and other radioactive materials will remain highly toxic even in minute amounts for hundreds of thousands of years.

There will be robust discussion with knowledgeable people present. There will be worshipful silences. A Minute from Albuquerque Monthly meeting inspired and informed this work. There is a sensible solution possible if enough people are educated about the scope of the situation.

Presented by Carol Merrill, Albuquerque Monthly Meeting

Poetry Heals

Friday, June 19 – 1 to 2 p.m.

An expressive poetry writing workshop for all ages and abilities. We will practice writing about who we are from our hearts. Using groups poems, collaborative poems and poetry games, we will collect a tool kit for handling stresses and aiding discernment. Molly Wingate felt called to create Poetry Heals and has used Quaker practices to develop its programs, methods, and organization.

Presented by Molly Wingate, Colorado Springs

The Power of Enough

Thursday, June 18 – 2 to 3 p.m.

“What is essential? How much is enough? How can we balance our use of time, energy, and “things” to free us for action to do God’s work and to contribute to right order in our community? Through personal reflection, discussion and worship sharing we will explore queries to discover our power of enough. Jackie Stillwell, General Secretary of Right Sharing of World Resources.

Presented by Jacqueline Stillwell, the General Secretary of Right Sharing of World Resources.

Racial Equity in Our Meetings — A Facilitated Discussion

Friday, June 19 – 6 to 7 p.m.

In this conversation, participants are encouraged to share about their experiences and the resources they have used to engage in racial equity work in their Meetings or in the Yearly Meeting. We will explore what is working and where we need support. We will also explore a continuum (used by FGC) for becoming an actively anti-racist Meeting. The facilitators will poll participants on resources most needed or requested and will offer additional opportunities to connect during this year.

Facilitators: Amy Rowland, Carol Clinkenbeard, and Paula Rhodes
Mountain View Friends Meeting

Resisting Empire:  The Book of Revelation as Resistance

Thursday, June 18 – 4 to 5 p.m.

Wess Daniels, IMYM Friend in Residence and keynote speaker

IMYM Friend in Residence C. Wess Daniels will present an interest group based on his book, Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation as Resistance.  Rather than the common interpretation of Revelation as a description of the End Days, Wess interprets this text metaphorically as a call to action and divine empowerment to face and overcome Empire.

Jesus lived in a time of Empire that brought poverty, oppression, inequality and scapegoating.  What advice does the Book of Revelation give us about building a social movement to recognize, resist, survive and transform Empire?  How do the language, rituals and stories of capitalism, dominance and exceptionalism:

∙      Shape our desires by the kind of story we see ourselves a part of (if we are the good guys and “they” are the bad guys then we will see our actions as benevolent)?

∙      Shape what we believe is possible (and what is impossible)

∙      Dull our senses so that we are not aware of the suffering of our neighbors?

∙      Drive us towards seeing the “sacrifice of others” (or scapegoating) as a necessary part of what we do in order to maintain the peace?

∙      Distract us by excitement, sensationalism, and spectacle that feels good to be on the inside of but keeps us from actually knowing what is going on?

Ordering Resisting Empire
For those who would like to order their copy before the Gathering, 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.
Read more notes from C. Wess Daniels regarding this discussion.

Way Will Open: Quaker Center in Transition

Friday, June 19, Noon

Presenters:  Bob Fisher and Susan Wilson, Quaker Center Co-Directors

Quaker Center is embarking on a 10 – 12 week discernment process. We invite you to join this process in the spirit of worship, to reflect on the following queries:

    • How can Quaker Center best live our mission in these times?

Quaker Center seeks to nurture the spiritual growth and faithfulness of Friends and others, while strengthening Quakerism and its witness in the world.  We offer programs and personal retreats exemplifying Friends’ testimonies of community, integrity, simplicity, peace, and equality. We strive to live in right order with all creation, especially with the redwood forest that sustains us here in the Santa Cruz mountains.

    • What does that look like post COVID?

Co-Directors will share the financial, health and safety concerns Quaker Center is facing as general guidance for our shared discernment. We will also share our hot-off-the-press 2021 Program schedule!


Seeking Solutions: Immigration

Friday, June 19 – 7:30 to 9 p.m.

A documentary by Adrian Montgomery and Polly Washburn of Mountain View Meeting

It seems like much of what passes for civil discourse these days is two people who claim polar opposite viewpoints yelling at each other. The notion of “both sides” implies that there are only two solutions for any problem facing us today. As Seekers of Truth, we believe there are a spectrum of solutions, and we think exploring that spectrum could be beneficial to all citizens and politicians. For our first film, we took on one of the most contentious topics of the day in the USA: Immigration.

We spoke with 9 people with various relationships to immigration. One of them is Hannah Evans of FCNL. We are grateful that several people from Mountain View and Boulder meetings contributed financially and in other ways to help make the film happen.

The film is 60 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. You can read more about the film and see a trailer here. You might also be interested in a set of short videos we made with AFSC about the four women in sanctuary in Colorado.

Friday evening 7pm

Sweet Home Monteverde

Saturday, June 20 – 7 to 9 p.m.

This film traces the journey of nine Quaker families from rural Fairhope, Alabama, who, during the Korean War, immigrated to Costa Rica, a country that had just abolished its army. The film follows them to the mountaintop village they named Monteverde and documents their environmental stewardship, their creation of the largest cloud-forest reserve in Central America, their pioneering work on ecotourism, their early clarion calls to fight climate change — and the legacy of their activism as passed down to succeeding generations of Monteverde Friends School students.

More details about the film and screening at IMYM here.


2018 Arrangements Committee Documents

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Interest Groups + Seminars Coordinator’s report to AC 2018

Arts Program report about 2017

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