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Please come to the annual gathering of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, our last at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, June 9-16, 2019. The theme will be Faith, Fear, and Our Future. I hope you can come experience worship, fellowship and business among Friends of all ages from Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, West Texas and maybe even Wyoming.
The Program Working Group and Arrangements Committee have created a rich program of activities, fellowship, learning, spiritual growth and IMYM business. Keep reading for all the latest activities and details.
New to this newsletter is an article listing the peace and social concerns activities of monthly meetings. As clerk, I get to know about some the events and endeavors of monthly meetings, and I want everyone in the yearly meeting to have a chance to learn and to celebrate the good work of Friends. This is not an exhaustive list, but my hope is that Friends feel a bit less like owls in the wilderness and maybe find activities they can join and support.
I look forward to fellowship with you this summer.
Presiding Clerk, IMYM
2019 IMYM Theme and Keynote Speaker
Faith, Fear and Our Future
How is Friends’ faith affected by the world around us? How do we sustain love, faith and hope in our connections to God and each other in these times? What does our faith teach us about overcoming fear? How can walking through fear strengthen our faith? How can Friends of all generations inspire and sustain one another as we face the future together?
Bridget Moix, US Senior Representative and Head of Advocacy at Peace Direct, will be the keynote speaker at IMYM this year. Peace Direct is a London-based non-governmental organization that helps identify, nurture, connect and support individuals doing nonviolent peacebuilding in their local communities around the world. She is a former Director of Casa de Los Amigos Friends Center in Mexico City and currently serves as clerk of the General Committee at FCNL. When she worked at FCNL earlier in her career she responded to the question, “If War is Not the Answer, what is?” with design of the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program.
To Bridget, overcoming fear is grounded in hope. Hope is grounded in love and faith. She is inspired to be a “pattern and example” of the power of nonviolence, empowering others, and raising questions about how to understand and prevent violent conflict.
Bridget Moix is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (DC) and is married with two children. She has a PhD from George Mason University in Peacebuilding. You can read more at www.peacedirect.org and https://www.fcnl.org/people/
Registration Information for the 2019 Annual Gathering of Intermountain Yearly Meeting
Online registration is now open (click this link). Credit cards will be accepted. Many adjustments have been made to make this a clearer and simpler process. Registration will only be available online. Please be generous in helping those who are not computer savvy to register. More details as to schedules, etc are posted here.
APRIL 28 – Final day for regular registration. Registrations after April 28 cause extra work for the registrars, and housing at Ghost Ranch may not be available. We ask for a $50 late fee.
MAY 7 – Final day for payment of registration. Final day for registrations, unless you are commuting. The online link will be removed. Anyone wishing to register after May 7 must contact the registrars.
About Pay as Led
We are continuing to use Pay as Led to finance our annual gathering. We want to remove as many barriers to participation as we can, so that more Friends can contribute to the fellowship and discernment of business at the annual gathering. There is no need for members or attenders to ask monthly meetings or the yearly meeting for financial support. Friends are asked to register for the accommodations they need and then prayerfully consider how much they are led to pay in support of attendance at the annual gathering – either less or more than the real cost which will be provided by the registrar.
Monthly meetings are asked to continue to support attendance at the annual gathering. However, instead of awarding scholarships for attendance to individuals, meetings are asked to send the amount they would spend on scholarships directly to the yearly meeting. In this way, no one must ask for a scholarship, and everyone will be provided for.
This method of financing the annual gathering worked last year, and the yearly meeting has decided to use it unless if quits working. We had more attendance last year, especially among young adult Friends. If you want more information, please see the article Paying as Led in the most recent Friends Journal.
Early Days Seminars and Regular Days Interest Groups
There will be seminar time in Early Days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) of approximately three hours each day. Seminars usually are conducted over three days, each with one or more presentations, experiences or trainings on a theme; one- or two-day seminars are also offered. This year the seminars on Monday and Tuesday will be held in the afternoons to allow mornings for reflection, fellowship, hiking, arts and other activities. Interest groups meet during the Regular Days, Friday and Saturday afternoons for 1 ½ hours. A list of these offerings is in the Registration packet.
Opportunities and Activities
Monday of Early Days a hike is planned at Pedernal, the iconic mesa loved by Georgia O’Keefe. This is a full-day but not difficult walk through beautiful forest and meadows with spectacular views of the Chama Valley.
Activities are planned for the evenings: Monday will be a family-friendly film; Tuesday evening will feature a session on race, inclusion and privilege; Wednesday is the welcome session. The IMYM Peace and Service Committee is organizing a Thursday evening session where the IMYM representatives to FWCC, FCNL, AFSC, FGC, QEW and other Quaker organizations will offer a program about how their work serves IMYM Friends and relates to the theme, Faith, Fear, and Our Future. Friday night is Contra Dancing with our own Quaker band, the Contra Band. Senior Young Friends will again organize Saturday Creativity Night, after a preview presentation about Ft. Lewis College.
Following these evening programs, Junior Young Friends will welcome adult Friends at the Cantina for ice cream, foosball and ping pong along with intergenerational board games and organized singing.
The Senior Young Friends Listening Session will take place on Friday afternoon with a topic to be determined.
Friends in the Arts at IMYM
Friends in the Arts is planning workshops, projects and art opportunities at the Arts Center. Friends are invited to share their gifts, skills and inspiration to lead or assist the coordinators. There will be a painting workshop, a leader for dance/physical movement, participatory music, and a group art project.
If you have ideas for Arts Center activities, would like to offer an arts-related activity or workshop, or want to join with Friends in the Arts as a volunteer in the Arts Center, please contact Caroline Rackley, IMYM arts coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembering Our Time at Ghost Ranch
The IMYM Clerk is working with young Friends to organize a plenary session on Saturday afternoon on Leaving Ghost Ranch and Looking Forward to Fort Lewis College: an Intergenerational Celebration.
The Program Working Group and Friends in the Arts expect to provide opportunities for us to remember and be grateful for our time at Ghost Ranch as we move on to Fort Lewis College. Please start thinking about your stories, photos and mementos.
There will be a presentation about what to expect at Ft. Lewis College on Saturday night before the Contra Dancing.
IMYM Bookstore 2018
The bookstore at Intermountain Yearly Meeting’s annual gathering aims to serve Friends by providing:
- A set of resource publications supporting the theme, keynote address, seminars & interest groups
- A marketplace for IMYM artists, crafters, and musicians to sell their creations
- A place to read the IMYM Documents in Advance (replies to queries, reports, epistles, proposed minutes, etc.)
- A gathering spot for small group activities (information sharing, committee meetings, piano playing, etc.) outside of bookstore hours
- A shipping address for Quaker organizations sending materials to the yearly meeting sessions
If you are a seminar/interest group leader and would like us to stock a particular title, contact the bookstore coordinator (David Nachman, email@example.com) by 4/13/2018. We will order the requested items through the FGC Quaker Bookstore online, and it will arrange to have them shipped to Ghost Ranch.
If you are an IMYM author, artist, or musician and would like us to display your creations for purchase, please plan to set up in a space 30” front to back and no more than 36” left to right. Clearly label the prices and prepare an envelope with your name on it so Friends can leave payment. These sales will work on the honor system – bookstore volunteers won’t record your sales or handle your money.
Reminders for Monthly Meeting Clerks from the Presiding Clerk
- Each year, monthly meetings send their state of the meeting reports to the Presiding Clerk who compiles them for a state of the yearly meeting report. Please have your meeting’s report sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 6, 2019.
- If you have Memorial Minutes of Friends who have died this year, please share them with the Yearly Meeting. They will be included in our Documents in Advance, and we will have a time early Friday evening to share Memorial Minutes. Send Memorial Minutes by May 6, 2019 to email@example.com along with a suggestion for who from your meeting would like to read (3 minutes max).
- If your meeting has new people serving as clerk or as representative to IMYM, please send the names and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2019 Queries Summation
- About the schedule for our Annual Gathering
“We envision the annual gathering as a time for worship and fellowship, when younger and older people exchange ideas of the ‘durable satisfactions’ of life and, under a sense of Divine Presence, explore ways to experience and share them – precious times of living and loving, praying and learning.” (Paraphrasing Clarissa Cooper in her 1974 history of IMYM)
Some years ago, we expanded the annual gathering of Intermountain Meeting to be a full week by including “early days” into the schedule. Early days begin on Sunday afternoon run through Wednesday morning. For three days, we offer multi-meeting workshops where we can dive deeply into topics. The early days also provide additional time for restorative hiking, bird watching, and socializing, and for our children to mingle in a Quaker community. But they add expense for those attending and taking a week away can be difficult.
“Regular days” begin with committee meetings on Wednesday afternoon and go through worship on Sunday morning. Regular days include plenary meetings for our welcome, our speaker(s), for the Senior Young Friends Listening Session, for meetings for worship for business and for meetings for worship. Worship sharing, interest groups, committee meetings, and evening activities fill our time together.
As we prepare to move to a new location and in response to concerns voiced in our evaluations, it is time to reevaluate the schedule of our annual gathering, particularly the Early Days. Please tell us your thoughts about the role of Early Days in the yearly meeting. Possible questions to consider include the following, but please go wherever Spirit leads you. Please be sure to include all populations in your meeting, including Senior Young Friends.
- Do we want to continue having the Early Days for four days?
- Are we done with Early Days?
- Would we like them to become part of the regular days of the annual gathering?
Of the questions asked about Early Days the easiest one to answer is the second one. Most meetings felt that they are not ready to put down the Early Days. Many spoke of the importance of having fellowship for the youth and for adults. And the oft’ repeated desire to make the most of the travel time to be together also underscored the importance of Early Days for many. A few meetings noted that having the Early Days is taxing for the planning people and officers of the meeting and the focus of the annual gathering should be on the business of the yearly meeting. It may be time to lay down Early Days or at least move the Ft. Lewis without them to make the move easier.
The other queries about Early Days and the queries they provoked range widely. I encourage representatives to read the full texts in this folder. But a few summary lines can be gleaned. Waiting until we have some time at Ft. Lewis before we change the schedule is a common thread. There were many possibilities suggested for changing the schedule, including moving the time for seminars to the later part of the annual gathering. This schedule would speak to the complaint that that those who arrive on Wednesday for the business meetings and children’s programs feel left out. This schedule will allow for everyone to arrive at the same time, and those who chose to can stay for seminars. Another suggestion for the schedule was to have the youth hold their own “early days.” Maybe we could have just one Early Day to kick things off and then several days for seminars after the business meetings. Another suggestion is for the registration to be simplified by having half week and full week registration as FGC does.
Several recognized that taking a week off for the annual gathering is not an option for some families, and there is an added expense (though the cost is mitigated by Pay as Led). Some suggested having business meetings in the afternoon and seminars in the morning and run the whole gathering as a combination of early and regular days. Others were concerned about the financial costs of using pay as led for the early days. Is that sustainable? Some won’t come for early days at Ft. Lewis College whereas they would come to Ghost Ranch.
- About Pay as Led
We have discerned that we will continue using Pay as Led to finance our annual gathering for the foreseeable future. Using this method, Friends prayerfully consider how much they wish to pay for their room and board at the gathering. And then pay as they are led by Spirit – either more or less than the actual cost. This first year of using this method, we had 10% more attenders, 51% more young adult friends and came within 4% of covering all of our costs. As we plan for next year, your feedback will be very helpful.
- How did your monthly meeting experience pay as led?
In general, pay as led was a positive experience. Many said that they were appreciated that they didn’t have to ask for a scholarship. Others liked that they could come because of it, and still others were glad that more people could come to the annual gathering. However, several commented that the registration process was confusing. Other were unclear if pay as led applied to campers and meals at the cafeteria. A few worried if pay as led is sustainable. Generally, Friends felt this was a reasonable first-year experiment. We should keep pay-as-led. And we should be clearer about deadlines and responsibilities for payment.
This year we created an equalization fund to cover our costs by asking monthly meetings to contribute the amount of money they normally spent to support those attending the annual gathering. Going forward, are there other ways your monthly meeting would like to pay for it?
- Would your meeting rather add to your assessment payments than make a separate contribution to the equalization fund?
- Would you like to encourage individuals in your meeting to support the annual gathering?
- Do you have other ideas?
Most meetings commented that they were fine with the current system or really did not want to increase the assessment to support pay as led. There were a variety of reasons for this, including keeping the finances of the annual gathering separate from the yearly meeting, clearer bookkeeping for monthly meetings, not burdening monthly meetings that do not send anyone to the annual gathering.
Few were willing to encourage individuals to support pay as led instead asking them to contribute to their own monthly meeting for the purposes supporting attendance at the annual gathering. One idea for fundraising was to hold an auction of crafts and other stuff at the annual gathering to raise money for the equalization fund.
- About relationship between IMYM and MM.
Do you have any concerns about how your Monthly Meeting relates to the Yearly Meeting (not just the Annual Gathering) throughout the year? Are there programs or other things you wish the Yearly Meeting could offer or provide?
Have a visiting Friend travel to all the regional meetings with information about what meetings are doing in social justice.
Support Traveling Ministers to bring knowledge and a breath of fresh air to smaller meetings.
We need a way to record our Friends with gifts o ministry at the Yearly Meeting Level so that friends can call upon “subject area experts.”
We could have a a caravan of Friends to travel around and visit meetings to address a specific concern.
Welcome a way to have a coordinator to support and facilitate faith-based social action.
Offer a weekend clerk’s retreat for IMYM clerks.
Yearly Meeting Newsletter
Create an information packet for establish an identity as a conscientious objector.
The relationship between IMYM and MM is one way. MMs respond to IMYM with attendance
Bring in a Brinton Visitor, perhaps.
Use the model of Baltimore Yearly Meeting and get the youth together during the year. Maybe get a b us and gather them all up to attend a meeting.
Are meeting’s involvement with tmusic and dance at the annual gathering is important.
Clerks of committees might travel to monthly meetings and regional meetings helping to support efforts to revitalizine meetings at all levels.
We are grateful for the energy, efforts, skills and dedication that many Friends contribute to leadership and support of the yearly meeting’s activities.
Zip file of documents from all meetings who responded:
Fall Queries 2018 – Responses + Summary (401 KB)
Individual meeting responses (clicking will download a document):
Documents of Interest for Arrangements Committee
See also: 2018 Arrangements Committee documents
Representatives Committee October 3, 2018 phone conference minutes
In attendance: Tim Reid, Las Cruces, Barbara and Leslie Stephens Boulder, Jerry Peterson, treasurer, Lisa Lister Colorado Springs, Tom Vaughn Gila, Laura Peterson clerk of Arrangements committee, Nan Uhl Durango, Gretchen Reinhardt clerk of Faith and Practice, Kay Bordwell Flagstaff, Molly Wingate clerk of IMYM, Vance Marshall clerk of Finance, Nancy Rice Albuquerque, Sara Keeney, clerk of Delegates, Allen Winchester Santa Fe, Gale Toko-Ross clerk of Nominating, Jamie Newton, clerk of Peace and Social Concerns, Ana Eby director of Mountain Friends Camp, Becky Schroeder Tempe
The meeting began with a period of worship.
Finance committee report: Vance Marshall and Jerry Peterson provided a report of the finances of the Yearly Meeting with attention to how Pay as Led had worked from a financial perspective. Between contributions from Monthly meetings (over $13,000) and individual Friends (over $4,000) the income for the annual gathering was nearly equal to the expenditures. Concerns were raised regarding the way that Regonline was able to accomplish the Pay as Led model. In particular the registration accounting did not appear to balance out, leaving large amounts of bad debt which we are assuming represent people’s efforts to pay what they were led to. Laura Peterson, clerk of Arrangements is in the process of gathering a committee of registrars and treasurer and Finance clerk to sort this out and improve the system. It was suggested that previous registrars such as Carol Clinkenbeard, Sarah Feitler or Lisa Toko-Ross be asked to join this group.
Fall Queries: Molly Wingate reviewed the proposed fall queries and discussion followed. It was suggested that we ask the Program Working Group to offer a query related to the theme.
Regarding the query about early days, we were reminded that it will be very important to get in put from the Senior Young Friends regarding their thoughts about early days. It was also suggested that we include more description of early days for those who may not regularly attend. Another thought was to include a description of our purpose as a yearly meeting in hopes of helping Monthly Meetings to consider the early days in that context.
Some Friends wondered if we needed to have yet another query about Pay as Led and others pointed out that this time we are specifically requesting input from Monthly Meetings regarding how to finance it going forward and any special challenges or opportunities that Friends had encountered in our first year.
Relationship between IMYM and the Monthly Meeting query led to questions about the distinction between the annual gathering and the Yearly Meeting as a whole and also a concern that we may also want to ask about our relationship to the Spirit.
Representatives committee approved having 4 queries if Program Working Group is able to offer one. We agreed that the clerks could finalize the wording of the queries prior to sending them out. We also recommended an ordering of the queries: Early Days, Pay as Led and then Relationships along with a clear statement to the Monthly Meetings to consider as many as they are able, preferably in this order.
Jamie Newton gave a report for the Peace and Social Concerns committee. Their request for 45 minutes at a plenary session at annual gathering in 2019, for a report from the organizations (alphabet soup) which we support, focused on our theme, was referred to Arrangements Committee with the recommendation that there be consultation with the Delegates committee clerk regarding this plan.
Peace and Social Concerns has created Google Groups on issues of action in our Yearly Meeting. They are again advertising and encouraging attendance at the Border Convergence November 16-18 in Nogales. Finally they are hoping to create Communities of Concern where people with passion and concern for an area can share. Representatives are requested to share this report with their Meetings as well as to send names of people appropriate for Communities of Concern to their regional representative for Peace and Social Concern. (It was noted that Colorado is again without a representative).
-theme for annual gathering 2019, to be held at Ghost Ranch, will be “Faith, Fear and Our Future” a speaker has not yet been chosen
-Representatives committee will next meet in person at Mountain View in Denver on February 8-9, 2019
We are holding the Eby family in the Light and looking forward to report of a wonderful birth.
The Meeting ended with a short period of quiet worship.
Intermountain Yearly Meeting Representatives Committee Meeting
August 29, 2018
Present by phone:
|Presiding Clerk||Penny Thron-Weber|
|Colorado Regional Meeting|
|CRM Senior Young Friend|
|Arizona Half-Yearly Meeting|
|AHY Senior Young Friend|
|New Mexico Regional Mtg|
|NM Senior Young Friend|
|Utah Friends Fellowship|
|UFF Senior Young Friend|
|Mountain View Meeting||Eric Wright|
|Boulder Meeting||Barb Stephens|
|Fort Collins Meeting|
|Colorado Springs Meeting||(Molly Wingate)|
|Tempe Meeting||Becky Schroeder|
|Flagstaff Meeting||Kay Bordwell|
|Santa Fe Meeting||Allen Winchester|
|South Santa Fe Meeting|
|Albuquerque Meeting||Nancy Rice|
|Las Cruces Meeting||Tim Reed|
|Gila Meeting||(Jamie Newton)|
|El Paso Meeting|
|Salt Lake City Meeting||(Charlene Weir)|
|Logan Meeting||(Brenday Chung)|
|IMYM Presiding Clerk||Molly Wingate|
|Arrangements Committee Clerk||Laura Peterson|
|Finance Committee Clerk||Vance Marshall|
|Senior Young Friends||Elliott Enochs|
|Young Adult Friends||Ana Ebi ?|
|Nominating Committee Clerk||Gail Toko-Ross|
|Peace & Service Committee Clerk||Jamie Newton|
|Delegates Committee Clerk||Sara Keeney|
|Ministry and Counsel Clerk|
|Other As Needed|
|Transition Team Clerk||Charlene Weir|
Clerk Penny Thron-Weber opened with the reminder that the purpose of the meeting is to determine readiness to move to Fort Lewis and make a decision if we should move in 2019 or 2020.
We held brief time of worship.
- Report from Transition Team. Clerk Charlene Weir reviewed the report and took clarifying questions. (Report attached)
Finance Clerk Vance Marshall told us that Pay as Led came within $1500 of breaking even, which was a very positive outcome. However, Ghost Ranch waived some fees normally charged for college staff work, due to the pool being closed, so that also helped balance income and expense.
Friends were curious about exactly how close housing and program space would be and except for Senior Young Friends who would be a bit farther, spaces are close together. The opportunity mentioned in the report for a small amount of camping on campus will probably not be realized.
Charlene reported that the team has not located any child-care programs on campus or in town that IMYM can tap into. The program on campus is a day care and not available to outside groups. She also noted that the team did not see and are not aware of the playground under construction mentioned by Tom Vaughan in an email.
- Comments and Consideration.
Friends spoke of a desire for a simpler program and perhaps temporarily eliminating early days as part of a move. Several representatives from meetings said that their meetings felt the time is now to move. Some expressed the importance of early days to young friends. The SYF’s would like to have one more year at Ghost Ranch. Concerns for extensive preparation needed for children’s programming and how support would be provided were raised. We discussed the recommendation to hire a person to prepare curriculum for youth and/or a set of activities for youth. A Friend noted that this is an opportunity to re-envision the children’s program as was done with the JYF’s after Gretchen Baker-Smith was our keynote speaker.
We found hesitancy to move in 2019 due to the enormity of the task and personnel required to prepare youth programming in a short turn around time, without a support structure in place by now.
Minute: Representatives committee supports moving to Fort Lewis College in Durango in the year 2020. We will hold IMYM 2019 sessions at Ghost Ranch.
Arrangements Committee Clerk Laura Peterson will work through her committee and the Youth Working Group to provide the additional support needed for youth programming before the move to Fort Lewis in 2020.
Charlene and Molly will coordinate with Janie Cravens, Facilities Liaison, about notifying Fort Lewis College and Ghost Ranch of our decision.
We committed to provide extra help and support for those who have difficulty at Ghost Ranch and seek more ideas on what might be needed.
The next meeting of Representatives Committee will be by telephone on October 3 at 7:00 MDT.
We closed with worship and expressions of gratitude for the work of the Transition Team and all present.
Sara Keeney, Acting Recording Clerk
Transition Team Report for Moving to Ft. Lewis (8/22/18)
This report contains the work of the IMYM transition team and is intended to be reviewed by the Representatives Committee of IMYM. The transition team has met weekly, collected survey data from campers, and visited and conducted a site visit. We organized the report in 3 general areas: Quaker Experience (the “feel” of the place and the ability to support community), Campers and Camping (addressing the needs and concerns of campers), and Children’s Program (availability and support for the Children’s Program). Each will be discussed in turn below.
- Quaker Experience
The sense of the committee is that Fort Lewis will be able to support the Quaker Experience well. The following areas are identified:
- Dining Room can be organized to support an IMYM area. Regarding food, FLC is superior to GR in quality and lower in cost.
- Marking Quaker Walking Paths – they agreed to small areas for gathering – we can put up tents; 20×20 — $200; 25 x 40 — $500 –Chairs and small tables and trash cans are also available.
- Our living quarters can be co-located except for those where the nursery might be housed. We might need clarification about where apartments and possible camping might be co-located.
- Golf carts are available and appear to be reasonably cost-effective (Leslie)
- We have 3 areas for gathering that are quite nice and smaller areas for interest groups.
Recommendations for Quaker Experience
- Specific plans for marking walking paths, setting up areas to meet (e.g. in tents or shaded areas), and marking the dining rooms should be done.
- Registration materials should highlight community-type activities.
- Campers and Camping
While we will not know for sure about tents for campers until mid Sept. I believe we will get permission for some tents. The decision is still outstanding. For those campers that are willing to move indoors, I recommend they be placed in Centennial C: which has 15 One-Bedroom Apartments: 2 beds per apartment; and 11 Two-Bedroom Apartments: 4 beds per apartment because they have kitchens. Hopefully the tents could be right by this dorm and create the same sense of community the GR campground did. I cannot remember or find the fee for these apartments, but their website says $54 a night for the two-bedroom apartment. When we have talked of campers paying less at Ft Lewis than they did at the GR campground, we were talking of the old, traditional dorms that are dirt cheap. Those dorm rooms with baths down the hall do not have kitchens.
A survey of the campers from last years was conducted. Response rate was about 24/67. They were asked to rank the relative importance of reasons for camping. Cost was the most important reason.
Ranking or reasons: Cost =1.8; Love =2.81; Comfort =3.0; Control =3.0; Community =3.5. Privacy was also mentioned by at least 4 individuals.
Would you take an apartment? (yes=12; no=3; maybe=4; no=2)
- Need privacy mainly
- My main motivation is privacy. I like having a “room” or tent where I can go and close the door or zip the fly and be alone for a while. But not too expensive.
- IF WE CAMP OFF SITE AND IT IS INEXPENSIVE ENOUGH, WE MIGHT SHARE A ROOM IN ONE OF THESE APARTMENTS TO HAVE SOMEWHERE TO REST DURING THE DAY. COST IS A FACTOR
- Ok with 20 miles away; yes with cheap apartment
- tent on campus; close to children/happy for a cheap apartment
- only if tent camping on campus is not available. We need to minimize costs. Strong perference for tents on campus
- It’s vital to us, and best for the planet, to avoid having to drive to IMYM activities every day
- No- as a solo attender I don’t think this would work for me.
- Yes – if privacy – Busy Morning person- privacy
- I love camping, but I come to IMYM for Quaker community, not for camping. Because my priority is being with IMYM Friends, I would probably not choose to camp. Certainly not the commuting options– except maybe for the early days, I could imagine camping in the scenic but distant place if there was a sense of Quaker community there (by which I mean organized events– as a newcomer, I’m aware that people who know each other and camp together have a sense of community, but I didn’t really have access to that.)
- I might camp on campus, but without the benefit of being in a scenic campground, camping loses a lot of appeal for me.
- I like to cook my own breakfast, without being with a crowd, so I’d like a living option that had access to a dorm kitchen or something like that.
- I write so much to give you a sense of what my criteria are, not because I am picky! I want to be clear that I would come to IMYM for the Quakers, not for the camping. Whatever you decide is best for our spiritual community will be great.
Recommendations for Camping program
- Hopefully, Fort Lewis can allow for on campus tents. They should be co-located to apartments – the details of sharing kitchen and bathrooms would need to be discussed. Overall, we should discourage camping by subsidizing the apartments.
- The nearby RV park should be highlighted and targeted for Quakers ahead of time.
III. Children’s Program
Children’s’ Yearly Meeting
Fort Lewis College has no structure in place for children at all. They have no playground, no toys, no designated nursery and no college staff available to work with the youth. What they do have are buildings that can work for the different age groups, an outdoor amphitheater to host creativity night, a student union building with snacks and activities and housing that will allow for different age groups.
The children (6 -10) will be able to be based on the first floor of Animas Hall (see map) in a room that is about the size of one of the two rooms they use at Ghost Ranch. The room is adjacent to a large shaded patio and a lawn area where FLC says they can put up a tent that the program could use for activities as well.
The Nursery area will be on the second floor of the same hall. It is not designed as a nursery but an apartment that can work as such. The “tweeners” (3-5 yrs) will not be able to go back and forth between groups like at Ghost Ranch where they would wander to the Nursery to play with the toys. Most likely they will have to be in the same area as the older kids (Tent, patio and first floor room). Access to the Nursery is an elevator in the four-story Animas Hall, a building that other groups could be using as well and would be extremely difficult to monitor. Also, without any toys in the nursery area there will be no reason for them to want to be in that area.
There is an indoor Swimming pool available at $150 per hour we can use for everyone. Another option for swimming is the outdoor pool at the Durango Sports Club or indoor pool at the Durango Recreation center, both of which require transportation to and from.
The children’s program will need a lot more volunteers than the two co-clerks currently appointed. Since Boulder and Fort Collins meetings are in charge of Children’s Yearly Meeting until the rise of meeting 2020, we urge them to recruit more people committed to help with the children.
Junior Young Friends – recommend using West Hall
The JYF’s will have to change their fundraiser for Mountain Friends Camp at FLC so they don’t compete with the offerings in the Student Union. West Hall has a nice lounge area on the first floor of the dorm that is larger than the Cantina area at Ghost Ranch, has foosball and a pool table and would be an excellent gathering area for the JYFs. It is the most removed building from the group of buildings available to us and another group could possibly be using it. So as a backup they could possibly have a tent and the lounge/laundry area of the Centennial Apartment area — not ideal and not air-conditioned, but more centrally located to the other buildings we will have available to us.
Senior Young Friends- Recommend Snyder Residence Hall A
The SYF FAPs submitted a list of requests in housing that we feel will be met with Snyder Residence Hall. There is an adult however who lives in the building at all times as advisor and is required by FLC to be there. However, in describing the SYF activities to FLC they assured us the advisor will be in their apartment and will not be in their way.
Activities for all Age Groups
Durango and its surrounding area have a lot to offer our youth. However most of these activities are not on the campus grounds. As the groups develop their schedules we believe there will be a need to shuttle groups around and it is suggested we rent several high occupancy vans for the week.
Recommendations for Children’s program
- We recommend IMYM hire a person to develop a curriculum for the children’s meeting with activities that are age specific (3-5 yrs., 5-7 years and 8 -10). This position would need to oversee the curriculum at the gathering and work in collaboration with the Children’s Yearly Meeting Clerks, purchase appropriate books, toys crafts etc. that we do not have, and inventory what we do have in collaboration with the CYM Clerks. A job description should be written and a salary agreed to before seeking this person out. It has been suggested we consult with Ana Ebi (Mountain Friends Camp) and also the Friend(s) who attend FGC where developing curriculum for the children is part of the gathering protocol.
- IMYM should consider the policy of continuing to support early days as we were doing in Ghost Ranch. That issue complicates planning for the children’s program.
Eric Swanson and Cindy Yurth
Clerks, Youth Programs Working Group
Initial List of possible activities/sites in Durango – there are more:
this organization would welcome a group of kids for a day or two from 10-1 for activities. $5 a kid per day. One chaperone for every 8 kids. They also do classroom ed, so maybe they would come to campus
this is designed for one day at a time. Transport to and from Durango — $40 plus $5 for transportation.
http://durangoarts.org/arts-education/ visual arts and performing arts programming. We could talk to them to see if they have an instructor or two who would like a few mornings of employment with kids.
https://powsci.org/about/mission/ The Powerhouse Science Center teaches classes for all ages. Perhaps they have an instructor or two who would like to come to campus or we could arrange to take the kids there.
https://www.crowcanyon.org; this would have to be a field trip and it would be a bit pricey at $45 a kid, but it could be pretty cool for a one-day program. Chaperones required. We would bring a lunch from campus.
- OVERALL RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TRANSITION TEAM
- We tentatively support a move in 2019 but only under the condition that IMYM hire sufficient professional staff to develop a CYM curriculum ahead of time, to identify resources, and to support the programs during IMYM.
- We need additional volunteers for this first year – perhaps an ad hoc committee with enough size embedded in Arrangements Committee to focus on the children’s program.
- Consider reducing early days or changing the format (e.g. everybody goes camping together?)
Working Group/Transition Team members: Charlene Weir (clerk), Janie Cravens (facilities liaison), Leslie Stephens (facilities), Eric Swanson and Cindy Yurth (children’s working group clerks), Laura Peterson (arrangements committee clerk), Molly Wingate (IMYM clerk, ex officio)
Evaluations for 2018 Yearly Meeting (excel spreadsheet with tabs – revised Aug. 23)
Please review these documents before attending the 2018 IMYM Gathering. These files will be referred to during Meetings for Business. Each link is a PDF file containing all of the reports for that section in a single document.
Additional Reports (Added June 3. Anything submitted after above documents were posted.)
SUNDAY EVENING June 17 – after supper- Art Building Studio
GATHERING OF THE ARTS TEAM
[no art experience required] On this ‘arrival night’, we will get acquainted, plan a schedule of studio shifts, unpack and organize art supplies and prepare for the Mural and Mask workshops Monday morning. During the week we will steward the studio, its supplies and welcome workshops participants. This open, informal group may become a think/feel-tank about how the arts program can best serve our conference this year and in future.
MONDAY 9- 11:45am Art Building – Big Room
SACRED IMAGERY IN PROSE & POETRY
Presenter: Mary Klein, editor, Western Friend. Explore timeless images from the Hebrew Bible, Christian Gospels, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Teh Ching, Fox, Pennington, Joni Mitchell and more. We’ll create and share our own sacred images as deep expressions of faith. Bring your favorite tools for writing.
MONDAY 9- 11:45am Art Building – Studio
MURAL AND/OR MASK MAKING
Presenter: Caroline Rackley, artist/designer, Santa Fe Meeting.
MURALS: This is Group Art in which we create together large, portable images on fabric and transport our masterpieces to other Ghost Ranch locations including Talent Night and re-visit them in years to come. Everyone welcome , drop-ins ok.
MASK MAKING: Applying color, texture, cut images and found materials onto simple mask templates, we can play…. letting our faces become extraordinary canvases for expression and contemplation. Bring collage materials if you like, some will be available. Everyone welcome, drop-ins ok.
MONDAY EVENING 7pm – Art Building Studio
MURAL/MASK MAKING………… continued
MONDAY EVENING 7pm – Art Building Big Room
OUR PEACE-STORY THEATRE:
Presenter: Caroline Rackley, drama coach. In this “theatre of service” self-concepts expand in play to portray roles in one another’s stories. [Didn’t we do this as kids?] After a quick acting class, we will improvise our own personal experiences of peace and peace making, or even where peace is still to come.
TUESDAY 9-11:45am Art Building Big Room
CONTACT IMPROVISATION: A QUAKERLY DANCE FORM USING TOUCH
Presenter: Sue Lauther, Colorado Springs Meeting. We will transform from quietude, curiosity, joy and a desire to expand awareness and ease through trying something new in a safe environment. Contact Improvisation emphasizes physical and emotional safety, developing and expanding boundaries with respect for everyone. We become amazed at the unique nature of each dance. Everyone welcome.
TUESDAY 9-11:45am Art Building Studio
MURALS/MASKS ….. continued
WEDNESDAY 9-11:45am Art Building Big Room
LISTEN! CLASSICAL MUSIC!
Presenter, Barbara Kelly, Boulder Meeting. Quakers value silence greatly and breaking it demands something worthy of the interruption. So, what about music? Isn’t music an accompaniment to silence that doesn’t break but rather adds to it? If you agree, bring a CD of the music that transports you to sacredness. Come share your favorite with others who cherish music. We will listen, reflect and discern. Everyone is welcome.
WEDNESDAY 9-11:45am Art Building Studio (shared)
MURALS/MASKS …….. continued
WEDNESDAY 9-11:45am Art Building Studio (shared)
PEACES OF PEACE: STITCHING AND SHARING TOGETHER– presenter, Beverley Weiler, Santa Fe Meeting. A machine and/or hand sewing experience for all ages. Join Beverley and Heather to make Bookmarks, Beanbags, Baskets and more! Everyone welcome.
WEDNESDAY EVENING 7pm Art Building – Studio
WEDNESDAY EVENING 7pm Art Building
[Big Room open, no formal session]
THURSDAY EVENING 7pm Art Building
[Big Room open, no formal session]
THURSDAY EVENING 7pm Art Building Studio (shared)
PEACES OF PEACE: STITCHING AND SHARING TOGETHER … continued
FRIDAY EVENING 7pm Art Building
[Big Room open, no formal session]
FRIDAY EVENING 7pm Art Building Studio
MURALS/MASKS …. continued… finishing up mural and mask work
SATURDAY 9-11:45am Art Building Studio
MURALS/MASKS …. continued… finishing up mural and mask work, packing up supplies for storage.
submitted by Arts Coordinator Caroline Rackley