A message from the IMYM Presiding Co-Clerks

From the IMYM co-clerks,

We are heartbroken by the recent murders, terror and injuries visited on men and women of color. We grieve when we see or hear of miscarriages of justice. What affects any of us, affects each of us. We cannot remain silent, or believe that words alone will create change; that is the path to complacency and complicity.

Together with those who have lost friends, loved ones, and acquaintances, we lift up these names and people:

George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Robert Fuller, Breona Taylor, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, missing and murdered indigenous women, immigrants, and too many others who have been victims of systemic racism.

We pray that our hearts will be broken open, helping us to take actions that will help change the face of the legal system, policing, and the way each of us treats every other.

Friend, deal plainly with yourselves, and let the eternal light search you, and try you, for the good of your souls; for this will deal plainly with you; it will rip you up, lay you open, and make all manifest that lodgeth in you; the secret subtlety of the enemy of your souls, this searcher and tryer will make manifest.

~~ Margaret Fell 1614-1702

As Friends, we often focus on silence…not as a means of abdicating responsibility, taking no action, but as a way to listen carefully to that still small voice. Often, we find that voice urges us to take action, and to create change where it is needed. There is no one right way to take action. We must each do what we can from where we are. Change making may take many shapes.

We ask, in preparation for our virtual annual sessions, that Friends take some time for serious reflection. Now is a time when we must come together to determine what actions each of us can take, individually, within our monthly meetings, as a yearly meeting, and as the larger Society of Friends. We also ask Friends to consider what actions we can take that are in keeping with the needs of communities of color, rather than simply speaking words or taking action to make us feel good. We are all weary and grief stricken these days. While our responses to the pandemic must be acknowledged and taken into account, it is our hope that is not used as an excuse to neglect the needs of those communities.

Quakers have historically spoken truth to power, and this is a time when that is absolutely necessary. However, it is not enough…mere words cannot take the place of cooperative action that is focused and ongoing, even after “all this dies down”.

We must remain grounded in our Quaker faith and worship, seeking to hear the still, small voice within, while acting in the world. We query ourselves: How do we embrace our change-making power, while remaining grounded in our faith? What action can we take, staying aware that our focus for action must be the stated needs and desires of those with whom we seek to build alliances?

We look forward to discussion of some of these questions in the coming week, and beyond, and finding new ways to take action to create the world that we seek.

Holding each of us in the Light,

Gale Toko-Ross Valerie Ireland
she/her/hers she/her/hers
IMYM co-clerk IMYM co-clerk
IMYMClerk@gmail.com

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Worship Sharing Information 2020

If you did not receive an email with your worship sharing group or room number, please look your name up on this list, which is sorted by last name: Worship Sharing Groups 


We are looking forward to sharing worship with you over the next several days.

As you can imagine, making this happen in our “virtual” setting presents some unique challenges. But we want people to be able to stay with the same worship group all four days. So please read on to learn how to help make the process go as smoothly as we can.

Please make note of your room and group number on this list.

The links for worship sharing are in an email you should have received yesterday with the subject line “IMYM – Welcome and Day One Links.” If you do not see it, please check your spam and promo folders. If you still don’t see it, send an email to 2020imym@imym.org.

Please plan to arrive about 10 minutes before 9AM (8AM for our AZ/CA Friends) so that we can get you sorted into your group.

If you can, please sign into Zoom using the same email address that you are receiving this email with. That will help us do a little automated sorting. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it! 

Once you are in the zoom room, please edit your name temporarily to your Group Letter plus your first and last name. [example: D George Fox]. This will greatly speed up the process of the zoom host putting you in the right group. Here’s instructions for how to do that. If you can’t make it work, have your group letter ready if they need it. (they will also have a list of all the people and groups).

Please be patient with our hosts as they sort everyone into multiple breakout rooms.

Below is some additional information about worship sharing, as well as some queries. Our worship sharing coordinator has asked someone from each group to act as leader, but if you find that your group does not have one, please choose one.

Worship Sharing Queries for IMYM 2020

Notes on Worship Sharing 2020

If you have questions, reach out to the Worship Sharing coordinator, Kay Bordwell: kbordwell4@gmail.com.

 

 

Sweet Home Monteverde Details

You can watch the movie Sweet Home Monteverde anytime today and join discussion at 8pm.
Click here to watch, and enter password: IMYM2020.

We will also have a “live” viewing starting at 7pm Saturday, followed by a Q&A at 8pm with the filmmakers, Robin Truesdale and Bill Adler. (see link in last night’s email).

 

 

 

For more background, read this article by Laura Melvin:

100 Years of Quiet Tenacity

Possible Q&A topics:

  1. Under what circumstances could you imagine leaving home for another country?
  1. What cultural and economic forces pushed the Quakers out of the US and what pulled them to Costa Rica?
  1. Do you think the Quakers would have been more effective advocates for peace if they had stayed in the US, or did they do the right thing in moving to Costa Rica?
  1. Once they settled in Monteverde, how did the Quakers’ attitudes about land use change over time?
  1. In what ways has Monteverde changed since the Quakers arrived in 1951? 
  1. More than 200,000 tourists visit Monteverde every year. What are the benefits to the community, and what are the costs?
  1. What values have the Quakers passed on to succeeding generations in Monteverde?
  1. What threats does Monteverde face today? And how are residents there confronting those threats?

Virtual Event Presenter checklist

Host and co-hosts, please discuss these questions with presenter, then fill out the IMYM-Session-Info-for-Participants to share with participants in opening moments of the session.

Will you have a powerpoint, video or other visuals to share on screen or as a file to download? Are you comfortable sharing your screen, or would you like the host or co-host to share it on their screen? 

Do you want to have participants muted while you are giving the presentation?

Do you want attenders to be able to send chat messages to each other (default is yes)?

Do you want to do break-out groups? If so, how many people in each group?

Do you want to use the “poll” feature for voting and getting feedback?

Do you want to “lock the doors” at a certain time? (5-10 minutes in, stop anyone new from joining the meeting)

If it’s a 90 minute session, when will a 5 minute break happen?

Friends in the Arts Storytelling

IMYM20 FRIENDS IN THE ARTS

THINGS TO ENJOY RELATED TO “3 MINUTE TALES”

Dear Friends,

These pages are examples of exercises I use in my acting classes and are by no means required for anyone to take part in the “3 Minute Tales”

interest group.  I just think they are lots of fun to play around with and share.

Words for Emotional Fluency are worth looking over especially if one is preparing to tell a story or be generally emotionally eloquent.  They offer a way to enrich our vocabulary when speaking about feelings.  You may have words of your own to add to these lists.

Riddles and Tongue-twisters are fun ways to play with language and imagination.  If you want to check to see if you have guessed the correct answer to a riddle, you may email me at bisquitrackley@gmail.com. I will  respond ‘yes’ or provide a hint if ‘no’.  Use your wits to figure them out.  Try them out on others too.  Googling is cheating.

Why Storytelling? 

After humans get their basic food and shelter needs satisfied, one of the very next big needs is  “to be heard”.  People need to tell and to listen to stories because they carry not only our personal histories but are bearers of our culture as well.  They are lightweight, take up no space and can hold the whole world of joy, sorrow and excitement.  My goodness…….. there is a riddle right there!

What is weightless and takes up no space

Yet holds the whole world

Of joy, sorrow and excitement?

Come hear stories from our lives and maybe tell one of your own.

Lightly,   Caroline

Meditative Music for IMYM 2020

An Hour of Meditative Music for the Mind and the Soul

An hour of meditative music on cello and harp is offered here this week in an audio recording format. Carolyn Kuban, harpist, and George Banks, cellist, both from Boulder Friends Meeting, are the creators and the performers, They have been playing and performing such improvisatory music duos as this for many decades including for programs at IMYM several times.

This new offering was created along side the reality of the harsh health challenges and social disruptions thrust upon us recently. With this in mind, the music offers an opportunity to release tensions by opening the ears and finding space in the mind and soul as you listen. As a forewarning, the music cannot be considered hum-able, nor is it even familiar for the most part. Instead, Carolyn describes the music as  “exploratory of elements of line and harmony that evolve as the sound travels ever onward, taking the listener along with it”.

We hope you find some time to close your eyes, rest on the floor or a comfortable place, turn on the music and be at peace…..

Introductory remarks starts at 00:00

  1. Fantasia on Shalom Chaverim

Starts 01:55

  1. Quietude for Harp

Starts 12:47

  1. Spangles a’Shimmer

Starts 22:23

  1. Wandering the Aimless Road

Starts 37:52

Download the MP3 File Here.

Play the Music Below

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JYF/SYF Schedule 2020

CYF Activity

Susan Calhoun will be performing two shows for kids, Friday from 1-1:30 (MT), and Saturday from 4:15-5 pm (MT).

JYF Schedule

The clerks of Junior Young Friends (JYF)  have decided to hold a virtual Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business on Thursday June 18, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. MDT (11am – 1pm AZ). At this meeting, JYFs will plan 2020 gathering activities and choose rising clerks for the 2021 gathering. All JYFs are encouraged to attend this meeting so that they can have a voice in both programming and future JYF leadership.

Thursday, June 18

Time
AZ/CA
Time UT/NM/CO Event
8AM – 9AM 9AM – 10AM
9AM – 10AM 10AM – 11AM
10AM – 11AM 11AM – 12PM
11AM – 12PM 12PM – 1PM JYF Meeting for Business
12PM – 1PM 1PM – 2PM JYF Meeting for Business
1PM – 2PM 2PM – 3PM
2PM – 3PM 3PM – 4PM
3PM – 4PM 4PM – 5PM
4PM – 5PM 5PM – 6PM
5PM -6PM 6PM – 7PM
6PM – 7PM 7PM – 8PM

Friday, June 19

Time
AZ/CA
Time UT/NM/CO Event
8AM – 9AM 9AM – 10AM
9AM – 10AM 10AM – 11AM
10AM – 11AM 11AM – 12PM
11AM – 12PM 12PM – 1PM JYF hold
12PM – 1PM 1PM – 2PM JYF hold
1PM – 2PM 2PM – 3PM
2PM – 3PM 3PM – 4PM
3PM – 4PM 4PM – 5PM
4PM – 5PM 5PM – 6PM
5PM -6PM 6PM – 7PM
6PM – 7PM 7PM – 8PM

Saturday & Sunday,  June 19 & 20

Time
AZ/CA
Time UT/NM/CO Saturday Sunday
8AM – 9AM 9AM – 10AM
9AM – 10AM 10AM – 11AM
10AM – 11AM 11AM – 12PM
11AM – 12PM 12PM – 1PM JYF hold JYF hold
12PM – 1PM 1PM – 2PM JYF hold
1PM – 2PM 2PM – 3PM
2PM – 3PM 3PM – 4PM JYF hold
3PM – 4PM 4PM – 5PM JYF hold
4PM – 5PM 5PM – 6PM JYF hold
5PM -6PM 6PM – 7PM JYF hold
6PM – 7PM 7PM – 8PM Creativity Night

SYF Schedule

Thursday, June 18

Time
AZ/CA
Time UT/NM/CO Event
9:30AM – 10AM 10:30AM – 11AM
10AM – 10:30AM 11AM – 11:30AM
10:30AM – 11AM 11:30AM – 12PM
11AM – 11:30AM 12PM – 12:30PM
11:30AM – 12PM 12:30PM – 1PM
12PM – 12:30PM 1PM – 1:30PM
12:30PM – 1PM 1:30PM – 2PM
1PM – 1:30PM 2PM – 2:30PM
1:30PM – 2PM 2:30PM – 3PM
2PM -2:30PM 3PM – 3:30PM SYF Welcome
2:30PM – 3PM 3:30PM – 4PM
3PM – 3:30PM 4PM – 4:30PM Games
3:30PM – 4PM 4:30PM – 5PM
4PM – 4:30PM 5PM – 5:30PM Worship Sharing
 4:30PM – 5PM 5:30PM – 6PM
 5PM – 5:30PM 6PM-6:30PM
5:30PM – 6PM 6:30PM – 7PM Free time and Games
6PM – 6:30PM 7PM – 7:30PM
6:30PM – 7PM 7:30PM – 8PM

Friday, June 19

Time
AZ/CA
Time UT/NM/CO Event
9:30AM – 10AM 10:30AM – 11AM Business Meeting
10AM – 10:30AM 11AM – 11:30AM
10:30AM – 11AM 11:30AM – 12PM
11AM – 11:30AM 12PM – 12:30PM
11:30AM – 12PM 12:30PM – 1PM Lunch/Break/Free time
12PM – 12:30PM 1PM – 1:30PM
12:30PM – 1PM 1:30PM – 2PM Time Capsule Activity
1PM – 1:30PM 2PM – 2:30PM
1:30PM – 2PM 2:30PM – 3PM
2PM -2:30PM 3PM – 3:30PM Intergen Worship Sharing
2:30PM – 3PM 3:30PM – 4PM
3PM – 3:30PM 4PM – 4:30PM Free time
3:30PM – 4PM 4:30PM – 5PM
4PM – 4:30PM 5PM – 5:30PM Worship Sharing
 4:30PM – 5PM 5:30PM – 6PM
 5PM – 5:30PM 6PM-6:30PM
5:30PM – 6PM 6:30PM – 7PM Free time and Games
6PM – 6:30PM 7PM – 7:30PM
6:30PM – 7PM 7:30PM – 8PM

Saturday & Sunday, June 19 & 20

Time
AZ/CA
Time UT/NM/CO Saturday Sunday
9:30AM – 10AM 10:30AM – 11AM Business Meeting Sleepy Time
10AM – 10:30AM 11AM – 11:30AM
10:30AM – 11AM 11:30AM – 12PM
11AM – 11:30AM 12PM – 12:30PM FCNL Presentation
11:30AM – 12PM 12:30PM – 1PM
12PM – 12:30PM 1PM – 1:30PM Business Meeting
12:30PM – 1PM 1:30PM – 2PM Outdoors activity
1PM – 1:30PM 2PM – 2:30PM
1:30PM – 2PM 2:30PM – 3PM
2PM -2:30PM 3PM – 3:30PM Intergen Worship Sharing Activities with JYF
2:30PM – 3PM 3:30PM – 4PM
3PM – 3:30PM 4PM – 4:30PM Free time Optional Business Meeting
3:30PM – 4PM 4:30PM – 5PM
4PM – 4:30PM 5PM – 5:30PM Worship Sharing
 4:30PM – 5PM 5:30PM – 6PM
 5PM – 5:30PM 6PM-6:30PM Dinner/Break
5:30PM – 6PM 6:30PM – 7PM Free time and Games Full SYF Worship Sharing
6PM – 6:30PM 7PM – 7:30PM
6:30PM – 7PM 7:30PM – 8PM

 

Meeting for Business Documents

Agenda Meeting for Worship with Concern for Business

Minutes Spring 2019 Meeting for Business

Guide for AHYM revised Sept 2019

AFN Annual Report 2018-3

AFN Budget Through June 2019

Dougla-Prieta Works Budget Presupuesto (with English translation) 2019

Dougla-Prieta Works PMM report 2019

Electronic Communications Ad Hoc Committee Report 9-2019

Website Policies for AHYM draft

Nominating Committee Report 9-2019

Nominating Committee Report 9-2019

FCNL Report 2019 Fall

FWCC Fall 2019 Half Yearly report

JYF IMYM 2019 Evaluation Report

IMYM Migration Minute 2019

IMYM-Climate Minute 2019

Documents in Advance for the 2019 Gathering

You can download this ZIP file that contains all of the following files (except the “Additional Reports”) as PDFs, or download each individually. The zip file is 11MB in size.

Or you can click on any of the following links for a PDF file containing all of the reports for that section in a single document.

Committee Reports

Memorial Minutes

Reports from Quaker Organizations

State of the Meeting Reports

World Epistles

LATE REPORTS (not in the ZIP file)

Additional Reports

IMYM Treasurer Report FYE SEP 30 2018

MFC report to plenary June 2019

Peace & Social Concerns – IMYM – Report to annual gathering

 

Call to 2019 Gathering

Dear Friends,

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.

Peace,
Molly Wingate
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/bridget-moix.

 

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 designultd@newmexico.com.

 

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, dnachman@mac.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 clerk@imym.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 clerk@imym.org 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  clerk@imym.org.