2021 IMYM Annual Gathering
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Greetings, Friends, and welcome back!
Today’s Schedule (all times MDT)
|9:00–10:00 AM||Worship Sharing
Meeting ID: 910 8568 8327
|10:30–12:00 PM||Meeting for Worship
Meeting ID: 924 2398 5424
|1:00–2:45 PM||Meeting for Business continues
Meeting ID: 926 9500 1414
Meeting ID: 991 2968 9122
|4:30–5:30 PM||Friends of Bill
Meeting ID: 995 5848 9866
|5:00-6:00 PM||Walk in the Light
Meeting ID: 960 1222 1911
2021 IMYM Epistle Preliminary Draft
The Listening Committee has drafted a preliminary version of our outgoing Epistle to Friends Everywhere, which you may read here. Please email your comments and suggestions to the Listening Committee Clerk, Peter Anderson.
Revised Minute of Support for Truth & Healing Commission
Several Friends have worked on revising the proposed minute of IMYM support for a Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policy. Read the revised minute here; it will come for approval by the meeting for business on 6/20.
The IMYM Survey is important! Let us know how IMYM went for you! Be sure to go to Survey Monkey and fill out our Annual Gathering survey. We need your voice to tell us what went great, what needs work, your favorites and your ideas for next year. Click on the header above, or copy the link below into your browser, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IMYM2021 and tell us your story. Thanks!!
Resources for Anti-racism Resilience
Anti-racism resilience resources (from our FREE Juneteenth workshop)
We had no signups for the 2021 IMYM Quaker Mart, BUT … If you’d like to support the work of Quaker Crafters, consider visiting the online QMart organized by Friends General Conference. There you’ll find Books, Bead Art, Cards & Photography, Fiber Arts & Textiles, Handcrafts, Jewelry, and Personal Care Products – all crafted by Quakers, and including a special section featuring BIPOC Quakes. And start carving, weaving, writing, painting or otherwise crafting for the 2022 IMYM Quaker Mart next year at Fort Lewis College in Durango.
Until we meet again (at Fort Lewis College in Durango) you won’t be able to sit down and read, but you CAN browse through a great selection of books for all ages at the online QuakerBooks of FGC bookstore. Serving individual Friends, Quaker meetings & organizations, those seeking a new spiritual path, and those who just love to read.
Today’s “Walk in the Light” Theme: “I bring home only what God gives me.”
I am not in control.
I am not in a hurry.
I walk in faith and hope.
I greet everyone with peace.
I bring home only what God gives me.
It’s time for us to say goodbye and begin the journey home. What will we take home from this time together? What is it that we have been given during this journey?
Many of the pilgrimage themes remind us that the journey is about receiving rather than getting and taking. The journey is not ours to control. The time is not ours to spend. We cannot bring home what is not ours. “We do not own the world,” is the beginning of the final advice from Britain Yearly Meeting. This is a good reminder. All of our physical and spiritual gifts are on loan.
I studied geology in school, and for a very long time, I would drag rocks home from wherever I went. But after a while, I wondered: Why did I think each rock was mine to drag home? I don’t drag rocks home very often any more.
But on a recent trip to a very large lake, I found a beautiful pebble the shape of the lake with layers like a miniature shoreline. “Oh!” I said, “how perfect! May I take it home?” “Yes,” said the lake, “You yourself wouldn’t last long tumbling in these waters, and you could probably use a bit of lasting beauty. You may borrow it… for now… as long as you pass it on” which I am doing, in these words.
What beautiful pebbles will you bring home from IMYM? What stories? On today’s walk, head back home to where you already are, reflecting on our time together and on what you received along the way.
Until next year: fare thee well pilgrims!