In May, Pablo Stanfield returned from a 10-day tour of Friends in southwest Oregon, as a pilot visitation for the new North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM) project "Knitting Us Together."
From North Pacific YM
Pablo explained the context of his travel in the ministry. “In the first half of the 20th century, Howard and Ana Brinton were instrumental in encouraging unaffiliated, unprogrammed Quakers in the West [of the U.S.] by traveling among them and helping establish Pacific Yearly Meeting. Their legacy included the ‘Brinton Visitors’ who traveled among Intermountain, Pacific, and North Pacific Yearly Meetings for many years. This initiative is intended to bring such shared concerns and ministry to the Pacific northwest again.”
Pablo’s primary concern during his tour was "Appreciative Eldership --Quaker processes for resolving conflicts and Living the Peace Testimony". He also gave presentations on his January travels among Friends in Bolivia and the FWCC World Plenary in Peru. In June, Pablo returned to teach conflict resolution and Hebrew Scripture at the Cuban Quaker Peace Institute [ICCP], including the inaugural course in the new Havana meetinghouse.
Pablo tells, “At the moment most of my financial costs are covered by local donations, and my Oversight (anchor) committee is giving spiritual and moral support.” He is available to travel to help deal with conflict or to teach Quakers to be Peacemakers in their own communities. Pablo’s minute is available here. He can be contacted at Pablo.paz (at) juno (dot) com.
After some years of work, North Pacific Yearly Meeting's Outreach & Visitation proudly presents "Knitting Us Together." This is modeled after the well-loved, but now laid down, Brinton Visitor Program shared by our three western unprogrammed Yearly Meetings. We offer these visits to you in anticipation of sharing the program at North Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session in Spokane this summer.
Proposed Visitation Title: [Choices:]
(1) Appreciative Eldership for Conflicts in Meeting (Living the Peace Testimony);
(2) Understanding the World Family of Friends -- reports from a Traveling Friend; or
(3) Study as a Form of Worship -- why Religious Education is part of a Quaker life.
The tour includes: South Mountain MM, Ashland OR, Umpqua Valley WG (Roseburg) and Florence WG, Eugene MM, Corvallis MM, Salem MM, and Central Oregon WG, Bend OR, plus Freedom Friends Church in Salem.