Any Friend Can Attend
It does cost money, which I know is a barrier for some Friends. There is some financial assistance available. In my case, I'm an official representative of Pacific Yearly Meeting, so my expenses are paid. But my point is that you don't have to be an official representative to attend the business meetings or other parts of the conference. All Friends are invited, and particularly those who live in Northwest and North Pacific Yearly Meetings.
The Annual Meeting is the business meeting of Friends representing affiliated yearly meetings in the Americas and other interested Friends. It is also an opportunity for worship and fellowship with the wider Quaker world. Thus, business sessions, worship groups, regional meetings and workshops are open to all.
The theme this year is from Habakkuk: "The vision is for the appointed time." There will be a lot of discussion of new forms for a continuing movement of the Spirit. (As in a restructuring of FWCC.)
There will also be, God willing, an interest group on Quaker blogging, facilitated by me and Gregg Koskela, author of www.greggsgambles.com. The interest group will discuss how blogs can be a ministry by and to bloggers, commenters, and readers, and to show that they are already part of the cross-branch communication happening informally in the Religious Society of Friends.
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