Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM) is a covenantal community
of evangelical Friends churches that make Jesus Christ known by:

Teaching and obeying the whole gospel as revealed by the
Holy Spirit and recorded in Scripture

Loving and mutually supporting each other

Equipping and releasing people to continue His mission in the world

December 2011–January 2012 Connection

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December 2011–January 2012 Connection


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Together as the People of God

Article by Howard Macy

“God’s wonders blow away merely private religion. Christ lives among us, to guide and empower, because this is “together work.” We together can get clearer direction than any of us can get alone. We together can undertake and accomplish more than any of us can do alone. It is the Church, this “people of God,” that God works through to stir people to cheer for God and to let God’s love beam into the world.”

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Plain & Simple

Plain & Simple is written by Eric Muhr, giving us a look at our history from the lesser-known corners of Quaker heritage

“British abolitionist Thomas Clarkson set out in 1806 to tell the story of Quakers, to help the larger English-speaking world understand these foreign-seeming Friends. He titled the work, A Portraiture of Quakerism. Why Quakers? As Clarkson puts it, he had been “thrown frequently into the company of the people, called Quakers” in his work against the slave trade, and he “conceived a desire of writing their moral history.” But Clarkson’s explanation doesn’t quite work. This book—presumably conceived in 1787—didn’t come to fruition for almost 20 years. If the subject—near to Clarkson’s heart—was as important as he claimed, then why did the inexhaustible writer, speaker, publisher, and organizer keep putting off the project?”

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Book Review: Just Moms

Article by Cherice Bock

“Even if the essay “His Pink Shoes” by Amy Lutz was not first in the book, I probably would have read it first anyway. I figured I would get some good pointers on what to do with a boy who loves pink or at least be able to commiserate with another mom. My son loves pink. Pink is not my favorite color. I find myself unsure about what to do often when we have to buy something (like shoes) and he gravitates toward the pink ones. Do I let him choose?”

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Peru In Retrospect

Article by  Shawn McConaughey

“I suppose one could argue that 50 years allows adequate distance from rough beginnings—a revisionist memory. Maybe things look better when you have not been there in awhile—sort of a distance-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder sort of thing. Surely those are factors, but what I saw reflected was a true gem that is reflecting Christ’s love and transformation in Peru.”

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Reflections on the Peru 50th Anniversary Trip

Article by Ken Comfort

“It was an honor to be able to celebrate 50 years of cooperative ministry between Peru Yearly Meeting and NWYM missions. As missionaries we not only wanted to spread the gospel, start churches and train leadership, we also wanted to emphasize the contextual application of the gospel in the Peruvian culture and language. What I observed on this trip was a growing, healthy church. Young adults are seeking their own place in ministry.”

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A Complicated Community

Article by Brian Doak

“Having just moved across the country, from Boston to Newberg, OR, my family and I are on a search for a new community. Five years of doctoral studies often left me feeling alone, bereft of friends and family. But now: Friends! Friends everywhere! Colleagues! Students! I feel as though I’m in some sort of pre-heaven, with coffee dates and meaningful conversation at every turn. And yet: communities come with complications.”

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Quaker Concentrate

Article by Jamie Johnson

“During the month of October George Fox hosted its annual Quaker Focus Week. In many ways this week is like the juice-making process. Though we now have nearly 80 Friends students attending GFU full-time, it often feels like many of their peers do not understand what it means to be Quaker. And so as we gather as a community and explore certain aspects of Quaker belief and practice, these concentrated beliefs and practices get swirled throughout the student body, and slowly many of them began to have a clearer picture of the deep roots this school has in the Friends church.”

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Daily Gratitude

Article by Joel Bock

“We all have lenses we look through. We carry these pieces of glass around, using them to clarify and focus the situations we find ourselves in—much like a camera. They are shards of our life experiences. Each one tells a story, reveals who we are, what street corner we found it on, who left it on the porch of our childhood, the time it cost, the love it gained. We put them on the camera of our spirit, clarifying the meaning of our daily existence, focusing the moment.”

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Christian Education Corner

Article by Gil George

“One of the biggest challenges to the way I perceive myself and my relationship with God has been my relationship with my daughter. I am a Quaker to the core, but somehow my daughter shows me up as the authoritarian judge waiting to strike down the disobedient that lurks under the surface. We are currently going through the joy/trial of potty training which can also be defined as vainly striving to find something that will entice your child into not leaving deposits wherever they feel like it any more. The process of potty training my daughter is now showing me what it was like for God to “silence train” me.”

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Out of My Mind…

Article by Colin Saxton

“The prayers of a righteous man, so says the writer James, are effective and powerful. Not sure what that makes mine…but here goes: “Lord, may you give the whole community of NWYM and each member in it bold faith, persevering love, unity of mind and heart, compassion for others, a rich indwelling of your Spirit’s presence and power, and the risky courage to speak and live your good news with integrity!” That has been and remains my prayer for you as I leave NWYM. Thank you for helping to inspire some of these attributes in me over the past 25 years.”

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