Northwest Yearly Meeting Organizations
The following organizations receive most or all of their members through election by the Yearly Meeting or its councils and boards, and are accountable to the Yearly Meeting.
The Friends Church Extension Fund. The Friends Church Extension Fund is a charitable and religious corporation which secures funds by gift and loan, and lends these funds to constituent local and extension churches of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church for construction purposes. Its six members are appointed by the Board of Evangelism for terms of three years, one-third of the terms expiring each year. The Foundation elects its own officers. A description of the program with investment prospectus, and application forms for construction loans, may be secured from the Yearly Meeting office.
Yearly Meeting Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to serve local churches and the Yearly Meeting boards by providing estate planning and planned giving services to its members.
George Fox University. George Fox University, the Yearly Meeting institution of higher education, reports annually to the Yearly Meeting, which elects all its trustees. Of the forty-two trustees, not more than fourteen are elected each year for terms of three years. These are nominated as follows not more than six by the Executive Council of the Yearly Meeting; not more than six by the University Board of Trustees; not more than two by the University Alumni Association. Members to fill vacancies occurring otherwise than by expiration of term are nominated by the group entitled to representation by the original nomination. University bylaws state that no change affecting the relationship between the University and the Yearly Meeting may be made without consent of the Yearly Meeting. Tilikum Center for Retreats and the Center for Peace Learning are agencies of George Fox University with their own boards of advisers.
Yearly Meeting Representation
Friendsview Retirement Community. The Friendsview Retirement Community has had a close relationship with the Yearly Meeting. It came into being in the late 1950s when concerned members of the Yearly Meeting and the Board of Peace and Service called for the establishment of a retirement home. The Corporation, which manages Friendsview Manor in Newberg, Oregon, consists of a board of not more than twenty-one directors; it is largely self-sustaining. Three directors are appointed by the Yearly Meeting through nomination by the Board of Peace and Social Concerns. Their terms are for three years, one director being named each year.
Northwest Yearly Meeting
These Friends organizations have a direct ministry relationship with Northwest Yearly Meeting, but appoint their own officers.
The Barclay Press. Originally founded by Northwest Yearly Meeting, Barclay Press is a not-for-profit publishing house serving evangelical Friends through online and print communication. It is governed by a self-perpetuating board of directors.
Quaker Benevolent Society. Members of the Quaker Benevolent Society are Friends from any yearly meeting who wish to share in a minimal way the expenses at a member’s death. A self-perpetuating committee, with terms unspecified, supervises the program and appoints a secretary-treasurer to collect and distribute funds. The committee reports on its activities to the Board of Peace and Social Concerns, which confirms nominations to the Committee. Membership forms are available at the Yearly Meeting office.
Organizations in Which the
Yearly Meeting Holds Membership
Evangelical Friends Church International. Northwest Yearly Meeting is a member of the Evangelical Friends Church International (EFCI).
Evangelical Friends International/North America Region. Northwest Yearly Meeting is a member of Evangelical Friends International/North America Region (EFI/NA). It is represented by the general superintendent, two members from each appropriate board, and one member-at-large. EFI/NA provides cooperative action in missions, education, and publications; and it represents the constituent yearly meetings in various Friends ecumenical activities. It holds national conferences periodically.
Friends World Committee for Consultation. Friends World Committee for Consultation, with which NWYM is affiliated, offers information about Friends worldwide, and facilitates communication, inter-visitation and fellowship among Friends of many different yearly meetings. FWCC was founded in 1937 “to act in a consultative capacity to promote better understanding among Friends the world over.”
A triennial conference was held in 2007 in Dublin, Ireland, and Northwest Yearly Meeting was represented by five delegates. The epistle and individual reflections of the delegates are posted here.
The National Association of Evangelicals. Northwest Yearly Meeting is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals, with representation through Evangelical Friends International/NA appointment.
The National Black Evangelical Association. Northwest Yearly Meeting is a member of the National Black Evangelical Association. It is represented by its general superintendent and other officers.