Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) is an association of Quaker meetings and worship groups in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

News and Announcements

"Be not afraid, I am with you" is the theme for the July 26-31, 2016 sessions of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative). More information will be provided here as it becomes available.

Scattergood Friends School and Farm Seeks Assistant Head of School, to begin full-time employment on July 1, 2016. The Assistant Head of School is responsible for the academic program at the school along with other administrative responsibilities. This includes recruiting and developing teachers, implementing new programs, and working together closely with the Head of School and the Director of Residential Life to lead and advance the school. For more information, click here.

Peacebuilding en las Américas (PLA, an Initiative of Friends Peace Teams) is seeking a Coordinator with administrative and fundraising skills, fluency in English and Spanish, and experience with AVP. PLA has nine active AVP programs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Colombia, and travel to visit the programs is paid. The current funding is for a 3/5s time Coordinator. For more information and a detailed job description, contact: PLA@friendspeaceteams.org. For information about PLA’s work, see http://pla.friendspeaceteams.org and the YouTube channel, “Soy Pavista”. Application deadline: March 30, 2016.

Upcoming Events

FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend 2016 -- for Young Adult Friends.

FCNL Advocacy Corps -- for Young Adult Friends

FCNL Young Fellows Program -- for Young Adult Friends

FCNL Summer Internships


Dates: April 9 & 10, 2016
Topic: "Understanding Islam: Overcoming Fear.” with Rebecca and George Bergus
Place: Bear Creek Meetinghouse, near Earlham, Iowa MAP (1 mile north and 1/4 east of Interstate 80, Earlham exit 104)
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Earlier Announcements

A note about traditional Quaker names for months and days of the week.

A farewell to Wilmer Tjossem

Wilmer Luverne Tjossem passed away peacefully May 1, 2015 at Iowa Methodist Hospital after suffering a fatal injury from a fall. He was 92. A memorial service for him will be held, probably sometime in mid-June under the care of the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting. A wonderful man has left us, but we are so grateful for the rich life he led and for the many lives he touched as he endeavored to live out his Quaker values in all aspects of his journey. Our thoughts and concerns are with those facing the challenge of going on without him.

FCNL Annual Meeting & Quaker Lobby Day 2015 Last year, we were over 430 strong as we lobbied for diplomacy with Iran — and it worked. Congress left negotiators space to arrive at a framework agreement that guards against Iran developing a nuclear bomb and helps avert another war. You made a difference.

2015 Midyear Meeting Resources
Guide 2 True Peace | Quaker's Ink Reader

Photos of Midyear Meeting Taken by Jeff Kisling
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Facing the Challenge of Climate Change. Several Quaker organizations have come together to write a shared statement on climate change, coinciding with the People's Climate March in New York City in September 2014. Download the PDF here.

From 2014 yearly meeting:

Peace and Social Concerns report and images from the gathering. Thanks to Jeff Kisling.

Read the letter from Friends Peace Teams Peacebuilding en las Americas about the crisis on the US/Mexican border with children from Central America trying to escape the violence and poverty of their home countries. Letter about border crisis.

Pictures from 2014 Midyear Meeting. Jeff Kisling took pictures at Midyear Meeting, April 12-13, 2014 and put them in a YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRJUUbTqEMM&feature=em-upload_owner.

Climate Conference and Earth Walk.
Jeff Kisling, our P & SC co-clerk has created a video from photos of last Fall's Climate Conference at Scattergood School and the the Earth Walk to Iowa City, including interviews with some of the participants.
Climate Conference/Earth Walk Video
Jeff's pictures can be seen here.

Thinking about the future. Jeff Kisling, clerk of the Earthcare Subcommittee, has written a thought provoking essay envisioning some changes we might see in the near future. Read it here.

Scattergood School Farm Manager Mark Quee gave a terrific closing speech at the February 8, 2013 Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Cooperators Meeting. You can read the speech on the PFI website or download a pdf.

IYM(C) Quakers on the radio! Rob Dillard of Iowa Public Radio featured segments on different religious groups on "Being in Iowa" the week of October 22-26. If you missed the original broadcast, you can listen online here to interviews with members of our yearly meeting as well as Iowa Yearly Meeting (FUM): iowapublicradio.org/

Read an AFSC blog post about the Scattergood School peace walk held on September 8: Moved and Shaken for Peace.

Here is a YouTube video of the barn razing at the Scattergood Farm during IYMC yearly meeting sessions last summer: Barn razing at Scattergood.

Read Deborah Fink's article on Iran in the Ames Tribune from 10-6-2012: "Maybe war-mongers need a waiting period"

The Iowan Sept-Oct. 2012, published a superb article highlighting 4 farms, and one of those farms was Scattergood's! Read it here.

More from Scattergood! Two recent stories from the West Branch Times:
Scattergood Marches Against Afghan War
2012 drought may lead to problems years from now

News from Scattergood School and Farm! Some recent bequests have been received by Scattergood's endowment, which now stands at over $4 million, which puts it among the top 15% of US boarding schools with a student population under 120. More details in this letter.

Learn about the Possibility Alliance, the intentional community associated with Silver River Worship Group in Missouri. From a local TV news story. http://www.heartlandconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=793985#.UELANUKLOJ1