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Minutes 6 June 2017

Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific
Working Group Minutes and Agenda
Zoom Meeting Tuesday/Wednesday June 6/7, 2017

Present: Nadine Hoover, Fenna Mandolang, John Michaelis, Valerie Joy, Gay Howard, Jane Drexler, Nanik, Petrus, Jamuna (from Nepal- talked about outreach to Bhutanese refugees in the US), Deb Wood, Moira Darling, Youngsil Kang

Agenda Preview:
Check In Sentence
For Consideration:
Our Inward Commitment
And its place in our Statement of Purpose
Questions and Feedback on News and Updates
Reports:
Initiative Coordinators
Communications
Treasurer
FPT Council
Resources Needed
Closing Word

The meeting opened with a moment of silence.

Check in sentence:
Moira Darling Recovering from burnout- exploring non-violence in her local community, perhaps a women’s group, Pace Bene, and involving some AVP. “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bethel van der Kogh.
Jane Drexler Busy with work/ end of financial year due to changes in legislation;
Nadine Hoover Feeling very well and cancer free- enjoying travel with Jamuna
Jamuna Shrestha Trying to assist with a workshop in Ohio involving Bhutanese facilitators and participants. Then to Pittsburgh, Nashville and after that home.
Gay Howard Involved with helping arrange scholarships to attend Pacific Yearly Meeting.
Valerie Joy Got back from England last week and feeling on top of the world. I’m involved in an AVP program currently on peace leadership. She will be celebrating her birthday this month as well with 17 wonderful friends.
Youngsil Kang AVP in Korea will be shared at Korea Yearly Meeting, developing programs for children in learning peace
Fenna Mandolang Workshop in Buffalo and other sessions- people are using the tools in their daily life; learning how to give feedback;
John Michaelis Returned from the US yesterday – jet lagged, internet not reliable.
Petrus Child mentoring of children from Islamic schools and Mennonite background. Nanik is currently with the children.
Deb Wood Preparing for her YM- doing a Clerking Workshop

For Consideration:
Our Inward Commitment and its place in our Statement of Purpose
What is our inward commitment that shapes and guides our outward actions and priorities? That stabilizes and sustains our work?

Nadine spoke about our inner motivation for the work and how we articulate it to others. Are we motivated to visit one another and speak about its importance.
The language of love- a love for all life- we need to make peace with the earth; it gives us joy- which calls forth the Spirit in our work and our lives. Our personal interactions with people of Islamic faith really makes much possible.

Gay thought about 3 statements- not using violence; reviewing my life day by day; working with myself, so I am happy living my life according to the FPT-AWP Statement of Purpose. Sometimes “Love” is misconstrued. In AVP we use “Transforming Power”- she hopes we can change our ways of explaining love.
Nadine sees this partly as a US problem, which trivializes our work. Can we find another way to talk about this?

Jane - FPT allows me at a personal level to engage with the core Quaker ideal of “that of God in everyone”- to actually do something. Enables her to do that in unity with like minded people- other members of the WG- the cross cultural community that we are. Learning how to put this into practice.

Petrus – see chat line: I agree with Gay. In Indonesia to use the language or symbols of religion they get very upset very fast. Any one symbol or word of religion separates people fast. But the language of conscience or nonviolent living, everyone accepts. Even the symbol of the bird / dove causes problems for us. and divides us.
Thank you.

John reflected on the difference between his early evangelical thinking and his present being. Being what he wants to be instead of doing what “needs” to be done is a very healthy growth.

Valerie – international focus on such minimal resources. Overcome with joy, gratitude, appreciation for all that I have in my life. Share how to walk through darkness; these type of conversations.

Moira says “Live in integrity with life’s transforming power”- she has been in a place of brokenness- but this gives her hope. Often not room for her to just “be”, to learn/discern what she is called to do/ refrain from doing. Experience of AVP + the loving presence of Nadine will lead to Transforming Power. The word “love” can be very tainted- the experience of love is real.

Youngsil says AVP and Peace Training helps to connect with herself and others- it brings peace and love and hopes to share this with more people. They are celebrating their 10 year AVP anniversary.

Deb’s AVP experience has been …? In the prison, it is recognised that very real communication takes place as human beings- who are on a journey. Before we can begin to live nonviolently, we need to be at peace within ourselves- which sometimes is not easy if we are suffering from guilt or shame. “Live in integrity with life’s Transforming Power”- and look at others positively.

Fenna - The theme of love is affirmed by her and it provides the possibility of being connected to ourselves and others. The theme of “being”, not doing- and is included in our concept of visiting. What makes is sustainable is the openness that comes from being in a place of love- we know and are confident that love is the basis- we are opened up to the possibilities of being creative, both inwardly and outwardly. We are OK with what’s true- always open to that. We respond to what is being asked of us. We keep a sense of who is part of our working community- with openness and flexibility.

Jamuna believes in openness, flexibility and love for all- through sitting and talking. We have some concerns for Subhash and his health. The Nepal earthquake took a great deal of his energy and health. Her understanding of AVP as a tool of communication and learning. FPT does AVP but also is supportive in other practical ways. Other NGO’s do well with children, women, youth, the elderly, but FPT is totally voluntary.
Nadine- we plant seeds in special people and places. We provide peace training and people will continue to take it forward.

Current Statement of Purpose:
Friends Peace Teams is a Spirit-led organization developing long-term relationships with communities in conflict around the world participating in peace building, healing and reconciliation.

Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific is a network of volunteers supporting Quakers who travel for peace, healing and reconciliation in Asia West Pacific and their hosts, welcoming peace workers from around the world to visit with them.

Our priorities are to 1) maintain reliable support to Friends, their hosts and companions traveling with a concern for peace in areas of conflict, 2) identify activities that preserve peace, 3) support a multilingual rich culture that values interpretation and translation, and 4) share stories of nonviolence, healing and reconciliation.

We share a faith, across religion, class and culture, in the power of the Living Spirit to give life, joy, peace and prosperity through love, integrity and compassionate justice among people who live in simplicity and equality. We make no enemies, take no sides; we seek the liberty of living in accord with our conscience and connecting people of conscience. We build friendships, person-to-person, across a diversity of ages, cultures, religions and backgrounds, among people committed to living peacefully, guided by our best mutual discernment and a set of common agreements:
Respect and affirm self and others; no put downs or put ups.
Listen, don’t interrupt.
Speak simply and honestly, without fear of mistakes.
Speak from one’s own experience, not others’.
Be authentic and open to change.
Ask for and give feedback and help.
Tend emotion; then speak directly to someone when in dispute.
Build relationships with people very different from myself.
Use what I need and share the rest.
Volunteer myself only, not others.
Exercise my rights to pass, to consult and to privacy.
Care for self, others, the group and community.
Live in integrity with life’s transforming power.

Questions and Feedback on News and Updates:
Indonesia – no update this month
Korea – no update this month
Nepal – no update this month
Philippines – no update this month
Power of Goodness – no update this month

Reports:
Initiative Coordinators: none

Communications:
During May, in addition to the routine tasks, I continued to send materials to FPT YM reps, track sustainers’ status and invite them to the June call, and worked on new publicity for the 2018 International Training in Indonesia.

Requests for the Working Group
Reminder: You can use the email address: fpt-awp-wg@googlegroups.com to email ALL of the working group using one address. It works just like the FPT council Google Group.
*To keep this email list up to date, please let me know when people come on or go off the official working group list so I can update the google group email list.*

The June Sustainers’ call is scheduled for June 16/17. All sustainers have gotten an invitation by email, phone or postcard.

This is the list of people who have RSVPed so far:
Deborah Wood – yes
Gay Howard – yes
Tom Martin – yes
Jasmine Payget – no
Karen Reixach – yes
Valerie Joy – yes
Moira Darling – yes
Chris Hughes – yes

People who have expressed an interest:
none

Sustainers:
0 sustainers due in June
13 current sustainers
0 new sustainers
6 late sustainers (past renewal date but less than 12 month since last donation)
4 lapsed sustainers (over 24 months since last donation)
2 inactive donors (over 36 months since last donation)

Late:
Philip Perkins
Laura Melly
Karilyn and Nathaniel Foster
Susan and Joseph Selph
Joe Dosch & Nancy Evangelista
Laurel Buckwalter

Lapsed:
Kim Tsocanos
Judith Simpson
Maxine Cooper
Vidya Sutton

RiseUp Members ADDED this month:
Daniel Jasper

RiseUp Members asked to be REMOVED this month:
Veronica Maxey

RiseUp Members deleted due to bouncing email:
Bo Stevens   mailbox unavailable
Lisa Stewart   user doesn’t have a yahoo.com account
Peggy Lewis   account does not exist
Pak Aris   User unknown
Treasurer:

FPT-AWP FUNDS Fiscal Year 2016-2017

USA Balances

Aus Balances

Nepal Balances

Total

Aus Balances

Nepal Balances

AUS updated 31 May

USD

USD

USD

USD

AUD

NPR

Exchange rates

1 AUD = 0.751 USD

1 NPR = 0.00970 USD

1 USD = 1.331 AUD

1 USD = 103.092 NPR

Sustainer Funds Received Y-T-D

$14,378.36

$1,201.92

$15,580.28

$1,600.00

Sustainer Expenses Y-T-D

$27,789.30

$0.00

$27,789.30

$0.00

Sustainer BALANCE

-$13,410.94

$1,201.92

-$12,209.02

$1,600.00

Undesignated Indiv. Income Y-T-D

$24,038.62

$209.86

$24,248.48

$279.36

Meeting Donors

$1,218.00

$1,769.08

$2,987.08

$2,355.00

Other Expenses (approved) Y-T-D

$145.00

-$1,483.62

-$1,338.62

-$1,975.00

Net Other Income Y-T-D

$25,111.62

$495.31

$25,606.93

$659.36

Total Earmarked/Designated Funds

$7,831.44

$10,375.75

$1,386.00

$19,593.19

$13,812.23

463,781

USA Commerce Account

Australia Account

Nepal account

Balance AWP Bank Account

$19,532.12

$12,072.98

$1,386.00

$32,991.10

$16,071.59

463,781

BREAKOUT: Designated/Earmarked Funds

USA Undesignated Funds Used

Indonesia

$795.57

$341.04

$1,136.61

$454.00

Indonesia Peace Team

AVP-I Indonesia Attendance

$1,620.00

Peace Place Land

$556.85

$0.00

$556.85

$0.00

Nepal

$4,834.02

$10,034.18

$1,386.00

$16,254.20

$13,357.53

463,781

Nepal Peace Team

Philippines

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Philippines Peace Team

Scholarships

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Power of Goodness

$25.00

Total Earmarked/ DesignatedFunds

$7,831.44

$10,375.75

$1,386.00

$19,593.19

$13,812.23

SUMMARY:

Balance AWP Bank Account

$19,532.12

$12,072.98

$1,386.00

$32,991.10

$16,071.59

Designated Funds Total

$7,831.44

$10,375.75

$1,386.00

$19,593.19

$13,812.23

AVAILABLE FUNDS

$11,700.68

$1,697.23

$0.00

$13,397.91

$2,259.36

AVAILABLE FUNDS

(as of last WG call)

$11,856.63

$2,063.55

$0.00

$13,920.18

$2,735.72

FPT Council: none

Resources Needed:
Recording Clerk- backup to Valerie.
Jenna would like us to send her more content for publicity of FPT-AWP. We suggest we interview folk and then report on work being done.

Before closing, Youngsil and Petrus took a minute to talk a bit about the type of support they could use right now.

Closing word:
Moira Darling – Touched
Jane Drexler – Insight
Nadine Hoover – Grateful
Gay Howard – Keep Working
(Valerie Joy)
Youngsil Kang – Trust
Fenna Mandolang – Yielding
John Michaelis – Thoughtful
Petrus – Struggle
Deb Wood – Challenge
Jamuna Shrestha – Connected

NEXT CALL July 4/5, 2017

People not on the call with whom to follow up: Josh Albertson, Chuck Esser, Sisca Friend, Tom Martin, Ludwig bon Quirog