During the 2019-2020 year, Interim Pastor Paul Blankenship encouraged the Meeting to consider ways to let the public, both Spokane and beyond, know more about Quakerism in general and this Meeting in particular. Early projects included having street meetings in Spokane, delivering care packages to our members and neighbors during COVID restrictions, establishing a relationship with Faith and Values Spokane (FaVS), and advertising there and in Fig Tree our Peace Month presentations on learning about other faiths.
More recently we have surveyed our members and attenders to ask what values, projects, etc. were important to them and should be shared with the public at large. We were assisted in this by Walter Simon whose professional life has involved organizing media exposure for clients. From the survey results, Walter crafted a sumary of material to use in various media, devised a timeline, and made a preliminary budget for publicizing Quakerism and Spokane Friends Meeting.
Walter’s first draft for this project appears below
Presentation to Monthly Meeting for Business, October 18, 2020 [The results of the Survey allowed me to digest many of the values and abilities of the Friends’ community, also to build a comprehensive campaign for you to consider, one I anticipate will increase membership, treasury and provide significant social interactions centered on your community issues. The success of reaching the goals of the SF community is up to you. Consider these three questions: Do you want it; when do you want it; what will you do to make it happen? What I cover today needs to be tightened, the next step After review or this presentation, the next step will be to tighten it into a comprehensive campaign for your stated goals. 1. POSITION & SUPPORT 2. MEDIA 3. COMMON BONDS 4. RELATIVE CONNECTION 5. SIGNIFICANT VALUES 6. COMMUNITY ISSUES 7. FRIENDS REPRESENTED 8. SF/WEBSITE: MEMBERSHIP ESSAYS 9. COUNSIL OF CHURCHES 10. Action Committee: Outreach & internal focus NOTES: The Package for Process A CONSIDERATION BETWEEN GOALS AND PUBLIC REACH (Identifying more action, support, publicity and outreach.) STEPS: PUBLIC POSITION AND MEDIA SUPORT: Research (in progress) -- elder approval – get non-profit (vital) status – establish a speaker’s bureau -- association of other religious organization – kick off media reach for new members – purchase access and reinforce with PR distribution – use releases and word of mouth. Application: Media released by the quarter: (Timetable needed) January – March 2021 …basic concepts and events April – June “ … values and events July - September “ … community issues and events October – December “ …seasonal issues and events Media access preferred: (print and radio/Use TV for special guests.) Inlander* TV: commercial & public,* Public Radio* Facebook* Others considered: Spokesman Review, Gonzaga outlet Common Bonds among Spokane Friends: Difference Internal appreciationlove),Social Awareness, Connections Other connections: Theolog & political view Self-decision Soft Landing (SFC) Quaker Enthusiasm Self-decision Common vision Faith community Community support* Nonviolence Equality 2/SF Significant Values: (*noticed preference) Community (*) Justice Peace (*) Environmental justice Act on beliefs Honesty Transparency Compassion/love All welcome Participation Concentrated outreach Focused Kindness Equality Non-violent Christ centered Gradual growth Transformation/Renewal Encouragement Quaker process Values Well Represesnted Community* Outreach Justice Theological respect Equality Challenge & renewal Acceptance Community Issues: Spiritual support Help Working Poor LGBTQ support (community) Homelessness Racism* Non-violence Struggling parents Tutoring children Internet for neighbors (?) 3/SF Representing Friends: Doing the best with given means Ground up leadership Diversity/ecumenical; love* Longevity of thought Manageable and sustainable Non-profits Advocacy for the vulnerable Public Speaking Refuge for seekers and weary One local issue to act on More racial/ethnic diversity Attending and learning from other faith communities Website Changes Considered: Keep the basic structure but add on screen right topics of interests and essays that represent community issues and support as written by membership and other noted articles that represent SF VALUES. Draw from AFSC and other like writings. Original work from SF members. Report a reflective thought from pulpit speakers. Form Council of Churches: (something to think about) Add substance and political reach in our region. Have quarterly meetings to discuss and report on salient issues and release to local press and sympathetic internal and external community organs. Form Action Committee: Select leaders - 4 Public Speakers noted 4/SF NOTES: Growth of membership, need children for longevity Completing non-profit status (alternative considered). Establish budget for a 1-year campaign; Present a direction from elders to membership for approval; Determine starting point of campaign; PBS seems a significant medium for Spokane Friends; Make modest additions to SP WEB site; Establish strong connection with other community churches; Open to suggestions sent to SF office; Use advertising connection to get in on their social n network through receptions. Pass out cards; Argue for the need of an advertising budget until community issue well established; Design one-column 2-inch ads: 10 pica column/12- pica reach Suggestions for SF to move the project along. Back-up PR replacement Select Action Committee to direct and represent campaigns
This action plan was presented to Spokane Friends by Walter Simon during Monthly Business Meeting on October 18, 2020.