2015 Annual Sessions Agenda

Annual Sessions 2015 Meetings for Worship for Business will be held in the Seeger’s Student Union Building on the Muhlenberg College Campus. Included in the agenda will be opportunities for individuals, Meetings or groups to share their witness, time for relationship building or reflection activities and worship.

Children’s Sessions, Middle Schoolers, and Young Friends who attend sessions will conduct business in their age specific groups and will actively participate in worship and the business of the whole Yearly Meeting.  These groups prepare epistles to the Yearly Meeting that are part of the whole Yearly Meeting epistle. Each day’s Meeting for Business agenda also includes time for all ages to be together to share.

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Wednesday, July 29

Afternoon Session, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  1. Opening Worship

Evening Session, 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

  1. Multigenerational Gathering Celebration

Thursday, July 30

Morning Session, 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

  1. Worship: 9:30 am – 10:00 am
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Joint Standing Committee Report
  4. Report of PYM work with American Friends Service Committee
  5. Report of PYM work with Friends Committee on National Legislation
  6. Report of PYM work with Friends General Conference
  7. Report of PYM work with Friends World Committee for Consultation
  8. Interim Meeting Report
  9. Report from Elders
  10. Epistle Committee appointments
  11. Announcements
  12. Young people and adults reporting back

Lunch, 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

  • Free time
  • ReCreation and Conversation

Afternoon Session, 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

  1. Meeting for Togetherness
  2. Worship
  3. Introductions
  4. Epistle reading
  5. Finance Committee Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Budget review and Q&A
  8. Budget Decision
  9. Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust
  10. Reading of Minutes of Action
  11. Announcements

Evening Session, 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Workshops

Friday, July 31

Morning Session, 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

  1. Worship: 9:30 am – 10:00 am
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Epistle reading
  4. General Secretary Report
  5. Friends Fiduciary Corporation
  6. Nominating Committee
  7. Reading of Minutes of Action
  8. Announcements
  9. Young people and adults reporting back

Lunch, 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

  • Free time
  • ReCreation and Conversation

Afternoon Session, 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

  1. Meeting for Togetherness
  2. Worship
  3. Introductions
  4. Epistle reading
  5. Report from Faith & Practice Revision Committee
  6. Reading of Minutes of Action
  7. Announcements
  8. Quaker Continuing Education
    1. Development & Fundraising
    2. Meeting for Worship for Business Meeting 101
    3. Clearness committee/meaning of membership
    4. Nominating as ministry

Evening Session, 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Workshops

Saturday, August 1

Morning Session, 8:30 am – 12:15 pm

  1. Worship: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Epistle reading
  4. Addressing Racism as a community
  5. Announcements
  6. Children’s Sessions Business Meeting Report and Young people and adults reporting back

Lunch, 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

  • Free time
  • ReCreation and Conversation

Afternoon Session, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

  1. Meeting for Togetherness
  2. Worship
  3. Epistle reading
  4. Orientation to new structure
  5. First reading – Epistle and Request for feedback
  6. Reading of Minutes of Action
  7. Announcements

Evening Session, 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Keynote Presentation: Victoria Greene

Sunday, August 2

Morning Session, 9:30 am – 12:15 pm

  1. Worship: 9:30 am – 10:00 am
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Clerk’s Report/Minute of Exercise
  4. Consideration of final Minutes for Annual Sessions 2015
  5. Appreciation for Service
  6. Announcements
  7. Consideration of Epistles
  8. Continuing Sessions: The Big Reveal
  9. Closing Worship

Love does not mean agreeing on all questions of belief, values, or rules of conduct; it means accepting with humility and forbearance such differences as cannot be resolved by open and patient give-and-take. Love does not recreate our brother in our image; it recreates us both in relation to each other, united like limbs of one body yet each distinctly himself. (Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1969, PYM Faith and Practice)