Annual Sessions

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Annual Sessions 2017

Faith Magnified

July 26- 30
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ

Minutes and Epistles from Annual Sessions 2016 are posted here.

Welcome

“As Spirit accompanied us in Meeting for Worship for Business, afternoon conversation groups, evening workshops and morning worship-sharing, Spirit was also present among those Friends who sat outside the dining hall writing in journals, talking quietly, or walking around the campus. The cicadas sang throughout the morning and into the night while young Friends rode scooters, played dress-up, and listened to guitar music under the tents outside Taylor Hall. At night, children and their parents caught and released fireflies: a picture of our past, our presence, and our future.”  From the PYM Annual Sessions Outgoing Epistle, 2013. Read more from previous Annual Sessions. 

Sessions are for everyone- individuals and all kinds of families! Members and attenders of all ages from PYM  monthly meetings are encouraged to participate.  Members of other yearly meetings and other interested persons are also welcome and often join us.

In Annual Sessions we get to know ourselves as a whole community.  We worship together, practice spirit-led  discernment in Meetings for Business,  re-create in age specific and multigenerational programs, and enjoy fellowship in quiet times. There are many opportunities to share witness from our meetings and the wider world. Friends may stay on campus full time, attend for just a day or two, or commute from home.

The next PYM Annual Sessions will meet July 26-30, 2017, at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Accessible by public transportation from the Trenton train station. Dorm housing and meals are available for all ages and friends may attend full or part-time.

Sessions Coordinating Committee is planning the schedule, program, and logistics for Sessions while the PYM Agenda Committee develops the agenda for plenary sessions, where business is discerned under the guidance of Spirit. If you have an idea for a program or agenda item, or wish to volunteer, contact sessions@pym.org,  215 241 7238.

Annual Sessions is:

  • For all ages!
  • Worship grounding all we do.
  • Fellowship in a peaceful setting, time for friendships to flourish.
  • Fun all over, ReCreation tents, down time to play and connect.
  • Learning & Active Work 
  • Spirit-led discernment in Meetings for Business.
  • Keynote Speaker 
  • Affordable-Financial Aid available for all ages.

Truly doing witness is the heart of our faith as Quakers. Once we have opened our eyes and finally see, what now will we do?

(From the Outgoing Epistle, Annual Sessions 2015)