William Penn Lecture is now the Seeking Faithfulness Series!

Addressing Racism, Continuing Sessions, Young Adult Friends

Since 2011, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends community has had an event under our care – the William Penn Lecture. This has been an evening in late March when the adult & teen yearly meeting community has been invited to come to Arch Street Meeting House to hear a speaker, usually on a topic connected to witness, social justice, …

FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend: Funding Available for YAF’s

Addressing Racism, Grants, Legislative Policy Collaborative, Quaker Life Council, Young Adult Friends

The FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend will be held on March 18-21, 2017 in Washington DC. FCNL stands for Friends Committee on National Legislation. At this year's Spring Lobby Weekend, attendees will be trained on how to push our congress to enact laws that work to eliminate economic injustice. Then we'll actually go lobby our representatives to take action! Our Quaker Life Council, ...

PYM Young Adult Friends Epistle 2016

Annual Sessions, Young Adult Friends

To all F/friends everywhere: More than 50 Young Adult Friends (age 18-35-ish) gathered together in the Spirit of community, love, and friendship at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s 336th Annual Sessions, July 27-31, 2016 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Many of us seek spiritual community because we need support in our work in the world. For some of us, while we …

“PYM Is Us” – YAF campaign reportback

Giving, Young Adult Friends

Young Adult Friends take on many roles in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting – worshiping in our local meetings, clerking committees, running programs for teens and children, leading workshops at Annual and Continuing Sessions, hosting events for Young Adult Friends, organizing opportunities for witness. More than ever (or at least than I’ve seen in my lifetime) younger Friends are an integral part …

Mary Crauderueff gave the 100th anniversary William Penn Lecture “Spirit Works: Exploring Quaker Leadership”

Continuing Sessions, Young Adult Friends

This year’s William Penn Lecture was given by Mary Crauderueff, who led a program titled “Spirit Works: Exploring Quaker Leadership.” Mary is curator of Quaker Collections at Haverford College, and is active in the Young Adult Friends community. She has been working on a Pickett grant funded project – Spirit Works: Journeys of Quaker Heads of Friends Organizations – interviewing …

Returning home to PYM Young Adult Friends

Young Adult Friends

At the Young Adult Friends retreat at Newtown Meeting this fall, I had a moment of realization: it had been exactly two years before that I’d been sitting in worship sharing, talking about my excitement and nervousness about moving away from Philadelphia.  And now, I was back. In a “typical” YAF fashion, in the interim I have moved to two …

Why I Give to PYM

Young Adult Friends

I have always liked the phrase “Put your money where your mouth is.” In the five years I have been part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, there are numerous times I have been part of how we should spend money. Several times I have contributed to written reports, epistles, or letters asking to keep staff support for Young Adult Friends. It …

Launch of PYM is Us!

Young Adult Friends

The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting community is one that we are all a part of.  We are PYM – at Young Adult Friends retreats, at meeting for worship, at potlucks, and out living our faith in the world. PYM is Us. On Friday night at Annual Sessions, the Young Adult Friends community had a conversation about how young adults serve Philadelphia …

Why do young adults come to Sessions?

Young Adult Friends

Why do young adults come to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions?  It’s 5 days in the middle of the summer (this year: Wednesday July 29 – Sunday August 2) on a college campus in Allentown – not the usual vacation destination.  But there’s something really precious and powerful about coming together as our whole Yearly Meeting family. I asked some young adults …

What we’ve learned (so far) from visiting monthly meetings

Young Adult Friends

Wanting to build more connections with Friends throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the Young Adult Friends community has been organizing YAFs to visit to monthly meetings this fall and winter.  While travelling to meetings isn’t a totally new idea in the YAF community, visiting meetings primarily to share worship and fellowship is one of our new priorities for the year, and we wanted to …

A Welcome Escape – Fall Retreat reflection

Young Adult Friends

When I signed up for the Young Adult Friends Fall Retreat memories from past middle and high school gatherings started stirring. Those gatherings were a welcome reprieve from my school life, they were familiar and whole. I remembered sleeping below the pews, foursquare taped on the floors, the smell of old wood, kitchens utilitarian yet soft with mismatched mugs and …

YAF Working Group Priorities for 2014-15!

Young Adult Friends

On Sunday, September 14th, the Young Adult Friends Working Group gathered at Abington Friends Meeting for a visioning retreat.  After worship and lunch with Abington Friends, we reflected on the current priorities of the YAF Working Group, and our mission statement. The priorities were created in the spring of 2012, and given the changes in leadership, interests, and energy in …

Young Adult Friends leadership transitions

Young Adult Friends

Following the work at our called meeting to vision the leadership of the Young Adult Friends community, Damian Morden-Snipper was approved as the new co-clerk of the Young Adult Friends Working Group on July 10, 2014!  Allison Letts was approved as incoming recording clerk, and Eric Peterson was approved as a member-at-large of the YAF Working Group.  Liz Martin is continuing as co-clerk and Carl …

PYM Young Adult Friends Epistle 2014

Young Adult Friends

Beloved Friends, The Young Adult Friends (YAF) community concurs with the Epistle of the wider Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) community. This 2014 Annual Sessions we embraced the theme “Worship is a Door to Love” by celebrating new life, transitions within the YAF community, and new opportunities. We are encouraged by the increase of YAFs serving within leadership positions of the …

What the Spiritual Formation program meant to me as a young adult

Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

Since becoming a Quaker in college (at a non-Quaker school!), I have attended plenty of PYM workshops and events and been either the only young adult or one of a very small handful of young adults. My experiences generally fell on a spectrum with “alienated” on one end and “overwhelmed” at the other. My experience of participating in the Spiritual …

New Intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program

Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

An Intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program is specifically designed for Young Adult and other interested Friends.  This 7-month program begins in Sept. 2014 and closes in April 2015.  The elements of Spiritual Formation include retreats, personal spiritual disciplines, readings, and prayerful support.  Participants will meet monthly in spiritual friendship and reading groups. We will be joining each other in worship, practice and witness to …

Young Adult Friends community creates a policy on alcohol use

Young Adult Friends

Over the past year, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends (YAF) community has been in discernment for the creation of a policy on alcohol use to guide us at future social events.  The Working Group has heard a growing desire from Young Adult Friends for there to be more informal social events for the YAF community.  Friends met one …

Volunteer Leadership in the Young Adult Friends Community

Young Adult Friends

On the evening of Friday, May 9th, there is a called meeting to vision the volunteer leadership of the PYM Young Adult Friends community.  The terms of both the Young Adult Friends co-clerks are ending this year – Zachary Dutton steps down in June, and Liz Martin steps down in December.  This meeting is a chance to reflect on the …