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 …

Opportunities for Transformation

Young Adult Friends

This March, there is a plethora of opportunities for Young Adult Friends to deepen their spiritual practice and create lasting connections with one another, both among and across generations.  Are you yearning for deeply rooted community, conversations about our faith, inspiration in our practice?  Read more about what we have planned!   The Spiritual Formation program is forming a new …

Winter Retreat Reflection

Young Adult Friends

On January 3rd, nearly 40 young adult friends , traveled to Swarthmore Friends Meeting for our Winter Retreat “What does it mean to be a Quaker adult?”  YAFs ranging in age from 18 to 35 came from 23 meetings, shoveling out their cars or trekking through the snow to train stations in central Pennsylvania, central & southern New Jersey, and …

Youth Program Internship – call for YAFs!

Young Adult Friends

Interested in working with Quaker kids or teens?  We’re looking for Young Adult Friends (age 18-35) for the PYM Youth Program Internship, beginning in January, 2014. Through the internship, young adult Friends enrich the youth programs, while deepening their own gifts.  Interns help the youth program Coordinators create the container for Quaker children & teenagers to explore their spirituality and …

Growing towards a YAF Mentorship Program

Young Adult Friends

At our January 2013 Winter Retreat, the Young Adult Friends affirmed the desire to create a mentorship program within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. After some seasoning, the YAF Working Group decided to host an intergenerational listening session at PYM Annual Sessions in July 2013. The listening session brought together a balanced group of younger and older Friends. We enjoyed sharing stories …

PYM Young Adult Friends Epistle

Young Adult Friends

To All Friends Everywhere: Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting offered a space within which to ground our fellows in a centered presence at 2013 Annual Sessions. Each night, we welcomed some visiting, some new to us, and some who returned after an absence. We gathered to debrief our days marked by resplendent sorrow, healing, inspiration, and play. A …

Spring Retreat Reflection

Young Adult Friends

Over Memorial Day weekend 2013, PYM Young Adult Friends met for a retreat at Haddonfield Friends Meeting with the theme: “Of Earth, Of Spirit: Quaker Stewardship & Eco-Justice.”  Usually when I find myself writing about YAF events, it’s as a report: we had 22 young adults there; young adults led workshops on Environmental Racism and Sustainable Technology;  we did service …

Spring YAF Retreat – Exploring Eco-Justice & Stewardship

Young Adult Friends

Young Adult Friends are having our Spring Retreat May 24-26, on the theme “Of Earth, of Spirit: Quaker Stewardship & Eco-Justice”.  Young adults from age 18-35-ish from all across the PYM area will be gathering for a weekend of workshops, worship sharing, games, and fellowship to deepen our connection to one another & the Spirit. Holding a retreat in the …

YAF Winter Retreat: What happened & what’s up next!

Young Adult Friends

Last month, Young Adult Friends gathered at Swarthmore Friends Meeting for a retreat focused on “Living Out our Faith in the World.”  Thirty-five young adults from across the Yearly Meeting came together during the first weekend in January.  We had workshops, worship sharing, Meeting for Business, and cooked delicious meals together.  Young Adults led workshops focusing on a variety of interconnected …