Outgoing & Incoming Young Adult Friends Clerks

Young Adult Friends

At the Winter Retreat on January 5, 2013, the Young Adult Friends community approved the following minute of appreciation for our outgoing clerk, Colin Bussiere-Nichols. Colin Bussiere-Nichols, a member of Portland Friends Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting, served as Clerk of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends Working Group for the past 2 ½ years – from May 2010 …

YAF Winter Retreat – How do we Live as Quakers?

Young Adult Friends

For the past 3 years, the Young Adult Friends Working Group has organized a YAF Winter Retreat on the weekend following New Year’s. This year, our theme is “Living Out our Faith in the World”, exploring the external expressions of our faith, including ministry, vocation, and activism. From our Quaker roots to the modern world, we are continually challenged to …

Be a Harbinger – Reflections from the YAF Fall Retreat 2012

Young Adult Friends

George Fox’s journal can be summed up in three sentences. Here goes: “God was like, ‘I want you to point, speak (or yell) and fasten your seatbelt.’ And I was like, ‘ok.’ And boy, was it a ride!” According to Fox, God did not say, “Build me up some meeting houses, and then sit on a committee…maybe become clerk after …

Young Adult Friends Epistle 2012

Annual Sessions, Young Adult Friends

To Friends Everywhere: At Sessions this year, Young Adult Friends embraced the challenges of our unique Philadelphia setting by exercising our flexibility and love for one another. YAFs were immersed in all aspects of Annual Sessions – from business sessions, to leading youth programs, to facilitating Holy Experiments, to doing the behind-the-scenes work to make Sessions happen.  We met for …

Small but Full – Reflections from YAF Spring Retreat 2012

Young Adult Friends

By Zachary T. Dutton, Young Adult Friend retreat participant & workshop leader Our gathering was full: of celebration, hope, anguish, release, healing, connection and unity. Past changes and losses have galvanized us to re-cast our nets further into the ocean of love. As a result, we have re-discovered a rich mixture of divinely sourced life-energy. What an example it is! …

Young Adult Friends Epistle 2011

Young Adult Friends

Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting send their love to all members of PYM and Friends everywhere. We are grateful for this time of accompanied seeking, support, and growth at Annual Sessions. We are in a struggle to become or remain fully engaged in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. While our individual experiences with this year’s budget-making process and outcome are …

Progress is Certain – Reflections from YAF Spring Retreat 2011

Young Adult Friends

Following the January 2011 Young Adult Friends retreat Zachary Dutton wrote a provocative blog entry wondering about the future direction of the YAF community – saying “it could go either way…” Here Zachary reflects on the May 27-29th 2011 PYM YAF retreat – stating: “Our progress is certain” I stand before you, so still. As one would, in the face …

Maintaining Connection – Reflections from the YAF Winter Retreat 2011

Young Adult Friends

By Young Adult Friends retreat participant Zachary Dutton Finally. This is the word that sprung from my mind on the first night as we gathered in a rather large circle at the Swarthmore Friends Meeting Whittier Room. Active relationships, warm joking and jabbering community, initiated our first moment of fellowship. And for a brief time, the transience and over-whelming uncertainty …