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 …

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 …