Continuing Sessions

  • Programs for all ages 0-100+
  • Childcare for littlest Friends
  • Local Hospitality in Friends’ homes
  • Non-gendered bathrooms
  • High Chairs
  • Elevator or ground-floor access to all programs
  • Affinity Space for Friends of Color
  • Volunteer companions for mobility and vision support
  • Breastfeeding-friendly environment
  • Speech to text transcription

All are welcome!

Continuing Sessions Fall 2017 

Saturday, November 4
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street 
Philadelphia, Pa. 19106

Programs for all ages –  including childcare for the littlest Friends, children’s programming for Pre-K through elementary school-age children, an overnight program for Middle School Friends and a Day-Long Gathering for Young Friends (high-school age). Adults and children register together; Middle School and Young Friends each have separate registration forms.

Friends of all ages from throughout the yearly meeting and beyond are invited to Continuing Sessions where we gather for fellowship, worship, learning and to carry out the work of our yearly meeting.

  • In the morning, adults will be together in worship and for business, including an update on our Multicultural Institutional Audit and reports from our governing councils.
  • Children, Middle Schoolers and Young Friends have their own, age-specific programs concurrent with Continuing Sessions.
  • We’ll enjoy fellowship over a brown bag lunch, and continue our work together to become more welcoming and inclusive meetings. Sarah Willie-LeBreton and Inspira Williams will lead a discussion about micro-aggressions and structural racism. The afternoon sessions include tools for Friends to take home to their monthly meetings.
  • Everyone is welcome, and all meetings should plan to send at least two members or attenders to carry the training and resources back to your meeting.
  • Children, Middle Schoolers and Young Friends must be registered in advance so that we can provide adequate support.
  • It’s very helpful if adults can register online ahead of time as well, but pre-registration for adults is not required.

This will be a day to gather all generations and across our diverse yearly meeting,  to foster deep connections among Friends in our spiritual community, and come away with clarity, hope, and action.

The minutes of the Called Session June 24, 2017 may provide helpful context for the morning Meeting for Business at Continuing Sessions.

Continuing Sessions are held twice a year, once at Arch Street Meeting House and once at another location outside Philadelphia. The Sessions Coordinating Committee together with Youth and Young Adult Program Staff have discerned that Fall Continuing Sessions will work best at Arch Street this fall. The Seeking Faithfulness Series will still be held at Arch Street in March 2018.

A deeply powerful day where Friends of all ages gather to do our most important work and deepen our relationships. Your presence will help make this a meaningful day!