Continuing Sessions

Spring 2017 

Saturday, March 25
12:30 – 9:15 p.m.

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

Thank you to all those who attended and those who held us in the Light from home. Minutes will be posted here as soon as they are available, and attendees please be on the lookout for a survey to be e-mailed to you soon. Thank you!

Toward A Radically Multigenerational Continuing Sessions

PYM’s Program and Religious Life team is collaborating with the Sessions Coordinating Committee in planning the Spring 2017 Continuing Sessions.  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. We will focus on the needs of different age cohorts (children, Middle School Friends, Young Friends, Young Adult Friends, and older Friends) while being together in community. The gathering continues into the evening with the Seeking Faithfulness Series. 

Registration extended – register through March 20 to reserve dinner!

Draft Schedule ( Transitions are ample, so that Friends may connect with one another in the interstices as well as through the activities and worship of the day)

11:30 am-12:30 pm- Registration, Optional Brown Bag Lunch including optional lunch conversation with the General Secretary and Associate Secretary for Program and Religious Life re: Staffing Changes.

12:30-1:15 pm – Opening and All Together Time.

1:35-2:55 pm – Workshops grounded in the spirit, focusing on ministry and anti-oppression. Each workshop will be interactive and multi-modal. Workshops will be hosted by the Children’s program, the Middle School Friends program, the Young Friends program, and by older Friends.

3:15-5:15 pm – Children and Middle School Friends have their own affinity time. Adults (including YAFs) have business. Depending on the business agenda, some Young Friends might attend business sessions, but there will also be alternate activities for the Young Friends program. Business will include worship, update on Burlington Meeting House and Conference Center, and Friends questions and concerns about staffing changes. 

5:30-7 pm –Dinner at Arch Street (online reservations are closed and onsite purchase is limited, but you can still bring a brown bag or eat in the neighborhood.  There will be a space for dinner conversation with the General Secretary and Associate Secretary for Program and Religious Life re: Staffing Changes. Faith and Practice groups will provide updates during dinner as well. 

7-8:45 pm – Seeking Faithfulness Series, organized by Young Adult Friends (YAFs)

8:45-9:15 pm – Seeking Faithfulness Series Reception

9:15+ pm – YAF Seeking Faithfulness Afterparty; Middle School and Young Friends return to their meetinghouses

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!

  • 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

Seeking Faithfulness Series

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Our gathering continues into the evening with the Seeking Faithfulness Series, organized by Young Adult Friends, an evening of music, connections, dialogue, and inspiration with the duo City Love – Sterling Duns and Caselli Jordan.

  • Friends are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch if you wish to arrive early for lunch and conversation. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
  • Join us for a Yummy Unfussy Dinner for Everyone at 5:30 p.m.
  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided in the afternoon and at the reception after the Seeking Faithfulness Series.