Young Adult Friends

Young Adult Friends (YAF) is a community of Quakers, age 18-35ish, throughout the PYM area and beyond.

We are at different places on our journeys, and we come together for fellowship, rejuvenation, and to deepen our connection to one another & the Spirit.

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PYM Annual Sessions
Open Our Eyes That We May See
July 29-August 2
Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA

YAFs come from throughout the yearly meeting for business sessions, to lead workshops, to lead youth programs, and to be with the whole yearly meeting community. Come join us!

YAF Lunch 7.12

Worship and Hangout with Irish YAFs
Sunday, August 9
Arch Street Meeting House, 4th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia, PA

Young Adult Friends from Ireland Yearly Meeting will be traveling to Philadelphia, we get to spend time with them!  We’ll worship together with Arch Street Friends, and afterwards will have lunch and fellowship, and learn what Quakers are up to across the Atlantic.

Welcome to the Young Adult Friends Program

The Young Adult Friends (YAF) Working Group supports the spiritual vitality and community of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) by creating programming specifically for young adult Friends (age 18-35-ish), as well as strengthening commitment and involvement of young adult Friends in PYM’s multigenerational community. We advocate for young adults within PYM and Quakerism, provide vision for programming that fosters spiritual fellowship, provide resources to young adults, and support to meetings engaging with young adults. We serve as an anchor for those transitioning into and out of our age range, as well as those living outside PYM’s geographic area who wish to remain connected.

Our weekend Young Adult Friends retreats are for young adults (age 18-35ish) in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area and beyond. The gatherings are held quarterly – fall, winter, spring, and a YAF community at PYM Annual Sessions in the summer. Retreats are usually held at a meetinghouse and centered around a theme.

The William Penn Lecture is a Philadelphia Yearly Meeting tradition under the care of Young Adult Friends. On a Saturday evening in late March, the whole Yearly Meeting community is invited to come to Arch Street Meeting House for the lecture.  In 2015, the lecture was March 28, and Matthew Armstead spoke to the theme Daring to Stand Up! In 2016, the lecture will be on March 19.

There are lots of ways to get involved to help the Young Adult Friends program run – from leading a workshop or cooking a meal at a retreat, to serving on the YAF Working Group, to letting YAFs in your meeting know about YAF events & resources.  More info is on our Volunteers page.