Wednesday, July 29th, at 7pm
In the Fountain of Life and Love
Marcelle Martin will ground virtual PYM Annual Sessions in worship. Marcelle Martin, a member of Swarthmore Meeting, has led workshops across the United States. She was the resident Quaker Studies teacher at Pendle Hill for four years and is a core teacher for the 9-month program, Nurturing Faithfulness. On her blog, A Whole Heart, she shares inspiration to help us be all that God has created us to be. She is the author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey and A Guide to Faithfulness Groups.
Marcelle is also leading the Spiritual Formation Retreat on Tuesday evening, July 28 , 7-9pm and Wednesday morning, July 29, 9am-12pm.
Thursday, July 30th, at 7pm
A Boston-based spoken word poet, Zenaida is a fire starter, a southern green witch and a queer of color who likes the wind chimes outside their window and giving rocks to people they love. Most recently Zenaida was on the House Slam team placing 3rd and organized the Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam, the first slam tournament for feminine people. Zenaida believes the softness and floral of people is silenced too often. Zenaida unwrites the lies they’ve been given. Zenaida also unwrites violence, misogyny, racism and their ancestors’ curses.
Friday, July 31st, at 7pm
The Fire of the Light: Abolition, Conflict, and Being Known in Quaker Community
“We become true individuals [only in community]…” writes James Fowler. How does our community help us become known, inside and outside of the Quaker world? As members of the Religious Society of Friends, how do we reconcile with and activate our histories for the abolitionist work at hand? How might we access the fiery nature of the Inner Light in this calling, and make a holy place at the table for anger and conflict?
Naomi Madaras (pronouns: she/her) is a Master of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary in New York. A graduate of Guilford College, Naomi served as the program coordinator at William Penn House before transitioning to seminary to pursue a career in chaplaincy. Her clinical training has been in hospitals and nursing homes in New York where she provides spiritual care to patients, families, and staff. Naomi focuses on interfaith community-building, death, and disability in her work. She is a member of Chambersburg Friends Meeting, a regular attender at Brooklyn Friends Meeting, and grew up milking goats and climbing trees on a farm.
Saturday, August 1st, at 7pm
Making “music for the world we need,” City Love is a West Philly social justice music and education group, using songs to spread love, hope, dialogue, justice, and healing. City Love has shared assemblies, workshops, and performances at schools, colleges, and conferences throughout the country and recently released a young children’s album about race, honoring our differences, standing up for each other, equity, self-love, and belonging.