Caring for Young Adult Friends

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by Cara Arcuni Monthly meetings all over the United States struggle with attracting new attenders, particularly Young Adult Friends (YAFs) who fall between the ages of 18 and 35. It’s a rather large and indiscriminate cohort, but the people in that cohort (including me) have something in common: whether convinced, birthright, or exploring, we just don’t …

Bayard Rustin: A Faithful Life

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by Dan Seeger. I am privileged to have been able to count Bayard Rustin among my friends. Bayard was a member of the AFSC’s New York Office Executive Committee for some of the years during which I served as regional director of that office.  In this essay, I will draw …

Beyond Appearances: Seeing That of God More Clearly

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Profile & Reflections of Terry Christensen, of Yardley Friends Meeting In early 1994, most people who knew Terry Christensen, knew him as Captain Terry. He was a professional mariner based in Astoria, Oregon. Today, after losing his sight as the result of a degenerative optic nerve disorder, Terry serves Yardley …

Dealing With Aging

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Those of us who are involved in pastoral care in Friends meetings and churches need to begin to talk about the process of growing older. Many Friends want their meeting to be a place where they can share their concerns about aging. It is important for Care & Oversight Committees …

Disruption or Opening: How are We Led?

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Various kinds of disruption in meetings not only can dilute our ability to have access to the Spirit, but also can make it more difficult to create community among ourselves and to discover what it really means to be Friends. Read the archived newsletter, Disruption or Opening: How Are We …

PYM Conducts Webinar on Care of the Caregiver

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On Wednesday, January 30, 12:15 to 1:00 PYM conducted its first ever webinar on the Care of the Caregiver. Because even the most joyful caregiver can experience times of frustration and stress, our spiritual community can be a vital resource for Friends caring for a loved one or family member. For information …

Small Groups: Large Gains in Pastoral Care

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Isolation is one of the cruelest aspects of growing older. Activities may have to be curtailed because of chronic pain, the difficulty of night driving, limited mobility or responsibilities to family members. People may be reluctant to admit they miss the joy of companionship and mutual accomplishment. Not wanting to …