The fullness of spiritual community at Multigenerational Spring Continuing Sessions

Children, Continuing Sessions, Middle School Friends, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

An Open Invitation I will attend Spring Continuing Sessions on March 25 with the intent to participate in the multigenerational programs actively, mightily, and joyously with hope and enthusiasm.  I encourage you to attend and participate too. These multigenerational programs provide our spiritual community with an opportunity to join in shared ...

In case you’ve never lobbied but are intrigued by FCNL’s awesome work

Legislative Policy Collaborative, Peace & Social Concerns, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

Maybe you’ve heard of FCNL. I first came into relationship with Friends Committee on National Legislation by way of a push from a Friend. They said, “This is important, you are important, you should team up.” So I attended Spring Lobby Weekend (begrudgingly!) in 2014 with expectations of feeling overwhelmed, …

FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend: Funding Available for YAF’s

Addressing Racism, Grants, Legislative Policy Collaborative, Quaker Life Council, Young Adult Friends

The FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend will be held on March 18-21, 2017 in Washington DC. FCNL stands for Friends Committee on National Legislation. At this year's Spring Lobby Weekend, attendees will be trained on how to push our congress to enact laws that work to eliminate economic injustice. Then we'll actually ...

“PYM Is Us” – YAF campaign reportback

Giving, Young Adult Friends

Young Adult Friends take on many roles in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting – worshiping in our local meetings, clerking committees, running programs for teens and children, leading workshops at Annual and Continuing Sessions, hosting events for Young Adult Friends, organizing opportunities for witness. More than ever (or at least than I’ve …

Mary Crauderueff gave the 100th anniversary William Penn Lecture “Spirit Works: Exploring Quaker Leadership”

Continuing Sessions, Young Adult Friends

This year’s William Penn Lecture was given by Mary Crauderueff, who led a program titled “Spirit Works: Exploring Quaker Leadership.” Mary is curator of Quaker Collections at Haverford College, and is active in the Young Adult Friends community. She has been working on a Pickett grant funded project – Spirit …

Returning home to PYM Young Adult Friends

Young Adult Friends

At the Young Adult Friends retreat at Newtown Meeting this fall, I had a moment of realization: it had been exactly two years before that I’d been sitting in worship sharing, talking about my excitement and nervousness about moving away from Philadelphia.  And now, I was back. In a “typical” …

Why I Give to PYM

Young Adult Friends

I have always liked the phrase “Put your money where your mouth is.” In the five years I have been part of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, there are numerous times I have been part of how we should spend money. Several times I have contributed to written reports, epistles, or letters …

Launch of PYM is Us!

Young Adult Friends

The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting community is one that we are all a part of.  We are PYM – at Young Adult Friends retreats, at meeting for worship, at potlucks, and out living our faith in the world. PYM is Us. On Friday night at Annual Sessions, the Young Adult Friends …

Why do young adults come to Sessions?

Young Adult Friends

Why do young adults come to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions?  It’s 5 days in the middle of the summer (this year: Wednesday July 29 – Sunday August 2) on a college campus in Allentown – not the usual vacation destination.  But there’s something really precious and powerful about coming together as …

What we’ve learned (so far) from visiting monthly meetings

Young Adult Friends

Wanting to build more connections with Friends throughout Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the Young Adult Friends community has been organizing YAFs to visit to monthly meetings this fall and winter.  While travelling to meetings isn’t a totally new idea in the YAF community, visiting meetings primarily to share worship and fellowship is one of …

A Welcome Escape – Fall Retreat reflection

Young Adult Friends

When I signed up for the Young Adult Friends Fall Retreat memories from past middle and high school gatherings started stirring. Those gatherings were a welcome reprieve from my school life, they were familiar and whole. I remembered sleeping below the pews, foursquare taped on the floors, the smell of …

YAF Working Group Priorities for 2014-15!

Young Adult Friends

On Sunday, September 14th, the Young Adult Friends Working Group gathered at Abington Friends Meeting for a visioning retreat.  After worship and lunch with Abington Friends, we reflected on the current priorities of the YAF Working Group, and our mission statement. The priorities were created in the spring of 2012, …

Young Adult Friends leadership transitions

Young Adult Friends

Following the work at our called meeting to vision the leadership of the Young Adult Friends community, Damian Morden-Snipper was approved as the new co-clerk of the Young Adult Friends Working Group on July 10, 2014!  Allison Letts was approved as incoming recording clerk, and Eric Peterson was approved as a member-at-large of the …

PYM Young Adult Friends Epistle 2014

Young Adult Friends

Beloved Friends, The Young Adult Friends (YAF) community concurs with the Epistle of the wider Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) community. This 2014 Annual Sessions we embraced the theme “Worship is a Door to Love” by celebrating new life, transitions within the YAF community, and new opportunities. We are encouraged by …

New Intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program

Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

An Intergenerational Spiritual Formation Program is specifically designed for Young Adult and other interested Friends.  This 7-month program begins in Sept. 2014 and closes in April 2015.  The elements of Spiritual Formation include retreats, personal spiritual disciplines, readings, and prayerful support.  Participants will meet monthly in spiritual friendship and reading groups. We will …