We are in the process of planning and refining the vision and themes for Thread Gatherings planned in 2019-2020. Check out what’s on the table so far!
Upcoming Thread Gatherings
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Providence Friends Meeting
Friends are invited to gain skills and practice in the art of clerking meeting for business and in recording the minutes of our business. More information coming soon!
Registration will open in the Fall 2019.
Saturday, December 7, 2019, Location TBD
Friends are invited to explore the ways in which our meetings can support religious education and programs for children, youth, and families. (Location TBD)
Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
Friends are invited to share stories and inspiration and explore possibilities for increasing diversity & equity in our meetings and in the world.
Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Lancaster Friends Meeting
Friends are invited to explore the ways in which our meetings can support the Quaker tradition of eldership as it relates to the mental health & wellness of individuals and community. Friends Counseling Service Counselors will be running workshops during the day. More on the schedule and program will be posted soon.
About Thread Gatherings
Thread Gatherings began in January of 2013 to draw meetings into closer fellowship, to nurture our collective wisdom and corporate ministry, and to share resources so work can be joined and strengthened. The image of the “thread” was and remains a useful metaphor, representing aspects of Quaker Faith and Practice that weave us together, as it were. From 2013 to 2015, six Thread Gatherings were held annually. Then in 2016, we engaged in some experimentation and added a few additional goals to Thread Gatherings: to provide the conditions for sustainable community and for shared work to be coordinated and continued. The addition of these goals means that each Thread Gathering needs custom designing and expectations that are more specific to the topic at hand. Therefore, beginning in 2017, we reduced the number of Thread Gatherings to three (or four) per year.