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This will be a time in which we come under the weight of membership as a yearly meeting. This is one in a series of plenary sessions considered to be part of our extended, virtual 2020 Annual Sessions.
- 2 M to 3 PM – Optional worship with land acknowledgement (60 mins)
- 3 PM to 3:15 PM – Introductions from Clerk, Review of Agenda and Tech (15 mins)
- 3:15 PM to 3:25 PM – Review of our current process and the Jan 2020 Threshing Session on Membership (10 mins)
- 3:25 PM to 3:55 PM – Brief Q&A involving Friends from the panel discussion (30 mins)
- 3:55 PM to 4:40 PM – Small groups, queries related to commitment and belonging (45 mins)
- 4:40 PM to 5:00 PM – Report back from small groups and closing worship (30 mins)
To prepare for the plenary session we encourage Friends to watch the below video of a recorded panel discussion we hosted recently on the topic of membership, commitment and belonging. The panelists included Tenaja (Ten) Henson, Emma Lapsansky, Marissa Badgley, Catherine Campbell, Mike Huber, Martha Bryans, and Howard Cell. Bios can be found below.
Tenaja (Ten) Henson, Co-Facilitator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s January Threshing Session on Membership
Tenaja Henson or Ten uses they/them and she/her pronouns. Ten is currently living in North Carolina after finishing their undergraduate degree, majoring in Community and Justice Studies and a minor in Religious Studies from Guilford College. During their time at Guilford, Ten focused on facilitating, organizing, and community research as ways to tackle oppressive systems. Throughout life they have been passionate about resistance, liberation theology, healing justice, astrology, magic, and farming. While receiving their degree from Guilford, Ten struggled to find community in the Quaker spaces available to them that supported their passions for justice. They spent a lot of time finding new ways to do social justice spirit led work and are excited to continue to do so in the future. They believe interdependence, community healing, and storytelling are key players in understanding oppressive systems and finding provocative solutions.
Emma Lapsansky, Haverford College Emeritus Professor of History and Curator of the Quaker Collection
Emma continues to teach and to consult with students and with scholars who visit Haverford’s Quaker Collections. Her research interests include Quaker history, African-American history and especially the intersection between the two, as well as Pennsylvania history, the American West, and various aspects of American social and material-culture history.
Marissa Badgley, New York Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends Field Secretary
Marissa Badgley is a birthright Friend and currently serves as the Interim Young Adult Field Secretary for New York Yearly Meeting. From 2015-2019, she was co-clerk of NYYM’s Alternative Membership Pathways Working Group (AMPWG), working with Meetings, individuals, and the Yearly Meeting to discern ways to welcome and support Friends who do not or are unable to find home in a local Monthly Meeting. Professionally, Marissa owns and operates Revolution, a consulting and professional development business focused on building more compassionate and human-centered workplaces. She lives in NYC with her partner, Nick.
Catherine Campbell, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends Co-Clerk
Catherine Campbell is a co-clerk of PYM Young Adult Friends, and will enter the Earlham School of Religion this coming fall.
Mike Huber, Quaker Voluntary Service Program Director, Clerk of Sierra Cascades Yearly Meeting
Martha Bryans, former Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and former Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice Revision Committee
Martha is a member of Downingtown Friends Meeting. She served as clerk of PYM from 1995-99. She is a distributing trustee of the Thomas H. and Mary Williams Shoemaker Fund and is currently clerk of the Board of Trustees of Westtown School.
Howard Cell, former member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice Revision Committee
Howard was a member of the past two PYM Committees to Revise Faith and Practice (and as clerk from 1995 to 1997), and in the early 2000s as clerk of its Peace and Social Order Committee. He also served in various capacities with AFSC–as an interim Regional Director, as a member and officer of its Board, and as a member of the Northeast Region Executive Committee; and most recently, he served on the Board of Directors for Foulkeways.