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Fall Continuing Sessions 2021
November 6 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pmfree
Across the generations as we repair broken foundations,
we become unified in our beloved Quaker community
Schedule for our Multigenerational Sessions
Friday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
We’ll be led by Molly Hicks of Old Haverford Meeting, who created such a beautiful space with song for Spring Continuing Sessions last March. In her professional life, Molly is a music therapist and bereavement coordinator with Penn Medicine Hospice, serving grieving adults through individual counseling and support groups. A songwriter who believes in the power of music, Molly also values the silence between the sound as a space for us to reflect on our thoughts and feelings and any messages we might be receiving. All ages are invited to come together for an evening of uplifting and creative musical fellowship to begin our Fall Sessions as a PYM Family!
Young Adult Friends (YAFs) are invited to gather Friday evening from 8:30-9:30pm for an informal ‘fireside chat’– bring your favorite cold weather beverage, a game, an activity you may want to share, and connect virtually and hang out with other YAFs. Reach out to Afroza Hossain, Interim Young Adult Friend Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link.
Saturday, November 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom
- 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. — Meeting for Worship
- 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Mindfulness Meditation with Deborah Cooper, M.Ed. Deborah will present a talk on the connection between Quakerism and Buddhism with an emphasis on its usefulness for pastoral care. After her talk, she will lead a guided meditation for the gathering. A licensed counselor and member of Germantown Friends Meeting, Deborah is a former Friends Counseling Services Coordinator and continues to serve there as a therapist.
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm — Lunch break
- 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Young Adult Friends will meet virtually on Saturday evening from 8:30-9:30pm to discuss the future of YAF leadership and the PYM staffing changes; what do YAFs envision going forward for leadership roles and how can we encourage people to step up into leadership roles as all the YAF leadership terms are ending this year? Reach out to Afroza Hossain, Interim Young Adult Friend Coordinator, email@example.com for the zoom link.
Draft Agenda for Saturday’s Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business (1pm – 4pm):
- Clerks Table Introductions
- Zoom Support
- Worship Sharing on this year’s Theme:
- “Across the Generations as We Repair Broken Foundations, We Become Unified in Beloved Quaker Community”
- How does this speak to me?
Yearly Meeting-Wide Witness
- Climate Change
- Clarification of a Yearly Meeting Witness & processes
- ii. PowerPoint of actions of monthly meetings as collected by Eco-Justice Collaborative and the yearly meeting
- iii. Breakout rooms
- Discussion about activism
- Discussion about education
- Carbon footprint
- How has this Witness engaged your monthly meeting?
- Mourning loss and instilling hope
- Concerns about the witness
- Report Back
- iii. Breakout rooms
- Nominating Council
- Quaker Life Council
- Membership & Belonging- report
- Administrative Council
- what did you learn?
- What is one thing that happened today that you want to share with someone in your meeting?
Sunday, November 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in-person at the Arch Street Meeting House
Anastasia Higginbotham, the author of the Ordinary Terrible Things series will be with us for an intergenerational program (for all ages) exploring her books: Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness and What You Don’t Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood. Not My Idea tackles white supremacy and was named a 2019 International Children’s Library White Raven Book. Anastasia makes her books by hand in collage on grocery bag paper, using only recycled materials, and she’ll be sharing a collage workshop with participants. She writes for social justice organizations and her work has been featured in The Believer, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Women’s Media Center, Ms., and The Sun.