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YAF Winter Retreat 2021
February 26 @ 6:00 pm - February 27 @ 12:00 pm
At this Winter Retreats YAFs will have fellowship and join in the program of the Ministry and Spirit thread gathering: Truth and Transformation. All Young Adult Quakers and Seekers ages 18-35-ish are invited to our retreat. Expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship. YAFs are at different places on our journeys, and we come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen our connection to one another & Spirit.
Friday 7 pm- YAF Gathering
7pm: Gather for opening program
7–7:45: Get to know you activities
7:45–8: Discussion of what to expect for Saturday; schedule; arrange break out rooms for worship sharing; 5min break?
8–9: Worship sharing
Saturday 9-3 pm Truth and Transformation
Hosted by the Ministry & Care Committee of the PYM Quaker Life Counsel, the Truth & Transformation Thread Gathering will explore the transformative practice of deep listening to increase our capacity for healing by responding compassionately to incidents of racial wounding. We will also explore ways to listen to the truths of Friends who have been hurt by other forms of oppression including sexism, classism, ageism, homophobia, and transphobia, and how these different forms of oppression may be similar to or differ from oppression grounded in racism.
9:00-9:45am: Opening worship and welcome, hosted by the PYM Ministry & Care Committee. Worship is optional and we ask folks to be mindful as they enter the space during this time.
9:45-10:00am: Quick tech review and introductions
10:00-10:30am: Listening Spirituality: The Quaker Way
10:30am-12:00pm: The Yearning of the Compassionate Heart
12:00-12:45pm: Lunch (communal lunch option)
Folks may choose to take an off-screen break at this time (please return by 12:40pm) or join a small group for a communal lunch and possible deepening of the morning’s learnings
YAF lunch break out room
12:45-2:15pm: Plenary Sharing: Small Group Story Sharing
2:15-2:45pm: Going Forward: Large Group Sharing
2:45-3:00pm: Closing Worship
Saturday 7 pm- YAF Evening Program PowerPoint Party
“At its core, the PowerPoint party is a party where attendees craft and give presentations on topics of their choice. A PowerPoint party takes the meeting and school presentation staple, the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation or slideshow, and makes it something fun, playful, and party-appropriate. A PowerPoint party can be done with Google Slides, Keynote (the presentation software from Apple available on iOS devices), or any other presentation tool, too, of course (realsimple.com).” Bring your niche topics of interest, things you are super passionate about, funny, serious or something else- we are excited for it all!
More on Retreats
The Young Adult Engagement Coordinator, along with volunteers, organizes quarterly weekend retreat for young adults (age 18-35ish) in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting area and beyond. The retreats are held quarterly – fall, winter, spring, and a YAF community at PYM Annual Sessions in the summer.
Retreats are usually held at a meetinghouse, and typically begin on Friday night with dinner, and run until the rise of meeting on Sunday morning. During the retreat, expect worship sharing, workshops, games, and fellowship as our time is centered around a theme. YAFs are at different places on our journeys, and we come together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and to deepen our connection to one another & the Spirit. Good food and fun are also assured!
To help build a sense of community, we encourage everyone to attend the full retreat. But we realize that we all have other things going on in our lives, so you can also come part-time if that makes it more possible for you to attend. At each retreat, there are a few YAFs who attend Friday night-Saturday night or just for Saturday.