Friday Night Plenary – Open Space Technology to Make our Lives Speak

Annual Sessions

By Ken Park, Providence Meeting

Friday’s evening plenary session offered Friends the opportunity to share their passions and community interests through the use of Open Space Technology.  Facilitated by Wade Wright, Clerk of the Sessions Coordinating Committee, Friends shared ‘how their lives speak’ and invited other Friends to explore their leadings. The result was 24 separate conversations hosted throughout the Brower Student Center, allowing Friends to unite in the spirit as it moved among us.

As people moved between conversations, deep listening and sharing from the heart was present. Going from conversation to conservation was not only allowed, but encouraged by the “rule of two feet,” which states if you are not feeling your spirit in one conversation, walk around and find one where you do.

Friends reconvened at the end to share their conversations and any actions a group had felt led to pursue.  Wade explained that reports from each group will be incorporated into a final report that will available on As Friends are led they may also use our website to organize a blog about their leading.

Friends acknowledged their appreciation for a new way to work together in our journey forward and look forward to future Open Spaces where Friends and the spirit can move together to support our leadings and the vision of our yearly meeting.