After may years of service to the PYM community, Meg Rose, Young Adult Engagement Coordinator, will be leaving Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to begin a career in social work in July 2021. Below are two minutes of appreciation for her contributions to the wholeness, engagement, and connectedness of the Young Adult Community.
Young Adult Friends Minute of Appreciation
The Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting thank Meg Rose for her faithful service as YAF Coordinator for the past four years.
Meg is an extraordinary friend, and Friend, to this community. Coming in under a time of change within the YAF community, and PYM as a whole, she has led us under a calm and nurturing manner. Meg has also brought innovative programming to the group such as picnics in Clark Park and retreats that center time for radical rest and compassionate fellowship. Throughout social distancing orders, Meg has continued to bring the community together via fun, grounding, and creative virtual retreats.
Meg has spiritually nurtured and grounded the YAF community as a whole. She maintains an umbrella view of everyone who touches the community. With love and care, Meg has walked with Friends through times of conflict. Additionally, under Meg’s leadership, YAFs have been able to make impactful motions to PYM as a whole exemplified by the Berks Detention Center Action in Spring 2019 continuing sessions, advocacy for young adult inclusion in the PYM Granting Groups, and the reform movement to allow any Friend to participate in greater PYM community regardless of their meeting membership status.
Based on “institutional knowledge,” many Friends in the community have ideas of what the role of coordinator should be. Meg listened to those expectations and ultimately made the role her own and for that, we are deeply grateful. Meg has made everyone–from Friends who join a retreat once, to Friends who never miss a program- feel not only welcomed but that they belonged. Her attention to culturally specific needs of community members has nurtured a community framework that centers accessibility.
We will miss Meg dearly and we are excited to continue the programs Meg has so caringly built upon during her tenure. We remind Meg that she will always have a home within our community and look forward to continuing conversation and updates from our dear Friend. We wish Meg all the best with her career in social work, and in future spiritual fellowship. Cincinnati is lucky to be receiving such a caring and impactful leader in Meg. To experience her ministry has been a joy. To witness her path moving forward is an honor.
Program Committee Minute of Appreciation
The Program Committee is charged with supporting community engagement within the Yearly Meeting. At their last meeting they received a report on the last four years of Meg Rose’s work with the young adult community. In thanks they offered this minute of recognition:
Minute: The Program Committee thanks Meg Rose for her service to the Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and wishes her well in her future career.