Young Adult Friends (YAFs) are an affinity group typically ages 18-35ish (and older). We organize events throughout the year as well as some YAF activities within the PYM annual session. We are not a ‘committee,’ but we have co-clerks and committees as a group, and many of us are active in the larger PYM.
- Calendar and general information for youth
- May 26-28, 2017: YAF Clerking Workshop at Sierra Friends Center, with facilitators Eric Moon and Diego Navarro
- July TBD: YAF Retreat pre-annual session (aka YAFs’ Family & Elders Retreat): TBD, at Redwood Forest Friends Meetinghouse in Santa Rosa, CA, about 30 miles from Walker Creek Ranch
- July 14-19, 2017: PYM Annual Session at Walker Creek Ranch
- Need financial assistance for travel or registration? Ask your Meeting! Ask the YAF co-clerks! Ask PYM!
Last Year’s Fun Events
- 2016 Pre-Annual Session Retreat
- 2015 YAF Family & Elders Pre-Annual Session Retreat
- YAFs at PYM Annual Sessions
- 2017 schedule is in the works. YAFs have some affinity group time and otherwise participate in the greater PYM activities, such as worship sharing, worship, PYM business, committee work, and general community fun. Many of us volunteer in the children’s and teen programs (and get our registration fees paid by volunteering!).
- “PYM Abuse Prevention Policy” by M&O (draft for review, June 2015 and ongoing) on the 2015 Reports page
- Young Adult Friends 2016 Epistle
- Young Adult Friends 2015 Epistle (PDF)
- Young Adult Friends 2014 Epistle (PDF)
- Young Adult Friends 2013 Epistle (PDF)
- Young Adult Friends 2012 Approved Minutes (Web Version or PDF file)
- Young Adult Friends 2012 Epistle (Web Version or PDF file)
- Young Friends Epistle 2011 (PDF file)
“Young [Adult] Friends experience Yearly Meeting as a unique opportunity to come together in fellowship and worship, giving one another emotional and spiritual support. Though many Young [Adult] Friends participate in other Quaker activities, Yearly Meeting is an important experience for Friends in transition from youth into adulthood. The weeklong gathering gives them time to build community both socially and spiritually.
“Young [Adult] Friends hold their own Business Meetings to seek the leadings of the Light, build leadership, and encourage awareness of Quaker practice. They strive to be involved in the greater PYM community, including the Junior Yearly Meeting and children’s program. Young [Adult] Friends learn and grow from the patterns of their traditions and examples of their elders and peers.”
(From PYM Faith & Practice, p. 171)
PYM YAF Officers – 2016-2017
- Rebekah Percy (La Jolla)
- JT Dorr-Bremme (Orange Grove / Mexico City)