May 4, 2011
It is with both joy and sadness that we have accepted Sarah Beutel’s resignation as the PYM Youth Program Coordinator, as of this summer. The way is opening for Sarah to marry Andrew Banks and to return with him to their home in Colorado. We have been blessed by Sarah’s work, and her leading to share her gifts of ministry with us over the past year. We wish Sarah and Andrew joy and encouragement in this next stage of their lives.
In her time as Youth Program Coordinator, Sarah has consistently made teens’ spiritual development her foremost mission. She has reached out to all levels of Quaker Youth and those concerned with Quaker Youth issues. She has visited many monthly and Quarterly meetings, conversing with friends of all ages and concerns. In her conversations with Friends of all ages, she has addressed issues related to the needs of middle-school-age youth, the spiritual well-being of teens, and the needs of Young Adult Friends in college and beyond. She has also developed workshops for concerned friends to become Friendly Adult Presences, encouraging adults to engage more fully with the youth community. In addition to her work in outreach, she has worked with the committee to develop the needed employment and financial management infrastructure for PYM.
The supervisory committee reaffirms our commitment to the spiritual growth of our teens and young adults and to fulfilling PYM’s mandate. While unexpected, we see Sarah’s departure as an opportunity to reflect and build upon what we have learned. Sarah is an active part of this reflection, and we will work with her to ensure a smooth transition. Sarah will continue to be with us during the summer months, and we hope to have a replacement that can transition into the position before she returns to Colorado. We have begun the search for her replacement, and will keep you informed as we labor to discern how the teen/youth program can best meet the spiritual and practical needs of the PYM community. We welcome your involvement in this process; feel free to contact us with names of potential applicants.
Kate Watkins, Clerk
Youth Program Coordinator Supervisory Committee