M&O Request For Input For PYM Annual Session 2014

Dear Monthly Meeting Clerks and PYM Reps:

There is considerable energy and discussion among PYM Friends about what makes wider Quaker gatherings deepening and nourishing as well as the challenges that arise as Friends contemplate distance, schedules, and costs of attendance.  As Friends are brainstorming and generating ideas which might be useful for our Yearly Meeting to consider for our future sessions, we want to hear from our Monthly Meetings.  Please set aside some time at your June or July business meeting to give the following queries some thought.  We are especially interested in hearing from Friends (whether members or attenders) who do NOT tend to go to Quarterly or Yearly Meeting, to find out what would draw them in and what is currently getting in their way from attending.  It will be important to hear from as wide a group as possible, so we urge you to make time for this discussion and to send us your notes in whatever form they take.  We are not expecting your Meeting to come to unity at this stage, rather we are initiating the dialogue.

  1. What do you look forward to (or would you look forward to) when you attend wider Quaker gatherings?
  2. What have you experienced in a wider Quaker gathering that has inspired you or moved you to a deeper sense of Spirit working in your life?
  3. What prevents you from attending wider Quaker gatherings, in particular PYM’s Annual Session?  Could changes in format, schedule, cost, etc. make it possible for you to attend?

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About Jonathan Vogel-Borne and his Keynote Address

Your Sons and Your Daughters will Prophesy” (Acts 2:17 & Joel 2:28)

Loving greetings!

I so look forward to being with Friends at Pacific Yearly Meeting this summer. After nearly 30 years of wandering in the eastern parts of this country, I am especially blessed to be invited “home” to the yearly meeting where I was raised. I grew up in Orange Grove Monthly Meeting in Pasadena. My first formal travel in ministry was under the care of Pacific Yearly Meeting. In 1982, with a minute from Santa Cruz Monthly Meeting endorsed by the Yearly Meeting, I took part in a cross-continental bicycle peace pilgrimage called the “Peace Peddlers.” Six west coast adult young Friends, all of us in our 20s, rode from San Francisco to Washington DC (touching Mexico and Canada), listening to the American people for the spiritual grounding that would lead to nuclear disarmament.

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Welcome to YAF Program 2014

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Pre-Annual Session YAF Retreat – “Living Up to the Light”
What: YAF Pre-Annual Session Retreat
Friday evening, July 11 – Monday morning, July 14, 2014

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Young Adult Friends’ Pre-PYM Annual Session Retreat 2013

Hello Friends,

We are writing to invite you and all Young Adult Friends (age 18 and older) to a retreat at the San Jose Friends Meetinghouse the weekend right before the PYM Annual Session.

‘Being Reached by the Life’:
Young Adult Friends’ Pre-PYM Annual Session Retreat 2013
July 26-29

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YAF 2012 Minutes Approved

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Pacific Yearly Meeting 2012

Young Adult Friends Minutes

Walker Creek Ranch Eighth Month 15th 2012

Minute YAF2012.01: The 18-35 year old community of Pacific Yearly Meeting came to unity on a name change and clarification. We hold ourselves to be Young Adult Friends in keeping with other Friends’ communities. Note: This minute shall be forwarded to the PYM Faith and Practice Revision Committee for inclusion in the next edition.

Minute YAF2012.02:  For the Pacific Yearly Meeting annual gathering 2013 a Young Adult Friends planning/clerking committee of four individuals of the YAF community is formed. These individuals are nominated in the general YAF business meeting. The committee is charged with creating the YAF schedule for 2013, managing the 2013 YAF scholarship process, clerking the YAF 2013 meetings for worship on the occasion of business, and performing outreach to Young Adult Friends.

Walker Creek Ranch Eighth Month 17th 2012

Minute YAF2012.03: The Young Adult Friends planning/clerking committee for 2013 is comprised of Mark Runyan, Ty Graham, Cedar Green, and Nate Secrest.

Minute YAF2012.04: The 2012 YAF epistle as read was accepted by the gathered Young Adult Friends community of Pacific Yearly Meeting.  Note: The epistle is appended in full.

Minute YAF2012.05: Young Adult Friends approve the creation of a YAF committee of support and care for the YAF community. This committee is to be implemented as an experimental, open committee for this coming year (2012-2013).  Although this is an open committee we would like to express our excitement of five names ready to serve on this committee: Alyssa Nelson, Diego Navarro, Jim Summers, Carl Magruder and Lisa Hubbell.

YAF 2012 Epistle

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 Young Adult Friends Epistle
Pacific Yearly Meeting 2012

This year approximately twenty Young Adult Friends (18-35yr.) attended Yearly Meeting.  Of these people many were involved in greater Yearly Meeting responsibilities and were not regularly involved in YAF activities, and many others came for a brief period of time.  YAF activities this year included swimming, building a raft, a sunset hike and worship in a tree, two smaller respectful relations meetings of our own as well as Thursday night with Junior Yearly Meeting, and Meetings for Worship on the occasion of Business.

In Meetings for Business this week we minuted the decision to make the name change/clarification of this community of 18-35 year olds to Young Adult Friends (YAF)!  For a fuller report on this and other orders of business see our minutes attached 🙂

One of the biggest things Young Adult Friends have done in the past has been helping plan and lead the Respectful Relations activity with JYM.  This year we did things a little differently.  Respectful Relations was planned by Maia Wolff and Alyssa Nelson with members of  the YAF community helping lead and hold the space.  After Respectful Relations, we asked Alyssa Nelson to lead us in other sexuality contemplation activities that she had introduced to us earlier in the week.  In preparation for these activities, John Calvi lead us in an amazing workshop in sexual energy and healing.  Overall, we feel that this new format for Respectful Relationships will better support both communities (YAF & JYM).

The YAF community is currently trying to bridge the gap between Senior Yearly Meeting (SYM) and the Young Adult Friend community.  One of the strategies we explored this week was our “speed dating” exercise where we had committee members from SYM come and give us a three minute spiel on their committee work. We hoped for more people and are planning on organizing this again to get YAF’s more interested in participating in the wider community.  Some of our obstacles in bridging this gap have been affording annual session and our need to strengthen our own community. The vast majority of YAF’s present at this gathering are receiving scholarship in some form.  Although we recognize that we could have used more of the funds available to us many we still consider this an issue for the future of YAF’s at annual session.  In this coming year we plan on working on more outreach and publicity of the many scholarship options for YAF’s even when registering late.  In the past few years we have lost many of our age 23+ YAF’s and are working to rebuild our sense of strong community.  This year we have found Alyssa Nelson, the Pacific Yearly Meeting Youth Program Coordinator, to be an amazing resource to our community. We look forward to working more with her in the coming year in this rebuilding.

We as the YAF community were approached within the last two days of this annual session with the idea of a committee of support and care being formed to uphold our community.  We see this as arising out of a need in our community and were excited by the five names – Alyssa Nelson (as YPC), Diego Navarro, Jim Summers, Carl Magruder and Lisa Hubbell – who were brought to us of people ready to be a part of this committee.  We see this committee as being able to be there to listen to where we are as a community, support our planning/clerking committee (this year the Fantastic Four – Cedar Green, Nate Secrest, Ty Graham, and Mark Runyan), and offer mentor-ship to our community throughout the year as well as at annual session.  We have accepted this committee as an open committee while welcoming the five names brought forward under our care for our care as an experiment for this year.  Next year we look forward to reexamining the responsibilities of this committee and whether it should be continued as a YAF committee or recommended to be under the care of the greater PYM.

With excitement for further growth and exploration, the Young Adult Friends of Pacific Yearly Meeting Annual Session 2012