Youth Program to host all-ages workshop at Quaker Center: August 10-12, 2012

The PYM Youth Program and Quaker Center
invite you to a workshop for all ages:

Seeking Spirit All Together:
Intergenerational Faith, Fun, and Fellowship
co-facilitated by Alyssa Nelson and Nate Secrest

August 10-12, 2012
Ben Lomond Quaker Center

The flyer can be found on the PYM website or the Quaker Center website.

There will be an emphasis on service and work for justice, and creative planning about a possible coordinated “year of service” within PYM.

Space is limited. Please register asap to hold your spot and to help us know how big a group we need to plan for.

There’s also an option to stay over on Sunday night, for a small additional fee. A number of us will be staying Sunday and then heading up Monday morning for the weeklong PYM annual session (approximately a 3 hour drive). This might be especially appealing to Friends coming up from the south.

Finally, remember that Quaker Center does have a sliding scale and a policy that “no one is ever refused access to [their] programs because of lack of funds. Scholarship support is available; please ask if you are in need.” If you or your meeting has purchased an Annual Pass, it is good for this workshop! (Now would also be a great time to buy one — they’re good for 365 days and unlimited QC programs, including workshops and camps.) More info at .



“As we seek to nurture faith and fellowship among Friends, we sometimes encounter hesitance or fear between Friends of different generations or backgrounds.  The Pacific YM Youth Program Committee is seeking ways to unify Friends of all ages through service and work for justice, to promote the deepening of our faith through practice, and to share the shining Light within and amongst us. This workshop is open to all ages and experience levels. We have also invited participants from PYM Committees (Junior Yearly Meeting, Young Adult Friends, Peace & Social Order, Unity With Nature, Ministry & Oversight) and Quaker organizations (American Friends Service Committee, El Salvador Service Learning Trip, Friends Committee on Legislation of California, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Quaker Voluntary Service, Ben Lomond Quaker Center, and Sierra Friends Center) to join us in building an intergenerational community of faith, service, and social action. Friends from any Yearly Meeting or organization are invited to come share and learn as we build our skills together. The program will run Friday-Sunday, with an optional Sunday afternoon project and overnight for a small additional fee.  (See schedule section next page.)

“This workshop we will be presented through lively activities that honor the importance of play for all ages.  We will develop a shared vocabulary and framework for building intergenerational relationships, and we will do creative visioning for a year of coordinated service and social action in PYM. We will spend some time in listening, worship, and worship- sharing, but most of the time will be interactive. CHILDCARE WILL BE AVAILABLE with Neil Fullagar (Member of San Francisco Friends) for sessions when children are in need of supervision but parents/guardians prefer to stay with the program. This workshop will draw from the book, Build It! A Toolkit for Nurturing Intergenerational Spiritual Community (available at, and the experiences of the facilitators and participants. All ages and backgrounds of people who want to seek unity by way of diversity are welcome to join us!”


Alyssa Nelson (Davis Meeting) works as the Youth Program Coordinator for PYM. Alyssa brings over 15 years’ experience in youth and community development, and academic degrees in Religion, Experiential Education, and Geography. She has participated in the AFSC Mexico Summer Service Project and  the World Gathering of Young Friends, served as a representative to Friends World Committee on Consultation, and volunteered in the Peace Corps.

Nate Secrest (Redwood Forest Meeting), Co-Clerk of PYM Young Friends,has participated in and led  many  service activities  including, Service Camp,  the Annual  Walnut Party fundraiser for Lake County Worship Group, and the El Salvador Service Learning Trip.  Nate is a sophomore in the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program at Guilford College.