All Blog Posts Tagged 'youth' (19)

Greg Woods: Meaningful Work and Long-Term Commitment

Greg Woods: Meaningful Work and Long-Term Commitment to Change. As I am about to end two plus years of leading a service-learning program, I am reflecting on my time here and the lessons I have learned. A common phrase I hear a lot is “meaningful work”. Pastors, youth group leaders, and parents have all use this term when they call to inquire about my programs. Over time I have found out… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 10th mo. 7, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Michael Jay on the FUM Emerging Leaders conference

Michael Jay on the FUM Emerging Leaders conference. One might comment upon the quality of the ‘emerging leaders’. To be honest, several of the students seemed quite emerged to me, having been active in leadership and ministry for years... In the room, there were several new, experimental meetings represented. We enjoyed lively discussion about where faith meets practice… outside of the various parts… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 24, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Martin Kelley - Getting a horse to drink

Martin Kelley - Getting a horse to drink. There were about seventy-five people in the room for Interim Meeting sessions. I was probably the third or fourth youngest. That's two whole generations that are largely missing from PYM leadership. I know I shouldn't be surprised; it's not a new phenomenon. But if you had told me twenty years ago that I'd be entering middle age and could still walk into a room full… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 16, 2010 at 10:25am — No Comments

Micah B: Bridging the Generational Divide in Ministry

Micah B: Bridging the Generational Divide in Ministry. While there are many in my generation who are being called to dedicate their lives to God's service, many Millenials who are called to the ministry are called to forms of ministry that the older generations do not easily recognize. Our ministry often takes place in diverse networks, rather than in a strictly congregational context; we… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 9th mo. 9, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

David Johns: Seminary education & postmodernity

David Johns: Seminary education & postmodernity. Much of our formation is oriented toward helping keep alive institutions and organizations (movements, denominations, et al.) that have largely run their course. (Some of these, perhaps many, are structured appropriately for the 1940′s or 50′s and are speaking to cultural realities and religious sensibilities of such eras–and if our… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 31, 2010 at 12:05am — No Comments

Tania: The Need for older and younger Friends in meeting

Tania: The Need for older and younger Friends in meeting. It came to my mind that a Meeting functions best when there’s a strong segment of older Friends and a strong segment of younger Friends as well. Meetings are like a body of water: we need the depth of older Friends to keep us grounded in Spirit and the current of younger Friends to prevent stagnancy.…



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Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 22, 2010 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

Quaker Youth Pilgrimage 2010 Epistle

Quaker Youth Pilgrimage 2010 Epistle. Perhaps the most significant factor to set QYP apart from any other experience, Quaker or otherwise, is the sense of immersion which comes from living in a close-knit and, in many respects, isolated community for as long as we have. Our use of music as well as our introduction to compassionate listening added strength to the foundation of… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 13, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Wess Daniels: Quaker Youth Pilgrimage visits Camas Friends

Wess Daniels: The Quaker Youth Pilgrimage visits Camas Friends Church. I am really proud of our meeting because it is open to doing “convergent” activities like this even though it may stretch us at times (or maybe because of it). And quite frankly, this was just a lot of fun. I don’t know a lot of programmed meetings who are willing to open their doors like this and so I feel really… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 11, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Kevin C didn't have a good time at yearly meeting

Kevin C didn't have a good time at yearly meeting. I saw this at Yearly Meeting and my impressions were confirmed by other Friends I spoke with privately. Several threw their hands up in the air, stating that this had been the way things always had been ever since they'd been attending. It is from these conversations that I understood the dysfunction was systemic and totally… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 10, 2010 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Ashley W on a summer spent released for ministry

Ashley W on a summer spent released for ministry. I had to figure out what a life of ministry looked like on a day-to-day basis. Frequently, it involved waking up, going for a run, having breakfast, spending time in prayer, and catching up on emails and phone calls. I planned events and workshops, spent time reading and writing (though not as much as I expected!), and took a lot of naps. Some days my life… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 8th mo. 10, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Spreading the Lessons Learned inside the Liberal Buble





Earlier this past week while at Yearly Meeting, I had the opportunity to speak informally at length with several college-aged Young Adult Friends. Most were at least a decade or

so younger than me, and it was interesting to compare how a younger

generation's perspective was both different and similar to that of my

own. We covered a wide variety of subjects in a relatively short period

of…
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Added by Kevin Camp on 8th mo. 8, 2010 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Enabling Believers or Respecting Freedom of Choice?

While a member of another faith group, an old joke was invoked every time turnout on any given Sunday was less than expected:



Q: Why don't ______________ go to church during the summertime?

A: They don't have to.



This same conundrum, modified slightly, could easily apply to many liberal Unprogrammed Friends, regardless of the season or the time of year. I make light of this not to raise the specter of collective guilt, but… Continue

Added by Kevin Camp on 7th mo. 28, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Angelina Conti on the Quaker youth book and cross-branch work

Angelina Conti on the Quaker youth book and cross-branch work. From my work on the youth book I’ve developed a rough toolkit for cross-branch and cross-cultural work which I think is applicable outside the Quaker world. It’s a work in progress, but here are the tools more or less in order: Prepare and educate yourself in order to cultivate cultural sensitivity; cultivate your own… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 28, 2010 at 4:14am — No Comments

Membership Transfer Request Letter

Below is a letter I wrote this month to Durham Friends Meeting (DFM) requesting that my membership be transferred to Beacon Hill Friends Meeting (BHFM). It was read at DFM's July 2010 Meeting for Worship with

Attention to Business, and Friends approved my transfer request; the clerk will be sending a letter to BHFM soon. I would like to share this letter widely not just with members of Durham Friends Meeting and Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, but with all my fellow Friends and friends who… Continue

Added by Claire R on 7th mo. 26, 2010 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Aimee McAdams on writing the epistle for the Wichita YAF Gathering

Aimee McAdams on writing the epistle for the Wichita YAF Gathering (Friends Journal). I wrote in my journal: 
“Lord we have finished the epistle. There are parts I like. There are parts I wish were cleaner. I do not know if everyone will feel in unity with it. I hope and pray that Friends will feel the truth and meaning and spirit behind the words. I pray that we are open to receiving… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 21, 2010 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Micah Bales - Setting off on the Quaker Youth Pilgrimage

Micah Bales - Setting off on the Quaker Youth Pilgrimage. The great challenge that I see before me, and for which I beg your prayers, is this: I am called to be like good potter's clay. I am to be yielded, receptive to whatever shape the Potter chooses to give me; yet I am also to be firm enough that I hold my given form, even against great external pressure. I pray that I… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 7th mo. 15, 2010 at 9:27am — No Comments

On Spiritual Gatherings

Kevin Camp: On Spiritual Gatherings, Retreats, Conferences, And Camps. I've been reflecting recently on the nature of conferences, gatherings, retreats, or camps. For me, at least, attending such functions almost always proves fruitful in all sorts of ways. Making deep, emotionally satisfying connections with other Friends is always welcome. After arriving home, I feel charged and driven, even… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 29, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Micah Bales: The stretching of cross-branch gatherings

Micah's Ministry Newsletter #20 - YAF Gathering 2010 etc. It is safe to say that each one of us was uncomfortable some of the time, and I know for a fact that some Friends came away from the event feeling that it was a "mostly Liberal" gathering, while others came away feeling that it was an "Evangelical-oriented" conference. I think this speaks to the prophetic power of Christ's… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 26, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

An Argument for Comprehensive Religious Ed

Joyce Ketterer, in Quaker Theology: When, at age 19, as an already avowed Quaker, I finally learned that much of that information was outright false I felt deeply betrayed... Despite intensive Quaker experience at the monthly and yearly meeting levels as well as through Friends General Conference, I was failed by the Quaker adults in charge of my religious education. The word “failed” here seems… Continue

Added by QuakerQuaker on 6th mo. 19, 2010 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

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