“Many Hands Make LIGHT Work: Quaker Business as Spiritual Practice” is an opportunity to strengthen the understanding of Middle School Friends, Young Friends and Adult Young Friends (ages 12-35) in Quaker discernment practices.

Originally developed to train the clerks of FGC’s High School and Adult Young Friends programs, this workshop series is now open to all Friends between the ages of 12 and 35 who would to enrich their understanding of Friends’ community discernment process, and develop or strengthen their skill to participate in it as a clerk, recording clerk, elder, or other community member. The responsibility of Quaker business falls to the entire community, not just the clerks! Knowledge of Quaker discernment process supports all participants to enter deeply into the process and take ownership of community decisions.

“Many Hands” is currently offered as a hybrid program, combining online workshop sessions with an in-person weekend October 27-29 in the Philadelphia area. The in-person session is offered in conjunction with FGC’s Central Committee annual board meeting, allowing workshop participants to participate in Quaker discernment with Friends from across North America. Some online participation in the weekend retreat will be possible for those unable to attend in person.

Dates will be set for the online workshop sessions by mid-September.

Housing will be provided for high school participants (supported by a team of enthusiastic and experienced adult youth workers) and young adults. High schoolers should plan to bring whatever bedding they will need to sleep comfortably on the floor of a shared space. Middle school participants and their families are asked to make their own housing arrangements.

Ready to sign up? Fill out our interest form here.
Still have questions? Contact FGC Young Adult and Youth Ministries Coordinator Kody Hersh at kodyh@fgcquaker.org.

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