- We're grateful the SAYFers who participated in December's
nation wide Quaker Youth Event hosted by Friends General
Utilizing the broad geographical reach enabled by virtual
"The Quake that Rocked the Nation" connected dozens of teens from
many regions of our country for a full day of virtual gatherings.
focused on diversity, climate change, and social justice issues,
ample space for social sharing and games. This was a nice capstone
gathering to a very tumultuous year in SAYF, and we look forward
participating in ongoing FGC Youth Summits in 2021.
- Our monthly SAYF virtual retreats will continue into into the
as well, with hopes for in person retreats resuming in the fall.
journal memories from last November's gathering can now be found
our EPISTLES page,
and our January retreat is
on the calendar for the
MLK holiday weekend.
New Year SAYF Retreat
Saturday, January 16th, 2021, 7:00pm EST
Oliver & Sadie
Jon Saderholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Grace Beavin <email@example.com>
Additional Requests for our SAYFers:
-- To help us all stay better connected during these times
of Virtual gatherings, SAYFers are asked to please add or
confirm their contact info and preferences via this online
-- We are now inviting "anytime" worship journal submissions
as another way to stay in touch with both our SAYF spirit and
your inner light. Journal Submissions will
be collected, mailed
with future retreat invitations, and regularly published
page. They can be sent via email to:
Autumn Woodward <awesomeSAYFers@gmail.com>
PLEASE SEE THE LINKS BELOW for the CURRENT SAYF
and additional program information. Parents can
reference the annual
Parent Letter for a view of our organization plans for this
ways adults can participate. Contact Details for our Steering
Nurturing committee, plus Bios of our current Steering
are also here:
About our Retreats:
Each retreat is planned by the Young Friends of the meeting
that is sponsoring
or hosting the gathering. They choose a theme and decide on
activities and food. They experience Quaker process in this
planning and produce
a schedule for the weekend.
Each retreat begins on Friday evening with a guideline
review after all teens have
arrived, then a worship sharing circle follows as the first
activity on Saturday morning.
The retreat ends on Sunday around noon, after gathering in
silence to write and share
our worship journals about the weekend.
The young Friends have their own Nurturing Committee
comprised of experienced
attenders who uphold the guidelines during the retreats and
attend an additional
two retreats each year to conduct business and address any
issues for the SAYF
community. They also nurture individuals during the retreats.
Attenders of our retreats and their Parents are encouraged to
help us improve the
program via our Feedback
* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly
distributable) PDF format.
Many free applications, both proprietary and Liberated Open
Source, are available
to view and print PDF files. Mac OS X systems include the
"Preview" viewer for this,
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including support for PDF
view, edit and conversion. Gmail & Googledocs also
support PDF for attachment
viewing and printing.
** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional,
even when accidental. :-)