- Our August 16-18, 2019 joint Steering, Nurturer and Support
Committees retreat was a welcome reconvening of SAYF's great
organizing communities. Several steering committee members
had conflicting life events and were not able to attend, and we
held them in the Light, each in their own endeavor. The
welcomed several new nurturers at this retreat and reflected on
absence of the recent graduates. Our work together showed us
the continuing strength of the SAYF program, even as Young Friends
move on and move in. These nurturers are grounded in the
and willing to step into thoughtful and challenging work.
saw the SAYF support committee focused on the Adult Volunteer and
FAN training sections of the handbook, while the nurturers
with the confidentiality guideline, responses to guideline
some challenging feedback from SAYF at SAYMA, and planning for
a possible service retreat in January. The steering
time to schedule the year's retreats, examine our budget, and
the many details of a productive and smooth running organization.
The beauty of the Swannanoa Valley and the dedication of so many
Friends made the weekend feel calm and productive. Worship Journal
reflections on this NCSC retreat can be found on our EPISTLES
FIRST FULL RETREAT of the 2019-20 season will
be happening LOUDLY on
September 13-15 @
- Lead FAN: Aaron Ruscetta (with Jennifer Dickie)
(The rest of our confirmed
fall schedule is available
on our Schedule page
and posted in PDF form below.
The May - June 2020 dates will be posted soon).
Invitation & forms packets for the September Atlanta
retreat have been mailed to our previous attenders.
As always, all the packet contents are also available
below in PDF format for download and printing.
(With note that some of the pages of our web site have
PLEASE USE THE LINKS BELOW for the most CURRENT SAYF
GUIDELINES and additional program information.
See the Parent Letter for info on Volunteering and the Contact
Details for our Steering and Nurturing committees.
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 worship, workshops, 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.
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** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional,
even when accidental. :-)