- October in Nashville mixed some powerful discussions of
identity with some
autumnal sculpture garden strolling at the Cheekwood estate, along
spiritual highlight of a silent meeting circle inside a unique
"sculpture with light"
called the Blue Pesher -- a domed cylindrical space with a portal
to the sky that
was created by Quaker artist James Turrell. Durham & Chapel
hill were missed
due to the drive distance, but we still had a nicely sized group
for the weekend.
Worship journals have been posted on the
EPISTLES page; Info and forms for
our November retreat have been mailed and are posted here for
- Note that we keep our seasonal parent letter and current
near the bottom of this page for easy access and review, and we've
copy of our newly updated Quaker Queries for Young Friends as an
for reflection. A printable PDF of our final calendar for the
is found below as well, and it is also found on the SCHEDULE
The next regular retreat of the
2018-19 SAYF season will be held
November 09-11 at the Asheville Friends Meeting:
Asheville SAYF Retreat
November 09-11, 2018 @ Asheville
- Lead FAN: Jennifer Chapman
- Planners: Durham & Chapel Hill Young Friends
Invitation & forms
packets have been mailed out and are
posted below for download and printing as needed.
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.
Additional details of our SAYF program are found on the
Guidelines page and in our annual fall parent letters:
* Forms and documents are made available in (publicly
distributable) PDF format.
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Source, are available
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editing of almost all
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support for PDF
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support PDF for attachment
viewing and printing.
** Any and all puns in the retreat reports are intentional,
even when accidental. :-)