Young Friends Leadership & Welcoming Workshop Series

October 7, 2021
October 14, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


*Please note that the September 30th workshop date has been cancelled to give us more time to prepare.*

Join other Quaker teens in exploring how you can create the warm and welcoming community you seek in this two-part online workshop series. We'll learn and practice ways of welcoming others that are authentic, that see them for who they are, that speak to our shared spiritual needs, and that help strengthen belonging in our community.

Do you remember the first time you walked into a place where you felt truly welcomed? Maybe someone asked you your name, or invited you to play a game with them, or gave you a really big smile and told you they're glad you're here. The knowledge you have of what makes you feel welcome is a gift that you can use to welcome others, and this is an important part of leadership that makes a community thrive!

During the first workshop on October 7th, we will reflect as a group on how the community is doing, learning how to listen for its "spiritual condition" and what to do to respond to it. We'll also do some concrete learning and skill-building about how to use our unique gifts to welcome people into a loving community. Then at the second workshop on October 14th, we'll put it all into practice by collaborating on a plan for how we'll welcome Young Friends at the Fall Retreat! You do not have to think of yourself as a leader to come to these workshops, and you may leave feeling more like one. The only thing you need to bring to these workshops is love and care for this community.

These workshops are open to Young Friends—high-school-age youth living in New England who are Quaker or are interested in the Quaker way.

Register here by October 4th. These workshops are free of charge. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link for each workshop. It is ok to participate in just one of the workshops, but we encourage you to come to both of them for the full experience, if you can.

Young Friends Events Organizer
Maggie Nelson