Interchange – Winter 2010

Youth Parents’ Conference Coming!

Announcing… a conference for parents of teenagers! At last, you will get an inside peak at what makes a Junior or Young Friends conference special. Join us at Catoctin Quaker Camp from June 11 to 13 for community, fun, and spiritual nurture. During this weekend, you can meet the parents of your child’s friends from conferences, prepare for your pre-teen’s upcoming transformation, or learn methods to access your current teen. Come to network with other parents about what they do, and learn from our highly experienced workshop leaders.

Since the last Interchange, there have been two Young Friends Conferences (YF = high schoolers), one Junior Young Friends Conference (JYF = middle schoolers), and two Young Friends Executive Committee Retreats (Exec is the leadership team within Young Friends). As always, each conference was full of joy and f/Friendship. I will share a few highlights with you here, but please come to the parents of teens conference to find out more. At the September Exec retreat, we practiced the Clearness process and experienced spiritual energy, while at the September YF conference, exec members led multiple concurrent activities culminating in a ‘carnival,’ had a worship sharing, coffee house, and dance party. At the October JYF conference, we studied the concept of individual integrity and played sardines in a graveyard at sunset.

At the November YF conference, we got to experience the beautiful new Langley Hill, explore the idea that true happiness comes from the pursuit of meaning in one’s life, and after two years of practicing the clearness process with exec, a Young Friend called a clearness committee to help her with an issue. Lastly, at the January Exec retreat, they met with the Youth Programs Committee to discuss their budget, the parents of teens weekend, and the visioning queries. They also played a game called gravel and did a workshop on gender and sexism. The YFs and JYFs know each other deeply and take great enjoyment from being together. It is a great pleasure to work with them.

Alison Duncan, Youth Secretary

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