Young Adult Friends Conference on Ministry, Earthcare, and Social Action at Pendle Hill

A Great Young Adult Friends Conference on Ministry, Earthcare, and Social Action Has Been Scheduled for June 15 – 20, 2012 at Pendle Hill.

All Young Adult Friends (ages 18 to 35) in the US and Canada are invited to be part of an intensive six-day conference centered on ministry, earthcare, and nonviolent social action as part of Pendle Hill’s reconceived Young Adult Leadership Development Program (YALD).

For this conference, Pendle Hill is partnering with the Quaker Earthcare Witness and the Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership. The result: a powerful spiritual and educational program that will provide guided discernment for Spirit-led witness in the world, joyful fellowship, transformative leadership, and nonviolent social action skill-building. At its core, this conference is about providing the foundational skills and training to inspire revelation – and nonviolent revolution – as we strive to live in Spirit-led relationship with ourselves, our communities, and the earth.

Program Description

The program will include inspirational speakers, workshops and trainings, worship and worship-sharing, fellowship, discernment of gifts and ministry, service, and opportunities to explore the use of nonviolent direct action. The conference will culminate in a series of workshops on discernment of ministry and leadings, and will include a special gathering of Pickett Endowment alumni. All Pickett Endowment alums are welcome to attend the entire conference, but will be especially encouraged to attend the Pickett workshops on Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20 to share their own journeys with discerning the call to Spirit-led witness.

Who Can Apply?

Any young adult Friends in the United States and Canada who feel a movement in our generation to create the world we believe is possible, and to live into Right Relationship with the Divine, one another, and the earth. This conference is open and welcoming to young adult Quakers of all backgrounds, experiences, and Friends’ theologies. While we recognize that this gathering is firmly rooted in the unprogrammed Friends’ tradition, we also believe the thematic content to be urgently relevant to all branches of Quakerism and hope all interested young adults will feel that their voices belong at this table.

Why an Application Process?

We are asking interested individuals to apply because we have a limited number of spots available and want to ensure that a wide range of participants from a variety of locations are able to come together to engage this work. We hope to accommodate as many young adults as possible, and appreciate your understanding of our application-based process that may mean that some Friends will not be able to attend.

Please use the form on the YALD webpage page to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified within 2-3 weeks of submitting their application. Apply early, as we expect the conference to fill up quickly.

Program Cost

Program fees, which include room and board, is $300. Scholarships will also be available for participants who need support, and interested individuals are asked to consider requesting financial assistance from their monthly/yearly meetings or communities.

Apply now!

Contact Emily Higgs at for more information.

Also, are you an ally to young adults? Would you like to support this important gathering? Please consider a financial gift to allow more young adults to participate. Send donations to Pendle Hill (338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford PA 19086) with “YALD Financial Assistance” in the memo line. Thank you!

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