A Threadletter of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
DEC. 2013



The intersection between our worship and our community is a vital inflection point in our meetings. The stories below share the experience and wisdom among us on this important relationship. Read on to learn from the experience in our Yearly Meeting. 


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In the Spirit,

Christie Duncan-Tessmer
Associate Secretary for Program & Religious Life

A Message from the Field   

 Worship & Community: Divergence and Convergence   


A tension between the focus on worship and the focus on community arose for Kennett Meeting while planning their first residential retreat. Exploring this tension revealed dynamics underlying other activities in the meeting.  These dynamics and tensions are common in Quaker meetings which hold a diversity of religious viewpoints. Read more about Kennett's experience 
Featured Resource  
Community and Worship: A Pendle Hill Pamphlet  

by Douglas V. Steere 


Douglas Steere considers two important components of Quaker meetings: how to build a sense of community and the work that goes on in Meeting for Worship.  He writes "the strength of a Quaker Community is evidenced most in the strength of its Meeting for Worship" and "when the members of a fellowship know one another, then when they meet together for worship they are truly open as a corporate group for the deepest working of the Spirit."  In his pamphlet, Steere provides spiritual grounding and practical advice. The pamphlet is available to read in full online.    
Worship & Ministry Bulletin Board

Intersection of Worship & Community at Wilmington Meeting 

A 2012 Threadletter story highlighted this intersection.  Read about Wilmington's experience.


Milkweed podDirectory of Spiritual Nurturers
PYM's Spiritual Formation Working Group has developed a directory of Friends who offer their gifts of listening to others as they seek spiritual self-discovery and growth.  


A Library of Resources on Worshiping with Children
The Friends Council on Education website offers a treasure trove of free downloads, articles, stories and videos on worship. The offerings are relevant for teachers, families and meetings and for worshipers of every age.  


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Worship & Ministry Calendar  


Worship & Ministry Thread Gathering
January 25, Kennett Meeting, PA

An opportunity for grounding and skills development for Friends who are called to care for the worship, ministry, and adult religious education in our meetings.   


 A Silent Retreat in the manner of Friends 
January 17-20, Powell House, Old Chatham, NY
A retreat offered by the School of the Spirit Ministry invites Friends to come and simply be with God and attend to the divine stirrings of the soul.

February 7-9, Pendle Hil
Develop or improve your clerking skills with two Friends with years of experience as teachers and mentors to others with gifts for clerking.

Spirit-Mind-Body Practices for Wholeness
January 10-12, Pendle Hill
Discover self-care practices that can sustain you in your work and support you on your spiritual path.

The Refuge of Awakening
February 16-23, Pendle Hill
A retreat offering silence, periods of sitting and walking practice, exploration of your own practice and formal presentations.  

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Worship & Ministry
Thread Gathering

Worship Thread Gathering
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
Kennett Meeting, PA

Register now for this year's Thread Gathering held on January 25th at Kennett Meeting.  Join us for learning and spiritual fellowship among Friends who are active in this ministry.

Read about last year's gathering for a taste of what to expect.  
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