Young Adult Friends Minute

“We are going, Heaven knows where we are going, but we know within. We will get there, Heaven knows how we will get there, but we know we will.”

The young adult Friends from across the world who gathered in Pisac, Peru, met twice to consider the needs and leadings of those gathered. Our sessions were covered and fruitful, though we at times struggled to see the way that God was leading us. It was only through our faithful availability to the Spirit moving amongst us that we became united in the sense that we need each other if we are to faithfully answer the callings we feel growing among us. We do not know what those callings are, let alone where they will lead us. What we do know is that we are not yet ready; that our work now is to prepare the ground. We need stronger connections with other young Friends within our regions so we can find our voices. We need stronger connections with other young Friends across the world, so we can lift each other’s voices up. We need space and time to love these connections into being. We are called to provide this space and time for ourselves, and asked the following Friends to start this work.

Laura Herman, convener – Alaska Friends Conference

Lavender Mukanzi – Lirhanda FC

Khosi Sekoere – Central and Southern Africa YM

Jean Hubert Hirwa – Rwanda YM

Daniel Burton – Aotearoa/New Zealand YM

Rosie Remmerswaal – Aotearoa/New Zealand YM

Ludwig Quirog – Bohol Worship Group

Connor Chaffey – Australia YM

Renke Meuwese – Netherlands YM

Milena Villca Mamani – JA Union Boliviana

Alex Pacco – INELA Peru

Elizabeth Rolfe – North Carolina YM (Conservative)

Sergio Espino – ? [Guatemala]

Michael Doo – Baltimore YM

Christina Tellez – Candian YM

The gathered group laid our hands on these Friends and prayed over the. We charged this working group to begin its process with these six specific tasks:

1) Fill out the working group so it reflects the diversity of young Friends globally and not only those who could come to Pisac;

2) Support young Friends in building connections, taking on Quaker leadership roles, and voicing the needs of young Friends within their regions;

3) Serve as a hub for young Friends’ communication across sections;

4) Keep listening for a call to gather global young Friends together;

5) Discern what else God is calling the working group to do; and

6) Share with young Friends globally within a year, how the group has been led.

The young Friends gathered in Pisac offered their hands, heads, and hearts to this work. In the ending of our time together we formed a prayer group around those who have agreed to serve and shared powerful ministry whilst laying on hands.

Clerk (pro tempore): Leo Wieldraaijer-Vincent

Recorders: Jenny McCarthy, Kelsey McNicholas, Elias Sanchez-Eppler