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How to be relevant, helpful, and attuned to the needs of Friends under 55

Inclusion 101 - Audio Recording

For Friends asking questions like, "Why is it so hard to keep young people?" and "How can we become a thriving meeting?" this may be a good resource to delve deeper.

This recording is based on a workshop offered to the State College Friends Meeting in February 2020. It works like a podcast; also like a webinar.

Featuring contributions from:


  • Analea Blackburn, former Junior Yearly Meeting clerk at New York Yearly Meeting

  • Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Religious Life Coordinator at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

  • Johanna Jackson and JT Dorr-Bremme, creators of the Listening Project

  • Ben Bootsma, Friend in Residence at Toronto Friends Meeting, who created the music.

    We built in time and space for queries so that this may be used as a study guide. 

Click "download single" to download the mp3 file, or press play to hear it off of this website.



When it comes to meeting spiritual needs for young people, here are
some of the leaders that we'd like to recommend.



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"I think there's some general discomfort that we need to sit in," Melinda told us, "about whose needs are met and how they are met." We consult frequently with Melinda about Quaker culture, what we are doing well, and what we might need to take a hard look at as a community. Melinda's experience in working with Quaker systems for several decades also helps to ground our work. Read more below!


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For more takeaway points on multi-age inclusion, we'd recommend essays by Emily Provance.  Her blog post, written with a Travel Minute from the Fifteenth Street Meeting, offers concrete solutions on how to transform cultural blocks.

Interested in this stuff? Maybe you're interested in donating some of your time so the work can grow. We're currently seeking volunteers who can write a summary or an endorsement of the podcast above. To learn more, click "Volunteer."



We are a network of Quakers who work for inner transformation and collective renewal. Our goal is to motivate one another toward revitalization, so people of faith may become creative, relevant, and thriving for years to come.



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