Virtual and Hybrid Connections for Friends

Gathering for Worship Without Physically Gathering

As clerk of New York Yearly Meeting’s Ministry Coordinating Committee, I assembled a this resource about non-physical gatherings for worship.  Take a look here: Gathering in Worship

Virtual Clerking

Some Quaker committees might not meet for awhile, but if you’re a member of a worship committee or a pastoral care committee, you might find yourself needing to meet more, and possibly in a virtual format that you’re not accustomed to.  This is an essay about clerking committee meetings or meetings for business by videoconference or phone.

And here is a video version of much of the same content, with me in conversation with New England Yearly Meeting‘s Nia Thomas (Quaker Practice and Leadership Facilitator) and Fritz Weiss (former yearly meeting clerk).

Virtual Workshops

These are workshops that I’ve done in the past, either in-person or virtually, that I’m ready to translate into virtual workshops.  You gather the group (anywhere from two to thirty people) and I’ll bring the content.  It’s a wide variety of topics.

We’ll use Zoom videoconferencing as our platform. Go here to find a list of subjects and descriptions: Virtual Retreats

Family Devotionals

Family Devotionals were a response to the 2020-2021 Covid-19 pandemic.  In March of 2020, when schools and public spaces began to shut down in the United States, we started daily family devotionals to provide structure, connection, predictability, and simplicity in a time when those things seemed scarce. You can access a full list of our books and queries here.

Quaker Parent Mutual Support Groups

These groups, which have happened over two winters so far, exist as a space for Quaker parents to connect with one another and provide mutual support. You can read the reports from year one and year two.

Guidance for Hybrid and Virtual Communities

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting requested (and supported my creation of) this guidance document for hybrid and virtual Quaker meetings. When we responded as faithfully as we could to rapidly changing circumstances back in 2020, many of us started holding online meetings for worship. We may not have realized then that long-term online worship has additional implications. Now, some meetings and churches are ready to ask the question: now that we are a hybrid (or online) meeting, what are our next steps?

The document offers twenty brief sections, each with queries at the end, to support meetings in discernment about pastoral care, generational relationships, outreach, witness, property, budgets, and much more. This is not a Covid resource. It is designed to be timeless, for the use of hybrid and virtual meetings well into the future.

You can find it in easily printable format here.