The Yearly Meeting is “Conservative” in that it values deeply the statements, words, and practices of those who have come before us, with the concern that change for the sake of change has the possibility of losing treasures we were unconscious were there. But change does happen. We have a living faith. The Yearly Meeting is not politically or socially conservative in the secular sense of that word.
- The Bible study is at a time when everyone can go. It is not too early or late, and not scheduled at the same time as anything else. That makes it feel like the Bible study is a part of the annual session instead of tacked on, as they sometimes are.
- There is a space reserved for contemplative prayer during free time (I love this!).
- Snacks! Each evening, a couple meetings are responsible for providing snacks for the group. Since 9pm will feel like 6pm to me, I am sure I will be glad to have something to eat then.
- The annual sessions begin and end with worship.
- I have been praying for everyone attending the annual session, that our hearts and minds will be prepared to listen to God and listen to each other.
- I have been praying for my friend Charley B, who wrote the play, that everything will go smoothly as she prepares and directs the play.
- I have been praying for Friends in NCYM-C who are grieving, after learning via facebook that an elder in the yearly meeting passed away yesterday morning.
- I have been praying that, if God gives me a message while I am visiting, I will be faithful and deliver it clearly.
- I have been praying for safe travels, joyful reunions, and that we would all experience the presence of the living God during our time together.