Annual Session 2016 Events of the Week

Events of the Week


New to Annual Session? Lots of questions? Be sure to keep your eyes open for notices about two sessions planned right after dinner on Wednesday and Thursday. See the Daily Minute for details.

Worship Sharing

Worship sharing at provides occasions for spiritual deepening through shared, prayerful listening, and speaking from one’s heart in response to queries related to the theme. Meeting with your group each morning also can be a way to develop new or deeper relationships with other Friends. One group has a special focus for families to meet together. To join a group, find the sign up sheets on the lobby tables in Whitaker Student Center.

Bible Study

Bible study is from 8:15 am to 9:15 am, Wednesday through Saturday. The Bible Study will focus on scriptures that address the Yearly Meeting theme, and will use several different approaches to studying scripture.


Informative and thought-provoking workshops on a wide variety of topics of interest to Friends are presented on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons from 2 to 4pm. Workshop leaders are experienced BYM members or representatives from other Quaker organizations. Detailed descriptions of workshops are on pages 13-15. Sign up for one Workshop or a Connecting Local Meetings session each day. Some workshops limit attendance, so make sure you get the workshop of your choice! Click here to go to the Workshop Descriptions.

Interest Groups

Interest Groups provide a great way to gather informally to focus on topics of interest to Friends, and can greatly enrich your Annual Session experience. Topics and locations are announced in the Daily Minute. Since we can only have up to 15 groups at a time, there is a priority list for subjects:

  1. BYM business concerns;
  2. BYM activities: committees, working groups, response to issues raised by speakers;
  3. BYM Representatives to Quaker organizations;
  4. Local Meeting concerns;
  5. Other Quaker organizations.

Please sign up at least a day before the event for a room. Write a short blurb to be included in the Daily Minute. If your request is accepted, that information will be printed in the Daily Minute along with a room number. Leave your request in the folder at the Information Table in Whitaker Student Center. Please note: If a major item arises in Meeting for Business that requires a threshing session, this could take precedence over Interest Groups, even if already scheduled.

Produce Department

On Wednesday and Friday nights at 9:15 pm, Friends gather to participate in this inter-generational activity of games and worship sharing organized by the Young Friends. It is an opportunity to get to know people of different ages in a relaxed, playful, intentional way, as well as to support our rising leaders.

All Age Celebration

Join us Thursday for an evening of intergenerational fun! This year, we will be focusing on ways to harness the theme of Annual Session. Enjoy ice cream and other getting to know you activities. We hope to see you there!

Coffee House

The Coffee House is a series of open-mic performances coordinated by Young Friends. It begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday. Anyone may sign up to perform. Sign up notices will be posted in several locations around campus later in the week.

Daily Minute

The Daily Minute is the newsletter of Annual Session. Each day it will be available at the dining hall and online, giving highlights and updates for the events of the day. Other messages can provide helpful information for campus services or other news.

Annual Session Bookstore

The Annual Session Bookstore is located in room 220 of the Whitaker Student Center. Hours will be published in the Agenda. Friendly vendors and organizations are welcome to bring displays. Tabletop spaces are limited to 3 feet in width. Reserve yours on a first-come, first-served basis by e-mailing your request to Requests for table space from vendors MUST be received by June 30 to be assured of a space. There is a minimum charge of $20 per booth. Vendors pay 10% of gross sales to the Yearly Meeting. If you sell less than $200 worth of merchandise, you will have to pay a $20 minimum fee to the Yearly Meeting.

Bookstore hours for 2016:
Tuesday 12:30pm - 2pm
5pm - 7pm
9pm - 10:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 9am
12:30pm - 2pm
5pm - 10:30pm
Thursday 8am - 9am
12:30pm - 10:30pm
Friday 8am - 9am
12:30pm - 7pm
9pm - 10:30pm
Saturday 8am - 9am
12:30pm - 5pm
Evening Singing

Gather ‘round, all! You can sing around the piano from 6:15 to 7:15pm Tuesday through Saturday evenings.

Healing Center

The Healing Center is a place to BE, just as we are, with our talents and strengths, our ills and wounds, centering in the Light. All center participants support and are supported by each other, as a spiritual community in this work. Our daily worship sharing with a concern for healing in the Healing Center space at 8:15 am is open to everyone to come and share in the healing energy. If you would like to experience a healing session (modalities of healing depend on the practitioners volunteering their time as led):

  • Sign up for an available time. Signup cards will be posted on or near the door of the Healing Center each evening for the next day.
  • Drop in on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:15-5:15 pm. Talk with a greeter, ask questions, and find out when a volunteer might be available.
  • Center yourself while waiting. Bask in the energy.

Volunteer healers are welcome to join our spiritual community by contacting the coordinator or coming to the workshop sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We would love to know what gifts you can share and if you can bring specific tools or supplies for the Center. For more information, contact Steph Bean (

Registration Desk

The BYM Registration Desk will be open at these times:

Monday: 12:00pm - 2:15pm
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 12:30pm - 2:45pm
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 1:15pm - 1:45pm
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Thursday: 1:15pm - 1:45pm
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Friday: 1:15pm - 1:45pm
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Saturday: 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm