Baltimore Yearly Meeting is the regional organizing unit for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the area of central Pennsylvania, Maryland, parts of West Virginia, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. It is through membership in a Yearly Meeting that individual Quakers become connected with the larger Quaker movement worldwide. "In fellowship, in deep listening, in waiting worship, in commitment to each other, it richly rewards those who embrace the challenge of being a Yearly Meeting Friend." (2011 draft Faith and Practice)

Building Facilitation Skills Authentically

Friday, September 23, 2016Sunday, September 25, 2016
Powell House Quaker Conference Center (Old Chatham, NY)

Friends are often called upon to facilitate retreats, conferences, and conversations, sometimes within the Quaker community and sometimes in the world beyond. The skill set required is not quite the same as the skills involved in either clerking or teaching, though the practices do have some things in common. At this retreat, we’ll explore many pieces of the work of facilitation, including the following:
practical and spiritual preparation; planning the arc of the event; methods and modalities; group empowerment; co-facilitation; maintaining and responding to a sense of the group; engaging with difficult situations; and the facilitator’s relationship with the elder(s). Spiritual gifts among facilitators vary widely, and we are all most effective when we build authentically upon our strengths. For that reason, Karen, Emily, and Christopher will be explicitly articulating and demonstrating their differences in approach and encouraging those present to do the same. The weekend will also provide opportunities to connect with Friends of varying levels of facilitation experience in order to encourage future possibilities for co-facilitation and mentorship.