Worship with Friends
At the rise of meeting, I dutifully gave an announcement about the upcoming workshop for young adult Friends at Quaker Center. Afterwards, I asked a Friend if there were more young adults who attend in SB, even if irregularly. We got to talking about the usual question of why aren't there more young adults. She wondered if perhaps young people today are so used to so much stimulation that maybe unprogrammed worship is not appealing to young people. I'm afraid I reacted rather hotly, but I think this is just like #6 on my list - the real problem is that most young people don't know about Quaker meeting for worship. We also considered that the college age population is very transient in California, and it's hard to sustain something over the long term, especially for a volunteer group like unprogrammed/non-pastoral Friends.
But it's not just SB or SF meetings that are failing in this regard - it's an epidemic of failure.
Here's my latest idea for a sample card that could be posted on the campus ministry bulletin board of any college:
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
65 Ninth Street, between Market and Mission
Isn't that what most people say they want at meeting, whether young or old: friends?
There are at least a half dozen colleges in San Francisco. How hard could this be to post at each of them? And to re-post it once a year.
But would an 18-25 year old person even notice a card on a bulletin board? Would we need postcards we could leave around in coffeeshops and on windshields? Colored paper flyers were common when I was in college. Are they still used at all?
What would it take to have a text message announcement? I don't even know how it really works, but I see them at the end of ads or hear about it on the radio. Does this already exist in other meetings? Could the Quakerfinder site have a text message component? Just wondering this morning.
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