As the world changes quickly around us, it is unclear what the future of programming will look like, exactly. What we do know is that we have learned a lot about the value of both in-person gatherings (as we reflect on what we've missed) and online opportunities (for accessibility and connecting across geographic areas).
As we move into the future of creating connections and being together, how can we learn from this year, and think creatively about engaging the future? In this MIDWEEK, we'll explore some possibilities around hybrid programming, and invite audience members to think expansively and hold expectations lightly as we explore hybridity together.
As a teenager in the late 1970s, David came to Quakers through the NEYM Young Friends program, and volunteered as staff for another decade. Completing a first career in technology and yearning to focus on people rather than machines, he discovered that the pandemic created the ideal conditions for him to find that work. David’s leading is to serve Quaker meetings and organizations by exploring faithful use of technology that supports worship and community. David is also a dad, the CTO of a cannabis startup, a podcaster, and one of the hosts of Three Rivers worship group.
Jen Higgins-Newman is a Quaker, mystic, theologian, writer, activist and currently the Program Manager at Beacon Hill Friends House. She is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting, and she holds a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School.