The Birthday Meeting

The Birthday Meeting

The Birthday Meeting is a yearly tradition that is greatly anticipated and appreciated by Triform young adults, their families and coworkers. Surrounded by a circle of people who care about them, the young person can reflect upon the past year, discuss the course and meaning of their experiences, and receive guidance in planning for the future.

What separates the birthday meeting from traditional planning or review meetings is the festive atmosphere surrounding the day itself. The houseparents arrange the event well in advance to fall on or near the young adult’s actual birthday. The house where the birthday person lives is prepared in an atmosphere of respect, reverence, and joyfulness. The birthday person is consulted regarding whom to invite to the meeting. The circle usually consists of parents/guardians, two or three Triform coworkers who work or live with the young adult, and perhaps one or two outside friends. The meeting begins with the lighting of a candle and the reading of an appropriate verse from the Calendar of the Soul or sometimes another verse which is particularly relevant to the individual’s life at that moment. The Birthday Meeting is, above all, a celebration.