It is with sadness that I announce Benjamin Camp’s departure from service on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff as Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator. Until recently, Ben also served as our Youth & Young Adult Programs Team Leader. He will be working through the 2016 Annual Sessions, and his last day will be Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Ben’s authentic sense of humor and cheery demeanor helps us face all challenges with levity. He also brings his charisma to stewarding the spiritual lives of children and to building a community of families. I know that he will be missed by all.
At the coming 2016 Annual Sessions, during Saturday dinner, starting around 5:30 PM, we will be serving Ben’s favorite dessert (which is pie) in the GQ Cafe across from the help desk in Seegers Union. All families, children, and Friends who worked with him are invited to attend this time for celebrating Ben’s six-year tenure.
Ben also brings to the job usefully brilliant and keen strategic thinking, from which we continue to benefit. We can be confident that his coming endeavors will be well in hand and wish him much success!
We are also excited to welcome Meg Rose, who will be taking over Ben’s role on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff as Interim Children’s Religious Life Coordinator. Her first day is Monday, July 18, and she will overlap with Ben through Annual Sessions.
Meg comes to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting from Cincinnati, although she grew up in Wayne, PA and attended Westtown School where she was first introduced to the Quaker Way. Her involvement in the Quaker Leadership Program and general community life of Westtown deepened her connection with her own spirituality and inspired her to continue her education at Earlham College. Meg majored in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and focussed a lot of her academics and activism on Spanish and the U.S/Mexico Borderlands, a region she is particularly passionate about after her semester in Tucson, AZ. Both on and off campus, Meg sought community; she participated in Earlham’s Quaker Fellows Program, she was a member of the student-run coffee cooperative and several intentional living communities, and she was a First Day School instructor at West Richmond Friends.
In the coming year, Meg will focus on forwarding the trajectory of the Children’s Religious Life Program toward building multigenerational community.
Zachary T. Dutton
Associate Secretary for Program and Religious Life