Resource Friends at Annual Sessions!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Annual Sessions, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Environment, Faith & Practice, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry

At the 2018 Annual Sessions this year, there will be a booth during free time and dinner time on Thursday and Friday where Resource Friends will be available to talk with you about their work and what they might be able to support for you and your meeting. They will also be offering workshops on Friday and Saturday. Resource Friends …

Bringing It All Back Home Again

Addressing Racism

Something significant & sobering is happening in Montgomery, Alabama (MGM).  PYM can participate in the reckoning MGM is going through.  Montgomery was a hub for warehousing & auctioning of enslaved persons.  It is now recognizing that history with the Legacy Museum: Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, & a ten minute walk away, The National Memorial for Justice & Peace, a collection …

Uniting for economic and social justice with other people of faith: POWER Philadelphia, Metro, Central and Northeast

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns

Over the past several years, three monthly meetings in Philadelphia–Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street), Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and now Germantown Monthly Meeting–have joined a broad-based interfaith coalition founded in 2011 under the name Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild, or POWER. POWER, affiliated at the national level with the PICO Network, aimed then (and still …

Quaker Abolitionist Benjamin Lay Remembered

Addressing Racism

Three years ago, Abington Friends Meeting member and caretaker Dave Wermeling noticed a tall professorial-looking figure wandering in the meeting burial ground.  It was the historian Marcus Rediker doing research for a book he was writing on the 18th century Quaker abolitionist Benjamin Lay.  Dave confirmed for Marcus that Benjamin and his wife Sarah were buried at Abington but the …

Dr. King with Norval Reece, 1967

50 years after Dr. King’s death, local Quakers are on the move and in the news.

Addressing Racism, General Secretary, Videos

“Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Letter from Birmingham Washington, DC – Live stream Quaker Volunteer Service’s Director of Equity and Inclusion, …

Young Adults at FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend

Addressing Racism, Young Adult Friends

Day 1- Feeling the Faith behind Lobbying We gather on Saturday, March 17 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Hundreds of Young Adults from 40 States convene to learn how to effectively lobby our government from a place of faith on the topic of immigration for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Spring Lobby Weekend. Today we go …

PYM Staff Join National Walk Out Day

Addressing Racism, Children, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Quakers in our region have a long history of concern about gun violence. Individual monthly meetings and the yearly meeting have approved minutes and spoken with lawmakers about it. A campaign that grew out of PYM peace work successfully closed a Philadelphia gun shop with a tremendous reputation and record for straw purchases.  At this time when the youth of …

ACT Now: Unite to End Racism!

Addressing Racism

The time is now! Entrenched racism grips the United States and paralyzes our ability to see every human being as equal.  The National Council of Churches in partnership with faith traditions, including Quakers, across the country, have made a commitment to eradicating racism.  The NCC task force on Truth and Racial Justice say: “We must confront this systemic evil in which …

Tribal Nations Update

Addressing Racism

Six Virginia Tribal Nations – the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Nansemond and Monacan – just secured Federal Recognition, having chosen “to seek recognition through Congress rather than the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Federal Acknowledgment.” For over twenty years Tribal leadership and legislators (along with members of the BYM IAC) labored to secure this government-to-government acknowledgement that opens …

NMAI Exhibit Review: Americans

Addressing Racism

Americans is the National Museum of American Indians new exhibition that explores how “American Indians have shaped U.S. history, national consciousness, and contemporary experience…highlighting the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began.” Three featured stories emphasize the deep connection between Americans and American Indians – Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of …

FREE EdX Course Announcement

Addressing Racism, Friends and Education, Young Friends

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education – Advancing reconciliation in classrooms, organizations, and communities through the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing. The University of British Columbia is offering a 6 week on-line course that begins October 17, 2017. M​ight this on-line course​ find space in your schedule? Having successfully completed the course, a member of Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee …

NJ Superior Court Rules Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape are Sovereign Tribe

Addressing Racism

The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation citizens are neighbors of Salem Quarter Friends. As posted on the Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee web site, the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation is engaged in a lawsuit seeking reaffirmation, from the state of New Jersey – NLL v. NJ. Comprehensive ongoing media articles are posted by their legal council, Cultural Heritage Partners; and an …

Financial Support for Retreat for Friends of Color

Addressing Racism, Faith & Practice, General Secretary, Grants, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Worship and Ministry

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will cover $150.00 per person of the cost of the registration of PYM Friends of Color and their families to attend the upcoming Retreat for Friends of Color. It will be held November 3 to 5 at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York. Head to the Friends General Conference Website for more information and …

Participate in the Quaker Action Training!

Addressing Racism, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Young Adult Friends

Become a Social Justice Resource Friend! In November of 2016, the PYM staff Community Engagement Team began a process of discernment with Quakers, organizers, trainers, and social justice activists.These elders provided guidance and expertise on how PYM Friends could most effectively move into social action, grounded in our powerful spiritual tradition and in our core commitment to honor that of …

Introducing Resource Friends!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Communications, Friends and Education, Friends Counseling Service, Monthly Meeting Management, Online Newsletters, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

We are excited to report that the Quaker Life Council approved investing nearly forty thousand dollars over two fiscal years to raise up a momentous new program called Resource Friends. Resource Friends help our community be healthy and thrive, by providing expert support in areas of need in our monthly meetings and on the yearly meeting level. They are the …

William Penn Lecture is now the Seeking Faithfulness Series!

Addressing Racism, Continuing Sessions, Young Adult Friends

Since 2011, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends community has had an event under our care – the William Penn Lecture. This has been an evening in late March when the adult & teen yearly meeting community has been invited to come to Arch Street Meeting House to hear a speaker, usually on a topic connected to witness, social justice, …

Video: Courage for Racial Justice and Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns, Videos

On January 13th, Chris Crass spoke at Friends Center on “Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump.” The event was hosted in collaboration by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Showing Up for Racial Justice – Philly, Jewish Voice for Peace – Philly, and American Friends Service Committee. Over two hundred people filled the room for lecture and …

FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend: Funding Available for YAF’s

Addressing Racism, Grants, Legislative Policy Collaborative, Quaker Life Council, Young Adult Friends

The FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend will be held on March 18-21, 2017 in Washington DC. FCNL stands for Friends Committee on National Legislation. At this year's Spring Lobby Weekend, attendees will be trained on how to push our congress to enact laws that work to eliminate economic injustice. Then we'll actually go lobby our representatives to take action! Our Quaker Life Council, ...