Exciting Workshops at Annual Sessions July 26-28

Annual Sessions

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is hosting 30+ engaging workshops (on Faith, poverty, the Middle East, music and peace, art, medicine, education, gardening, government, inclusion, poetry, art, Quaker practice, Resource Friends, Collaboratives, Indigenous peoples, Aging, History and more) at Annual Sessions 2018! Workshops are a wonderful opportunity for meeting members/attenders to extend their knowledge of key issues, engage with other organizations doing …

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 …

Friends in Fellowship

Annual Sessions, Friends in Fellowship, Lecture Series

Friends in Fellowship at Sessions Our season of compelling Friends in Fellowship lecture events ended this May, but we will be offering seven Fellowship Workshop events this July at Annual Sessions, on July 26, 27 and 28 at the College of New Jersey. You can attend any of the 30+ Thursday, Friday, or Saturday Workshops at Annual Sessions by signing up as …

Youth Programs at Annual Sessions: Coming Home

Annual Sessions, Children, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Volunteering, Young Friends

“Can we go home this summer?”  “What do you mean?” “Can we go to PYM Sessions?” This was the conversation I had with my then-10 year old, a few summers ago after our family moved to New York. Going to PYM Annual Sessions felt, for him, like going home — being in a community where he was welcomed, cared for, …

Reviving State of the Meeting Reports

Annual Sessions, Communications, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Minutes, Monthly Meeting Management, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

Download a PDF version of this letter. Dear Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, It is with joy that we write to you about our revival of state of the meeting reports! We, the Quaker Life Council, invite all monthly and quarterly meetings to restart or continue the annual custom of conducting a spiritual self-assessment. As our new Faith & Practice …

Welcoming Eric Berdis

Annual Sessions, Continuing Sessions, Employment, Epistle, Faith & Practice, Quaker Life Council, Volunteering

We are excited that Eric Anthony Berdis has stepped into the role of Interim Sessions Coordinator! Eric is no stranger to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; they** have worked as our Sessions Assistant since 2015. Eric also served our community as the Event Coordinator for Arch Street Meeting House’s William Penn Fundraiser. Excited to bring his** energy and creativity to working with …

Young Friends’ Annual Sessions 2017 Epistle

Annual Sessions, Epistle, Young Friends

Dear Friends Everywhere, Coming together in a new location, The College of New Jersey, the Young Friends program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting gathered together to welcome old friends and new. Our experience began on Wednesday the 26th of July, as we came together with the Yearly Meeting. We met up with the group Spiral Q, whose mission is to use …

Middle School Friends at Annual Sessions 2017

Annual Sessions, Middle School Friends

Dear Friends everywhere, we are the Middle School Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This week, new friendships were formed, old friendships were tested and we are here today having learned a lot about ourselves and each other. We got to know each other through games, worship sharing groups and workshops. We watched a movie at a time when we really …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 5

Annual Sessions

Written by Grace Sharples-Cooke, Interim Director of Development After Meeting for Business and lunch on Sunday, Friends, Attenders, and families were turning in their keys, and packing their cars. In the parking lot near the south townhouses, I caught up with Liana Hershey, Mount Holly Monthly Meeting, one of our volunteer caregivers in the children’s program. As she spoke, Liana’s …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 4

Annual Sessions

Written by Grace Sharples-Cooke, Interim Director of Development Burlington News: One of the morning news stories from yesterday’s first Meeting for Business was that the ownership of the Burlington Meetinghouse and Conference Center was transferred from PYM to Burlington Quarter. William Robbins, Clerk of Burlington Quarterly Meeting sent this message of celebration: Dear Friends, On behalf of Burlington Quarterly Meeting I …

Annual Sessions Minutes of Action for July 29, 2017

Annual Sessions

Note: The following are Minutes of Action approved at Annual Sessions on July 29, 2017. The full Minutes will be posted following the conclusion of Annual Sessions, once the clerks have compiled them. Friends accepted the Admin Council report, and minuted their appreciation that the Admin Council and Personnel committee will under take the review and revision of the personnel policy and …

PYM to Undertake an Institutional Multicultural Audit

Annual Sessions

At Annual Sessions on July 29, 2017, the following minute of action was approved. The full minutes will be posted online in the coming weeks, as soon as they are compiled by the clerks.  Philadelphia Yearly Meeting unites with undertaking the process of an institutional multicultural audit, including: Appointing a steering committee that will select a consultant Reporting back to …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 3

Annual Sessions

Written by Grace Sharples-Cooke, Interim Director of Development I caught up with FCNL reps Jim Cason and Christine Ashley, who came to PYM to run a workshop and meet with Friends interested in engaging in legislative lobbying for bills with bi-partisan support. Christine says, “we are absolutely here because we want to see where Friends are right now. It’s a …

How Meetings Can Become Welcoming and Inclusive

Annual Sessions

This year, as part of the Agenda for Business Meeting at 2017 Annual Sessions, we were led by Sarah Willie-LeBreton and Inspira Williams through a two-day group activity focusing on ways meetings can become more welcoming and inclusive. The opening remarks are posted below, along with the queries used for small group discussions, and definitions of terms for people who …

Annual Sessions Minutes of Action for July 28, 2017

Annual Sessions

Note: The following are Minutes of Action approved at Annual Sessions on July 28, 2017. The full Minutes will be posted following the conclusion of Annual Sessions, once the clerks have compiled them. The Nominating slate was presented by Nominating Council Clerk Melissa Rycroft (Pennsdale MM) was reviewed for approval. Andrew Anderson (Friends of Philadelphia MM) was approved to serve …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 2

Annual Sessions

Grace Sharples-Cooke has been asking friends at Annual Sessions to share a bit about themselves while finding their way around the new campus. If you had been there to listen in on those conversations, here is a sample of what you would have overheard from these friends: Gabbreell James is here from Green Street Monthly Meeting. A lifelong Friend, she grew up …

Organizations Attending Annual Sessions

Annual Sessions

We promised we’d let you know about some of the organizations attending Sessions; we can affirm that 35 different institutions registered, and we still have numbers of people attending as walk-ins. At least three Quaker Colleges are here (Haverford, Swarthmore, and Earlham have faculty or staff attending), plus we welcomed faculty/staff from the College of New Jersey, Princeton, University of ...

Annual Sessions Minutes of Action for July 27, 2017

Annual Sessions

Note: The following are Minutes of Action approved at Annual Sessions on July 27, 2017. The full Minutes will be posted following the conclusion of Annual Sessions, once the clerks have compiled them. The Clerk asked Friends to approve Thomas Swain (Middletown MM) in leading the adoption of the revised Faith and Practice part of the agenda.  Friends approved. Friends …