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 …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 1

Annual Sessions

One of our field guides, who sat outside directing people to registration, asked arriving friends to share a bit about themselves. If you had been there, this is what you would have overheard: Chris Lull from Berkley Meeting, CA told us why he came to this Annual Sessions: “I went to Abington Friends School as a kid, and Quakerism has …

Annual Sessions 2016 Outgoing Epistle

Annual Sessions, Continuing Sessions

Over 470 Friends including more than 85 new attenders participated in Annual Sessions 2016! View the Outgoing and Young Adult Friends epistles here.  Other epistles, reports and minutes will continue to be posted - check here for updates. To Friends Everywhere, Greetings from the 336th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, held at Muhlenberg ...

PYM Young Adult Friends Epistle 2016

Annual Sessions, Young Adult Friends

To all F/friends everywhere: More than 50 Young Adult Friends (age 18-35-ish) gathered together in the Spirit of community, love, and friendship at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s 336th Annual Sessions, July 27-31, 2016 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Many of us seek spiritual community because we need support in our work in the world. For some of us, while we …

Asking to Move the Furniture

Addressing Racism, Annual Sessions, Implementation Committee

by Lucy Duncan The Undoing Racism Group of Philadelphia YM has been working for two years to support the yearly meeting’s central corporate witness expressed in this query, “What is God calling PYM Quakers to do next to end racism and white supremacy in the Religious Society of Friends and beyond?” We have offered 10 workshops at sessions last year …

Live Stream: Watch Keynote Speaker tonya thames taylor at Annual Sessions 2016

Annual Sessions, Videos

Update - July 30, 2016, 8:20pm: The live stream for this event has ended, but you can watch the recorded video below. tonya thames taylor is the founding director of the African American Studies Program at West Chester University, where she is also an Associate Professor of History. A scholar of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and black women’s blues music, adherent ...

Learning and Doing Anti-Racism at Annual Sessions

Addressing Racism, Annual Sessions, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

Towards Transformation We strive as Quakers to live our daily lives grounded in the center of our beings. In this striving, we gather as a community away from everyday challenges to strengthen our spiritual practice. As we strengthen our practice, ever deeper insights emerge, and we ready ourselves to embrace their transformative power. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends have continued to …

Farewell to Benjamin Camp

Annual Sessions, Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Religious Education

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 …

What Happened at Annual Sessions 2015

Annual Sessions

During Annual Sessions 2015, we sent daily emails with updates about what had happened each day. If you missed these emails, they are now available online for you review. Check out what happened at Annual Sessions this year! Day 1: Gathering into Community Day 2: Getting Down to Business Day 3: Sharing Truth Together Day 4: Early Steps in a Long ...