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 ...

Photos from Friday, July 31

Annual Sessions

These photos are from Annual Sessions 2015 at Muhlenberg College. Today was our third day of being gathered together as a yearly meeting for fellowship, fun, community, and spirit-led decision making. All photos by Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt

Day 3: Sharing Truth Together

Annual Sessions

See what you missed at Annual Sessions today. It’s the third day of Annual Sessions, where Friends from across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting have gathered here at Muhlenberg College.

Decisions Minuted on Friday, July 31, 2015

Annual Sessions

The following are selected Minutes of Action from Annual Sessions 2015. Comprehensive Minutes will be posted following Annual Sessions. Nominating Committee Report given by Nominating Committee Clerk Thomas Swain (Middletown MM) Complete Nominating Committee Report will be posted online soon. Releases from FGC, PYM Elders and FCNL as listed were approved. Appointments to FWCC as presented were approved. Appointments to FGC ...

Decisions Minuted on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Annual Sessions

The following are selected Minutes of Action from Annual Sessions 2015. Comprehensive Minutes will be posted following Annual Sessions. Friends approved the proposed 2015 – 2016 budget as presented. Friends approved the following minute: PYM encourages its Clerk, and empowers the General Secretary and councils as they are led to pursue opportunities and communicate publicly on behalf of PYM in support ...

Day 2: Getting Down to Business

Annual Sessions

See what you missed at Annual Sessions today. It’s the second day of Annual Sessions, where Friends from across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting have gathered here at Muhlenberg College.

Photos from Thursday, July 30, 2015

Annual Sessions

These photos are from Annual Sessions 2015 at Muhlenberg College. Today was our second day of being gathered together as a yearly meeting for fellowship, fun, community, and spirit-led decision making.

Day 1: Gathering Into Community

Annual Sessions

See what you missed at Annual Sessions today. The first moments of Annual Sessions are always filled with energy and anticipation, as Friends from across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting converge on Muhlenberg College.

Theme Announced for Annual Sessions 2015

Annual Sessions

PYM Annual Sessions 2015, will be held at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, July 29-August 2, 2015. The theme is Open Our Eyes That We May See. After preparing to discuss possible themes during the months following Annual Sessions 2014, and following a period of worship, members of Sessions Planning Group lifted up many works they felt would be moving …

Message from the Clerk

Annual Sessions

The 334th Annual Session of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting was one of worship, fun, challenging work and fellowship! Over 80 newcomers joined us this year! We had one of the largest numbers of Middle School Friends ever in attendance! And a record-breaking attendance overall! Friends, we have approved a new way forward, one that will help us better carry out the …