Financial Highlights from 2015

Finance, General Secretary

Friends, at the close of the year, our financial house continues to be in good working order. This is true thanks to the meetings who provided strong support, thanks to hundreds and hundreds of Friends who gave to the annual fund, thanks to the working groups who helped us to cut expenses, and thanks to the staff for tightening their …

Friendly 800’s 2015

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Registration for Friendly 800's is now closed. Share photos with the Hashtag: #friendly800s While you’re at your potluck dinner, post live photos to Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to use the hashtag #friendly800s. This will enable your pictures and updates to be collected into a live-stream, where you can see what’s happening at the other dinners! Not posting yourself? ...

The Last Interim Meeting

General Secretary

In one way or another, for centuries, our yearly meeting has had a way manage our business between Annual Sessions.  Faith & Practice shares that “In the year 1756 the Meeting for Sufferings was established in Philadelphia to represent Philadelphia Yearly Meeting between sessions and to carry out its work.”  Meeting for Sufferings included twelve Friends appointed by the yearly …

May Interim Meeting Report: So many ways to Connect

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When I met my husband I discovered I was going to have to learn a new skill to keep up with him: mountain biking.  While I loved crashing down hills and whizzing by trees, and I even loved the occassional wipe-out, I got very frustrated by the fact that I seemed to hit every single rock in the path.  Zach ...

April Interim Meeting Report: A sneak preview

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In April my Interim Meeting report provided Friends with a SNEAK PREVIEW! In the next month a new section of our website will go live.  This new section, called Connect, will make it easy for Friends to connect with others around the yearly meeting.  It provides easy access to all of our news, to the intervisitation map, to our newsletters and …

Going to a Different Place

General Secretary

I received a wonderful gift this week!  A Friend sent me an email that said: With gratitude for Rick’s willingness to share his spiritual condition with our whole community, I invite you to read about his experience: Today I worshiped at Quakertown Meeting. Our PYM General Secretary has been urging each of us to go and to worship with other …

The Yearly Meeting Is Getting Smaller (In a Good Way!)

General Secretary

A Friend in Western Quarter told me last month “it feels like the yearly meeting is getting smaller!” She said it with a huge smile and radiating enthusiasm. “Can you tell me more about that?” I asked, because I felt like her words did not mean what I thought they meant (Princess Bride, anyone?).  She knew exactly what she meant. …

A 17-day Whirlwind Tour of our Yearly Meeting

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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s new General Secretary has completed the You Are PYM! tour.  In a 17-day whirlwind, Christie: Travelled nearly 650 miles To five regions of the yearly meeting Meeting with more than 300 Friends From about 65 meetings Following the last tour date, Christie said she was even more grateful to be serving the Quaker community as General Secretary ...

PYM and Ferguson

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Prior to my travelling to St. Louis November 17-19, our Yearly Meeting approved a minute releasing me to speak on our behalf in the event that the decision about an indictment of the officer who shot Michael Brown was released while I was there. As it happened, that decision came a week later, after I returned. Today I’m hearing rage, sadness, ...

Travelling to St. Louis

General Secretary

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is a founding member of the National Council of Churches in Christ. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends United Meeting are the only Quaker congregational members. As a member of Governing Board of the National Council of Churches in Christ, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has been included in the Office of the President’s national updates concerning the events around ...

You are PYM: The Gen.Sec Tour 2014. A Status Report

General Secretary

The Gen.Sec Tour is underway! I’ve eaten potatoes* with Friends from two meetings and am looking forward to the next three. Each Tour Date starts off with Friends indicating on large maps of the PYM region which meetings they have visited. This gives a colorful picture of the intervisitation practices in our meetings (Let us know where you’ve been! Log ...

Staff Stand Up (with a baby!)

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Each week the PYM staff gather in a circle for a “stand-up” meeting.  We stand in a circle to worship and share whatever is most important on our lists and our hearts for the week.  This allows us to have a sense of what is happening in the big picture and brings us together as a community. Zachary Dutton, Associate Secretary …

First Report to the Yearly Meeting

General Secretary

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 I gave my first report as General Secretary to Interim Meeting. I began my report by sharing a little about my own family.  On my mother’s side I am descended from the first dutch child born in America (that baby was also the child of King William of Orange, says family lore).  All the women …