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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 …

Implementation Committee Report to May Interim Meeting

Implementation Committee

With excitement and hope, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is entering a time of transition. We are reminded by Friend Ruth Chandler, writing in 1764, that “…the Gospel Plow is not designed for Destruction when it is turned into the Field by the good Husbandman, who is concerned to plow up the fallow Ground before he sows the good Seed.” Throughout our history as Friends we …

Gathering EVERYONE: Continuing Sessions on Nov 7

Implementation Committee

On November 7, 2015, we all have an opportunity to connect with one another in a new way: Continuing Sessions. In the Five Year Plan, we decided to include everyone, more often, in the decision making of the community and to bring all of us together in fellowship. The space to do that, twice a year, is Continuing Sessions. The …

Progress: April 29

Implementation Committee

Implementation Committee met to discuss the next steps for the committee. We reviewed our timeline and find that we are on schedule – hooray! We reviewed our progress on the following tasks: Informing working groups and committees that all current structures will be laid down on 30 September. Friends are attached to their work and are engaged in very good …

Working Groups and Standing Committees: FAQs

Implementation Committee

In the week of April 13th the Implementation Committee sent a letter by email to the clerks of current standing committees and working groups sharing that as step in implementing our new five year plan, standing committees and working groups will be laid down.  The letter can be read online (add hyperlink).  Following the communication the clerk of the (implementation) …

Progress: April 19

Implementation Committee

The Implementation Committee met to begin creating what we are calling the “substructures” of the new plan. These substructures are the various ways Friends across PYM can connect and collaborate with each other on shared concerns and leadings. The vision of Re-Kindling Our Fire is to free up everyone’s energy and creativity to bring about the kinds of change in …

Implementation Committee Meets with PYM Financial Leadership

Implementation Committee

The Friends who serve in leadership positions for our yearly meeting’s finances met by phone with the clerk of Implementation Committee. The goal of the meeting was to ensure that the work of Implementation is meeting our financial and budgeting needs so that when the new structure moves into position we may remain on solid footing. The phone call included …

Laying Down Working Groups and Standing Committees

Implementation Committee

The letter below was sent from Jonathan Snipes, Clerk of Implementation and Jada Jackson, Presiding Clerk to PYM standing committee and working group clerks.  It was sent to standing committee clerks on Wednesday, April 15th following a conference call the previous evening with the clerks, Jonathan, Jada, Penny Colgan Davis, Rising Clerk and General Secretary, Christie Duncan-Tessmer.  The letter was then sent to …

Progress: April 12

Implementation Committee

Implementation Committee Meeting, April 12 So much has happened in the past two weeks! Lane Taylor has been named and approved by Interim Meeting as the Clerk of the Quaker Life Committee, our first concrete step towards implementation of the new structure. In addition, Saturday, November 7, 2015 was announced as our first Continuing Sessions gathering at Westtown School. This …

Lane Taylor is named the first clerk of the Quaker Life Council

Implementation Committee

It is with great joy that we report that Interim Meeting has approved the nomination of Lane Taylor to be clerk of the Quaker Life Council! The Quaker Life Council has the responsibility of helping provide the yearly meeting community with humble leadership in Quaker faith and practice. With divine assistance and in relationship with other council members, Friends on …

Progress: March 29

Implementation Committee

At our meeting on Sunday, March 28, the Implementation Committee met for our third in-person meeting. We began with a really cool introduction of the strategic goals of the plan, which everyone should totally check out below. Finally getting down to work, we approved the Continuing Sessions for November 7 at Westtown Friends School and began forming a group to ...

Progress: March 10 and 11

Implementation Committee

Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Implementation Committee met again by phone this week to review job descriptions.  We are nearing completion on both descriptions as well as the preamble.  We expect that as the rest of the work gets fleshed out there may be some minor changes but we will soon have the bones of both descriptions.  As …

Progress: March 2

Implementation Committee

Tuesday, March 2, 2015 Implementation Committee gathered on the phone to work on job descriptions for members of the two councils. The plan is to have 2 meetings to work on this together while committee members do independent work between meetings. We want good job descriptions so that Nominating has a strong sense of who they are looking for to …

Implementation of New Grants Committee

Implementation Committee

Implementation Committee set up several task groups to address projects that might be moved into place in the near-term, before the councils were appointed.  This process allows us to hand some amount of the new responsibilities to the Councils in a manner that is ready to go.  One of these projects is the Grants Committee. The Grants Committee will be ...

Progress: February 22

Implementation Committee

Sunday, February 22, 2015 Our second meeting followed quickly on the heels of the first! At this meeting we primarily shared our progress of the task groups and we made plans for next steps. Of note from the task groups: We carefully reviewed what is our responsibility for raising up the new Grants Committee and what needs to be given …

A Report to Interim Meeting: February 14

Implementation Committee

The Implementation Committee gave our first report to Interim Meeting this month. The report was reflective of the spirit of our committee and a little different from your standard fare: Clerk Jonathan Snipes asked Interim Meeting members to share what was on their hearts about the new plan.  He then fit those answers into a variation of the song “I …

Progress: The first meeting, February 7

Implementation Committee

Saturday, February 7, 2015 Here is our first report to you from the Implementation Committee! The Implementation Committee met for the first time on February 7. We hit the ground running and have established an additional strategic direction, 5 task groups and a timeline for the project. The committee reviewed the six strategic directions. Based on the minute presented to …