Welcome, Melinda Wenner Bradley!

Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Our New Youth Engagement Coordinator! Scroll down for a personal message from Melinda.  We announce with great joy that Melinda Wenner Bradley of West Chester Monthly Meeting will soon join the staff of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) as our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. Melinda will work with other community members to steward the ministry and religious life of our children, …

Apply to Work with and for Our Youth

Administrative Council, Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends! I want to make sure you are aware that we are nearing completion of the process to hire our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. We aim to complete the process by the middle of November, 2017. Another announcement will follow at that time. When the new Youth Engagement Coordinator is hired, they will need immediately to commence another process …

Financial Support for Retreat for Friends of Color

Addressing Racism, Faith & Practice, General Secretary, Grants, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Worship and Ministry

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will cover $150.00 per person of the cost of the registration of PYM Friends of Color and their families to attend the upcoming Retreat for Friends of Color. It will be held November 3 to 5 at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York. Head to the Friends General Conference Website for more information and …

Meg Rose’s Next Steps

Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

Dear PYM Friends, I am excited to announce that Meg Rose will begin serving as our Young Adult Engagement Coordinator on September 1, 2017. She has served as Interim YAF Co-Coordinator for the past few months and as Interim Children’s Religious Life Coordinator for the past year. Meg’s unique experience in supporting children, families, and young adults will help us as …

Introducing Resource Friends!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Communications, Friends and Education, Friends Counseling Service, Monthly Meeting Management, Online Newsletters, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

We are excited to report that the Quaker Life Council approved investing nearly forty thousand dollars over two fiscal years to raise up a momentous new program called Resource Friends. Resource Friends help our community be healthy and thrive, by providing expert support in areas of need in our monthly meetings and on the yearly meeting level. They are the …

Greenleaf Granting Group Highlights Caring, Compassion, Confidentiality, Respect

Aging Services, Grants, Pastoral Care Support

Over $1.7 million in needs-based financial assistance from the Greenleaf Fund has now been allocated to qualifying older members and attenders of monthly meetings in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The Greenleaf Granting Group recognizes that how they accomplish this is even more important than how much has been granted. They have issued a clear statement of the values their grants are ...

The Pastoral Care Assistance Committee

Pastoral Care Support

From time to time, it is helpful for a Care & Counsel Committee to look at itself and its work in order to identify specific areas of need in the meeting community and its own capacity to respond to those needs. Depending upon the nature of the individual concerns which come to light, the care committee may decide that the …

Nurturing Gifts, Knowing Lives!

Pastoral Care Support

By Mary Waddington When considering the role of Care Committee members in nurturing the gifts of members, I am reminded of my work with Margery Larrabee.  After attending several of Margery’s Friends General Conference (FGC) gathering workshops on Spirit-Led Eldering, I was pleasantly surprised when she invited me to become her spiritual friend. I had taken other FGC workshops with …

Newtown Meeting’s Holiday Invitation to Young Adult Friends

Pastoral Care Support

Newtown Monthly Meeting heard from young adult friends that they wanted to be included in the life of the meeting,but also knew that many do not live near home so can’t serve on an active committee.  We have done outreach such as annual letters and a “homecoming” Sunday (first after Christmas) but they were poorly attended. What I did notice …

Pastoral Care of Children: Building Caring Relationships

Pastoral Care Support

One of the reasons for my family’s involvement in Quaker meeting was my awareness that my children were growing up without close relationships to their grandparents.  Both my husband and I have parents who live at a considerable distance from us.  Of course, my kids see their grandparents on holidays and other special occasions.  But, we were concerned that they …

Making the Effort to Stay Connected with Young Adult Friends

Pastoral Care Support

As the result of concern among the wider meeting membership regarding the spiritual welfare, and the physical whereabouts of our young adult members, Care and Counsel began a year-long focused effort to connect to every one of our young adult members. Our intention was to reach out and maintain contact individually. While our young members were having adventures, in school, …

Caring for Young Adult Friends

Pastoral Care Support

by Cara Arcuni Monthly meetings all over the United States struggle with attracting new attenders, particularly Young Adult Friends (YAFs) who fall between the ages of 18 and 35. It’s a rather large and indiscriminate cohort, but the people in that cohort (including me) have something in common: whether convinced, birthright, or exploring, we just don’t seem to be sticking around. Click the link below to …

Opportunities For Funeral and Green Burial Planning

Pastoral Care Support

Brad Sheeks, RN, a hospice nurse, is a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.  He serves as the clerk of the Southwestern Burial Ground Committee of Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting. — What can we do to help his breathing? asked the daughter as I approached the bed of the elderly man.  After a brief assessment of her father’s condition, I turned …

A Natural Undertaking: Helping Families Care for Their Own Dead

Pastoral Care Support

by Cheryl Clark, Schuylkill Friends Meeting Several years ago my leading to share information on the practical, legal and spiritual aspects of caring for the dead led to my involvement in the creation of A Natural Undertaking, a nonprofit partnership dedicated to helping families care for their loved ones at home after death. Through my experiences of caring for family …

Recognizing White Privilege an Interview with Joan Broadfield

Pastoral Care Support

Joan Broadfield is clerk of PYM’s Ministry for Racial Justice and Equality Working Group which is currently in the early stage of visioning and planning its work. This past April, Joan attended the White Privilege Conference. Her concern for racial justice and equality and pastoral care in our meetings arises from the conviction that caring for others allow us the …

Bayard Rustin: A Faithful Life

Pastoral Care Support

by Dan Seeger. I am privileged to have been able to count Bayard Rustin among my friends. Bayard was a member of the AFSC’s New York Office Executive Committee for some of the years during which I served as regional director of that office.  In this essay, I will draw together two of the key spiritual threads in Bayard’s life: …

Beyond Appearances: Seeing That of God More Clearly

Pastoral Care Support

Profile & Reflections of Terry Christensen, of Yardley Friends Meeting In early 1994, most people who knew Terry Christensen, knew him as Captain Terry. He was a professional mariner based in Astoria, Oregon. Today, after losing his sight as the result of a degenerative optic nerve disorder, Terry serves Yardley Friends as clerk of meeting. His spirited tenacity and determination …

Ideas for Retaining Physically Challenged Members of Meeting

Pastoral Care Support

Assume that during your own life, you will almost certainly experience a time of physical impairment or limitation: severe back pain, joint replacement or other surgery, broken bones, a long debilitating illness, injuries from an accident.  This assumption becomes even more likely as increases in longevity advance with each passing decade. How can Meeting help each of us during our …