Participate in the Quaker Action Training!

Addressing Racism, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Young Adult Friends

Become a Social Justice Resource Friend! In November of 2016, the PYM staff Community Engagement Team began a process of discernment with Quakers, organizers, trainers, and social justice activists.These elders provided guidance and expertise on how PYM Friends could most effectively move into social action, grounded in our powerful spiritual tradition and in our core commitment to honor that of …

Do Quaker Schools Offer Sanctuary for Undocumented Students?

Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education

In the U.S., there are 71 Friends schools affiliated with the Friends Council on Education, serving PreK through high school students. What if all of those schools were sanctuary campuses, offering protection for their undocumented students and their families? Recently, AFSC and PYM decided to find out if any Quaker schools were having these same dreams of Quaker witness in …

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 …

In case you’ve never lobbied but are intrigued by FCNL’s awesome work

Legislative Policy Collaborative, Peace & Social Concerns, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

Maybe you’ve heard of FCNL. I first came into relationship with Friends Committee on National Legislation by way of a push from a Friend. They said, “This is important, you are important, you should team up.” So I attended Spring Lobby Weekend (begrudgingly!) in 2014 with expectations of feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and disappointed in our government. But somehow, over a …

Video: Courage for Racial Justice and Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns, Videos

On January 13th, Chris Crass spoke at Friends Center on “Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump.” The event was hosted in collaboration by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Showing Up for Racial Justice – Philly, Jewish Voice for Peace – Philly, and American Friends Service Committee. Over two hundred people filled the room for lecture and …

Newtown Meeting Member starts Bucks County Coalition for Refugee Resettlement

Peace & Social Concerns

Upon hearing disparaging comments about Muslims early in the presidential campaign, Norma Kaplis, a member of Newtown Meeting sought divine guidance in meeting for worship.  She asked, “How can I respond in a useful, positive way to these dark pronouncements?”  In a flash of clarity, she got the message, ‘Form an interfaith coalition of local people, bring a family to …

1961 Nonviolence Training Manual Republished

Peace & Social Concerns

by Brenda Walker Beadenkopf Those who are passionate about today’s causes, but abhor violence, may be drawn to this newly republished handbook by Philadelphia Quaker Charles Walker (pictured above). During the 1950s and 60s, the struggle for civil rights and freedom carried on in lunch counters, buses and streets throughout the South appeared chaotic at times, but behind the headline-making …

Take Action

Addressing Racism, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Legislative Policy Collaborative, Middle East Collaborative, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Uncategorized, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Please note- As of January 3, 2017, this page will no longer be updated. Go here for updated "Take Action" ideas and resources. The Community Engagement Team is compiling resources to help individuals & faith communities actively and effectively engage to counter state-sanctioned violence, individual bigotry, and oppression against people of color, immigrants, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ friends, Jews, Muslims, folks with ...

Walking the Walk: Taking Stock Ahead of Upcoming Thread

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Worship and Ministry

Quakers understand that there is a strong connection between working toward social justice and walking through life in mindful spirituality. Insights emerge from a life that expresses and searches for that of God in everyone. These insights often present  opportunities to recognize the need for collective liberation. With further examination, we can see that we do not live in a …

Call to Action: Honor the Treaties – Facing History

Peace & Social Concerns

  In the month since Friends approved the minute of September 6, 2016,  the Indian Committee has been busy. With the Eco Justice Collaborative, we are moving forward to identify appropriate and welcome ways to support the Standing Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near Bismarck, North Dakota. We are collaborating with the Eco Justice Collaborative and have contact with …

Refugee Family in Abington Quarter

Peace & Social Concerns

Abington Quarter is supporting a newly-arrived Congolese family.  On August 31st, 11 members of the Tuhenya family came from a Tanzanian refugee camp.  They are living in a former convent house in Wyndmoor Pa.  This initiative began with a leading from a member of Abington MM.  Our Quarter, working with 3 other area churches, pooled grant funding and secured the …

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 …

Eco Justice Collaborative News Bulletin

Eco-Justice Collaborative, Peace & Social Concerns

ECO-JUSTICE NEWS –June 2016 This is a monthly bulletin from the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to provide Friends with time-sensitive information and resources to help in their work for climate, economic and social justice. Please share as you think appropriate. UPCOMING ACTIONS: March for a Clean Energy Revolution.  On Sunday, July 24th, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club …

Yardley Friends Host Program on Mass Incarceration

Addressing Racism, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Legislative Policy Collaborative, Peace & Social Concerns

You just have to think 'racism' and 'money' to understand what drives The New Jim Crow. Patrick Hall Yardley Friends Meeting hosted a presentation and discussion on the impact of mass incarceration led by The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow Princeton/Trenton Chapter. Some 25 people were in attendance, and questions led to a thoughtful discussion. Presenters included Patrick Hall, who works ...

Quaker Abolitionist Anthony Benezet To Be Honored With State Historic Marker

Arch Street Meeting House, Peace & Social Concerns

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is unveiling an historical marker to commemorate the life and work of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784), a Quaker abolitionist and pioneer in the education of women and African Americans.  The dedication event organized by the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 11:00AM.   The ceremony is free …

State Department Recognizes Woodstown Monthly Meeting

Peace & Social Concerns

The Friends Meeting in Woodstown raises funds to purchase magnetic locators, then donated to the United Nations. The instruments are used to find mines & unexploded munitions in countries unable to afford such equipment. In May we were recognized by the State Department’s Office of Weapons Removal & Abatement for donating 110 locators since 2007.  Jack Mahon and Frank Lenik …

National War Tax Resistance Conference at Lansdowne Meeting

Peace & Social Concerns

Lansdowne Friends Meeting and Lansdowne Friends School hosted a national conference of conscientious war tax resisters the weekend of May 13-15.  There were about 30 attendees – 20 from around the country and 10 local. The conference included workshops of general interest as well as ones covering more specialized topics. An attendee addressed students in the LFS 5/6 class, and they …

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Rejoices over U.S. Government Investment in Preservation of Quaker Suffragist’s Memory

Peace & Social Concerns

Sewall-Belmont House Officially Becomes Part of the United States National Park System, Honoring Memory of Quaker Suffragist Alice Paul Philadelphia, PA, April 1, 2016 — President Obama has announced the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, DC will become a National Monument and officially be a unit of the United States National Park system. The Sewall-Belmont house holds the only fully intact …

PYM Friends Lobbying Efforts Bear Fruit for FCNL

Peace & Social Concerns

Last November, over 20 PYM Friends joined hundreds of others in Washington DC to train and take action with Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) at the semi-annual Quaker Lobbying Weekend.  While for some Friends this weekend is a time of learning new strategies and practicing new approaches, for others it is a familiar continuation of ongoing efforts in which …