EMIR Healing Center ministry supported by Green Street Monthly Meeting

Children, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns

Green Street Meeting’s Quaker Social Change Ministry group in support of EMIR Healing Center is having a “Fill a Bookbag” drive to gather school supplies for 85 children participating in the center’s programs this year. EMIR stands for “Every Murder is Real.” The center, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, was founded by Green Street member Victoria Greene, after her …

Uniting for economic and social justice with other people of faith: POWER Philadelphia, Metro, Central and Northeast

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns

Over the past several years, three monthly meetings in Philadelphia–Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street), Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and now Germantown Monthly Meeting–have joined a broad-based interfaith coalition founded in 2011 under the name Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild, or POWER. POWER, affiliated at the national level with the PICO Network, aimed then (and still …

Junior Friends Conference Hosted by Abington Quarter

Children, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education, Uncategorized, Worship and Ministry

      “This is the best week of my life.” 4th Grade Student For more than forty years, Abington Quarter has supported two summer youth programs for members and attenders of Friends Meetings within the Quarter: Junior Friends Conference (JFC) and Middle School Friends Conference (MSFC). The opportunity to join the Junior Friends Conference is open to all young …

Worship in Solidarity with the March for Our Lives

Peace & Social Concerns

Haddonfield Monthly Meeting welcomed some thirty people on Saturday, March 24, between 10-Noon, for a period of worship in solidarity with the 800+ March for Our Lives rallies across the globe  Members of Haddonfield and Medford Meetings, as well as some nearby churches participated. Participants reported that some strong messages were shared during worship, and that it felt like a …

PYM Youth March for Our Lives

Children, Continuing Sessions, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education, Young Friends

On Saturday, March 24, at Spring Continuing Sessions, Youth from across PYM participated in the March for Our Lives at the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA. The morning program was spent in preparation: wondering about how we let our lives speak as Friends, talking about what it is like to attend a march/rally, and processing different perspectives on the issue of …

The Art of Persuasion – Trans comic Ramona Sharples and Editorial Cartoonist Signe Wilkinson discuss their craft.

Peace & Social Concerns

What’s in a cartoon and why does it move people? How personal is graphic novel writing? Where do inspired editorial cartoons come from? What makes humor stick? Ramona Sharples and Signe Wilkinson drew on personal and professional truths at Friends in Fellowship, on Thursday March 8th, as they explained the origins of their very different cartoons to a group of …

PYM Staff Join National Walk Out Day

Addressing Racism, Children, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Quakers in our region have a long history of concern about gun violence. Individual monthly meetings and the yearly meeting have approved minutes and spoken with lawmakers about it. A campaign that grew out of PYM peace work successfully closed a Philadelphia gun shop with a tremendous reputation and record for straw purchases.  At this time when the youth of …

Six person panel on prisons at Willistown Meeting tells it like it is – with compassion, hope and experience

Peace & Social Concerns

On Saturday, February 10th the Willistown Meeting hosted some fifty Friends and visitors for a panel discussion on the Pennsylvania Prison system. Willistown’s clerk, Will Scull, and event organizer Derek Stedman welcomed two West Chester University professors, Michael Antonio and Sami Abdel-Salaam, along with four other presenters—Chrissy Nye, an ex-offender; Laura Taylor, (Gwynedd Meeting) an expert on the Quaker-led Alternatives …

Senate Vote Toward 573 Requires Presidential Signature

Peace & Social Concerns

Not one, but six east coast Tribal Nations seeking Federal recognition for decades await President Trump’s signature. This legal status will allow direct relationship with the Federal government, “funding for scholarships, healthcare and other services. It will also allow for the respectful repatriation of ancestral remains.” Fellow “First Contact” initiatives, by Baltimore Yearly Meeting Friends of shared spirit, have lifted …

Friends in Fellowship program launches with supper and talk by human rights lawyer, Bob Swift

Peace & Social Concerns

Last Thursday marked the launch of the new Friends in Fellowship speaker series run by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Arch Street Meetinghouse. After people assembled in the reception room for a light supper, the human rights lawyer, Robert Swift, briefed them on human rights restitution in the Philippines. Before heading home one visitor said, “this was a great event and …

Peace Tax Fund Petition

Peace & Social Concerns

Members of the Pottstown Worship Group, along with others from traditional Peace Churches, recently met with the executive director of the Peace Tax Fund, Malachy Kilbride at the Akron Mennonite Church. The members of the Pottstown Worship Group, under the care of Gwynedd Meeting, have been under the weight of a concern for the traditional Quaker Peace Testimony.  Friends deeply …

Woodstown Quakers Crank Up the Volume for Humanitarian Demining

Giving, Peace & Social Concerns, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry

With the help of his fellow Quakers, Jack Mahon of Elmer, New Jersey, has dedicated the last ten years to sending magnetic locators to poor and struggling communities throughout the world. The locators, a product of Schonstedt Instrument Company, can detect the presence of landmines and other unexploded weaponry left behind in a warzone. Once locals are trained to use …

Praying on Seeds: Solidarity for Puerto Rican Sovereignty

First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education, Young Adult Friends

by marian dalke A Sunday morning of soft light is cast through deep wooden windows. The light swifts over and picks up the soft cotton of milkweed seeds, sailing over the heads of those gathered for Quaker Meeting for Worship at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. Meanwhile, Grace Gonglewski shares a message about “praying on seeds,” as she casts more milkweed …

PYM Participates in NCC Delegation to the Middle East

General Secretary, Middle East Collaborative, Peace & Social Concerns

Starting today, PYM General Secretary Christie Duncan-Tessmer is currently traveling as a member of a delegation of the National Council of Churches to the Middle East. This ten-day trip includes visits with diplomats, politicians, church leaders, and activists in Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine. PYM will be posting periodic updates from Christie this week during her trip, to share what …

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 …

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 …