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 …

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 …

Youth and Young Adult Programs Staff Changes Follow Up Information

Children, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

The following updates have been published to share further information about staffing changes: MAY 2, 2017 Staffing Update: Administrative Support in the Office APRIL 22, 2017 Communication from Leadership to PYM APRIL 14, 2017 Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Salaries: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH ...

Thread Gatherings, New and Improved

Finance, First Day School, Giving, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

Thread Gatherings began in January of 2013 to draw meetings into closer fellowship, to nurture our collective wisdom and corporate ministry, and to share resources so work can be joined and strengthened. The image of the “thread” was and remains a useful metaphor, representing aspects of Quaker Faith and Practice that weave us together, as it were. From 2013 to …

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 ...

Salem Quarterly Meeting Launches Podcast

Communications, Outreach, Religious Education

Salem Quarterly Meeting, an association of seven South Jersey Quaker meetings, has launched a new podcast called Clearly Quaker. This occasionally released podcast will feature audio recordings from various lectures on topics of interest to both Quakers and non-Quakers alike. Clearly Quaker expands Salem Quarterly Meeting’s recent efforts to explore new digital mediums and broaden its communications and outreach. 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 …

Farewell to Benjamin Camp

Annual Sessions, Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Religious Education

It is with sadness that I announce Benjamin Camp’s departure from service on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff as Children’s Religious Life Program Coordinator. Until recently, Ben also served as our Youth & Young Adult Programs Team Leader. He will be working through the 2016 Annual Sessions, and his last day will be Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Ben’s authentic sense of humor and cheery demeanor …

Celebrating Matt Sanderson

Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Friends

It is with a joyful sort of sadness that I announce the coming departure of Matt Sanderson from PYM staff, effective April 6, 2016. He started as Middle School Friends Assistant in 2009, and since 2012 he has served as Middle School Friends Coordinator. Yet, actually, Matt has served our community in other ways for many years. Beginning with a ...

Announcing the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative!

Religious Education

Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Forms August 17 and 18, 2014, thirty-three Friends gathered at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA to envision the future of religious education among Friends.  We left feeling exhilarated, believing that way had opened for a collective effort in Quaker religious education that reaches across the current yearly meeting, organizational and geographic boundaries.  “Elegant in its simplicity, …

The Quaker RE Collaborative’s First Meeting: August 17-18, 2014

Religious Education

Four Friends with deep ties to Quaker Religious Education from four Yearly Meetings (including PYM) are feeling moved to invite others to join them in a Quaker religious education community of practice. We are calling it a Quaker RE Collaborative (QREC). We invite Friends who hold a sense of stewardship for the faith formation of Quaker children to join with …

Host a Religious Education Listening Circle

Religious Education

We invite Friends who hold a sense of stewardship for the faith formation of Quaker children to join with us.  We are Friends with deep ties to Quaker Religious Education from four Yearly Meetings (including PYM) who are feeling moved to invite others to join them in a Quaker religious education community of practice. We are calling it a Quaker …

First Day School Convergence!

Religious Education

This story is from Zac Dutton, the Coordinator for Western Quarterly Meeting I was curious. Some kind of mental bifurcation formed in the minds of those for whom I began to work about two years ago as Coordinator for Western Quarterly Meeting. Somehow our Monthly Meetings were so separate from the Quarterly Meeting that it was up to the Quarterly …

The 2013-14 FDS Thread Gathering: Success!

Religious Education

The first Thread Gathering we ever held was in September of 2012 on the ministry of First Day School.  There were 12 people in attendance at that first effort.  This year’s First Day School Thread Gathering was held on Saturday, November 16th at Princeton Meeting in Burlington Quarter.  It was attended by 25 Friends – more than a 100% increase …

The Family Neighborhood at Annual Sessions

Religious Education

If you look up the word “neighbor­hood” in the dictionary, among the definitions is “Distinctive area: a district with characteristics that distinguish it from the areas around it.”  Each year at Sum­mer Sessions, just such a neighborhood is born — a place where families whose children are in Children’s Sessions (infants-grade 5) can gather, hang out, play and be in …

Paths to Quaker Parenting

Religious Education

Paths to Quaker Parenting Using Quaker Beliefs, Testimonies and Practices Edited by Harriet Heath This book is the sharing of a group of parents who have struggled with concerns common to most parents. We asked ourselves questions such as: How should I respond to my three-year-old’s whining for a cookie at 5:30 in the afternoon? Should my nine-year-old have both …

Nurturing the Mind, Body, Spirit and Silliness

Religious Education

Stephen Dotson has served Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as the Middle School Friends Coordinator for the last three years. During this time his spirit-led enthusiasm has inspired, challenged and engaged Quaker middle schoolers. The gatherings have been intentionally crafted to exercise the mind, body and spirit as well as to foster community and lasting friendships between the MSFs and each other …