Young Friends Program Transitions

Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Uncategorized, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

With deep gratitude, the PYM community acknowledges the many gifts of Young Friends Program Co-Facilitators Hannah Mayer and Kody Hersh as they each enter new stages of their lives and ministries, and move on from the Young Friends program. For many years they have anchored the Youth Program team with both administrative and program work, and also modeled for us deeply …

Junior Friends Conference Hosted by Abington Quarter

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      “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 …

Live Streaming Event: Join Christie & Oscar on the National Mall

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PYM Friends Christie Duncan-Tessmer and Oskar Castro will be speaking at the ACT to End Racism Rally on the national mall on Wednesday, April 4 at 10:30, giving remarks after Rev. Jim Wallis speaks. The full event will be live streamed at the following link: rally2endracism.org Members of Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Native American and numerous other congregations from all over the United …

Youth Programs Staff Update: New and Continuing Friends

Children, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Uncategorized, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends, We are delighted to introduce to you the wonderful team of staff who will be working with PYM Youth Programs. Some Friends are familiar faces shifting into a new role, others are new to the Yearly Meeting community. Each of them brings significant gifts to the program they will serve, and their energy and dedication to youth work …

Quakers Meet with Rep. Fitzpatrick to Discuss Climate Change

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Seventeen Quakers from Newtown Friends Meeting and Pennswood Village met with Representative Brian Fitzpatrick in his Langhorne office. The group requested that Fitzpatrick co-sponsor a piece of bipartisan legislation, H.R.2858, the SUPER Act to Reduce Climate Pollutants. The bill would establish a federal task force to reduce short-lived greenhouse gas emissions that are most toxic to public health and harmful …

Atlantic Coast Quaker Activists – Seize the Day – Join Us!

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Sometime last Winter PYM hosted a series of teleconference calls and a few things were noticed. One of the calls included about 40 PYM Members and was focused on Social Justice and Activism. It was uniformly discovered that since the Presidential Election – Quakers have exploded in the spirit of cause and witness. A “sprint” was developed and applied for. …

Gospel of Thomas Workshop Will Come to Your Meeting

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Alex Miller of Downingtown Meeting will bring his workshop on the Gospel of Thomas to your monthly meeting. The workshop, which Alex has presented at Annual Sessions, is designed for a group of 20-30 people. Upon discovery, the Gospel of Thomas was deemed to pose “grave danger”to the church establishment. The Gospel consists of simple verses, many of which match …

Haddonfield Quarterly Mtg Observes World Quaker Day, Sunday, October 1

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Members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) locally and around the world, will celebrate World Quaker Day on Sunday, October 1. This year’s theme set by the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is “Gathering in Worship Around the Globe.” This observance seeks to unite Friends from different traditions and different countries into one virtual worshipping community. “There are …

Quakers take aim at Comcast over lobbying disclosures, transparency

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A resolution filed by Friends Fiduciary with the Comcast Corporation on lobbying transparency was covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The resolution with Comcast asks the company, as the 12th biggest corporate lobbying spender in the country, to disclose more about its lobbying done through trade associations and at the state level. The resolution will be voted on by Comcast shareholders …

Exploring Membership in the Religious Society of Friends

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Since the beginning of Quakerism, Friends have had various iterations and explorations around how to do membership. New York Yearly Meeting’s Alternate Member Pathways Working Group, is hosting an event, inviting Quakers to explore alternative ways of doing membership in Quakerism. The need to explore ways to have more inclusive membership practices has long been recognized. This event will offer …

Living Well and Going Places

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Friends Home has its first bus! Now that it has arrived (see photos!), living well and going places perfectly describes life at Friends Home in Kennett. The bus, specially designed and built by Wolfington Body Company of Exton, seats 14, and was delivered on January 16. It has the necessary equipment to accommodate both walkers and wheelchairs as needed. Christine …

Burlington Quarter to Acquire Burlington Meeting House from PYM

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For the past three years, under an agreement that ends in June, the Trustees of Burlington Meeting House have successfully run the Burlington Meeting House & Center for Conference with a dedicated group of volunteers. Based on their model of success, Burlington Quarter has agreed to take ownership of the property and plans to ask PYM to transfer it to …

Ecumenical Declaration

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On February 10th 2017, PYM General Secretary attend a conference hosted by the National Council of Churches and Church World Services, representing Quakers across the nation. The conference was made up of different religious denominations across the country of various faith traditions to serve as an ecumenical call to action in response to ani-refugee legislation. Together, the gathered group created …

[Update]: PYM Scavenger Hunt Postponed until Annual Sessions

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Friends, We have decided to postpone the Scavenger Hunt until Annual Session in July instead of launching it at spring Continuing Sessions. Bellow is the original story with updated information. There are few things in life that facilitate as much fun and provide the same opportunity to get folks moving, as a scavenger hunt. Through creative tasks, scavenger hunts offer a window …

Youth Programs Visioning

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Introduction: Below, you will find a set of paragraphs that briefly describe in general terms major things the Youth Programs Sprint group has found doing work on behalf of our Quaker Life Council to discern a vision, mission, and governance structure for our yearly meeting’s youth programs. Following the paragraphs, there are a set of queries that may guide Friends …

Quaker Life Council Approves Two New Collaboratives

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The Quaker Life Council recently approved the efforts of two new Collaboratives: the Decarceration Collaborative, and the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Other World Relations Collaborative. FWCC and Other World Relations Collaborative: As time goes on it’s more and more clear that it is important that there be focus placed on investing in a long-term relationship between Philadelphia Yearly Meeting …

PYM-Wide Peace and Social Concerns Conference Call

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In early February, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff organized a series of conference calls with the rest of the PYM community. Each or the three calls had a different theme. The first call was centered around peace and social justice. There were around 20 different Meetings represented on the call (Princeton, Birmingham, Green Street, and Newtown, just to name a few) …

Germantown Meeting joins POWER

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At its Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business on Sunday, February 12, 2017, Germantown Meeting approved a proposal from its Racial and Social Justice Committee to become a congregation member of POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild. The meeting had hosted two Adult Classes and a Racial and Social Justice Committee meeting with members of POWER, …

2nd Annual Friendly 800’s

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  On October 16th, folks from the PYM community celebrated the second Friendly 800’s event. Friendly 800’s is an opportunity for people from all around the PYM region to come together for an evening of food and fellowship. This year, there were over 120 participants of varying ages that were split up between 11 separate host locations. Guests and the …