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 …

Proposals for Annual Sessions Work & Witness Due April 20

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This year, every afternoon at Annual Sessions is devoted to Work and Witness programming, to allow plenty of time for Friends to develop your groups, work actively together and communicate your work and witness to members of the Yearly Meeting. The deadline to submit proposals has passed, but we hope you will join one or more of the Work and ...

Friendly 800s Brings Together 250 Friends for a Yearly Meeting-Wide Potluck Dinner

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On Sunday, October 18, Friends gathered across our yearly meeting geography to celebrate the diversity of our religious experience and have fun! From Chambersburg to Moorestown and Pennsdale to southern Delaware, at 28 different locations, 250 people ate together, considered queries, posted photos and “micro-Epistles” on social media using the hashtag #friendly800s. Check them out! The phrase “to Friends everywhere” …

Council Members Gather to Launch New PYM Structure

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By Zachary Dutton, Associate Secretary for Program and Religious Life On September 19th, our Implementation Committee brought PYM Staff and Nominating Committee together with the new members of the Administrative Council and Quaker Life Council for a day-long training on our new governance structure, which takes effect on October 1. Over fifty Friends gathered at the Burlington Meeting House. They …

The 2016 Choice for One Book One Yearly Meeting

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A group of Friends at Annual Sessions 2015 formed a One Book One Yearly Meeting 2016 Sprint Group, which is a practice Friends in PYM will be embracing frequently as we live into our new governance structure. This particular sprint met only one time, over lunch on Friday, July 29 to choose the 2016 One Book. All ten thousand Friends, 105 monthly meetings, …

Arch Street Meeting House Receives Grant from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

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The Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to enable the creation of a new interpretative approach to The Arch Street Meeting House, a National Historic Landmark and Philadelphia’s first burial ground, along with the development of ambitious and innovative public programs. …

Releasing Ministry Plans Crowd-Funding Campaign

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For Immediate Release Releasing Ministry plans crowd-funding campaign Contacts: Viv Hawkins 267-212-3679, friendviv@gmail.com Vonn New 845-633-0819, vonn.new@gmail.com “It feels right to run a crowd-funding campaign to fund the development of a crowd-funding platform,” says ReleasingMinistry.org co-founder, Viv Hawkins (CPMM). Releasing Ministry Alliance announces a campaign to publicize the project and raise $16,000. Funds are needed to develop the web application, …

West Philadelphia Friends Meeting – A New Preparative Meeting

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After more than a year of discernment, West Philadelphia Friends Meeting has become a preparative meeting under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting! West Philadelphia Friends Meeting is a Quaker meeting in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia.  It began as the West Philly Worship Group in 2008 and became West Philadelphia Friends Meeting in September 2013. During …

Hope to Action for Ju$tice

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Climate, Race, Ju$tice: We’re All in This Together. by Joey Hartmann-Dow Joey Hartmann-Dow reflects on the recent Climate, Race, Ju$tice Conference, which was organized as a partnership between our Eco-Justice Working Group and some of our Quarterly Meetings. She invites us all to do our part to keep our little ship afloat because it might be sinking…right now! Yet she …

Two Transition Neighborhood Events in March

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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Eco-Justice Working Group and New York Yearly Meeting Earthcare Working Group & The Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub  present  a Transition Neighborhoods Workshop Intensive Sunday, March 1, 2015 When: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm (refreshments provided) Meeting for Worship: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (on site) Where: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102 Who is invited: Mid-Atlantic region Transitioners, Friends of Transition, …

Westtown School’s Environmental Leadership Program

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Westtown School invites high school and college students at Friends schools to join us for our Environmental Leadership Program. Offered June 23- 30, 2015, the program offers a week-long immersion in the stunningly beautiful Mexican cloud forest.The program is held at the Las Cañadas ecovillage in Huatusco, Mexico. This 600 plus acre property includes a dairy, cheese workshop, reforestation areas, …

Friendly Households Report

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Now is the Time to Join the Just Transition to Renewable Electricity Fourteen PYM Meetings have already shifted to Renewable Electricity in our 100% campaign! Friendly Households has set the goal of 100% of PYM Meetings joining the Just Transition to a Clean Energy Future by 2016. What a powerful example these trend-setting Meetings have set by committing to 100% …

Friends Journal Reviews The Wisdom to Survive

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©2014 Friends Publishing Corporation. Reprinted with permission. To subscribe: www.friendsjournal.org The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community Directed by John Ankele and Anne Macksoud. Old Dog Documentaries, 2014. 56 minutes. Price varies (see below) at Thewisdomtosurvive.bullfrogcommunities.com. Reviewed by Karie Firoozmand Friends can also borrow the DVD of the documentary from the PYM Library. What is keeping us from action, …

Climate Disruption is A Moral Issue: Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training

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The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting invites you to Learn how to speak with moral authority on the issue of climate change in Pennsylvania A day of preparation for people of all faiths When: February 19, 2015 9:00am to 5:00pm Where: Friends Center 1501 Cherry St. Philadelphia and by teleconference Join us to develop clear messages to bring directly to policymakers …

Young Adult Friends Summer Environmental Leadership in Mexico 2015

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This Environmental Leadership Program offers a week-long immersion in the stunningly beautiful Mexican cloud forest.The program is held at the Las Cañadas ecovillage in Huatusco, Mexico. June 23- 30, 2105 This 600 plus acre property includes a dairy, cheese workshop, reforestation areas, a cloud forest preserve, eco-tourism center, community school, bio-intensive gardens and wonderful views of local mountains. There are solar …

Australian Quakers Divest from ‘Big Four’ Banks

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January 14th: Members of the religious community of Quakers in Australia have joined a growing number of institutions and organisations that are committing to divest from fossil fuels. The national body of Quakers in Australia says it intends to move its corporate funds away from the “big four” banks and is encouraging individual members and meetings to move away from …

Earth Story, Our Story: Climate Change Call Us to Heal Ourselves and the World,

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The Eco-Justice Working Group is co-sponsoring a workshop on next steps on Climate Change entitled: Earth Story, Our Story: Climate Change Call Us to Heal Ourselves and the World, on Saturday February, 7 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Central Baptist Church in Wayne, PA. The featured speaker is cultural philosopher and storyteller Charles Eisenstein  www.charleseisenstein.net, author of: The More Beautiful World Our Hearts  Know is Possible, Sacred …

EJWG’s 100% Renewable Electricity Project is up and running!

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The goal of the 100% Project is that 100% of our Yearly Meeting’s buildings will be using 100% renewable electricity by our 2016 Annual Session. And we are off to a great start! More than 10% of our monthly meetings, and good many households have already switched. We appeal to the rest of our monthly meetings, and all our other …

Clerk’s Response to Friends Journal Story

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As the presiding clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, I am writing to clarify the yearly meeting’s role and actions related to the concerns raised in the October 2014 Friends Journal article, “My Experience as an African American Quaker” written by Friend Avis Wanda McClinton, a member of Upper Dublin (Pa.) Meeting. While recognizing the article represents Avis’s experiences in her …