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 …

The historic Arch Street Quaker Meeting House says, “Happy 370th Birthday, William Penn!”

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As part of the celebration of William Penn’s 370th Birthday, a two-day event will be held at the historic Arch Street Meeting House. The celebration begins Friday, October 24th with a fundraiser to benefit the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, a group tasked with supporting the continued preservation of this National Historic Landmark. On that evening, a reception will …

Electricity Provider Survey Launched May 2014

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We all know that the electricity we produce from fossil fuels releases high levels of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. The good news is that renewable energy is now an option for nearly all Meetings. This summer, the Eco-Justice Working Group is undertaking an energy supplier survey of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting houses. The short survey identifies …

The Friends Economic Integrity Project hosts must-see film: GMO OMG

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Join the Eco-justice Working Group, GMO Free PA, and Food & Water Watch for a screening of the new film “GMO OMG” on Wednesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. at the Philadelphia Friends Center! About the film: “GMO OMG” director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our …

Quakers contribute to People’s Climate March in NYC, Sept 21

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On Sunday, September 21, organizers expected up to 100,000 people to take part in the People’s Climate March in New York City, including people of faith, environmental groups, labor and many others–calling on world leaders to commit to a strong climate change treaty. Friends from PYM and from all over the country joined the more than 300,000 who witnessed to …

Eco-Justice Working Group at Greenfest Philly 2014

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The Eco-Justice Working Group (EJWG) joined over 100 exhibitors and vendors at Greenfest Philly, the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area on Sunday September 13, 2014. The festival was held at charming historic Headhouse Square. With perfect weather,  Greenfest was a terrific place to spread the word about living simply and sustainably. This year, the EJWG shared information on Friendly …