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 …

Climate Justice: Faith in Action Conference

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The Eco-Justice Working Group, as a member of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light, invites PYM Friends to the conference: Climate Justice: Faith in Action  Sunday October 26, 2014  2:00-6:00 Why is climate change a justice issue? What does faith have to do with it? Come share your perspective and enjoy the perspectives of: Victoria Furio of Union Theological Seminary Jacqueline …

Arch Street Lunch and Lecture Series 2014

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The Arch Street Meeting House is offering a  free lecture series focusing on the history of the meetinghouse, Quakerism and Philadelphia.  This series was launched last year and continues with at least 5 free lectures offered in 2014-2015. Each event includes a lecture followed by a brown bag lunch and conversation.  The lunchtime lectures are held at the  Arch Street Meeting …

Invite Your Meeting to Become a Climate March Faith Community

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Faith Communities Everywhere – Support the People’s Climate March Faith communities around the world want to show support for the People’s Climate March. Quaker Meetings around the country are becoming  part of the  Climate March Faith Community by taking action.  The Eco-Justice Working Group is collaborating with regional faith groups, including GreenFaith, to make it easy for you to witness to …

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Designed and facilitated by the PYM Spiritual Formation Working Group, this nine-month program will provide a structured, supportive community to help participants reflect and deepen their Quaker spirituality, to discern their leadings by faithful listening to each other and to the Inner Light. The components include three retreats, selected readings, the development of personal spiritual disciplines, and peer reading and …

Friends Begin to Move Their Money to Protect the Planet

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The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting announced today that more than $2 million of assets have been divested from fossil fuels and reinvested in a new Quaker Green Fund offered by Friends Fiduciary Corporation.  By doing so, Philadelphia area  Friends join a growing number of religious communities, colleges, towns and states across the country, which are bringing pressure …

EQAT Action in Pittsburgh: Join with Friends from across the country

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Join Earth Quaker Action Team Thursday, July 3rd in Pittsburgh! Since 2009 Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT, pronounced “equate”) has called on PNC, a bank with Quaker roots and many Quaker customers, to end its practice of financing coal mining companies that blow up mountains, poison streams, and destroy Appalachian communities, all while fueling climate change. While this year’s FGC …

Friendly Households Announces Quaker Meeting Energy Survey

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The testimony of economic stewardship invites us to consider how we use our money: Friends need to examine their decisions about obtaining, holding, and using money and other assets, to see whether they find in them the seeds, not only of war, but also of self-indulgence, injustice, and ecological disaster. Good stewardship of economic resources consists both in avoidance of …

May 17 Meeting

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Please feel free to join us at our next meeting May 17, 2014 at 10 AM at Arch Street Meeting House. If you can not come in person, but would like to join by telephone, email for instruction

Message from the Clerk

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Interim Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is charged with several key tasks on behalf our community.  One of them is approval of the General Secretary, the chief administrator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.  This position holds responsibility for the executive leadership of our yearly meeting and oversight of all staff operations. I am delighted to …

Christie Duncan Tessmer

New General Secretary Named

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Christie Duncan-Tessmer appointed to succeed Arthur M. Larrabee as General Secretary Interim Meeting today approved the recommendation of the General Secretary Search Committee to appoint Christie Duncan-Tessmer as our new General Secretary effective August 25, 2014 upon the retirement of Arthur M. Larrabee. Download information about our new General Secretary Report from the General Secretary Search Committee Press Release Biography ...

Reflections on Community

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Our yearly meeting is first and foremost a faith community and I’d like to share some reflections about the importance of community to me and to our Religious Society. Community matters very much to Friends. Some religions seek a primary experience of God at the altar. We seek a primary experience of God in community. Our community is very special …

Stay Informed about Long Range Planning

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The PYM Long Rang Planning Group regularly reports to Interim Meeting and publishes progress reports on its work and discernment with members, meetings and other guides. We encourage all members and interested parties to regularly visit the Long Range Planning Works In Progress page where you will find reports, updates and recommendations about our developing long range plan.   This page includes …

Environmental Leadership Summer Workcamp

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Young Friends (and older ones too) are invited for a experiential program focusing on cloud forest conservation, sustainable development, and cultural exchange at Las Cañadas in Huatusco, Mexico. You will have the opportunity to work in an ecovillage setting, enjoy the beauty of the Mexican cloud forest, develop leadership skills and forge enduring friendships as part of Westtown School’s Quaker …

Update on our General Secretary Search

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The General Secretary Search Committee has been busy over the past six months and we have progress to report! We have already received a number of applications from Friends within and outside the PYM community, and we are accepting additional applications through the end of the year. We welcome and invite additional recommendations and applications! Interviews will begin in January …