Trenton Meeting Reaches out to African American Community

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Trenton Friends Meeting has been active in community relations efforts aimed at increasing community visibility, increased attendance and membership for more than ten years. Over the years Trenton Meeting has partnered with the YWCA to honor the Week without Violence, and with the Latino Land Trust to offer community development workshops and tutoring for neighborhood children. Trenton Meeting’s community forums …

Fall Update: The Work of the EcoJustice Working Group

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For many years, PYM has been a leader in witnessing to the risks associated with unchecked carbon and methane emissions. Momentum and hope are growing among people of faith that we may yet be able to get the attention of policy makers. In 2009, at the Copenhagen Summit, the world community recognized that a 2 degree celsius increase in global …

Listening Sessions Scheduled for General Secretary Search

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Update: Interim Meeting approved the PYM General Secretary job description during the Nov. 9, 2013 Interim Meeting.  Read the complete job description. The General Secretary Search Committee wants to hear from you! The selection of our next General Secretary is important to the future of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.  The Search Committee recognizes that there are many perspectives on the sort …

General Secretary Search Committee Begins Work

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Update: Interim Meeting approved the PYM General Secretary job description during the Nov. 9, 2013 Interim Meeting,  Read the complete job description.   As announced in earlier this year, Arthur Larrabee will retire as General Secretary effective September 1, 2014.  We will miss his deep spirituality, energy and big smile with us on a daily basis.  He has served our …

Arch Street Meeting House launches Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

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The Arch Street Meeting House is launching a new, free lecture series focusing on the history of the meetinghouse, Quakerism and Philadelphia.  The Arch Street Meeting House was built to reflect Friends’ testimonies of simplicity and equality and is little changed after more than two centuries of continuous use. The grounds of the meeting house hold rich history and stories, …

Transgender Youth Policy Suspended by Action of the Clerk

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Dear Friends, Part of the role and responsibility of the Clerk of Yearly Meeting is to provide spiritual leadership. This comes in many forms. One of which is the care of the community. It has come to the attention of our leadership that the recent Youth Programs Transgender Policy, in particular regarding to the use of  bathrooms, showers, sleeping and …

With Divine Assistance, Let us Plan Together

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At Annual Sessions 2013 the Long Range Planning Group (LRPG) will report on progress toward a plan for how we might live into our dream for a more ideal future.  Part of developing a plan that is bold as God would have it be and that takes into account our human abilities and financial realities is to dream big, to …

Opportunity to Serve

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Since 2008, PYM Friends have gathered twice each year to worship and share in a Meeting on Worship and Ministry. This semiannual gathering to share our joys and concerns relating to worship and ministry is the successor to a continuous tradition of PYM Meetings for this purpose going back a century or more. The Spirit of Worship at these gatherings …

The History of PYM’s Minutes on Climate Change

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Since 1997, when the climate concern first came to the fore through the involvement of the Earthcare Working Group’s involvement with the National Council of Churches, there have been ebbs and flows of energy directed toward it, both in the body of the Yearly Meeting and in its infrastructure.  Over the following decade and a half, the Yearly Meeting as ...

PYM Today and Tomorrow

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On Saturday, April 13, the Parlor at Arch Street Meeting House was abuzz with Friends engaged in strategic planning exercises and discernment to help advance the charge of the Long Range Planning Group (LRPG). The one-day consultation, “PYM Today and Tomorrow! – Learning, Listening and Leading Together,” was organized and facilitated by LRPG members and consultant, Larry Peers, from The …

Out of My Comfort Zone and Into Hope

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I have a leading to risk arrest by committing civil disobedience for the first time in my life. It’s scary, but I’m comforted by the presence of inner peace and encouraged by way opening, two signs I emphasize when I teach about spiritual discernment, Like many in PYM, I’ve felt a growing concern about climate change, along with increasing clarity …

One Meeting’s Response to the Second Query

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Response to the 2nd Query: Meeting for Business February 3, 2013 In an effort to deepen our practice of spiritual discernment, our meeting’s committees prepare formal responses to various Queries throughout the year.  The work to prepare these responses is done by individual committees and then are brought to the meeting as a whole for listening and further discernment.  Committee …

The Journey of Spiritual Formation

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The Spiritual Formation Program deepens individual spiritual lives and the spiritual life of the community that engages in it. Friends participating in the program create a close relationship with one another, evoking faith community for spiritual growth, mutual support and encouragement. In the past 10 years, people from over 65 PYM monthly meetings have participated in a spiritual formation program. …

Opening to the Light: PYM Directory of Spiritual Nurturers

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Do you hunger for a closer relationship with the Divine? Do you find discernment of your way an ongoing challenge? Do you sometimes feel isolated and/or confused in your quest for spiritual growth? Are there hurdles, stops in your path that seem hard to overcome? Are there joys, openings that you would like to explore? If you can answer any …

Seeking Integration, Synergy, and Solidarity in our Work

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For more than forty years I have been a participant observer of peace, justice, and environmental causes. Forty years has given me time to think about some of the difficulties we encounter in our work for peace, justice, and the environment. The list of obstacles to effective long-term work includes the following. A lack of continuity: After short bursts of …

Justice in Our Households

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A growing number of Friends are finding support and building community around their common concerns for social, economic, and environmental justice. Many Friends are stepping into this work for the first time or are diving deeper into it with the support of the Friendly Households Challenge, a project of the Yearly Meeting. The “Friendly Households” tool – a grid guideline, …

Lessons Gained from Faithfulness

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As Clerk of the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, I think it may be helpful to share three lessons I learned during our experience with Occupy Philadelphia. Although this was an unusual event, which occurred over the ten days leading up to the Fourth of July 2012, this experience clarified for me how these lessons could be practiced in …

Life and Energy in our Yearly Meeting

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There is life and energy in our Yearly Meeting and individual meetings: no meeting is alone! The experience of the wider Quaker community’s use of best teaching practices infused with Quaker practice reiterates that Friends faith is experienced based. We set clear practical boundaries with purpose and intent all the while leaving breathing room to embrace everyone. We consider the …

Public Education Concerns Conference Draws Over 100 Participants

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On Saturday, January 26, 2013 over 100 educators gathered for the PYM Public Education Concerns Conference at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.  The conference brought together a wide spectrum of over 100 teachers and leaders in education to share their latest research and highlight effective classroom experience. By gathering together public, charter, and friends school educators PYM seeks …