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Addressing Racism, Friends and Education, Young Friends

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education – Advancing reconciliation in classrooms, organizations, and communities through the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing. The University of British Columbia is offering a 6 week on-line course that begins October 17, 2017. M​ight this on-line course​ find space in your schedule? Having successfully completed the course, a member of Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee …

Young Friends’ Annual Sessions 2017 Epistle

Annual Sessions, Epistle, Young Friends

Dear Friends Everywhere, Coming together in a new location, The College of New Jersey, the Young Friends program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting gathered together to welcome old friends and new. Our experience began on Wednesday the 26th of July, as we came together with the Yearly Meeting. We met up with the group Spiral Q, whose mission is to use …

Youth and Young Adult Programs Staff Changes Follow Up Information

Children, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

The following updates have been published to share further information about staffing changes: MAY 2, 2017 Staffing Update: Administrative Support in the Office APRIL 22, 2017 Communication from Leadership to PYM APRIL 14, 2017 Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Salaries: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH ...

The fullness of spiritual community at Multigenerational Spring Continuing Sessions

Children, Continuing Sessions, Middle School Friends, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

An Open Invitation I will attend Spring Continuing Sessions on March 25 with the intent to participate in the multigenerational programs actively, mightily, and joyously with hope and enthusiasm.  I encourage you to attend and participate too. These multigenerational programs provide our spiritual community with an opportunity to join in shared activities.  In these challenging times these activities open our minds ...

Take Action

Addressing Racism, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Legislative Policy Collaborative, Middle East Collaborative, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Uncategorized, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Please note- As of January 3, 2017, this page will no longer be updated. Go here for updated "Take Action" ideas and resources. The Community Engagement Team is compiling resources to help individuals & faith communities actively and effectively engage to counter state-sanctioned violence, individual bigotry, and oppression against people of color, immigrants, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ friends, Jews, Muslims, folks with ...

What’s in an event fee? Price change for Young Friends and Middle School Friends events

Middle School Friends, Young Friends

The pricing of Young Friends and Middle School Friends gatherings are intended to cover the basic costs of running the event – some of which are food and other supplies, paying workshop leaders, transportation of supplies and volunteers there and back, transportation of participants while we’re together (sometimes relevant) as well as any costs associated with using the space itself. …

Young Friends Epistle, Sessions 2016

Young Friends

July, 31st 2016 To Friends everywhere, Twenty-three Young Friends gathered for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s 2016 Annual Sessions at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This year we welcomed many new Young Friends attending their first Young Friend gathering. We welcomed them first by introducing ourselves and learning their names, monthly meetings, pronouns, and favorite ice-cream flavors. We also did partner circles ...

Ten Newtown Quaker Meeting Eighth Graders Receive Faith and Practice Books

Young Friends

Historic Newtown Friends Meeting at 219 Court Street traditionally gives to each graduating eighth grader a copy of Faith and Practice, the Quaker guide to beliefs and conduct published by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the coordinating body of 11,000 Quakers in 103 local Quaker meetings in the Greater Philadelphia Tri-State Area. The ten eighth graders who received their copies of “Faith …

Celebrating Matt Sanderson

Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Friends

It is with a joyful sort of sadness that I announce the coming departure of Matt Sanderson from PYM staff, effective April 6, 2016. He started as Middle School Friends Assistant in 2009, and since 2012 he has served as Middle School Friends Coordinator. Yet, actually, Matt has served our community in other ways for many years. Beginning with a ...

Young Friends – How to Register for the White Privilege Conference

Young Friends

Hey Young Friends! Remember at the Christmas gathering we heard about the White Privilege Conference happening in Philadelphia this year? It’ll be Thursday, April 14 to Sunday, April 17 (but if you can only come for the weekend, that’s okay!). There will be a lot of Quakers there, including Young Friends from New England Yearly Meeting, New York Yearly Meeting, …

Former Young Friends Invited to Visit!

Young Friends

It’s reunion season for the Young Friends program, when we invite former Young Friends to visit the PYM Young Friends Christmas Gathering! We’ll be at Newtown Friends Meeting and hope to see many friends home from school or in town on a break from work on Tuesday December 29th anytime between around 1pm (after lunch) through dinner. That will include some …

New Guidelines Sign-off Form Required for Young Friends!

Young Friends

Over the course of the 2014-2015 school year, PYM Young Friends reviewed and edited all the community’s rules and guidelines to better reflect the needs of the current community. Now that this process is complete, we want to spread the word about what the expectations of the Young Friends community are! To do so, Young Friends approved the creation of …

Young Friends Sessions 15 Epistle

Young Friends

Dear Friends everywhere, Young Friends would like to recognize the epistle put forth by the members of PYM. With more than 20 people attending, we began the gathering with several games focused on community building and had our opening programs. For many days, a group of Young Friends accompanied the Middle School Friends and the children’s program to the pool …

Parents – I Want YOU To Be a Friendly Adult Presence!

Young Friends

What’s so great about being a Friendly Adult Presence? Being a Friendly Adult Presence or FAP (our name for chaperones) in the Young Friends community can be an incredible experience of connection, joy, challenge and play. It’s an opportunity to connect with the youth of our Yearly Meeting, supporting them in discerning their senses of self and in building community, …

Meet Emma, New Youth Programs Intern!

Young Friends

Friends, meet Emma Hohenstein, our new Youth Programs Intern for the Young Friends program! A native Philadelphian, Emma became a convinced Friend at the age of 5, when she came home from Frankford Friends School and made it clear that she and her family would start attending Meeting. They have been regulars at Frankford Friends Meeting ever since. These days …

Discerning Young Friends Program Structure

Young Friends

The current Young Friends program was designed to respond to a different world – a world where post-mailed letters were the standard for written communication and where the requirements of the average high-school-aged person were more likely to be limited to a few activities outside of school over the course of the year and a maybe a few honors classes. …

Opportunity for Parents – Let’s Check In!

Young Friends

Hi, Parent of a Young Friend! It’s nice to talk (well, write) to you – we don’t get to do this very much, hunh? I spend most of my time hanging with your kid (which is so great), and when you pick them up and drop them off I’m often scurrying around unpacking or re-packing things. Even so, I really …