Six person panel on prisons at Willistown Meeting tells it like it is – with compassion, hope and experience

Peace & Social Concerns

On Saturday, February 10th the Willistown Meeting hosted some fifty Friends and visitors for a panel discussion on the Pennsylvania Prison system. Willistown’s clerk, Will Scull, and event organizer Derek Stedman welcomed two West Chester University professors, Michael Antonio and Sami Abdel-Salaam, along with four other presenters—Chrissy Nye, an ex-offender; Laura Taylor, (Gwynedd Meeting) an expert on the Quaker-led Alternatives …

Grantmakers Go High Tech!

Grants

This photo is not a screen grab of the Brady Bunch.  It is an action photo showing old dogs learning new tricks! Yesterday was the big Eagles Parade that closed Center City Philadelphia to all but those wearing green, to celebrate the self-proclaimed Underdog Philadelphia Eagles.  The PYM Granting Committee was scheduled to meet there as well.  But we thought better …

Jeff Perkins

Op-ed from Friends Fiduciary Published in the Philadelphia Business Journal

Environment

Jeffery Perkins, Executive Director of Friends Fiduciary wrote an op-ed —Fix to solar credit will boost state’s economy — published in the Philadelphia Business Journal supporting the implementation of Pennsylvania’s Solar Energy Credit legislation, which would eliminate the loophole allowing utilities to satisfy clean energy requirements out of state.

Teaching to the Heart, Teaching to the Mind: Two Educators Talk About Poetry, Emotions, and the Brain

Friends and Education

Thursday, January 25, public school educators Sydney Coffin and Chris Bond spoke to a group of 22 Friends about the very meaningful ways they have worked to make knowledge available to a wide range of students. Excerpts from the Friends in Fellowship talk are below, with the full audio recording to follow. About the Lecture “Poetry is a moment to express …

Nurturing Multigenerational Spiritual Community in Salem Quarter

Children, First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Religious Education, Young Friends

“If we want to rediscover human joy and wholeness and creativity, and to learn to care for our planetary household as one earth family, we cannot continue to insulate adults and children from each other. Children need to be present to us, and we to them.” – Elise Boulding My first visit to a local meeting as Youth Engagement Coordinator …

ACT Now: Unite to End Racism!

Addressing Racism

The time is now! Entrenched racism grips the United States and paralyzes our ability to see every human being as equal.  The National Council of Churches in partnership with faith traditions, including Quakers, across the country, have made a commitment to eradicating racism.  The NCC task force on Truth and Racial Justice say: “We must confront this systemic evil in which …

Tribal Nations Update

Addressing Racism

Six Virginia Tribal Nations – the Chickahominy, Eastern Chickahominy, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Nansemond and Monacan – just secured Federal Recognition, having chosen “to seek recognition through Congress rather than the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Federal Acknowledgment.” For over twenty years Tribal leadership and legislators (along with members of the BYM IAC) labored to secure this government-to-government acknowledgement that opens …

Youth Programs Staff Update: New and Continuing Friends

Children, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Uncategorized, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends, We are delighted to introduce to you the wonderful team of staff who will be working with PYM Youth Programs. Some Friends are familiar faces shifting into a new role, others are new to the Yearly Meeting community. Each of them brings significant gifts to the program they will serve, and their energy and dedication to youth work …

Christie Duncan Tessmer

General Secretary’s Report of Staff Activity, January 2018

General Secretary

In January for the first time, the three governing councils held their meetings concurrently and in the same space.  This allowed them to begin their separate meetings with shared worship.  Additionally, I gave the monthly General Secretary’s report to the combined group rather than first to one council and then to another. The opportunity for the three councils to be …

NMAI Exhibit Review: Americans

Addressing Racism

Americans is the National Museum of American Indians new exhibition that explores how “American Indians have shaped U.S. history, national consciousness, and contemporary experience…highlighting the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began.” Three featured stories emphasize the deep connection between Americans and American Indians – Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of …

Indian Committee Supports Taino Project 

Grants

How many Friends know of the cultural research supported by our Indian Committee’s grants?  Last spring, this Committee funded a small project on Taino culture.  The language and customs of these Native Americans are threaded through the culture of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Hispaniola and other Caribbean islands. PYM’s Indian Committee awarded a $2,775 grant to Dr. Ana Maria Tekina-eiru Maynard.  With …

General Secretary Report on Staff Activity to Councils Mid-November through Mid-December 2017

General Secretary

Business & Finances Worked with the executive committee of the Arch Street Meetinghouse Preservation Trust to confirm the steps needed to transition authority for the direction and goals of the Arch Street Meeting House staff from the PYM office to the Trust. This includes approving the job description for Executive Director rather than Director, identifying a transition team, setting up …

General Secretary Report on Staff Activity to Councils Mid-October through Mid-November 2017

General Secretary

 Business & Finances Mapped out the December appeal Reviewed and edited minutes from Annual Sessions and forwarded them for the next step on their journey. Corresponded with Friends Fiduciary regarding administrative fees on funds for which they are both  the trustee and have the beneficial interest. Continued exploration of the impact of the admin fee on all other restricted funds …

Senate Vote Toward 573 Requires Presidential Signature

Peace & Social Concerns

Not one, but six east coast Tribal Nations seeking Federal recognition for decades await President Trump’s signature. This legal status will allow direct relationship with the Federal government, “funding for scholarships, healthcare and other services. It will also allow for the respectful repatriation of ancestral remains.” Fellow “First Contact” initiatives, by Baltimore Yearly Meeting Friends of shared spirit, have lifted …

Friends in Fellowship program launches with supper and talk by human rights lawyer, Bob Swift

Peace & Social Concerns

Last Thursday marked the launch of the new Friends in Fellowship speaker series run by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Arch Street Meetinghouse. After people assembled in the reception room for a light supper, the human rights lawyer, Robert Swift, briefed them on human rights restitution in the Philippines. Before heading home one visitor said, “this was a great event and …

Peace Tax Fund Petition

Peace & Social Concerns

Members of the Pottstown Worship Group, along with others from traditional Peace Churches, recently met with the executive director of the Peace Tax Fund, Malachy Kilbride at the Akron Mennonite Church. The members of the Pottstown Worship Group, under the care of Gwynedd Meeting, have been under the weight of a concern for the traditional Quaker Peace Testimony.  Friends deeply …

Reviving State of the Meeting Reports

Annual Sessions, Communications, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Minutes, Monthly Meeting Management, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

Download a PDF version of this letter. Dear Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, It is with joy that we write to you about our revival of state of the meeting reports! We, the Quaker Life Council, invite all monthly and quarterly meetings to restart or continue the annual custom of conducting a spiritual self-assessment. As our new Faith & Practice …

Welcoming Eric Berdis

Annual Sessions, Continuing Sessions, Employment, Epistle, Faith & Practice, Quaker Life Council, Volunteering

We are excited that Eric Anthony Berdis has stepped into the role of Interim Sessions Coordinator! Eric is no stranger to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; they** have worked as our Sessions Assistant since 2015. Eric also served our community as the Event Coordinator for Arch Street Meeting House’s William Penn Fundraiser. Excited to bring his** energy and creativity to working with …

Planet Philadelphia Environmental Radio Show

Eco-Justice Collaborative

Kay Wood and Linda Rosenwine, members at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, produced a podcast discussing issues of environmental justice in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia. Learn more below and check out the episode for yourself! Did you know that PA emits 1% worldwide greenhouse gas? Listen to this Planet Philadelphia podcast to hear about how gas money corrupts PA politics and harms …