Underground Railroad Research Group Report to the Providence Friends Meeting Community

Worship and Ministry

On June 10, 2018, the Providence Research Group, comprised of six members of the meeting community, shared the results of research done about the Underground Railroad and Providence Meeting in the summer of 2017. As the community renovated our childcare room which was originally a school house built in 1809 we were reminded that school house had something special, a …

Young Adult Friends Epistle

Epistle

29 July 2018 College of New Jersey, New Jersey, USA To Friends Everywhere: This is America: an environment riddled with fear for our entire lives as Young Adults, although we strive for and center justice and peace in this spiritual space. The search for justice and peace will always be ongoing, and never fully achieved. They are ideals we must …

Baltimore Yearly Meeting Proposes a Minute on the Civil and Human Rights of Transgender People

Trans-Gender Rights

June 9, 2018 Background Baltimore Yearly Meeting has long celebrated diversity in our community. See, for example, the chapter on Diversity in the proposed 2013 Faith and Practice (pages 71-75). This includes diversity in respect to gender identity. Since the November 2016 elections, we have witnessed a growing backlash against transgender people in the United States. The Trump administration has …

Overheard at Annual Sessions

Annual Sessions

Interviews by Grace Sharples Cooke, Associate Secretary for Advancement and Relationship One of the joys of Annual Sessions is you never know who you will sit next to, but it’s often someone new and interesting. At dinner on our first evening, two Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) program assistants from New York, Evie McCullough and Grace Ishimwe,  joined our table.  …

Partial Minutes from 2018 Annual Sessions as of Saturday July 28, 2018

Annual Sessions, Minutes

Submitted by Kri Burkander, Recording Clerk 2018 Annual Sessions Please note these are not complete; Sunday’s minutes are not yet included Thursday Morning session We began our morning in worship, and then enjoyed Altogether Time, wherein we learned how to greet one another in several languages, and spent time in multigenerational fellowship responding to queries inviting a deeper reflection than …

Middle School Friends PYM Annual Sessions Epistle 2018

Annual Sessions, Children

Dear Friends Everywhere, We are the 2018 Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Annual Sessions Middle School Friends (MSF) community. This week, MSF had fun, built a community, and attended various workshops. We engaged in many enjoyable games and activities. On Friday we took a trip to the pool. Some of us relaxed in the shade, while others dove off diving boards and slid …

Friday Night Plenary – Open Space Technology to Make our Lives Speak

Annual Sessions

By Ken Park, Providence Meeting Friday’s evening plenary session offered Friends the opportunity to share their passions and community interests through the use of Open Space Technology.  Facilitated by Wade Wright, Clerk of the Sessions Coordinating Committee, Friends shared ‘how their lives speak’ and invited other Friends to explore their leadings. The result was 24 separate conversations hosted throughout the …

Report on Annual Sessions Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning

Annual Sessions

Annual Sessions gathers Friends of all ages. It draws new and long-time Quakers who are curious, active, peaceful, earnest, activist, reflective, compassionate, and faith-seeking. Some among us have come every year for a dozen years, others are new to Sessions. Wednesday After checking into housing—and settling in for a warm and welcoming lasagna and salad supper in the minimalist and …

How-To: State of the Meeting Reports

Annual Sessions, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Governance, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

This is the story of how one monthly meeting developed a great way to write a state of the meeting report that can also serve as a community-building tool. History: Lancaster Friends Meeting  has been doing state of the meeting reports for a long time. At least by the mid-1990’s, the meeting designated three people to write the report. These …

Summer Camp Fun and Community Outreach

Children, Environment, Friends Who Care For Youth, Outreach, Religious Education, Staff, Uncategorized

This summer, Third Haven Friends Meeting is hosting two sessions of a summer nature and mindfulness camp. The camp weeks are part of an effort both to support families in the meeting and reach out to families in the surrounding community. During the first week of the camp in June, children ages 4-8 spent Monday to Thursday mornings guided through …

Welcoming New Young Friends Program Staff

Friends Who Care For Youth, Religious Education, Staff, Young Friends

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Lori Sinitzky as the incoming Young Friends Program Facilitator. The search committee conducted interviews with three finalists from a strong candidate pool, and were in unity to bring this recommendation forward to the General Secretary, who joyfully accepted the committee’s recommendation with thanks for their work. Lori is excited to join the …

Staff Voice Policy:  Update and Listening Session at Sessions

Satff

Members of the Administrative, Nominating and Quaker Life Councils received an update regarding the Staff Voice Policy on July 14th at their joint meeting. The update is shared here for all Friends. This policy was formally adopted in November 2017, following a discernment process involving all members of the staff in the office, the Personnel Committee, the Administrative and Quaker …

Experience Native American Culture at Historic Arch Street Meetinghouse

Environment

The Indian committee honored and fortunate to have the opportunity to present an exciting and moving work of art to the Quaker community and beyond. The Indian Committee is supporting a performance of Tatanka vs. the Black Snake by Coopdanza, Inc. We felt it was within our guidelines to not only provide a grant for the artists and promotional materials …

Exciting Workshops at Annual Sessions July 26-28

Annual Sessions

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is hosting 30+ engaging workshops (on Faith, poverty, the Middle East, music and peace, art, medicine, education, gardening, government, inclusion, poetry, art, Quaker practice, Resource Friends, Collaboratives, Indigenous peoples, Aging, History and more) at Annual Sessions 2018! Workshops are a wonderful opportunity for meeting members/attenders to extend their knowledge of key issues, engage with other organizations doing …

Resource Friends at Annual Sessions!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Annual Sessions, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Environment, Faith & Practice, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry

At the 2018 Annual Sessions this year, there will be a booth during free time and dinner time on Thursday and Friday where Resource Friends will be available to talk with you about their work and what they might be able to support for you and your meeting. They will also be offering workshops on Friday and Saturday. Resource Friends …

Friends in Fellowship

Annual Sessions, Friends in Fellowship, Lecture Series

Friends in Fellowship at Sessions Our season of compelling Friends in Fellowship lecture events ended this May, but we will be offering seven Fellowship Workshop events this July at Annual Sessions, on July 26, 27 and 28 at the College of New Jersey. You can attend any of the 30+ Thursday, Friday, or Saturday Workshops at Annual Sessions by signing up as …

Woodstown Friends Meeting’s Strawberry Supper Raises $5K for Fire-Stricken South Jersey Ambulance Assoc.

Volunteering

Chicken salad, rhubarb and, of course, strawberry shortcake and hand-dipped ice cream. For 126 years, the Quakers at Woodstown Friends Meeting have been serving up platefuls of this traditional fare at their annual Strawberry Supper. The proceeds always go to a charitable cause which could be scholarships for local students or funding for mine locators in war-torn regions throughout the …