Mourning the Passing of Penny Colgan-Davis

Uncategorized

Dear Friends, We are sad to report that our beloved clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, passed away quietly in her sleep, last night. Penny has been many places and done many things in a life of service to others as she followed divine leadings. A mentor, career teacher, school director, principal, head of school, faithful Friend in Germantown Meeting, and within PYM, …

Friends inspired by NY Friend Sandra Steingraber speak out against Pipelines and in favor of Clean Energy

Environment

Members and attenders of Westtown and other Monthly Meetings joined several hundred in West Chester on June 9th to publicly witness on behalf of our neighbors facing the dangers of new pipelines snaking their way through Chester and Delaware counties designed to carry high risk liquefied gas  pipelines.  The Mariner East Rally for Community Safety speakers painted a grim picture …

39th Annual Nanticoke Lenape Powwow

Quaker Life Council

The 39th Annual Nanticoke Lenape Powwow held on the Salem County Fairgrounds June 9th and 10th may now enter into history. Pow-Wow, from the Wampanoag Indian word “pauwau,” refers to a gathering, conducted by a holy man/ medicine man, to heal the souls and bodies for his people. In western states and Canada, it is a time for hunting, feasting, …

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends support arrestees at Demand the Ban action outside Senator Toomey’s office in Philadelphia

Grants

On May 16, 2018, Fran Sheldon (Providence Meeting) and Paul Sheldon (Lansdowne Meeting) participated in a Demand the Ban action in Philadelphia to demand that Senator Toomey co-sponsor Senate Bill 2095 that bans the sale of assault weapons. As part of a group of thirty-three individuals who had previously received training in Gandhian nonviolent direct action, they were prepared to …

Quaker Wedding at Merion Meeting History Festival

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On Saturday, May 19, Abington Friends juniors, Margaret Silbaugh and Lily Ehsani, dressed in the clothes of a Quaker bride and groom circa 1850.  In the Merion Friends meetinghouse, they repeated their vows to each other before a congregation of visitors in modern dress. The wedding of Leonard Brenton and Hannah Roberts was just one of the activities at the …

EMIR Healing Center ministry supported by Green Street Monthly Meeting

Children, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns

Green Street Meeting’s Quaker Social Change Ministry group in support of EMIR Healing Center is having a “Fill a Bookbag” drive to gather school supplies for 85 children participating in the center’s programs this year. EMIR stands for “Every Murder is Real.” The center, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, was founded by Green Street member Victoria Greene, after her …

Uniting for economic and social justice with other people of faith: POWER Philadelphia, Metro, Central and Northeast

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns

Over the past several years, three monthly meetings in Philadelphia–Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street), Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and now Germantown Monthly Meeting–have joined a broad-based interfaith coalition founded in 2011 under the name Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild, or POWER. POWER, affiliated at the national level with the PICO Network, aimed then (and still …

Closing the Grant Making Circle

Grants

By Doug Humes Quaker Buildings and Programs Granting Group We grantmakers (at least for “bricks and sticks” – building and renovation projects) participate in the project at the beginning and in the middle, but typically we never see “the end”.  At the beginning, we receive an application that describes the project, a new roof, a bathroom, in addition, an energy …

Young Adult Friends Minute of Appreciation and Incoming Clerk

Young Adult Friends

On April 27-29, the Young Adult Friends community gathered at Green St Monthly Meeting for our annual spring retreat. In business,  the body approved by consensus the nomination of Carl Stanton as Pastoral Care Committee co-clerk. The body also approved the following minute of appreciation for outgoing clerk/YAF, Janaki Spickard-Keeler.  The Young Adult Friend Community of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting minutes …

Quaker Abolitionist Benjamin Lay Remembered

Addressing Racism

Three years ago, Abington Friends Meeting member and caretaker Dave Wermeling noticed a tall professorial-looking figure wandering in the meeting burial ground.  It was the historian Marcus Rediker doing research for a book he was writing on the 18th century Quaker abolitionist Benjamin Lay.  Dave confirmed for Marcus that Benjamin and his wife Sarah were buried at Abington but the …

Kwel’ Hoy: We Draw The Line!

Environment

On April 24 at the Watershed Institute in Pennington, NJ, Friends joined a gathering of over 75 in support of clean water and the environment.  Led by tribal elders, scientists, children, and museum representatives, the occasion was the opening ceremony for the “Kwel’ Hoy: We Draw the Line” traveling exhibition which is to remain at the Institute until the end …

Young Friends Program Transitions

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

With deep gratitude, the PYM community acknowledges the many gifts of Young Friends Program Co-Facilitators Hannah Mayer and Kody Hersh as they each enter new stages of their lives and ministries, and move on from the Young Friends program. For many years they have anchored the Youth Program team with both administrative and program work, and also modeled for us deeply …

PYM Grants – Sharing Our Stories

Grants

The magnolia buds are slower to bloom this year but the sight of them means it is time for the PYM Annual Grant Makers potluck at Arch Street Meeting. The PYM Granting Committee sponsors two annual gatherings for the many Friends who are led to support the yearly meeting by being stewards of our grant funds. The fall Grant Makers …

Some Thoughts from the 1955 Friends Journal

Faith & Practice

I received a mailing from Friends Journal, which describes its goal today “to serve the Quaker community and the wider community of spiritual seekers through the publication of articles, poetry, letters, art, and news that convey the contemporary experience of Friends.” I signed up for the one-year subscription, and in today’s world of instant gratification, I immediately became able to …

Change of Status for the PYM Clerk Role

Governance

Dear Friends, After March Continuing Sessions Presiding Clerk Penny Colgan-Davis communicated with Melissa Rycroft, Clerk of Nominating Council that, due to health concerns, she was stepping down immediately as Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Penny simultaneously shared this news with the Clerks of Administrative and Quaker Life Councils, the PYM Treasurer, and our General Secretary, and then with our three …

Community Building: Awareness & Empowerment

Resource Friends

Beth Popelka has followed a leading about theatre as a transformative practice that connects communities to the sacred since early in her adult life. For the past twenty years, she has worked to continue the legacy of Augusto Boal and other innovators to create dramatic group experiences that open communities to hidden sources of healing and wholeness. “The exploration of …

Junior Friends Conference Hosted by Abington Quarter

Children, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education, Uncategorized, Worship and Ministry

      “This is the best week of my life.” 4th Grade Student For more than forty years, Abington Quarter has supported two summer youth programs for members and attenders of Friends Meetings within the Quarter: Junior Friends Conference (JFC) and Middle School Friends Conference (MSFC). The opportunity to join the Junior Friends Conference is open to all young …

Dr. King with Norval Reece, 1967

50 years after Dr. King’s death, local Quakers are on the move and in the news.

Addressing Racism, General Secretary, Videos

“Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Letter from Birmingham Washington, DC – Live stream Quaker Volunteer Service’s Director of Equity and Inclusion, …

Live Streaming Event: Join Christie & Oscar on the National Mall

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PYM Friends Christie Duncan-Tessmer and Oskar Castro will be speaking at the ACT to End Racism Rally on the national mall on Wednesday, April 4 at 10:30, giving remarks after Rev. Jim Wallis speaks. The full event will be live streamed at the following link: rally2endracism.org Members of Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Native American and numerous other congregations from all over the United …