Germantown Meeting joins POWER


At its Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business on Sunday, February 12, 2017, Germantown Meeting approved a proposal from its Racial and Social Justice Committee to become a congregation member of POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild. The meeting had hosted two Adult Classes and a Racial and Social Justice Committee meeting with members of POWER, …


In case you’ve never lobbied but are intrigued by FCNL’s awesome work

Legislative Policy Collaborative, Peace & Social Concerns, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

Maybe you’ve heard of FCNL. I first came into relationship with Friends Committee on National Legislation by way of a push from a Friend. They said, “This is important, you are important, you should team up.” So I attended Spring Lobby Weekend (begrudgingly!) in 2014 with expectations of feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and disappointed in our government. But somehow, over a …

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William Penn Lecture is now the Seeking Faithfulness Series!

Addressing Racism, Continuing Sessions, Young Adult Friends

Since 2011, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends community has had an event under our care – the William Penn Lecture. This has been an evening in late March when the adult & teen yearly meeting community has been invited to come to Arch Street Meeting House to hear a speaker, usually on a topic connected to witness, social justice, …


Did you know NFL Quarterback Matt Ryan attended a Quaker school?

Friends and Education

The New York Times recently published an article about how Super Bowl Quarterback Matt Ryan was affected by attending William Penn Charter School, one of 40 Quaker Schools in the PYM Region. Matt Ryan’s Quaker roots have gained more attention as his Atlanta Falcons have made their way through the NFL Playoffs. “We did not know this beforehand, but the environment …

Video: Courage for Racial Justice and Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns, Videos

On January 13th, Chris Crass spoke at Friends Center on “Courage for Racial Justice, Courage for Collective Liberation in the Era of Trump.” The event was hosted in collaboration by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Showing Up for Racial Justice – Philly, Jewish Voice for Peace – Philly, and American Friends Service Committee. Over two hundred people filled the room for lecture and …


Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting First Day School Action

First Day School

The Central Philadelphia First Day School does a service project once a month. In late fall 2016, we began our time together learning about our place in the Yearly Meeting, and reflecting on what we knew about the greening of Friends Center and our use of renewable energy. Then we got busy. Some people worked together to draft a letter …

Newtown Meeting Member starts Bucks County Coalition for Refugee Resettlement

Peace & Social Concerns

Upon hearing disparaging comments about Muslims early in the presidential campaign, Norma Kaplis, a member of Newtown Meeting sought divine guidance in meeting for worship.  She asked, “How can I respond in a useful, positive way to these dark pronouncements?”  In a flash of clarity, she got the message, ‘Form an interfaith coalition of local people, bring a family to …


Black Lives Matter Quilt

Middle School Friends

The Black Lives Matter Quilt was a joint project of the First Day School and adult members of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends. Each square represents a victim of gun violence in African American neighborhoods of Philadelphia from January through April 2016. Member Pamela Haines collected the clippings and each child chose one. Over several months they designed the …


1961 Nonviolence Training Manual Republished

Peace & Social Concerns

by Brenda Walker Beadenkopf Those who are passionate about today’s causes, but abhor violence, may be drawn to this newly republished handbook by Philadelphia Quaker Charles Walker (pictured above). During the 1950s and 60s, the struggle for civil rights and freedom carried on in lunch counters, buses and streets throughout the South appeared chaotic at times, but behind the headline-making …


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 ...


FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend: Funding Available for YAF’s

Addressing Racism, Grants, Legislative Policy Collaborative, Quaker Life Council, Young Adult Friends

The FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend will be held on March 18-21, 2017 in Washington DC. FCNL stands for Friends Committee on National Legislation. At this year's Spring Lobby Weekend, attendees will be trained on how to push our congress to enact laws that work to eliminate economic injustice. Then we'll actually go lobby our representatives to take action! Our Quaker Life Council, ...

Germantown Meeting requests Phila. City Council Hearings in Climate Change


Germantown Meeting, at its most recent Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, approved a letter to Phila. City Council President Clark requesting that he hold City Council hearings on the impact of climate change and strategies to decrease its effects. Philadelpha Quarter monthly meetings were asked to send letters to President Clark in support of Central Phila. MM’s initial …

FFAD’s Minute on State Sanctioned Violence endorsed by Germantown Meeting

Addressing Racism

Germantown Meeting at its Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business on November 13th endorsed the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent’s (FFAD) Minute on State Sanctioned Violence. The minute, approved at FFAD’s National Gathering this summer at Arch Street Meetinghouse, calls for a variety of ways to lessen violence and strengthen communities, including a local Peace Force of police …

2nd Annual Friendly 800’s


  On October 16th, folks from the PYM community celebrated the second Friendly 800’s event. Friendly 800’s is an opportunity for people from all around the PYM region to come together for an evening of food and fellowship. This year, there were over 120 participants of varying ages that were split up between 11 separate host locations. Guests and the …

Meeting our Muslim Neighbors.

Addressing Racism

The Lewes Worship Group in Southern Quarter recently hosted an evening to meet our Muslim Neighbors from the Islamic Center of Central Delaware. More than 80 people attended the event in the auditorium at Cadbury Lifestyles. Visitors included people from other Christian congregations and from the local Jewish synagogue. Three articulate and sensitive Muslims, two men who had been in …


Walking the Walk: Taking Stock Ahead of Upcoming Thread

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Worship and Ministry

Quakers understand that there is a strong connection between working toward social justice and walking through life in mindful spirituality. Insights emerge from a life that expresses and searches for that of God in everyone. These insights often present  opportunities to recognize the need for collective liberation. With further examination, we can see that we do not live in a …

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Salem Quarterly Meeting Launches Podcast

Communications, Outreach, Religious Education

Salem Quarterly Meeting, an association of seven South Jersey Quaker meetings, has launched a new podcast called Clearly Quaker. This occasionally released podcast will feature audio recordings from various lectures on topics of interest to both Quakers and non-Quakers alike. Clearly Quaker expands Salem Quarterly Meeting’s recent efforts to explore new digital mediums and broaden its communications and outreach. The …