The Hickman Home holds ribbon cutting for new building

Aging Services

The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester has added a new three-story building, with 74 additional living units. The new Anna T. Jeanes Building has 74 rooms with 22 private and shared studio suites in a secure memory care neighborhood with a secure outdoor garden. Read the full article at the

Youth Programs, Give Feedback on Vision & Mission

Children, Continuing Sessions, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends, The Youth Programs Sprint group has nearly completed its work to propose a vision, mission and governance structure for our yearly meeting’s youth programs. The Sprint group, through several iterations, looked at the history of our youth programs and considered their future. The Sprint group intentionally sought out voices that we don’t always hear from, including those of LGBTQ families, Friends of …

The Art of Persuasion – Trans comic Ramona Sharples and Editorial Cartoonist Signe Wilkinson discuss their craft.

Peace & Social Concerns

What’s in a cartoon and why does it move people? How personal is graphic novel writing? Where do inspired editorial cartoons come from? What makes humor stick? Ramona Sharples and Signe Wilkinson drew on personal and professional truths at Friends in Fellowship, on Thursday March 8th, as they explained the origins of their very different cartoons to a group of …

FCNL Advocacy team meets with Toomey Staff – by Carolyn Houghton

Legislative Policy Collaborative

Friends Committee on National Legislation has been actively developing “Advocacy Teams” across the United States. They offer training regarding best practices to employ when visiting with members of Congress or their staff. And each year FCNL focuses on a single issue;  this year it is improving US relations with North Korea. Advocacy Team members are thoughtfully and professionally trained, and …

PYM Staff Join National Walk Out Day

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Quakers in our region have a long history of concern about gun violence. Individual monthly meetings and the yearly meeting have approved minutes and spoken with lawmakers about it. A campaign that grew out of PYM peace work successfully closed a Philadelphia gun shop with a tremendous reputation and record for straw purchases.  At this time when the youth of …

Quaker Seeds and Native American Corn


Seventy-five F(f)riends gathered for worship at Schuylkill Meeting—a beautiful and active Friends meeting near Phoenixville—followed by a Friends in Fellowship event at Eden Valley Farm on Sunday, February 25th. As the Spirit moved among them in worship, and the warmth of John and Penny Hunt’s welcome sunk in, Friends who had come from as far away as Third Haven Meeting, …

Minutes for Fall 2017 Continuing Sessions Have Been Posted

Continuing Sessions

With much anticipation, it is with great joy to inform you that the Minutes from Fall 2017 Continuing Sessions have been posted to the PYM’s website. The posted minutes entails the discussions and decisions made during the 2017 Fall Continuing Sessions held at The Arch Street Meeting House where many were in attendance. As we apologize for the delay, we …

PYM Resource Friends in Ministry & Care

Pastoral Care Support

Friends Find Inspiration and Support for the Journey of Ministry at Resource Friends Gathering As a volunteer, George Salloom remembers being profoundly affected by a hospice patient who was different, he didn’t fear his own death. This man’s clear-eyed courage, wisdom and compassion inspired George to become a hospice worker and eventually a bereavement counselor, a vocation which he continues …

Us & We Art Goes to Washington

Young Adult Friends

We are sharing this Feb 18 blogpost by Joey Hartmann-Dow, from  her US & We Art website as we feel it perfectly illustrates the spirit of Quaker activism. Hey humans, I have some pretty rad news. Next week I will be heading to Washington DC where I will fulfill a 3-month residency with the Friends Committee on National Legislation. I’ve …

Indian Committee Fiscal Year Report ’16-’17


We will be known forever by the tracks we leave. – Dakota Indian Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting  Report for October 2016 through September 2017 During the Fiscal Year 2016-17 fifteen individuals were active as Members and Attenders at ten meetings held during the year. On average nine people attended each meeting. We were greatly saddened by the sudden loss …

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!


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


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 …