Salaries: Staff Changes Follow Up Information

General Secretary

Following on the recent announcement about upcoming changes to our staffing structure, this post provides further information and clarity with respect to changes in staff salaries. Review of staffing salaries I recently revised the staffing organization of PYM to better meet the needs of addressing our strategic directions.  At the same time I reviewed the salaries and hourly wages of …

Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information

General Secretary

Following on the recent announcement about upcoming changes to our staffing structure, this post provides further information and clarity with respect to Communications and Development. The changes provide capacity for our ability to share stories and experiences in a timely way within the PYM body and with the public. They also  increase our ability to manage PYM’s fundraising and to …

Staffing and Inclusion: Staff Changes Follow Up Information

General Secretary

Following on the recent announcement about upcoming changes to our staffing structure, this post provides further information and clarity with respect to the changes to human resources and inclusion staff functions. The post begins with a set of bullet points for easier reading, followed by more descriptive text. A new position titled Director of Staffing and Inclusion which reports to the …

Administrative Support: Staff Changes Follow Up Information

General Secretary

Following on the recent announcement about upcoming changes to our staffing structure, this post provides further information and clarity with respect to administrative support. The changes provide more focus and capacity for the administrative functions supporting the general needs of the office, the data-entry function for the database, scheduling and administrative support for Arch Street Meeting House, and supporting the …

Deepening spiritual life and learning in our meeting

Worship and Ministry

by Ellen Deacon After the Worship and Care conference call on 2/7/17, I was asked to write some stories from our meeting’s spiritual life. (I serve on the worship and ministry committee at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting.) Here is one about ways we seek to support spiritual deepening and learning among those in our meeting: our “Friendly companions” project, and …

Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information

Finance

Following on a recent announcement from our General Secretary about upcoming changes to our staffing structure, this post provides further information and clarity with respect to the financial impact. At its February meeting, the Finance Committee heard Christie outline her proposed changes in the staff structure with the net effect of: adding 0.15 full-time equivalents, effective October 1, and increasing the salaries …

Youth and Young Adult Programs Staff Changes Follow Up Information

Children, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

This is an update to the original message below. After extensive conversation with young adult Friends and others, our General Secretary has decided not to lay down the position of Young Adult Friends Coordinator. The new position of Youth Engagement Manager will now focus just on youth programs. Written by Zachary Dutton, Associate Secretary for Program and Religious Life Following ...

[Update]: PYM Scavenger Hunt Postponed until Annual Sessions

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Friends, We have decided to postpone the Scavenger Hunt until Annual Session in July instead of launching it at spring Continuing Sessions. Bellow is the original story with updated information. There are few things in life that facilitate as much fun and provide the same opportunity to get folks moving, as a scavenger hunt. Through creative tasks, scavenger hunts offer a window …

Youth Programs Visioning

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Introduction: Below, you will find a set of paragraphs that briefly describe in general terms major things the Youth Programs Sprint group has found doing work on behalf of our Quaker Life Council to discern a vision, mission, and governance structure for our yearly meeting’s youth programs. Following the paragraphs, there are a set of queries that may guide Friends …

Staff Changes

General Secretary

Update: The following additional updates have been published to share further information about these staffing changes. Youth and Young Adult Programs Staff Changes Follow Up Information Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information Administrative Support: Staff Changes Follow Up Information Staffing and Inclusion: Staff Changes Follow Up Information Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information Salaries: Staff Changes Follow Up Information Introduction ...

The fullness of spiritual community at Multigenerational Spring Continuing Sessions

Children, Continuing Sessions, Middle School Friends, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

An Open Invitation I will attend Spring Continuing Sessions on March 25 with the intent to participate in the multigenerational programs actively, mightily, and joyously with hope and enthusiasm.  I encourage you to attend and participate too. These multigenerational programs provide our spiritual community with an opportunity to join in shared activities.  In these challenging times these activities open our minds ...

Thread Gatherings, New and Improved

Finance, First Day School, Giving, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

Thread Gatherings began in January of 2013 to draw meetings into closer fellowship, to nurture our collective wisdom and corporate ministry, and to share resources so work can be joined and strengthened. The image of the “thread” was and remains a useful metaphor, representing aspects of Quaker Faith and Practice that weave us together, as it were. From 2013 to …

Quaker Life Council Approves Two New Collaboratives

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The Quaker Life Council recently approved the efforts of two new Collaboratives: the Decarceration Collaborative, and the Friends World Committee for Consultation, Other World Relations Collaborative. FWCC and Other World Relations Collaborative: As time goes on it’s more and more clear that it is important that there be focus placed on investing in a long-term relationship between Philadelphia Yearly Meeting …

PYM-Wide Peace and Social Concerns Conference Call

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In early February, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staff organized a series of conference calls with the rest of the PYM community. Each or the three calls had a different theme. The first call was centered around peace and social justice. There were around 20 different Meetings represented on the call (Princeton, Birmingham, Green Street, and Newtown, just to name a few) …

Germantown Meeting joins POWER

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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 …

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 …