Atlantic Coast Quaker Activists – Seize the Day – Join Us!

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Sometime last Winter PYM hosted a series of teleconference calls and a few things were noticed. One of the calls included about 40 PYM Members and was focused on Social Justice and Activism. It was uniformly discovered that since the Presidential Election – Quakers have exploded in the spirit of cause and witness. A “sprint” was developed and applied for. …

Historic Designation Ceremony for St. John United Methodist Church (Fordville)

Religious Education

The St. John United Methodist Church (Fordville) in Cumberland County, NJ, invites PYM Friends to attend a ceremony marking the church’s official designation as an Historic Native American Methodist Church. It is the only church to receive such designation in the State of New Jersey and is the fifth oldest Native American Methodist Church in the Nation. St. John UMC …

Chichester Meetinghouse Gets a Helping Hand

Monthly Meeting Management

Please Note: This article was originally published in Concord Quarter's October 2017 newsletter. More newsletters are available on the Concord Quarter's website. Bill Birney’s ancestors came to Delaware County from Ireland in 1849 and were stonemasons and stonecutters by trade. He has a far distant first cousin whose last name adorns a roadway not far from Neumann University in Aston, PA. ...

Gospel of Thomas Workshop Will Come to Your Meeting

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Alex Miller of Downingtown Meeting will bring his workshop on the Gospel of Thomas to your monthly meeting. The workshop, which Alex has presented at Annual Sessions, is designed for a group of 20-30 people. Upon discovery, the Gospel of Thomas was deemed to pose “grave danger”to the church establishment. The Gospel consists of simple verses, many of which match …

Haddonfield Quarterly Mtg Observes World Quaker Day, Sunday, October 1

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Members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) locally and around the world, will celebrate World Quaker Day on Sunday, October 1. This year’s theme set by the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) is “Gathering in Worship Around the Globe.” This observance seeks to unite Friends from different traditions and different countries into one virtual worshipping community. “There are …

FREE EdX Course Announcement

Addressing Racism, Friends and Education, Young Friends

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education – Advancing reconciliation in classrooms, organizations, and communities through the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing. The University of British Columbia is offering a 6 week on-line course that begins October 17, 2017. M​ight this on-line course​ find space in your schedule? Having successfully completed the course, a member of Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee …

General Secretary’s Letter from Bethlehem

General Secretary

Tonight is our last night in the Middle East. Every day so far I’ve felt like the day couldn’t be any longer or more emotional. Each day I learn that it can be. This was absolutely the longest day filled with more experience than I can process.

General Secretary’s Letter from Jerusalem

General Secretary

I’m writing this letter at the end of two very full days in and around Jerusalem. We are staying in a place right across the street from the New Gate to the Old City. It is mesmerizing to be walking in Jerusalem on the same streets that Jesus did.

General Secretary’s Second Letter from Cairo

General Secretary

Today was another very full day. Our first stop was a meeting with the leaders of Evangelical churches in Egypt. In the Middle East “evangelical” typically means what we might call protestant. There were about 30 people in the room including ten of us from the NCC delegation. Their ministries varied widely, from social services to pastoring churches, including a university professor and the first protestant in the Egyptian parliament.

General Secretary’s Letter from Beirut

General Secretary

It is 1:25 a.m. I just got back to the hotel from visiting with a member of the Quaker meeting here in Lebanon. The daytime, from 8-6 was entirely devoted to a series of conversations with people from the Middle East Council of Churches, including the General Secretary, the staff for Ecumenical Relief and the president of the board.

General Secretary’s Letter from Lebanon

General Secretary

Sometimes, following multigenerational connecting activities at annual sessions we have “report-back worship.”  In this style of worship, we settle into the love of God together and share out of the stillness our reflections on how the activity moved within us. As I sit in my room in Beirut and reflect back on this day so I can share it with you, I feel some of that same kind of deepening of experience in community.

PYM Participates in NCC Delegation to the Middle East

General Secretary, Middle East Collaborative, Peace & Social Concerns

Starting today, PYM General Secretary Christie Duncan-Tessmer is currently traveling as a member of a delegation of the National Council of Churches to the Middle East. This ten-day trip includes visits with diplomats, politicians, church leaders, and activists in Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine. PYM will be posting periodic updates from Christie this week during her trip, to share what …

NJ Superior Court Rules Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape are Sovereign Tribe

Addressing Racism

The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation citizens are neighbors of Salem Quarter Friends. As posted on the Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee web site, the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation is engaged in a lawsuit seeking reaffirmation, from the state of New Jersey – NLL v. NJ. Comprehensive ongoing media articles are posted by their legal council, Cultural Heritage Partners; and an …

Financial Support for Retreat for Friends of Color

Addressing Racism, Faith & Practice, General Secretary, Grants, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Worship and Ministry

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting will cover $150.00 per person of the cost of the registration of PYM Friends of Color and their families to attend the upcoming Retreat for Friends of Color. It will be held November 3 to 5 at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York. Head to the Friends General Conference Website for more information and …

Children’s Epistle from Annual Sessions 2017

Children

To Friends everywhere, We are the Fisher’s group from PYM Annual Sessions 2017. We learned about the love wolf and the fear wolf. We made dreamcatchers, god’s eyes, magnets and love wolf masks. We went to Snipes Farm to pick berries and make forts. We loved Fort Building, the goats, and god’s eyes. We explored how we are made and …

Meg Rose’s Next Steps

Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

Dear PYM Friends, I am excited to announce that Meg Rose will begin serving as our Young Adult Engagement Coordinator on September 1, 2017. She has served as Interim YAF Co-Coordinator for the past few months and as Interim Children’s Religious Life Coordinator for the past year. Meg’s unique experience in supporting children, families, and young adults will help us as …

Participate in the Quaker Action Training!

Addressing Racism, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Young Adult Friends

Become a Social Justice Resource Friend! In November of 2016, the PYM staff Community Engagement Team began a process of discernment with Quakers, organizers, trainers, and social justice activists.These elders provided guidance and expertise on how PYM Friends could most effectively move into social action, grounded in our powerful spiritual tradition and in our core commitment to honor that of …