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 …

Young Friends’ Annual Sessions 2017 Epistle

Annual Sessions, Epistle, Young Friends

Dear Friends Everywhere, Coming together in a new location, The College of New Jersey, the Young Friends program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting gathered together to welcome old friends and new. Our experience began on Wednesday the 26th of July, as we came together with the Yearly Meeting. We met up with the group Spiral Q, whose mission is to use …

Middle School Friends at Annual Sessions 2017

Annual Sessions, Middle School Friends

Dear Friends everywhere, we are the Middle School Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This week, new friendships were formed, old friendships were tested and we are here today having learned a lot about ourselves and each other. We got to know each other through games, worship sharing groups and workshops. We watched a movie at a time when we really …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 5

Annual Sessions

Written by Grace Sharples-Cooke, Interim Director of Development After Meeting for Business and lunch on Sunday, Friends, Attenders, and families were turning in their keys, and packing their cars. In the parking lot near the south townhouses, I caught up with Liana Hershey, Mount Holly Monthly Meeting, one of our volunteer caregivers in the children’s program. As she spoke, Liana’s …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 4

Annual Sessions

Written by Grace Sharples-Cooke, Interim Director of Development Burlington News: One of the morning news stories from yesterday’s first Meeting for Business was that the ownership of the Burlington Meetinghouse and Conference Center was transferred from PYM to Burlington Quarter. William Robbins, Clerk of Burlington Quarterly Meeting sent this message of celebration: Dear Friends, On behalf of Burlington Quarterly Meeting I …

Annual Sessions Minutes of Action for July 29, 2017

Annual Sessions

Note: The following are Minutes of Action approved at Annual Sessions on July 29, 2017. The full Minutes will be posted following the conclusion of Annual Sessions, once the clerks have compiled them. Friends accepted the Admin Council report, and minuted their appreciation that the Admin Council and Personnel committee will under take the review and revision of the personnel policy and …

PYM to Undertake an Institutional Multicultural Audit

Annual Sessions

At Annual Sessions on July 29, 2017, the following minute of action was approved. The full minutes will be posted online in the coming weeks, as soon as they are compiled by the clerks.  Philadelphia Yearly Meeting unites with undertaking the process of an institutional multicultural audit, including: Appointing a steering committee that will select a consultant Reporting back to …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 3

Annual Sessions

Written by Grace Sharples-Cooke, Interim Director of Development I caught up with FCNL reps Jim Cason and Christine Ashley, who came to PYM to run a workshop and meet with Friends interested in engaging in legislative lobbying for bills with bi-partisan support. Christine says, “we are absolutely here because we want to see where Friends are right now. It’s a …

How Meetings Can Become Welcoming and Inclusive

Annual Sessions

This year, as part of the Agenda for Business Meeting at 2017 Annual Sessions, we were led by Sarah Willie-LeBreton and Inspira Williams through a two-day group activity focusing on ways meetings can become more welcoming and inclusive. The opening remarks are posted below, along with the queries used for small group discussions, and definitions of terms for people who …

Annual Sessions Minutes of Action for July 28, 2017

Annual Sessions

Note: The following are Minutes of Action approved at Annual Sessions on July 28, 2017. The full Minutes will be posted following the conclusion of Annual Sessions, once the clerks have compiled them. The Nominating slate was presented by Nominating Council Clerk Melissa Rycroft (Pennsdale MM) was reviewed for approval. Andrew Anderson (Friends of Philadelphia MM) was approved to serve …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 2

Annual Sessions

Grace Sharples-Cooke has been asking friends at Annual Sessions to share a bit about themselves while finding their way around the new campus. If you had been there to listen in on those conversations, here is a sample of what you would have overheard from these friends: Gabbreell James is here from Green Street Monthly Meeting. A lifelong Friend, she grew up …

Organizations Attending Annual Sessions

Annual Sessions

We promised we’d let you know about some of the organizations attending Sessions; we can affirm that 35 different institutions registered, and we still have numbers of people attending as walk-ins. At least three Quaker Colleges are here (Haverford, Swarthmore, and Earlham have faculty or staff attending), plus we welcomed faculty/staff from the College of New Jersey, Princeton, University of ...

Annual Sessions Minutes of Action for July 27, 2017

Annual Sessions

Note: The following are Minutes of Action approved at Annual Sessions on July 27, 2017. The full Minutes will be posted following the conclusion of Annual Sessions, once the clerks have compiled them. The Clerk asked Friends to approve Thomas Swain (Middletown MM) in leading the adoption of the revised Faith and Practice part of the agenda.  Friends approved. Friends …

Overheard at Annual Sessions Day 1

Annual Sessions

One of our field guides, who sat outside directing people to registration, asked arriving friends to share a bit about themselves. If you had been there, this is what you would have overheard: Chris Lull from Berkley Meeting, CA told us why he came to this Annual Sessions: “I went to Abington Friends School as a kid, and Quakerism has …

Do Quaker Schools Offer Sanctuary for Undocumented Students?

Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education

In the U.S., there are 71 Friends schools affiliated with the Friends Council on Education, serving PreK through high school students. What if all of those schools were sanctuary campuses, offering protection for their undocumented students and their families? Recently, AFSC and PYM decided to find out if any Quaker schools were having these same dreams of Quaker witness in …

Listen to PYM Friend Sydney Coffin Interviewed on WHYY’s Radio Times

Friends and Education

For centuries, Friends have sought to live their values in their every day lives. This WHYY Radio Times piece that aired yesterday demonstrates the positive impact one of our PYM Friends has had through his work. Sydney Coffin is helping to shape PYM’s Public Education Collaborative (which is hosting a workshop at Annual Sessions), and previously helped run the 2012 Public …

Correction to Historic Fair Hill Summer Fest Dates

Communications

The Historic Fair Hill Summer Fest took place on July 8 from 3pm to 7pm. An incorrect date of July 15 was publicized, but any Friends who come on July 15 for a picnic at 3pm will be welcomed by Fair Hill gardeners and offered tours and produce from the gardens.  Hoagies can be purchased from the Indiana Mini Market …