Living Well and Going Places

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Friends Home has its first bus! Now that it has arrived (see photos!), living well and going places perfectly describes life at Friends Home in Kennett. The bus, specially designed and built by Wolfington Body Company of Exton, seats 14, and was delivered on January 16. It has the necessary equipment to accommodate both walkers and wheelchairs as needed. Christine …

Green Street Monthly Meeting minute regarding PYM staff decisions

Minutes

March 22, 2017 To the Leadership of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting With respect, deep caring and continued affection, Green Street Monthly Meeting announces to you that, at our March 19, 2017 Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, after long and prayerful consideration, we approved withholding our covenant contribution to the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) of $30,000. We are led to …

Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Minute on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staffing changes

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Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting Minute on Philadelphia Yearly Meeting staffing changes Approved at Meeting for Business on April 9, 2017. Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting [CPMM] is under the weight of what God is calling us to do to end racism and white supremacy in our monthly meeting. As part of that ongoing concern, we have committed to a weekend for …

Staffing Update: YAF Coordinator Position Reinstated

General Secretary

Note: This news was originally announced to the gathered body at Continuing Sessions on March 25, 2017. After listening to the leadership of the Young Adult Friends community, responding to the questions they asked me, and considering funding sources, I’ve revised the new staffing structure to keep the Young Adult Friends Coordinator. The position will be decoupled from the youth ...

City Love led us in song and conversation at the first Seeking Faithfulness Series!

Continuing Sessions, Videos, Young Adult Friends

The 2017 Seeking Faithfulness Series, hosted by Young Adult Friends, was with City Love and entitled “Listening to Spirit: Answers Waiting for Action.” City Love – Sterling Duns of Merion Meeting and Caselli Jordan – are a West Philly-based acoustic duo with harmonies, hip hop, cajon, guitar, and mandolin. They led us in worship, song, conversation, and creation on Saturday, March 25, 2017, …

YAF Community minutes their appreciation for outgoing Clerk & Coordinator

Young Adult Friends

At our Spring Retreat at Newtown Meeting on April 7-9, 2017, the Young Adult Friends community created and approved the following minutes of appreciation for our outgoing Young Adult Friends Clerk, Allison Letts, and for our outgoing Young Adult Friends Coordinator, Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt. Minute of Appreciation for the service of our outgoing Clerk, Allison Letts The Young Adult Friends …

Burlington Quarter to Acquire Burlington Meeting House from PYM

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For the past three years, under an agreement that ends in June, the Trustees of Burlington Meeting House have successfully run the Burlington Meeting House & Center for Conference with a dedicated group of volunteers. Based on their model of success, Burlington Quarter has agreed to take ownership of the property and plans to ask PYM to transfer it to …

Ecumenical Declaration

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On February 10th 2017, PYM General Secretary attend a conference hosted by the National Council of Churches and Church World Services, representing Quakers across the nation. The conference was made up of different religious denominations across the country of various faith traditions to serve as an ecumenical call to action in response to ani-refugee legislation. Together, the gathered group created …

Where Faith and Community Meet – Coming Back to Friends

Young Adult Friends

Joining the Young Adult Friends (YAF) group was not something I planned. In fact nowhere in my journey did my plans include anything even remotely spiritual or religious in nature. The idea of community seemed irrelevant. The notion of God seemed absurd. Yet one Sunday morning, after an absence of more than a decade, I found myself sitting on the …

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

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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

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This is an update to the original message below, which elaborates on the decision to lay down four part-time Youth & Young Adult Coordinator positions. They were to be replaced by four part-time Youth & Young Adult Program Facilitators and one full-time Youth & Young Adult Engagement Manager. After extensive conversation with young adult Friends and others, our General Secretary has decided not ...

[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 …