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 …

Introducing Resource Friends!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Communications, Friends and Education, Friends Counseling Service, Monthly Meeting Management, Online Newsletters, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

We are excited to report that the Quaker Life Council approved investing nearly forty thousand dollars over two fiscal years to raise up a momentous new program called Resource Friends. Resource Friends help our community be healthy and thrive, by providing expert support in areas of need in our monthly meetings and on the yearly meeting level. They are the …

Step Back in Time to 1850 at Merion Meeting History Festival

Children, Outreach

On Saturday, May 20, Merion Friends Meeting hosted a history festival centered on the years 1820-1850. Inviting visitors to step back in time to 1850, members of the Meeting donned Quaker garb of the period and practiced their plain speech. An estimated 250 guests attended the event, which featured historical exhibits on Quakers and the Anti-Slavery Movement; the Underground Railroad; …

Quakers take aim at Comcast over lobbying disclosures, transparency

Uncategorized

A resolution filed by Friends Fiduciary with the Comcast Corporation on lobbying transparency was covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The resolution with Comcast asks the company, as the 12th biggest corporate lobbying spender in the country, to disclose more about its lobbying done through trade associations and at the state level. The resolution will be voted on by Comcast shareholders …

Exploring Membership in the Religious Society of Friends

Uncategorized

Since the beginning of Quakerism, Friends have had various iterations and explorations around how to do membership. New York Yearly Meeting’s Alternate Member Pathways Working Group, is hosting an event, inviting Quakers to explore alternative ways of doing membership in Quakerism. The need to explore ways to have more inclusive membership practices has long been recognized. This event will offer …

Staffing Update: Administrative Support in the Office

General Secretary

The following updates have been published to share further information about staffing changes: MAY 2, 2017 Staffing Update: Administrative Support in the Office APRIL 22, 2017 Communication from Leadership to PYM APRIL 14, 2017 Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Salaries: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH ...

Living Well and Going Places

Uncategorized

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 …

Communication from Leadership to PYM

Administrative Council, General Secretary, Quaker Life Council

The following updates have been published to share further information about staffing changes: MAY 2, 2017 Staffing Update: Administrative Support in the Office APRIL 22, 2017 Communication from Leadership to PYM APRIL 14, 2017 Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Salaries: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH ...

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

Minutes

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

Uncategorized

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

General Secretary, Uncategorized

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 …