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

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 ...

[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

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 ...

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 …

Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting First Day School Action

First Day School

The Central Philadelphia First Day School does a service project once a month. In late fall 2016, we began our time together learning about our place in the Yearly Meeting, and reflecting on what we knew about the greening of Friends Center and our use of renewable energy. Then we got busy. Some people worked together to draft a letter …

Newtown Meeting Member starts Bucks County Coalition for Refugee Resettlement

Peace & Social Concerns

Upon hearing disparaging comments about Muslims early in the presidential campaign, Norma Kaplis, a member of Newtown Meeting sought divine guidance in meeting for worship.  She asked, “How can I respond in a useful, positive way to these dark pronouncements?”  In a flash of clarity, she got the message, ‘Form an interfaith coalition of local people, bring a family to …

Black Lives Matter Quilt

Middle School Friends

The Black Lives Matter Quilt was a joint project of the First Day School and adult members of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends. Each square represents a victim of gun violence in African American neighborhoods of Philadelphia from January through April 2016. Member Pamela Haines collected the clippings and each child chose one. Over several months they designed the …

1961 Nonviolence Training Manual Republished

Peace & Social Concerns

by Brenda Walker Beadenkopf Those who are passionate about today’s causes, but abhor violence, may be drawn to this newly republished handbook by Philadelphia Quaker Charles Walker (pictured above). During the 1950s and 60s, the struggle for civil rights and freedom carried on in lunch counters, buses and streets throughout the South appeared chaotic at times, but behind the headline-making …

Take Action

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Please note- As of January 3, 2017, this page will no longer be updated. Go here for updated "Take Action" ideas and resources. The Community Engagement Team is compiling resources to help individuals & faith communities actively and effectively engage to counter state-sanctioned violence, individual bigotry, and oppression against people of color, immigrants, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ friends, Jews, Muslims, folks with ...