Peace & Social Concerns

Peace & Social Concerns committees and individual Friends express their experience of Truth through manifesting a peaceful, justice-driven and eco-balanced world.  This Threadletter offers a means for sharing the work that is alive across our community while offering inspiration, foundation and practical skills.  Access archived issues below and subscribe to future issues on the right hand column.

How to Contribute

Share news of your meeting’s work,  ask for help from others or let Friends know about an upcoming event by submitting information and stories to the threadletter blog; see below. You can also share ideas for the featured stories in the Threadletter.  To contribute, contact the Associate Secretary for Program & Religious Life at programs@pym.org or 215-241-7008.

1891134_10201589506204141_1216995622_nO Love! A Story of Reconciliation and Healing in North Philadelphia 

Zachary Dutton interviewed O, a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, a few weeks ago about her work in Serenity House.  Read the full article. 

 

FullSizeRenderThe Ministry of Rooftop Farming 

Rania Campbell-Cobb is the founding Director of Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm. She describes her work, some of its intellectual underpinnings, and the ministry she hopes to forward with it. Read the full article.

 

Leverage Your Values Through the FCNL Network 

Consider participating in the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Network. This network connects Friends across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and channels our collective energy through FCNL’s ministry. Involve yourself and/or your meeting. Find out more about the FCNL Network. 

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Call to Action from Our Eco-Justice Working Group 

Earlier, our Eco-Justice Working Group invited us to join as a community of faith, “in an important effort to protect God’s creation.” The continued, “Leaders of the world’s governments will gather…to discuss the dire urgency of the climate crisis…” Find out more. The Working Group also invites Friends to watch the trailer for the film Disruption on the responsibility to rise to this historical moment.

Kindling a Life of Concern: Spirit-Led Quaker Action 

Looking for ways to ground your efforts to change the world in Spirit? Pendle Hill Pamphlet #404 by Jack Kirk may be for you. Kirk explores the age-old Quaker question: How do we know that what we are moved to do is a nudge from the Holy Spirit and not our egos? Find out more.

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Bucks Food for Friends: Successfully Sustaining Life

In 2008, some Bucks Quarterly Meeting Friends recognized the need to bring hot, nutritious meals to the homeless and working poor in their community. Six years later, the monthly meal at Fallsington Meeting has grown… Read the full article.

Choreographing Love’s Motions

Eileen Flanagan was a speaker at the 2014 FGC Gathering. She spoke about the ways she sees the Spirit moving among Friends. Her talk can be viewed online.

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Alternatives to Violence Project in PYM

circle-blueThis month’s Threadletter highlights the story of the incredible effectiveness and spiritual depth of AVP work within our Yearly Meeting.

 

A Message from the Field: Alternatives to Violence Project Goes to School

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Responding to the Crisis in Syria

syria_mapAs Friends, we are supported in our witness for peace by other Quaker organizations.  This issue of the Threadletter shares resources from the Friends Committee on National Legislation and the American Friends Service Committee to support Friends and meetings in their response to the crisis in Syria.  View the message from the General Secretary, Arthur Larrabee, and information about resources from FCNL and AFSC in the archived issue of the September 2013 Peace & Social Concerns Threadletter.

The Ministry of Racial Justice

big-dipper-threads.crop_The Society of Friends has a long history of deep involvement in the ministry of racial justice. This month’s threadletter lifts up some of the recent paths within our yearly meeting.

 

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Out of My Comfort Zone and Into Hope

eileenHow are you called to live Truth in the world? How does your faith impact your choices? Eileen Flanagan shares her experience of being led to address climate change and her new calling to commit civil disobedience for the first time.

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Travel the Journey

treesThe richness of our witness for peace, justice and an earth restored are seen in our stories and the lessons we draw from them. Whole meetings and individual Friends are on journeys that deepen their lives and manifest Spirit in the world. This month’s Threadletter lifts up some of the wealth of our experience.

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The threads of our ministries weave us together

red-threadFriends are active in the ministries of peace and justice across the Yearly Meeting. This Threadletter includes stories (curated by the Peace & Concerns Standing Committee) which lift up the threads of vibrant work that weave peacemakers and projects together in our community.

 

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