Quaker Life Council

With divine assistance the Quaker Life Council maintains the health and integrity of the community, spiritual depth and relationships within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.  The Council stewards yearly meeting activities, including nurturing meetings, supporting corporate work for peace and justice, and bringing members across meetings together to collaborate on projects of common interest.

Apply below! There is a place for all sorts of activity within our yearly meeting community! The Quaker Life Council will help discern the right direction for your work.

Do you have a common interest or concern? Are you under the weight of an emerging leading for work or witness ? From meeting for worship for chess to organizing for change…

Already an Existing Group?

Under the care of our yearly meeting community?

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For now, we have laid down Thread Newsletters. New ways to support Threads via our communications channels are in development. Stay tuned! Curious about what’s coming? Contact Zachary Dutton at zdutton@pym.org or 215-241-7008.

Thread Gatherings are continuing! Check out the PYM Calendar for the upcoming Thread Gatherings.

It is the job of the Quaker Life Council to name Threads, per our Governance Handbook. We currently have several Threads: Pastoral Care, Worship & Ministry, Peace & Social Justice, Finances and Giving, Communications & Outreach, and Religious Education. Until such time as the Quaker Life Council sees that these Threads need to be revised, they are the set of issues that we acknowledge almost every community in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting faces. The Thread Gatherings and Thread Newsletters had been our main ways of supporting the broader community in our work to attend to each Thread.

Welcome to this Council

Members of the Quaker Life Council undertake a solemn responsibility to help provide the yearly meeting community with humble leadership in Quaker faith and practice. With divine assistance and in relationship with other council members, Friends on the Quaker Life Council maintain the health and integrity of the community, spiritual depth and relationships within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

The Quaker Life Council oversees the programs and activities of Yearly Meeting Friends, including nurturing monthly and quarterly meetings, supporting Friends work for peace and justice, bringing members across meetings together to collaborate on projects of common interest.

Get to know the members of the Quaker Life Council by clicking the button below.