Updates from Indian Committee Grantees

Grants

We Are Still Here Greetings from the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Indian Committee. We’ve been around for a few hundred years, but you might have seen us this summer at Continuing Sessions workshop on How to Be an Ally to Indigenous Peoples We thought you might like a report back on the outcomes of some of the grants we have recently administered …

Children’s Epistle from Annual Sessions 2017

Children

To Friends everywhere, We are the Fisher’s group from PYM Annual Sessions 2017. We learned about the love wolf and the fear wolf. We made dreamcatchers, god’s eyes, magnets and love wolf masks. We went to Snipes Farm to pick berries and make forts. We loved Fort Building, the goats, and god’s eyes. We explored how we are made and …

Young Friends’ Annual Sessions 2017 Epistle

Annual Sessions, Epistle, Young Friends

Dear Friends Everywhere, Coming together in a new location, The College of New Jersey, the Young Friends program of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting gathered together to welcome old friends and new. Our experience began on Wednesday the 26th of July, as we came together with the Yearly Meeting. We met up with the group Spiral Q, whose mission is to use …

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 …

PYM Young Adult Friends Epistle 2016

Annual Sessions, Young Adult Friends

To all F/friends everywhere: More than 50 Young Adult Friends (age 18-35-ish) gathered together in the Spirit of community, love, and friendship at Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s 336th Annual Sessions, July 27-31, 2016 at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Many of us seek spiritual community because we need support in our work in the world. For some of us, while we …

Epistle from Children’s Sessions 2016!

Children

Hello Friends Everywhere, Greetings from the 4th and 5th grades of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. As we gathered with PYM’s 336th Annual Sessions, we experienced the joys of being together, with old friends and new friends. Along with the joys of being together, we experienced some conflicts and upsets. We learned that when we stand together as friends, we found the …

An Exceptional Experience

Young Friends

The Young Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting call 5-day gathering with the wider Yearly Meeting at Annual Sessions “an exceptional experience.” Here’s what else they have to say: Dear Friends, Young Friends would like to recognize the epistle put forth by the members of PYM. With more than 20 people attending, we began the gathering with several games focused on community …

The Children’s Continuing Revelation Minute

Children

Each year at Annual Sessions, the K-5th grade program holds the Children’ Summit.  In odd years, the Summit is an opportunity to discern a new Children’ Priority, each of which lasts 2 years.  In the even years, in the middle of the Priority, we have a chance for Continuing Revelation.  What more can we learn from listening to God and …

Young Adult Friends leadership transitions

Young Adult Friends

Following the work at our called meeting to vision the leadership of the Young Adult Friends community, Damian Morden-Snipper was approved as the new co-clerk of the Young Adult Friends Working Group on July 10, 2014!  Allison Letts was approved as incoming recording clerk, and Eric Peterson was approved as a member-at-large of the YAF Working Group.  Liz Martin is continuing as co-clerk and Carl …

Discerning Liaisons to Wider PYM Community

Young Friends

The Young Friends Discernment Committee was created by a business meeting in December of 2013 to steward the nominations process for Young Friend leadership positions. Historically, the only positions that have gone through a nominations process in the Young Friends community are the Clerk positions, however, at the same business meeting in December, the Young Friends community charged the new …

Young Friends Epistle – Camp Onas Gathering 2013

Young Friends

To friends everywhere: This year’s Camp Onas YF Gathering was a huge success and tons of fun!  We had visits from YF alums and were reunited with friends not seen since our last gathering.  We also met friends new to the Young Friends community.  We enjoyed the experience together. Throughout the week we actively participated in various workshops, formed new …

PYM Young Adult Friends Epistle

Young Adult Friends

To All Friends Everywhere: Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting offered a space within which to ground our fellows in a centered presence at 2013 Annual Sessions. Each night, we welcomed some visiting, some new to us, and some who returned after an absence. We gathered to debrief our days marked by resplendent sorrow, healing, inspiration, and play. A …

Outgoing & Incoming Young Adult Friends Clerks

Young Adult Friends

At the Winter Retreat on January 5, 2013, the Young Adult Friends community approved the following minute of appreciation for our outgoing clerk, Colin Bussiere-Nichols. Colin Bussiere-Nichols, a member of Portland Friends Meeting, New England Yearly Meeting, served as Clerk of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends Working Group for the past 2 ½ years – from May 2010 …

Young Adult Friends Epistle 2012

Annual Sessions, Young Adult Friends

To Friends Everywhere: At Sessions this year, Young Adult Friends embraced the challenges of our unique Philadelphia setting by exercising our flexibility and love for one another. YAFs were immersed in all aspects of Annual Sessions – from business sessions, to leading youth programs, to facilitating Holy Experiments, to doing the behind-the-scenes work to make Sessions happen.  We met for …

Young Adult Friends Epistle 2011

Young Adult Friends

Young Adult Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting send their love to all members of PYM and Friends everywhere. We are grateful for this time of accompanied seeking, support, and growth at Annual Sessions. We are in a struggle to become or remain fully engaged in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. While our individual experiences with this year’s budget-making process and outcome are …