Asking to Move the Furniture

Addressing Racism, Annual Sessions, Implementation Committee

by Lucy Duncan The Undoing Racism Group of Philadelphia YM has been working for two years to support the yearly meeting’s central corporate witness expressed in this query, “What is God calling PYM Quakers to do next to end racism and white supremacy in the Religious Society of Friends and beyond?” We have offered 10 workshops at sessions last year …

A Fifty Thousand Dollar Grant for Community Engagement

Finance

This article was composed by Zachary T. Dutton. The Tyson Memorial Fund has granted Philadelphia Yearly Meeting fifty thousand dollars to support the formation of a new Community Engagement Team! We are over the moon that Tricia Coscia’s role on staff has become Community Engagement Coordinator! This includes the responsibilities associated with her former position, Sessions & Volunteer Coordinator. Yet, …

Message from the Clerk

Annual Sessions

The 334th Annual Session of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting was one of worship, fun, challenging work and fellowship! Over 80 newcomers joined us this year! We had one of the largest numbers of Middle School Friends ever in attendance! And a record-breaking attendance overall! Friends, we have approved a new way forward, one that will help us better carry out the …

Update: Youth Programs Transgender Policy Reconciliation Process

Young Friends

The beginning of Summer has brought with it a sense of affirmation and relief to many Friends as a formal reconciliation process concerning the PYM Transgender Youth Policy has concluded its initial steps. This past winter, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting asked the Traveling Ministries service of Friends General Conference to help our community address and resolve the various conflicts and hurt …

Message from the Clerk

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Interim Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends is charged with several key tasks on behalf our community.  One of them is approval of the General Secretary, the chief administrator of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.  This position holds responsibility for the executive leadership of our yearly meeting and oversight of all staff operations. I am delighted to …

New General Secretary Named

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Christie Duncan-Tessmer appointed to succeed Arthur M. Larrabee as General Secretary Interim Meeting today approved the recommendation of the General Secretary Search Committee to appoint Christie Duncan-Tessmer as our new General Secretary effective August 25, 2014 upon the retirement of Arthur M. Larrabee. Download information about our new General Secretary Report from the General Secretary Search Committee Press Release Biography ...