Pre-Sessions Retreat Helped Friends Center in Trust and Love

Annual Sessions

By Jane Cadwalader; photo by Frank Barch For the second consecutive year, the Spiritual Formation Collaborative organized and facilitated a Pre-Sessions retreat to ground Friends in the Spirit before Annual Sessions. The retreat themes were Centering Ourselves, Listening in Trust and Love, and Bringing the Centered Self to Community. Valerie …

Centering in Trust and Love Keynote at Annual Sessions

Annual Sessions

Saturday July 27, 2019 Plenary speaker, Valerie Brown, offered a keynote centering in trust and love and we explored the questions: What does it mean to you to center in trust and love? Why is this meaningful? The participants were engaged in reflection and discussion on these questions through poetry, …

The PYM Clerk’s Quilt is Revealed

Annual Sessions

It was a joyful moment when the Community Engagement team revealed Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s quilt made of  squares created by monthly meetings, Quaker groups, and community members. 33 have been submitted so far, and we know that there are many quilters out there who continue to ready their community’s square. …

Welcome to Sessions – Wednesday and Thursday

Annual Sessions

By Tara Rubenstein and Grace Sharples Cooke; photos by Frank Barch Margaret Fell – who is called the “mother of Quakerism” for her essential role in the early movement-  had a gift of hospitality. She opened her home, Swarthmore Hall, to Quakers for worship. This year at Annual Sessions we …

Annual Sessions Keynote Change – Updated

Annual Sessions

Please find below a statement regarding the change in our keynote address at the 2019 Annual Sessions. This statement is an expression of our commitment to transparency, collaboration, and growth around anti-racism. Bucks Quarterly Meeting was a partner in the drafting. Announced in the brochure that was mailed to Friends’ homes …

It was Fantastic – We Ended on a High Note

Annual Sessions

Our Friends who attended the Spiritual Formation retreat shared closing queries and a sense that they want to carry the spirit of the experience into the future of Sessions and the yearly meeting. Spirit is what we are all about. Valerie Brown, our featured afternoon workshop presenter, shared a YouTube …

Finding Faith, Practice, and Joy in Youth Programs at Sessions

Annual Sessions, Children, Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Friends

By Melinda Wenner Bradley, Youth Religious Life Coordinator What does the intersection of intention and action look like among Friends? The programs planned for children, youth, and families at Annual Sessions, and our practices in the Quaker community of PYM Youth Programs, are among the possibilities! However you attend Sessions …

Sessions, Getting Settled, and Staff Slacking

Annual Sessions

PYM’s Annual Sessions is officially underway as of today with the start of our pre-sessions spiritual retreat this afternoon. Our PYM Sessions truck has been unloaded at the College of New Jersey and our golf carts are out ferrying staff to prepare all of our spaces. This year will be …