PYM Youth March for Our Lives

Children, Continuing Sessions, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education, Young Friends

On Saturday, March 24, at Spring Continuing Sessions, Youth from across PYM participated in the March for Our Lives at the Capitol in Harrisburg, PA. The morning program was spent in preparation: wondering about how we let our lives speak as Friends, talking about what it is like to attend a march/rally, and processing different perspectives on the issue of …

Youth Programs, Give Feedback on Vision & Mission

Children, Continuing Sessions, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends, The Youth Programs Sprint group has nearly completed its work to propose a vision, mission and governance structure for our yearly meeting’s youth programs. The Sprint group, through several iterations, looked at the history of our youth programs and considered their future. The Sprint group intentionally sought out voices that we don’t always hear from, including those of LGBTQ families, Friends of …

PYM Staff Join National Walk Out Day

Addressing Racism, Children, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Quakers in our region have a long history of concern about gun violence. Individual monthly meetings and the yearly meeting have approved minutes and spoken with lawmakers about it. A campaign that grew out of PYM peace work successfully closed a Philadelphia gun shop with a tremendous reputation and record for straw purchases.  At this time when the youth of …

Minutes for Fall 2017 Continuing Sessions Have Been Posted

Continuing Sessions

With much anticipation, it is with great joy to inform you that the Minutes from Fall 2017 Continuing Sessions have been posted to the PYM’s website. The posted minutes entails the discussions and decisions made during the 2017 Fall Continuing Sessions held at The Arch Street Meeting House where many were in attendance. As we apologize for the delay, we …

Reviving State of the Meeting Reports

Annual Sessions, Communications, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Minutes, Monthly Meeting Management, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

Download a PDF version of this letter. Dear Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, It is with joy that we write to you about our revival of state of the meeting reports! We, the Quaker Life Council, invite all monthly and quarterly meetings to restart or continue the annual custom of conducting a spiritual self-assessment. As our new Faith & Practice …

Welcoming Eric Berdis

Annual Sessions, Continuing Sessions, Employment, Epistle, Faith & Practice, Quaker Life Council, Volunteering

We are excited that Eric Anthony Berdis has stepped into the role of Interim Sessions Coordinator! Eric is no stranger to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; they** have worked as our Sessions Assistant since 2015. Eric also served our community as the Event Coordinator for Arch Street Meeting House’s William Penn Fundraiser. Excited to bring his** energy and creativity to working with …

City Love led us in song and conversation at the first Seeking Faithfulness Series!

Continuing Sessions, Videos, Young Adult Friends

The 2017 Seeking Faithfulness Series, hosted by Young Adult Friends, was with City Love and entitled “Listening to Spirit: Answers Waiting for Action.” City Love – Sterling Duns of Merion Meeting and Caselli Jordan – are a West Philly-based acoustic duo with harmonies, hip hop, cajon, guitar, and mandolin. They led us in worship, song, conversation, and creation on Saturday, March 25, 2017, …

The fullness of spiritual community at Multigenerational Spring Continuing Sessions

Children, Continuing Sessions, Middle School Friends, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

An Open Invitation I will attend Spring Continuing Sessions on March 25 with the intent to participate in the multigenerational programs actively, mightily, and joyously with hope and enthusiasm.  I encourage you to attend and participate too. These multigenerational programs provide our spiritual community with an opportunity to join in shared activities.  In these challenging times these activities open our minds ...

William Penn Lecture is now the Seeking Faithfulness Series!

Addressing Racism, Continuing Sessions, Young Adult Friends

Since 2011, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends community has had an event under our care – the William Penn Lecture. This has been an evening in late March when the adult & teen yearly meeting community has been invited to come to Arch Street Meeting House to hear a speaker, usually on a topic connected to witness, social justice, …

Annual Sessions 2016 Outgoing Epistle

Annual Sessions, Continuing Sessions

Over 470 Friends including more than 85 new attenders participated in Annual Sessions 2016! View the Outgoing and Young Adult Friends epistles here.  Other epistles, reports and minutes will continue to be posted - check here for updates. To Friends Everywhere, Greetings from the 336th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, held at Muhlenberg ...

Work and Witness in Bloom at Continuing Sessions

Continuing Sessions

The magnolias were just beginning to bloom at Arch Street Meeting House when we met for Continuing Sessions March 19, Friends gathered in Work and Witness Groups to address common concerns, share ideas and organize for future work together. New connections were formed, plans for next steps were generated, and Friends are moving forward together to make a difference. Our …

Mary Crauderueff gave the 100th anniversary William Penn Lecture “Spirit Works: Exploring Quaker Leadership”

Continuing Sessions, Young Adult Friends

This year’s William Penn Lecture was given by Mary Crauderueff, who led a program titled “Spirit Works: Exploring Quaker Leadership.” Mary is curator of Quaker Collections at Haverford College, and is active in the Young Adult Friends community. She has been working on a Pickett grant funded project – Spirit Works: Journeys of Quaker Heads of Friends Organizations – interviewing …

Join us for Continuing Sessions on March 19, 2016

Continuing Sessions

You and all PYM Friends, every single one of us of every age, are encouraged to join together for a day of Worship, Fellowship, Fun, Learning and Service (or, as staff refers to it, Meeting for WiFFLS - pronounced “wiffles”) at Continuing Sessions. Sessions is where we experience the strength of who we are in gathered community. Register Now Meeting ...

Morning Programs at Continuing Sessions

Continuing Sessions

The morning at Continuing Sessions was devoted to our ongoing work to address the 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 began in worship, and all ages gathered to play “Beach Balls of Inclusion” led by youth program staff. Passing beach balls …