On a regular schedule PYM’s General Secretary, Christie Duncan-Tessmer, publishes her report to PYM Councils detailing work that PYM Staff has completed. Below is her report for the first two months of 2021.
I’m trying out two new things this month. One is to apply relevant strategic directions to category headings. The other is to list, with links, the past month’s news stories and the upcoming events. There are too many events to list more than two weeks’ worth. – Christie
Program and Ministry
Connect Friends and meetings to one another so that we may experience vibrant, Spirit-led faith community Broaden engagement and deepen relationships in our yearly meeting
- Practice of Worship: A four-part series that is an exploration of our practices. Each week a presenter shares the very practical and concrete ways in which they worship. Then Friends settle into worship together with encouragement to try out what they just heard about. Following worship participants reflect on the practice together. 50-70 Friends have been participating in this series and in response to its success it is being extended into March.
- The Grants Consultants Program hit its midway mark. 8 young adult friends continue to participate in 5 of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s 9 granting groups as part of their collective effort to bear witness to the grant making of the yearly meeting. Staff facilitators met with all consultants in the New Year to check-in and structure the second half of the program