Help End Gun Violence as a Meeting Community

Peace & Social Concerns

A faith-based organization called Heeding God’s Call can help Quaker meetings across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting with reducing and eliminating gun violence. If your meeting is looking for an avenue to make a difference in this public health crisis, we hope you’ll be in touch. There are several ways to do …

Church World Service Ration Challenge

Peace & Social Concerns

Church World Service (CWS) is launching a new Ration Challenge Campaign at rationchallengeusa.org. Ration Challenge is a fundraising and awareness building campaign that invites participants to commit to live for one week (the week of World Refugee Day) on the same rations that Syrian refugees receive in a camp in Jordan. …

Updating Our Threads

Governance, Monthly Meeting Management, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

The Quaker Life Council has recently approved an updated set of Threads, which are ways of organizing the work and witness that all of the communities in PYM face on a regular basis. The new list is: Peace & Social Justice Ministry & Care Religious Education Outreach & Communications Governance …

“Love Knows No Borders” Witness

Peace & Social Concerns, PYM

Join the Call for Migrant Justice! Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) is partnering with American Friends Service Committee (ASFC) to stand in solidarity with the asylum seekers, the migrant caravan, and all who seek refuge in the US. Faith leaders and communities around the country will take part in AFSC “Love …

Ujima Friends: Part of Us

Addressing Racism, Faith & Practice, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, PYM, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry

At a recent meeting, the Quaker Life Council considered and celebrated the expression of Quaker Faith & Practice that is our Ujima Friends Peace Center. In the year that it has existed, the center has forged profound connections with the community in which it is located in North Philadelphia. Friends …

Green Street Meeting provides school supplies to children at EMIR Healing Center

Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns

Green Street Meeting’s EMIR Ministry Support Group says a heartfelt “Thank you!” to everyone at Green Street, the meetings in Philadelphia Quarter, and beyond who supported our school supplies drive in summer 2018. The drive benefited 103 children whose families had lost a loved one to homicide, and who received …

Resource Friends at Annual Sessions!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Annual Sessions, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Environment, Faith & Practice, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry

At the 2018 Annual Sessions this year, there will be a booth during free time and dinner time on Thursday and Friday where Resource Friends will be available to talk with you about their work and what they might be able to support for you and your meeting. They will …

EMIR Healing Center ministry supported by Green Street Monthly Meeting

Children, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns

Green Street Meeting’s Quaker Social Change Ministry group in support of EMIR Healing Center is having a “Fill a Bookbag” drive to gather school supplies for 85 children participating in the center’s programs this year. EMIR stands for “Every Murder is Real.” The center, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, …

Uniting for economic and social justice with other people of faith: POWER Philadelphia, Metro, Central and Northeast

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns

Over the past several years, three monthly meetings in Philadelphia–Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street), Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and now Germantown Monthly Meeting–have joined a broad-based interfaith coalition founded in 2011 under the name Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild, or POWER. POWER, affiliated at the …

Worship in Solidarity with the March for Our Lives

Peace & Social Concerns

Haddonfield Monthly Meeting welcomed some thirty people on Saturday, March 24, between 10-Noon, for a period of worship in solidarity with the 800+ March for Our Lives rallies across the globe  Members of Haddonfield and Medford Meetings, as well as some nearby churches participated. Participants reported that some strong messages …

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 …

Six person panel on prisons at Willistown Meeting tells it like it is – with compassion, hope and experience

Peace & Social Concerns

On Saturday, February 10th the Willistown Meeting hosted some fifty Friends and visitors for a panel discussion on the Pennsylvania Prison system. Willistown’s clerk, Will Scull, and event organizer Derek Stedman welcomed two West Chester University professors, Michael Antonio and Sami Abdel-Salaam, along with four other presenters—Chrissy Nye, an ex-offender; …

Senate Vote Toward 573 Requires Presidential Signature

Peace & Social Concerns

Not one, but six east coast Tribal Nations seeking Federal recognition for decades await President Trump’s signature. This legal status will allow direct relationship with the Federal government, “funding for scholarships, healthcare and other services. It will also allow for the respectful repatriation of ancestral remains.” Fellow “First Contact” initiatives, …