Part 4: Immigrants of 824 Buck Lane

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This is part IV of a four-part story written by Haverford resident, Nancy Warren. A study of history uncovers the role a home near Haverford Meeting (Buck Lane) played. It served as an important Quaker boarding house that sheltered World War II refugees for American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). This …

Part 3: The Surrounding Community of 824 Buck Lane

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This is part III of a four-part story written by Haverford resident, Nancy Warren. A study of history uncovers the role a home near Haverford College and Haverford Meeting (Buck Lane) played before and after WWII. Originally owned by a conservative editor of the Saturday Evening Post, it ultimately served …

Part 2: The Refugees and their crucial social worker, Herta Kraus

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This is part II of a four-part story written by Haverford resident, Nancy Warren. A study of history uncovers the role a home near Haverford Meeting (Buck Lane) played before and after WWII. Herta Kraus of American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) was the restless and directive social worker in charge …

General Secretary Report to Councils

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Mid-May to Mid-June 2019 Business and Finances: Completed the FY 2020 Draft Budget for Finance Committee, which will recommend to Admin Council that it be shared with the monthly and quarterly meetings.  A final Proposed Budget, adjusted for any new information, will be completed in early July for approval at Annual Sessions.  Stewarded two bequests from …

Annual Sessions 2019 Schedule

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There are a few changes to our schedule this year. Sessions Coordinating Committee (SCC) found there to be a significant ask from attenders for more spaciousness in the schedule. You will find that afternoons are more open, and instead of back to back programming, Friends will choose one way they …

Check Out Our Upcoming Thread Gatherings

Addressing Racism, Administrative Council, Aging Services, Annual Sessions, Children, Communications, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Friends and Education, Friends Counseling Service, Friends Who Care For Youth, Governance, Middle School Friends, Minutes, Monthly Meeting Management, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, PYM, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Staff, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

We are in the process of planning and refining the vision and themes for Thread Gatherings planned in 2019-2020. Check out what’s on the table so far! Upcoming Thread Gatherings Deepening Our Practice in Clerking and Recording Register Here Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Providence Friends Meeting Friends are invited …

General Secretary Report to Councils

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Mid-April to Mid-May 2019 Business and Finances: The company that printed the 2018 Faith and Practice has been sold and its distribution subsidiary declared bankruptcy. We’ve moved the remaining copies of Faith and Practice to FGC’s QuakerBooks, where they are available for purchase. The second quarter was closed and a …

A Quaker with a Mission – Improving Life for Returning Citizens

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Jondhi Harrell (member of Germantown Monthly Meeting, the Friends of African Descent, and the Ujima Friends Peace Center) is a Rastafarian Quaker with a mission – to make a better experience for returning citizens. We know that incarcerated individuals experience trauma, and that the children and families of the individuals …

YAF Epistle on Membership

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To All Friends Everywhere: Greetings from a gathering of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends, together on Lenni-Lenape land at Haverford Friends Meeting for our spring retreat, April 26–28, 2019. Issues surrounding our structures of membership have long weighed on the hearts of young adults—among others—in the PYM community. Among …

Young Friends Program Announcement

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This communication was shared with Young Friends Program contacts on April 24, 2019 Dear Friends, I’m writing to share with you a change in the youth programs staffing for this summer and some of the next steps. Lori Sinitzky has shared that, for health and family reasons, she needs to …

General Secretary Report to Councils

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Mid-March to Mid-April 2019 Business and Finances: We evaluated our Operating Reserve status and it is holding steady. Last year, after PYM met its Operating Reserve goal of $1.2 million the Finance Committee approved a rubric to apply on an annual basis to ensure the Reserve is not becoming underfunded …

Spring 2019 Sessions News + YAF-Led Worship to End Berks Immigrant Detention

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On Saturday March 23, 117 people from 50 PYM Monthly Meeting communities convened for Spring Continuing Sessions near Reading PA. A summary of the day’s events follows. Approved Minutes from the afternoon’s 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Meeting for Business are posted on PYM’s website under Continuing Sessions. Read the Minutes OUTDOOR MEETING …