YAF Epistle on Membership

Epistle, PYM, Young Adult Friends

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

PYM, Staff, Young Friends

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

General Secretary, PYM

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

PYM

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 …

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

PYM

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 …

General Secretary Report to Councils

General Secretary, PYM

Mid-February Through Mid-March 2019 Business and Finances: PYM has been using the services of Your-Part-Time-Controller (YPTC) since November. YPTC identified and implemented a range of process efficiencies in closing the books for quarter ended December 31, 2018.  Based on the updated process we expect to generate financial information more quickly …

On New Zealand Violence: A Monthly Meeting’s Statement

PYM

This statement was shared with the community of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, drafted by its clerk, Dana Reinhold. Monthly and quarterly meetings can share their statements about this tragedy and other issues on the PYM website; go to www.pym.org, scroll down and click on, “Add a New Story.” … Dear …

An Invitation from our Yearly Meeting Clerk

Continuing Sessions, PYM

An Invitation to Seeking Faithfulness through Worshipful Resistance “That is to say that each generation of young Friends by its experiments must discover for itself the truths on which the Society is built if it is to use those truths and to continue and to enlarge the work of the …

Help Our Community Stay Connected

Outreach, PYM

We have a new and more capable database, but we need your help in making sure your information is correct and up to date. All you need to do is to enter your correct address, email and phone information and you will help us build an awesome sense of community through …

General Secretary Report to Councils

General Secretary, PYM

Mid-January Through Mid-February 2019 Business and Finances: The FY 2018 audited financial statements were posted on the website.  See them at www.pym.org/finance/audits. We are finishing the annual report, an attractive, user-friendly summary of PYMs 2018 fiscal year which will be sent to donors next month. PYM’s insurance policies renew in January.  The 2019 PYM Master Policy, under the Friends …

General Secretary Report to Councils

General Secretary, PYM

Mid-December 2018 Through Mid-January 2019 Business and Finances: Received donations in response to the December appeal. An informal analysis indicates most gifts that came in are similar or increased a bit from last year and lapsed donors from as long ago as the year 2000 have made gifts. Overall, though …