Video: One Quilt One Yearly Meeting

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Things are getting quilty… One Quilt, One Yearly Meeting brings us together across local meetings, collaboratives, youth programs, Young Adult Friends, councils, Friends schools, and other groups in PYM. Each entity will design and contribute a ten-inch quilt square, which will be gathered into a “quilt skirt” to wrap around …

Young Friends Welcome Program Assistant

Children, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, PYM, Staff, Young Friends

Following an extensive search process and interviews with several finalist candidates, PYM Youth Programs are delighted to welcome Aeryn Luminkith as the new Assistant in the Young Friends program. She will begin her work with Young Friends at their Christmas Gathering, December 27-30. We’re really pleased to welcome her to the staff …

Historical Marker for Mendenhalls Dedicated

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On Saturday, November 10, 2018, over 50 people gathered at the intersection of Route 52 South (Kennett Pike) and Hillendale Road in Chadds Ford, Chester County, Pennsylvania, to dedicate the newest Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker to Isaac and Dinah Mendenhall, Quaker abolitionists. Many of the attendees were Mendenhall …

Launching our Multicultural Audit – Preliminary Steps

Addressing Racism, PYM

Peace and Progress! We, the Multicultural Audit Steering Committee (MASC), are looking forward to learning more about how our community builds and sustains relationships. In under a year, we have articulated a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Multicultural Community Assessment in Diversity and Inclusion. Essentially, this self-assessment will gather …

General Secretary Report to Councils

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General Secretary Report on Staff Activity to Councils Mid-September Through Mid-October 2018 Business and Finance: Our fiscal year ended September 30th! The year-end prompted a variety of tasks including communications with monthly meetings and quarters about their final covenant payments, getting out last minute grants and payments and closing the …

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 …

News from Friends in Hurricane affected New Bern, NC

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On Thursday September 20, we spoke to the co-clerk, Shirin Scotten, of Croatan Friends Meeting in New Bern, NC. Shirin said that mail is not being delivered to the region yet, but UPS is delivering. Water is being handed out by local supermarkets daily. As stores reopen residents are being …

Staff Voice Policy:  Update and Listening Session at Sessions

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Members of the Administrative, Nominating and Quaker Life Councils received an update regarding the Staff Voice Policy on July 14th at their joint meeting. The update is shared here for all Friends. This policy was formally adopted in November 2017, following a discernment process involving all members of the staff …

Mourning the Passing of Penny Colgan-Davis

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Dear Friends, We are sad to report that our beloved clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, passed away quietly in her sleep, last night. Penny has been many places and done many things in a life of service to others as she followed divine leadings. A mentor, career teacher, school director, principal, head …

Quaker Wedding at Merion Meeting History Festival

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On Saturday, May 19, Abington Friends juniors, Margaret Silbaugh and Lily Ehsani, dressed in the clothes of a Quaker bride and groom circa 1850.  In the Merion Friends meetinghouse, they repeated their vows to each other before a congregation of visitors in modern dress. The wedding of Leonard Brenton and …

Live Streaming Event: Join Christie & Oscar on the National Mall

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PYM Friends Christie Duncan-Tessmer and Oskar Castro will be speaking at the ACT to End Racism Rally on the national mall on Wednesday, April 4 at 10:30, giving remarks after Rev. Jim Wallis speaks. The full event will be live streamed at the following link: rally2endracism.org Members of Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Native …