Do Quaker Schools Offer Sanctuary for Undocumented Students?

Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education

In the U.S., there are 71 Friends schools affiliated with the Friends Council on Education, serving PreK through high school students. What if all of those schools were sanctuary campuses, offering protection for their undocumented students and their families? Recently, AFSC and PYM decided to find out if any Quaker …

Introducing Resource Friends!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Communications, Friends and Education, Friends Counseling Service, Monthly Meeting Management, Online Newsletters, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

We are excited to report that the Quaker Life Council approved investing nearly forty thousand dollars over two fiscal years to raise up a momentous new program called Resource Friends. Resource Friends help our community be healthy and thrive, by providing expert support in areas of need in our monthly …

Youth and Young Adult Programs Staff Changes Follow Up Information

Children, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Religious Education, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

The following updates have been published to share further information about staffing changes: MAY 2, 2017 Staffing Update: Administrative Support in the Office APRIL 22, 2017 Communication from Leadership to PYM APRIL 14, 2017 Financial Impact: Staff Changes Follow Up Information MARCH 23, 2017 Advancement: Staff Changes Follow Up Information ...

Learning and Doing Anti-Racism at Annual Sessions

Addressing Racism, Annual Sessions, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

Towards Transformation We strive as Quakers to live our daily lives grounded in the center of our beings. In this striving, we gather as a community away from everyday challenges to strengthen our spiritual practice. As we strengthen our practice, ever deeper insights emerge, and we ready ourselves to embrace …

Announcing the Quaker Religious Education Collaborative!

Religious Education

Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Forms August 17 and 18, 2014, thirty-three Friends gathered at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, PA to envision the future of religious education among Friends.  We left feeling exhilarated, believing that way had opened for a collective effort in Quaker religious education that reaches across the current …

Host a Religious Education Listening Circle

Religious Education

We invite Friends who hold a sense of stewardship for the faith formation of Quaker children to join with us.  We are Friends with deep ties to Quaker Religious Education from four Yearly Meetings (including PYM) who are feeling moved to invite others to join them in a Quaker religious …

First Day School Convergence!

Religious Education

This story is from Zac Dutton, the Coordinator for Western Quarterly Meeting I was curious. Some kind of mental bifurcation formed in the minds of those for whom I began to work about two years ago as Coordinator for Western Quarterly Meeting. Somehow our Monthly Meetings were so separate from …

The 2013-14 FDS Thread Gathering: Success!

Religious Education

The first Thread Gathering we ever held was in September of 2012 on the ministry of First Day School.  There were 12 people in attendance at that first effort.  This year’s First Day School Thread Gathering was held on Saturday, November 16th at Princeton Meeting in Burlington Quarter.  It was …

The Family Neighborhood at Annual Sessions

Religious Education

If you look up the word “neighbor­hood” in the dictionary, among the definitions is “Distinctive area: a district with characteristics that distinguish it from the areas around it.”  Each year at Sum­mer Sessions, just such a neighborhood is born — a place where families whose children are in Children’s Sessions …

Paths to Quaker Parenting

Religious Education

Paths to Quaker Parenting Using Quaker Beliefs, Testimonies and Practices Edited by Harriet Heath This book is the sharing of a group of parents who have struggled with concerns common to most parents. We asked ourselves questions such as: How should I respond to my three-year-old’s whining for a cookie …

Nurturing the Mind, Body, Spirit and Silliness

Religious Education

Stephen Dotson has served Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as the Middle School Friends Coordinator for the last three years. During this time his spirit-led enthusiasm has inspired, challenged and engaged Quaker middle schoolers. The gatherings have been intentionally crafted to exercise the mind, body and spirit as well as to foster …

Christmas Resources for First Day Schools

Religious Education

At Christmastime, as at other times of the year, Friends look for programs that reflect values of inclusivity and simplicity values of Friends at Christmastime.  Many meetings make up their own programs and curricula and others use books that tell stories of the meaning of Christmas.  Below is an annotated …