Friends in Fellowship

Friends in Fellowship is a series of free talks and lectures that bring Friends—and friends of Friends—together for fellowship, wine, refreshments,  and networking.  There will be short talks that highlight how our Quaker beliefs are relevant to what we choose to do in our everyday personal and professional lives.

Lecture Dates & Programs

Wissahickon Habitat Repair: Plants & Birds & Rocks & Things

New Date: March 1, 2018 (PYM is closed on February 8, 2018 due to Eagles Parade) 7-8:30 PM at Arch Street Meetinghouse

William J. Ryan Ph.D. is a restoration ecologist and field botanist for ecologically significant natural areas. His work at the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences focuses on scientific research in plant community and restoration ecology. During his Ph.D. research project—to identify best management practices for ecological restoration projects—at the University of Delaware, Will worked under the acclaimed author and scientist, Douglas Tallamy Ph.D. Will provides scientific support to over 50 organizations involved in the Delaware River Watershed Initiative and has been an attender at London Grove Meeting.

Quaker Farming: Farms, Gardens, and Seeds

February 25, 2018, at  Schuylkill Meeting and Eden Valley Farm


  • 10:00 AM Meeting for Worship – Schuylkill Monthly Meeting in Phoenixville. Friends will attend Meeting and then drive to Eden Valley Farm.
  • 11:45 AM Eden Valley Farm – for lunch and discussion with William Woys Weaver, Dancing Wolf, and our hosts, the farm owners, John and Penny Hunt.

William Weaver is a food historian and the author of sixteen books including A Quaker Woman’s CookbookAmerica Eats, and The Christmas Cook.  Weaver has been featured on Good Morning America, and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, and served as a contributing editor to Gourmet Magazine. He was Associate and Art Editor of The Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. His newest book, Creative Pickling is in development with Rizzoli and a reprint of Heirloom Vegetable Gardening, will be released soon. Weaver received his doctorate in food tourism and cultural ethnography at University College Dublin, Ireland.

Dancing Wolf (Stephen Smith) lives in Guthrie Kentucky and is of Cherokee heritage. He has published a book on the genetics of heirloom corn and is pursuing a degree in agriculture from Austin Peay State University. Dancing Wolf is President of “Seeds of Preservation Independence” and will join the Roughwood Seed Archive in May 2018 as a working partner in the project.

The Art of Persuasion

March 8, 2018, 7-8:30 P.M. at Arch Street Meetinghouse

Two cartoonists, one emerging and one well-established, will talk about how art challenges and shapes political and identity perceptions.

Signe Wilkinson is a Pulitzer prize winning Editorial Cartoonist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a member at Germantown Monthly Meeting.

Ramona Sharples is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a software engineer living in Palo Alto. Last year Ramona told her transition story through a graphic novel format on her website and quickly gathered a strong internet following. She will be publishing a short fiction piece on Lilies Anthology.

Living Well: A Panel Discussion on Tools for Wellness

April 12, 2018, 7-8:30 P.M. at Arch Street Meetinghouse

Glenn Ellis is a wellness expert and medical ethicist with a weekly WURD radio health program on wellness strategies and well-being.

Robert Smith, Ph.D. is the author of several books including The Vitamin Cure for Arthritis and the Vitamin Cure for Eye Disease. A researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, Robert studies how retinal circuitry processes visual signals, using simulation to reconcile the retina circuit’s known physiological properties with the function of its neural components. He is a member of Germantown Monthly Meeting.

Katy Hawkins Katy approaches yoga by engaging body, mind, and spirit through the themes of light and space – a kind of fearless, Quakerly, spiritual spelunking. She is a member of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting.

The Human Genome & Health Disparities

May 10, 2018, 7-8:30 P.M. at Arch Street Meetinghouse

Max Muenke, a member of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting, will speak about efforts to address disparities in health care. Dr. Muenke has directed medical genetics, first at CHOP/Penn, and later at NIH. His lab made seminal discoveries in normal and abnormal brain development in humans by identifying several genes important in craniofacial disorders. More recently, his lab has identified susceptibility loci for ADHD, with further research focused on predicting severity, treatment response, and long-term outcomes.

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Previous Lectures

Follow the links below for descriptions and audio recordings of our previous talks and lectures