Friends in Fellowship

Friends in Fellowship is a series of free panel discussions and lectures that bring Friends—and friends of Friends—together for fellowship, refreshments, and networking. We offer short lectures featuring important topics connected to Quaker tenets and offer opportunities to meet people doing meaningful, and interesting projects.

These are perfect events to bring your meeting’s new attenders to, and are great ways to expand your experience of Friends, and Quakerism, beyond Sunday Meeting for Worship.

This year we are adding a first ever PYM fundraiser on June 17th that will benefit PYM programs and gather our community around a fun “homecoming” event. “Quakers Got Talent” will feature a slam poet, a Broadway star, and a Quaker pianist who together are donating their talents in support of our programming. Learn more below…

Current Events 2019

Thursday Evening February 21: About Faith – A Panel Discussion

6:30 PM at Arch Street Meetinghouse–320 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

What does our Faith mean to us today, and how differently do we practice it within the Religious Society of Friends? How do we carry it forward with outreach? How has the practice of Quakerism changed over time? What are our most important habits of faith?

This panel discussion will be moderated by PYM’s Care and Aging Coordinator George Schaefer. Invited panelists are David Harrington Watt, Haverford College’s Douglas and Dorothy Steere Professor of Quaker Studies, Steven Davidson, Marcelle Martin (author of “Our Life is Love”), and Ayesha Imani.


  • 6:30 refreshments and Fellowship
  • 7:15 -8:15 panel discussion
  • 8:30 End of event

Sunday Morning March 31: Quaker Settlers, Innovators, and Industry

10:00 AM at Birmingham Meeting–1245 Birmingham Rd, West Chester, PA 19382

The event begins with 10:00 AM worship, followed by a talk by David Cole, Director of The Hagley Museum, at the rise of meeting, and closing with a visit to 1704 William Brinton House.

William Brinton was the first Quaker to t settle in the Brandywine area and participated in the founding of Birmingham meeting and the growth of the Brandywine settlement. The 1704 house replaced an early log cabin.


  • 10:00 Meeting for Worship
  • 11:15 Talk and refreshments
  • 12:30-2:00 Tours of 1704 William Brinton House


Thursday Evening, April 25: The National Trails System and the Quaker Path

6:30 PM at Arch Street Meetinghouse 320 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Chestnut Hill Meeting Member Steve Elkinton will talk about mapping and building our nation’s network of trails. Recipient of the 2013 American Trails Lifetime Service Award, Steve served as the program leader for the National Trails System at the National Park Service in Washington, DC, for 25 years.

Researching, documenting, and supporting trails, many of which were first created by Native American Peoples, taps into the same stewardship and social justice reservoirs as the Quaker Faith. Before there were roads, there were the paths we walked on. What did they mean to our history and why are they important today?

Steve spent a quarter of a century stewarding our nation’s system of outdoor trails. Segment by segment–with important volunteer and community support–he painstakingly assembled the national trail system.

Steve recently published an illustrated history of the trails system and he will have a limited number of copies of his book available for sale.


  • 6:30 refreshments and Fellowship
  • 7:15 -8:15 panel discussion
  • 8:30 End of event

Monday Evening June 17: Quaker’s Got Talent Homecoming Celebration with Broadway Star Rachel Zatcoff

7:30 at the William Penn Charter School, Kurz Center Theater at 3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144

We are bringing Broadway and slam poetry to the Quaker community as a way to gather Quaker youth and friends of all ages around a celebration of the arts and Quaker talent.

Our featured performers are Camden Meeting’s Roy Zatcoff, and his Broadway staring daughter Rachel Zatcoff, plus the  slam poet Zenaida Peterson (one of our talented Young Adult Friends). Roy will accompany his daughter Rachel as she performs a selection of Broadway songs.

Rachel Zatcoff made her 2016 Broadway debut as Christine in “Phantom of the Opera” and is currently performing the role of Tzeitel in a Yiddish version  of “Fiddler on the Roof” directed by Joel Grey. She had her New York City Opera debut in 2017 in the sold-out run of Candide, directed by Hal Prince.

She has also sung A Little Night Music (Anne) and Little Red Riding Hood (Little Red) for the Syracuse Opera

COST – $35 or pay your age (proceeds will benefit PYM programming) –  financial aid available

TICKETS available for purchase as of February 15th.

  • 6:00 Self-organized Friendly 8s at local restaurants and homes
  • 7:30 Concert hall opens
    • There will be with a limited number of silent auction items available for bidding.
  • 8:00 Performance


Previous Lectures

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