340th Annual Sessions of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Held by Zoom video conference
Opening Program Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Jonathan Rhoads, alternate clerk, serving as clerk
Worship: Acting clerk Jonathan Rhoads introduced himself and we settled into worship. Boone acknowledged that the land on which we are meeting is recognized as the homeland of the Lenni Lenape people.
Introductions: When worship ended, Olivia Brangan had us create a word cloud with our locations and explained all the tech matters. Clerk asked clerks group, elders, pastoral care team members, visitors and first time attenders to introduce themselves. He then called on Melissa Rycroft, clerk of Nominating Council.
Epistle Committee: Melissa presented the following names to make up this year’s epistle committee: Anthony Stover, Germantown Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia Quarter; Yelena Forrester, Chester Monthly Meeting, Chester Quarter; and Joan Broadfield, Chester Monthly Meeting, Chester Quarter. We were in unity with this list.
Minutes to this point were accepted in unity.
Clerk introduced our speaker for this evening, Marcelle Martin