Youth Programs Welcomes New Team Member!

Children, Staff

We are excited to welcome LaVondra R. Ham to the Youth Programs team as the Children and Families Program Assistant. LaVondra brings more than twenty years of experience as an early childhood educator, a background in theater and as a teaching artist, and time working for the non-profit program EducationWorks. …

Travels with Josh: Salt Lake City

Young Adult Friends

Hello my name is Joshua Ponter. I am a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in South Jersey’s Philadelphia area. I have embarked on a year-long mission to travel around the country collecting stories about the founding of different meetings and looking at the way we practice Quakerism today. I will be blogging about …

Pre-Sessions Retreat Helped Friends Center in Trust and Love

Annual Sessions

By Jane Cadwalader; photo by Frank Barch For the second consecutive year, the Spiritual Formation Collaborative organized and facilitated a Pre-Sessions retreat to ground Friends in the Spirit before Annual Sessions. The retreat themes were Centering Ourselves, Listening in Trust and Love, and Bringing the Centered Self to Community. Valerie …

God Thing: Travels with Josh

Young Adult Friends

Hello my name is Joshua Ponter. I am a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in South Jersey’s Philadelphia area. I have embarked on a year-long mission to travel around the country collecting stories about the founding of different meetings and looking at the way we practice Quakerism today. I will be blogging about …

Centering in Trust and Love Keynote at Annual Sessions

Annual Sessions

Saturday July 27, 2019 Plenary speaker, Valerie Brown, offered a keynote centering in trust and love and we explored the questions: What does it mean to you to center in trust and love? Why is this meaningful? The participants were engaged in reflection and discussion on these questions through poetry, …

The PYM Clerk’s Quilt is Revealed

Annual Sessions

It was a joyful moment when the Community Engagement team revealed Philadelphia Yearly Meeting’s quilt made of  squares created by monthly meetings, Quaker groups, and community members. 33 have been submitted so far, and we know that there are many quilters out there who continue to ready their community’s square. …

Welcome to Sessions – Wednesday and Thursday

Annual Sessions

By Tara Rubenstein and Grace Sharples Cooke; photos by Frank Barch Margaret Fell – who is called the “mother of Quakerism” for her essential role in the early movement-  had a gift of hospitality. She opened her home, Swarthmore Hall, to Quakers for worship. This year at Annual Sessions we …

Annual Sessions Keynote Change – Updated

Annual Sessions

Please find below a statement regarding the change in our keynote address at the 2019 Annual Sessions. This statement is an expression of our commitment to transparency, collaboration, and growth around anti-racism. Bucks Quarterly Meeting was a partner in the drafting. Announced in the brochure that was mailed to Friends’ homes …