General Secretary Report to Councils

General Secretary, PYM

Mid-May to Mid-June 2019 Business and Finances: Completed the FY 2020 Draft Budget for Finance Committee, which will recommend to Admin Council that it be shared with the monthly and quarterly meetings.  A final Proposed Budget, adjusted for any new information, will be completed in early July for approval at Annual Sessions.  Stewarded two bequests from …

Annual Sessions 2019 Schedule

Annual Sessions, PYM

There are a few changes to our schedule this year. Sessions Coordinating Committee (SCC) found there to be a significant ask from attenders for more spaciousness in the schedule. You will find that afternoons are more open, and instead of back to back programming, Friends will choose one way they …

Check Out Our Upcoming Thread Gatherings

Addressing Racism, Administrative Council, Aging Services, Annual Sessions, Children, Communications, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Friends and Education, Friends Counseling Service, Friends Who Care For Youth, Governance, Middle School Friends, Minutes, Monthly Meeting Management, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, PYM, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Staff, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

We are in the process of planning and refining the vision and themes for Thread Gatherings planned in 2019-2020. Check out what’s on the table so far! Upcoming Thread Gatherings Deepening Our Practice in Clerking and Recording Register Here Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Providence Friends Meeting Friends are invited …

Sacramento: 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 …

El Paso: 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 …

Albuquerque: 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 …

General Secretary Report to Councils

General Secretary, PYM

Mid-April to Mid-May 2019 Business and Finances: The company that printed the 2018 Faith and Practice has been sold and its distribution subsidiary declared bankruptcy. We’ve moved the remaining copies of Faith and Practice to FGC’s QuakerBooks, where they are available for purchase. The second quarter was closed and a …

A Quaker with a Mission – Improving Life for Returning Citizens

PYM

Jondhi Harrell (member of Germantown Monthly Meeting, the Friends of African Descent, and the Ujima Friends Peace Center) is a Rastafarian Quaker with a mission – to make a better experience for returning citizens. We know that incarcerated individuals experience trauma, and that the children and families of the individuals …

Denair: 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 …

Fresno: 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 …

Tucson, AZ: 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 …

YAF Epistle on Membership

Epistle, PYM, Young Adult Friends

To All Friends Everywhere: Greetings from a gathering of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Young Adult Friends, together on Lenni-Lenape land at Haverford Friends Meeting for our spring retreat, April 26–28, 2019. Issues surrounding our structures of membership have long weighed on the hearts of young adults—among others—in the PYM community. Among …

Church World Service Ration Challenge

Peace & Social Concerns

Church World Service (CWS) is launching a new Ration Challenge Campaign at rationchallengeusa.org. Ration Challenge is a fundraising and awareness building campaign that invites participants to commit to live for one week (the week of World Refugee Day) on the same rations that Syrian refugees receive in a camp in Jordan. …