QuakerSpeak & PYM Collaborate on Video Series


Philadelphia Yearly Meeting collaborated with QuakerSpeak to look at what makes newcomers tick and how we can be more sustainably welcoming. Four videos are on the horizon, and the first was just released: See more QuakerSpeak videos

2018 Annual Sessions – Final Epistle

Annual Sessions, Epistle

Now the Work of Christmas Begins by Howard Thurman When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to …

Why Annual Sessions Matters to Friends

Annual Sessions

As September begins, we are sharing the thoughts of Friends who spent Annual Sessions with us last July. They were glad to be present for interesting workshops, important meetings for business, and plenary presentations by talented speakers like Dr. Amanda Kemp, Ayisha Imani, and Walter Sullivan. Annual Sessions gathers Friends from …

Overheard at Annual Sessions

Annual Sessions

Interviews by Grace Sharples Cooke, Associate Secretary for Advancement and Relationship One of the joys of Annual Sessions is you never know who you will sit next to, but it’s often someone new and interesting. At dinner on our first evening, two Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) program assistants from …

How-To: State of the Meeting Reports

Annual Sessions, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Governance, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends

This is the story of how one monthly meeting developed a great way to write a state of the meeting report that can also serve as a community-building tool. History: Lancaster Friends Meeting  has been doing state of the meeting reports for a long time. At least by the mid-1990’s, …

Staff Voice Policy:  Update and Listening Session at Sessions


Members of the Administrative, Nominating and Quaker Life Councils received an update regarding the Staff Voice Policy on July 14th at their joint meeting. The update is shared here for all Friends. This policy was formally adopted in November 2017, following a discernment process involving all members of the staff …