General Secretary Report to Councils

General Secretary, PYM

Mid-February Through Mid-March 2019 Business and Finances: PYM has been using the services of Your-Part-Time-Controller (YPTC) since November. YPTC identified and implemented a range of process efficiencies in closing the books for quarter ended December 31, 2018.  Based on the updated process we expect to generate financial information more quickly …

On New Zealand Violence: A Monthly Meeting’s Statement

PYM

This statement was shared with the community of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, drafted by its clerk, Dana Reinhold. Monthly and quarterly meetings can share their statements about this tragedy and other issues on the PYM website; go to www.pym.org, scroll down and click on, “Add a New Story.” … Dear …

An Invitation from our Yearly Meeting Clerk

Continuing Sessions, PYM

An Invitation to Seeking Faithfulness through Worshipful Resistance “That is to say that each generation of young Friends by its experiments must discover for itself the truths on which the Society is built if it is to use those truths and to continue and to enlarge the work of the …

Jonathan Taylor Swarthmore Scholarship Fund

Education

The Jonathan Taylor Swarthmore Scholarship Fund is administered by the Stony Run Meeting of Baltimore to provide support to students on financial aid attending Swarthmore College. Students from Baltimore and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings may apply. For more information , or to apply by the 5/1/19 deadline, contact Cindy Maier at …

Help Our Community Stay Connected

Outreach, PYM

We have a new and more capable database, but we need your help in making sure your information is correct and up to date. All you need to do is to enter your correct address, email and phone information and you will help us build an awesome sense of community through …

Roles of Presiding Clerk, Rising Clerk and Alternate Clerks under Review

Governance

PYM’s Administrative Council has initiated a Sprint to evaluate the current expectations for those positions and determine what, if any, modifications might be desirable. The current roles, responsibilities, and terms of the Presiding Clerk, Rising Clerk and Alternate Clerks are set out in the Governance Handbook. The Sprint is considering …

Updating Our Threads

Governance, Monthly Meeting Management, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

The Quaker Life Council has recently approved an updated set of Threads, which are ways of organizing the work and witness that all of the communities in PYM face on a regular basis. The new list is: Peace & Social Justice Ministry & Care Religious Education Outreach & Communications Governance …

General Secretary Report to Councils

General Secretary, PYM

Mid-January Through Mid-February 2019 Business and Finances: The FY 2018 audited financial statements were posted on the website.  See them at www.pym.org/finance/audits. We are finishing the annual report, an attractive, user-friendly summary of PYMs 2018 fiscal year which will be sent to donors next month. PYM’s insurance policies renew in January.  The 2019 PYM Master Policy, under the Friends …

Tallahassee: 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 …

What does being a Quaker mean to you? 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 …

Change: 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-December 2018 Through Mid-January 2019 Business and Finances: Received donations in response to the December appeal. An informal analysis indicates most gifts that came in are similar or increased a bit from last year and lapsed donors from as long ago as the year 2000 have made gifts. Overall, though …