Staff Voice Policy:  Update and Listening Session at Sessions

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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 …

Exciting Workshops at Annual Sessions July 26-28

Annual Sessions

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is hosting 30+ engaging workshops (on Faith, poverty, the Middle East, music and peace, art, medicine, education, gardening, government, inclusion, poetry, art, Quaker practice, Resource Friends, Collaboratives, Indigenous peoples, Aging, History and more) at Annual Sessions 2018! Workshops are a wonderful opportunity for meeting members/attenders to extend …

Resource Friends at Annual Sessions!

Addressing Racism, Aging Services, Annual Sessions, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Environment, Faith & Practice, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry

At the 2018 Annual Sessions this year, there will be a booth during free time and dinner time on Thursday and Friday where Resource Friends will be available to talk with you about their work and what they might be able to support for you and your meeting. They will …

Bringing It All Back Home Again

Addressing Racism

Something significant & sobering is happening in Montgomery, Alabama (MGM).  PYM can participate in the reckoning MGM is going through.  Montgomery was a hub for warehousing & auctioning of enslaved persons.  It is now recognizing that history with the Legacy Museum: Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, & a ten minute walk …

Mourning the Passing of Penny Colgan-Davis

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Dear Friends, We are sad to report that our beloved clerk, Penny Colgan-Davis, passed away quietly in her sleep, last night. Penny has been many places and done many things in a life of service to others as she followed divine leadings. A mentor, career teacher, school director, principal, head …

39th Annual Nanticoke Lenape Powwow

Quaker Life Council

The 39th Annual Nanticoke Lenape Powwow held on the Salem County Fairgrounds June 9th and 10th may now enter into history. Pow-Wow, from the Wampanoag Indian word “pauwau,” refers to a gathering, conducted by a holy man/ medicine man, to heal the souls and bodies for his people. In western …

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends support arrestees at Demand the Ban action outside Senator Toomey’s office in Philadelphia

Grants

On May 16, 2018, Fran Sheldon (Providence Meeting) and Paul Sheldon (Lansdowne Meeting) participated in a Demand the Ban action in Philadelphia to demand that Senator Toomey co-sponsor Senate Bill 2095 that bans the sale of assault weapons. As part of a group of thirty-three individuals who had previously received …

Quaker Wedding at Merion Meeting History Festival

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On Saturday, May 19, Abington Friends juniors, Margaret Silbaugh and Lily Ehsani, dressed in the clothes of a Quaker bride and groom circa 1850.  In the Merion Friends meetinghouse, they repeated their vows to each other before a congregation of visitors in modern dress. The wedding of Leonard Brenton and …

EMIR Healing Center ministry supported by Green Street Monthly Meeting

Children, Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns

Green Street Meeting’s Quaker Social Change Ministry group in support of EMIR Healing Center is having a “Fill a Bookbag” drive to gather school supplies for 85 children participating in the center’s programs this year. EMIR stands for “Every Murder is Real.” The center, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, …

Uniting for economic and social justice with other people of faith: POWER Philadelphia, Metro, Central and Northeast

Addressing Racism, Peace & Social Concerns

Over the past several years, three monthly meetings in Philadelphia–Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street), Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and now Germantown Monthly Meeting–have joined a broad-based interfaith coalition founded in 2011 under the name Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild, or POWER. POWER, affiliated at the …

Closing the Grant Making Circle

Grants

By Doug Humes Quaker Buildings and Programs Granting Group We grantmakers (at least for “bricks and sticks” – building and renovation projects) participate in the project at the beginning and in the middle, but typically we never see “the end”.  At the beginning, we receive an application that describes the …

Young Adult Friends Minute of Appreciation and Incoming Clerk

Young Adult Friends

On April 27-29, the Young Adult Friends community gathered at Green St Monthly Meeting for our annual spring retreat. In business,  the body approved by consensus the nomination of Carl Stanton as Pastoral Care Committee co-clerk. The body also approved the following minute of appreciation for outgoing clerk/YAF, Janaki Spickard-Keeler.  …