General Secretary Report to Councils

General Secretary, PYM

General Secretary Report on Staff Activity to Councils Mid-October Through Mid-November 2018 Business and Finance: As shared in the written GenSec report to Continuing Sessions, PYM operations ended FY18 in a solid, positive position. Lower covenant and annual fund contributions year-over-year were mitigated by higher investment income and by expense …

A Year of Civil Conversations

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Inspired by Krista Tippet’s On Being podcasts and the Civil Conversations Project, Interfaith Philadelphia has launched A Year of Civil Conversations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Engaging over 50 organizations and 1,000 people, Interfaith Philadelphia will offer multiple opportunities to learn how to “speak together differently in order to live …

How Deep the Water Is: 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 …

Gratitude Everyday

Resource Friends

A reflection on Beyond Complicity: Awakening Anti-Racist Intentions, a series Toward Racial Justice and Fearless Faithfulness. A called gathering took place on Nov. 18, when Mickleton Friends Meeting intentionally listened to Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, chapter 3, The Truth About the First …

Appreciating FCNL

Legislative Policy Collaborative, Quaker Life Council

The Quaker Life Council on behalf of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting approved on 11.17.18 the following minute of appreciation for Friends Committee on National Legislation. Minute of Appreciation to Recognize the 75thAnniversary of The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Gwynedd Monthly Meeting would like to express its heartfelt appreciation for …

Video: One Quilt One Yearly Meeting

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Things are getting quilty… One Quilt, One Yearly Meeting brings us together across local meetings, collaboratives, youth programs, Young Adult Friends, councils, Friends schools, and other groups in PYM. Each entity will design and contribute a ten-inch quilt square, which will be gathered into a “quilt skirt” to wrap around …

Public Statement of Gratitude

First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative

Many people affiliated with PhYM have been aware of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation’s lawsuit, against the state of NJ, toward “reaffirmation.” This Friend, ascribed by the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe as “extended family,” member of PhYM First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative and Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee, joyfully shares the following …

Young Friends Welcome Program Assistant

Children, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, PYM, Staff, Young Friends

Following an extensive search process and interviews with several finalist candidates, PYM Youth Programs are delighted to welcome Aeryn Luminkith as the new Assistant in the Young Friends program. She will begin her work with Young Friends at their Christmas Gathering, December 27-30. We’re really pleased to welcome her to the staff …

Historical Marker for Mendenhalls Dedicated

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On Saturday, November 10, 2018, over 50 people gathered at the intersection of Route 52 South (Kennett Pike) and Hillendale Road in Chadds Ford, Chester County, Pennsylvania, to dedicate the newest Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker to Isaac and Dinah Mendenhall, Quaker abolitionists. Many of the attendees were Mendenhall …

Launching our Multicultural Audit – Preliminary Steps

Addressing Racism, PYM

Peace and Progress! We, the Multicultural Audit Steering Committee (MASC), are looking forward to learning more about how our community builds and sustains relationships. In under a year, we have articulated a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Multicultural Community Assessment in Diversity and Inclusion. Essentially, this self-assessment will gather …

Request for Proposal (RFP) for Multicultural Audit

Addressing Racism

The Multicultural Audit Steering Committee (MASC), as known as “The People’s Committee, had the daunting task of creating an RFP, from no template, creed, Vision Statement, study, and/or strategic plan. In under one year, under the director of a Spirit-led Clerk, we, the MASC, created an RFP that aims to …

Fall 2018 Continuing Sessions Wrap Up

Continuing Sessions

Some 100+ Friends gathered for Continuing Sessions on Saturday November 3rd, filling the Arch Street Meeting House with children, families, and Friends coming together for business and Quaker conversations. All of the reports and meeting materials can be found on the continuing sessions webpage and are hyperlinked in the ‘Minutes and Supporting …