Senate Vote Toward 573 Requires Presidential Signature

Peace & Social Concerns

Not one, but six east coast Tribal Nations seeking Federal recognition for decades await President Trump’s signature. This legal status will allow direct relationship with the Federal government, “funding for scholarships, healthcare and other services. It will also allow for the respectful repatriation of ancestral remains.” Fellow “First Contact” initiatives, by Baltimore Yearly Meeting Friends of shared spirit, have lifted …

Friends in Fellowship program launches with supper and talk by human rights lawyer, Bob Swift

Peace & Social Concerns

Last Thursday marked the launch of the new Friends in Fellowship speaker series run by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting at Arch Street Meetinghouse. After people assembled in the reception room for a light supper, the human rights lawyer, Robert Swift, briefed them on human rights restitution in the Philippines. Before heading home one visitor said, “this was a great event and …

Peace Tax Fund Petition

Peace & Social Concerns

Members of the Pottstown Worship Group, along with others from traditional Peace Churches, recently met with the executive director of the Peace Tax Fund, Malachy Kilbride at the Akron Mennonite Church. The members of the Pottstown Worship Group, under the care of Gwynedd Meeting, have been under the weight of a concern for the traditional Quaker Peace Testimony.  Friends deeply …

Reviving State of the Meeting Reports

Annual Sessions, Communications, Continuing Sessions, Faith & Practice, Minutes, Monthly Meeting Management, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry

Download a PDF version of this letter. Dear Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, It is with joy that we write to you about our revival of state of the meeting reports! We, the Quaker Life Council, invite all monthly and quarterly meetings to restart or continue the annual custom of conducting a spiritual self-assessment. As our new Faith & Practice …

Welcoming Eric Berdis

Annual Sessions, Continuing Sessions, Employment, Epistle, Faith & Practice, Quaker Life Council, Volunteering

We are excited that Eric Anthony Berdis has stepped into the role of Interim Sessions Coordinator! Eric is no stranger to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; they** have worked as our Sessions Assistant since 2015. Eric also served our community as the Event Coordinator for Arch Street Meeting House’s William Penn Fundraiser. Excited to bring his** energy and creativity to working with …

Planet Philadelphia Environmental Radio Show

Eco-Justice Collaborative

Kay Wood and Linda Rosenwine, members at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, produced a podcast discussing issues of environmental justice in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia. Learn more below and check out the episode for yourself! Did you know that PA emits 1% worldwide greenhouse gas? Listen to this Planet Philadelphia podcast to hear about how gas money corrupts PA politics and harms …

Woodstown Quakers Crank Up the Volume for Humanitarian Demining

Giving, Peace & Social Concerns, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry

With the help of his fellow Quakers, Jack Mahon of Elmer, New Jersey, has dedicated the last ten years to sending magnetic locators to poor and struggling communities throughout the world. The locators, a product of Schonstedt Instrument Company, can detect the presence of landmines and other unexploded weaponry left behind in a warzone. Once locals are trained to use …

FCNL’s Quaker Public Policy Institute big success!

Legislative Policy Collaborative

Can you picture this? There were 425 Quakers from programmed meetings, un-programmed meetings, evangelical Friends churches, and other Quaker organizations from all across the United States, joyfully traipsing all over Capitol Hill on November 2 and 3 this year. About 54 of those Friends were from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Imagine! You would think there would be much silence, but no! …

Praying on Seeds: Solidarity for Puerto Rican Sovereignty

First Day School, Friends Who Care For Youth, Peace & Social Concerns, Religious Education, Young Adult Friends

by marian dalke A Sunday morning of soft light is cast through deep wooden windows. The light swifts over and picks up the soft cotton of milkweed seeds, sailing over the heads of those gathered for Quaker Meeting for Worship at Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. Meanwhile, Grace Gonglewski shares a message about “praying on seeds,” as she casts more milkweed …

Cadbury Library (Your PhYM Library) reminder! Visit! Borrow!

First Day School

Remember the Yearly Meeting library?    It is at Friends Center, was on the first floor, now on the  balcony of the Cherry Street Room! It continues to be open without staff (Rita retired in 2010), thanks to volunteers. It shows up at Yearly Meeting in session, and on the web, from which you can  borrow  by mail. Call 215-241-7220 or …

Welcome, Melinda Wenner Bradley!

Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Volunteering, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Our New Youth Engagement Coordinator! Scroll down for a personal message from Melinda.  We announce with great joy that Melinda Wenner Bradley of West Chester Monthly Meeting will soon join the staff of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) as our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. Melinda will work with other community members to steward the ministry and religious life of our children, …

General Secretary Report to PYM Councils for October 2017

General Secretary

Each month I present a report that shares highlights of the work of staff to the PYM Councils. It includes a written report with highlights organized by focus area (Finance, Program, etc) and an oral report going into a little more detail on one or two areas. Beginning this year, I am posting the reports online as well so they …

Quakers Meet with Rep. Fitzpatrick to Discuss Climate Change

Uncategorized

Seventeen Quakers from Newtown Friends Meeting and Pennswood Village met with Representative Brian Fitzpatrick in his Langhorne office. The group requested that Fitzpatrick co-sponsor a piece of bipartisan legislation, H.R.2858, the SUPER Act to Reduce Climate Pollutants. The bill would establish a federal task force to reduce short-lived greenhouse gas emissions that are most toxic to public health and harmful …

Apply to Work with and for Our Youth

Administrative Council, Children, Employment, First Day School, Friends and Education, Friends Who Care For Youth, General Secretary, Middle School Friends, Outreach, Pastoral Care Support, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Worship and Ministry, Young Adult Friends, Young Friends

Dear Friends! I want to make sure you are aware that we are nearing completion of the process to hire our first Youth Engagement Coordinator. We aim to complete the process by the middle of November, 2017. Another announcement will follow at that time. When the new Youth Engagement Coordinator is hired, they will need immediately to commence another process …

Updates from Indian Committee Grantees

Grants

We Are Still Here Greetings from the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Indian Committee. We’ve been around for a few hundred years, but you might have seen us this summer at Continuing Sessions workshop on How to Be an Ally to Indigenous Peoples We thought you might like a report back on the outcomes of some of the grants we have recently administered …

“Don’t get scared – get prepared.” A Call to Meetings around Climate Change Prevention

Eco-Justice Collaborative

“Don’t get scared – get prepared.”  A Call to Meetings around Climate Change Prevention from the Eco-Justice Collaborative The recent floods, hurricanes, and wildfires across the country have awoken many of us to the need for preparation, adaptation and mitigation to extreme weather. We’ve gotten messages and guidance on how to help Friends Meetings in Texas and Florida and many …

Atlantic Coast Quaker Activists – Seize the Day – Join Us!

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Sometime last Winter PYM hosted a series of teleconference calls and a few things were noticed. One of the calls included about 40 PYM Members and was focused on Social Justice and Activism. It was uniformly discovered that since the Presidential Election – Quakers have exploded in the spirit of cause and witness. A “sprint” was developed and applied for. …

Historic Designation Ceremony for St. John United Methodist Church (Fordville)

Religious Education

The St. John United Methodist Church (Fordville) in Cumberland County, NJ, invites PYM Friends to attend a ceremony marking the church’s official designation as an Historic Native American Methodist Church. It is the only church to receive such designation in the State of New Jersey and is the fifth oldest Native American Methodist Church in the Nation. St. John UMC …