Promised Land

First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative, Resource Friends

Love and labour within Salem Quarter was released into our wider religious Society of Friends with  PYM’s First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative. During the kick-off workshop at Annual Sessions 2017, participants leaned in toward understanding Tribal Sovereignty. Recently, following the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) convention in Denver, outreach was …

Broadcast of Must See Documentary Dawnland 11-5-18 @ 10 PBS

Addressing Racism

Greetings from the Indian Committee We want you to be aware of on MONDAY NOVEMBER 5th 10PM PBS will broadcast DAWNLAND Our friends Wayne Newell and Denise Altvater (AFSC WABANAKI) are among those featured. See link below. Thanks to Elizabeth Koopman About the Film They were forced to assimilate into white …

The Willits Book Trust Committee presents Books to Cumberland County Students in partnership with the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Grants

On Sept. 28th, 2018, the Willits Book Trust of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting presented copies of the Autobiography of an American Slave to a group of Cumberland County College Equal Opportunity Fund Students at Historic Bethel Othello African Methodist Church in Greenwich, New Jersey. The students were taking part in a Freedom Tour, Freedom …

General Secretary Report to Councils

General Secretary, PYM

General Secretary Report on Staff Activity to Councils Mid-September Through Mid-October 2018 Business and Finance: Our fiscal year ended September 30th! The year-end prompted a variety of tasks including communications with monthly meetings and quarters about their final covenant payments, getting out last minute grants and payments and closing the …

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Philly 2018

First Contact Reconciliation Collaborative, Resource Friends

Blessings from Indigenous Peoples’ Day Philly 2018, a two-day celebration within Lenapehoking! Members of Indigenous organizations in Philadelphia came together providing a second year’s acknowledgment & celebration of their Indigenous cultures, shinning light on their unique presence in Philadelphia. During the Friday evening Teach-In at Friends Center, Chief Brooks (Delaware …

Questions for Candidates

Legislative Policy Collaborative

Quakers have a long history of political engagement. As the midterm elections approach, the PYM / FCNL Legislative Policy Collaborative encourages all Friends to engage in constructive dialogue with candidates at Town Hall Meetings and via Letters to the Editor. FCNL’s website section on Questions for Candidates offers nonpartisan guidance on issues …

Ujima Friends: Part of Us

Addressing Racism, Faith & Practice, Pastoral Care Support, Peace & Social Concerns, PYM, Quaker Life Council, Religious Education, Resource Friends, Worship and Ministry

At a recent meeting, the Quaker Life Council considered and celebrated the expression of Quaker Faith & Practice that is our Ujima Friends Peace Center. In the year that it has existed, the center has forged profound connections with the community in which it is located in North Philadelphia. Friends …

News from Friends in Hurricane affected New Bern, NC

PYM

On Thursday September 20, we spoke to the co-clerk, Shirin Scotten, of Croatan Friends Meeting in New Bern, NC. Shirin said that mail is not being delivered to the region yet, but UPS is delivering. Water is being handed out by local supermarkets daily. As stores reopen residents are being …

Green Street Meeting provides school supplies to children at EMIR Healing Center

Outreach, Peace & Social Concerns

Green Street Meeting’s EMIR Ministry Support Group says a heartfelt “Thank you!” to everyone at Green Street, the meetings in Philadelphia Quarter, and beyond who supported our school supplies drive in summer 2018. The drive benefited 103 children whose families had lost a loved one to homicide, and who received …

QuakerSpeak & PYM Collaborate on Video Series

Communications

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 …