Volunteers, Non-Profits, Crafts Vendors Needed! The 21st Annual Peace Fair of Bucks Quarterly Meeting will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Buckingham Friends Meetinghouse in Lahaska, just south of Peddlers Village. Up to 100 booths of local crafts, artwork, food, games, animals and Bucks area non-profits whose focus is peace, community service, healthy living and the environment. Browse the book sale and listen to entertainers like the Tookany Creek bluegrass band, River Drivers and kids’ songster Ecoman. Hear Bucks and Montgomery County poet laureates at the Poetry Reading or tour the Buckingham Quaker Meetinghouse, a National Landmark. The fair runs from 10:30am until 4:00pm and is handicap accessible. The suggested donation is $2 and parking is free. Local residents from toddlers to seniors will enjoy a delightful, engaging and uplifting day among the giant oaks and maples at the Peace Fair.
During Annual Sessions, PYM Friends enthusiastically adopted the Climate Change Sprint Report, bringing us all under the weight of climate change as a corporate witness. Now the work begins!
The Eco Justice Collaborative invites you to join us on Zoom
September 11, 2021, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
to discern how we can move forward together.
We invite you to share ahead of time two slides or a word document describing your meeting’s or quarter’s environmental work. Tell us about your current projects and the projects you wish you could do. Send SLIDES or WORD DOCUMENT to: Pat Finley email@example.com).
Then join us to discuss the most urgent issues, effective advocacy, joining the Climate Action Network (click here), and how we might implement the Monthly Meeting Playbook.
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 citizens from Greg Vitali, Pennsylvania State Representative for the 166th district.
- Christine Knapp, Director Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, will discuss the draft of Powering Our Future, and how Philly is fighting back by going green.
- Also, check out Weaver’s Way Environment Committee member Marsha Low’s debut on Planet Philadelphia on this show.
“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 have been generous.
While standard disaster preparedness is in place in most of our counties, extreme weather can dump several months’ worth of rain in a few hours, leave whole communities without electricity and make access to essential services difficult. As we have painfully witnessed this fall, these events can swamp our standard disaster relief and recovery resources.
We recently saw this: “Don’t get scared – get prepared.” It spoke to us in the Eco-Justice Collaborative. What would it mean for us to be prepared? We began conversations with New Jersey Friends and others involved in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We asked what they had learned. What they wish they had done before the storm. We then brought the question to Concord, Haverford, and Western Quarters and we heard that there was concern and interest.
Our Meetings, like other houses of worship can prepare before a disaster and we want to know how to show up for our members and our community during and after a disaster. Outside help will come and go, but the Meeting will always be here.
- Does your Meeting have a plan in the case of an extreme weather event? Southeastern PA is especially prone to flooding, for example.
- Is your Meeting already a member of the state or local VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)?
- Do you provide regular services to elderly or disabled members? Would you be able to continue in a disaster?
- Do you have a phone tree in place?
- Have you done an assessment of your Meeting House?
- Is it an appropriate location as a shelter or a cooling station for extreme heat days?
- What can we do now as individual Friends and as Meetings to minimize the impact of extreme weather?
- Do our Pastoral Care committees have training in spiritual support for those suffering from the trauma of a disaster?
The Eco-Justice Collaborative invites Friends to reflect on these questions. We can be the best and most enduring supports for one another in a time of crisis.
To share what we learned from Hurricane Sandy and more recent extreme weather events, the Eco-Justice Collaborative, in collaboration with three Quarters, is piloting an opportunity for Friends and others to learn more about what our Meetings and members can do to build resilience. We are holding an event called Faith in Times of Disaster: Local Solutions to Mitigate Extreme Weather Events on December 9th (See PYM calendar for more information.)
Let’s be ready to care for each other and our neighbors. Let’s learn from the lessons of Hurricane Sandy and more recent experiences that have tested the faith community this fall. Join us in this conversation. We are eager to hear what you have already done and what you can share with others.
Germantown Meeting, at its most recent Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business, approved a letter to Phila. City Council President Clark requesting that he hold City Council hearings on the impact of climate change and strategies to decrease its effects. Philadelpha Quarter monthly meetings were asked to send letters to President Clark in support of Central Phila. MM’s initial request for hearings. The letter will also be sent to all at-large City Council members and Councilwoman Cindy Bass, who represents Germantown on Council.