March PQM News Blast!
Third month tasks: Prepare the soil for planting, renewal and rebirth.
One year. It has been one full year that we have been enduring, adjusting to living in a world changed by a global pandemic. How will the world be when we emerge?  What have we learned?
(Image: Vernal Equinox - when light and night are equal. March 20, 2021. First day of spring.)  
Psst! PQM Treasure Hunt: Where you see Red - Click!  Most times you'll get a treat.
PQM Presents: Recording Clerk Workshop with Jim Herr
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Zoom  - 10 AM - 12 PM

NOTE: Zoom registration goes live March 21st. Look for an update!

Sponsored by Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting - Open to Friends in the Quarter & across Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.
Jim Herr brings his joy of recording and years of spiritual and practical experience to this session on an essential practice of our faith. Jim serves as recording clerk for PYM, is a member of Lancaster Monthly Meeting, clerk of Caln Quarterly Meeting and recently retired administrator of the School of the Spirit Ministry
This workshop is open to all levels of experience. PQM hopes to support the work of Quaker meetings and encourage Friends to grow spiritually in the role of recording clerk.
News of the Quarter
Prepare the Soil for Seeds to Grow
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting encourages meetings in the quarter to do the annual spiritual assessment, and submit their report to PQM by April 25th. PQM clerks will review and send all reports to the PYM Quaker Life Council by May 1st, 2021.

Q:   Why send it to the Quarter instead of just filling out the PYM online form?
A:    According to Faith & Practice, this traditional function of quarterly meetings, (see 2018 Letter from Quaker Life Council), supports communication between meetings, strengthens connections and nurtures Quaker life. But if it is inconvenient for your meeting, no worries!
(Image: March tasks - The pruning and planting of new cuttings. From the Psalter of Eleanor of Aquitaine (ca. 1185)  

Use the queries below or if these don't speak to you - read Faith and Practice or write about your meeting’s spiritual condition at this time.
  1. How have we sustained our commitment to staying in faithful relationship with Spirit or God during this past year?
  2. What have been the joys and the learnings of this past year, and where have we encountered challenges?
  3. How has our faith supported our social witness?
  4. How have our community members supported one another?
Spring Into the Quarter April 25, 2021!
HOLD THE DATE: A Special Session of the Quarter on April 25, 2021.

Our host is West Philadelphia Friends Meeting, a preparative meeting under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting.  Zoom registration up soon!

10:30 AM Worship and fellowship WPFM-style.
1 - 2 PM   Tune in for West Philly's interactive, fun, worshipful program, to open hearts and minds.
2 - 4 PM   Spirit filled Meeting for Business, exciting agenda with our new Quarter Clerk, Kathleen Karnak-Glasby.
Image: Worship in the Park, John Perkin, British artist.
Central Philadelphia MM
CPMM may be in virtual mode, but it's still brimming with activities for its attenders and members, from yoga class, Friendly 8's with Peace and Social Concerns, A Racial Healing Retreat, Quakerism 101, and much more. 

Open Communal Hymn Singing 
Sunday mornings, 10 AM

All friends are welcome to join communal signing to uplift our spirits in these trying times. For a list of the Hymns we will be singing click here. Interested? Email
Chestnut Hill MM
SPOT LIGHT ON EDUCATION: Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting has a gift for education - religious, adult, and children’s first day programming. Many sessions are open to all.
CHFM Adult Class Program
Select Sundays, 9 - 10:15 AM
The Spring Series has guest presenters on topics from artists, socially responsible investing, political action to end of life planning.  Click for Spring Series Schedule.  Contact for the Zoom link.

First Day School - Virtual Children’s Program
First 3 Sundays, 11 – 11:30 AM
CHFM encourages children (especially ages 6-12) from other meetings and family members to join them.
Contact Donna Pucci for the Zoom link. 

On 4th Sundays, CHFM joins PYM's Giant Children’s Meeting!
9 AM thru May 2021
March 28, April 25, May 23
Register online.
Many, if not most, meetings have struggled to provide consistent online children's programming during the pandemic. But Chestnut Hill MM has a gift for education that they are happy to share with all of us! 

At the PQM October 24, 2020 session, Donna Pucci, CHFM member and FDS Coordinator, presented their robust first day curriculum using Google Classroom to a receptive crowd. Donna welcomed all meetings and families in the Quarter to join CHFM's Virtual First Day School - and encouraged Friends in the quarter to collaborate and share online children's Quaker lessons that can be used for years to come. (Click here for PQM Oct. 24, 2020 Minutes and information.)

To request the Zoom link for First Day School with CHFM or discuss sharing online curriculum contact fdscoord
Germantown MM
A community approach to spiritual assessment:
"What has it been like as a Quaker in Germantown this past year?  We Want to Give Everyone A Voice ".  At GMM, several committees (Worship & Ministry, Care & Visiting, Racial & Social Justice Committees) are tasked with writing the report. Meanwhile, clerks Bill Cozzens and Karen Lightener are encouraging all member and attenders to share their personal experiences and how they see Germantown MM has fared as a community of Friends in 2020 - so many voices and views can be reflected in the report. 

GMM is lifting up F/friends and their work - from anti-racism discussions, mindfulness workshops, musical performances to radio shows. Many gifts!
Monthly Meeting of Friends of Phila.
The Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia's Outreach & Welcoming Committee organized a River Walk last week. Members and attenders strolled masked and spaced, and incredibly happy to be outside together!

Ministry and Worship Committee responded in a big way this past year:
  • Sunday MFW - Zoom
  • Mid Week Wednesday evenings - Zoom
  • Limited In-Person Worship, once a month per COVID restrictions by RSVP
  • Outdoor worship as weather and spirit permit.
Coming soon! Big plans! Outdoor exhibits and signage will welcome and educate thousands of visitors, year round about the significance of Quaker life and history. 

Fundraising runs through June 2021, installation is planned for December 2021 - January 2022.
To support ASMH to become the premier destination for Quaker history in the U.S.-  Donate here.
Executive Director Sean Connolly, (215)

The Arch Street Meeting House at 4th and Arch is a National Historic Landmark, maintained by the Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust, a nonprofit established by PYM.
Quaker Voluntary Service
In case you missed it, you can view the recording of last week's Stories of Service: QVS Alumni Panel. Here is my take: this event felt intimate in a way that I had not expected. It was as if we were in a pleasant room filled with friends, listening attentively to younger people speak of their experience. Later, someone shared,  "In my opinion, QVS represents the best hope for the future of Quakerism – engaged young people learning about the way of Friends."  Friend speaks my mind.
Interested in the Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow program? Young adults between 21 – 30 are encouraged to apply. Deadline is March 15th

Did You Know? The Philadelphia QVS house is under the spiritual care of Green Street Monthly Meeting, Germantown Monthly Meeting, Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, and Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch St. Quakers), and supported by the larger Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting.
Historic Fair Hill
Historic Fair Hill, a 300-year-old Quaker burial ground in Philadelphia is the final resting place of early abolitionists and women’s rights leaders. A bequest from Quaker founder George Fox in 1691, this national historic site is a fantastic community partner in the Fairhill neighborhood  greening, urban gardening, school partnerships and events.
The burial ground is located at 2901 Germantown Ave. Phila. PA 19133. Winter hours: Saturday 12 - 3 PM.  (Just check out the the burial records page!)
Join Historic Fair Hill Guide Carolyn Singleton on a virtual tour of the Underground Railroad mural across the street from Historic Fair Hill. Underground Railroad Mural Tour HD 1080p    
News Beyond The Quarter
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
Annual Meeting (online)
March12 - 21, 2021

The annual meeting of the Section of the Americas of FWCC is a time for Friends to meet people from across the spectrum of Friends in Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States. Late registration is open. To learn more about the work of FWCC and how to connect to the online gathering, click here
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting 
March 23, and 26 - 28, 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 7-8:30 PM
A Q&A with the PYM Eco-Justice Collaborative:
Making Climate Change a Yearly Meeting Witness.

Friday, March 26, 6 - 7:30 PM
All Ages Fellowship & Song with music therapist and Friend, Molly Hicks!

Saturday, March 27, 9 AM - 4 PM 
Agenda includes Membership, Climate Change and Anti-Racism concerns. A full day of all-ages worship, interactive business, youth programs, and fellowship. .
Register here for all activities.
Click here full schedule, agenda, advance materials.
Register here for Youth Programs, Friday-Sunday, March 26 - 28, 2021

July 28 - August 1, 2021
Preceded by sessions and workshops May 1 – July 16, 2021
Quakers - the Quiet Revolutionaries 
Monday, March 22, 2021
1 PM

Philadelphia PA WHYY
The Philadelphia Quarter Matters
'Quarterly Meetings are vital to Quaker life. They strengthen meetings by joining Friends together in quarterly meetings “to support one another through worship and fellowship, and to consider matters of regional or common concern”. 
Source: Faith and Practice, III Faith Reflected in Our Organization, B. Quarterly Meetings.

PQM includes all F/friends within these Eight (8) Quaker meetings within Philadelphia:

Central Phila. MM
Chestnut Hill Friends MM
Frankford MM
Germantown MM
Green Street MM
MM of Friends of Phila. (Arch Street)
Unity MM
West Philadelphia Friends Meeting (a preparative meeting)

Riverfront Friends
Historic Fair Hill

All are Welcome and Encouraged to
Attend a Quarterly Meeting!
 We’ll share worship and a program designed by the host and a Spirit-led Meeting for Business. Come for all or part of the day.

Spring / April 25, 2021
Hosted by West Philadelphia Friends Meeting

Summer / July 18, 2021
Hosted by Green Street Friends Meeting

Autumn / October 24, 2021
Hosted by Germantown Monthly Meeting

Winter / January 23, 2022
Hosted by Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia  - aka Arch Street Friends

For Session Details, Minutes, and more - Visit
Let Your Light Shine !
PQM welcomes all Quaker meetings & affiliates to send news and announcements of interest / open to Friends in the Philadelphia Quarter.

L. Lanza
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting Administrative Coordinator

Mailing address: 1515 Cherry St. Philadelphia PA, 19102
Philadelphia PA, 19102 

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