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PQM Mid/February 2019 News
Valentine's Day Card for you! (Go ahead, open it!)
As hearts turn to love and friendship, I reflect on true friends: friends who risk telling us their truth, especially when it may be hard to hear.
Let us seek to be better friends and Friends; and to listen with open minds and hearts for Spirit.
Thank you Friends, past and present, for persisting in raising weighty concerns and inconvenient truths in our Monthly, Quarterly and Yearly Meetings.   

Remember, click the red links for a hit or miss treasure hunt . Just want PQM facts? Scroll to the bottom for contacts, meeting dates, members, etcetera. - Yours, Lanza
Let's Play Quaker Jeopardy!
Q: This challenging Friend was ridiculed and disowned from Quaker meetings in England and Pennsylvania during the 1700's - but is now recognized as a Friend of the Truth.

A: Who was Benjamin Lay? An outspoken abolitionist, feminist and vegetarian, Lay was an upstander who confronted injustice. He alienated Philadelphian Quakers with his relentless “speaking truth to power”.
Famous, then infamous, then nearly forgotten - Lay was dismissed as “deranged and mentally deficient” in his lifetime due his refusal to quietly accept the status quo. He publicly offended slave-owning Friends and was disowned by the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia and written out of Abington MM. Lay lived to see PYM unite in 1758 on disciplining or disowning slave-owning members. A year later he died at age 77, having lived a long and fiery life of light. He lies buried in Abington MM Burial Ground.
Image: Benjamin Lay, by William Williams, Sr. (1750-1758) / National Portrait Gallery. Portrait commissioned by Benjamin Franklin, Lay’s close friend. More: The "Quaker Comet" Was the Greatest Abolitionist You've Never Heard Of 
Winter Quarterly Meeting
A Full House at the Winter PQM Meeting - January 27, 2019 at Arch Street Meeting House  
Following deep worship, good food and warm hospitality, nearly 50 Friends joined for host program and PQM business. First, Mike Kuchar shared plans for the Memorial Garden at Southwest Burial Ground. Then Jerome Shabbazz, Exec. Director, inspired Friends with the ongoing transformation of and by the Overbrook Environmental Center in Philadelphia.
(For more in depth coverage on PQM Jan. 27, 2019 - visit the webpages for event on with descriptions, photos, documents and resources.)

Worship for Business attracted Friends across the Quarter to consider Minutes of Concern from three member meetings regarding the PYM Multicultural Audit Committee's RFP and process, which began in 2017); and the recently released FGC Institutional Racism Task Force report and summary.

The DRAFT Minutes Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting- Jan 27.2109 include the resulting PQM Minute of Concern on the Multicultural Audit and will be considered for approval at the next Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting on April 28th, at Chestnut Hill MM.

Chestnut Hill MM
Reflections of Syria
Saturday, February 16, 2019
3 - 5 PM
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
Correction: Entrance: 23 S. 38th St. Phila, PA 19104

CHMM invites you to a special program of music, artists and speakers, celebrating the Refugee Support Art Show. Middle Eastern delights will also be served. Co-sponsored by Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting and the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral’s Cathedral Arts program. The exhibit runs January 6 – March 1, 2019, and proceeds benefit UNHCR Lifeline Program for Syrian Refugee families in Jordan. Complete catalog available(Image: Bill Hanson "Wissahickon" Photograph $175)
Central Philadelphia MM
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019   
1 - 2:30 PM, Lucretia Mott Room
Money and Soul, facilitated by Pamela Haines.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
9:15-10:30 AM, Monthly Meeting Room
Members One of Another, facilitated by O and Francis Elling.
Loving Friends Fiesta!
Saturday, April 6, 2019
4 - 8 PM, Cherry Street Room

CPMM's Peace and Social Concerns Committee invites everyone to a fabulous friend- and fund- raising event! All proceeds support local social and environmental justice work. Enjoy music and dancing, creative play for the kids, a Silent Auction, $5 table, and much more! Deadline to donate for the silent auction is March 31st, see donation form. For more information email
Germantown MM
GMM Supports Ujima Friends Peace Center Community Food Program. GMM reminds us that  "The Ujima Friends Peace Center, a ministry of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent, distributes food to people on the last Saturday of each month. Bring non-perishable donations to our meetinghouse (Germantown MM) of canned food, cereals, and other non-perishable staples and leave them in the plastic bins under the big table in the kitchen. Your support will be much appreciated."
For questions, contact Joanne Sharpless, 215-843-9226.
Historic Fair Hill
Historic Fair Hill, a 300-year old Quaker burial ground in Philadelphia, is the final resting place of great abolitionists and early women's rights leaders. Today – in keeping with Quakerism founder, George Fox’s 1691 bequest, it is a gathering space, urban garden, community partner and education center.
Seeking an Urban Garden Manager to lead the HFH garden program. 
Job Opening - Apply Now!
This is a dynamic part-time position for a leader who loves working with people, organizing teams, and planning gardening projects. Ideal candidate will have a commitment to community-based food programs to manage neighborhood and school gardens, farm stand, and a summer youth program and volunteers.
Apply by March 7, 2019

Women’s History Essay contest & performance
Saturday, March 9, 2019
3 - 5 PM
Come hear from the winners of the contest, and see a one-woman-show in honor of Women’s History Month.

Garden Opening Day
Saturday, April 13, 2019
10 AM -1 PM 
Come out and help work the Garden!
News Beyond the Quarter
Volunteer, Friend?
The Grandom Institution is seeking Friends to serve with an interest in energy and energy efficiency on its Distribution Committee. 
Established in 1841, the Grandom Institution provides funds to nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia area for heating and energy assistance to their residents or their low-income clients. Volunteers contribute modest amount of time in several meetings, reviewing grant applications and visiting sites. Interested Friends should review details and contact Liz Robinson, member of CPMM at
Register now!  Interfaith Freedom Seder +50
Sunday April 7, 2019
Come co-create an interfaith pre-Passover Seder that transforms the ancient struggle of Israelites from slavery to Pharaoh to confronting the Pharaohs of today.
Questions? See Flyer. Viv Hawkins,, 215. 844-8494.
PYM Gatherings
Aging as Friends
Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:30 AM - 3 PM at the Friends Center
A day of workshops on issues of aging as a meeting

For details and to register. Brown bag lunch. Salad and beverages provided. Contact George Schaefer, PYM Care & Aging Coordinator at  / 215-241-7068.
Visit the comprehensive Quaker Aging Resources website!
PYM Spring 2019 Continuing Sessions 
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Join Friends for a day of worship and witness! On March 23, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Friends will gather in Reading, Pennsylvania for Continuing Sessions. To register and for more program information, go to the continuing sessions website.

PYM 2019 ANNUAL Sessions
July 24 – 28th, 2019 at The College of New Jersey.
What is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM)?

PQM is made of eight (8) Quaker Monthly Meetings (MM) in Philadelphia and affiliated groups:

Central Phila. MM
Chestnut Hill MM
Frankford MM
Germantown MM
Green Street MM
MM of Friends of Phila. (Arch Street)
Unity MM
West Philly Preparative MM

Current affiliates:
Riverfront Friends
Historic Fair Hill
Stapeley (Wesley Enhanced Living)

All Are Welcome to Attend a Quarterly Meeting!
 Come for all or part of the day. We’ll share worship, refreshment, a program designed by the host and 
PQM Meeting for Business.

January 27, 2019
Hosted by Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia 
Worship & refreshments. Presentations on Green Burials, and "Sustainable Communities & the Overbrook Environmental Center". Worship for Quarter business.
April 28, 2019
Hosted by Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting
Details to come!
July 21, 2019
Hosted by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
Details to come!

October 27, 2019
Hosted by Frankford Monthly Meeting
Details to come!
Pendle Hill **
Friends hear about Pendle Hill events from many sources. We selected a few  from their upcoming calendar. ** In order to make sure cell phone readers see our PQM information on mobile format - we may sometimes push our Pendle Hill section toward the end of PQM E-news.

Open Studio Session
Sunday, February 16, 2019
1:30 to 5:30 PM  Fee by hour.
Work on your self-directed project in our spacious and well-stocked art studio.

'Compassion' Lecture  
Monday, February 18, 2019
7:30 to 9:00 PM in the Barn
The first of three lectures by Quaker classics scholar and translator Sarah Ruden, “Three Great Themes of the Bible". Register to attend in person or via live streaming. Flyer.

Strengthening Your Inner Wisdom and Silencing Your Inner Critic
Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019  
Led by Dana Mitra, this interactive weekend workshop will expand the range and methods of accessing inner wisdom and differentiating the voice of the Inward Teacher from the inner critic.

In Search of the Historical Paul
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
7:30 to 9:00 PM - Firbank Library
The first class of five consecutive Wednesday evening classes led by Francisco Burgos on The Challenge of Paul using material developed by John Dominic Crossan. Registration required. Flyer.

Compassionate Communication: Life in Relationship
Saturday– Sunday, March 2-3, 2019
With Stephen Michael Tumolo, assisted by Geraldine Scott. Based on the seminal work of Marshall Rosenberg, this two-day workshop provides participants with a grounding in an embodied, spirit-led practice of Nonviolent Communication. Flyer

Pendle Hill -  Have you tried Pendle Hill's recorded and live streaming? It is a great way to get connected, be inspired – and learn more about Quakerism, resources & actions.
Let Your Light Shine !
We are here to connect and lift up your work! PQM welcomes monthly meetings & affiliates to send announcements of interest to the Philadelphia quarter for inclusion in the PQM News
We strive to publish PQM News around the beginning of the month, and when needed, mid-month.
Please send submissions. Feel free to e-request my cell phone to discuss PQM related news.

L. Lanza
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Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting Administrative Coordinator

Friends Center
1501 Cherry St.
Philadelphia PA, 19102
Phone: 215-241-7067
Find us on Facebook to see the events and happenings within the Quarter

**The coordinator email is checked throughout the week. Weekly PQM office hours are usually Wednesdays 11 am - 2 pm. If the coordinator is not in when you call, feel free to call the mobile phone on the voice message to discuss PQM news outside of office hours. Thank you! **

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