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PQM Jan / Feb News
Please print and share above Flyer for Jan. 27 Meeting!
Links for documents and resources for the Quarterly meeting:
1. PQM Agenda.January.27.2019 DRAFT
2. DRAFT MINUTES.PQM.MfWwatB.October28.2018
3. Minute 18-12-09_Germantown_MM_Minute
3. CPMM Endorsement of Green St minute on Audit RFP
3. GreenStreetMM.Multicultural Audit Minute
4. DVFSCareReshipConcord_2018
5. Presenter Bio JeromeShabazz PQM_1_27_19

Below are links to the FGC: Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism within Friends General Conference as Reported October 2018:
FGC Task Force on Instit. Racism - Summary
FGC Task Force on Instit. Racism - Report 
Thank you to everyone who participated in the November 17, 2018, "A Friendly Response to Flight, Flight or Fight" workshop - especially - the dedicated team who created this pilot event for and by Philadelphia Quakers. The facilitator / organizers included Carole Singleton.O,  Laurent Hahn, Aimee Landau -and Terance Jones and Sydney Groll from Baltimore. They welcome feedback from participants - you can email PQM - your information will to be forwarded to the organizers.
The team guided approx.45 folks in group exercises designed to build trust, overcome defenses and open up transformative conversations about race, class and privilege.
 Participants said that the deep listening and sharing between Friends was a wonderful experience and left them wanting more. We heard: "We just got started! More, please!" and "It was my first experience feeling really safe from judgement talking about race in a Quaker space."  Look for future workshops!
Central Philadelphia MM
Martin Luther King Day Family Workshop
Social Change Workshop Focusing on Climate Change
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
9 AM-12 PM
Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting House at Friends Center on 15th and Cherry Streets
This event is free but RSVP is required. Register here.
Sponsored by CPMM, EQAT and Friends Select School, this intergenerational workshop will focus on Martin Luther King's legacy, the four roles of social change, and ways to resist climate change. The workshop is open to all ages (4 to 94), but childcare is not available. The morning is designed for people of all ages to freely move to stations as they choose. The stations allow people to experience different approaches to social change and learn new skills.
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.

Below you can view a video posted on YouTube that shows the Spirit in action at the community food program at Ujima Friends Peace Center:
Credit: Dr. Mukasa Ma’at. Published on YouTube, Aug 2, 2018.
"The Ujima Friends Peace Center was founded by Dr. Mama Ayesha Imani in North Philly. She grew up in the area and has given back to her community in so many ways. This video is our monthly food giveaway!"
Historic Fair Hill
HISTORIC FAIR HILL, a 300-year old Quaker burial ground in Philadelphia, is “the final resting place of important Abolitionists and Reformers including Robert Purvis and Lucretia Mott”. Today – in keeping with Quakerism founder, George Fox’s 1691 bequest, it is lives on as a gathering space, urban garden, community partner and education center. The burial ground is located at 2901 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19133.
MLK Day of Service at the Burial Ground
Monday, January 21, 2019
10 AM – 1 PM
Join us on the MLK Day of Service at the Fair Hill Burial Ground to tidy the grounds, reset headstones, tend the trees, and reflect on the teachings of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Winter Bonfire in the Garden
Saturday, February 9, 2019
10 AM – 1 PM
Roast marshmallows and work in the winter garden with us! Dress warmly and bring a friend.  Meet at the picnic table!
News Beyond the Quarter
Volunteer at Arch Street Meeting House!
Lynne Calamia, Executive Director of ASMH will be available Jan. 27, at the Quarterly Meeting during social hour to discuss the volunteer program at Arch Street Meeting House. "We need Quakers who enjoy talking about their own lived experience rather than historical facts and dates." 

FYI check out the video on Arch Street below!
Save the Date!
Interfaith Freedom Seder +50
Sunday April 7, 2019
Dinner- 5pm, Seder - 7pm

Organizations and congregations can co-sponsor the Interfaith Freedom Seder. Email to learn more. 
Questions: Viv Hawkins,, 215-844-8494
Registration open now! Spaces are limited.
Nominations needed!
Wade Wright, the clerk of PYM Sessions Coordinating Committee sincerely seeks nominations for friends of all ages and backgrounds to serve on the committee.
We would like folks from all of our Quarters, young and old, in school, working and retired, representing all of our diversity to be a part of our committee. We need folks who care for the future of our Yearly Meeting.”

FYI: The Sessions Coordinating Committee meets via monthly Zoom conference calls. Scheduled meetings are Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, and July 14, usually from 7 pm- 8:30 pm. Committee members may  join task subgroups to augment our work.
Please contact Wade Wright - 214-779-0752 or email
How Fares your Monthly Meeting?
Focus on Welcoming and Retaining Newcomers
Saturday, February 9, 2019
10 AM - 3:30 PM
at Abington Monthly Meeting
Co-Sponsored by Friends General Conference, QuakerSpeak, and PYM’s Membership Development Granting 
Info and Registration

Many meetings are challenged with in-reach, invitation, and welcome. Learn how to grow and nurture membership. Attend for a fun time, collaboration, meaning making, and visioning for the future.

Holly Baldwin from Friends General Conference will talk about FGC's Welcoming Friends Project, Jon Watts from QuakerSpeak will present new outreach-themed videos, and folks from PYM's Membership Development Granting Group will discuss new opportunities
PYM  Calendar, Youth & Family Programs
Many rely on the PYM Calendar - a fantastic resources with events in the PYM region under the care of any Quaker meeting, organization, school, committee, collaborative, or another group.has many resources and depth of information.

You may not know about another great PYM service - the exceptional children/ youth/ families programs of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting! Year-round events nurture Quaker community for your kids and with other families.
Middle School Friends Winter Gathering
January 25, 2019 - January 27, 2019
We are excited to see you all for our Winter Gathering. The weekend will include small group worship sharing, lots of laughter, group games, and new friendships as we build our MSF community. 

Young Friends Winter Gathering
February 8, 2019 - February 10, 2019
Young Friends will spend Winter Gathering in fellowship at Green Street Monthly Meeting. Lori and Aeryn are excited to build new traditions with Young Friends. The coziness starts Friday night with games and fireside snacks.

Children and
Middle School Friends (MSF):
Young Friends:
PYM Spring 2019 Continuing Sessions
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Look for Young Adult Friends are planning a special action centered on the Berks County Detention Center (where immigrant children are being housed under poor conditions) and much more!
Ed Solenberger of Millville MM writes to PQM Friends: Thank you for helping with this situation!  Audra dePrisco has been offered a teaching position at Girard College School in Philadelphia.  She needs housing during the week in the Philadelphia area as she now lives in the Bloomsburg, PA, area.  She said her needs are minimal, just a bed in a room to sleep in during the week for a short time.  She is a member of Millville Meeting, and thought that some arrangement with Friends would be a good thing.  She would be a welcome addition to any household.  
If you, or anyone you know, could help with housing, please contact:
Audra dePrisco
Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill has great events every month- from Open Studio Sessions, Poetry Coffeehouse, Bible study opportunities, art shows, to their workshops - we can't fit them all in!  Here are some highlights from their upcoming calendar:

Alternatives to Violence Project: Basic Workshop
Friday - Sunday, Jan 18 – 20, 2019
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) enables participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Workshops are facilitated by certified facilitators and are fully experiential. The Basic Workshop explores the five pillars of AVP: affirmation, communication, cooperation, community building, and transforming power.
Aiming for Justice: Race, Reparations, and Right Paths
Sunday – Thursday, February 10 – 14, 2019
This unique workshop, led by Melchor Hall, asks participants to lean into discomfort, to be reflexive, acknowledge the material benefits they have reaped and imagine what material justice might entail.
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. 

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 and actions.
What is Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting (PQM)?

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

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.

Hold The Dates:

January 27, 2019
Hosted by (Arch St) Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia 
Worship at 10:30 am, followed by refreshments. Presentations on Green Burials, and "Sustainable Communities & the Overbrook Environmental Center". Worship for Quarter business starts at 2 - 4:15.PM.
April 28, 2019
Hosted by Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting
July 21, 2019
Hosted by Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting

October 27, 2019
Hosted by Frankford Monthly Meeting
Let Your Light Shine !
Our goal is 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. PQM Bulletins go out on an as-needed basis.
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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