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PQM August News - 2018

August is always a busy time for families and a slower time for Monthly Meetings. This shorter e-newsletter reflects the season. I've included links to Quaker events and resources that you will enjoy exploring! 
News From the Quarter
All that and More! July 22, 2018 Quarterly Meeting
The July Quarterly Meeting, hosted at and by the Ujima Friends Peace Center, was filled with Spirit - in worship, in hospitality, program and business. A large turnout swelled the Worship room, and many F/friends stayed for a bountiful spread, and an inspiring presentation.
Dr. Ayesha Imani shared the remarkable achievements of the Ujima Friends Peace Center in its first year, grounded in Spirit, created collaboratively, with and for the local community. Worship for Business followed productively and the meeting concluded on an uplifted note. 
Update on Quaker Nonviolent Communication Workshop!
Last month PQM shared our delight that Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting will host an Introductory Workshop based on AVP principles and other nonviolence and communication techniques.

The 3.5 hour workshop, "Fight, Flight or Freeze Feelings" is being created for the Quaker community by experienced facilitators .O, Carolyn Singleton, and Laurent Hahn.
It is not a Basic or Advanced AVP workshop - but it will be grounded in AVP (Alternatives to Violence) and other nonviolent communication techniques tailored to address Friends concerns.
Last week, the "Fight, Flight or Freeze Feelings” workshop was lifted up (see image above) at the Open Space Technology plenary session at Annual Sessions. (The Open Space format encouraged Friends to explore leadings in group conversations.) Laurent Hahn, .O and Aimee Landau, Quarter Rep (Frankford Monthly Meeting) shared a mini- introduction to AVP strategies for navigating difficult conversations, and used queries to get deepen the discussion:
  • On the Quaker quest for nonviolence - do we avoid having difficult conversations?
  • Who has strategies to start difficult conversations?
  • What happens when we avoid difficult conversations?
Look for the next update on this exciting and promising initiative!
Contact Aimee Landau at 609. 477- 2150 regarding this workshop.
Monthly Meeting & Affiliate News

LQBTQ Quaker Fellowship - Hosted by CPMM

Monday, August 6, 2018
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Rufus Jones Room at Friends Center

The LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning) Fellowship at CPMM a potluck, fellowship and Quaker worship.  Everyone is welcome.

Last Days for "Fill a School Book Bag" Drive

The Green Street EMIR (Every Murder is Real) Spiritual Support Group has organized a drive to Fill a Book Bag, in order to help families affected by homicide. Germantown MM has joined the drive as well! Children’s needs are often overlooked when families are dealing with the violent loss of a family member.  Your support will help 85 children start the school year with needed school supplies. (Visit here to learn about EMIR Healing Center)
Three ways you can help:  

  1. Bring supplies to a box in the meetinghouse at 45 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, 19144.
  2. Write a check to ‘Green Street Friends Meeting’ with ‘Fill a Book Bag for EMIR’ in the memo line and send to the address above.
  3. Go to, choose the age group and supplies you wish to gift from the lists shown.

Deadline is August 13th, to allow time for sorting and packing. For information, contact Chris Mohr.

August Hours for Monthly Meetings
Germantown Monthly Meeting office will be closed in August, allowing Melissa Elliot, Secretary a much deserved vacation! 

Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting office will be closed from August 2 - 14.
A reminder: In August, Germantown MM joins Green Street MM for shared worship at 45 West School House Lane.

Summer's End at Historic Fair Hill 
HISTORIC FAIR HILL is a community space and historic burial ground located at 2901 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19133 in the heart of North Philadelphia.

One of the 16 attractions in the Historic Germantown partnership - Fair Hill is “a 300-year old Quaker burial ground, 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.
Second Saturdays Garden Workday/History Tours
Saturday, August 11
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Youth Farm Stand
Thursday, August 23
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Second Saturdays Garden Workday/History Tours
Saturday, September 8
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fall Event [tentative]
Saturday, September 23
Hold the Date!
News Beyond PQM 
Friends, Have Thee a Retreat Space to Share? 
Oskar Castro, a member of CPMM and QVS Philadelphia Coordinator, wants to share with the Quarter that Quaker Voluntary Service in Philadelphia is seeking:  “benevolent souls who might be willing to donate their vacation homes (within a few hundred miles of Philadelphia) for QVS retreats this year. We normally have three (3) retreats: Fall Retreat Oct. 26-27, Mid-Year Retreat March 1-3, 2019, and our End of Year Retreat July 26-29, 2019.
Our retreats are designed to provide respite and insightful moments of reflections on the QVS journey - so any homes people are willing to donate that can comfortably fit 9 people (8 Fellows plus me) would be awesome!”
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PYM  - Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
We here at PQM focus on news of the Philadelphia Quarter - but Friends are everywhere. So don't forget to visit the extensive PYM Calendar Find out about joining in Worship, drum circles, book discussions, a Quaker Religious Education Collaborative Retreat, historic presentations, Young Friends events, paddling on the Delaware, Quaker fundraising conferences, and so much more!  

The theme of PYM Annual sessions, "How Our Lives Speak", was alive in the discussions that Friends participated in over the five days of July 25-29, 2018 at The College of New Jersey, near Trenton.  Click here for partial minutes, updates from middle schoolers program and more.

FYI: Continuing Sessions will be held November 3rd, 2018 at Arch Street Meeting House. 

Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill - ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. Pendle Hill in Wallingford PA is well known for its beautiful grounds, Quaker bookstore and diverse programming. Have you experienced their events via Pendle Hill's recorded and live streaming.? I just did tonight! It is a phenomenal resource, a way to get connected, be inspired –and learn more about Quakerism, resources and actions.

Or join live:

Visual Storytelling: The Transformative Art of Altered Book-making
Aug 5-9, 2018
Learn how to recreate an existing book into your own interactive work of art. Altered book-making is a powerful way to process a life change, or to honor an important memory or vision. Led by Jesse White, artist and clerk of Frankford Friends Meeting (PA).

The Challenge of Progressive Christianity
Aug 10-11, 2018
A two-day program of lectures and discussion led by John Dominic Crossan.

Radical Faithfulness in Action
Aug 16 – 19, 2018
An online, on-campus program in grassroots organizing and radical faithfulness, with three campus residencies. Facilitated by Matthew Armstead and guest faculty.

Playing in the Light: Godly Play®/Faith & Play™ Training for Quakers
Aug 24 – 26, 2018
Join Melinda Wenner Bradley for a weekend training for ‘playing in the light’ - a Montessori-inspired resource for educators in First Day schools.
Update: This workshop is FULL.

Alternatives to Violence Project: Advanced Workshop
Sep 7-9, 2018
A weekend workshop with .O, John Meyer, and Laurent Hahn
Flyer for all three AVP workshops at Pendle Hill
Let Your Light Shine !
PQM invites member meetings & affiliates to send us announcements of interest to the larger Philadelphia quarter for inclusion the PQM News and PQM BulletinsEvents and activities that are sponsored by monthly meetings and affiliates of the Philadelphia Quarterly are always welcomed. Our goal is to connect and lift up your work!

We publish the PQM News by the end of the second week of the month, and the PQM Bulletin goes out on an as-needed basis.

To keep PQM news timely, please send submissions by the 4th Friday of the prior month and 2nd Friday of the current month. Feel free to e-request my cell phone if you wish to speak about PQM related news outside of office hours.

L. Lanza
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Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting Administrative Coordinator

Friends Center
1515 Cherry St.
Philadelphia PA, 19102
Phone: 215-241-7067
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**The coordinator email is checked throughout the week. PQM summer office hours  are Thursdays 10 - 1. Feel free to request my cell phone to discuss PQM news outside of office hours.**

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