A Journal of Our Quaker Faith and Practice
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Quaker Leadership Annual Sessions: Powerful Beyond Measure, Trusting the Call to Leadership
VITAL AND GROWING
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Quakers and Leadership Arthur M. Larrabee General Secretary odern day Quakers sometimes M seem to have an uneasy relationship with leadership. We snicker when it is suggested that Quaker leadership is an oxymoron. I think I understand some of this. Believing that there is that of God in everyone, Quakers honor the spiritual authority available to each of us, and we harbor a fear, sometimes conscious and sometimes unconscious, that a “leader” might somehow diminish the spiritual authority we treasure. Is it possible, however, that we are leery of leadership because we have in mind a secular model and not a Quaker one? My impression of secular leadership is that it is mostly about the leader, someone who wants something to happen, and someone who then advocates for it until he or she prevails. I have in mind a different concept of leadership, one which I call a Quaker model. In March, at the William Penn Lecture, George Lakey shared a definition
of leadership which I find appealing: “Leadership is taking initiative in relationship.” This fits well with my own notion of Quaker leadership. All leadership, secular and Quaker, involves taking initiative. The thing that’s different about Quaker leadership, however, is the quality of being “in relationship;” relationship not only with the community but also with the Spirit. Quaker leadership is not mostly about the leader, rather it is mostly about being in a relationship of service to the community. Quakerism is not just about the individual. We sometimes forget that Quakerism is also about the community and Quaker communities have need of leaders to function well and to realize their potential. Here’s what I think are six qualities of a Quaker leader. The first three are applicable to any organization, the second three are more uniquely Quaker. A leader thinks globally; that is, thinks comprehensively about the whole, whether the whole is a meeting, a committee, a board, or an organization. A leader shares her perceptions, ideas and experience; she is proactive, taking initiative in sharing what she has learned and she invites others to understand and to share in her thinking.
Vital and Growing • Quakers and Leadership 3 Quaker Leadership • Reflections on Leadership • Youth Meeting in Western Quarter • Big Heart, Tough Skin • Developing Leadership in a Monthly Meeting • Young Adult Friends Leadership Institute • Leadership Through Education • Friends’ Persistence in Fair Hill, North Philadelphia 2
A leader takes risks, sticks her neck out and is willing to be vulnerable in service to the group. A leader is willing to risk rejection. If her ideas are not accepted, she will release them in favor of new insights, new ideas and new proposals. A Quaker leader is spiritually grounded, has a spiritual awareness and is open to spiritual guidance. We expect that there will be a spiritual component to Quaker leadership. A Quaker leader is willing to test her ideas with the community. We expect that the community will have insight and that the community’s input is an important aspect of arriving at a right outcome. Finally, a Quaker leader finds her primary satisfaction in the success of the community, and not in her won personal success. I believe the question for Quakers is not whether we need leadership, but whether we are using a model of leadership that serves us well. I believe that the Quaker model of leadership, sketched above, does this.
Arthur is a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.
SU M M ER 2011 • “A Remarkable Speaker!” • Leadership and Power 13 Annual Sessions • Powerful Beyond Measure • Finding a Way Forward, Together • Sessions Workshop Descriptions • One Book, One Yearly Meeting 21 Spiritual Growth and Renewal • Being Led and Leading • The Power of Silence • Mindfulness Meditation Skills for Friends
• From Shadows Into Light 24 Caring for Our Community • Cultivating Relationship 25 Witnessing Our Faith • Change our World, Educate a Girl • Developing Quaker Leadership Through Nonviolent Direct Action 28 Quakerism Then and Now • Quakerism Then and Now— Revisited 30 Friendly Advertising 32 Upcoming Events
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Reflections on Leadership: My Experiences with Western Quarter Youth It was decided: this group, Youth Meeting, would meet every other First Day evening and that its paradigm would be one of a youth-led organization. And this has come to be! I have watched (and facilitated) this group, which started out as a core of eight youth and has grown into a core group of 12. They have wrestled with how long to meet, how often would they be “off-meeting grounds” for fun, how often would they do business, how
Greta Rech Western Quarter Youth Activities Facilitator
ver hot coffee on a cold December day I listened, jotted notes, shared my thoughts as a Friend shared with me his concerns, thoughts and ideas regarding the fluctuation in participation of middle and high school youth in the life of the meeting community. With great ease we planned for an evening gathering in late January. What evolved for this eadership is a God-given ability, and no better or gathering was a structure worse than say, a good singing voice or an ability that authentically held up with numbers. Like all of God’s gifts, leadership must the youth in our commube identified by others, then nurtured and developed nity while respecting the in the individual by the community. We used to have needs and honest limits Friends who were charged with doing this. They were of a busy world. called Elders and they had a distinct and authoritaOn January 30, 2011, tive position in our monthly meetings. Now, they are youth and their parents/ rarely acknowledged in my Yearly Meeting, and if adult presence met at they are, they have no real authority. We have beLondon Grove Meetingcome a school with no teachers, a team with no house for a communal coaches, a family with no parents. Restore our Elders pizza dinner. This gave all and we will raise new leaders. present time to engage in Benjamin Lloyd informal getting-to-know Haverford Monthly Meeting you while filling our Clerk of Worship and Care stomachs. After dinner Standing Committee and a brief introduction of all present, the agenda was established and the group split in two. One group was for would they choose clerks, should they the adults and was facilitated by Rick have co-clerks, what kind of service Draper of London Grove MM and the projects might they do, and is it too other group was for the youth and was soon to plan a camping trip to Virginia. facilitated by me. This was done intenIt is with great maturity and a great tionally so that each group could disdeal of laughter that they have found cuss their joys, concerns, hopes, fears, their way. The challenging one another and coolest ideas without feeling inhib- to see a “simple decision” from its ited by perceived expectations. The two multi-faceted and farther-reaching congroups came back together at the end sequences. They provide indirect clearof the evening to share what transpired continued on page 4 and to figure out “What is next?”
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Youth Meeting in Western Quarter Mikala Moorech London Grove Monthly Meeting Every other Sunday night at London Grove Monthly Meeting I attend Middle/High School Youth Meeting of Western Quarter. Along with myself there are two adult clerks and approximately ten youth who attend. Unlike traditional youth groups this group is led by the youth and simply facilitated by the adults. The group is open to Quaker youth and their friends who are interested. This group has given the youth, including myself, the opportunity to take on leadership positions. Everyone has the ability to give their opinions, introduce new ideas, and generate creativity. One young Friend has opened up the possibility of a variety of service projects. Others have come up with ideas for activities and still others bring to it the gift of fun and laughter. As Co-Clerk, assuming many responsibilities has made me develop as a leader but I enjoy leading something I enjoy. I did not realize how Quaker meeting for worship for business was run until now. Something that I have found to be both difficult and a blessing is when everyone has a voice and everyone wants to be heard at the same time. Keeping order and still having everyone feel heard and appreciated is a challenge. This is a wonderful group and although we’ve only been established for two months, we’ve already accomplished so much, including building community, defining our community, having worship and having fun.
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Reflections continued from page 3 and unwavering trust in the strength, joy, intelligence, creativity and leadership of anyone at any age is known to be a Truth by the adult facilitators and the youth themselves. This trust creates a space for listening and expressing that is deep and sound for these youth. Second, the adults come with their hearts prepared to share Wisdom and knowledge as needed but with humility of heart that recognizes that they may have as much to learn as to share. Third, the support of and care for the parents of youth are critical. Respecting that parents are conbasic element of leadership is the preparation of tinually balancing and organizing the tasks that need to be done. The rebalancing the scales of “leader” is not necessarily the smartest or most prestitime and money means gious person in the group, but the one who serves by flexibility in planning giving time and attention to easing the way of others. when, where and how We are blessed when there are Friends among us who often to meet as well as quietly and faithfully give this form of leadership. what activities in which most families can particiPat McBee pate. Fourth, understandDirector of Friends Center ing, supporting, and enCentral Philadelphia Monthly Meeting couraging the bubbling up
ness for leadings and gifts. They uphold leadership while accepting the humanity of making mistakes. They gently coax humility from one another during business meeting or while making quesadillas. Why has this worked? I cannot say other than by faith, love and God’s Knowing has it come together at the right time and at the right place. What is present that allows this to work? That I can answer. First, a deep
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of youth energy ensures that the community that is built by these youth includes the fun that is ever so necessary! Last, by placing the leadership of the group into the hands of the youth with confidence and enthusiastic anticipation, an authentic community can be created. Middle School/High School Youth Meeting continues to thrive in Western Quarter. New faces come while familiar faces hold the core of the group together. Good news is shared. Sad news is held in the container of peer caring—and an offered hug. Ideas are bantered and decisions made. Music blares from the meetinghouse kitchen while dinner cooks. I can think of no better way to spend every other First Day evening than with the Youth Meeting of Western Quarter. And it would appear that a growing number of middle and high schoolers in Western Quarter agree! n Greta is a member of London Grove Monthly Meeting.
Big Heart, Tough Skin Gretchen Castle Doylestown Monthly Meeting
eadership requires a big heart and tough skin. For me, clerking PYM enlarged and toughened both, as have leadership experiences that came before and after. Given sufficient openness and reflection, leadership skills (as with most learning) are cumulative. My learning began in pre-school when the boys dominated the building blocks, constructing great towers and towns. When George told me the girls could not play with the blocks, I felt compelled to speak out. The outcome was positive as my confrontation was supported by the other girls and the teacher. I have learned since that outcomes are rarely so clear, and support not 4
always so close at hand. With a sense of indignation and purpose, and with support from others, the courage of leadership came easily. As Friends and human beings, we are reluctant to be the cause of someone’s pain. Yet, we too often attend to the individual at the expense of the overall health of the organization or spiritual community. Returning over and over to the bigger picture, valuing the larger group of people gathered, requires tough skin and great courage. The only way I know to lay someone off or confront a disruptive behavior, is to focus on doing the right thing for the good of the whole and to ask for God’s help.
I am clear that my vision needs to focus first on the overall health of the group, second on the care of the individual, and third on my own discomfort. A big heart in leadership brings us back to why we serve: a compelling mission, the joy of collective action, the work of bringing vitality to the Religious Society of Friends. The heart helps us know why the hard work is important and it helps us do the hard work with compassion, clarity and love. Big heart and tough skin work together, allowing us to do the work to which we are called. And if God calls us to it, God will help us through it. n
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Developing Leadership in a Monthly Meeting: Early Stages of a Process Ruth Peterson Abington Friends Meeting
any meeting communities face the challenge of nurturing leadership among younger Friends, as older members are no longer able to accept such positions. Some older and seasoned Friends have moved to retirement communities, some do not drive at night or have other reasons for letting go of leadership roles. My meeting, Abington Monthly Meeting, has relatively few members in the “young-middle-aged” category (40 to 60 years old) in leadership positions. We are faced with a demographic problem that is beginning to affect our ability to nurture the future leadership that will sustain our meeting community. Perhaps other meetings are in the same situation as Abington Meeting. I would like to share my experience and make some suggestions for meetings to address this issue. In my opinion, several things need to happen on the road to developing leadership. We need to help each person (adult and child), feel that they are socially included on many levels as a valuable part of the community, that they feel spiritually nurtured by the meeting in worship and that they understand the Quaker way of conducting business: making decisions that are rightly ordered and in keeping with our faith tradition. Helping newcomers feel welcomed in the life of the meeting will be different for each monthly meeting. For example, having an extended coffee hour or a monthly fellowship lunch after meeting for worship allows a time to mix and mingle with the newer attenders and members. One small meeting in New Jersey finds that it works for everyone to go out to lunch after meeting for worship since they all drive a distance to get to meeting. Inviting
newcomers and recent attenders to come home for lunch after meeting for worship would be another choice. Asking attenders to be greeters or help with a coffee hour or fellowship luncheon relatively soon after they start coming to meeting helps them feel that they belong and that they are making a contribution to the life of the community, another strong incentive for people to want to stay engaged. As important it is to attend meeting for worship—the core Quaker experience—new members and attenders need to be spiritually nurtured beyond the meeting hour. They need a time when they can ask questions and enter into dialogue with others about their beliefs and explore the Quaker testimonies. Small discussion groups work best to accomplish this type of sharing. It is always helpful for a discussion group to include both those who are new to the meeting and those who have been in the meeting for some time. The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting library has materials that provide guidance in helping small groups to get started, such as Quakerism 101. Pendle Hill pamphlets are a good source of topics for a discussion group. The Religious Society of Friends has a unique way of doing business. Quaker decision-making that is “rightly ordered” has to be learned by observation and experienced through participation. There is no substitute for observing first-hand how a clerk handles the agenda, how the minutes are crafted and how they sound, and how those present respond and contribute to the process of finding unity in their decisions. New members and attenders should be encouraged to regularly attend meeting for business. Some Friends meetings make attendance at business meeting a requirement of
those seeking applications for membership. The Pendle Hill pamphlet Beyond Consensus, Salvaging the Sense of the Meeting by Barry Morley provides a good explanation of how to do business, although his explanations cannot replace participation. The Nominating Committee can be important in this process of helping newer members feel included in the community. They can appoint less experienced members to well-run committees, knowing that while they are not as seasoned as others, they will have the opportunity to learn. Serving on a committee is a good place to start observing “how things work” the Quaker way. Someone on the committee could assume the role of mentor to the new member to explain things when it is not clear what is happening and why. It always helps a new member to receive the agenda before the date of the meeting so they are familiar with the topics to be addressed. When a committee works at its best it becomes a small supportive and nurturing community. The members get to know each other in a close and intimate way. In a healthy committee, differences of opinions are respected, all members share in the tasks and the committee can be a safe place to take risks and develop new skills. The Care of Members Committee (formerly Overseers) of Abington Meeting has a wide variety of responsibilities. It also has several new and younger members. The clerk created a “Clerk’s Book” for committee members to serve as guidance for those who will have to get behind the driver’s wheel but have not observed all the details of how things are done. Some topics covered are committee responsibilities, matters relating to membership and 5
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Developing continued from page 5 marriage, agenda preparation, financial matters and age-related practices and naming committee, among others. It also contains samples of letters sent for various circumstances. The Care of Members Committee has been using the clerk’s book for several years, with one update. This year, as clerk of the Care of Members Committee, I have experimented with a new model for clerking. I listed the many different tasks that this committee handles, and divided all of the individual responsibilities within the committee. Some involve much more time than others. After trying the new system for six months, the committee was asked how they felt about the new
Note: My thanks to George way the committee was working. They Schaefer, Care and Aging Coordinator, felt that it was a stronger committee for his advice and guidance in writing with each taking a part of the leaderthis article. n ship responsibility. Now that we have tried this new system, I am confident that it will PYM Annual make it much easier for a new clerk The Family Sessions: or co-clerks to get behind the wheel and drive in a manner that is rightly Gathered Together, ordered and in keeping with good Guided by Spirit... Quaker practice. Living in Community! To be sure, not all comments and To register visit suggestions in this article will apply www.pym.org/annualsessions to every monthly meeting, but I or call (215) 241-7238. hope Friends will find some of these Annual Sessions 2011—July 27-31 ideas useful as they endeavor to DeSales University Campus foster Friends meetings that are welPowerful Beyond Measure: Trusting the Call to Leadership coming, vibrant and sustainable.
Young Adult Friends Leadership Institute Emily Higgs and Sadie Forsythe Co-clerks of the Young Adult Friends Leadership Institute Board
s we look ahead to the future of Quakerism in the world, it is clear that investing in our rising generation of leaders is one of the most profound and sustainable ways to ensure the vitality, richness and impact of the Religious Society of Friends. With that foundational priority in mind, we are delighted to announce the inauguration of the Young Adult Friends Leadership Institute. The Young Adult Friends (YAF) Leadership Institute is an initiative that seeks to encourage and lift up existing intergenerational learning, leadership and service within the Religious Society of Friends by affirming the gifts and wisdom that Friends of diverse backgrounds have to contribute in the present. This important new program has been developed through a collaboration of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Haverford College, 6
as well as individual Friends. The YAF Leadership Institute will partner with Quaker organizations in the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting region and encourage them to actively involve Young Adult Friends on their boards or equivalent governance structures. The YAF Leadership Institute will provide a supportive container for these leadership experiences through opportunities for mentorship and leadership development. The Institute will host one annual retreat per year, which will include all YAF participants as well as representatives from each of the Institute’s partner organizations. There will be additional, more informal workshops for the YAF participants throughout the year. Our skill-building programs are intended to facilitate opportunities for participating organizations and YAFs to realize their full potential and grow both corporately and individually. Young adult participants in the YAF Leadership Institute will not only hone their ability to serve and take leadership roles in varied organizations, but will also meet a wide network of
Friends involved in Quaker governance. The Institute will help organizations and YAFs deepen their understanding of the role of individual board members, boards as a whole, the idea of governance as leadership, the Quaker organizational context and Quaker business process. We are honored to already have participation from several Friends’ organizations in the area, and we look forward to our first annual meeting in September 2011. We see this Institute as a way not only to enrich our Quaker organizations and the individual participants in the Institute, but also as an investment in the leadership skills of the rising generation of Quakers and the overall vitality of the Religious Society of Friends. If you would like more information on the YAF Leadership Institute, please contact co-clerks Sadie Forsythe, PYM Young Adult Friends Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Emily Higgs, Haverford College Associate Director of Quaker Affairs (email@example.com). n
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Leadership Through Education Grace Sharples Cooke Friends in Education Coordinator
Emma’s influence is felt everywhere in the Breast Center at the Hospital; it is patient, friendly and very welcoming. The same compassion that leads her to personally communicate with any patient receiving a diagnosis of cancer is evident in Emma’s work with colleagues. She says, “when you are in a leadership position and are developing an agenda, the question is: How do you lead people and bring them along to Students at a place of agreeRamallah Friends School ment? Developing a shared vision first makes the implementation of a plan easier. It sends a For a 359 year-old small religious message of respect to include others, community, Friends have effected and improves motivation and morale.” changes that go far beyond their limShe concludes, “there is no place you ited numbers or places of worship. can work constructively in disagreeWhy? What has this Faith got that renment. In any kind of leadership posiders it so powerful? tion you need to develop a consensus; Conviction. Centering. Simplicity. you need to be able to listen.” Belief in the collective and individual Yet listening can be hard. Just ask a good. Rooted in the integrity of the human Palestinian or Israeli who must witness power struggles within the Middle East spirit, Quaker education fosters a capacity for good. As Dr. Emma Simpson, as they are manifested door to door, neighborhood by neighborhood. a Quaker and Vice President of The Each night I return home to a 10th Bryn Mawr Hospital Medical Staff says, grade Palestinian exchange student our “the longer you spend time in a community where you see how good things family is hosting. Karim Zagah is a soccer fan with the longish hair of a can be, the more it gives you the confitypical 16 year-old, an appetite for dence that you can move the world in independent films, and a talent for that direction.” math. A student at the William Penn A radiologist, Emma was selected as Charter School, he is one of four RaVice President by her medical peers. mallah Friends School students studyShe feels that Moorestown Friends School and Earlham College helped her ing at Friends schools in the U.S. He is an open-minded listener, with develop the essential consensus-building skills that enable good leadership. well-considered opinions on the Mid-
dle East. I believe his ability to listen without judgment comes from the Quaker educational environment that has nurtured him since first grade. Ramallah Friends, he says, “is the best in Palestine.” It is the truth-seeking nature of Quakerism as it is applied by Quaker educators—in schools like Ramallah Friends, as well as in other Quaker schools, colleges, or meetings—that accounts for the exceptional number of paths to leadership this Faith opens. The Palestinian legislator, activist and scholar Hanan Mikhail-Ashrawi credits the Friends School in Ramallah with giving “generations of Palestinians . . . the knowledge, skills and values that have enabled them to become better human beings,” and global and national leaders. Stephanie Judson, a Friend and the Associate Head at William Penn Charter School, notices a Rufus Jones quote displayed in the hallways of Ramallah Friends School each time she visits to interview new students. It reads: “I pin my hopes on quiet processes and small circles in which vital and transforming events take place.” Simple words, large ideas. Stephanie says, “It moves me every time I see the poster.” She reports that “the quiet process of having a Palestinian student with us for a year has been transforming for Penn Charter students and faculty. We have learned about life in Palestine, and come to know each individual student, including the outgoing and gregarious student, the studious one, and the quietly effective ambassador for his people.” Educational exchange drives cultural change. There is no greater instance of this than the impact Elizabeth Gray Vining, a Philadelphia Quaker, had on postwar Japan. Selected by the Japanese Continued on page 8 7
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Education continued from page 7 Emperor as Prince Akihito’s English tutor, Vining also gave Akihito Western Friends, provided instruction to other members of the royal family and discussed hitherto forbidden issues. Dr. Merritt T. Cooke, a Friend and a former diplomat, points out that when Vining arrived, the Japanese Emperor was considered a living Shinto god. Vining’s challenges to the Imperial mindset were close to heresy, but she was—and still is—revered by the Imperial Family. He adds, “the influence of Vining’s teaching through Akihito, now the current Emperor, has been enormous.” How did Vining, a Quaker author and an alumna of Germantown Friends School, facilitate such changes? How did she open the way for Crown Prince Akihito to love and marry a commoner for the first time in Japanese history? How did she crack open “windows for the Crown Prince,” and the nation, so a militaristic and imperial Japan could become pacifistic and democratic? She convinced the Japanese to seek their inner truth. She helped them find a way forward by reaching within themselves; sensitizing them to the clarity of their own inner light. While Quaker educators, and Quaker meetings open many “windows” for emerging student leaders, Jen Karsten of Pendle Hill, reminds Friends that there are also programs targeted to adult members and attenders seeking leadership growth. “Pendle Hill,” she says, “nurtures emerging leaders by providing year-round opportunities to gain specific skills, understanding, fellowship, and spiritual centeredness.” Nor is cost an obstacle. Pendle Hill offers a no-fee Young Adult Leadership Development (YALD) program in the summer as well as a gap-year Resident Program. Jen says that Pendle Hill retreats, conferences, and workshops appeal to seasoned Friends who seek “to improve existing leadership capabilities or develop new ones.” Quakerism remains a faith that con8
siders growth in leadership as related to spirituality. Jen notes that Pendle Hill workshops combine daily worship and spiritual nurture to make space for guidance from the inner teacher. For Friends who want to visit the original Pendle Hill, in England, Friends Council on Education Director Irene McHenry and Deborra Sines Pancoe have opened pre-registration for the July 2012 Quaker Pilgrimage to Lancashire, England. Seeing Quakerism
through the eyes of founding leaders George Fox, Margaret Fell, and others, is a way to remind yourself that faith is derived from continuous revelation, and leadership is a matter of conviction, spiritual education, and transformative experience. For more information visit www. palfriends.org. n Grace Sharples Cooke is a member of Haverford Monthly Meeting.
Resources on Quaker Education: Quaker institutions of higher learning: contact Kori Heavner (FAHE @quaker.org) of Friends Association of Higher Education (FAHE). Each year, in March or April, PYM and FAHE collaborate on the Quaker College Fair. Kori reports that “A recurring theme among the [Quaker] panelists at the March 2011 College Fair was the impact on their lives of the honor code on campus. Doug Ross (Haverford College) shared an experience in which he felt bound by the Haverford College honor code to confront sexist behavior in an acquaintance; it led to a deepened friendship, learning on both sides and influenced his life long after graduation.” Friends Schools: For lists of Friends Schools and contact information, visit the Friends Council on Education website at www.friendscouncil. org. Friends Schools welcome Quaker applicants; financial aid is available. Quaker Education, PYM financial aid and loan programs, and Education Questions: Contact Friends in Education Coordinator, Grace Sharples Cooke, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 215-241-7224. Friends in Public Education: To get involved with Public Education Concerns email PYM Working
Group Clerk, David Austin, at email@example.com Pendle Hill: To learn more about opportunities for reflection, spiritual growth or just a weekend retreat in a beautiful spot visit www.pendlehill. org. Jen Karsten, Director of Educational Programming, can be reached by phone at (610) 566-4507 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Quaker Pilgrimage 2012 (to George Fox’s Pendle Hill): Pre-register for the July 16-22, 2012 trip by emailing Deborra Sines Pancoe at: email@example.com. The trip costs about $1,500-$1,800 per person, excluding airfare. Reserve early; space is limited to 30 pilgrims. PYM youth support programs, PYM events, and other religious education programming: contact Christie Duncan-Tessmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional Quaker history and spiritual resources: PYM possesses a “jewel of a library” at 1515 Cherry Street. Windows for the Crown Prince, by Elizabeth Gray Vining, may be obtained from this collection. Visit www.pym.org/library. To explore the collection virtually, click on the orange “search our catalogue” button and then click on the ivory “Catalog” tab (top left corner) and open the keyword search box.
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Friends’ Persistence in Fair Hill, North Philadelphia Jean Warrington Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting
wenty years ago, Mary Anne Hunter, Margaret Bacon, and a small band of Friends started cleaning up the five-acre Fair Hill Burial Ground when 25 drug dealers still stood on the northeast corner. When the group realized they needed to buy back the land, they started the fundraising and legal work needed to do it. Mary Anne and Margaret recruited other Friends who cared about the historic site and saw the potential of Quaker ministry in the poorest neighborhood in the city. The volunteer board members knew and trusted each other. Without an office or building, they worked from home, via phone and email. They focused on what they could accomplish. They paced themselves, called on their network of Friends for help, raised money, and hired people when necessary. Volunteers from around the Yearly Meeting came because the work was satisfying, the group was friendly, and Mary Anne never wasted their time. They worked under the care of Philadelphia Quarter, which gave them oversight without bureaucracy or too many meetings. Quaker foundations reviewed and then supported their work
as did foundations and individuals from the wider world. Friend Mary Anne was the landscape expert. Margaret did the newsletter. Allen did fundraising. Linell did the finances. Signe Wilkinson drew cartoons for publicity and asked her friends to speak at events. Baird did legal work. Pamela kept the records and worked on the website. Jim and Ed set the historic grave stones and managed the records of the 3,500 buried there. Jean did community gardens and programs with the local schools. Sarah wrote history curriculum. Paul did strategic planning. Miriam worked on more detailed financial reports. Everyone came out with garden gloves and rakes for the cleanups, the garden days, the neighborhood events. Fair Hill became a large, volunteer project in Philadelphia raising its money from grants and donations. There is something different about Quaker service. It is personal. We look
Mary Anne Hunter with neighborhood children at Fairhill Burial Ground
for the goodness in every person. Mary Anne is a Quaker leader. She is thoughtful, focused, modest, and persistent. She listens well, experiments, takes the long view, helps the group discern the best course, and has the discipline not to burn out. As a Fair Hill neighbor said, “People come and go trying to help this neighborhood, but the Quakers are here to stay.” We invite you to put on your work gloves and come join neighbors and Friends at Fair Hill. n 9
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“A Remarkable Speaker!”Quaker Diane Allen
addresses Friends in Business Gathering Jennie Sheeks Director of Annual Giving
ments of her illustrious media opportunity to ask her for career. During more than 30 her thoughts on our counyears in media, Diane won try’s political process, nine Emmys, a Peabody, three which led to a lively and Tellys, and dozens of other thought-provoking discusregional and national awards. sion. Georgene Callahan, Her career included WJJZ member of Princeton Radio in Mount Holly, New Monthly Meeting, summed Jersey, network KYW-TV in up the evening as “Divine Philadelphia, and CBS-owned repast, lively Quaker interstation WCAU-TV, where she face, and a remarkable was executive producer, evespeaker!” Diane Allen ning anchor and education Philadelphia Yearly reporter. In 1994, after standMeeting Friends in Business ing up to CBS for discriminatory pracis a group of Quaker business people tices, and having the government find in who gather for community and fellowher favor, Diane left the station to work ship. Joined by our Quaker faith and full-time in her own media production our business experience, Friends in Busicompany, VidComm, Inc., which she ness have much in common and many founded in 1982. Betsy Bayardi, memshared concerns. We gather twice a year, ber of Wrightstown Monthly Meeting, spring and fall, to share a meal and hear reflected “Given that I had participated from a featured guest speaker. Past in the AT&T female employee class acspeakers have included Philadelphia tion suit in 1972, the fact that Diane’s Mayor Michael Nutter and PYM memspot as anchor was set aside for a bers Mark Myers and Chiyo Moriuchi. ‘younger look’ resonated very person- To receive an invitation to the next Annual Fund Reminder ally with me. It’s bad enough that Friends in Business dinner taking place we suffer sex discrimination now-ain October 2011, please call The fiscal year ends June 30. Please days. It was a great vindication when (215) 241-7271 or email kayeh@pym. give to the PYM Annual Fund today! the EEOC (Equal Employment org. Please check the website or call Opportunity Commission) ruled in closer to the date for news of the next We still have time to reach our goal her favor.” featured speaker. n of $600,000. Donations dated on or In 1995, Diane turned her sights before June 30, 2011, and received on politics and was elected to repreJennie is a member of Central before July 15, 2011, can be counted in sent the Seventh District of the New Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. fiscal year 2011. Please send donations to Jersey State Assembly. In 1997, she PYM Development Office, 1515 Cherry was elected to the New Jersey State Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. You may Senate. She is currently Deputy Mialso donate online at www.pym.org. nority Leader; a member of the SenFor more information or to sign up ate Health, Human Services and for a monthly donation (sustaining gift), Senior Citizens Committee; and the call Jennie Sheeks at (215) 241-7115 or Senate Education Committee. During email email@example.com. the question and answer portion of Diane’s presentation, Friends had an
n April 19th, Diane Allen spoke to a gathering of more than 50 people at a PYM Friends in Business dinner on the topic of “Why this Quaker is in Politics and Television: Challenges and Opportunities.” Diane Allen is known by many titles: corporate President, working mother, pilot, sharpshooter, daredevil hang-glider, Emmy award-winning TV News Journalist, Quaker First Day School teacher, and Senator. She is a member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting and attends worship at the Mount Laurel Meetinghouse. “Diane’s presentation at the Friends in Business dinner was fabulous,” said Arthur Larrabee, PYM General Secretary. “It was a personal reflection on one Friend’s journey, touching on her Quakerism, her professional experience and her experience in the world of business.” Diane related many humorous anecdotes during her presentation that focused on some of the more lively mo-
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Leadership and Power Christopher E. Stern Middletown Monthly Meeting
Blessed are those who sorrow for they s I walked through the royal rooms shall be comforted. at Windsor Castle, I was overBlessed are the meek for they shall inwhelmed by a sense of wealth and powherit the earth. er. The rooms were filled with an endBlessed are those who hunger and thirst less array of priceless objects and a vast for righteousness for they shall be satisfied.” collection of armor and weapons. Full(Matt. 5: 3-12) length portraits of kings and queens filled the halls and entrance ways. You The people were astounded and they could almost hear these portraits saying, responded, “This man teaches with an “Don’t mess with me; don’t mess with authority greater than the scribes.” His my family; don’t mess with my counwords brought to their memories the try.” I am sure that any visiting kings words of the many Hebrew prophets and heads of state were immediately before him: “Not by might, nor by powmade aware of their insignificance in er, but by my Spirit says the Lord” comparison to such stature. (Zachariah 4:6); and “But what does the During those times the Church was Lord require of you, but to do justly, ruled by this same wealth and power. All love mercy, and walk humbly with thy of love, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, the pomp and circumstance related to God.” (Micah 6:8) and even suffering. Most importantly, it God was also somehow related to the Jesus clearly draws the line. The Kingcomes through a deep awareness of our royal family. The rich and powerful were dom of God comes in a completely own limitations and the need to open seen as the closest to God. This is how different way than the kingdoms of our hearts and lives to God. Jesus makes things looked at the time of the rise of men. It does not come through wealth it completely clear: The Kingdom of Quakerism in the North of England. and power; it comes through God’s way God is not found in our own strength It must have been a similar but only when we are situation in Roman times when willing to set ourselves Jesus started his ministry. The aside and follow him. Roman grip on wealth and powThe Quaker faith was er permeated every part of life. s members of the human community, how does the Reliborn from this same They may not have invented the gious Society of Friends provide spiritual leadership in a humble vision. Out of a equation, “wealth + power = world that hungers and thirsts for peace, justice, and an earth time of great weakness greatness/god,” but they perrestored? and confusion a living fected it. Quakers generally are doing a poor job in providing “spiritual faith was born. George In the midst of all this power leadership in a world that hungers and thirsts for peace, jusFox was looking for a Jesus was born. According to tice, and an earth restored.” Many people think we’re dead. power that could help various accounts, he came from The first thing we need to do is tell them we’re not—and him to overcome the humble beginnings, born in a invite them to join us in our Meetings. Modern polls indicate great despair and hopemanger, of poor parents with no spiritual leanings of many people today are closely aligned to lessness that he felt. He royal connections. As he began Quaker beliefs—but they don’t know how to find us. Quakers looked for help from all his ministry he challenged all need to go public. Quaker Quest ads help. Telling people who the most religious and the parts of this power equation, we are, where we are, what we believe, when Quaker events learned people of his even the whole equation itself. occur, and that they are welcome to attend, is not proselytizday and found that no He turned things upside down ing. It is simply being courteous. To do otherwise may be one could help him. when he spoke to the people on doing people a disservice. When he was completely a mountainside in Galilee: lost and did not know Norval Reece “Blessed are the poor in spirit for Newtown Monthly Meeting continued on page 12 the Kingdom of God is theirs.
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community of faith. He often quoted the passage “When all my hopes in from man were gone and I had 1 John 2:27: “As for you, the nothing outwardly to depend anointing that you have reupon, then oh then, I heard a ceived from Him abides within voice that said to me, ‘There is you and you have no need that one Christ Jesus who can anyone should teach you, for speak to thy As individuals we are powerful beyond measure when we His anointing teaches you all condition,’ and when I heard it listen for the clarity of our own internal truth, test it in things, and is true, and is no lie, my heart did leap for joy.” our communities and then step forward to act whether it just as it has taught you, abide (Journal of George Fox, p.11) feels easy or not. in Him.” George Fox did not discover As a group, once a message or leading is tested we someIt has been my experience Christianity through this expetimes authorize or give support to others to act on our among Friends today that when rience. Christianity was all behalf. Thus, in community, we can be powerful beyond we are open to this inward around him. It was deeply measure when we listen with generous spirits for the clear anointing and teaching, we entrenched in the power strucleadings of other Friends and give them our support. find a power that does not ture of his world, dominated coerce or deceive, but leads When we take our own and other Friends’ leadings seriby wealth and human power. through love. Over the many ously, we are all engaged as leaders. What Fox found instead was a years that I have been a Friend Living Presence and Voice Patricia Finley the quote on leadership and greater than his own. It Old Haverford Monthly Meeting power that has had the most brought him hope and faith Clerk, Peace and Concerns Standing Committee meaning for me in my life and he yielded to it. He had comes from the apostle Paul, no other options; they had all when God spoke to him and run out. said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for Later in the same century Stephen pointed them to a strength way beyond my power is made perfect in your Crisp wrote a recollection of the powertheir own. Fox began to preach that weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9) n ful early Quaker meetings: “When we ministry was not learned through forfirst met, we came together as poor, mal religious training but through being desolate, helpless people, with no hope taught inwardly and responding in faith. but in the Lord.” As they waited in this He spoke of a new way of worship that way, they came to recognize the inward was not dependent on human leaderVoice as that of Jesus still speaking to ship and authority, but an active listenthem in their hearts and consciences, ing to Christ as he teaches the gathered calling them toward a different Kingdom. Their encounter with the Light was Choose from more than an encounter with this same Living PYM Annual 30 workshops. Word, this time speaking to them from Sessions: within: Gathered Together, “Blessed are the poor in Spirit for they shall enter the Kingdom of God. Guided by Spirit... Blessed are those who sorrow for they Leading and Learning! shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they shall To register visit www.pym.org/annualsessions inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and or call (215) 241-7238. thirst for righteousness for they shall be Annual Sessions 2011—July 27-31 satisfied.” DeSales University Campus It was not a new message pointing to their own power. It was a voice that Powerful Beyond Measure: Trusting the Call to Leadership what to do, he heard a voice:
he integrity of discerning what is important, taking it seriously, and then making a commitment to act, is the foundation of leadership. We Friends were never supposed to be followers. We have always been cautioned to test, internally, for the truth of any message or perception. By implication we tend to be wary of external influences such as charisma, charm, or modern marketing.
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Trusting the Call to Leadership July 27-31, DeSales University Campus Tricia Coscia Sessions Coordinator
nnual Sessions provides the opportunity for Friends to gather together, guided by Spirit, to learn from and support one another’s work in our meetings and the wider world, for discernment of the business of our Yearly Meeting and to connect with others in fellowship and fun. At this juncture in the life of our Yearly Meeting, we will be together in worship, get to know one another’s spiritual lives in anchor groups, and participate in conversation and activities to help us move forward, with a focus on visioning our future in changing times. This year’s theme, Powerful Beyond Measure: Trusting the Call to Leadership, was discerned by the Sessions Planning Group after 2010 Sessions, in response to Friends’ desires to understand more clearly the role of power, authority and leadership in our relationships with one another and engagement with the world at large. When we learned this past spring that PYM was facing a large budget deficit that would be affecting staffing and programs, the Sessions Planning Group gave deep consideration to the appropriateness of this theme given the weight of the changes before us. It was discerned that now, more than ever, we need to consider how we lead, who will step forward to lead, and how we honor those gifts. It is our hope that this opportunity for gathering around the theme of leader-
ship will strengthen our ties, our trust and our work with one another and in the world.
Powerful Beyond Measure “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson We will consider three realms through which we are called upon to understand and respond to spirit-led leadership: • As individuals, how do we discern, develop and display our own leadership capabilities? • Within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting,
how do we recognize and cultivate leaders and support them as they respond to the challenges and opportunities we face? • As members of the human community, how does the Religious Society of Friends provide spiritual leadership in a world that hungers and thirsts for peace, justice and an Earth restored? Sessions offers spiritually rich and joyful activities for the Yearly Meeting’s children, Middle School Friends, Young Friends, and Young Adult Friends, as well as ongoing multigenerational activities. A wide range of interesting and thought-provoking speakers, workshops, interest groups and exhibits are planned. More than ever, we need your participation! Please do not stay away for financial reasons: • Work Grants and Scholarships are available to help you attend; you can apply during the registration process. • This year, there are no program or meal fees for children entering 8th grade and younger, and no housing fees for those who stay in their parents’ rooms. • Registration fees are waived on Saturday for Friends who have not attended in the last five years. To register, visit www.pym.org/annualsessions or call (215) 241-7238. Please also share these dates and any Sessions-related information with your monthly meeting, especially inviting those who have not had the pleasure of participating in our Yearly Meeting in session before. Please plan to join with your Yearly Meeting family as we discern our future together in PYM Annual Sessions: Gathered Together, Guided by Spirit. n 13
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he Plenary Sessions agenda, Anchor Groups and other activities are designed around helping us focus together, guided by Spirit, to discern a way forward for our Yearly Meeting during these changing times. How may we address the challenges ahead and best use our collective financial and human resources for what we are called to do within the Society of Friends and in the world? This year, the addition of planned Anchor Groups will allow us to get to know one another’s spiritual lives and prepare for our collective discernment through worship sharing on specific queries in small groups, with attention to visioning our future and what leadership may emerge as we move forward.
Youth and Children’s Programs: Kids gather during annual sessions for fun, fellowship, worship and to discern God’s Big Idea.What is the work that the young people of PYM are called to do? Children’s Sessions and Middle School Friends: Infants through middle schoolage children will meet in age-based groups in the morning and evening at the same time as the adult plenary sessions. The afternoons will be freeplay for all ages to be together as a community, with time for art, music, games and relaxation. In the evenings, the community continues with the Family Neighborhood where families will be housed together, centered around a lounge where families hang out, play with friends and (for parents!) keep the conversation going after bedtime. This year, thanks to support from the Education Standing Committee, there are no program or meal fees for chil14
dren entering 8th grade and younger. Since there is no charge for children to stay in their parents’ rooms, children can attend sessions for a day or two, or for the entire event, for free! Young Friends (high school) join the community for many activities but much of the time we will have our own programs, in much the same fashion that we do for Young Friends gatherings. We will be staying in a designated portion of one of the dormitories, with the support of Friendly Adult Presences; Cookie Caldwell, Young Friends Program Coordinator; and Hannah Mayer, the Young Friends Program Assistant. Young people may also choose to stay with their families and participate in the Young Friends program. Scholarships are available to help Young Friends with the cost of attending sessions. Young Adult Friends (YAFs) participate throughout all that is happening
at Sessions—from leading youth programs to leading interest groups and workshops, attending the business sessions and more. Because there aren’t many times when YAFs are all together on their own as a peer group, the informal opportunities (like shared meals and a common dorm section) are found to be extra-special opportunities to connect. For more information, contact PYM’s YAF Coordinator, Sadie Forsythe at (215) 241-7075, firstname.lastname@example.org. All of the youth programs are led by gifted, enthusiastic adults who will follow your child’s age-defined group throughout the Sessions. Volunteers are always needed, and provide a fun and grounding way to connect to our young people. We’ll explore this year’s theme: How can kids be leaders in their meetings and schools? What can we learn from leaders who have come before us? (At least one game of follow the leader
Our Clerk offers his thoughts on this year’s Plenary Sessions: “Our primary work for these annual sessions is our budget—approving it. As we prepare these items for printing, the process of deciding our 2012 Budget is still unfolding. The decisions will even continue on the floor or Yearly Meeting. Friends might find these 2011 annual sessions tough and difficult. It will be rewarding work because the end result of approving our budget will result in a document that embraces who we are and what we want to be. Our budget will be our witness to the work of Life in our world. Our budget represents our image in the world. It shows where we place our values and what is important to us. Where do we spend $4.8 million dollars? Why? What is the witness we make with our allocations? Another set of questions revolves around how we unite in deciding what is the emphasis and order of our priorities. This is the part where coming together is so important as we listen and care for one another. It is essential to hear what we are called to spend and where. My experience has been that there is a living dynamic that energizes our work when we make decisions together. Our work this year really is unfolding before us. You can be a part of this as we move together in mutually deciding our actions. Please join us at DeSales.” —Thomas Swain, Clerk
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is assured!) We have a lot of great plans in the works to encourage children to share their Quaker faith, grow spiritually and have fun at the same time! For more information, contact Elizabeth Piersol Schmidt, Children’s Sessions Coordinator at email@example.com, (215) 241-7236; Stephen Dotson, Middle School Friends Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, (215) 241-7171; or Cookie Caldwell, Young Friends Coordinator at email@example.com, (215) 241-7222. Everyone is encouraged to attend Annual Sessions: Work Grants and Scholarships are available to help afford the cost of attending sessions. You may apply for a work grant or scholarship when you register. For more information, visit www.pym.org/ annualsessions or call (215) 241-7238. Financial Support for Children to Attend. This year, there are no program or meal fees for children entering 8th grade and younger, and no housing fees for those who stay in their parents’ rooms. Registration fees are waived on Saturday for Friends who have not attended in the last five years. Accessibility is important in planning our Sessions. Golf carts are available to assist people who may not be comfortable walking across campus. Speech to text transcription is provided throughKids Attend Free-Eat Free-Stay Free in your Parent’s Room!
out Plenary Sessions, and room locations can be designated for wheelchair or other accommodations. Plenary Sessions spaces, dorms and workshop classrooms are airconditioned. If you have a need that we may not have addressed, please contact the Sessions Coordinator at (215) 241-7238.
Learning and Creating: Four speakers will offer their perspectives on leadership:
piritual and moral leadership are often confused. Sometimes their actions are similar, but their bases, spiritual leadings and moral standards, are not. Morals change with generations and political boundaries. Spiritual leadings are not so convenient. God speaks with one unbending Truth. Being faithful to that Truth often requires us be broken and made anew. For me, spiritual leadership is modeling that faithfulness and supporting others in theirs, in quiet and not so quiet ways. Sharing our practice helps others and ourselves to see that it is human to fall. Grace is in the getting up, and God is always with us. Jada Jackson Trenton Monthly Meeting
• On Wednesday evening we will hear from Irene McHenry, PhD, Executive Director of Friends Council on Education and a member of Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting. Irene was a founding faculty member of Fielding Graduate University’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Change, founding Head of Delaware Valley Friends School and co-founder of Greenwood Friends School. Irene will address Leading from Within: From Leadership to Action. • Also on Wednesday Evening, Michael Minnig, Director of Outdoor Education at Westtown Friends School, will lead a multigenerational Plenary Session with movement, Leadership in Action: Realizing and Sharing Goals.
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• At Thursday evening’s plenary Diane Randall, newlyappointed Executive Secretary for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), brings a background that includes many years leading statewide advocacy organizations in Connecticut, a passion for rebuilding the democratic system in our country, a record of achievements in lobbying and
citizen engagement and a spiritual grounding in the Religious Society of Friends. • Jay Marshall, Dean of the Earlham School of Religion, will address us at the Saturday evening plenary. Jay is a recorded Friends Minister, author of Where the Wind Blows: Vitality Among Friends and teaches in the areas of Old Testament and Leadership Development.
Workshops and Interest Groups: Many Friends in our community have come forward to lead Workshops and Interest Groups, small groups in which we gather to explore our faith, our work in the world, and the work of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting working groups and staff. A full list of this year’s workshops can be found in the next section and on the PYM website at www.pym.org/annualsessions. The ReCreation Tent City at Annual Sessions makes space for creative expression and learning in an open environment with Friends of all ages. This year create music, make art and learn about leadership in our Tent City. n 15
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Wednesday, July 27 Wednesday, July 27 Thursday, July 28 Thursday, July 28 Friday, July 29 Friday, July 29 Saturday, July 30 Sunday, July 31 Saturday, July 30 Breakfast and Early Morning Worship Breakfast and Early Morning Worship Worship in the Plenary Space Worship in the Plenary Space Morning Plenary Sessions: Morning Plenary Sessions: Memorial On Site Registration On Site Registration Meeting for Opens Opens These plenary sessions will deal with our vision of how we are called These plenary sessions will deal with our vision of how we are called Worship to spend our time, talent and treasures. We will use this time to spend our time, talent and treasures. We will use this time 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. together to find a way of moving forward. As we work together on together to find a way of moving forward. As we work together on Nominating who we are and our vision, we will align our budget to reflect our who we are and our vision, we will align our budget to reflect our Committee Welcome to Welcome to work, growing from our involvement with one another. Are we work, growing from our involvement with one another. Are we Report ready to be leaders in our changing times? ready to be leaders in our changing times? Annual Sessions! Annual Sessions! Multigenerational Defining Who We Are Defining Who We Are Identifying Our Vision Deciding Our Budget Identifying Our Vision Epistles Deciding Our Budget
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Anchor Groups, Interest Groups and ReCreation Anchor Groups, Interest Groups and ReCreation Annual Sessions 2011 ends at 1:30 p.m. Sunday Workshops and ReCreation Workshops and ReCreation We hope to see Dinner Dinner you again for
Annual Sessions Welcoming Our Welcoming Our Leadership in the Leadership in the Leadership within Leadership within Powerful Beyond Powerful Beyond 2012 Yearly Meeting Yearly Meeting Wider World Wider World the Society of the Society of Measure: Measure: in Philadelphia. Family: Family: Friends Friends Leadership from Leadership from A Multigenerational A Multigenerational Within Within Celebration Celebration Michael Minnig, Michael Minnig, Diane Randall, Diane Randall, Arthur Larrabee, Arthur Larrabee, Thomas Swain, Thomas Swain, Westtown School Westtown School Friends Committee Friends Committee General Secretary General Secretary Clerk Clerk Leadership in Action: Leadership in Action: on National on National Reflections on Reflections on Realizing and Sharing Realizing and Sharing Legislation Legislation Quaker Leadership Quaker Leadership Jay Marshall, Jay Marshall, Goals, A Plenary Goals, A Plenary Exercising Our Exercising Our Earlham School of Earlham School of Revision of Faith & Session with Session with Citizenship Citizenship Revision of Faith & Religion Religion Practice Practice Movement Movement Vitality in Friends’ Vitality in Friends’ Remembering 9‐11: Remembering 9‐11: Leadership Leadership YM Priorities Decision YM Priorities Decision A Non‐violent A Non‐violent and and Alternative Irene McHenry, Irene McHenry, Alternative Emerging Leaders Emerging Leaders Friends Council on Friends Council on Witness Formation Witness Formation Education Education Junior Interim Meeting Junior Interim Meeting Program: A Tool for Program: A Tool for Leading From Within: Leading From Within: Action Action From Discernment to From Discernment to Monthly Meeting Monthly Meeting Action Action Mixer and Ice Cream Mixer and Ice Cream Social– 8:30 p.m. Social– 8:30 p.m. Fellowship and Fun Fellowship and Fun Open Mike Night Open Mike Night
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Sessions Workshop Descriptions Thursday, July 28: 1. Takashi Inskeep. Exploring Ourselves by Creating Imaginary Worlds. (Multigenerational) In this workshop, participants will explore the complex and somewhat illusive emotions that are generated by places and environments. Participants will learn how using their imaginations incorporates elements of art, science and spirituality and helps them see themselves more fully. A goal of this workshop will be to create one imaginary world to share with each other. 2. Jon Watts. Beyond Meaning: How Words Can Express the Indefinable (Multigenerational) Participants will experiment with the process of listening to the Spirit/getting out of the Way via stream of consciousness poetry writing. The format of the workshop includes a brief presentation about performance and the writing process, a period of experimentation/writing exercises, sharing with the group, and processing of the experience. 3. Ingrid Lakey. Direct Action for Ecojustice (YF+) Over the course of the past year, the Earth Quaker Action Team has helped many Friends (re)discover the power of nonviolent direct action—how it works, why it works, and how it can deepen our faith and practice. This experiential workshop is for Friends who are ready to experiment, step outside of their comfort zones and risk taking bold, nonviolent action for peace and justice.
4. Margaret Mansfield. Steps Towards Ecojustice: The Friendly Households Project (YF+) Show Us the Way! For years Friends have worked to reduce their impacts on the Earth and have discovered the joy and creativity in living lightly. The Friendly Households Project seeks to unify individual efforts within PYM. This experiential workshop offers activities for participants to learn from each other about the effective practical steps to take in our homes and our meetings, through the individual choices we make about food, energy and “stuff.” 5. Hannah Mayer. Leading Self, Leading World, Living the Kin-dom (YF+) Through a number of activities and discussions workshop participants will explore the relationship between living and telling our narratives and senses of self, and those things that are less than ideal in our lives and in the world. Participants will imagine how we can lead and live into the Kin-dom and maybe even get to know ourselves as God knows us—fully wise and infinitely powerful. 6. Irene McHenry. Mindfulness Meditation, Centering Prayer and Worship (YF+) Participants will experience settling into three short stillness practices from different religious traditions: mindfulness meditation, centering prayer and Friends worship. We will explore the similarities and differences among these spiritual practices, especially attending to the discernment of when to speak in meeting for worship. 7. Therese Miller. Every Friend a Minister, Every Friend a Leader (YF+) Participants in this workshop will learn approaches to assess the strengths and opportunities for increased vitality in their monthly meetings in the areas of worship and spiritual growth, meeting community and the business of the meeting. We’ll discuss practices to
deepen the spiritual life of the meeting and strengthen the meeting community by encouraging and equipping Friends within the meeting to take small increments of leadership as ministry in service to the meeting. 8. Ken Park. Servant As Leader (YF+) While many people have heard of “Servant Leadership” few understand its Quaker roots in Robert K. Greenleaf’s call. This workshop will explore these roots and offer participants opportunities to explore the qualities of a Servant Leader and the impact that leading in this way best serves not only those who are being led but also society as a whole. 9. Pamela Haines. Using Our Money and Resources: A Quaker Way? (YF+) Many of us face decisions about what to do with the money—and other resources—that we and our families don’t need for ourselves right now: Spend it anyhow on things we want? Save it for a rainy day? Use it to make more money? Loan it to others who need some now and could pay it back later? Give it away? This workshop will explore these big investment issues with activities geared to both adults and young people. 10. Bobbie Horowitz. When Hot Cocoa is Not the Answer (Adult) This workshop will address the challenges faced by individuals who are struggling with any addiction, as well as the concerns of the families and F/ friends who love, live, work and worship with them. Participants will explore these two main questions in the spirit of honesty and friendship: what ought the Quaker response be to addictions and substance use? How is the Power of God’s Spirit working through Quakers on these issues?
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ANNUAL SESSIONS Friday, July 29: 11. Melinda Wenner Bradley. Patterns and Examples: Games with Friends from Our Past (Multigenerational) Have you always wanted to be Fox, Dyer, Mott, Hicks, Rustin, or some other famous Quaker? This is your chance. Participants will choose from an array of historical Friends, learn as much as they can from resources provided, and portray that Friend using arts and crafts materials. In our characters, we’ll play games that help us learn about the ways these Friends led. 12. Stephen Dotson. Bad Poets Society (Multigeneraltional) Welcome to a judgment-free zone where participants can claim their creative voice through playful exploration with language. Silliness and seriousness are equally welcome, as are Friends of all ages. There will be opportunities to collaborate, to interpret visual art into literary art and to experiment with the performance of writing. Expect to find Truth within laughter and nonsense.
PYM TODAY • SU M M ER 2011 and community service. This workshop will help participants understand the challenges and tools related to witnessing for peace and social justice through counter recruitment by exploring the empowerment model of social action as applied to communities. 15. Tom Gates. Quakerism in the 21st Century: Growing into Paradox (YAF+) Spiritual Truth often takes the form of a paradox: a statement that seems contradictory or inconsistent, but when seen from a different frame, is deeply true. A vital Quakerism depends on our willingness to affirm both/and rather than either/or. Together we’ll explore the creative tensions between such pairs as: individual and community; tolerance and transformation; continuing revelation and tradition; witness and prayer; God as Immanent and God as Transcendent; Jesus as Son of Man and Jesus as Son of God.
16. Matthew Graville. Vocational Identities (YAF+) What does clarity look like? How do we 13. Paulette Meier. Internalizing Early Quaker Wisdom through Song & Chant hear a calling? Amidst the sometimes overwhelming swirl of day-to-day life, (YF+) work and play, what questions stay Participants will meditatively listen to with you? Is it possible to live from Paulette share sung quotations from the texts of early Friends’ writings, now within, aligning the many or confusing threads that sometimes pull you apart recorded on her CD, Timeless Quaker and sometimes hold you together? Wisdom in Plainsong. Participants will Using introspection exercises, this also explore, in a worshipful way, the workshop will explore processes of significance of each one for us today. Before ending, the group will sing some discernment and connections between personality, work and vision as they of the song/chants together. Takerelate to inward-oriented leadership. home handouts will include notated copies of each song. 17. Jennie Sheeks. Fundraising Strategies for Monthly Meetings and 14. Jo Ann Zimmerman. An Army of Non-Profit Organizations (YAF+) None: Military Recruitment in Schools Asking others to give money to the (YF+) causes and organizations you are comPenn Army of None, a Peace & Conmitted to is an act of leadership. In this cerns working group, is devoted to its workshop, we will focus on valuesmission of providing young people in based fundraising, led by the core valthe Philadelphia area with accurate ues of your organization or monthly information about military enlistment and legitimate nonmilitary alternatives meeting. Participants will come away with concrete fundraising strategies that for college financing, career readiness, apply to their own specific situations. 18
18. Nancy Beiber. Discerning Your Call (Adult) What is mine (or ours) to do? Which call to lead is meant for my life? This workshop includes presentation, discussion and practices that focus on deepening our opening to the Light, helping us be attentive to the process of discernment and take steps to respond and find our way forward. Participants are encouraged to bring situations or questions from their own lives or the life of their community, although specific situations are not needed for full participation. 19. Lola Georg. Leadership as a Model for Parenting (Adult) Parents want their children to develop into people who achieve their potential and rely upon their spirit-inspired gifts. During this exploratory workshop, we will review the aspirations we have for ourselves, for our children, and for our communities. You will gain an improved understanding of the role of parents as leaders, and the powerful nature of trust as a cornerstone of effective relationships with our children and each other. 20. Greta Rech. Structuring and Leading a Multi-Age First Day School Class (Adult) This workshop is all about finding resources and finding support! The workshop will address the concerns and questions of providing a multi-age FDS class. It will include use of space (small or large), lessons and lesson planning as well as accommodating different age groups so needs are met. 21. Lane Taylor. Meeting for Worship With Attention to Healing (Adult) This workshop will focus on ways in which Friends mindfully seek and experience physical, mental and spiritual healing. Deeply rooted in worship, you will be encouraged to speak freely of your joys, concerns, and struggles as spiritual beings, and to embrace the
PYM TODAY • SU M M ER 2011 terms “healing” and “wellness” as broad concepts. Guided meditation techniques will empower us to approach healing and wellness in a faithful and constructive manner on an individual and community level. 22. Scilla Wahrhaftig. Welcoming Immigrants: A Legacy of Leadership (Adult) Pennsylvania Friends have a history of welcoming all into the Commonwealth. Together we’ll explore present day responses to immigration issues, especially the restrictive legislation currently being proposed in the Pennsylvania legislature. Through worship sharing we will encounter our own responses to welcoming immigrants into our communities, and seek guidance on our role as Quakers, recognizing that although we are few in numbers we can and do make a difference.
Saturday, July 30: 23. Zan Lombardo. Letting Your Muse Speak: Answering the Spiritual Call to be an Artist (Multigenerational) This workshop creates a space for worship sharing and discussion for Friends to ask, “What meaningful purpose can be found in answering the creative call?” Artists, poets, writers, musicians, performers and supporters of the arts are all encouraged to attend and contribute their questions, experiences and insights around the topic of what it means to be a Quaker artist and what value that holds for the world. 24. Mimi Scalia. Honor Your Body: Personal Empowerment Through Yoga (Multigenerational) This workshop will begin with a period of worship followed by a brief introduction to classical yoga through basic asanas (postures), suitable for beginners. Advanced participants will be encouraged to adapt postures to their own abilities. All are encouraged to honor their own body. We will close with a guided meditation and discussion if time allows. Bring a folded blanket, large towel or yoga mat.
25. Nicki Schultz. The Power of Dance: Let’s Zumba! (Multigenerational) Zumba is an hour-long, Latin-inspired dance workout. The moves are easy and it’s fun for all age groups and almost all abilities. We will break it down so it will be easy for everyone to learn. The goal is to have fun and dance! 26. Melinda Wenner Bradley. Learning To Lead (YF+) At the epicenter of Quaker community investment in the future, students are our rising community leaders. This workshop will give Friends of all ages an opportunity to hear from school-age Friends about how they’ve been called to lead and what this has meant for their lives and for the communities of which they are a part. 27. Edy Nolan. Crocheting in the Light (YF+) Learn how to crochet in the Light, whether a beginner or an experienced crocheter. We’ll make an afghan by putting together the squares we make, learn how to read a pattern, and even have some silent crocheting. In the tradition of Friends through the years, we will talk, share and worship as we crochet together. 28. Greg Elliot. Contemporary Leadership and the Inner Revolution of John Wilhelm Rowntree (YAF+) What do we risk by being prophetic? What do we risk by holding back? This workshop will introduce you to the concerns, insights and questions of John Wilhem Rowntree, an early 20thcentury British Quaker who cared deeply about the fate of the Society of Friends and our ministry. Together we will explore the inward “revolution” that Rowntree calls us to undertake. What are its various components? How does this revolution takes place? What does it need in order to blossom in our lives? How can we embody Rowntree’s model of leadership?
29. Mary Lou Hatcher. Leadership on the Hill: FCNL and You (YAF+) FCNL provides leadership on national policy that relates directly to Friends’ testimonies. It is the oldest and largest peace lobby in DC. Join FCNL’s new Executive Secretary Diane Randall in an experiential workshop that focuses on the spiritual grounding of public witness, effective lobbying techniques and the resources available on FCNL’s website. 30. Jennie Isbell. Quaker Leadership: Dirty Word or Doorway to Faithfulness? (YAF +) Led by the Earlham School of Religion Director of Outreach, this workshop will consider the concept of the meeting as a body, and the way in which Spirit-led leadership “does a body good!” by naming and nurturing gifts and discovering the body’s call. Activities also name and explore some of the potholes meetings encounter along the way to healthy functioning as a body, including language, theology and the tension between the universal call to ministry and the particularity of leadings. Take-aways will include several exercises one might explore with one’s own meeting. 31. Deborah Cooper. Mindfulness Meditation: Tuning In to the Still, Small Voice (Adult) To hear a call, it is important to be able to quiet the mind, still the heart and listen deeply. This workshop gives participants a brief history of Mindfulness Meditation in the West, followed by two or three guided meditations. Participants will share their experience with this practice.
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ANNUAL SESSIONS Workshop Descriptions continued from page 19 32. Ed Dreby. Roots of the Growth Dilemma (Adult) The purpose of the workshop is to explore some of the reasons for the ecological and social dilemmas associated with our growth economy, why our economic system must either expand or collapse and some of the changes needed for a manageable, non-growing market economy. Our Yearly Meeting has asked PYM Friends to take the initiative in promoting a national dialogue about our economy. Let us model the kind of dialogue we seek to promote, and prepare ourselves to participate more knowledgeably in a national dialogue as way opens. 33. Joanne Sharpless. Heeding the Call to End Mass Incarceration (Adult) Germantown Meeting’s Adult Forum has engaged in a three-year study of Quakers and Race. We have been called to act after reading The New Jim Crow. This workshop will include clips of interviews with author Michelle Alexander, a discussion of what Germantown Meeting has done so far and time for participants to share their information and ideas. 34. Marty Smith. Quaker Parenting: Using Our Faith to Raise Our Children (Adult) This workshop is for parents. Grounded in a worship-sharing format, participants will first explore their beliefs and values. Participants will then suggest situations they encounters that test those values, and brainstorm possible responses to them. In a spiritually safe space, parents will consider possible consequences of their decision and how it would fit their child. There will be much laughter and tenderness as parents find common strength from others. n
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2011 Book Selection: Leading from Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead Edited by Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner Sam M. Intrator and Megan Scribner cerns, conflicts and celebrations that accompany one called to leadership, giving sustenance to the heart and the soul. There is a new twist on the curriculum this year. A series of four small fold-out publications will be sent out to all on the One Book subscription list. Each pamphlet will highlight a poem, provide a reflective activity that is appropriate for children, adults or multigenerational gatherings and some reflections on leadership from Friends in the Yearly Meeting. The first foldout will be distributed at Annual Sessions. Greta Rech Children’s Religious Life Coordinator The foldouts will be sent to clerks of Religious Education and Worship committees on a quarterly basis. All Friends ne Book, One Yearly Meeting is an opportunity for meetings, quarters who would like to share this program with their meetings may ask to be inand Friends of all ages to connect and cluded on the mailing list by contacting grow in the Spirit through one shared Greta Rech, Children’s Religious Life experience. Each year a book that reflects the theme of our Annual Sessions Resource Coordinator, at gretar@pym. org; (215) 241-7526. is chosen. Friends are invited to read the book individually or with their More information can be found at meeting over the next year. An accomwww.pym.org/onebook. The foldouts panying curriculum provides support will be posted there as they are for going deeper into the book. published. n The theme of the 2011 Annual Sessions is Powerful Beyond Measure: Trusting the Call to Leadership. The One Book, One Yearly Meeting selection explores leadership in a unique and powerful way: through poetry. In this book, leaders from many different walks of life were asked to share a poem that guided their work and to reflect on that choice. The poems and the accompanying stories uphold and uplift the joys, con-
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Being Led and Leading:
Corporate Spiritual Accountability Viv Hawkins Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
choes of many voices in several languages filled the cinderblock room at the 2008 Friends World Committee for Consultation-Asia/West Pacific Section gathering in Bhopal, India. I found myself in a back corner of the dining room sharing a meal and fascinating conversation with Jocelyn Burnell, the Friend who discovered the pulsar (neutron stars). She delineated what she called the “religious testimonies of Friends,” the timeless spiritual tenets from which our temporal social testimonies spring. In light of that conversation and countless hours practicing corporate spiritual accountability, I see the practice as a “charism” of the Religious Society of Friends, a distinct spirit that animates our religious community and gives it a particular character. What is meant by corporate spiritual accountability? How is it linked with the religious testimonies of Friends? How does it foster faithful leadership? And how can it provide leadership that is powerful beyond measure? As used here, corporate spiritual accountability refers to two or more people caring for and drawing out ministry as they listen for, discern, and carry out God’s call, preferably in relationship with their home faith community. Circles of Friends who have come together to explore the topic in recent years during various Yearly Meeting sessions, workshops and courses have told stories of individual elder-minister relationships, on-going groups supporting a single person in a ministry and peer groups where focus shifts between
all or several of its members. Each of these relationships embody the religious testimonies of Friends, which Jocelyn listed as: 1) that of God in everyone, 2) direct, unmediated experience of the Divine, 3) continual revelation and 4) all of life as sacramental. Let’s look at each of these briefly before looking at their collective effect in relation to corporate spiritual accountability and its role with leadership. That of God in everyone Friends broadly agree everyone contains a seed of Truth that can be cultivated and grown. This is one main focus of corporate spiritual accountability—to nurture that of God in each other, to become stronger in God’s grace. But the benefit reaches further. Studies show that natural and human communities with greater diversity and dispersed authority function with higher potential and, in the case of calamity, are more resilient and recover more quickly. Thus, individuals and communities are strengthened. Direct unmediated experience of the Divine Some hold that Friends have not laid down the clergy as much as laid down the laity, inviting us to be a priesthood of believers. In this light, reserving “minister” or “elder” for particular individuals may be a disservice to our potential as individuals and as a people. We multiply our potential when we avail ourselves of all gifts in the community. While some of us may be more innately gifted in one of these roles, when we regard “ministering” and “eldering” as actions which any individual may practice and increase one’s ability to offer, we maximize service to the community and to Spirit.
Continual revelation While individuals are independently able to uncover mystery, the power of “collective intelligence,” the intelligence we generate together, is becoming better known. When the increased power of such communal seeking is combined with concerted attention to Spirit’s will as is true with corporate spiritual accountability processes, all help the focus person(s) seek God’s will and encourage him/her to faithfully follow. All of life is sacramental Everything and every part of us is sacred; none profane. Corporate spiritual accountability assists more of the community to engage in ministering and eldering. As such, it calls forth more life, more of the sacred. A message that arose during worship in Bhopal included, “to be gutted by the fire of what may be false gods.” Corporate spiritual accountability helps those who practice it to identify false gods, purge themselves of them, and more fully serve the One God. Additionally, in a western society fragmented by individualism, Friends can cultivate the power of corporate spiritual accountability to grow the Beloved Community such that people remark, “Look at how they love one another.” To illustrate, here is one story from a peer group that has met for more than five years. Martha Kemper (Abington Friends Meeting) writes, “The peer group to which I am blessed to belong accompanied me through the long process of evolving the play that became Me, Miss Krause and Joan. . . . Through the peer group process I received affirmation about the play’s spiritual value, and encouragement to keep going. The group’s spiritual accompaniment [included] prayers and questions that kept pointing me to seek 21
SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND RENEWAL Divine guidance and practical support outside of the peer group time. . . . At a peer group member’s prompting, I asked for an oversight committee from Abington Meeting . . . and that committee met nearly monthly for about three years . . . keeping the core issue of faithfulness ever present for me. . . . [The peer group’s] spiritual accompaniment . . . continues to nurture my faithfulness in performing the play and communicating to audiences about the story it tells and the concerns it raises.” In similar ways, courses, workshops, publications, plenary talks, and Quaker committee service have been supported through this peer group. Its members collaborated to offer a workshop and a three-month course to teach about corporate spiritual accountability from which other groups were spawned and additional people nurtured in their faithfulness. In these ways, the corporate spiritual accountability process ministers not only to its participants but to others to whom the fruits of the ministry are carried and to others to whom the process is offered. As such, corporate spiritual accountability itself has offered leadership. Friends have the potential, with Divine assistance, to harness the power of corporate spiritual accountability. I pray that in the future we demonstrate leadership that is powerful beyond measure by offering to the world this most precious gift. Through the practice of corporate spiritual accountability, we can take up the mantle of revealing the Holy in each other, in our meetings, in the wider Religious Society of Friends and in the world. May it be so! For it is God in, with and beyond us who ultimately leads with power that is immeasurable. n Viv Hawkins, a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, wishes to learn of other people who are interested to advance the practice of corporate spiritual accountability in their own lives, their meetings, the wider Religious Society of Friends and the world. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. 22
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The Power of Silence Sarah Moore Chambersburg Monthly Meeting
ntering the silence of Quaker meeting as a child you open the door to your imagination. You become a cat napping before a fire, or a bunny, statue-like in a sunny field. Warm and still; warm because the silence is not the cold, deafening silence of isolation, but the peaceful, wholesome silence of community. Still because fidgeting disrupts the silence and your parents would scold. In middle school, I began to comprehend that the silence of Quaker meeting can be found outside the meetinghouse. I went to church camp. I found Quaker friends, and I found the heartwarming, rejuvenating silence of worship outdoors. It greeted me on the Appalachian Trail after climbing a huge rock pile. It embraced me around the campfire Saturday night. The birds’ melodies, the whistling wind, the crackling fire supplemented the quiet. I realized that the silence is not an emptiness, it isn’t a lack of sound, but a full, enveloping presence. Understanding the silence helped me understand myself. I realized that my classmates often thought of me as shy and quiet, yet acknowledged that my silence allowed me to listen and learn, to choose times to make a statement and times to avoid conflict. I found the Presence, the Comfort, waiting outside an audition room, or before competing balance beam at a gymnastics meet. The silence focuses, calms the rushing madness of a nervous mind, imparts peace in the midst of chaos. In high school my friends queried, “What does it mean to be a Quaker?” I struggled to answer, to put into words the feeling you get in worship, or kayaking on the river, the ability to feel a
spiritual presence when least expected, or suddenly know the answer to a nagging problem. The simple answers never seemed to be enough. Quakers believe what they want and respect others’ beliefs. We act with peace and integrity; we follow the Light in our hearts. Those words fail to capture the essence, fail to explain the atmosphere when you enter a room engaged in worship, the transition from the outer world of haste to the inner world of the heart. The silence became a time to figure out what everything means: life, Quakerism, beliefs. It took a while to grasp that there were no concrete answers, no perfect words. I returned to church camp, and encountered a mentor from home. “You’re glowing,” she stated. That weekend, surrounded by Quakers, by the silence that is everywhere, by the Light within me, I glowed, and I realized that maybe Quakerism is as simple, and as complex, as the power of silence. I have always believed in the power of silence, though as a child I couldn’t put it into words. In Quaker silence we look inside, to what we believe in our hearts. We discover the Light in everyone, in ourselves. We ponder the world’s complexities, what we can do about its issues or how to better appreciate its values. Simple: meaningful, powerful, silence. n (To listen to the audio version of Sarah’s essay, visit www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Y9u5c2uEubk.)
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Mindfulness Meditation Skills for Friends Deborah Cooper Germantown Monthly Meeting
indfulness is a core of the teaching of the Buddha. The first Noble Truth of Buddhism teaches that suffering comes from desire or craving, and that by becoming increasingly aware of our own mind states, emotional response, and behavior, we can reduce suffering both for ourselves and others. It is not my intent to propose that Friends become Buddhist, although there are some who are drawn to this path. I am simply proposing that Buddhism has some practices that could strengthen our society. The Dalai Lama says, as quoted in the book Destructive Emotions, How Can We Overcome Them? by Daniel Goleman: “A central aim of Buddhism is to reduce the power of destructive emotions in our lives. With that in mind, Buddhism offers a wide range of theoretical insights and practical methods. If any of these methods can be shown, through scientific methods, to be of benefit, then there is every reason to find ways to make them available to everyone, whether or not they are interested in Buddhism itself.” One of the benefits of the practice of mindfulness is that it is simple, although the development of a regular personal practice is not. In my own life, I find that there are a thousand reasons not to sit; I get up late, don’t feel like it, there are urgent demands on my time—the excuses mount. The practice includes watching this mental state happen and, as a result, hopefully, I will make wise choices about what to do. Once I am actually sitting, I become aware of the countless ways in which my attention is diverted. Thoughts and
emotions arise, the body makes demands, again and again I return the attention to the breath. The discipline is to notice what is arising and to make a conscious decision either to attend to the thought or emotion, or to return the attention to the breath. It is an ongoing process. One day may be fairly peaceful, the next the chatter is incessant; one day I am alert, the next very sleepy. The practice is to watch this process as it happens and to observe my reaction to it, the thoughts of judgment or joy, frustration or quiet, without attachment, without selfcriticism. Formal mindfulness meditation can be done either sitting or walking. In sitting meditation it is advised to take a seat with the spine erect, either sitting on the floor or on a chair, selecting an object of attention (frequently the
breath) and then allowing the attention to rest on this object for a pre-selected amount of time. When practicing walking meditation I am reminded of Fox’s admonition to “walk cheerfully over the earth.” Centering my attention on my body, I pay special attention to the soles of my feet. It is as though the earth is blessed with each step, and I become acutely aware of the small creatures that crawl, scuttle and have their being so close to the earth. As I walked that morning from the meditation hall to breakfast, still in silence, I passed a woodchuck nibbling the grass just inches from my feet. Further on, a couple of baby hares loped along beside the path, seeming completely fearless of human beings a few feet away. I was again reminded of how many special things I miss as I rush busily through my life. n
From Shadows into Light It’s the dropping down from shadows into light, That’s what I live for Much like the actress who has spent an hour On stage as Medusa Or the actor who has let himself Be eclipsed by Romeo, Much like the one who has become someone foreign, Lived in a garment until the cloth Seemed to be more real than God’s river Bringing water from mountaintop to ocean.
After the curtain drops And thunder fills the house, After the playwright’s world has vanished, The actor stands before the crowd And for the first time he is present, The actor drops down from the shadow into light And becomes a river flowing from mountaintop to ocean, A tree in the winter without stories, The emptiness, The witness, The divine. Elliott Roberson Arch Street Monthly Meeting
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Cultivating Relationship: The Meeting Relations Program Martin D. Reber Director of Meeting Relations
he Meeting Relations Program arose from a need to help cultivate and support relationships between meetings and the Yearly Meeting—to knit us closer together as a Religious Society of Friends. Our vision is to help members throughout our Yearly Meeting to more fully understand the fundamental importance of being in active, communal relationship with one another, to better understand the vitality and resources we are blessed with, and to share and help each other manifest Friends’ testimonies. Friends have a long and rich history of travelling our spiritual and human journeys together—let us continue to do so in the modern world.
Why is this important? The very name of our Religious Society of Friends does more than just hint at the importance of being in good relationship and friendly community with one another: Religious The word has its roots in Old French and Latin words meaning variously respect and reverence for God, the bond between people and God, to bind, to connect, to reconnect, community. Even in abstract definition, religion is a fundamental set of beliefs and practices held in common by a group of people. While it may be possible to have a solitary spiritual life, we do not have a religion without being in community with other people. Society A group of people in relationship with one another. A particular society may be described as the sum total of all the relationships among its constituent members, often with a distinctive culture or set of beliefs. The roots of this word describe bonds, interactions and interdependence among people and friends. 24
staff and with many more Friends. We Friends People attached to one anreflected on concerns and aspirations other by affection and esteem. A friend is literally a lover—one who desires the for relationship and communication that were expressed by many monthly best for another, has sympathy, empameetings during exploratory discusthy, understanding, compassion and sions last fall,and considered what we trust for another. The Old English root can do to strengthen the sense of commeant to love—so do the Latin and munity among the 103 meetings that Greek roots of the word, and the Gercomprise Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. manic root meant peace. Is it any wonOur vision of how to begin is to der why our spiritual ancestors chose have staff members become Staff Liaithe word Friends to describe our Relisons with specific monthly meetings to gious Society? visit, to worship with and to get to Today, we are a disconnected lot. know. We envision this as a starting Isolation, not community, seems to point for reconnecting and strengthenpervade our lives. We do things alone ing relationships and communication that we once did together. The ties that across the Yearly Meeting community. bind us in community seem weaker Each Staff Liaison visits, worships now than they were in our past. Yet we and coordinates with their assigned miss the togetherness, do we not? We monthly meetings on a regular basis long for the comfort of being with othand it is hoped that through this proers in regular and meaningful relationcess stronger ties and communication ships, to worship together, to have fun will emerge. During the initial visits, together, to know there are others out there with whom we share our spiritual each meeting is invited to participate in the Meeting Relations Program. Meetjourneys, who support and care for us and encourage us to become more than ings are also invited to identify one or we are at present and who help us man- two people who are active in the life of the meeting to become Meeting Liaiifest Friends testimonies in the world. Ours is not a solitary faith. As members sons, working with their Staff Liaison to coordinate visits and facilitate connecof the Religious Society of Friends, it is tions and relationships. fundamental to our being, beliefs and Initial visits have already been held testimonies that we attend to our relawith London Grove, Swarthmore, tionships with God and with each othPrinceton, Centre and Radnor monthly er. As members of our monthly meetings, quarterly meetings and PYM Annual Yearly Meeting, we are called Show your colors in Tent City! Sessions: to be in community with one another.
Meeting Relations Program Launched
Gathered Together, Guided by Spirit... ReCreating !
We began developing the Meeting Relations Program in earnest in February, with inTo register visit www.pym.org/annualsessions troductions at Interim Meetor call (215) 241-7238. ing, the Support and Out Annual Sessions 2011—July 27-31 reach Standing Committee, DeSales University Campus the Peace and Concerns Powerful Beyond Measure: Trusting the Call to Leadership Standing Committee, PYM
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What happens next? More monthly meetings are being assigned Staff Liaisons each week and upcoming visits include Media, Third Haven, Crosswicks, Haverford, Valley, Green Street, Abington and Gwynedd Monthly Meetings. The schedule of visits to monthly meetings is included on the Meeting Relations Program page on the PYM website, (www.pym.org). n More detailed information about the program is also available on the website or by contacting Martin directly at email@example.com or (215) 241-7215. Martin is a member of London Grove Meeting.
Tracey Dolan Valley Friends Meeting
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meetings. Through these initial visits, we have experienced deep expressions of the Spirit during meeting for worship, excitement about the prospects for deeper relationships across the Yearly Meeting and opportunities to link people together who have similar interests or needs. We meet regularly with the Quarter Coordinators of Abington, Bucks, Caln, Concord, Haddonfield, Philadelphia, Salem and Upper Susquehanna quarters and are exploring how the program can assist them in their work. Our discussions have been uplifting and we are energized about the prospects for strengthening the mutual sense of community across our Yearly Meeting. Reading Monthly Meeting’s recent forum about intermeeting relationships is one example.
Change Our World, Educate a Girl
riends in the Philadelphia, PA, and Bethesda, MD, area are discovering first-hand what an education can mean to vulnerable girls in Tanzania. Tracey Dolan (Valley Friends Meeting); Lola Georg (Media Friends Meeting) and Marion Ballard (Bethesda Friends Meeting and the treasurer for Baltimore Yearly Meeting), work together to make this vision a reality in Tanzania, East Africa. In 2007, Tracey’s sister, Polly Dolan, asked her to join in her effort to create a secondary boarding school for marginalized girls in Tanzania. Considering Polly’s 15 years experience living in Africa, her lengthy career working in international development and six years residing in Tanzania, Tracey was easily convinced that Polly has the expertise to make this vision a reality. Together they formed Nurturing Minds: Educating Girls in Tanzania, a U.S.-based nonprofit, and SEGA (Secondary Education for Girls Advancement), a Tanzanian organization founded by Polly and four Tanzanian
colleagues. As a fundraising board, Nurturing Minds has grown rapidly since Lola served in 2008-2010 (she currently serves as advisor) providing guidance in nonprofit development. Today the board has 13 members, including Marion who joined in 2010. Such strategic development of the board has enabled Nurturing Minds to exceed its goals, raising over $1.1 million since 2007. In just three short years, a residential campus has been established comprising four buildings supporting 8th and 9th graders who reside on campus, and a class of day students. Thus, almost 90 girls have been given a second chance to create a life free of poverty, because obtaining a high school education is the key to that new life. Nurturing Minds and its Tanzanian partner, SEGA, are responding to the inequitable access to and poor quality of education opportunities for Tanzanian children, especially for poor girls. Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world with 36 percent of 25
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people living below the basic needs poverty line, and 19 percent below the food poverty line. There are over five million children out of school, the majority of whom are engaged in child labor. With only 20 percent of students in high school, Tanzania has one of the lowest secondary enrolment ratios in Sub-Saharan Africa and the world. While the Government of Tanzania has put great emphasis on rapidly expanding both primary and secondary school infrastructure over the past several years, the quality of most government and community schools is very poor. The majority (62 percent) of schools have inadequate sanitation facilities (a common reason for high absentee rates among girls), and most rural schools lack clean water and basic resources such as teachers, books and furniture. Even in the better schools, teaching methods are top-down, and focus on rote learning rather than fostering independent thinking and problem-solving skills among students. The poor quality of teaching, poor school environment and insufficiencies of school infrastructure are especially 26
barriers for girls and contribute to girls’ dropping out of school and/or performing poorly. In Tanzania only 9 percent of 15-19-year-old girls are attending secondary school, and 64 percent of all girls 15-19 are not in school. Girls are twice as likely as boys to be out of school (Population Council Workshop). Additional underlying causes of girls’ poor performance and dropping out
include the high burden of domestic activities girls face at home (including caring for HIV/AIDS affected or other sick family members), risk of sexual exploitation during travel to schools in distant places and, where girls have been orphaned, the absence of a family support system. Becoming domestic servants (often unpaid or underpaid), Continued on page 30
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Developing Quaker Leadership Through Nonviolent Direct Action Ingrid Lakey Director of EQAT
Photos by Ingrid Lakey
What a wonderful smell touched us as my family entered the Philadelphia Flower Show. We were handed an exhibit map by an assistant who was totally unaware of what was about to happen: A happening that our multigenerational family of three was about to participate in. My mother, Shirley (76 years young) pushed her walker through the multitude of people, not to support herself but as a needed device for this currently covert happening. Zoe, my overly excited 14-year-old, didn’t even glance at the explosion of flowers all around us. Walking past the PNC exhibit, we saw our fellow members of EQAT. We’d trained for weeks and my 47-yearold heart thumped in my stomach. –Wendy Scott, member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting
or the past 16 months, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) has been learning to use nonviolent direct action to confront climate change. Our focus is on ending a particularly nasty environmental travesty called mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR) by putting pressure on PNC Bank, the number one U.S. financier of MTR, to end its financial support for companies that engage in this practice. In the process of developing our campaign, Bank Like Appalachia Matters (BLAM!), we’ve been growing new Quaker leaders who are willing to step out of their comfort zones by becoming highly visible, by confronting injustice openly, by speaking out publicly and even by risking arrest. We made our debut at the 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show (sponsored by PNC Bank) handing out leaflets and singing outside the convention center. The Flower Show is a place where PNC
touts its green image through displays and information about its green buildings, so it is a logical place to reveal the conflict between PNC’s green image and its harmful lending policies. One year later, we were ready for a larger, riskier, more confrontational action. We had grown in size, strength, courage and capacity. This time we had nine committed Earth Quakers ready to risk arrest inside the Flower Show, with 15 more going in to provide support. The logistical preparations took two months and the internal preparation for some of our Earth Quakers was profound. I had chosen to participate in an action where I might be arrested. Contemplating arrest for civil disobedience made me feel like I do when anticipating a roller coaster ride. I don’t like roller coasters; they scare
me. My stomach feels uncertain; my throat is tense; I’m quick to burst out with nervous laughter. But once I’m buckled into the seat, there is nothing I can do except hold on. So, choosing to be in the “arrestable” group felt like getting into the seat of a roller coaster, not knowing exactly what the ups and downs would be, but knowing that my decision was irreversible. –EQAT Clerk Carolyn McCoy, member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting When I planned what to wear on “arrestable” Wednesday, I got to this: Take off my trappings: leave my water bottle behind, my pens, pencils and paper. Take off fears, as much as I can. Walk centered, walk in plain Truth. The image from James Nayler described: be naked before the Continued on next page 27
WITNESSING OUR FAITH Philadelphia Inquirer were there and both devoted significant coverage to our action. PNC officials were also there but they refused to engage with us. We held the space for two hours. When we left we felt energized and surprised by how We mobilized in front of the PNC much we were able to do. While display. Our members held up a large this one action was probably banner and cordoned off the area as a not the straw that would break “Flower Crime Scene.” The convention PNC’s tie to coal, it put us very center security showed up in force and firmly “on their radar,” it alsurrounded our nine brave Earth Quak- lowed us to engage with huners who were holding their ground. We dreds if not thousands of peoknew the Philadelphia Police were on ple about PNC and MTR and it their way. let us each stretch our nonvioWe began to sing: “Where have all lent direct action muscles. This the flowers gone—in Appalachia?” We action required each of us to sang the whole song, all the rewritten take responsibility for ourselves verses. Then Jonathan Snipes read aloud and each other, and to step into leadership by confronting authority. We were answering to a higher authority than the security guards, police and PNC officials who desperately wanted us to go away.
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Truth. And Jesus’s example in the Sermon on the Mount: give your outer garment, and your inner garment also. How refreshing, to stand in the Truth. Release the things I hide behind, release distractions. Release myself into the power to act. –Gail Newbold, member of London Grove Monthly Meeting
a “confession” that we had written describing PNC’s collusion with mountaintop removal, that we were asking the regional bank president to sign. As we waited for the police, I began to relax. Whatever happened next would be okay. I had dressed for a potentially cold jail cell; I had cancelled all responsibilities for the next 24 hours; I was prepared. – Carolyn McCoy The police did come but there were no arrests since we weren’t breaking the law. A reporter from WHYY-FM and the 28
For me, a strongly felt but vaguely understood calling has become more clear. The risk-of-arrest group let me fulfill a part of my identity that previously was unmet. I feel more integrity. Who I “am” has become more actualized through EQAT. My particular spirit is congruent with being a nonviolent and active person in my life. –Gail Newbold We gained a new understanding of what power really is. What I knew about power, previously, were dynamics regarding the disabling, oppressive energies. Now the positive part of the spectrum that’s all Power is becoming more filled in! There’s more brightness in the Light. –Gail Newbold I was starting to live into that expres-
sion, “Well-behaved women never make history.” Not getting arrested was both a relief and a disappointment. I will have to face the same apprehensions about being arrested the next time, but maybe I’ll be able to remember the strength and joy of standing our ground, feeling our power. –Carolyn McCoy Leaving the Convention Center that day, not one of us felt small or that we were hiding our Light. We went in as individuals wanting to do the right thing. We left as leaders with a new knowledge that we are, in fact, powerful beyond measure. n Ingrid Lakey is a member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.
Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT:pronounced “equate”) is working to build a just and sustainable economy through nonviolent direct action. It is an independent organization of Friends and friends of Friends with no official ties to PYM. Learn more about EQAT at eqat. wordpress.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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QUAKERISM THEN AND NOW—REVISITED
A Response to Quakerism Then and Now in PYM Today Winter 2011 William G. Smith Moorestown Monthly Meeting
appreciate that PYM Today included an article on Quaker history and hope that this continues. But I must respectfully point out that there are a number of statements in this article that are misleading at best, and at least one that is not factual. 1. The current conservative Yearly Meetings in Iowa (1883) and North Carolina (1904) resulted from a separation in opposition to Quaker revivals and the institution of paid ministers with the development of programmed worship. This separation was not part of the Wilburite separation. The only extant Wilburite Yearly Meeting is Ohio Yearly Meeting. Both of the united New England and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings have significant Wilburite heritages. 2. In the article it is not clear why William Brinton’s listening to George Keith was so important to his meeting’s discussion with him about attendance at worship. George Keith was a theologically well educated early Friend who had traveled with Penn, Barclay and Fox in Britain and in Europe. He immigrated to New Jersey as surveyor-general under Governor Barclay and then later moved to Philadelphia. He was not a minister sent from London Yearly Meeting. He began to find fault with Philadelphia Quakers because of their lack of an “orthodox” Christian creed and he felt that they needed the discipline of a central authority. He led a separation group called “Christian Quakers” in Pennsylvania but when he returned to Britain he had little luck in furthering his cause and was “disowned.” He then became an Anglican priest and a missionary to New Jersey. The anecdotal example of William
Brinton is used to prove a modern point. Some things left out are that “disownment” was a local meeting for discipline decision with appeal to quarterly meeting. It did not preclude attendance at meeting for worship, just the monthly meeting for discipline. Also if the person “confessed” their wrong actions and asked forgiveness they were reinstated. This is what William Brinton did. 3. Traveling Quaker ministers were not “itinerant preachers.” The ministers, women and men, who traveled in Quaker circles during the late-1700s and early-1800s were Friends that were recorded as ministers of the Gospel in their local meeting and often with authority from quarterly and Yearly Meeting. This was especially true for those from London to America. Quaker meetings during this period did not include speakers from other religious groups. Since a public Friend expressed the message given to them by the Divine Light/Spirit, they would have said God or Christ. Only around 1800 did the divinity of Jesus and the authority of the Bible become prominent in those who want more “Christian Orthodox.” Those that opposed this trend did not have a specific theology to set forward and many were “deeply Christian” in their faith but they did not accept the authority of human inventions including the Bible, especially warlike parts, Trinity and meeting for suffering”. Since all Quakers before 1800 were part of the same Society, ministers traveled from one area to another in mutual intervisitation. These ministers did not go from Britain to America or from American to Britain to attend conferences. They were led to deliver their messages to others outside their local meeting. London Yearly Meeting was held as the “mother” body up until the revolutionary war and in high esteem
afterward. Recorded ministers went back and forth because The Religious Society of Friends was experienced as one body. Conferences were a late-19th century invention. 4. The development of evangelical trends in London Yearly Meeting was not a reaction to Hicksite beliefs but an earlier internal shift (Abraham Shacklton and Hannah Barnard circa 1800). The shift was due to an increase in social justice activities, anti-slavery, care for the poor, prison reform, temperance (anti-alcohol) and care of the “insane.” All of these activities were being carried on by the “evangelical” branches of established churches, which resulted from the Great Awakening, and many British Quakers worked closely with them and found much of their theology compatible with their social activism. When we write about history we need to try our best to reflect what was happening at that time and not interpret what happened in the past as if it were happening today. It is important that we stay as close to primary (original) sources as possible. n
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Quaker organizations and individuals pay to advertise in this section. See policy on next page. Barclay Friends A Senior Living Community Gardens surround Barclay Friends bringing nature closer to those who live here or come for rehabilitation. Horticultural therapy enables residents to get their hands in the soil and add purpose to life by arranging flowers for the community. Our program for those with dementia is designed to be respectful of their dignity and individuality; segregation is unnecessary. Couples with differing needs can share an apartment in Woolman-Residential and Assisted Living. Barclay Friends has been respected for its mission to the West Chester community since 1893. Please visit www.barclayfriends.org or call (610) 696-5211.
Cadbury at Cherry Hill Cadbury is a beautiful lakeside community in scenic Cherry Hill, NJ. Licensed as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Cadbury offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Sub-acute Rehabilitation. Amenities include waterfront dining, indoor pool, fitness center, library, auditorium, art studio and computer lab. With over 30 years of experience, based in Quaker tradition, Cadbury respects the dignity of each individual while nurturing independence and encouraging the highest possible quality of life. Direct entry is available to all levels of care. Various contract options are available including lifecare. For more information call (800) 4223287 or visit www.Cadbury.org.
Chandler Hall Located in historic Newtown, Bucks County, offers a Wide Array of Services. The Friends Nursing Home opened its doors in 1973. The well-known Hospice Program began in 1982 and includes Hospice-at-Home Programs and the residential Heacock Pavilion. Other offerings include: residential apartments, assisted living residences and nursing home accommodations. Community programs include: Home Health, Adult Day Programs, Child Development and the Wellness Center. For Program Information, please call (215) 497-0905. www.chandlerhall.org
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Foulkeways Located on 110 beautiful, suburban acres in Montgomery County, Foulkeways at Gwynedd was one of the first Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) and the first Quaker CCRC in the country when the campus opened in 1967. Over the years, “Setting standards of excellence in retirement living” has become synonymous with the Foulkeways name as it continues to lead the industry with innovative health care, environmental greening initiatives and volunteerism efforts. In November of 2010, Foulkeways was recognized as the recipient of the Pathways To Greatness 2010 Award for Exemplary Aging Services, co-sponsored by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) and LarsonAllen LLP, CPA’s, consultants and advisors serving aging service providers. This prestigious award was designed to recognize and identify the traits of high-performing senior living providers across the country and the selection criteria included Customer Excellence, Best Practices and Innovation, Distinctive Impact and Leadership. For more information call (215) 283-7010 or visit our website at www.foulkeways.org.
Foxdale Village Retirement Community Come visit our Quaker-directed, continuing care retirement community in State College, nestled in the heart of Happy Valley, amid central Pennsylvania’s beautiful mountains and valleys. Foxdale encourages and supports older adults as they seek to live full and graceful lives in harmony with Quaker principles of equality, simplicity and compassion. Residents have access to Penn State’s many educational, cultural and sporting events. State College Meeting is vibrant and welcoming. Reasonable fees include lifetime medical care and pharmacy. Explore how retirement to Foxdale can be your opportunity for personal growth. For more information call (800) 253-4951 or visit www.foxdalevillage.org.
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Friends Home in Kennett (610) 444-2577 Services Offered: Independent Apartments, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Care, Shortterm Respite stays and Hospice Care Philosophy: Since 1898 Friends Home has provided older adults quality care. The Home has a strong tradition of encouraging independence and respect for the individuality and dignity of each person. Life among friends offers residents a full array of services and amenities including: * Individualized 24-hour Assisted Living Care * Newly renovated apartments * Full Activities Programs * Fully licensed 20-bed nursing home * Moderately priced Because it’s not just where you live . . . but how you live.
Friends Home and Village – Newtown Independent and Personal Care Living Small by design and remarkably priced, our two separate retirement communities, are guided by Quaker principles of simplicity, inclusion, equality and respect. The unique settings offer several types of living accommodations including one- and two-bedroom cottages in and around Newtown Borough, Bucks County. Pets are welcome! For more information visit our website at www.friendshomeandvillage.org, or call us at (215) 968-3346. Friends Village at Woodstown is a Continuing Care Retirement Community for those age 62+ in beautiful southern New Jersey. Choose a cozy cottage or an apartment. No need to worry about maintenance, housekeeping or cooking. Enjoy more time to engage in favorite activities with the peace of mind that future continuing care services are available on campus. Friends Village at Woodstown is close to major highways and bridges, providing easy access to Philadelphia, New York and the Jersey Shore. For more information, call toll free at (888) 455-2438 or visit our website at www.friendsvillage.org.
Kendal~Crosslands Communities Located in beautiful southern Chester County, Kendal at Longwood and Crosslands are continuing care retirement communities offering a lifecare contract. Coniston and Cartmel are residential communities providing maintenance and housekeeping services. Residents of all four communities have access to libraries, cultural and academic programs, craft areas, gardens and wellness and recreation facilities. In keeping with Kendal’s commitment to inclusiveness, smaller cottages and apartments are offered at more affordable rates. For more information call (800) 216-1920, or www. kcc.kendal.org.
Medford Leas A Quaker-related community for those age 55+ Visit us and learn all about our: • Two beautiful campuses in Medford and Lumberton, NJ • 200+ acres of arboretum settings • Wide choice of garden-style home and apartment designs • Dynamic, resident-driven community life • Ideal locations for culture and recreation • Superior health and wellness services For details about our community and our many programs open to the public, call us at (800)331-4302 or visit us at www.medfordleas. org. Home of the Lewis W. Barton Arboretum & Nature Preserve Member, Greater Philadelphia Gardens
Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pennsylvania Beautiful Bucks County nestles around Pennswood Village, a community with a rock solid reputation for quality since 1980. Our spacious apartment homes have the added value of our all-inclusive life care contract. We are nationally accredited. A state of the art fitness center has two pools and fitness instructors. The 82-acre campus provides even more opportunities for your physical, intellectual, social and spiritual growth. Our Quaker values lead us to a practice of inclusion—welcoming individuals of all races, religions, national origins and sexual orientation. For more information call (215) 504-1118 or visit our website at www.pennswood.org.
Quaker House of Fayetteville-Fort Bragg, North Carolina The only Friends peace project beside a major military base, active since 1969 with
soldiers and families on issues of conscience and coping with war’s effects. We also promote Truth In Recruiting, peace action and education and torture prevention. Many free resources are at our website. This ongoing witness is 99 percent Quakersupported. We also invite your consideration in estate planning. Quaker House, 223 Hillside Ave., Fayetteville, NC 28301. Email: qpr@quaker. org; www.quakerhouse.org.
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Burlington Quarterly Meeting, Little Egg Harbor Monthly Meeting
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Quaker Pilgrimage to England
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Bucks Quarterly Meeting, Quakertown Monthly Meeting
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