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Speaking from the Heart: The Real Work of Undoing Racism from the Inside

After nearly two years of discussion and planning, the Western Quarterly Meeting-sponsored workshop addressing racism was finally held on Saturday, September 16. This workshop was designed with our membership in mind – a predominately white, middle-class, social-justice minded demographic. Nearly 30 people expressed interest in the workshop, and in the end we were close to capacity […]

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William Penn Quaker Workcamps

We get lots of flyers, newsletters, and updates from around the world of “Quakerdom” in the Western Quarter office, and I am often astounded at the depth and breadth in the variety of ways Friends put their faith into action. Recently I was reading through the most recent newsletter from William Penn Quaker Workcamps and […]

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Facts about families, poverty and homelessness – a QUIZ

The following exercise is derived from national statistics and placed in the context of an individual family. Imagine yourself as a mom with two children. You worked as a customer service representative, but your iob was scaled back to fewer hours available due to the company’s economic hardships. Finally it became more financially prudent for […]

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Engaging our Members and Attenders

At Quarterly Meeting this past First Day, I noticed a clever and colorful bulletin board in the West Grove Friends Meeting fellowship room. It was  designed to be both eye-catching and engaging. A little sleuthing led me to Molly Wood, implementer of the idea, and she explained the purpose behind the board:   West Grove […]

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Earth Quaker Action Team Wins — We All Win!

By now many of you will have heard how a small group of Quakers helped “take on” PNC Bank – and won. London Grove Friend Gail Newbold has been a part of this group since the beginning, and shares with us more information about EQAT, their recent success, and their plans for the future. Gail […]

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Nurturing Seeds of Peace and Quaker Voluntary Service: Reflections on January QM Program

Submitted by Christina Repoley Bruce Birchard and Christina Repoley led the program for the January session of Western Quarterly Meeting on “Nurturing Seeds of Peace in a Culture of Violence.” Bruce opened their presentation by sharing from decades of experience as an active Friend, and he challenged Friends to be serious about our peace witness.  […]

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Reminder to Monthly Meetings –

-We need to fund our budgets This letter from Western Quarter Clerk, Pam Leland, went to each Monthly Meeting’s Clerk & Treasurer as a part of PYM’s annual appeal packet. December 31, 2014 Dear Friends, Enclosed is the 2015 Annual Appeal for your Monthly Meeting’s covenant contribution to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. We understand that each […]

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