As I wrote in an email to the building last Friday,
Friends Center is monitoring the evolution of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
situation closely. Our goal is to provide information and resources and
coordinate efforts to help slow the spread of the illness.
aid in our response, please let me know if your organization will close
or modify its in-office schedule. Also, please notify me if anyone
on your staff is diagnosed with or suspected to have the virus, so we
can take appropriate cleaning measures.
you for your understanding and collaboration in our community efforts to
respond, in order to reduce harm to everyone, especially the people who are
In the event of a large-scale infectious disease
outbreak, businesses and other organizations must both protect employees’
health and safety and limit the economic impact of the outbreak. The guidance
below will assist businesses in preparing for continuity of critical operations
if the COVID-19 coronavirus has a severe impact on Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health
(PDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide
up-to-date, reliable information on COVID-19 as the situation unfolds.
6 million people, mostly Black and brown people, are blocked from voting by
various forms of felony disenfranchisement. All but two states, Maine and
Vermont, limit access to the polls for those with criminal justice involvement.
Contact your governor today and urge them to restore voting rights.
Last summer we
had a visit from Chilean TV personality Federico Sánchez. His original show,
“CityTour,” features the architecture, culture, and people of Chilean cities.
For his second show, “CityTour on Tour,” he does the same while visiting
cities in other countries.
While in Philadelphia, he and
his film crew stopped in at Friends Center. They interviewed Robin Mohr,
executive secretary of the Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC),
Section of the Americas. (Special thanks to Ralph Medley of AFSC for
introducing Sánchez to us that day.)
The whole episode is now on YouTube. Friends Center is featured from 28:15 to 31:15.
It’s fun to see the Race Street Quaker Meetinghouse from a different, global perspective!
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
has changed composting companies to better fit what we dispose of and to keep
up with changes in the composting industry.
Here is what we will
Paper towels from
plates. They should not have anything printed on them, or any type of coating.
All food items,
We will no
plastics (cups and utensils).
We are in the
process of deploying new signage to help make sense of the changes. We all
strive to compost as much as possible, but please keep in mind that getting the
wrong materials in the collection bins hinders the sorting process, so please
remember: “When in doubt, throw it out.”
Annual Sessions 2020 Workshop application proposals are now being accepted.
consider sharing your work and witness, as well as your gifts and skills with
the yearly meeting at Annual Sessions.
Annual Sessions will be at The College of New Jersey from July 29 through
August 2, 2020.
CPMM is one local point of Light in a wider constellation of Quaker organizations. We are directly affiliated with some and more loosely associated with others. We provide links to these organizations’ websites here.
on Education invites you to join them for the
following panel workshop they are hosting on the opening day of the National
Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 2020 Conference in Philadelphia.
and Future: Quaker Education Preparing Students to Transform the World
panel of Friends school alumni educators share how their experience of Friends
education has lead them to where they are today.
February 26, 2020
closing worship until 5:30, followed by a reception at Con Murphy.
Darryl Ford (Friends Select School ‘83)
Rachel Kane (Westtown ‘98)
Lee Payton (Friends Select School ‘95) Drew Smith (Westtown ‘82) – moderator and host
Two Temple Law students join Philadelphia Lawyers for
Social Equity for the spring term.
The only possible way PLSE can file 3,000 expungement petitions per year with just two staff attorneys is by relying on law students for help.
OF INTEREST OUTSIDE FRIENDS CENTER
otherwise known as the City of Brotherly Love, changed its nickname Thursday in honor of the 100th
anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The city’s honorary nickname will be the City of Sisterly Love until the end of 2020!
Greetings and best
wishes for the new year! May 2020 be a year in which your work is enhanced and
That said, I can’t ignore the tense world situation. And with Friends Center being the Quaker hub for peace and justice, you may see events, rallies, and flyers for peace over the coming weeks and months. (See “5 things to know about Iran,” below.)
Here is some context for you. As a historic peace church, the Religious Society of Friends—better known as the Quakers—have long had a testimony against war and for peace. See this article on Wikipedia for background. The best-known statement of the Quaker stance was in a 1660 letter to England’s King Charles II:
All bloody principles and practices we do utterly deny, with all outward wars, and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatsoever, and this is our testimony to the whole world.
In 1947 the Nobel
Peace Prize was awarded to “the Quakers.” On behalf of all Friends, the
American Friends Service Committee—one of Friends Center’s equity partners—and
the Friends Service Committee in Britain accepted it. A replica of the award
certificate is on display in AFSC’s headquarters here.
International peacebuilding remains a key issue for AFSC today. They advocate for a US policy framework of shared security that “recognizes the interconnectedness of all people.”
May Friends Center be a place where we sense and live that interconnection.
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
AROUND FRIENDS CENTER
2020 Holiday Schedule – This link is always present in the sidebar of our monthly newsletter and the information within is always accessible via our website.
The new restroom on the first floor of the 1501 Cherry Street building is now open!
Thank you to the LGBTQ Staff Group of AFSC, who made the original proposal to build an all-gender restroom; other tenants who supported the idea; MJ Settelen, the general contractor; and the PYM Quaker Buildings and Programs Granting Group for financial support. We’d also like to thank our tenants—especially the ones located in the 1501 building—for so graciously handling the noise that this much-needed project came with.
“We agree and recognize that everyone has the right
to live a life not in economic and environmental turmoil, but in equitable
communities. We are in the spirit of realizing the Peaceable Kingdom is here on
Earth, and by supporting the PPC, we keep the choice to stand in solidarity
with communities and to keep our morals.”
(The Campaign was co-founded by Rev. Dr. William Barber II of North Carolina, who has spoken here in the Race Street Meetinghouse twice in the last few years. The Campaign will organize a national march on Washington in June 2020. Stay tuned for details!)
Greg Barnes reads from his newest book, Living into the Faith: A Quaker Diary
2, 12:45 PM.
Room, Friends Center
The Diary reveals the broad range of
activities in modern unprogrammed Quakerism and the Quaker principles , or
“testimonies,” that animate them. The setting is Philadelphia and Philadelphia
Yearly Meeting, the heart of American Quakerism as brought here from England by
is a diary and not a history. It follows one man through his Quaker and
Quaker-related activities for roughly 8 years. The reader should understand it
as reflecting my attempt, made out of gratitude to give back to Quakerism and
to my Quaker community…”
Greg has also written an award-winning collection of short stories based on his experiences in West Africa with the Peace Corps.
Quaker Meeting for
You are welcome to join CPMM for meeting for worship on Sundays at 11am followed by a coffee hour.
Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE) is an initiative driven by Art-Reach to focus on cultural accessibility. These workshops gather cultural organizations, human service professionals, members of the disability community and national experts in the field to learn from one another. The next CAFÉ will be held on Wed, February 12, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST. Click here for more details
Jan. 18, 10 am – 4 pm Germantown Friends Meeting 47 W. Coulter Street, Phila. 19144
As people of faith, Friends are
called to witness for a more just and livable world. This gathering will
explore the intersections of our climate crisis, economic inequality and
racism. We will share ideas on how, as individuals and as a faith community, we
can address the climate crisis. We will explore whether to advance a minute
establishing the Climate Crisis as a corporate witness.
Playing in the Light: Godly Play®/Faith & Play™ Training Pendle Hill 338 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford PA 19086
Saturdays, January 11, February 8, and
March 21,Melinda Wenner Bradley
(PYM’s Youth Religious Life Coordinator) will lead a series of three workshops
in Playing in the Light– core training in Godly Play and Faith & Play.
Godly Play is a Montessori-inspired resource that helps children find words and
images for expressing their experiences of holy mystery and wonder in their
lives. Inspired by the stories, materials, and methods in Godly Play, Quakers
created Faith & Play Stories to add Quaker stories of faith, practice, and
witness to the Bible stories in the Godly Play collection used by Friends. This
powerful way of being with children can transform your First Day program for
children and nurture your own spiritual life.
This is Playing in the Light training for commuters to be completed in three Saturday sessions. Participants are required to attend all three sessions to be trained as Godly Play/Faith & Play storytellers. Registration is for all three Saturdays (9:00 am to 5:30 pm).
early Quakers did not recognize holidays, or “times and seasons” as they called
them. Over time, that stance has softened. Still, I like to keep in mind a
primary reason they had that position: Because every day is, or can be, a holy
One thing I like about working at Friends
Center is every day truly has that potential. Such as when you… train
volunteers to advocate for a child in foster care… convene a meeting of
behavioral health practitioners… train teaching artists in trauma-informed
practice… match a mentor to a middle schooler… make sure children have a chance
to learn and play, and girls have a chance to become leaders… And when you organize
people against fracking, the death
penalty, or war, and organize them for
justice, peace, love, and life.
Whatever it is that you do here—whether organizing
or communications or development or admin—it means something. I’m grateful to
be a part of helping this work happen. May we recognize and live that, this day
and every day!
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
AROUND FRIENDS CENTER
It has been our pleasure to watch our tenants grow stronger and closer to the communities they serve. We hope that you can also reflect back and smile at the progress you have made.
As we prepare to say good-bye to 2019
and welcome 2020, we began to consider some memorable events that you’ve all
held these past 12 months; and we could think of no better way to commemorate
those fabulous events than by writing you a song! Yup, that’s right, a new
twist on an old classic, Friends Center Style.
And it goes a little something like this! On the 12th day of the holiday season, Friends Center gave to me:
12 tiny bakers, 11 vegans shopping, 10 tenors singing, 99 meetings, 8 am orientation, 70 kids a camping, 6 ceremonies, 5 groups meditating! 4 keystone testings, 3 Quaker Colleges, 2 many trainings And a meeting with Mayor Kenney.
We hope that you have find this tidbit as entertaining as we do! Thanks for being the best tenants ever. Please have a safe and happy holiday and new year!
You are invited to help change the
narrative on youth and our collective power. We are not at risk; we are 3
Are Not At-Risk” campaign is a youth-led
narrative change movement that is transforming the stories media tell about
young people. Throughout December and January, we will be collecting stories of
youth and their allies, educating our audiences on the impacts of harmful
narratives about youth, and sharing positive youth stories through social
media. We will harness the power of art and collective action to enter into
conversation with media outlets about who we are and the stories that we want
to tell. We are #3BillionStrong, and will we make our truths heard.
We are calling on you, as young people and allies—as people who care about and love young people, and who see them in their full humanity—to join us in the Cherry Street room on Tuesday, December 17th, from 11am-1pm to create art, share stories, and learn more about the campaign. Refreshments will be served.
Yearly Meeting has much to report on its news page: www.pym.org/news.
One story is even
about one of our tenants, the Tri-College Consortium Philly Program!
Bryn Mawr, Haverford and
Swarthmore Colleges team up for Tri-Co City classes
This fall, about
35 students from Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges took courses at
the Friends Center in Philadelphia as part of a new Tri-College Philly Program.
Students present their projects
to each other and Friends Center guests.
The courses focused on the themes of sustainability and environmental justice, from different disciplines: math, environmental studies, political science, education and anthropology. » Read the full article.
The annual Messiah sing-along hosted by Ingrid & George Lakey will be Friday, Dec. 20th at 7pm, here in the Cherry
Street Room. CPMM encourages all to bring a score, a friend who likes to sing
(this is not a performance, but a sing-along), and also goodies to share during
Coming in January:
Up Close: Talk with a
climate scientist face-to-face
Saturday, January 4th, 2:30 pm
Hosted by CPMM at
Free and open to
How do we know CO2 increases are
human-caused? What are climate
scientists highly confident about? What will my children’s generation
Meet a panel of
climate scientists and put your questions to them yourself.
Climate Up Close
is a group of climate scientists who believe Americans should reach their own
judgments about climate science by seeing the evidence themselves and putting
their questions directly to climate scientists.
Presenters include scientists from Princeton University, Harvard
University and UC Berkeley.
announced in its
November newsletter that it has hired Taylor Pacheco and Sarah Coyle
as staff attorneys:
According to the organization’s
website, Pacheco “is a 2016 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law
School where she was senior editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change, an Edward V. Sparer Public
Interest Summer Fellow, and a volunteer with the UPenn Criminal Records
Expungement Clinic run in partnership with PLSE. She also interned with Community Legal Services in the
Housing Unit and the Montgomery County
Public Defender’s Office. Her career after law school included positions
with the New Jersey Office of the
Public Defender and the Support
Center for Child Advocates.”
Coyle “joined PLSE in September 2019 from Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP), where she had been a staff attorney for over two years and ran the Media office. After receiving her JD in 2016 from Savannah Law School, she worked in a private firm concentrating in criminal defense before joining LASP, where she developed a program assisting victims of domestic/sexual violence under a program funded by the Victims Of Crime Act (VOCA).”
QuakerBooks Pop-Up Store @ Friends General Conference
1216 Arch St # 2B, Philadelphia
Dec 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pop-up bookstore with a selection of books and pamphlets of
interest to Friends. Many newer publications, some hot off the press! Subjects
include Quaker practice, spiritual deepening, anti-racism, environmentalism,
and many children’s books. If you are looking for a particular book, it is
recommended you call FGC (215) 561-1700 in advance.
Recently we had a
tenant reception specifically scheduled at a time when students and faculty
from the Tri-College Philly Program could attend. It was a rich and rewarding
opportunity for all present to learn about all the organizations here at
Friends Center and the good work they do. And not only did some of the students
connect with some of the equity partners and tenant groups about their work, some of the partners and tenants
got to know each other, too!
To that end, I encourage you to
browse the directory
of organizations here.
We strive to keep the page updated with everyone’s current website, so if your
information is out of date, please let me know.
And if you don’t know what a
group does, please click through page to learn more, and maybe even contact
them directly. We always love to hear when you all find ways to collaborate
with each other!
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
AROUND FRIENDS CENTER
Spread the word! Beginning January 1,
2020 Friends Center will be increasing its rental rates for event and
conference room use.
Encourage your comrades to book their 2020 event, in 2019 to maximize savings!
Patrol denies delivery of flu vaccines to detained migrants
Three children have died in recent months at Border Patrol’s detention facilities because of influenza. Border Patrol officials have complained that they lack resources to provide adequate medical care, even to children. Meanwhile, this week Customs and Border Protection (CBP) purchased 33 million rounds of ammunition for its new handguns, and it has $300 million available for more bullets to purchase by 2025. Read more here
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is encouraging its 100+ individual local Quaker meetings & other groups to take part in activities showing who they are: Take a selfie, write a poem, tell a story… whatever way they want to express themselves! Early group selfies include Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Appoquinimink Worship Group, and Southampton Meeting in Bucks County. See more Quaker Self Portraits here.
How do people concerned with peace and justice operate in times of intense polarization? According to Quaker author and activist George Lakey in this recent QuakerSpeak video, now is a moment of tremendous opportunity—click to watch and learn How We Win!
Holiday Concert–Philadelphia, An
With Singing City Choir,
The Philadelphia Brass, and Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE)
Sunday, December 15, 3 p.m.
Old First Reformed Church of Christ, 151 N. 4th Street,
Philadelphia is made up of people from around the world. This concert will feature seasonal works that are a reflection of the City’s diverse population and includes pieces by Zachary Moore, Paul Halley, Glen Burleigh, Mark Sirett, and more. Repertoire from Ireland, Poland, Germany, Italy, Russia, and Latin America, along with music for Chanukah and African American traditions.
becomes only second executive director of Philadelphia Lawyers for Social
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) announced that Phoenicia D.W. Wallace
is its new executive director. She is the second to hold the post, following Mike Lee, one of PLSE’s founders, who left to become interim
director of legislation and public affairs for District Attorney Larry Krasner.
Wallace was most recently a
deputy attorney general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving in the
Bureau of Consumer Protection. A lifelong Philadelphian, currently a resident
of Germantown, she took part in the entrepreneurship program at Temple University’s Fox School of
Business, the Peace Corps
in Kenya, the district office of State Senator
Anthony H. Williams and the legislative office of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. She also served
four years as a staff attorney and law clerk within the Philadelphia Court
System. For two years, Wallace hosted “Universally Speaking” on WURD, and she speaks Swahili and
Spanish. Welcome, Phoenicia!
change in a community is dependent upon individuals speaking up, coming
together around a shared goal, and making a plan for action. Quakers have a
long history of organizing for change in response to various social, economic,
racial, and environmental injustices; most often this change begins with
community members working together at the local level. See examples below of
Quakers who have helped create change, including a curated list of QuakerSpeak
videos about activism. Read
ALL-GENDER, ACCESSIBLE RESTROOM FOR 1501 CHERRY ST. BUILDING
At the request of one of our equity
partners, the American Friends Service Committee, we will be converting the
first floor shower room in the 1501 Cherry Street building into a fully accessible, all-gender restroom.
The Friends Center board of directors enthusiastically
endorsed the idea, as it will increase both our restroom capacity and provide
more equitable access for all people.
Construction starts in mid-October, and
will take a few weeks. The contractor plans to cordon off the work area so
people can still pass by to use the existing women’s room and access the first
floor office suite. Inevitably, there will be noise and disruption. We hope you
can live with it for a short while, knowing that a larger benefit is on the
By the way, the existing shower room on
the second floor of 1501 will remain. It’s part of our green building practice,
for those who walk or bike to work.
Thank you in advance for your patience
with the construction phase of this project. Please let me know if you have any
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
AROUND FRIENDS CENTER
World Quaker Day is Sunday, October 6!
Please see the last piece in this
newsletter for more information.
Mighty Writers hosts Anti-Violence Town
On Friday, 9/27, in the Rufus Jones Room, Mighty Writers held an Anti-Violence Town Hall for Philadelphia youth impacted by violence, as part of their MightFest. Click here for coverage by NBC10 and WHYY
If you witness public instances of racist, anti-Black, anti-Muslim,
anti-Trans, or any other form of oppressive interpersonal violence and
harassment, use these tips on how to intervene while considering the safety of
We’re excited to
invite PYM Families to our next Community Playdate for Apple and pumpkin
picking, autumnal FUN at Solebury Orchards in Bucks County.
Playdate is an opportunity for fellowship and learning with our PYM Family
We’ll meet on Saturday,
October 12 at 9:00am at Solebury
Orchards in New Hope, PA.
Kimani Keaton, Children and Families Program Facilitator, will be there to
greet and gather our group, and then lead families on wagon rides to pick
apples and find the perfect pumpkin in the patch.
In case of inclement weather and cancellation, we’ll email those who have
registered (see below) and post on the PYM Families Facebook page. No
parking, entry or wagon ride fees; apples are $1.50/lb.
Issue 52, September 2019Friends Center Tenant Newsletter
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE
I hope you had a
good summer! The fall is often a time of renewed vigor and commitment, as well
as cooler temperatures. When it’s nice out, please feel free to crack open the
windows. As a LEED Platinum green building, it’s designed to use natural air
also comes with an uptick in the use of Friends Center’s event spaces. Please
be sure to book your events well in advance!
staff does their best to balance the needs among our many tenants as well as
the many outside groups that rent our facilities. Thank you for your patience
and flexibility as we do our best to accommodate your requests. I also want to say
how much I appreciate the good work of Shakirah Holloway, Erick Emerick,
Jennifer Williams, Ed Waters, and our evening/weekend staff, who together keep
the event facilities humming; thank you!
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
AROUND FRIENDS CENTER
CONSTRUCTION ON RACE STREET
If you drive or bike down Race Street, be
aware that there is street construction this week, possibly for as long as a
month. The city is apparently replacing street light wiring on both sides of
Find Us On…
Are you and your organization following
Friends Center on social media? If not, we encourage and invite you to do so.
We like to feature the posts of our partners and tenants!
“Hello, my name is Joshua Ponter. I am a member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in South Jersey’s Philadelphia area. I have embarked on a year-long mission to travel around the country collecting stories about the founding of different meetings and looking at the way we practice Quakerism today. I will be blogging about my travels on the PYM website. Find my latest entry here. Please email me at JPonter1@gmail.com if there is anyone from your meeting who would like to sit down with me and speak to some of your history—or if you would like more information on me or my project. Thank you!”
The weekend will
start on Friday, October 11, with a potluck and a dramatic reading of an
original play about Mary Fisher, an early English Friend who undertook a
dangerous journey alone to Turkey to tell the Grand Sultan about Quakerism.
Saturday will feature several workshops, including one on spiritual gifts offered by the Gifts and Leadings committee and a workshop led by Carolyn McCoy entitled “Opening to the Spirit.” After a catered lunch, families will enjoy a midday swim at Friends Select School as well as crafts and games. A highlight of the afternoon will be a tour of the “mysteries” of the building, including the secret safe and the windows and doors to nowhere. A talent show will follow a taco dinner, and will end with a fun overnight sleepover. Sunday morning before worship will feature a pancake breakfast.
Singing City and Lyric Fest together
Fall Concert–The Road
October 5, 2019, 4 p.m.
United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
October 6, 3 p.m.
Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
of journey and diaspora, welcome and belonging, leaving home and finding home.
A timely program exploring world-wide migration and America’s roots as an
The Alternative to
Violence Project Presents
Workshops for Radical Peacemaking
1 day: Fri. September 6th, or Sat. September 7th
am – 4:00 pm (Sign in at 9:30, workshop at 10:00 am)
lunch included. This event is free to attend, and registration is required
Peace Day Philly is the
Philadelphia region initiative for the International Day of Peace, September 21. We invite individuals,
communities, organizations and civic leaders to use this powerful global
platform to build peace on personal, local and global levels. Participate in a
way that’s meaningful for you and your organization! Learn more.
13, 2019 –
Monday, September 23, 2019
City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs partners with more than 30
community organizations for 10 days to honor the city’s multiculturalism. The
week’s aim: Engage immigrant communities like Philly’s Latino neighbors and
neighborhoods, with a variety of to-be-announced events. Learn more.
In a time when it
seems every day brings news of some fresh example of injustice, violence, and
inequality, I’m glad to be a part of the Friends Center community. Of course,
it’s true that the people who work, attend events, or worship here are by no
means perfect nor better than anyone else. Still, a lot of good things are
happening here to advance justice, peace, and equality. This newsletter gives just
a few examples.
Speaking of the
newsletter, Jennifer Williams has been doing a great job collecting your
stories for it. I thank her for her good work. I am also pleased to announce
that she was recently promoted to the position of Guest Reception and Marketing
Coordinator. She has taken on new duties, such as producing our new podcast
(see next item), and I know you’ll want to join me in congratulating her.
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
AROUND FRIENDS CENTER
As you all know by now (or at
least that‘s what we’re hoping) Friends Center has launched its Podcast
“Friends On 15th” and it’s a hit!!! Friends On 15th
was birthed out of the appreciation we have for the good works being done by
our tenants. Friends Center houses roughly 40 non-profit organizations, both
Quaker and non-Quaker, whose mission statements we support. By this we were
compelled to find a new way to help get their good doings on the front line.
We will be interviewing the
organizations in our building, providing them with an opportunity to showcase
We hope that you will give Friends On 15th a listen and look forward to hearing your feedback.
The American Friends Service Committee was one of several groups
protesting the conditions and treatment of children at the Homestead facility
and organizer Mariana Martinez declared victory Saturday. Read more
on this amazing story!
The Annual Sessions has ended and the
atmosphere has shifted! As light hearts and smiling faces pass me by I couldn’t
help but to wonder (as a non-Quaker) why are these individuals so filled up? Soon
after, the opportunity to sit and briefly chat with attendees of Sessions was
I was able to gain a better understanding of the annual sessions and as
a result, I am no longer in the dark about the Light. Below is a lovely and
enlightening quote from one the the delegates who attended.
“It is no coincidence Sessions comes at a time of
full bloom. A sense of expansiveness & freedom pervades the day and we are
reminded of our commitment to come together. We gather with full whole hearts
seeking spiritual renewal while enjoying sweet fellowship in an environment
full of integrity & love.”
-Kimani Keaton, Gifts processing and data entry associate, PYM
Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting is a Quaker congregation.
We don’t typically refer to ourselves as a church; instead we call our congregation a “Monthly Meeting” (because we hold a business meeting once a month) or “Meeting” for short.
You’re welcome to join us for waiting worship in the manner of Friends any Sunday at 11 am.
CPMM is a diverse and affirming environment; we welcome people of all ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations and faith backgrounds.
ARSP says goodbye to its U.S. programs director, Mark McGuigan.
PLSE Releases Report on First Year of Pardon
Project. Read more here.
Inc.: In the spring of 2019, a class of senior FOX Sports
University students in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at
Penn State were challenged to create a strategic campaign for Girls Inc. that
encourages FOX Sports fans and viewers to learn more about the organization’s
mission: inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Watch
here on YouTube.
EVENTS OUTSIDE FRIENDS CENTER
Pardon Workshop with
X-Offenders for Community Empowerment
When: August 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: 2227 N. Broad Street Philadelphia PA
Need assistance with a pardon? Wayne
Jacobs, Co-Founder and Executive Director of X-Offenders for Community Empowerment
is hosting a workshop to get you started with the pardon application. Mr.
Jacobs hosts his clinic at 2227 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 every 2nd
Monday from 6-7pm. For more details, please call 215-668-8477 or email
your calendars for the debut of Hidden
LivesIlluminated! Short films
created by currently-incarcerated artists will be projected onto the walls of
Eastern State nightly August 15 through September 12. Learn more at HiddenLives.org. #HiddenLives
Issue 50, July 2019 Friends Center Tenant Newsletter
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE TENANT COOKOUT
It’s hot outside, and once again it’s time to gather in the courtyard for good food, fun games, and great company here at Friends Center. It’s our way to thank the tenants for being part of the community here.
If you’re interested in being a tenant here at Friends Center, please contact Chris Mohr at 215-241-7191 or by email at email@example.com
Brandt and Melissa Talley-Palmer of the Stockton
Rush Bartol Foundation joined us for the first episode of the Friends on
15th podcast (July 2019).
If you are interested in being featured on the Friends on 15th podcast, we encourage you to reach out to Jennifer Williams, our receptionist.
EQUITY PARTNER NEWS
American Friends Service
IRL: Abolition, Global Solidarity, and the Future
An outside Netroots event
of Saturday, July 13
Outside of Netroots we are building a communal space in Philadelphia
grounded in organizing practices that are accountable to visions of divesting
resources away from state violence at home and elsewhere, and investing instead
in a future for our children, and in people power that remakes the world. Dream
Defenders, AFSC, War Resisters League, Adalah Justice Project, and other
partners are co-creating a spacetobring those in Netroots interested in
people-powered movements who have been transforming Philadelphia and the planet
into where the real work happens, in community and struggle.
We believe world-making starts within our communities so these sessions
will share skills, experiences, and tactics that apply an abolitionist and
internationalist framework through local specific strategies that can be
enacted wherever you live. Towards a future without war, settler occupation,
prisons, and police. Building a future with environmental justice, community
safety, global accountability, and abundance.
11:00 am – 2:30/3 pm: Bus Tour of Black Radical
History in Philadelphia led by Mike
Africa Jr., preregistration required, can reserve a spot at the ticket link.
6:00 pm Dinner
6:45 – 8:15 Teach in workshops, choose 1 Breaking Borders: diaspora
internationalist and indigenous organizing
narrative of decarceration, electing a progressive DA, and moving toward
Hanging up on
911: Restorative Justice and the world beyond police
Grandad’s Union: Labor Organizing in the Gig Economy
People Power Per
Million: Environmental Justice and the fight to save our future.
8:30-9:30 Plenary presentation Plenary presentation with Marc
Lamont Hill in conversation with Kempis “Ghani” Songster and Mike Africa Jr.
Annual Sessions is a wonderful opportunity for
Friends of every age from 100+ Meetings to gather together for fun, business,
and fellowship. Grounded in Spirit, we conduct shared business, plan collective
projects and learn from one another in worship sharing and in interesting
workshops. We encourage YOU to register today! Drop by for just a session, stay
for a day, or attend the whole five-day program.
The theme for the 339th Annual Sessions is “How
do we Center ourselves in Trust and Love”.To “center” is to access the essential
knowingness that you are alive, which is all you need to see what is true.
Start with your breath. Notice how you breathe–feel the ground beneath you and the
air that moves through your lungs and throat. Centering in trust and love is
about the choices you make when truth comes knocking on your door. Trust
compels us to open it willingly and joyfully and to welcome the transformation
that might come next.
CPMM hosts Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting of
Sunday, July 21
The day begins at 9:30 with a program titled “Climate, Race, Justice and Democracy: We’re all in this together.” Several Friends will share stories of their efforts to address the intersection of these issues. We will then take time in worship sharing to reflect on what we can learn from these connections and how we might bring greater joy, clarity, faithfulness or power to our engagement with this critical work in the world. From 12:15-1:00 pm, hospitality will take place and all are welcome to bring salads, dips, chips and light desserts. Meeting for Worship for Business will take place from 1-4.
Every day until July 26th, you can vote for them once daily here. In addition to
voting daily, please spread the word – we want everyone to know that
we’re a finalist for this awesome opportunity. Thank you all for your support
and happy voting!
Vote once per day in each category through
Those 18 and over in Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Delaware and New York can participate.
Make your choice and then select “Vote
Now”. Results appear after the ballot is processed.
You can sign up to get daily reminders to
Share your participation via social media
and encourage others to vote daily!
Community Ventures at Friends Center:
Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing Demonstration Project
Tue, 7/16/2019 –
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Please join Green Building United as they
present the Living Building Challenge’s Affordable Housing Demonstration
Project! Together we will review the design process and final design solutions,
discuss lessons learned, and celebrate the success of the group! After a brief overview
presentation, we will gather in small groups and review the project using the
imperatives of The Living Building Challenge as a guide. The goals is to
continue our efforts to provide sustainable affordable housing if dense urban
environments, and to determine priorities for next steps. Project leaders will
be on-hand to help guide discussions.
becomes PLSE’s Director of Criminal Records Expungement
announces Jason Drucker as their new Associate General Secretary for
EVENTS OUTSIDE FRIENDS CENTER
Decarcerate PA: Fundraiser for
Philadelphia Bail Fund
Date: July 11th, 2019
Location: “Tattooed Mom” 530 South St, Philadelphia Pa 19147
Time: 7-9 pm
PA as we celebrate and raise money for the Philadelphia
Community Bail Fund! Help bring our loved ones and
community members home. Enjoy raffle prizes from local businesses and artists.
Hear from Philly Community Bail Fund organizers about the success of Mama’s Day
Bail Out, and learn how to get involved throughout the year.
The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund posts bail for residents of Philadelphia
who cannot afford to pay bail while advocating for the abolition of bail and
pretrial detention in our city. Their goal is to end cash bail in Philadelphia
while working to free as many people as we can.
The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is run by a collective of volunteer grassroots
organizers and active members of the community, including folks they have bailed
out. They are committed to organizing
with and for the people most directly impacted by the racist system of mass
incarceration, criminalization and policing. They use a non-judgmental approach
and do not consider a person’s charges to respect an individual’s
constitutional right to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
Our big news is visible for all to see, at least all who are outside the 1501 Cherry Street building on either Race Street or 15th Street. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see what I’m talking about.
After a very busy spring, June
is still almost as busy, with a film premiere, a vegan flea market, several
graduations, and more. As always, I would like to thank the Friends Center staff for all they do to provide the foundation for the work that you do—I am
so grateful to you.
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
AROUND FRIENDS CENTER
Film Premiere: Elder Voices
The film by
Academy Award-winner David Goodman will premiere Wednesday, June 12 at the
Friends Center Race Street Meetinghouse at 1501 Cherry Street in Philadelphia
at 7 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the screening.
Vegan Pop: 3rd Birthday
On June 12 be sure to join V Marks the Shop for their Philly Vegan Pop in celebration of their 3rd birthday.
Co-op Networking Reception & Annual Meeting
Come for an evening of networking with Co-op members, staff, and energy professionals from throughout the region followed by a presentation about the state of The Energy Co-op.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about recent developments at
The Energy Co-op and reconnect with our community of energy consumers.
What: 2019 Networking Reception and Annual
When: Thursday, June 20th, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Where: The Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
refreshments will be served. So that ECA may accommodate all who wish to
EQUITY PARTNER NEWS
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Joyce Ajlouny, General
Secretary of AFSC, will be one of three plenary speakers for the annual
conference of Friends Association for
Higher Education (also a Friends Center tenant). The other plenary speakers
will be Maurice Eldridge, Vice Chair, The Chester Fund for Education and the
Arts and Pendle Hill board member, and Frances Rose Blase, Provost of Haverford
College (a participant in the Tri-College Consortium Philly Program, also a Friends
Center tenant). Join teachers, scholars and educational administrators on the
beautiful campuses of Swarthmore College and Pendle Hill Quaker Study and
Retreat Center. The theme is “Truth and Inspiration” and other topics of
interest to Friends and educators through presentations, panel discussions, and
the plenary talks.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM)
June 15, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131
Contact: Children and Families Program 215-241-7171Email
Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM)
Join CPMM for meeting for worship on Sunday mornings at 11am. Be sure to ask for a parking placard to avoid any run-ins with PPA.
Morgan Leaves New Century Trust
2. Farrah Parkes Joins New
Century Trust: “I have always wanted my work to be about making a difference”
Century Trust, which works to build the economic and political power of women
and girls throughout the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, announced it has
named Farrah Parkes its new
executive director. Parkes has worked for more than 15 years in the nonprofit
sector. The new executive director of New Century Trust says that the private
foundation’s focus on gender justice is a perfect fit.
Seventh-grader Brooklyne Spraggins wins award for her business plan for a food
From left: Tara O’Neill and Jamie Gumina of KPMG; Brooklyne Spraggins, S. Weir Mitchell School; Elaine Melchiorre, Executive Board Vice Chair of PFCU; and Jeff Ryan, Executive Board Chair of Spark. (Courtesy photo)
More than 100
seventh-grade students from four Philadelphia schools—S. Weir
Mitchell School, Middle Years Alternative, Boys’ Latin Charter School,
and Henry C. Lea—came together May 21
for a project-fair style event at which they presented the career interest
projects they developed with professional mentors. It is an initiative of Spark Philadelphia,
a career exploration and mentoring nonprofit. Throughout the 2018-19 school
year, Spark mentors—including architects, web developers, and
engineers—volunteer to work with middle school students in a 13-week
workplace-based mentoring program.
Brooklyne Spraggins, a seventh-grader at S. Weir Mitchell
School, worked with mentors from KPMG to
create a business plan for a Parisian food truck, complete with merchandise and
EVENTS OUTSIDE FRIENDS CENTER
PYM: Friends in Fellowship
Quakers Got Talent Concert
When: June 17, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Where: William Penn Charter School – Kurtz
Center for the Performing Arts 3000 W School House Ln Philadelphia, PA 19144 Cost: $35 or pay your age
This event will benefit PYM programs
and gather our community around a fun event. Quakers Got Talent will feature an
8:00 PM performance with Rachel Zatcoff, a Broadway star, plus Emily
Drinker (singer songwriter) and Zenaida Peterson (slam poet).
Together they are donating their talents in support of our programming.
Friends in Fellowship is an event series that bring
Friends—and friends of Friends—together for fellowship, refreshments, and networking.
They are perfect for expanding your experience of Quakerism beyond Sunday
Meeting for Worship.https://www.pym.org/fellowship/