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Abington Quarterly Meeting
Highlights of the Called Session
on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Plymouth Meeting
To discern reactions to PYM's proposed "Long Range Plan"

About 20 friends from most of AQ's monthly meetings were present. After an interval of worship AQ clerk Amelia Diamond outlined the major points of PYM's proposed long range plan and presented a list of queries about it. Friends involved with Yearly Meeting activities spoke to their experiences of participation. One Friend reviewed PYM's history since 1955, observing that major reorganizations have occurred every 20 years on average, and this plan proposes yet another. Friends commented about the problem of active PYM committee or working group participation for members as far away as central PA or southern DE. Some of us felt "electronic participation" would be unfriendly to those not comfortable with computers. Another suggestion was to have these groups move around among different appropriate venues.

Many of us expressed reservations about the proposed "Quaker Life Council" that would oversee all PYM activities except property, finance & related operations which would fall under a proposed "Administrative Council". "Quaker Life" would have so many responsibilities that one friend suggested it would have to resort to sub-committees. A number of friends addressed the problem of "burn out" in such demanding circumstances. Instead of committees or working groups, the plan proposes a new lexicon of "sprint groups", "clusters", and "catalysts", presumably dealing with many of the same activities and issues that currently engage the efforts of PYM Quakers.

The plan would end Representative Meetings (aka "Interim Meetings"). Their original concept was to have a representative attend from each monthly meeting, but many meetings are so small or so far away that this ideal has never been fully realized. Friends were concerned that PYM's proposed plan may not incorporate a similar democratic ideal for governance. Other friends commented that the plan is too centralized and reliant on staff and the 15 member Quaker Life Council. Other friends expressed confidence that the spirit will move us in the right direction if we leave our fears and objections at the door.

The discussion came to a natural ending, without definite conclusions, but appropriately in prayer.

PYM's relevant documents and video presentations are at:


The plan will be considered at PYM's annual sessions on Saturday morning, July 26, and prospectively "a decision" about it will occur in the Saturday afternoon session.

Highlights of our MFW with a concern for business on
5th month 4th day 2014

New Clerk Approved - nominated at our previous meeting, Amelia Diamond of Abington Monthly Meeting was approved as our new clerk. A minute of appreciation for outgoing clerk Mike Mirozinski was also approved. Thanks Mike!

 JFC / MSFC at George School - Karen Shanoski reported that registration for these programs have already met expectations for MSFC, and are only 4 places short of plan for JFC.  Parents with elementary or middle school aged children who have not yet registered should  contact Karen at shanoski@comcast.net without delay. The dates are 6/22-27. 

 AQM Trustees - following up on our prior discussion of "social screens" for investments, Rebecca Emerson, clerk of Trustees reported that the Quarter will invest $1,000,000 (about 1/6 of our trust funds) in the Friends Fiduciary's new "Green Fund."

 "Water" - Judith Inskeep opened this program, educating us about water's spiritual and scriptural themesClick here to view a copy of her very interesting presentation.    - Next, Steve Redding explained the role trees play in the hydrological cycle. If we don't respect and care for trees, he cautioned, trees won't be able clean up and restore our water, air and the Earth itself.  - Then Jack Shick told us about a service that all of us depend upon every day but almost never think about, and introduced Robert Leiber who outlined the technical process used by municipal "wastewater" treatment plants (click for highlights). Finally Randy Quinby talked about Unami Meeting's outreach to help a village in India (click for webpage) that needed to find a reliable water source.

For a more complete account of the 5/14 meeting, see the most recent Newsletter
Current Concerns from Recent AQM Meetings
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Our next Quarterly Meeting is at Fellowship Farm - our annual picnic -  on August 3rd - please save the date !!   click here for PICNIC FLYER
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    9:30-10:30 AM
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    10:00-11:00 AM
    Byberry (summer only)
    10:30-11:30 AM
    11:00-12:00 Noon
Byberry (except summer)
        (Meets 2nd & 4th Sundays)
    11:15 AM-12:15 PM  
    Abington (also has mid-wk MFW
      on Wednesdays, 7 to 7:45pm and
      two 1st day meetings in summer:
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         on Wednesdays, 7pm)
    Meetings for Worship to attend to business are held four times a year. These
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Amelia Diamond, Clerk,
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