Category Archives: The Great Quaker Turnover

PYM Postscript: Kumbaya and Goodbye

Reports are trickling in about the Interim Meeting session of Philadelphia YM last Saturday (April 9), when the budget with the staff layoffs was brought forward. What I’ve heard so far is that all went quietly, decisions were put off for a couple of months, but it sounds like the deal will be done, and the pink slips issued. This is not surprising, as none of the dissidents have as yet offered any other way out of the million-dollar deficit the new budget and its layoffs will undertake to close.

I’ll be interested to hear more. But for now, we’ll turn to other matters.

PYM Document dump: Budget Details at Last! (Plus: Deja Vu All Over Again . . .)

With an appropriately self-mocking headline, Have you heard about the proposed PYM Budget? PYM Clerk Tom Swain finally joined the fray and uploaded a bunch of documents Thursday to the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting website.

The disclosure is good. The timing, not to put too fine a point on it, stinks.

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Some PYM Budget Cut Blog Feedback

Found a couple of blog posts that speak of the PYM budget situation, mainly the YAF part of it.

The most interestingly titled one is: A Letter to Chuck Fager About His Blog and the Recent Budget Conflicts in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, by Zach Dutton.

Zach says he’s a student at one of my alma maters, Harvard Divinity School; but what really distinguishes him is the fact that he’s read my Quaker mystery novel, Un-Friendly Persuasion. Dude!

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More Philly Turmoil: Two Documents in the PYM Budget Battle

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Many thanks to the sources up north who have passed on these items. Keep the cards and letters (and memos) coming!

Medicaid-Budget-CutsA Friendly Letter has recently obtained a copy of the original “confidential” document listing planned staff cuts (described as a “realignment”) and the projected budget savings they are supposed to yield for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This document, which is now being widely discussed, is online here as a PDF. It confirms our earlier reporting, and proposes to save around a half million dollars in PYM spending by layoffs and cutbacks.

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The YAFS Strike Back! Philly YM To See Budget Cut Pushback

In our previous post, we noted that Philadelphia Yearly Meeting officials have proposed a budget which includes numerous staff cuts.

Among the positions on the chopping block is the Young Adult Friends Coordinator.
Coming to Philadelphia YM?
Coming soon to Philadelphia YM?

But the post will not be dropped without a— thee should pardon the expression, Friend — fight.

A “worshipful and loving” fight, it is insisted; but a fight just the same.

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Breaking: FGC Set to Tap Barry Crossno as New General Secretary

This info has been around for some time, from reliable sources, and has been bottled up long enough:
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Friends General Conference is set to name Barry Crossno as its new General Secretary.

As was true of the other two Quaker big groups which have hired CEOs in recent months (AFSC & FCNL), Crossno is a new face, has roots far from Philly (Dallas), and has considerable experience in fundraising. (In fact, Crossno is currently “Development Manager” at Pendle Hill.) He’s younger than the others, tho, barely 40, and relatively young in Quakerdom as well, first visiting Meeting in 1998.

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Flash: FCNL Taps Diane Randall as New Executive Secretary

In an email sent out widely today, FCNL announced the selection of Diane Randall as the choice to succeed retiring Executive Secretary Joe Volk.
Diane Randall

Who is Diane Randall? Currently she is Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, a Connecticut non-profit organization “that engages civic and political support to solve homelessness, create affordable housing and develop strong, vibrant communities,” according to its website.

Randall describes her personal and spiritual journey in more detail here.

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Another Twist For the Great Quaker Turnover

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Friends Journal’s Ninth Month (September) issue just arrived here in the boondocks, and in it is a long letter from the clerk of their board, announcing that their Publisher/Executive Editor, Susan Corson-Finnerty, plans to take early retirement late next year.

With that, the Great Quaker Turnover continues to roll through the Establishment Quaker organizations.
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The Great Quaker Turnover Comes To London

Friends House LondonIn Britain Yearly Meeting, the “Mother Church” of Quakerism, the senior staff member and CEO is the Recording Clerk. This person heads up a staff of more than one hundred, and an organization that in 2009 had revenues of 9,000,000 Pounds (about $14 million US dollars). This staff is based at Friends House, which takes up most of a city block across from the busy Euston railroad station.

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