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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