Viv Hawkins

Since 2005, I have carried a minute of religious service, from Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Monthly Meeting and endorsed by its quarterly and yearly meetings, to inspire, encourage, and empower people, individually and corporately, to live into our greatest sacredness in harmony with creation. The support I receive from these meetings and my neighborhood worship group is a true blessing to me and through me to others. The ministry has taken the form of teaching, plenaries, organizing, and eldering.

Vonn New

Before I was a Friend, I was an improvising musician. The experience of playing spontaneous, unprogrammed music brought me in touch with some transcendent power. Improvising in an ensemble, there were moments when we became one body, in union with some infinite realm of music and beauty. I lost my atheism and craved more experiences like that and a language to describe the spiritual awakening I was feeling. Seeking a community that practiced listening spirituality, I found Friends and immediately understood that what I had experienced in musical improvisation was the same thing that Friends call the unprogrammed gathered meeting. This realization evolved into a ministry called “Sounding the Divine” as I was led to share the practice and experience of entering worship through the doorway of inspired creative expression.

Mai Spann-Wilson


Mai Spann-WilsonCurrently, Mai Spann-Wilson has raised $3,500 dollars on Kickstarter to help finalize, distribute, and make music videos for his new album "Good Vibes Only." He has 14 more days, out of 30 ending May 29, to raise the full $7,500. (Kickstarter projects raise ALL OR NOTHING, nothing comes out of contributors' accounts until Mai reaches his goal.)

"Good Vibes Only" aka G.V.O (God Vs. Oppression) is an album that comes from the continuing support Mai has received from the community encouraging him to follow his dreams!

This inspirational album is a direct reflection of his work as an activist, healer of people, and artist who strives to transmute people's deepest pains into uplifting art. 

Friendly Fire May 1, 2018

Quaker image with red & black maskThe Friendly Fire Collective is a network of anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist Christians. Drawing from Marxist and anarchist political traditions,and grounded in the biblical vision of God’s kin-dom, we believe we are called to create a new world in the ashes of the old. Most of the members have either been involved or are currently involved in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), hence the name “Friendly Fire.” We value Quakerism’s prophetic tradition and mysticism and see this informing how we organize.

Don Badgley

Don Badgley portraitDon Badgley, member of Poughkeepsie Friends Meeting (New York Yearly Meeting), travels among Friends with a minute approved by his monthly meeting and endorsed by New York Yearly Meeting. This summer, Don has been traveling among NYYM and New England Yearly Meeting Friends. He writes,

“My Minute of Travel arose in a call to help meetings refocus on and re-energize their Ground of Being.  For too long Friends have been more reliant on our proud history and the ‘Quaker brand’ than on the Source that inspires and enables the good works for which Friends are known.  In the past, that Divine Source allowed Friends to reach out to seekers even as they gently challenged those who contend that the only right way to God is through adherence to creedal, scriptural, and hierarchical authority. 

Math Corps Philly and David Shen, Nneka Kirkland, and Chalon Downs

Math Corps Philly students“We all rise together.” That quote represents Math Corps Philly for David Shen, member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (PhYM). David with Nneka Kirkland and Chalon Downs co-founded Math Corps Philadelphia, a math tutoring/mentoring program for middle and secondary students who attend Philadelphia schools. 

Thanks to funding from donors and foundation/ corporate grants, tuition is free for campers. But they’re not the only ones who benefit from Math Corps. Staff, who immerse themselves in a culture of love and compassion, come from similar neighborhoods and benefit in many ways from their employment. Teaching assistants are 9th – 12th graders who teach and mentor 6th and 7th graders.  Undergraduate or graduate students lead and mentor the teaching assistants. They “all rise together.”

Supporting Individual Calls to Ministry

Flyer for Oct 1 Pulling Back the Curtain eventThe Supporting Individual Calls to Ministry Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting invites you to join us as we "pull back the curtain" on individual ministries: what are they, what support is needed, and what next steps we may be called to take.

On October 1, we will play with themes from the Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, and maybe even Wicked as we explore how following a leading requires heart, brains, courage, and a place to call home.


  • Anyone who suspects they have a leading
  • Anyone who wishes to support others in following a leading


  • October 1, 9:30am-3pm


  • Friends Center
    Rufus Jones Room
    1515 Cherry St
    Philadelphia, PA 19119


Pablo Stanfield

PabloStanfieldIn May 2016, Pablo Stanfield returned from a 10-day tour of Friends in southwest Oregon, as a pilot visitation for the new North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM) project "Knitting Us Together."

Pablo explained the context of his travel in the ministry. “In the first half of the 20th century, Howard and Ana Brinton were instrumental in encouraging unaffiliated, unprogrammed Quakers in the West [of the U.S.] by traveling among them and helping establish Pacific Yearly Meeting.  Their legacy included the ‘Brinton Visitors’ who travelled among Intermountain, Pacific, and North Pacific Yearly Meetings for many years.  This initiative is intended to bring such shared concerns and ministry to the Pacific northwest again.”

Paula Palmer

Friends school photo of teachers and studentsby Paula Palmer
With spiritual support and and Intermountain Yearly Meeting, I have been traveling around the country offering workshops called, "Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples." In these workshops, as Friends and Native people together consider what “right relationship” would look like, participants realize we need to start with truth-telling. Knowing and acknowledging the truth of our shared history is the first essential step in building right relationship.