You are welcome here.
"For the First Step to Peace is to Stand Still in the Light."
George Fox, Founder of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
We seek to be an open and inclusive faith community by welcoming all persons regardless of age, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, social or economic background, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, or faith background. We welcome single people, couples, and families.
What Is All "The Buzz" At Birmingham Friends?
Birmingham Friends Youth and Peace and Social Concerns Committees have teamed up to help our small corner of the world address climate change through beekeeping. Learn about the initiative that led to the Birmingham Friends Bee Yard in this video. Please see our Children and Youth Programs page to learn about the Youth and P&SC Committees' work to provide land mine detectors to nations and people who need them.
Help Refugees Gain a New Life
Birmingham Friends and the West Chester Area Refugee Resettlement Project
Help Us Help Others
For the past six months WCARRP, together with Friends from Birmingham Meeting, have been working on gaining certification as a Private Sponsor Group through Welcome Corps (http://www.welcomecorps.org), a program established by the U.S. Department of State to empower everyday Americans to help refugees rebuild their lives here in the U.S. As a team we are tasked with securing and furnishing initial housing, assisting our newcomers in finding employment, connecting them with government and local resources (e.g., for food, medical care, ESL classes) and orienting them to American culture and our community.
We have recently received our certification to be a private sponsor and we also have learned that we have a potential match to 2 adult refugees. It's probable that we'll be welcoming them in the next month or two. ("Probable" as developments around refugee resettlement are always in flux.)
If you are so moved, we invite you to contribute toward helping two
newcomers transition to their new lives in our community. You can use the link below to give through PayPal Giving Fund or send a check to Birmingham Friends Meeting with "Refugee Resettlement" in the memo line.
Outreach & Communications Thread Gathering
A gathering focused on Outreach & Communications, with attention to membership development
Saturday, October 21
1:00 - 5:00 pm
The afternoon program will include:
Panel: Realities Today, Outreach for the Future Friends share on aspects of outreach and communication (websites, print materials for visitors, nurture for younger attenders and newcomers, neighborhood outreach)
Outreach Fair: meetings sharing materials and programs from their experiences — “What’s worked well?”
Hands-on session for local meeting cohorts to develop 3-5 new ideas related to outreach and communications to take back for seasoning in their meeting community.
Worship sharing to close
This is an onsite event, with thanks to Downingtown Meeting for hosting. Childcare and pick-up from local train station will be available — please indicate your need on the registration form.
Parts of the day that are recorded will be posted on PYM YouTube channel after the event.
For more info and to register, please visit:
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