News & Announcements
Every year, the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting community chooses one book to read together.
The 2017 Book has been selected: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Faith & Practice Revision.
“It takes a village,” and there is a new one in Chester County!
We refer to the West Chester Area Refugee Resettlement Project. This was but an idea in October 2015, and by the end of the year over a dozen faith communities and individuals had come together to commit to sponsoring the placement of a refugee family in this area and to doing what was necessary to ensure its transition to a successful American life. Members of Birmingham, West Chester, Willistown, and Wilmington Monthly Meetings form an essential part of this “village”.
We are very pleased to report that the Isaac family arrived safely on July 25 and we are now helping them resettle in the West Chester area.
The family is Congolese and consists of parents, two daughters (20 and 13), and three sons (15 year old twins and a 9 year old). The family fled the DRC nineteen years ago and has been living in a refugee camp in Tanzania. The Isaacs are beginning the daunting task of adjusting to a totally unfamiliar environment while also having to learn a new language. Please hold this family in the Light as they begin this journey .
Birmingham Friends Meeting, through the leadership efforts of members Ted Brinton and Ruth Young, has raised money to buy mine detectors for use in developing countries, where warfare has rendered land unusable because of buried mines.
It's Spring and our Peace Garden is blooming!
Check out the slideshow to the right to see:
Refugee Resettlement Update
As previously announced, Lutheran Children and Family Service in Pennsylvania is closing and our plans for co-sponsoring a refugee family or families with that organization had to be terminated. We received word Thursday that Church World Service, Lancaster office, is willing to work with us toward the goal of resettling a family in our area.