Math Corps Philly with David Shen, Nneka Kirkland, and Chalon Downs
“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.
Don Badgley of New York Yearly Meeting
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 need to be willing to immerse themselves in a culture of love and compassion, come from similar neighborhoods as the campers and benefit 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.”
A core belief of Math Corps is that “there is a unique greatness in every child.” Won’t you consider contributing toward that “greatness”? Donate at Math Corps Philadelphia’s fundraising site or learn more at this video about a day in the life of Math Corps, and this video of how Math Corps Philadelphia got started.
As I anticipate the January release of Hidden Figures, the film about a team of African-American women who provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions, I consider the greatness these children will contribute to their communities.
Don 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.
“Peace must first be revealed within ourselves and then shared through loving outreach. Our simple distinctive way will be advanced by leading exemplary lives ordered in the Experience of God present among and within us - leading us directly. Peace is accomplished by pointing toward the Divine Light and witnessing to its power as it transforms us. We are not called to proselytize. We are called to a ministry of Light arising in the Experience of God. Such ministry is why our community grew in the past and, with Divine assistance, how we will grow in the future.”
If your meeting would like to further explore Don’s message, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.