Here, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) reaches out to serve the city, the region, and the world.
We invite you to be part of Friends Center’s community of organizations working for peace and justice. Come for a day to use our conference spaces for your organization, rent office space in Friends Center’s LEED Platinum office building, or visit for a few minutes in the quiet refuge of our Quaker meetinghouse and scenic plaza.
» Monday–Friday, 7 am–10 pm
» Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm
NOTICE: During the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28, Friends Center will remain open for its usual hours.
Friends Center’s event space is almost fully booked that week. We will not be able to accommodate last-minute requests.
If visiting Friends Center during that time, be prepared for crowds. According to the City of Philadelphia, the impact on Center City will be similar to when a major sporting event is happening: Center City will be crowded with 50,000 extra people during the day, who will then go to the Wells Fargo Arena in the evening for the convention itself.
There will also be a number of activists and advocates in the vicinity exercising their rights to free speech and to peaceful assembly. (See the city’s list of permitted protests and events.) Expect delays in traffic and transit.
Finally, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Friends Center does not engage in electoral politics involving candidates or parties. Please respect this in Friends Center’s common spaces and do not post any partisan political information.
Tenant e-newsletter, July 2016
The latest edition of Friends Center’s tenant newsletter is online here.
Interfaith Press Conference at Friends Center responds to Orlando shooting
At an interfaith press conference here on 6/13/2016, local faith leaders responded to the Orlando shooting. It was covered by the Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/14/2016: For elder gay Philadelphians, Orlando brings back old dread
NEW LOBBY DESIGN!
Next time you visit Friends Center, be sure to take a look at the new lobby design and displays. Designed by Steve Tucker, they give a stronger sense of Friends Center as partnership of three Quaker organizations. Read more…
Shepard Fairey Mural Painted October 2015;
Dedicated on December 1, 2015
One of two murals created by Shepard Fairey for the #OpenSourcePHL exhibition by the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program is on our wall at the corner of 15th and Race Streets. Its theme is restorative justice, in line with Quaker values and the work of our equity partner American Friends Service Committee as well as our tenants Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, Prisoner Visitation and Support, The Center for Returning Citizens, and Witness to Innocence.
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and Friends Center celebrated both murals by Shepard Fairey with a dedication event here on December 1, 2015.
» Coverage on CBS Philly/KYW Newsradio
» Dedication event details
» Read more about the mural on our webpage about it
A Green Building Project Made a Spiritual Calling Concrete
Our former executive director Pat McBee wrote about Friends Center in the September issue of Grid magazine: Green Building Project Made a Spiritual Calling Concrete.
COME WORSHIP WITH QUAKERS!
The Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers) welcomes you to participate in this unique, unprogrammed form of service. We worship by gathering and silently waiting for the Spirit to guide us.