Welcome

Here, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) reaches out to serve the city, the region, and the world.

Friends Center is a gathering spot in Center City Philadelphia 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.


OPEN HOURS:
» Monday–Friday, 7 am–10 pm
» Saturday & Sunday, 9 am–5 pm



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LATEST NEWS

A Quaker Space for Our Time
The August 2016 issue of Friends Journal focuses on the theme, “Quaker Spaces.” In one feature article, Friends Center’s executive director wrote about Friends Center today.

Tenant e-newsletter, July 2016
The latest edition of Friends Center’s tenant newsletter is online here.

World Quaker Day is 10/2/2016
The Friends World Committee has announced World Quaker Day will be October 2, 2016. Learn more at worldquakerday.org or search social media for the hashtag #WQD.

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

Shepard Fairey's mural at Friends Center, featuring Amina Mohammed and the Mural Arts Program's Restorative Justice Program
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.