Welcome Spring! Sold Out banquets, E-waste collection and much more.

Issue 47, April 2019 Friends Center Tenant Newsletter


I will let the cherry trees on Cherry Street speak this time, in honor of spring and upcoming Earth Day. Please take time to enjoy the courtyard and front plaza whenever you need a little break!

– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

Cherry blossoms in front of the Race Street Quaker Meetinghouse


Get ready to celebrate Earth Day, Friends Center-style! Stop by to enjoy some water ice, pretzels and—oh, yeah—do some recycling. On Monday April 22nd we will be collecting all of your E-waste and shredding. Let’s use the next few weeks to do some spring cleaning and ready ourselves for Earth Day J. We can’t wait to see you there!

While it is sometimes possible to use a room on a drop-in basis at the last minute, you must check with the front desk before doing so. With 40 organizations here on site, and another 70-80 outside groups a year using our facilities, we are very busy! Just because a room is empty now doesn’t mean it’s not booked 15 minutes from now. Also, as a courtesy, kindly do not use the glassed-in conference rooms (134, 135, 136) on the side of the Cherry Street Room when the Cherry Street is in use for an event. Whenever Cherry Street is not booked, you are very welcome to have a conversation or take a break at the round tables under the balcony or on the comfy chairs in Room 135. No reservations are necessary. All other common rooms should be reserved with Friends Center staff. Thank you!


American Friends Service Committee (AFSC):
Annual Corporation MeetingApril 11-14 The AFSC Corporation is a body of approximately 120 Quakers from across the U.S. who gather once a year to conduct business, worship together, and connect AFSC and one another to the powerful witness of Friends’ work for peace and justice. You are invited to attend several of the events of the Corporation, especially the two public events and the workshop “dry runs” on Thursday. Come learn and engage with some of AFSC’s program work and provide feedback on the dry runs!
Public Events: Please RSVP and share!
Pedro Rios, “Love Knows No Borders” Action
Marc Lamont Hill, “Working across Borders for a Just Future”
Both events will be livestreamed. This is a great opportunity to connect with the work your colleagues in local offices are doing, as well as with Corporation members who represent AFSC to Quakers across the country. We hope to see you there!

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM)
Spring 2019 Sessions News + Young Adult Friends-Led Worship to End Berks Immigrant Detention On Saturday March 23, 117 people from 50 PYM Monthly Meeting communities convened for Spring Continuing Sessions near Reading PA. A summary of the day’s events is available here.

Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (CPMM)
Film: “Quakers, the Quiet Revolutionaries”April 11, 2019, 6:30 pm
Location: Friends Select School Theater, 16th & the Parkway Central Philadelphia Friends Meeting invites you to a viewing of this documentary about Quakers, made by The Gardner Documentary Group. The 79-minute film illuminates tells the story of a spiritual movement that has played a remarkable role in the religious, social and political life of our nation. Demonstrating an influence disproportionate to their numbers, Quakers have led anti-slavery, civil rights and women’s rights movements and been strong advocates for world peace. The event is free of charge.  


CAIR-Philadelphia Banquet a SOLD OUT Success!
More than 900 American Muslims, interfaith leaders, and social justice activists gathered at Springfield Country Club on Saturday, March 9th, for the 13th Annual Banquet of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. US Congresswomen Susan Wild, Chrissy Houlahan, and Mary Gay Scanlon were present, along with other political, community, religious and interfaith leaders, and imams and representatives from almost all of the Delaware Valley Islamic centers and mosques. At a reception before the banquet, both Rep. Wild and Rep. Houlahan spoke movingly about the need for a united stance against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy. Learn more about this event.

Singing City:
T-VOCE presents
Unity in Diversity: Celebrating our Differences and Embracing our Similarities
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7 p.m.
BOK Building, 800 Mifflin St, Phila PA 19147
This hour-long performance will explore identity, both individual and communal, through art, dance, music, and spoken word. This concert is a collaboration between Backstage Pass (Opera Philadelphia’s theater technical after-school program), Esperanza Dance Ensemble, and T-VOCE (Teen Voices of the City Ensemble). T-VOCE is made possible due to a partnership between Art Sanctuary, Opera Philadelphia, Play On, Philly!, and Singing City. Register.Note: T-VOCE rehearses here in the Race Street Room!


Art that Liberates: Celebrating Creative Work by Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated People
When: April 13, 2019 @ 1:30–5:30 pm
Where: The Barn at Pendle Hill 338 Plush Mill Rd Wallingford, PA 19086
Cost: $60 includes light refreshments
Contact: Jesse White 610-566-4507 x137 EmailEvent website

Philly Spring CleanupApril 6 | Citywide
The City of Philadelphia’s annual Philly Spring Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 6! It’s the largest citywide cleanup of the year, and your help will make it a success.

Thousands of volunteers take part in cleaning their neighborhoods and parks each year. Your enthusiasm and dedication will make this the best year yet!

Choose from about 300 projects all over the city. You can stay local or help a different neighborhood. Grab a friend or neighbor and volunteer together! Learn more and sign up.

Friends Center Tenant Newsletter: Staff comings & goings, French TV spotlight, events

Issue 46, March 2019 Friends Center Tenant Newsletter


Friends Center recently said goodbye (for now) to Joe Kalil, one of our several outstanding evening/weekend desk clerks. He is taking a language immersion program in Montreal. You may see him from time to time later this spring, though, when he returns to Philadelphia and works toward his goal to become an English language instructor abroad. Bon voyage, Joe!

                Meanwhile, we have hired Helen Sánchez-Stoddard and Helanah Warren as additional desk clerks. Please introduce yourself and welcome them when you see them at the desk!

– Chris Mohr, Executive Director


Philadelphie, berceau de la démocratie américaine
(Philadelphia, cradle of American democracy)

Friends Center and two members of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends, Greg and Yoko Barnes, were recently featured in this French production by Arte TV. Tune in and see us starting at about 11:30! Watch video here.



Bystander Intervention Do’s & Don’ts

If you witness public instances of racist, anti-Black, anti-Muslim, anti-Trans, or any other form of oppressive interpersonal violence and harassment, use these tips on how to intervene while considering the safety of everyone involved.


Larry Butler Memorial Meeting for Worship
Saturday March 9th, 1:30 pm.

A memorial Meeting for Worship for a former member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and Friends Select School faculty member Larry Butler will be held at Friends Center.  Larry was a civil rights activist, an engaged member of CPMM in the 1970s, and worked to bring LGBTQ concerns to the foreground in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.  The memorial Meeting for Worship will be held at 1:30 pm, with a reception to follow at 2:30 pm, at Friends Center.  

Here is a link to Larry’s obituary.  


Continuing Sessions, March 23, 2019

10 am: Worshipful Resistance to Family Detention at Berks Detention Center
Join the PYM Young Adult Friends community, who will lead a worshipful resistance to ongoing detention of immigrant families. Learn more here.

1-4 pm: Business session

Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College,  4 North 2nd Street, Reading, PA 19601. Register here.




April 7th, 2019 5:00 – 9:30 PM

Masjidullah 7401 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia, PA


Singing City

A 200-person choir filled the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral today with a musical retelling of the 1963 Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama. This pivotal moment in civil rights history saw children protesting injustice, only to be met with violence and authoritative backlash.

Presented by Singing City, children as young as 6 years old performed alongside students and adults up to age 89! 6abc was there as singers from all walks of life gathered to commemorate civil rights and integration!


Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology

FCRP–Inspiring inner journeys for change in the world

Annual Conference

Pendle Hill

May 24-27, 2019

Since 1943, the Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology has gathered annually to provide a respite for individuals of all spiritual and religious backgrounds who wish to delve more deeply into their inner lives.

It is one of the oldest conferences in the U.S. dedicated to individual spiritual exploration, with a focus on in-depth psychology, specifically Jungian psychology. 

Jungian analyst and author Donald Kalsched will speak on “Trauma and the Soul:  The Mystical and Spiritual Dimensions of Trauma and Healing.” 

To learn more or to register click here

Peacemaking: Quilting our Prayers and our Practices

Pendle Hill

When: March 9, 2019, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Firbank Art Studio at Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Rd Wallingford, PA 19086 USA

Cost: $100 includes lunch

Contact: Jesse White, 610-566-4507 x 137
Email Event website Pendle Hill’s vision is “to create peace with justice in the world by transforming lives.” Does that vision speak to you? Do you enjoy creating with fabric? Do you have experience with basic hand sewing? Join with other peacemakers and piece-makers to create a quilted work of art that expresses both your own fabric contribution and a shared vision of peacemaking in a quilted mandala. Led by Asake Jones

February 2019 Friends Center Tenant Newsletter


The big news this month is that our tenants are invited to a reception on Feb. 21 with the Tri-College Consortium’s Philly Program. (See the next item.) This brand-new pilot program has launched, and Friends Center is grateful to be the launchpad.

Also, by now you’ve seen our zoning hearing notice by the front door. Today we received city approval to install two exterior signs on the main office building, identifying it as Friends Center. They should be installed in the next few months. Our goal is to make it easier for your volunteers, board members, event participants, and other guests to find us.
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

February 21, 3:15 -4:30 pm
Cherry Street Room
Meet the Students of the Tri-College Consortium Philly Program
In November, we welcomed new tenant the Tri-College Consortium Philly Semester, which is a pilot program that started in January 2019. It is a joint effort of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges, the Tri-College Consortium. They have leased office space here, and are holding classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the MLK Room. More info
Please join us on Feb. 21 at 3:15 pm for a reception in the Cherry Street Room so the students can meet the organizations here. Bring some brochures and business cards. Perhaps some partnerships or projects will emerge!
Friends Center Fills Positions
Friends Center has filled the positions it recently advertised. Thank you.

Why I Got Arrested at the Border
AFSC’s Lucy Duncan writes about her experience with the “Love Knows No Borders” action in southern California in December. It’s the cover story in this month’s issue of Friends Journal magazine.
New to Quakerism or just interested to learn more? Then check out the QuakerSpeak video series, featuring members of CPMM, and produced by Friends Journal to give newcomers a better understanding of Quakers.
Interested in attending Meeting for Worship near you? Philadelphia Yearly Meeting unites 100+ Quaker meetings and thousands of Friends in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland. Quakerism is a faith of direct communion with God, lived with a sense of continuing revelation.

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE)
Join PLSE as we return to West Philly for an expungement clinic.
Friday, February 15, 2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
3509 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA, 19104
We will cover the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records in Pennsylvania during a Know Your Rights sessions. Sit for a one-on-one expungement eligibility intake session to see if you have charges from Pennsylvania arrests that are eligible for an expungement. This clinic is FREE and OPEN to the public and operates on a first come, first served basis. No registration is needed.
Art-Reach mentioned on WHYY:
Sensory-friendly museum days in Philly

Singing City
The Children’s March
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3 p.m.
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Get Tickets
Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS)
Take a look at this article featured in The Christian Science Monitor. It’s about Steve Gotzler, executive director of Prisoner Visitation and Support, knows firsthand the benefits of visitors for prisoners.
Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)
2019 Section of the Americas Meeting
Lake Doniphan Camp and Conference Center – Outside Kansas City, MO|March 21 – 24, 2019
¡Come and See! (John 1:46)
Join Quakers from across the Americas to explore “Who is my neighbor?” and “How can we all be Friends?” through workshops, worship, Scripture and the ministry of FWCC Traveling Ministers.
In a time of conflict and uncertainty, the biannual Section Meeting provides vital opportunities for personal encounters with Friends, and spiritual transformation through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Inward Christ, the Light Within. All Friends are welcome to attend. Preregistration is required

Haverford College
Guadalupe Rosalas: Legends Never Die
January 25—March 8, 2019
A Collective Memory originated at Aperture Gallery, New York, and extends from a feature in Aperture magazine’s Fall 2018 issue, “Los Angeles.” Support for its presentation at Haverford is provided by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities. http://exhibits.haverford.edu/legendsneverdie/

Happy New Year!!! CPMM staff changes and much more.

Friends Center Tenant Newsletter
Issue 44, January 2019
Welcome back to the Friends Center! As we said in our year-end holiday card: Best wishes for a happy, healthy, more peaceful, and more just year for you and everyone in 2019. — Chris Mohr, Executive Director
Happy New Year!!! Friends Center’s 2019 Holiday Closure Calendar is now online. Please bookmark or download for your reference.
Campaign Action
Since mid-October (2018), groups of asylum seekers escaping violence and poverty have been traveling north from Central America through Mexico. Instead of responding with compassion, President Trump has deployed thousands of troops, shot tear gas at children, and pursued policies to criminalize all who seek refuge. People fleeing violence and poverty in Central America and elsewhere should be treated with humanity and compassion—not face family separation, military troops, or criminalization. It’s time for Congress to stop funding cruelty against immigrants.
Sign the petition: Respect the human right to migrate and end militarization at the border    

Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting is glad to announce the hiring of a new Meeting secretary, Dan Zemaitis. Dan will be taking over for Amy Ward Brimmer, who has been the secretary for the previous 4 years. Dan is a member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting, a graduate of Moorestown Friends and Haverford College and holds a PhD in Religion and Theology with a focus on Quaker Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. Dan also teaches Comparative Religion at Rowan College of Burlington County.  
The PYM Community Events Calendar is for all events in the PYM region under the care of any Quaker meeting, organization, school, committee, collaborative, or another group. See https://www.pym.org/calendar.   Here’s one example of a calendar listing: “Women of Our World: Photojournalism with Love” When: January 5, 2019 – April 24, 2019 all-day America/New York Timezone Where: The Barn Gallery at Pendle Hill 338 Plush Mill Rd Wallingford, PA 19086 Cost: Free Contact: Jesse White, 610-566-4507, ext 137 A series of photographs of women from around the world taken by Quaker photojournalist Blair Seitz will be on display through April 24, 2019.

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity When: January 18, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Parnerships 3509 Spring Garden St Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Email, Event website , Expungement Clinics
We will cover the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records in Pennsylvania during a Know Your Rights sessions. Sit for a one-on-one expungement eligibility intake session to see if you have charges from Pennsylvania arrests that are eligible for an expungement. This clinic is FREE and OPEN to the public and operates on a first come, first served basis. No registration is needed. Graciously hosted by the Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

Singing City: The Children’s March Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3 p.m. Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral 23 S. 38th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 With Singing City, The SC Children’s Choir, T-VOCE, Keystone State Boychoir’s Anonymous 8 Germantown Friends School Middle School Choir Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator A work that unites all ages in re-telling the story that changed the direction of the Civil Rights movement in America.

Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation Lesson
Planning for Engagement and Belonging Tuesday, January 15 @ 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Free   Dig into the “why” as well as the “how” of strong lesson planning.  Join Julia Katz, ArtWell Associate Executive Director and Sarah Chavez, ArtWell School Partnerships Assistant Coordinator, to learn intuitive and accessible ways to develop workshop goals, then plan your lesson working backwards. We will explore key components of a strong lesson plan as well as how workshop structure and facilitation can decrease anxiety and power dynamics, and encourage active learning, safety, and youth voice.  Artists in all disciplines are welcome.

Arch Street Meeting House has a devoted group of volunteers who interact with visitors as docents and greeters. They are always looking for new folks to join in! If you have questions feel free to reach out to Volunteer (@) historicASMH.org.

Friends Center’s Tenant holiday reception!! | And more Community News 12/2018

Issue 43, December 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

As we approach the end of 2018, I am grateful to our staff for their support of all the work YOU do here at Friends Center.
And I’m grateful for your good work, too. The Friends Center community is doing an astounding and outstanding variety of work to make our city, nation, and world a better place. Keep it up!
Please join us for our end-of-year celebration as detailed below, so we can take a moment to recognize one another and to share food and fun together.
May you and yours have a blessed end of 2018, and wishing you a happy 2019 in advance!

– Chris Mohr, Executive Director


Friends Center Year-End Celebration!
The presence of our tenants is requested for the Friends Center year-end celebration, POTLUCK STYLE!
Friends Center will provide a CHICKEN & WAFFLE BAR including fresh fruit & whipped cream and beverages. We are excited to see what delicious dishes they’ll bring. For games, good food and even better company please contact Jennifer at mailto:jwilliams@friendscentercorp.org by December 13th to RSVP.


Monday, 12/24 – Center CLOSED
Tuesday, 12/25 – Center CLOSED
Monday, 12/31 – Open regular hours
Tuesday, 1/1 – Center CLOSED


NEWS: Quaker relief worker recounts helping migrants in caravan get through Mexico — WHYY

Quaker relief worker recounts helping migrants in caravan get through Mexico

JANUARY 14, 7:30-9:00 pm
Pendle Hill Retreat Center
338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086

On Monday, January 14, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, please join Laura Boyce, associate general secretary for US programs of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), in the Barn, for a first-hand report of the situation of migrants from Central America seeking refuge in the United States. She will also inform us of the work AFSC and other faith-based organizations are doing in response to the humanitarian crisis developing along the border with Mexico.

NEWS: A home-grown ‘Messiah’ sing-along marks 50 years in Philly — WHYY
Friday, December 7, 7 pm
Join Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends in the Worship Room for the 50th anniversary of this festive sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah”!

One Quilt, One Yearly Meeting
Quilts, Quilts and oh yeah more Quilts! Check out this short skit launched by PYM’s community engagement team promoting Friends Quilts. The project was birthed at Continuing Sessions in November of this year.

Anna Crusis Women’s Choir
Winter Coat Concert 2018
Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion
2110 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
This venue is accessible via wheelchair. The performance is visually interpreted.
Date: December 8, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
December 9, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Cost: $10.00 – $35.00

Declaration of Interdependence – Join us as we sing music from Moira Smiley, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Lin Manuel Miranda, the students from Marjorie Douglas High School in Fla., and a host of others. Help us make a joyous noise for all to hear!
Community Sing ½ hour before each performance

Singing City
Holiday Concert – Dave Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 3 pm
The Church of St. Luke & the Epiphany
330 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

With Bill Carter and Presbybop and Elizabeth Weigle, soprano
The Mexican tradition of “La Fiesta de la Posada” recreates Joseph and Mary’s search for a room at an inn-a universal story of faith, community, and the joy of sharing. The second half features jazz with Presbybop, playing holiday favorites!


A Feast of Carols
December 8, 2018 – 5PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Chestnut Hill
Mendelssohn Brass Clara Gerdes, organ
Mendelssohn Club’s signature program, blending seasonal music from around the world with beloved holiday sing-along carols. This season’s program includes two brilliant neoclassical miniatures, Four Motets for Christmas by Francis Poulenc and Sing With Joy, Glad Voices Lift by Hugo Distler. Purchase tickets here

November Newsletter – Welcome Tri-College, Construction coming to a close, A dream deferred

Issue 42, November 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

In November we welcome two new tenants to our community at Friends Center.

First, the Tri-College Consortium Philly Semester is a pilot program starting in January 2019. It is a joint effort of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges, the Tri-College Consortium. They have leased office space on the first floor of 1501 Cherry, and will hold classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the MLK Room. We are planning a tenant reception for the students to meet the organizations here. Perhaps some partnerships or projects will emerge! More info.

Second, the ACE Mentor Program of America will soon join us, also on the first floor of 1501 Cherry. They are a national group whose local affiliates match architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) professionals with students, particularly in public high schools. More info.

We appreciate these additions to our community of organizations working to create a better world.
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

Our tunnel repair project is wrapping up. Thanks again to everyone for your patience, especially the staff, parents, and children at Friends Child Care Center and other tenants in 1520 Race.

As mentioned in an email, we’re also doing repair to the brick wall on the Race Street side of the 1501 Cherry office building.
• Mural Arts Program has hired a masonry contractor to repair the Race Street wall of the 1501 Cherry office building. It was damaged when their contractor removed their mural.
• Work started in early November and should continue for about 3 weeks, depending on weather.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep our facilities well-maintained and weather-tight.



Join the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Quaker Palestine Israel Network (QPIN), and Pendle Hill December 14-16, 2018, for a weekend of exploring what it will take to realize a just and lasting peace in Palestine and Israel.

AFSC and Quakers have been engaging in Palestine for over a century and working for peace with justice since 1948. After decades without change, this conference will open up a conversation about what is needed for a just future.

An impressive array of experienced and actively engaged speakers from the area, as well as from the United States, will be there to inform and guide this conversation. To see bios of the speakers, a preliminary schedule of the program, and to register, click here

Ending Cash Bail in Philadelphia
Last month, CPMM and Power co-hosted a panel discussion on this topic. If you missed it, a second forum takes place Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1 906 S. Rittenhouse Square. Click here for more info.


Friends in Business Fall Dinner
PA Governor Tom Wolf
A Businessman’s Take on State Government – Up Close and Personal

December 5, 2018
Refreshments: 6:00 pm
Talk: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:15 pm

New Venue: The Acorn Club
1519 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

$65 per person ($30 for registrants aged 35 & under)


Green Building United workshop at Friends Center that featured Community Ventures:

CAIR Philadelphia hosted an interfaith press conference in response to the mass shootings at the Pittsburgh synagogue and the Kroger in Kentucky, and to call for end to divisive and bigoted remarks from politicians. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting was one of the participants. KYW-AM’s news report is here.
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE)
Legal Records Expungement Clinic.
When: November 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Parnerships
3509 Spring Garden St Philadelphia, PA 19104
This clinic is FREE and OPEN to the public and operates on a first come, first served basis. No registration is needed.
Graciously hosted by the Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

Bonus: PLSE got a mention in the recent New York Times Magazine article about Larry Krasner! It’s about halfway through the article.


‘A Dream Deferred’ exhibit wants to inspire visitors to ‘engage the systems that are doing you wrong’
Little Giant Creative’s multimedia exhibit, on display through Nov. 17, uses multimedia to explain redlining’s legacy in Philadelphia. Learn more here.


Issue 41, October 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

The autumn is here, fall weather not so much—yet. When it does arrive, feel free to open windows in the office spaces to let fresh air in.

Some time soon enough, our geothermal system will be switching over from cooling to heating. While we are proud of our leading-edge open-loop system (read about it here), it does take quite a bit of effort to maintain. Thank you to our operations team of Wil Mason, Ed Waters, and Erick Emerick, the people who are making those efforts.
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

The tunnel repair project is coming to a close. The brick pavers are being relaid (weather permitting), and then the play yard fence will be reinstalled. We anticipate reopening the “C” door early next week, and the entire project should be done in the next two weeks. Thank you again to everyone for your patience while we do this necessary work.


Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting & POWER present:
October 24
6:00 PM — Registration & refreshments
6:30 to 8:30 PM — Program
For more information call Dana Reinhold at 215-510-7125.

CPMM will host a panel discussion including the Defenders Association and the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, and a local resident who has experienced the current unjust bail process. The cash bail system traps poor people in long-term pretrial detention because they can’t afford bail. This can cost them their jobs, homes, healthcare and custody of their children while they wait for their day in court.

To end cash bail, we need a better alternative. Come learn about the current system and how we can work together to replace it. Please invite anyone you know who could benefit from information about the current bail system or would like to explore or support better alternatives.

And if this date does not work for you: The Philadelphia Ethical Society is presenting another panel discussion on this same topic, on Thursday, November 9th, 6:30-8:00 pm, at 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square.


Friends Council on Education

Singing City
Street Requiem
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3 p.m.
Old First Reformed Church of Christ
151 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Singing City will perform the Philadelphia premiere of Street Requiem, with Corinn Altomare, mezzo-soprano, and Colin Doyle, tenor. This cantata by Australian composers Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, and Jonathon Welch features a powerful variety of musical styles, ranging from gospel to South African freedom music. It was written to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities struggling with homelessness. Special guests Rabbi David Straus and Rev. Rebecca Fitzpatrick will lead the choir and audience in a remembrance of those who have lost their lives on the streets. Liz Hersh, Executive Director of Homeless Services for the City of Philadelphia, will be part of an audience Q&A at the end of the concert. Audience members are invited to bring items of clothing and toiletries that will benefit Bethesda Project, a local organization that serves the homeless in Philadelphia. The work of Shoot From Within Photography will be on display-selected photos from Perseverance With Dignity, a series of images depicting homeless people in Philadelphia.


Quakerism 101 at Lancaster Friends Meeting
Sun, Oct 21, 2018 1:00 PM
Sun, Apr 21, 2019 2:30 PM
Lancaster Friends Meeting (map)

Lancaster Meeting is offering Quakerism 101, based on a curriculum developed some years ago by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The course consists of six monthly sessions, and will begin on Oct. 21 after Community Meal, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will meet in October and November, then in January through April. The leader will be Joan Broadfield, from Chester Meeting.

Friends Fall Festival
October 13, 2018, 9 am – 4 pm
Downingtown Friends Meeting
800 E Lancaster Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335
The Friends Fall Festival will be filled with family fun, including face painting and hay rides, gently used thrift items, a garden sale, scrumptious baked goods and homemade foods, a silent auction, craft vendors selling quality items, and an authentic early 19th century Quaker wedding, all accompanied by six hours of live entertainment. Rain or shine.


Issue 40, September 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

Friday Fun! See below for news of our Tenant Cookout and Park(ing) Day mini-park this Friday.
Tunnel Repair Update
Our tunnel repair project will be wrapping up in the next few weeks, which means the tent and fencing will disappear and the play yard will reopen. Whew!
I would like to thank our general contractor, Haverstick-Borthwick; structural engineer, Keast & Hood; waterproofing consultant, WJE; as well as all the subcontractors. As construction projects go, it is relatively small, but complex, and they’re all doing good work.
Thank you as well to Friends Center staff, equity partners, and our tenants for adapting to this much-needed project.
In particular, I want to thank all the staff, parents, and children of the Friends Child Care Center for working with this disruption to their routine. From executive director Raechel O’Neal Coats to all the staff and families, you all have been so understanding and patient. Thank you!
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, noon – 2 pm
The Friends Center is organizing a tenant cookout this Friday as a small token of appreciation for all of the good works done by the many non-profit and Quaker organizations that we house. We are proud to work alongside you all and hope that you will join us for a sunny afternoon of food and fun. The cookout is scheduled to begin at noon, the free door prize drawing will be at 1 pm and events will be winding down around 2 pm.
Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 10 am – 3 pm
Join us on 15th Street between Cherry street and Race Street for Park(ing) Day, the international day to reclaim urban space for people, not cars.
Could you volunteer to help with Park(ing) Day?
We need help setting up our “parklet” 9-10 am and to staff the display for an hour or two at a time during the day. Please let Jennifer Williams know, either by talking to her on your way by, emailing, or calling (215) 241-7100.

Central Philadephia Monthly Meeting (CPMM)
Book Discussion
Please join CPMM for a discussion of Marcus Borg’s book, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, facilitated by Carolyn McCoy. We will meet in the Lucretia Mott Room, September 23, 1:00-2:30 pm.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM)
2018 Quaker College Fair
Saturday, September 29th from 11:45 am – 3pm
Co-sponsored by Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE) and PYM
Come to Friends Center to hear a discussion on the college admissions process and how to find the right school, and meet representatives from numerous historically Quaker colleges. Register here.
Also, the PYM website currently features a story about O., who is a member of CPMM. The piece wonders if we ever consider the facts of our biological existence as containing stories that can also illuminate our spiritual journeys: A New Creation Story: Embracing Love.

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
After the Crash: Re-imagining Trauma Recovery
Friday, September 21, 2018, 4:30-8:00 pm
Created by a youth alumnus of the Social Justice Leadership Institute, Ruja Ballard, this event aims to start the process of healing in our community, especially in our POC youth. There will be workshops, activities, and group discussions, and therapists will be on site. This is a chance to learn about trauma, how it affects us, and the steps we can take to break down the negative connotations towards getting help from others. It is an exploration of community wellness, mental health awareness, and healing practices through art. Please email cagosto@afsc.org with questions or to RSVP.


Art-Reach picked Katie Samson to be its director of programs
Welcome, Katie! As reported in Generocity:
The six-year Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts veteran, who worked first as an arts educator then as assistant director of museum education at the institution, joined the accessibility-focused arts nonprofit on Sept. 10. She has previously worked as a disabilities studies faculty member at West Chester University. The Wayne native also serves as co-director and spokesperson for the Katie Samson Foundation, which fundraises for research and quality-of-life programs for people with spinal cord injuries.
Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
14th Soul of Medicine Brunch Event
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
College of Physicians, 19 So. 22nd St., Phila.
This year, we’re celebrating 10 years of impact on our communities! Learn more and register here.

CASA hosts Salesforce “Un-Conference” NPSP Day
Thurs., October 11, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm
Rufus Jones Room
Join CASA for a day of learning and networking related to the Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack. Learn more and register.


Underground Railroad Presentation
September 20, 2018, 7:00 pm
Friends Village, 331 Lower Dolington Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
Join us for an inspiring presentation about the critical roles both Quakers and Bucks County played in the operation of the Underground Railroad. Come listen to Jesse Crooks of the Doylestown Historic Society and the Rev. David Jackson of Mount Gilead Church share stories of bravery, sacrifice and the secret network of kind communities who helped many people on their journey to freedom.

Radnor Friends Meeting’s 300th Birthday celebration
September 22, 2018, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Radnor Meeting, Conestoga Rd Villanova, PA 19085
Join Radnor Quakers for a day of wholesome interactive activities, puppet show at 11 am, and lots of food. Tour the buildings and grounds, meadow and stream. There will be a Quaker art show and a presentation by Change Angels. This is a free event. Children welcome.


Issue 39, August 2018
Friends Center Tenant “News-Later”
In the relative quiet of late August, it became clear to me that I need to express my deep appreciation to the staff and regular contractors at Friends Center who maintain and manage our three buildings and the grounds, and who manage the common meeting rooms. Our goal is for the physical plant to be a resource for as many community groups as possible, and to do so in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. I hope you will join me in saying THANK YOU to our staff and contractors when you see them around.
— Chris Mohr, Executive Director

The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.
We are almost done with the work to switch out digital and analog phones for “IP” phones. Thank you for your patience.
A Thank You to Our Tenants
We recognize our safety drills can sometimes happen at a not-so-ideal time for some but we appreciate your patience and participation. Though we hope to never suffer a tragedy such as the ones we prepare for, we are thankful for the knowledge we gain from the drills.
Join in the fun!
Friends Center will be participating in Philadelphia’s annual Park(ing) day
PARK(ing) Day was founded in 2005 by Rebar Group, a San-Francisco-based architecture and design firm, and was first presented in Philadelphia in 2008 by Zimmerman Studio. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, daylong global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public mini-parks, or “parklets”. In Philadelphia, approximately 60 volunteer teams design, build, and install these temporary 170 square-foot parklets throughout the city as a gift to their fellow citizens. All parklets are self-funded.
PARK(ing) Day challenges us all to reconsider whether we are making the best use of our limited urban spaces.
Soon we will be sending out an official invitation and waiver form. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer at the front desk, x7100 or jwilliams@friendscentercorp.org.
Equity Partner News
The 2018 Annual Gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent
When: August 24-26, 2018
Where: Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting & Ujima Friends Peace Center
Cost: $50
Contact: Fellowship of Friends of African Descent
Event website
God’s Song In a Strange Land – Psalms 137:4
Celebrating the role of music in our spiritual journeys and our struggle for liberation
Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Friday Night/ Sunday Morning)
1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
and Ujima Friends Peace Center (Saturday / Sunday PM), 1701 Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19132
Join Us
• Bring musical instruments, voices, albums, CDs, and your testimonies of the role of music in your life
• Examine the role of music in liberatory movements in Africa and the diaspora
• Participate in a Spirit led musical jam session
• Celebrate one year of ministry at the Ujima Friends Peace Center
• Panel discussion on Music and The Black Quaker Experience
• Meals to include: Friday Night cook-out, Saturday lunch and dinner)
Register at www.fofad.org

Oh, how we love to brag about our tenants. Check out this twitter blurb to see just how much.

Quaker College Fair 2018
Organized by Friends Association for Higher Education and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
When: September 29, 2018 @ 11:45 am – 3:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Where: Friends Center
1515 Cherry St Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA
Cost: Free
Contact: PYM Directly; https://www.pym.org/event/quaker-college-fair-2018/
GreenLight Fund is bringing a new model of financial empowerment to Philadelphia
The venture philanthropy firm announced a $600,000 investment in Boston-based financial services nonprofit Compass Working Capital, in partnership with Clarifi and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
Read more

Why Not Prosper
Community Healthcare Day
Join them as they celebrate the residents of Germantown, Mt. Airy and Montgomery County. All are welcome!
Date: Friday August 31, 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: 717-719 Chelten Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144
To reserve a table contact Rev. Michelle Simmons @ (610)716-1113 or Christina Morton @ (215)317-7320
10 essential books on social justice, as recommended by 5 Philly nonprofit leaders
Generocity asked: If you had the power to get every Philadelphian to read one great book to change their worldview, what would it be and why? Read more »
Visit the Farm
Open daily June 15 – September 27, 2018
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
• Explore the crops and talk to the farmers.
• Take part in FREE programs & workshops.
• Learn how to garden and be an advocate.
• Support community gardeners and become a Friend of the Gardens.


Issue 38, July 2018

Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

Thank you to everyone at Friends Center for your cooperative spirit and your understanding of the bigger picture for our community. Thank you for tolerating the tunnel project, the electricity demand reduction program, and the removal of the mural. We aim to steward the facility for future generations, while being mindful of the impact on the present generation. On behalf of the staff and board of Friends Center, we appreciate you all very much!
— Chris Mohr, Executive Director
The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.
We are starting the work to switch out digital and analog phones for “IP” phones. We hope to minimize disruption to your
An Evening of Poetry
Thursday, July 12
7-10 pm
Friends Center
Hosted by Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, Raquel Salas Rivera
and featuring
Becky Birtha
with Oskar Castro
CPMM is co-hosting, can you help? Volunteers needed.
Thank you to Beth Feldman Brandt, executive director of the Bartol Foundation. She serves as the chair of the city’s Poet Laureate Committee and made the connection to Quakers!
AFSC’s Amy Gottlieb wrote for the Guardian newspaper:
It is time to abolish Ice. It cannot be reformed
• Read the article
AFSC’s Carly Goodman wrote in the Washington Post:
Angry that ICE is ripping families apart? Don’t just blame Trump. Blame Clinton, Bush and Obama, too.
The militarization of immigration enforcement.
• Read the article
The Indian Committee of PYM (Quakers) and The Coalition for Peace Action presents:
“Tatanka vs. The Black Snake”
Held at Historic Arch Street Meeting House
330 Arch St Philadelphia, Pa
Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation $10
See the postcards in the lobby.
CAIR Philadelphia opposes Supreme Court ruling upholding “Muslim ban”
In a press conference at Friends Center, CAIR expressed their opposition to the recent Supreme Court ruling. Coverage included:
• CBS Local
• Metro Philly
• Fox 29
• 6ABC
Philly’s new Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness Wishes Everyone a Happy World Refugee Day!
A granting group made up of service providers picked the Scattergood Foundation-facilitated fund’s first-ever grantees.
Generocity, 6/20/18
Philadelphia Reentry Coalition’s first awards ceremony celebrated these thriving returning citizens
Hosted by our tenant, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity
“The Philadelphians we honored are living proof of what can happen when people have real opportunities, resources and support as they move forward with their lives after incarceration,” writes Coalition Director Aviva Tevah.
Generocity, 6/22/2018
Check out the Farm in the City
located in Thomas Paine Plaza
Open daily June 15 – September 29, 2018 at 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
• Explore the crops and talk to the farmers.
• Take part in FREE programs & workshops.
• Learn how to garden and be an advocate.
• Support community gardeners and become a Friend of the Gardens.
T-VOCE at the Annenberg
Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE), under the direction of Emily Sung, performed on May 17 for a full house as part of the Annenberg Center’s annual Children’s Festival. The concert also featured dancers from Esperanza Charter Academy. For the first time, this collaborative venture was offered as a full-year program during 2017-18. Students from across the City of Philadelphia met each Saturday (usually at Friends Center) to explore choral music and spoken word with the aim of discovering and developing their voices, both figuratively and literally. T-VOCE is a collaboration between Art Sanctuary, Opera Philadelphia, Play On, Philly! and one of our tenants, Singing City.