Friends Center Tenant Newsletter
Issue 59, April 2020
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE
Lately I have been signing off on emails with the phrase, “With prayers for peace and health for all.” May we keep in mind and heart everyone who is at risk, who is suffering, who is caring for the afflicted, who is working the front lines.
I would like to add a word of gratitude to the Friends Center staff who continue to provide facilities support on a rotating basis. Thank you, Ed, Erick, Jennifer, Shakirah, and Wil!
We do not know yet when the stay-at-home order will be loosened or modified. When that happens, we will let you know of any changes to hours or staffing patterns that may affect you.
A Quaker I know compared the pandemic to the dye used (usually by children) to highlight plaque on teeth. Where the dye shows up, you need to brush more. The result is you learn to brush more effectively. Similarly, the pandemic is highlighting the problems of our society. Will we start to “brush” more effectively now, reducing harm and increasing health well-being, and not just wait for things to go back to “normal”?
Thank you, as always, for your work to help make our city, state, nation, and world a better place. It’s needed now more than ever!
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
A quote from the open letter by Mayor Kenney to Philadelphians:
“I write to tell you that even amid our silent streets, the spirit of this great city has not, in any way, been diminished by this virus.”
4/18 is International Day for Monuments and Sites
Saturday, April 18th, marks International Day for Monuments and Sites, which celebrates cultural heritage around the world and focuses on preserving and conserving historical and archaeological sites.
In Philadelphia, we have a rich array of historical sites, including 67 National Historic Landmarks, which are those sites that are federally recognized as representing an outstanding aspect of American history and culture. Our own Race Street Quaker Meetinghouse is one of them!
Discover Philadelphia’s 67 National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) in this beautifully illustrated map. Designed by a local artist, this map is both a useful guide to Philadelphia’s rich heritage, as well as a unique souvenir or gift for visitors and Philadelphians alike. You don’t have to leave the house to learn about Philly heritage. In addition to the online interactive map of the NHLs, many of them have online resources.
EQUITY PARTNER NEWS
- Farmers have food, but many of their markets (like restaurants) are no longer buying perishable produce.
- Food banks are experiencing unprecedented need.
- AFSC program is bridging that gap.
Annual Sessions 2020 Goes Virtual
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and after careful discernment, the Sessions Coordinating Committee and the yearly meeting clerking team have thoughtfully and carefully decided that this year’s Annual Sessions (July 29 – August 2, 2020) will move to a virtual space in order to preserve the care and well-being of our community. Read more here
You can take part in an effort to virtually build, support and encourage the community that Quaker meetings have already been building in person, through worship, fellowship and social witness.
If you are already a member or attender, but do not have an FGC Quaker Account, click the link below and fill out the form to send a note to the Quaker Cloud administrator for your meeting. Be sure to let them know your name and your connection to the meeting.
Online meeting for worship with CPMM is at 11:00 AM on Sunday mornings.
Singing City Spring Concert:
Stephen Paulus’ To Be Certain of the Dawn –
A Commemoration of the Children
- Read more here.
- Also, see this article featuring Singing City: “Choirs make the most of virtual rehearsals” (WHYY)
New Century Trust:
Philadelphia’s poverty problem is bigger than you ever imagined
When we measure income using the federal poverty rate, the results far underestimate how many people are actually struggling to meet daily needs, say guest columnists Marianne Bellesorte and Farrah Parkes (New Century Trust). Full Article Here