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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Community Writers Series Presents Nathaniel Frank, Author of "Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America"
Community Writers Series Presents Nathaniel Frank, Author of "Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America"

When: Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m.
Where: Friends Free Library

The Friends Free Library Community Writers Series presents a special evening with Nathaniel Frank '89. 

Nathaniel is an author, historian, commentator, and LGBTQ strategist whose latest book, Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America (April 2017), is the first full-scale history of the marriage equality movement in the United States.

Currently the director of Columbia Law School's What We Know Project—a research initiative that collects scholarship on LGBTQ public policy—he is best known for his work helping to end the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy after writing the critically acclaimed Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America.

A 1989 graduate of GFS, Nathaniel's writing has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and The New Republic, among other publications. He is also a sought-after on-air personality, and has been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs, including "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," and NPR's "Fresh Air."

Nathaniel lives with his husband and their dog in Brooklyn, NY.

This event is co-sponsored by the Lesbian & Gay Parents and Friends Alliance, and is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

The Friends Free Library Community Writers Series celebrates reading and writing and features nationally known authors with local ties to Germantown. Established in 2013, it is held at the Friends Free Library, which has served the community and Germantown Friends School since its founding in 1845. The FFL is one of the first free libraries in the United States.

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