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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Dedicated to Philadelphia: David Gould '07
Dedicated to Philadelphia: David Gould '07

David Gould '07 addressed Middle and Upper Schoolers at the Annual Alumni Assembly yesterday, speaking about his background and his time at GFS, both of which inspired him to seek a career in community service. 

David currently works as the Deputy Director of Community Engagement and Communications for the City of Philadelphia's Rebuilding Community Infrastructure initiative (Rebuild). Philadelphia is actually rich in public city spaces—parks, playgrounds, libraries, and recreation centers—but lacks the money to maintain them all as they ideally require. Rebuild, a key initiative of Mayor Kenney's, seeks to change that. In his role, David liaises not only with the media but, crucially, with residents of the neighborhoods that these public spaces serve. He says this is the best part of his job, explaining, "I get to provide community members with a voice in the process."

David is a Germantown native, and when he graduated from GFS, he left with a clear purpose: he wanted to help those who weren't afforded the same opportunities that he was. Prior to working at Rebuild, David spent time at the William Penn Foundation, which he enjoyed, but he found that he wanted to be more hands-on with the communities he was trying to help. 

In his career, David has found that his experience growing up in city neighborhoods, and at GFS, gave him a special set of skills that help him serve communities and amplify their voices in city government. David believes wholeheartedly that each person's unique qualities are a source of strength, and he advises, "Never be ashamed of who you are."

Here's the recording from the event: