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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.

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.

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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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GFS Observance of MLK Day of Service
GFS Observance of MLK Day of Service

GFS students, parents, and friends will be participating in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 21. This year, you can choose to support local projects on campus or head to Girard College to participate in The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, the largest King Day event in the nation. We will also host speaker Jonathan H. Feinberg, a civil rights attorney, in the morning to kick off our campus events. All are welcome and more details are outlined below. 

Actions You Can Take Now

Leading up to MLK Day, you can prepare items to support the Parents Association's community-wide clothing, book and toy drive for Cradles to Crayons. Starting the morning of MLK Day (and continuing through Friday, January 25), volunteers will be accepting donations curbside on Coulter Street and in the Pennsbury-Greene lot (drop-off details below).

  • MLK Day (Monday, January 21): 8-11 a.m., drop off all items curbside on Coulter Street in front of the Main Building.
     
  • Tuesday-Friday (January 22-25): 7:45-8:30 a.m., drop off smaller items curbside on Coulter Street. For larger donations, enter the driveway next to the Meetinghouse, and drive up to the POD in the Pennsbury-Greene lot, then exit on Greene Street.


Donation Suggestions/Guidelines:

  • Children's clothing (sizes 0-14/16, adult small)
  • Winter coats (sizes 0-14/16, adult small)
  • Winter hats & gloves
  • Sneakers & winter boots (sizes 0-adult 9)
  • Toys (no larger than 24" in size)
  • Children's books
  • New socks & underwear
  • New school supplies 
  • Baby equipment (strollers, car seats, pack-n-plays, etc. No cribs.)
  • Baby hygiene items (New wipes, shampoo, lotion, powder, etc.)
  • Crib & bassinet bedding (blankets & sheets only)
  • Diapers, diaper bags, baby carriers

Actions You Can Take on MLK Day (Monday, January 21)

GFS is closed for regularly-scheduled classes, but we open our campus as a site for many volunteer projects, dialogues, a film screening, and a luncheon. (Details below.)

Martin Luther King's urgent call for social change, civil rights, and non-violent resolution to conflict is timely, and in keeping with our Friends approach. GFS and Germantown Meeting choose to observe the day by offering community-building activities, service projects, learning experiences, opportunities for reflection, and a shared meal. 

Please join us for all or part of the day. 

On-Campus Schedule for the Day

8:15 a.m. Registration Opens, Front Hall of the Main Building

9 a.m. Speaker: Jonathan H. Feinberg, Poley Auditorium in the Main Building

9:45 a.m. Service Projects, Dialogue, and Film Screening, On & Off Campus

11:45 a.m. Luncheon, GFS Cafeteria in the Main Building. 

Our projects include:

  • Sorting clothing and school supplies for Cradles to Crayons 
  • Making hats, scarves, and turtle furs for low-income Germantown residents
  • Cleaning and sprucing up several streets and sidewalks in Germantown
  • Making meat and cheese sandwiches for the Holsey Temple CME Church dining room
  • Learning and singing songs from the civil rights movement at Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, a nearby retirement community (Calling all singers!)
  • Assembling fruit baskets for St. Luke's food cupboard
  • Anti-bias training 
  • Screening and discussion of the documentary film, "King in the Wilderness"
  • Making "Stone Soup" for the men living at the Whosoever Gospel Mission
  • And many more!

The Bynum family will once again be donating their time and delicious food to serve lunch for all participants. Many thanks for their incredible generosity. The Bynums' restaurant group currently includes Warmdaddy's, a soul foodery in Pennsport; two New Southern restaurants—Relish in West Oak Lane and South on North Broad Street—and their fast-casual operation, Green Soul, located in the Chestnut Hill Hotel. 


About Our Speaker, Jonathan H. Feinberg

Jonathan H. Feinberg focuses his practice on civil rights litigation and criminal defense. Since 2008, Mr. Feinberg has been a member of the Legal Committee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania's Philadelphia office. Mr. Feinberg regularly consults for and co-counsels with local public interest organizations, including the ACLU, HIAS Pennsylvania, the Women's Law Project, and the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. Mr. Feinberg is an active member of two projects affiliated with the National Lawyers Guild: the National Police Accountability Project and the National Immigration Project.

Off-site Action at Girard College

Can't make it to campus that day? If you live in or near the Fairmount neighborhood, we also invite you to participate in GFS' service project at Girard College as part of The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. At this site, GFS will join 5,000 other volunteers in efforts to help families, children, and seniors in the tri-state area. Fifteen GFS volunteers are invited to help make flower bouquets for the homebound. (Security is very tight; you must register in advance to volunteer at Girard College.) Please contact Felicia Caviezel with questions about the Girard College activity.    

Questions? 

Contact Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement or Emma Snope, Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow.