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explore our CAMPUS

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

we have deep roots in this place

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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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Martin Luther King Day of Service, Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King Day of Service, Monday, January 16

Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community?

GFS and Germantown Monthly Meeting will once again participate in the city-wide observance of the Martin Luther King Day of Service and Sharing, which is the largest of its kind in the country. GFS is not officially open for regularly scheduled classes, but we open our campus to the public as a site for volunteer projects, discussion groups and a luncheon. Our organizing theme this year is taken from the title of King's 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community?

Martin Luther King's teaching about equality, peace and need for social change is in keeping with our Friends' approach. We choose to observe the day by offering community-building activities, service projects, learning experiences, reflection, and a shared meal. Please note that this year, there will be no advance sign-ups for service projects. All participants will choose their projects at registration.

Browse the huge array of service projects now, to jump-start your thinking about how you'd like to contribute.

On Campus Projects
Off Campus Projects

At the conclusion of service projects, we will gather in the cafeteria for our annual MLK Luncheon generously donated by the Bynum family. We invite interested families to contribute a dessert, which can be indicated when you register for the Day of Service.

Please join us for all or part of the day. All ages are welcome!

Click here to RSVP and to sign up to bring a dessert for the luncheon.

Schedule of the Day

8 a.m. Refreshments, Register and Sign-up for Service Projects or Discussions. Location: Main Building

9 a.m. Opening Assembly to frame the day. Location: Poley Auditorium, Main Building, 2nd floor

9:45 a.m. Projects and Discussions begin

11:45 a.m. Projects and Discussions conclude

11:45 a.m. Luncheon and Music. Location: Lunchroom

12:45 p.m. Luncheon ends

12:45 p.m. Clean up!

Thank you! Let's choose community over chaos!

With much appreciation,

Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement
Mirangela Buggs, Director of Multicultural Affairs

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