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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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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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GFS Observance of MLK Day of Service

GFS Observance of MLK Day of Service

On Monday, 1/21, GFS and Germantown Monthly Meeting will participate in the city-wide observance of the Martin Luther King Day of Service and Sharing. GFS is closed for classes, but we open our campus as a site for volunteer projects, dialogues, a film screening, and a luncheon.

Martin Luther King Day of Service is Monday, January 21. GFS and Germantown Monthly Meeting will 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 closed for regularly-scheduled classes, but we open our campus as a site for volunteer projects, dialogues, a film screening, and a luncheon.

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, reflection, and a shared meal. 

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

8:15 a.m. Registration Opens, Front Hall of the Main Building
9 a.m. Speaker, 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 the Cradles to Crayons organization
  • 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 projects are in the works!

Questions? Please contact Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement or Emma Snope, Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow. 

Thank you!