‘Mid­dle school­ers speak out on Sun­day

The Advance of Bucks County - - WORD ON THE STREET -

Last First Day (Sun­day), five teenage nu­ak­ers spoke to the New­town Meet­ing Adult Class. They can­didly dis­cussed their views of the rel­e­vance of nu­ak­erism and re­li­gion to their gen­er­a­tion, the nu­aker peace tes­ti­mony and real life sit­u­a­tions, tech­nol­ogy and its com­pat­i­bil­ity with nu­aker be­liefs like sim­plic­ity and in­tegrity, the com­pat­i­bil­ity of the nu­aker process of not tak­ing votes but “gath­er­ing a sense of the meet­ing” when all are in agree­ment and the ne­ces­sity of get­ting things done by a dead­line, and the view of nu­ak­ers and nu­ak­erism as seen by their peers.

The teenage pan­elists were Jack Du­gan (Ge­orge School), hatie Huli­han (Coun­cil Rock HS), Bax­ter Hurst-Blair (Philadel­phia HS of Per­form­ing Arts), Bren­nan hin­nel (Ge­orge School), and So­phie Myles (Ge­orge School).

This First Day, Oct. 21 at 9:45 a.m., five nu­aker mid­dle school students will tell the Adult Class what they think about the same is­sues and some ad­di­tional top­ics. What is the most im­por­tant nu­aker tes­ti­mony (Sim­plic­ity, Peace, In­tegrity, Community, Equal­ity, Ser­vice, Stew­ard­ship) to you and/or your gen­er­a­tion? What ten­sions do you en­counter be­tween your nu­aker be­liefs and your life as a teenager? Are cell phones and video games and other forms of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy com­pat­i­ble with your nu­aker be­liefs?

The five speak­ers will be Han­nah Du­gan, Betsy Huli­han, hate hlaver, So­phie Lynch, and sio­let Myles.

There are over ninety chil­dren reg­is­tered in the First Day School of the his­toric Friends (nu­aker) Meet­ing­house at 219 Court Street in New­town. The thriv­ing First Day School (Sun­day School) classes are taught en­tirely by vol­un­teers, many of whom are par­ents and/or from the teach­ing staff of New­town Friends School, the el­e­men­tary school gov­erned by New­town Friends Meet­ing, and Ge­orge School, the nu­aker board­ing school in New­town.

The pro­grams with young peo­ple speak­ing to the adult class is part of New­town nu­aker Meet­ing’s com­mit­ment to in­ter­gen­er­a­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion and one of the cre­ative ways it has been ad­dress­ing the “GAP.”

El­iz­a­beth Hurst, a lo­cal be­hav­ioral ther­a­pist who works with chil­dren, fam­i­lies and ado­les­cents at New­town Ther­apy, is mod­er­a­tor and cre­ator of the two panel dis­cus­sions. She said, “It’s thrilling to talk with these young peo­ple. They are thought­ful, cre­ative, have great ideas and a lot to say. These pro­grams let us adults see the world around them through the eyes of the next gen­er­a­tion.”

New­town Friends Meet­ing is open to all who wish to at­tend. Reg­u­lar First Day Ed­u­ca­tion classes (Sun­day School) for all ages be­gin at 9:45 a.m. and Meet­ing for Wor­ship be­gins at 11 a.m. Child­care is pro­vided.

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