Friends to hear about Quaker Study Cen­ter

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

Jen­nifer harsten, re­cently ap­pointed Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at Pendle Hill, the well-known nu­aker Study Cen­ter in Walling­ford will speak to the adult class at New­town nu­aker Meet­ing Sun­day, Oct. 28 at 9:45 a.m. at the his­toric nu­aker Meet­ing­house at 219 Court Street. Meet­ing for Wor­ship in the man­ner of Friends will fol­low at 11 a.m. The pub­lic is in­vited.

Jen will speak on “Pendle Hill at 82: Wit­ness, Work and Study.” harsten will talk about what’s hap­pen­ing at the dy­namic nu­aker re­treat and study cen­ter this year.

Pendle Hill is de­scribed as a “vi­brant ex­per­i­ment in adult reli­gious ed­u­ca­tion” with res­i­den­tial sem­i­nars and pro­grams based on “the four ba­sic so­cial tes­ti­monies of Friends: equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity and re­spect for in­di­vid­u­als, sim­plic­ity of the ed­u­ca­tional and ma­te­rial en­vi­ron­ment, har­mony of in­ward and out­ward ac­tions, community in daily life and in the seek­ing of the Spirit.”

Started in 1930, Pendle Hill’s beau­ti­ful 23-acre grounds with a mile long wood­chip trail, ponds, and 140 species of trees and flow­er­ing shrubs can ac­com­mo­date groups up to 65 per­sons overnight and up to 136 for pre­sen­ta­tions, lec­tures, and other events. Res­i­den­tial sem­i­nars for the cur­rent year in­clude Arts and Writ­ing, Bi­ble/Sa­cred Texts, Build­ing Life Skills, Heal­ing, Move­ment and Body Work, nu­aker Faith and Prac­tice, Spir­i­tual Prac- tice, So­cial Wit­ness, and Teach­ing.

Vis­i­tors come from many dif­fer­ent faiths and coun­tries. Most foods are home­made and all res­i­dents par­tic­i­pant in shared wor­ship, work and study with staff and teach­ers.

Prior to her work at Pendle Hill, harsten held po­si­tions with Philadel­phia Yearly Meet­ing and Aw­bury Arboretum. Jen holds a Ph.D. from McGill Univer­sity and has stud­ied ed­u­ca­tion in a va­ri­ety of set­tings. She is pas­sion­ate about peace work as it re­lates to en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns and cur­rently en­joys vol­un­teer ser­vice with the PA As­so­ci­a­tion for En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion, the Friends Coun­cil on Ed­u­ca­tion, and as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the U.N. for Philadel­phia Yearly Meet­ing (nu­ak­ers).

harsten lives on cam­pus with her fam­ily - hus­band Michael Gagne and 4-year-old daugh­ter Aden. Some of her fa­vorite ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude read­ing, mak­ing things, and lis­ten­ing to her daugh­ter sing folk songs. She and her fam­ily are mem­bers of Cen­tral Philadel­phia Monthly Meet­ing.

New­town Friends Meet­ing, co-founded in 1815 by nu­aker min­is­ter and artist, Ed­ward Hicks, is open to the pub­lic, with Sun­day School classes for chil­dren and adults at 9:45 a.m. and wor­ship based on ex­pec­tant si­lence “af­ter the man­ner of Friends” at 11 a.m. Child­care is pro­vided.

Jen­nifer Karsten

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