November Newsletter – Welcome Tri-College, Construction coming to a close, A dream deferred

Issue 42, November 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

In November we welcome two new tenants to our community at Friends Center.

First, the Tri-College Consortium Philly Semester is a pilot program starting in January 2019. It is a joint effort of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges, the Tri-College Consortium. They have leased office space on the first floor of 1501 Cherry, and will hold classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the MLK Room. We are planning a tenant reception for the students to meet the organizations here. Perhaps some partnerships or projects will emerge! More info.

Second, the ACE Mentor Program of America will soon join us, also on the first floor of 1501 Cherry. They are a national group whose local affiliates match architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) professionals with students, particularly in public high schools. More info.

We appreciate these additions to our community of organizations working to create a better world.
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

Our tunnel repair project is wrapping up. Thanks again to everyone for your patience, especially the staff, parents, and children at Friends Child Care Center and other tenants in 1520 Race.

As mentioned in an email, we’re also doing repair to the brick wall on the Race Street side of the 1501 Cherry office building.
• Mural Arts Program has hired a masonry contractor to repair the Race Street wall of the 1501 Cherry office building. It was damaged when their contractor removed their mural.
• Work started in early November and should continue for about 3 weeks, depending on weather.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep our facilities well-maintained and weather-tight.



Join the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Quaker Palestine Israel Network (QPIN), and Pendle Hill December 14-16, 2018, for a weekend of exploring what it will take to realize a just and lasting peace in Palestine and Israel.

AFSC and Quakers have been engaging in Palestine for over a century and working for peace with justice since 1948. After decades without change, this conference will open up a conversation about what is needed for a just future.

An impressive array of experienced and actively engaged speakers from the area, as well as from the United States, will be there to inform and guide this conversation. To see bios of the speakers, a preliminary schedule of the program, and to register, click here

Ending Cash Bail in Philadelphia
Last month, CPMM and Power co-hosted a panel discussion on this topic. If you missed it, a second forum takes place Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1 906 S. Rittenhouse Square. Click here for more info.


Friends in Business Fall Dinner
PA Governor Tom Wolf
A Businessman’s Take on State Government – Up Close and Personal

December 5, 2018
Refreshments: 6:00 pm
Talk: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:15 pm

New Venue: The Acorn Club
1519 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

$65 per person ($30 for registrants aged 35 & under)


Green Building United workshop at Friends Center that featured Community Ventures:

CAIR Philadelphia hosted an interfaith press conference in response to the mass shootings at the Pittsburgh synagogue and the Kroger in Kentucky, and to call for end to divisive and bigoted remarks from politicians. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting was one of the participants. KYW-AM’s news report is here.
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE)
Legal Records Expungement Clinic.
When: November 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Parnerships
3509 Spring Garden St Philadelphia, PA 19104
This clinic is FREE and OPEN to the public and operates on a first come, first served basis. No registration is needed.
Graciously hosted by the Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

Bonus: PLSE got a mention in the recent New York Times Magazine article about Larry Krasner! It’s about halfway through the article.


‘A Dream Deferred’ exhibit wants to inspire visitors to ‘engage the systems that are doing you wrong’
Little Giant Creative’s multimedia exhibit, on display through Nov. 17, uses multimedia to explain redlining’s legacy in Philadelphia. Learn more here.


Issue 41, October 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

The autumn is here, fall weather not so much—yet. When it does arrive, feel free to open windows in the office spaces to let fresh air in.

Some time soon enough, our geothermal system will be switching over from cooling to heating. While we are proud of our leading-edge open-loop system (read about it here), it does take quite a bit of effort to maintain. Thank you to our operations team of Wil Mason, Ed Waters, and Erick Emerick, the people who are making those efforts.
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

The tunnel repair project is coming to a close. The brick pavers are being relaid (weather permitting), and then the play yard fence will be reinstalled. We anticipate reopening the “C” door early next week, and the entire project should be done in the next two weeks. Thank you again to everyone for your patience while we do this necessary work.


Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting & POWER present:
October 24
6:00 PM — Registration & refreshments
6:30 to 8:30 PM — Program
For more information call Dana Reinhold at 215-510-7125.

CPMM will host a panel discussion including the Defenders Association and the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, and a local resident who has experienced the current unjust bail process. The cash bail system traps poor people in long-term pretrial detention because they can’t afford bail. This can cost them their jobs, homes, healthcare and custody of their children while they wait for their day in court.

To end cash bail, we need a better alternative. Come learn about the current system and how we can work together to replace it. Please invite anyone you know who could benefit from information about the current bail system or would like to explore or support better alternatives.

And if this date does not work for you: The Philadelphia Ethical Society is presenting another panel discussion on this same topic, on Thursday, November 9th, 6:30-8:00 pm, at 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square.


Friends Council on Education

Singing City
Street Requiem
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3 p.m.
Old First Reformed Church of Christ
151 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Singing City will perform the Philadelphia premiere of Street Requiem, with Corinn Altomare, mezzo-soprano, and Colin Doyle, tenor. This cantata by Australian composers Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, and Jonathon Welch features a powerful variety of musical styles, ranging from gospel to South African freedom music. It was written to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities struggling with homelessness. Special guests Rabbi David Straus and Rev. Rebecca Fitzpatrick will lead the choir and audience in a remembrance of those who have lost their lives on the streets. Liz Hersh, Executive Director of Homeless Services for the City of Philadelphia, will be part of an audience Q&A at the end of the concert. Audience members are invited to bring items of clothing and toiletries that will benefit Bethesda Project, a local organization that serves the homeless in Philadelphia. The work of Shoot From Within Photography will be on display-selected photos from Perseverance With Dignity, a series of images depicting homeless people in Philadelphia.


Quakerism 101 at Lancaster Friends Meeting
Sun, Oct 21, 2018 1:00 PM
Sun, Apr 21, 2019 2:30 PM
Lancaster Friends Meeting (map)

Lancaster Meeting is offering Quakerism 101, based on a curriculum developed some years ago by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The course consists of six monthly sessions, and will begin on Oct. 21 after Community Meal, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. We will meet in October and November, then in January through April. The leader will be Joan Broadfield, from Chester Meeting.

Friends Fall Festival
October 13, 2018, 9 am – 4 pm
Downingtown Friends Meeting
800 E Lancaster Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335
The Friends Fall Festival will be filled with family fun, including face painting and hay rides, gently used thrift items, a garden sale, scrumptious baked goods and homemade foods, a silent auction, craft vendors selling quality items, and an authentic early 19th century Quaker wedding, all accompanied by six hours of live entertainment. Rain or shine.


Issue 40, September 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

Friday Fun! See below for news of our Tenant Cookout and Park(ing) Day mini-park this Friday.
Tunnel Repair Update
Our tunnel repair project will be wrapping up in the next few weeks, which means the tent and fencing will disappear and the play yard will reopen. Whew!
I would like to thank our general contractor, Haverstick-Borthwick; structural engineer, Keast & Hood; waterproofing consultant, WJE; as well as all the subcontractors. As construction projects go, it is relatively small, but complex, and they’re all doing good work.
Thank you as well to Friends Center staff, equity partners, and our tenants for adapting to this much-needed project.
In particular, I want to thank all the staff, parents, and children of the Friends Child Care Center for working with this disruption to their routine. From executive director Raechel O’Neal Coats to all the staff and families, you all have been so understanding and patient. Thank you!
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director

Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, noon – 2 pm
The Friends Center is organizing a tenant cookout this Friday as a small token of appreciation for all of the good works done by the many non-profit and Quaker organizations that we house. We are proud to work alongside you all and hope that you will join us for a sunny afternoon of food and fun. The cookout is scheduled to begin at noon, the free door prize drawing will be at 1 pm and events will be winding down around 2 pm.
Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 10 am – 3 pm
Join us on 15th Street between Cherry street and Race Street for Park(ing) Day, the international day to reclaim urban space for people, not cars.
Could you volunteer to help with Park(ing) Day?
We need help setting up our “parklet” 9-10 am and to staff the display for an hour or two at a time during the day. Please let Jennifer Williams know, either by talking to her on your way by, emailing, or calling (215) 241-7100.

Central Philadephia Monthly Meeting (CPMM)
Book Discussion
Please join CPMM for a discussion of Marcus Borg’s book, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, facilitated by Carolyn McCoy. We will meet in the Lucretia Mott Room, September 23, 1:00-2:30 pm.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM)
2018 Quaker College Fair
Saturday, September 29th from 11:45 am – 3pm
Co-sponsored by Friends Association for Higher Education (FAHE) and PYM
Come to Friends Center to hear a discussion on the college admissions process and how to find the right school, and meet representatives from numerous historically Quaker colleges. Register here.
Also, the PYM website currently features a story about O., who is a member of CPMM. The piece wonders if we ever consider the facts of our biological existence as containing stories that can also illuminate our spiritual journeys: A New Creation Story: Embracing Love.

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
After the Crash: Re-imagining Trauma Recovery
Friday, September 21, 2018, 4:30-8:00 pm
Created by a youth alumnus of the Social Justice Leadership Institute, Ruja Ballard, this event aims to start the process of healing in our community, especially in our POC youth. There will be workshops, activities, and group discussions, and therapists will be on site. This is a chance to learn about trauma, how it affects us, and the steps we can take to break down the negative connotations towards getting help from others. It is an exploration of community wellness, mental health awareness, and healing practices through art. Please email with questions or to RSVP.


Art-Reach picked Katie Samson to be its director of programs
Welcome, Katie! As reported in Generocity:
The six-year Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts veteran, who worked first as an arts educator then as assistant director of museum education at the institution, joined the accessibility-focused arts nonprofit on Sept. 10. She has previously worked as a disabilities studies faculty member at West Chester University. The Wayne native also serves as co-director and spokesperson for the Katie Samson Foundation, which fundraises for research and quality-of-life programs for people with spinal cord injuries.
Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
14th Soul of Medicine Brunch Event
Sunday, Oct 21, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
College of Physicians, 19 So. 22nd St., Phila.
This year, we’re celebrating 10 years of impact on our communities! Learn more and register here.

CASA hosts Salesforce “Un-Conference” NPSP Day
Thurs., October 11, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm
Rufus Jones Room
Join CASA for a day of learning and networking related to the Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack. Learn more and register.


Underground Railroad Presentation
September 20, 2018, 7:00 pm
Friends Village, 331 Lower Dolington Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
Join us for an inspiring presentation about the critical roles both Quakers and Bucks County played in the operation of the Underground Railroad. Come listen to Jesse Crooks of the Doylestown Historic Society and the Rev. David Jackson of Mount Gilead Church share stories of bravery, sacrifice and the secret network of kind communities who helped many people on their journey to freedom.

Radnor Friends Meeting’s 300th Birthday celebration
September 22, 2018, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Radnor Meeting, Conestoga Rd Villanova, PA 19085
Join Radnor Quakers for a day of wholesome interactive activities, puppet show at 11 am, and lots of food. Tour the buildings and grounds, meadow and stream. There will be a Quaker art show and a presentation by Change Angels. This is a free event. Children welcome.


Issue 39, August 2018
Friends Center Tenant “News-Later”
In the relative quiet of late August, it became clear to me that I need to express my deep appreciation to the staff and regular contractors at Friends Center who maintain and manage our three buildings and the grounds, and who manage the common meeting rooms. Our goal is for the physical plant to be a resource for as many community groups as possible, and to do so in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. I hope you will join me in saying THANK YOU to our staff and contractors when you see them around.
— Chris Mohr, Executive Director

The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.
We are almost done with the work to switch out digital and analog phones for “IP” phones. Thank you for your patience.
A Thank You to Our Tenants
We recognize our safety drills can sometimes happen at a not-so-ideal time for some but we appreciate your patience and participation. Though we hope to never suffer a tragedy such as the ones we prepare for, we are thankful for the knowledge we gain from the drills.
Join in the fun!
Friends Center will be participating in Philadelphia’s annual Park(ing) day
PARK(ing) Day was founded in 2005 by Rebar Group, a San-Francisco-based architecture and design firm, and was first presented in Philadelphia in 2008 by Zimmerman Studio. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, daylong global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public mini-parks, or “parklets”. In Philadelphia, approximately 60 volunteer teams design, build, and install these temporary 170 square-foot parklets throughout the city as a gift to their fellow citizens. All parklets are self-funded.
PARK(ing) Day challenges us all to reconsider whether we are making the best use of our limited urban spaces.
Soon we will be sending out an official invitation and waiver form. If you are interested in participating, please contact Jennifer at the front desk, x7100 or
Equity Partner News
The 2018 Annual Gathering of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent
When: August 24-26, 2018
Where: Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting & Ujima Friends Peace Center
Cost: $50
Contact: Fellowship of Friends of African Descent
Event website
God’s Song In a Strange Land – Psalms 137:4
Celebrating the role of music in our spiritual journeys and our struggle for liberation
Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Friday Night/ Sunday Morning)
1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
and Ujima Friends Peace Center (Saturday / Sunday PM), 1701 Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19132
Join Us
• Bring musical instruments, voices, albums, CDs, and your testimonies of the role of music in your life
• Examine the role of music in liberatory movements in Africa and the diaspora
• Participate in a Spirit led musical jam session
• Celebrate one year of ministry at the Ujima Friends Peace Center
• Panel discussion on Music and The Black Quaker Experience
• Meals to include: Friday Night cook-out, Saturday lunch and dinner)
Register at

Oh, how we love to brag about our tenants. Check out this twitter blurb to see just how much.

Quaker College Fair 2018
Organized by Friends Association for Higher Education and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
When: September 29, 2018 @ 11:45 am – 3:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Where: Friends Center
1515 Cherry St Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA
Cost: Free
Contact: PYM Directly;
GreenLight Fund is bringing a new model of financial empowerment to Philadelphia
The venture philanthropy firm announced a $600,000 investment in Boston-based financial services nonprofit Compass Working Capital, in partnership with Clarifi and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
Read more

Why Not Prosper
Community Healthcare Day
Join them as they celebrate the residents of Germantown, Mt. Airy and Montgomery County. All are welcome!
Date: Friday August 31, 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: 717-719 Chelten Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144
To reserve a table contact Rev. Michelle Simmons @ (610)716-1113 or Christina Morton @ (215)317-7320
10 essential books on social justice, as recommended by 5 Philly nonprofit leaders
Generocity asked: If you had the power to get every Philadelphian to read one great book to change their worldview, what would it be and why? Read more »
Visit the Farm
Open daily June 15 – September 27, 2018
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
• Explore the crops and talk to the farmers.
• Take part in FREE programs & workshops.
• Learn how to garden and be an advocate.
• Support community gardeners and become a Friend of the Gardens.


Issue 38, July 2018

Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

Thank you to everyone at Friends Center for your cooperative spirit and your understanding of the bigger picture for our community. Thank you for tolerating the tunnel project, the electricity demand reduction program, and the removal of the mural. We aim to steward the facility for future generations, while being mindful of the impact on the present generation. On behalf of the staff and board of Friends Center, we appreciate you all very much!
— Chris Mohr, Executive Director
The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.
We are starting the work to switch out digital and analog phones for “IP” phones. We hope to minimize disruption to your
An Evening of Poetry
Thursday, July 12
7-10 pm
Friends Center
Hosted by Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate, Raquel Salas Rivera
and featuring
Becky Birtha
with Oskar Castro
CPMM is co-hosting, can you help? Volunteers needed.
Thank you to Beth Feldman Brandt, executive director of the Bartol Foundation. She serves as the chair of the city’s Poet Laureate Committee and made the connection to Quakers!
AFSC’s Amy Gottlieb wrote for the Guardian newspaper:
It is time to abolish Ice. It cannot be reformed
• Read the article
AFSC’s Carly Goodman wrote in the Washington Post:
Angry that ICE is ripping families apart? Don’t just blame Trump. Blame Clinton, Bush and Obama, too.
The militarization of immigration enforcement.
• Read the article
The Indian Committee of PYM (Quakers) and The Coalition for Peace Action presents:
“Tatanka vs. The Black Snake”
Held at Historic Arch Street Meeting House
330 Arch St Philadelphia, Pa
Doors Open at 4:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation $10
See the postcards in the lobby.
CAIR Philadelphia opposes Supreme Court ruling upholding “Muslim ban”
In a press conference at Friends Center, CAIR expressed their opposition to the recent Supreme Court ruling. Coverage included:
• CBS Local
• Metro Philly
• Fox 29
• 6ABC
Philly’s new Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness Wishes Everyone a Happy World Refugee Day!
A granting group made up of service providers picked the Scattergood Foundation-facilitated fund’s first-ever grantees.
Generocity, 6/20/18
Philadelphia Reentry Coalition’s first awards ceremony celebrated these thriving returning citizens
Hosted by our tenant, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity
“The Philadelphians we honored are living proof of what can happen when people have real opportunities, resources and support as they move forward with their lives after incarceration,” writes Coalition Director Aviva Tevah.
Generocity, 6/22/2018
Check out the Farm in the City
located in Thomas Paine Plaza
Open daily June 15 – September 29, 2018 at 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
• Explore the crops and talk to the farmers.
• Take part in FREE programs & workshops.
• Learn how to garden and be an advocate.
• Support community gardeners and become a Friend of the Gardens.
T-VOCE at the Annenberg
Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE), under the direction of Emily Sung, performed on May 17 for a full house as part of the Annenberg Center’s annual Children’s Festival. The concert also featured dancers from Esperanza Charter Academy. For the first time, this collaborative venture was offered as a full-year program during 2017-18. Students from across the City of Philadelphia met each Saturday (usually at Friends Center) to explore choral music and spoken word with the aim of discovering and developing their voices, both figuratively and literally. T-VOCE is a collaboration between Art Sanctuary, Opera Philadelphia, Play On, Philly! and one of our tenants, Singing City.


June 30, 2018
Issue 37, June 2018
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter

June at Friends Center is often a time and a place where people celebrate transitions. Every year, we host middle school and upper school graduations for Friends Select School. This year we will also host Delaware Valley Friends School and Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter School. In addition, two weddings are taking place here this June.
This summer, you’ll also see summer campers from PAFA here a couple of days a week in the courtyard, so they have access to a larger outdoor space than Lenfest Plaza.
Finally, you’ll also see a construction project in the courtyard, starting June 18. The tunnel between the Meetinghouse and 1520 Race Street is in dire need of repair. The work will be contained to the play yard and the southwest corner of the courtyard. The contractor will remove brick pavers, demolish part of the tunnel roof, and repour part of the slab. The concrete will require time to cure and dry out before a waterproofing membrane is applied, in early fall. During the curing period, we should be able to temporarily cover the work area to allow access.
Thank you in advance for your patience with the noise and inconvenience the project will cause from time to time.
— Chris Mohr, Executive Director
Thanks for Participating in Our Spring Cleaning
With your help, we collected three large bins of e-waste for recycling, along with several containers of paper for shredding and recycling.
Economic Democracy Advocates Annual Conference
A convention for a new social contract
June 14-17, 2018 | Friends Center
The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.
We still have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones; stay tuned for dates.
AFSC is a national endorser of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The Campaign’s culminating event will be a mass rally with supporters from around the country at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23rd, in Washington, DC. We are talking with Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign representatives to see if there is enough interest from AFSC, staff of organizations in Friends Center and other individuals from the area in attending this event.
If AFSC is able to provide free transportation to get folks there, and you are interested in attending, please email Laura Boyce and cc Saurav Upadhyay, who is helping with logistics, indicating your interest.
Art-Reach: On a mission to make Philadelphia the most accessible US city for the arts
Christian Science Monitor, 5/27/2018:
Community Ventures: Participates in demonstration project
Living Building Challenge
PLSE to organize two events for Reentry Awareness Month in June
Mike Lee, founder of PLSE: On clearing records, District Attorney’s push for reform extends beyond the Philly office
Billy Penn, 5/24/18
Reading Coaches
The Managing Director’s Office at the City of Philadelphia is launching 20 Philly Reading Coaches sites, as part of the City’s early childhood literacy initiative. It is a collaborative effort with DHS, Parks and Recreation, The Free Library, and other community stakeholders. They are matching community volunteers one-on-one with K-3 students to read, after school, in a student driven setting. They accept volunteers 13+ and have sites at schools, rec centers, libraries, and PAL Centers all over the city. More info.
2018 Philadelphia’s Disability Pride Day Parade: Celebrate Our Differences
June 16, 2018


May 9, 2018

There is a lot going on at Friends Center this spring, as you can see below.
We are working on a spring cleaning day for shredding & e-waste later in May, probably May 22. Please let Erick know how many boxes of shredding you might have or how much e-waste you want to recycle, so we can let the vendors know.
As always, thank you for all you to do to contribute to our unique community of organizations striving for a better world!
— Chris Mohr, Executive Director

The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.
We still have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones; stay tuned for dates.
Also, Friends Center’s main phone number, (215) 241-7000, will soon be changed to (215) 241-7100. We will let everyone know once we have a firm date set for the change.
REMINDER: Tunnel Repair Project
There is a tunnel between the Meetinghouse and 1520 Race Street that will be repaired. Work will start in the second half of June. We will keep you posted with more details when we know them.
Thank you for picking up packages. Please continue!
You’ve all been doing GREAT in securing your packages from the lobby soon after they arrive. Thank you! Keep up the good work.
2 POP-UP Friends in Fellowship Breakfasts
• Diversity and Inclusion in Government:
May 16, 8:15 AM at Friends Center
With Don Bell, Director of Black Talent Initiative, at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington DC
Don Bell, former president of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus, serves as Director of the Black Talent Initiative in Washington DC.
• KENYA’s response to Climate change:
May 17, at 8:15 AM at Friends Center, Room 21
• With Edward Mungai, Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Climate Change Innovation Center, Nairobi
Edward Mungai is the principal NGO leader behind Kenya’s initiative to develop, market, and disseminate clean technologies that address climate change. As CEO of The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), he runs an innovation hub that provides incubation, capacity building, and financing services to entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions in energy, water, and agribusiness. Edward is a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow.
Blind students get a chance to share the stage with PA Ballet dancers, Billy Penn:
Art-Reach brought together pros with the Overbook School for the Blind for an uplifting tap recital

Blind students get a chance to share the stage with PA Ballet dancers

• Thursday, May 10, 2018
7 – 9 PM – Friends Center
GIRLS INC.: Breakfast Success
Thank you to the 400 people that attended Girls Inc.’s sold-out Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast and congratulations to our inspiring honorees! We exceeded our goal and raised over $120,000. Read more.
Friends Child Care Center 40th Anniversary
Did you know Friends Child Care Center started as a parent co-op here at Friends Center? Celebrate with them as they are still going strong 4 decades later! Their 40th Anniversary Auction is Friday, May 18 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ Historic Landmark Building (118 North Broad Street). Hors d’oeuvres, entrées and open bar will be available during a festive social night of celebrating teachers and raising funds to support ongoing cultural arts programming at FCCC and its mission. Find full info here.
Send us your news, or tag us in a tweet (@Friends_Ctr), if you’d like to be mentioned!
While not happening here at Friends Center, these events may be of interest to our community:
Love Your Park Week
Join us for Love Your Park Week, May 12-20, 2018!
Over 100 parks across Philadelphia will host volunteer cleanups and special events to clean, green, and celebrate Philly’s parks. Sign up to volunteer!
Anna Crusis Women’s Choir presents:
Sing Truth to Power
June 2nd & 3rd, 2018
Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts
William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. Schoolhouse Ln, Phila
For tickets visit
The Friends Conference on Religion and Psychology:
Trauma : The Brain, the Body, and Compassionate Witness
May 25th-28th, 2018
Pendle Hill Wallingford, Pennsylvania
Learn more at:

April 2018 Tenant News: Warmer weather, Friends Child Care Center turns 40, and more


With the arrival of spring on the calendar, we look forward (eventually) to warmer weather. When it is nice outside, feel free to crack the windows open and let fresh air in! Also, the bistro table and chairs are back on the front porch, wistfully waiting for people to use them. The courtyard is available for your enjoyment, too. A Cooper’s hawk was often to be seen out there recently, but it probably continued its northward migration since then.

Speaking of the courtyard, there will be some disruption there this summer. The tunnel between the Meetinghouse and 1520 Race Street needs to be repaired. Work will start in the second half of June. We will keep you posted with more details when we know them.

— Chris Mohr, Executive Director


The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes, but now you do.

We still have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones; stay tuned for dates.

Also, Friends Center’s main phone number, (215) 241-7000, will soon be changed to (215) 241-7100. We will let everyone know once we have a firm date set for the change.

On Saturday, September 1, during Labor Day weekend, Friends Center needs to shut off the power to maintain our electrical switchgear. The Center will therefore be closed that day as well as on Monday, 9/3, Memorial Day.


Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Book Event!

Friday April 27th, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
@ Historic Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch St

$10 suggested donation

Arch Street Meeting House Preservation Trust invites you to enjoy an evening with historian Gary Nash, who will be talking about his new book, Warner Mifflin: Unflinching Quaker Abolitionist. Click for more info.


Friends Child Care Center, 40th Anniversary Cocktail Reception & Auction

Friday, May 18th 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Historic Landmark Building
118 N. Broad St, Philadelphia PA 19102

Singing City Presents: Serene Mystics
Sunday, May 6th at 3 pm
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th St, Philadelphia PA 19104
Tickets: $25; $35 for preferred seating; $10 for students. A reception follows the concert.
Click for more info.

Send us your news, or tag us in a tweet (@Friends_Ctr), if you’d like to be mentioned!


While not happening here at Friends Center, this event may be of interest to our community:

Old Pine at 250: Faith and Politics
Sunday, April 22nd 2018
Old Pine Presbyterian Church
412 Pine St, Philadelphia PA 19106

With Rev. Wilson Goode Sr., former Mayor of Philadelphia, and Ron Sider, professor at Palmer Theological Seminary & founder, Evangelicals for Social Action. A panel discussion on the relations between faith and political processes and the impact these have on social justice issues such as poverty, housing, and employment. Click for more info.


February 2018 Tenant News: Net Tuesday, Loving Friends Fiesta, Ujima Peace Center & more


 NET TUESDAY: How Nonprofits Can Manage an Effective Email List
March 6, Rufus Jones Room
Join a community of nonprofit leaders as we learn about managing effective email list from data guru Dan Bradley of Bradley Analytics. This is a bring-your-laptop-to-class style workshop where participants will have the ability to ask targeted questions and get help on their specific issue. Doors open at 6:00 and program begins at 6:30.  Food and drink will be provided.

The phone system has now been transferred from AFSC to Friends Center. Previously you didn’t always need to dial “1” before a number in the (215) or (267) area codes; now you need to dial “9-1-” first for all.

We still have to switch out some digital or analog phones for “IP” phones; stay tuned for dates.


Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of Friends

Loving Friends Fiesta
Sat., March 17, 3:30 – 8:00 pm
You’re invited to this fun event to raise money for CPMM’s Friendly Fund, which supports Philadelphia-area groups that build community: solar, homeless ministries, immigration sanctuary, and returning citizens.

  • All-Ages Play Party, 3:30 to 5:30 PM
  • Dance Celebration, 5:30 to 7:00 PM
  • Silent Auction
  • Hearty Finger Food(Potluck)
  • $5 and UnderTable
  • Learn more

NAACP’s Jacqueline Patterson to Speak at Ujima Friends Peace Center
1701 Lehigh Avenue
Fri., March 2, 9:30-11:30am
Serenity Solar will host Jacqueline Patterson, the NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Program Director. Ujima Friends Peace House is a project of the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent (FOFAD). Several members of CPMM are actively involved in FOFAD and Ujima Friends Peace Center.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends hosts Friends in Fellowship, a series of talks at the Historic Arch Street Meeting House, our sibling site at 4th & Arch Streets in Philadelphia. These fun talks are designed to bring Friends and “friends of Friends” together for fellowship, refreshments, and networking. Events are free and open to the public.

Wissahickon Habitat Repair: Plants & Birds & Rocks & Things
March 1, 7 pm
Research and best practices with restoration ecologist William J. Ryan Ph.D. from the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences.

Trans Cartooning & Op-Ed Cartooning
March 8, 7 pm
Ramona Sharples (“Trans Girl Trans Comic”) and Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson will speak on the topic “The Art of Persuasion.”

Separately, PYM also has three job openings. See the full job postings online.

Tenant News

SINGING CITY: Debussy & His Legacy
Saturday, March 17, 7 pm
The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Featuring works by Debussy, Messiaen, Gershwin, Miles Davis, and the world premiere of Supplice by Benjamin C.S. Boyle. Special guest Laura Ward, pianist, and Gamelan Kusuma Laras, a classical Javanese gamelan orchestra. A Q&A with composer Benjamin C.S. Boyle follows the concert.

Feedback that Nurtures: Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process
March 25, noon – 3 pm
How do you give feedback that sparks more creativity?  Register here for this upcoming Bartol workshop.

Kelly Woodland from After School All Stars is a founder of the new Philadelphia Black Giving Circle:

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While not happening here at Friends Center, this event may be of interest to our community:

Faith in the Public Square & the Challenge of Immigration
Sunday, March 4, Old Pine Presbyterian Church