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

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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;
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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
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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.