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Archive | June, 2011

A Touch of Enduring Beauty

Flash back about 30 years. It is obvious to me, as the staff head of the maintenance crew, that some […]

Robin Harper is a member of Providence Meeting in Media, Pa. With several decades of experience in home construction, he joined the Pendle Hill staff in 1976 to serve as head of maintenance of the buildings and grounds. By the time he left in 1987 he had assumed responsibilities as coordinator of Long Range Planning, helping Pendle Hill to shape its emerging plans for major renovations and new construction.

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The Fear That Was Not There

One morning on an early April day, I was given an opportunity to learn a lesson about being in the […]

La Verne Shelton, a member of Madison (Wis.) Meeting, is a philosopher, musician, and poet, and is called to a ministry of Wholeness and Love in work with Friends meetings.

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A Place to Sit By the Springs of Living Water

The idea sprouted in winter term 1983 during my second year on the Pendle Hill cooking team. I saw a […]

Frances Irene Taber was a student at Pendle Hill in 1977-1978 and a staff member with her late husband, Bill Taber, from 1981 to 1994. She now lives near Barnesville, Ohio with her husband, Richard Simon. They are active members of Stillwater (Ohio) Meeting.

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27‐down: Hoover’s Org. (3 letters): A Pendle Hill Ghost Story

[In March 1971, an unidentified activist group broke into the Media, Pa., FBI office and took hundreds of documents from […]

Chuck Fager is a member of State College (Pa.) Meeting and usually attends Fayetteville (N.C.) Meeting. In late 2012 he will be retiring as director of Quaker House in Fayetteville, a peace project near Fort Bragg. He has written widely on Quaker topics, including numerous short stories. Chuck stresses that while some real people (and a real cat) along with actual events are mentioned in it, this story is fiction. It appeared previously in a collection of his stories called Why God Is Like a Wet Bar of Soap.

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The Best Thanksgiving of All

When I was living at home, and even as a college student, Thanksgiving was pretty much a bore to me. […]

Elisabeth Leonard is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. She was at Pendle Hill from 1980 to 1995. She writes: "I am dedicated to awakening and fulfilling our testimonies of Peace and Justice all the while building community with activist groups both within and without Friends circles. Very early on I discovered that time spent in the Pendle Hill kitchen on various assignments brought many rewards: the social and collaborative aspects of cooking puts the participants on a 'level playing field'; we are all creating together and becoming experienced in culinary matters as well as getting acquainted with each other. Our productions are never quite the same but give us a sense that they will contribute to the health and satisfaction of most who try them. This is a good start for building a strong and energetic group of people willing and able to envision a world where the needs of all are met."

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